Celiac disease is an allergic reaction to wheat, barley
and rye. Because gluten disrupts the digestive systen
and, because oats, grains and especially corn are hard
to digest they are often blamed for causing Celiac.
They do not cause Celiac, but they can increase the
symptoms of Celiac. Wheat, barley and rye cause an allergic
reaction that destroys the villa in the small intestine
resulting in the inability to assimilate foods which
results in immune system dysfunction. Thus the whole
body is diseased and results in almost every symptom
possible. No one person will report to their doctor
the same symptoms and it is one reason it is often overlooked
my story of Celiac disease to better understand Celiac.
Celiac disease is gaining awareness and attention,
by both the medical and the food industries. Three years
ago restaurant help would look at you like you were
crazy if you asked for gluten free food. Now most are
aware of it, and even grocery stores have increased
the availability of gluten free food.
Celiac's main physiological result is the destruction
of the villa in the small intestine it may be related
to the problems of Candida, Parasites and other diseases
that affect the digestive tract. "...it is estimated
that more than 90% of patients remain undiagnosed."
Read the reports below for symptoms and treatments. Celiac
can cause mental disorders, is linked to Autism, Diabetes,
Intestinal Cancer, Candida, Liver problems, Gall Bladder
and may cause Obsessive Compulsive Disorders. Since is is
a disease that destroys the villa in the small intestine
it causes assimilation and digestive problems. If the body
is not absorbing, processing and eliminating food anything
can and does go wrong and can cause different symptoms in
different people. It is suspected that 1 out of 105 Americans
have Celiac and most do not know they have it. (5,10)
Thus they are seeking cures for the diseases caused by Celiac
and taking drugs that add to the problems instead of getting
better. Too few doctors look for Celiac often because it
has the symptoms that doctors are taught is hypochondria.
From my research it appears that if one has Celiac
disease, they will be highly probable to also have Candida.
This is very logical, since Candida can only exist if
the gut is out of balance. I mimics the symptoms of
Lyme disease and may be blamed or misdiagnosed as Lymes.
Celiac causes the gut to be out of balance so it is
a no brainier to connect these tthree diseases. It is
logical to assume that one cannot cure Candida without
first treating Celiac.
There are only three ways to diagnose Celiac, (1) Go on
a gluten free diet for a week, then reintroduce gluten
and see if you have a reaction in a day or two. (2)
The second way is a blood test.(3) The third and most
conclusive way is to undergo an endoscope of the small
intestine to see if the villa is healthy or non existent.
Celiac destroys the villa. Note if you use option 1
before doing options 2 or 3 it will taint the findings.
This means either forget options 2 and 3 or do them
1. Symptoms of Celiac
bone or joint pain
* abdominal bloating and pain (recurring)
* diarrhea (chronic)
(disturbs insulin levels) Diabetes
* pale, foul-smelling, or fatty stool
* weight loss/weight gain
* unexplained anemia (a low count of red blood cells
* behavioral changes
* tingling numbness in the legs (from nerve damage)
* muscle cramps
* missed menstrual periods (often because of excessive
* delayed growth
* failure to thrive in infants
* pale sores inside the mouth, called aphthous ulcers
* tooth discoloration or loss of enamel
* itchy skin rash called dermatitis herpetiformis
* Almost every disease symptom is possible
* sex drive and sexual dysfunctions are possible
* Immune system dysfunction
Digestive Disease web site
2. Treatment Options
disease has no cure, but it can be effectively managed by
avoiding foods containing gluten (found in wheat, barley
and rye). After gluten is eliminated from the diet, the
small intestine begins to heal." (Quote
from Mayo Clinic web site see source)
Free Food List, Simplified
- Fresh vegetables and leafy greens are gluten
- Fresh fruits are gluten free.
- Fresh herbs are gluten free.
- Plain dried herbs are gluten free (beware of mixed
seasoning blends, may contain gluten).
- Plain dried spices are gluten free.
- Fats and oils are gluten free.
- Fresh meats, poultry, fish and seafoods are gluten
- Eggs are gluten free.
- Fresh dairy products (milk, cheese, etc.) are
- Rice, quinoa, millet, sorghum, teff, amaranth
and buckwheat are gluten free.
- Nuts and seeds are gluten free (sometimes there
is cross contamination).
- Wine is gluten free (most beers are not, and many
distilled spirits are not).
