The diagnosis of Celiac disease is on the rise and as such, there have been many studies lately about the causes and possible prevention. While Celiac disease is an immune response to the proteins in wheat, barley and rye (known collectively as gluten), it is a non-IgE response, meaning the reaction is not anaphylaxis but a myriad of symptoms from headaches to gastrointestinal upset and nutritional deficiencies. Damage of the intestine and other body systems (such as osteoporosis of the bones) can be undiagnosed for years.
Up until this point, once properly diagnosed with Celiac disease, the only way to avoid the symptoms and subsequent damage is complete avoidance of gluten; not always a very easy prospect in our food supply. So bring on the parasitic hookworms! Read more »