Celiac disease

Hyperthyroidism, Celiac Disease and the Gluten Connection

  Hyperthyroidism is a common condition worldwide. It occurs in 1-2 per cent of the population with greater incidence in iodine-deficient regions and is 10 times more common in women than men between the ages of 20 and 40 years.(1) Hyperthyroidism is estimated to affect about 3 million people in the United States. The disease affects more women than men, ...

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Hyperthyroidism, Celiac Disease and the Gluten Connection

Hyperthyroidism, also called Grave’s Disease, is an immunologically mediated thyroid disease.  That basically means it is brought on by the action of specific abnormal autoantibodies, called thyroid receptor antibodies (TRAb), that stimulate excessive release of normal thyroid hormones into the blood.  Thyroid hormones control body metabolism. Features of hyperthyroidism are diffuse non-tender goiter (enlarged thyroid gland), elevated blood levels of ...

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I Got Glutened and It’s My Own Fault!

I sit here writing this post from my bed. It’s 9:39pm and I have been in bed since 4:30pm. My tonsils are so big it hurts to swallow and I feel like I have been in a boxing match where I lost, severely. I used to get sick like this all the time before I was diagnosed with coeliac disease ...

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I Had a Dad bod. Then I Went Gluten Free

Dad bod gluten free

“I should look like Brad Pitt.” Back before I went gluten free, I remember looking in the mirror and saying these exact words to myself. I was working out 5 to 6 days a week, weight training and cardio, eating “right” but instead of looking good, I looked like a sausage…and it was getting worse. Now, to be certain I ...

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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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If there was a ‘Magic’ Gluten-Free Pill

Gluten-eaters often ask me, “Don’t you wish there was some ‘magic’ pill?” This question arises when I have limited choices on a menu, or have to pass the basket of bread without indulging. My response usually includes a “Not really”, with some type of short explanation on why my life doesn’t suck because I’m gluten-free. I can honestly say that I ...

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ImmunogenX Acquires Celiac Disease Therapy from Alvine Pharmaceuticals

Immunogenx

A therapy for celiac disease is one step closer. ImmunogenX purchased the license for Alvine Pharmaceuticals’ medicine, ALV003, which degrades gluten before it can be digested and absorbed by the intestines. The following press release was distributed by ImmunogenX. “Glutenase for in-vivo gluten degradation is a leading candidate for celiac disease ImmunogenX™, a biopharmaceutical company focused on the diagnosis and ...

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Infertility, Pre-term Birth and Miscarriage all Linked to Gluten Intolerance

Editor’s Note: The malabsorption resulting from undiagnosed and untreated celiac disease has been well documented in research, but is still little known among physicians. The medical reference Recognizing Celiac Disease contains over 16 pages of reproductive disorders and lists the nutritional deficiencies that cause each. In a recent New York Times article, Can Foods Contribute To Infertility?, Dr. Sheila Crowe, a ...

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