What is Celiac Disease?
- other names – nontopical sprue, gluten-sensitive enteropathy, celiac sprue
- autoimmune disease
- genetic disease – HLA-DQ2 and HLA-DQ8 genes
- categorized by flattening of the villi in the small intestine
- malabsorption of nutrients caused by an inability to digest gluten
What is gluten?
- the protein found in wheat, barley, rye, spelt, kamut, triticale grains and contaminated oats
- the derivative of gluten is gliadin
- a blinder
- gives dough elasticity, helps it rise and give it shape
Symptoms of Celiac Disease
- abdominal pain or cramping
- acid reflux
- Addison’s disease
- Bone Disease
- Collagen Vascular Disease
- Crohn’s Disease
- Dermatitis herpetiformis
- Liver Disease
- menstruation, abnormalities in
- mucus, excessive
- puffiness to face and/or body
- sinus infections
- Sjogren’s Syndrome
- stomach pain and/or cramping
- Thyroid Disease
- weight gain 0r loss
- immuglobin A (IgA)
- anti-tissue transglutaminase (tTGA)
- IgA anti-endmysium antibodies (AEA)
- endoscope of the small intestine
Improvement upon maintaining a gluten free diet.
- gluten free diet
- digestive enzymes
- acupuncture treatments
- Traditional Chinese herbal treatments
- Medicinal Grade Teas for digestive support
- avoiding other trigger foods (egg, caffeine, corn, dairy, soy…)
- 1 in 133 are diagnosed with Celiac Disease
- 1 in 22, prevalence in patients with a first degree relative with Celiac.
- Higher prevelance in those of northwestern European ancestry.
- Twice as many women are effected as men.
- Takes an average of 4 to 10 years to diagnose properly.
- Over 300 known symptoms, but may show none at all.
- Breast feeding may delay onset.