Archive for May 4th, 2011

 


John Libonati Gluten Free Works

Bard's Beer Gluten FreeFor more than five years, Bard’s has been the beer I bring to parties and barbecues. Friends who try it for the first time all say the same thing…“Hey, this tastes just like REAL beer!”

That is because Bard’s IS real beer, brewed in the style of American Lager. The only difference is that instead of using barley, Bard’s uses sorghum, a gluten-free grain.

Located in Minneapolis, Minnesota, Bard’s Beer was developed by two celiac (more…)


John Libonati Gluten Free Works


Glutenfreeworks.com, one of the most popular gluten-free websites on the internet, has launched Gluten Free NetWorks,  the newest social network for the gluten-free community!

Gluten Free NetWorks
The newest gluten-free social network on the internet!

 

Gluten Free NetWorks is celebrating Celiac Awareness Month by giving away hundreds of gluten-free prizes in May.  Get in now on this amazing event! (more…)

Cleo Libonati, RN, BSN

Is Low Stomach Acid Making You Sick??

May 4th, 2011 by Cleo Libonati, RN, BSN

Low stomach acid is common in celiac disease and dermatitis herpetiformis.  It is also common in the general population, as well, affecting 50% of people age 60 years and about 80% by age 85 years.  Nevertheless, low stomach acid is not generally looked for as a cause of acute and chronic disorders that rob health with far-reaching effects.

Is Low Stomach Acid New?

No. Low stomach acid (hypochlorhydria), has been well investigated much of the past century in both the general population and those with gluten sensitivity. For example, a 1985 study investigating gastric acid secretion in 116 subjects with dermatitis herpetiformis found that 41% had low stomach acid and 26% were achlorhydric (no acid). Of those older than 50 years, 47% were achlorhydric. When compared to subjects with celiac disease, the frequency of achlorhydria was significantly higher in those with dermatitis herpetiformis than in those with coeliac disease. There was no correlation between achlorhydria and small intestinal villous atrophy (damage).

Why Is Low Stomach Acid Overlooked?

Failure to understand nutrition and malabsorption…an area of science that is barely taught in medical schools is a big factor. Also, (more…)