Celiac Disease News: A Vaccine is in Phase I Trials

Vikki Petersen, D.C., C.C.N.

Dr. Vikki Petersen elaborates on the celiac disease vaccine…

Dr Robert Anderson, PhD from Australia announced this month that after several years of research his vaccine was ready for a Phase I trial. I remember meeting Dr Anderson 2 years ago at a National Foundation for Celiac Awareness conference where he shared with me his goals about this research.

The study was composed of 34 celiacs, 19 people of whom received the vaccine while 15 received a placebo of saline water. Continue reading “Celiac Disease News: A Vaccine is in Phase I Trials”

Is Gluten Sensitivity Real?

Gluten-Sensitivity Image

Gluten-sensitivity (GS) is a very controversial subject, but new research has been performed which will answer this very question. Before I explore whether or not gluten-sensitivity is real, I would first like to explore “gluten-sensitivity,” itself, as well as “gluten-intolerance” and “celiac disease” in order to provide a better understanding of the research. Continue reading “Is Gluten Sensitivity Real?”

Celiac Vaccine Slated for 2017

Image: Syringe Vaccine

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

Image: Claudia Pillow, Ph.D.
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’s 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”

Beans: Nature’s Perfect Food

Pulses and the Gluten-free Diet

By Carol Fenster, Ph.D.

You can’t beat beans for a food that’s almost perfect: low in fat and sodium, but high in fiber and protein. In fact, 1 cup of beans contains 13 grams of fiber, nearly half of what most of us need per day. (Most adults need between 25 and 38 grams of fiber daily). Eating beans has many benefits, such as a lower risk of obesity and a reduced risk of heart disease, diabetes, high blood pressure, and some forms of cancer. This may surprise you, but darker beans such as red, pinto, and kidney beans have even more anthocyanins than blueberries and cranberries which are often touted as the highest sources. Continue reading “Beans: Nature’s Perfect Food”

Autism and the GFCF Diet (Gluten-free Casein-free Diet)

Autism Ribbon

April is autism awareness month!  According to The Autism Institute, dietary change is the pivotal action in defeating autism. There are a few autism diets.  It is suggested that someone diagnosed with autism may improve when on a gluten-free and casein-free diet (GFCF), or even on the Feingold Diet, also known as the ADHD Diet. Continue reading “Autism and the GFCF Diet (Gluten-free Casein-free Diet)”

Celiac Disease and Candida: Is Yeast Bad for You?

Yeast Cells

I recently received a request from one of my readers for a gluten-free yeast-free bread recipe.  I noticed that many people avoid yeast.  Personally, I wish to slowly remove fermented foods and ingredients from my diet and had the question, “Is yeast bad for you?”  I did some research and this article turned out to be about Candida, as well.  I wanted to share the information I found on yeast, as well as how Candida (yeast infections), also known as thrush, can trigger celiac disease. Continue reading “Celiac Disease and Candida: Is Yeast Bad for You?”

Gluten Free Diabetic Sunday Brunch

Image: Claudia Pillow, Ph.D.

This article was contributed by Dr. Claudia Pillow, specialist on celiac disease, and co-author along with her sister, Analise Roberts, of The Gluten-Free Good Health Cookbook. Their cookbook is contains recipes which are great for fighting inflammation, as it is based on a alkaline diet. However, this article is based on the gluten-free diet for diabetics. And be sure to check out the link below to her absolutely fantastic gluten free pancakes or waffles recipe, just one of their gluten free diabetic recipes. Continue reading “Gluten Free Diabetic Sunday Brunch”