Celiac Disease Overview:
Celiac disease occurs after an abnormal immune response to a protein found in wheat products. The reaction can severely damage the cilia of the intestinal tract, causing the, to flatten and become inefficient at absorbing nutrients.
Celiac is an autoimmune disease triggered by a protein found in wheat known as gluten. Specifically, the reaction is due to the gliadin portion of the gluten protein.
A significant immune reaction of the small intestine result in a flattening and gradual destruction of the microvilli. This eventually leads to malabsorption, and eventual nutrient deficiency conditions.
Causes are mainly genetic.
Failure to thrive
- Blood Tests:
- IgA and IgG, anti-endomysium antibodies, HLA-DQ2, HLA-DQ8
- Fe, B12, Folate, tHcy
- Biopsy of small intestine
Celiac vs Non-Celiac Gluten Insensitivity
|Test||Celiac||Non-Celiac Gluten Insensitivity|
|IgA ADA||81.4% Predominance||56.4% Predominance|
|IgA tTGA||98.7% Predominance||None|
|IgA EmA||95% Predominance||None|
|IgG ADA||75% Predominance||1% Predominance|
1. Eliminate all sources of gluten from the diet.
- Non-Celiac Gluten Intolerance
- Gluten free diet
Herbs For Celiac Disease:
- Centella asiatica
- Slippery elm
- Omega 3
- Consider nutrient deficiencies
- Gluten avoidance
- Lower caffeine
- High antioxidant intake
The Sunlight Experiment
Recent Blog Posts:
- Volta, U., Tovoli, F., Cicola, R., Parisi, C., Fabbri, A., Piscaglia, M., ... & Caio, G. (2012). Serological tests in gluten sensitivity (nonceliac gluten intolerance). Journal of clinical gastroenterology, 46(8), 680-685.