Research

Copper Malabsorption in Untreated Celiac Disease Common

-  Editor’s note:   In this study, researchers investigating the absorption of copper in untreated patients who had damage to their duodenum found anemia in 3 out of 10 of these patients that was due to copper deficiency.  They gave all the study subjects a solution of copper to drink that was equal to a daily dose then tested their ...

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Does the severity of celiac disease symptoms correspond with degree of villous atrophy?

Editor’s note: The study below, investigating whether the degree of villous atrophy (intestinal damage) correlates with the symptoms that are presented, found they do not. Therefore, more research is needed to find out why symptoms do not correlate with the degree of intestinal damage. The pathologic range of villous atrophy seen on small intestinal biopsies ranges from severe (total villous ...

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Domino’s Pizza, Celiac Disease Experts and Defining What Is REALLY Gluten-Free

Domino’s Pizza recently announced it would offer gluten-free pizza for gluten sensitive customers. Domino’s made it clear that the pizzas used a gluten-free crust, but are manufactured using the same equipment as the other gluten-containing foods and are not safe for people with celiac disease. Domino’s worked with the National Foundation for Celiac Awareness (NFCA) and received the NFCA’s new, ...

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Don’t be a Statistic. Medical Mistakes are the Third Leading Cause of Death in the United States.

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A recent Johns Hopkins study found medical mistakes are the third leading cause of death in the United States, killing between 200,000 and 400,000 per year. The study does not even consider misdiagnoses, or how many people suffer injuries without dying. We frequently see people who are medicated for what doctors think are diseases, but are actually symptoms with underlying ...

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Family Members of Persons with Celiac Disease Wanted for Research Study (STUDY IS CLOSED)

(Editor’s Note: This study is closed.) I just learned of a new study being conducted by The National Foundation for Celiac Awareness (NFCA) and Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center (BIDMC) in Boston, Massachusetts to better understand the attitudes and beliefs of family members of persons with celiac disease. More information on the study and how you can get involved follows:  Celiac disease occurs in ...

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Gluten Free Works Launches Celiac Disease e-Newsletter for Support Group Leaders

December 7, 2012: Port Charlotte, Florida. Gluten Free Works Inc. announced the launch of its newest online publication, Celiac Disease Today. In our ongoing efforts to help people get well and stay healthy, living gluten free, Gluten Free Works is proud to distribute the first issue of Celiac Disease Today, a special new monthly e-newsletter for gluten-free support group leaders.  As the name ...

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Gut Microflora Associated Characteristics in Children with Celiac Disease

Editor’s note: This important study demonstrated that short chain fatty acid (SCFA) levels in stool samples were abnormal in participating children with celiac disease, with and without treatment with gluten-free diet. SCFAs are healthy energy byproducts produced by microflora (beneficial organisms) in the colon during fermentation of undigested carbohydrates arriving from the small intestine. SCFAs nourish the colonocytes, cells that ...

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I’m deficient, You’re deficient, We’re all deficient? (Part 1)

I was recently reading a press release from Nature’s Path Organic about two of their new cereals. The press release made a familiar argument: the cereals “provide gluten avoiders with whole grains… unlike many gluten-free cereals which forfeit nutritional benefits…” The implication is that many gluten-free cereals (and other gluten-free processed foods, by extension) are more highly processed in order to ...

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I’m deficient, You’re deficient, We’re all deficient? (Part 2)

In  Part 1 of this article about nutrient deficiencies in the gluten-free population, I posed four critiques and questions that I promised to answer in today’s part 2. Without further ado, here we go… Critique #1 questioned the small sample size of the research. I can’t do anything about that, and there’s not much to be said about it, so let’s ...

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