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.
What do you think?