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New Info On Causes Of Celiac

3 Comments 28 February 2013

Did you read the New York Times article What Really Causes Celiac Disease?

It’s a pretty interesting read!

Here are some excerpts I found intriguing:

“Not all subsequent studies have found nursing protective, but partly as a result of Sweden’s experience, the American Academy of Pediatrics now recommends that infants start consuming gluten while still breast-feeding.

Ok, this one I’ve heard before, but cool to see it in the New York Times, eh?

I was breastfed. (Thanks, Mom!)  Not sure when they started giving me gluten, though. And my celiac didn’t go full blown until I was 21.

So, the article goes on to explain that an imbalance of microbes in our stomachs might contribute to the inflammation from gluten.

“But it’s a secondary observation that has Dr. Fasano particularly excited. Two of these children developed autoimmune disease: one celiac disease, another Type 1 diabetes, which shares genetic susceptibility with celiac disease. In both cases, a decline of lactobacilli preceded disease onset.

Assuming that the pattern holds in larger studies, “imagine what would be the unbelievable consequences of this finding,” he says. “Keep the lactobacilli high enough in the guts of these kids, and you prevent autoimmunity.”

I bet all of the fermented foods people jumped up and down after reading that. [high five]

The tangled web of possibilities should not, however, distract us from the facts on the ground. In a far-flung corner of Europe, people develop celiac disease and other autoimmune diseases as infrequently as Americans and Finns did a half-century ago. The same genes exposed to the same quantity of gluten do not, in that environment, produce the same frequency of disease.

“We could probably prevent celiac disease if we just give the same environment to the Finnish children as they have in Karelia,” says Dr. Hyoty. “But there’s no way to do it now, except to move the babies there.”

This disease is so interesting! Such a mystery, so many facets.

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    Cass says:

    There is a strong connection between vitamin D deficiency (with mom), but the studies are finding different results in different countries. For instance, winter babies in the U.S seem to be more at risk.

    Why that makes sense is that in the third trimester, in winter, could put mom at risk of low vitamin D levels. We need sunshine to make vitamin D, after all. Even in the era of prenatal vitamins, vitamin deficiencies occur. Lately, I’ve been reading more about summer babies being diagnosed.

    There’s so much information rolling in it’s difficult to absorb it all. Some of the studies counter others, such as oats not being considered safe in the UK for celiacs, but GF oats are ok in the U.S.
    However, we found this blog and Kelly is helping to sort it all out. And thanks for the amaranth tip. I forgot about it!


      Oats are often cross-contaminated with gluten as they are usually shipped int he same containers that held wheat. In addition, some varieties of oats make gluten, and there are sometimes barley or other gluten containing grains that get into oat fields. So, oats are risky but there are certified gluten-free oats.
      However, all oats contain avenin – a protein similar to gluten and about half of celiacs will react to avenin. So, I recommend getting off all gluten and oats to let things settle down and then try GF oats (in a good amount for a while to have enough of a reaction to be clear if it happens) and see how it goes.

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    Cass says:

    In National Geographic magazine today- the Mayo Clinic study on Celiac disease. It’s up to one person in 149.

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