information on CD and DH
be found on the above
noted as "Symptoms"
- 5 min. Movie on The Human Biome(really a great presentation!!)
note, this information is intended for reference only. Gluten related
illnesses can be extremely
serious conditions. Persons concerned
that they may have indications of these illnesses, should
contact their medical professional for further consultation.
We ask that you DO NOT begin a
diet without medical consultation and testing or the results of
your tests could be inaccurate.
Gluten Sensitive Enteropathy ?
or Gluten Sensitive Enteropathy encompasses any
autoimmune reaction to gluten. The primary difference
between Celiac Disease (CD) or Dermatitis Herpetiformis
(DH) and GSE is that there is no visible damage
present in the small intestine, no skin leisions
with IgA present and the blood test normally used
to test for CD/DH is not accurate to diagnose GSE.
does indicate that the same genetics present for
CD/DH are also present for GSE. Research on GSE
is on-going though it primarily seems to affect
the body by weakening it's ability to deal with
other conditions and exacerbating symptoms from
other illnesses. A gluten free diet appears to reduce the
symptoms as well as improve the patients' sense
of overall health and well-being. Approximately
15-25% of the population may possess the genetics
to have GSE.
CONDITIONS (html) original text with links at celiac.com
What is Celiac Disease ?
disease (CD) is commonly referred to as gluten sensitive
enteropathy (GSE), gluten intolerance, or celiac sprue. Though
Celiac Disease or celiac sprue are the more accurate
It is considered to be the most under-diagnosed common
disease today, potentially affecting 1 in every 133
people in the USA. It is a chronic, inherited disease,
and if untreated can ultimately lead to malnutrition,
additional autoimmune conditions, systemic damage
from malnutrition and cancers.
CD is the result of an immune-mediated
response to the ingestion of gluten (from wheat, rye,
and barley) that damages the villi in the small intestine. Once
enough of the villi are destroyed, nutrients
quickly pass through the small intestine, rather
than being absorbed.
To develop celiac disease (CD)
three things must be present: 1) you must inherit the
gene, 2) be consuming gluten, and 3) have the gene "triggered".
Common triggers may include stress, trauma (surgeries,
pregnancy, etc.), and viral infections. Approximately
1 in 20 first-degree relatives could have CD triggered
in their lifetime. The disease is permanent and damage
to the small intestine will occur every time you consume
gluten, regardless if symptoms are present. The only
cure for Celiac Disease at this time is a gluten
What is Dermatitis Herpetiformis ?
Dermatitis herpetiformis (DH) is a chronic disease of the skin marked by
groups of watery, itchy blisters that may resemble pimples or blisters. The
ingestion of gluten (from wheat, rye, and barley) triggers an immune system
response that deposits a substance, lgA (Immunoglobulin A), under the top layer
of skin. IgA is present in affected as well as unaffected skin. DH is a
hereditary autoimmune gluten intolerance disease linked with celiac disease. If
you have DH, you always have gluten intolerance. With DH, the primary lesion is
on the skin, whereas with celiac disease the lesions are in the small intestine.
The degree of damage to the small intestine is often less severe or more patchy
than those with celiac disease. Both diseases are permanent, and symptoms/damage
will occur after consuming gluten.
is a Wheat Allergy ?
"allergy" to wheat is known as an IgE
reaction. This can be tested for with a blood test
known as an ELISA. While allergic reactions can
be treated with anti-histamines, most people prefer
to simply eliminate wheat from their diet rather
than be dependent on medications. In addition, by
eliminating the offending food (rather than using
medication), most people find that their general
sense of well-being and overall health is improved.
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