- Coffee and tea are gluten free (except for barley
"personality changes (especially common in children
with sprue; they become unable to concentrate, are irritable,
cranky, and have difficulties with mental alertness and
memory function); can also occur in adults; ..." http://paleodiet.com/autism/
" Coeliac disease From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Celiac disease Biopsy of small bowel showing coeliac disease
manifested by blunting of villi, crypt hyperplasia, and
lymphocyte infiltration of crypts. Coeliac disease (pronounced
/'si?li.æk/; spelled celiac disease in North America)
is an autoimmune disorder of the small intestine that occurs
in genetically predisposed people of all ages from middle
infancy onward. Symptoms include chronic diarrhoea, failure
to thrive (in children), and fatigue, but these may be absent,
and symptoms in other organ systems have been described.
A growing portion of diagnoses are being made in asymptomatic
persons as a result of increased screening, and is thought
to affect between 1 in 1,750 to 1 in 105 people
in the United States. Coeliac disease is caused
by a reaction to gliadin, a prolamin (gluten protein) found
in wheat, and similar proteins found in the crops of the
tribe Triticeae (which includes other common grains such
as barley and rye). Upon exposure to gliadin, and specifically
to three peptides found in prolamins, the enzyme tissue
transglutaminase modifies the protein, and the immune system
cross-reacts with the small-bowel tissue, causing an inflammatory
reaction. That leads to a truncating of the villi lining
the small intestine (called villous atrophy). This interferes
with the absorption of nutrients, because the intestinal
villi are responsible for absorption. The only known effective
treatment is a lifelong gluten-free diet. While the disease
is caused by a reaction to wheat proteins, it is not the
same as wheat allergy. This condition has several other
names, including: cœliac disease (with œ ligature),
c(o)eliac sprue, non-tropical sprue, endemic sprue, gluten
enteropathy or gluten-sensitive enteropathy, and gluten
"If you have celiac disease and eat foods with gluten,
your immune system responds by damaging the small intestine.
Gluten is a protein in wheat, rye and barley. It is found
mainly in foods but may also be in other products like medicines,
vitamins and even the glue on stamps and envelopes.Celiac
disease affects each person differently. Symptoms may occur
in the digestive system, or in other parts of the body.
One person might have diarrhea and abdominal pain, while
another person may be irritable or depressed. Irritability
is one of the most common symptoms in children. Some people
have no symptoms.Celiac disease is genetic. Blood tests
can help your doctor diagnose the disease. Your doctor may
also need to examine a small piece of tissue from your small
intestine. Treatment is a diet free of gluten." http://www.nlm.nih.gov/medlineplus/celiacdisease.html
"More than 40,000 Americans are known to have celiac
disease, yet many more cases go undiagnosed and unreported.
Learn the diagnostic signs, and clinical manifestations
of celiac disease" A
PDF file http://celiachealth.org/pdf/celiac8.pdf
" Gluten is the name for proteins found in wheat, rye,
barley, and other grains derived from them, including;"
"The cause of celiac is genetic, and it tends to run
in families. It can be very mild or very severe, but it
can lead to severe complications if not treated. Someone
with celiac may have no symptoms at all or they may have
symptoms such as diarrhea, vomiting, gas and abdominal pain.
It is important to follow the diet prescribed by the nutritionist
if you have celiac because the body's inability to absorb
proper nutrients can cause fatigue, weight loss, anemia,
osteoporosis and vitamin deficiencies. Up to 40% of people
with celiac who do not follow the diet also have vitamin
B deficiency, and this can cause numbness or pain in the
limbs.The symptoms with celiac are often mistaken for other
illnesses. This can be dangerous because the disease will
raise the risk of eventually developing gastrointestinal
cancer if the diet is not followed. The immune reaction
your body has against the gluten causes damage to the villi
in the small intestine. The villi are required for you to
be able to effectively absorb nutrients.Although it has
been known that celiac is common in Europe, it was just
recently learned that it is just as common in the U.S. as
well. More than 1.5 million Americans may be affected. The
disease is present in one out of 22 people who had a close
relative with celiac disease and in one out of a 133 people
who were not at risk, and it may be present in as
many as 1 in 20 people who have a relative who has type
1 diabetes." http://www.childrenwithdiabetes.com/clinic/celiac.htm
"...If you've got celiac disease, you have liver and
gall bladder malfunction due to numerous intrahepatic stones
and/or gallstones..." http://curezone.com/dis/1.asp?C0=80
"...Speed the Healing :The inflamation in the intestine
won?t go away until you eliminate gluten, but you may be
able to speed healing by taking an herbal combination of
echinacea and goldenseal, says Dr. Stiles. These two immune
system boosters are often packaged together in capsule form.
Take one capsule three or four times a day, she suggests.
If you use tincture, take 10 to 15 drops of each herb in
water or juice three or four times a day, with or without
"... have a significantly increased number of chromosomal
aberrations in peripheral blood lymphocytes."
This report states that intestinal IgA autoantibody
response is present in the gut of Celiac Disease.http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/23060888