Celiac Vaccine Slated for 2017

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It was a pleasant surprise to see ABC News (Australia) report on the subject of celiac disease, specifically the research of a celiac vaccine. You may have already heard that trials are currently in progress for this vaccine. Thus far, 34 people have been tested with the celiac vaccine (also known as Nexvax2) and if all goes well, they expect the vaccine to be ready by 2017.

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Lupus Linked to Non-Celiac Gluten Intolerance

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Claudia Pillow, Ph.D.
Claudia Pillow, Ph.D.

By Claudia Pillow, Ph.D.

There is much controversy within the lupus community about whether a gluten-free diet helps alleviate symptoms of lupus. The medical community acknowledges that some patients with lupus can also have celiac disease (an autoimmune intolerance to gluten, the protein found in wheat, rye and barley). However, the medical community has not acknowledged a link between lupus and non-celiac gluten intolerance. To understand the difference between celiac disease and non-celiac gluten intolerance, go to¬†Food Sensitivities, Intolerances, and Allergies on The Food Philosopher’s website. Continue reading “Lupus Linked to Non-Celiac Gluten Intolerance”

Celiac Disease and Probiotics

Bloated Stomach Due to Celiac Disease

By: Carla Spacher

Once antibodies were discovered as a way of testing for celiac disease, it opened up an entirely new way of assessing the data found in celiac disease research.¬†Dr.¬†Alessio Fasano, Medical Director for University of Maryland School of Medicine (update 2015 – now at the Massachusetts General Hospital), reported¬†that, previously, doctors had to diagnose celiac disease based upon the patient‚Äôs symptoms; biopsy of the gut to confirm inflammation; and whether a gluten-free diet provided any relief. However, as is with any autoimmune disease, Dr. Fasano warns that just screening for antibodies against¬†gluten is not a definitive diagnosis because anyone can carry this antibody who does not necessarily have celiac disease. ¬†Celiac Disease research continues and we are learning new things every day.¬†Learn more about celiac disease, ongoing research and about the roles of probotics and the appendix. Continue reading “Celiac Disease and Probiotics”

New Food Allergens Labeling Laws in Canada: including gluten and sulphites

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On February 16, 2011, Health Canada will publish amendments to the 2008 proposed allergen labeling laws (actually, regulations), on prepackaged foods, requiring additional allergens to be disclosed. ¬†This will highly affect those with celiac disease and gluten sensitivities, as well as those with food allergies and a sulphite sensitivity, effecting 1.75 million Canadians. ¬†Since Canada is making many new gluten-free products, citizens from other countries may also be interested in this information. ¬†The new regulations go into affect on August 4, 2012. ¬†The previous regulations were published in the Canada Gazette Part I and the newer regulations will be posted in the Canada Gazette Part II. ¬†See the summary of the changes below. Continue reading “New Food Allergens Labeling Laws in Canada: including gluten and sulphites”

Celiac Disease: In Memory of Dr. Mathew Baillie

Dr. Mathew Baillie, born October 27, 1761, known to have been one of the frontiers in celiac disease, discovered that a gluten-free diet would help those suffering from gastrointestinal problems and other symptoms, what is now known to be celiac disease.¬† In the early nineteenth century Dr. Baillie documented the improvements of following a gluten-free diet, and for the first time, the relapse upon reintroduction of gluten.¬† He explained, “Some patients appear to derive considerable advantage from living almost entirely on rice.”

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October is National Celiac Disease Awareness month and I wanted to share this informative video with you to provide you with additional information to raise awareness on the subject.

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