A Realistic View on Celiac Coeliac Disease

January 19, 2009

GlutenFreeHealth.net has a YouTube Channel dedicated to Celiac/Coeliac information.

I share two recent comments on one of our YouTube videos along with my thoughts.

The Comments:

“hellooooooo im from melbourne and I have coeliacs but i currently ignore it? because I like my food too much. Where is this factory of gluten free food you mention in your about me?
Im 22 recently diagnosed and I try not do the wrong thing but it happens… im not going without the bun in my burger… at the same time i wont eat pizza thought because diarrhea sucks. Let me know the location of the gluten free food place”


I will most likely revisit this? page for some information when i actully feel like dealing with the disease. The herald sun recently reported there were tests happening on a drug that minimized the damage having gluten did to coeliacs. If I only have to hold out 3-5 years for a drug like this to become mainstream Il never go gluten free. :S”

My thoughts and reply:

All human beings are a product of their genes, environment, upbringing, and their very discretionary lifestyle and food choices.

It is my belief, that primarily through our lifestyle and food choices, in combination with an almost blind faith that medical science will find a magic cure to enable us to unthinkingly continue with our bad habits without any need to change, we are actually creating Coeliacs, Diabetics, Asthmatics, obesity, heart, cancer and a host of other medical problems.

It seems to me there is a tendency to suppress the symptoms and to consider this as a cure rather than to discover and deal with the fundamental underlying problem(s).

I am appalled at the blasé attitudes exhibited in the above comments: by the obvious lack of awareness on their parts and that of their medical advisers as to the gravity of their respective situations.

Coeliac Disease is not something that should be taken lightly: it is a deadly serious problem which can be extremely debilitating in that it can lead to serious illness, stunt physical and mental development and in severe cases lead to premature death.

The gut damage and sensitivity will get progressively worse along with malnutrition due to mal-digestion and mal-absorption of nutrients from the foods eaten.

It predisposes the Coeliac Celiac to certain difficult to manage cancers at much higher incidences than for the general community.

Long term malnutrition can set the Celiac Coeliac up for osteoporosis, dental problems and a number of other deficiency diseases.

The longer the period of ongoing gut damage the less chance of a full recovery

and the more dietary restrictions the sufferer is likely to face over time.

For example, ongoing gut damage exacerbates problems with fermentable sugars including lactose.

There is a serious risk of developing lactose intolerance and of the sufferer being unable to consume dairy products.

Fructose mal-absorption can restrict the consumption of fruit, onion and lettuce. The gut damage and the fermentation issues begin to feed off and exacerbate one another to make the whole situation worse.

In addition to gut damage, Gluten has been implicated in migraines, depression, chronic fatigue syndrome, eczema, kidney problems, muscular and skeletal/joint aches and pains: many of which can be experienced with or without the gut damage.

Most long term Coeliacs end up with multiple inter-related, overlapping and often debilitating health issues.

It is not unusual to be Coeliac, Asthmatic and Diabetic. Gluten also aggravates autism, epilepsy, hyper-activity and attention deficit disorder.

One of the main issues with Coeliac Celiac Disease is that it requires some discipline and forethought and the need to take some responsibility on your own behalf.

However, there is an increasing variety of pre-prepared gluten free foods coming on the market including pizzas and pizza bases.

The food and hospitality industries are slowly grappling with the issues and new food products are being developed to cope with gluten and other food intolerance and allergen issues.

Some pundits are predicting that within the next decade at least 30% of the population will be on a gluten free diet due to the implication of gluten in an increasing number of chronic disease and health issues.

One of the major concerns is that some of these health issues arise from poor lifestyle and food choices in the first place and that people who make poorly informed food and nutrition choices pre diagnosis usually continue to do so post diagnosis.

I believe there is an urgent need for an education program about food, health issues, nutrition, food intolerances, allergens, food preparation, food hygiene and cooking: about general life skills that should be a compulsory, important and integral part of our upbringings.

In considering potential cures, drugs and vaccines it is important to realize that these are very much still at the concept stage; still on the drawing board, so to speak.

As an individual, the Coeliac still has to deal with the here and now.

There is no guarantee of a successful or timely outcome.

Researchers have been working on a diabetes vaccine for more than 20 years without success. One of the leading researchers in the gluten free area is on the record as saying that even if a vaccine can be developed, because there are so many facets to gluten sensitivity and coeliac disease and differences between individuals, such a vaccine may only be effective in 30-40% of cases, assuming it can be developed at all.

He has not been prepared to put any time frame against his work.

There is no way of predicting which particular Coeliacs will fall into this 30-40% or when this drug or vaccine will be available.

In the meantime I can only strongly suggest that all Coeliacs have no sensible option but to come to grips with the current reality: i.e. the requirement for a totally gluten free diet and that they ignore this imperative at their peril.

To maintain their original eating habits and to be hanging out for a cure in the next 3-5 years can only be described as contrary to any Coeliac’s best long term interests, wishful thinking and an unrealistic dream: a case of having counted the chickens before they hatch.


Paul Smith


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