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Celiac Disease


About
A digestive disease that damages the small intestine and interferes with absorption of nutrients from food. People who have celiac disease cannot tolerate a protein called gluten, which is found in wheat, rye, and barley. When people with celiac disease eat foods containing gluten, their immune system responds by damaging the small intestine, specifically the villi.


Notes
  • Make sure you are taking supplements for overall good health. If you are not taking these basic supplements, we recommend Enfuz from Vitabase. When you take a small packet of pills each day, you get all the basic nutrition you need. Each packet contains a multi-vitamin, CoQ10 (for heart health), Omega 3, Vitamin D-3, a probiotic, and a powerful set of antioxidants to help your body fight off disease.
  • A child that has sores or blisters visible on large areas of the body should be checked for celiac disease.
  • A report that was put out in the British medical journal The Lancet alluded to a potential connection between celiac disease and epilepsy. It has been hypothesized that this could be linked to the possibility that endorphin-like particles could be created from wheat gluten. This possibly could affect brain metabolism. Another plausibility could be that celiac disease increases intestinal permeability. This could then permit the absorption of agents that could affect brain chemistry.
  • Any child that is does not appear to be growing and be healthy may have celiac disease. Not everyone that has celiac disease has the same symptoms. Irritability, fatigue, and/or changes in behavior could be noticeable. The digestive ailments may not always be easily recognizable.
  • Hypoprothrombinemia (a deficiency of clotting factors in the blood) can occur if there is not enough vitamin K in the diet of an individual with celiac disease. The "friendly" bacteria in the intestines can produce vitamin K. A person can also get vitamin K from certain foods such as leafy greens, alfalfa, tomatoes, strawberries, whole grains, and yogurt. A healthy source of bacteria that can help to restore the intestinal flora required for vitamin K production can be found in yogurt and acidophilus.
  • If the patient may be suspected of having celiac disease, the physician will usually suggest that an intestinal biopsy be done for verification.
  • It will not be easy to start a gluten-free diet because gluten can be present in so many foods, even grains, pasta, cereals, and processed foods. Individuals with celiac disease can take heart in knowing that they will be able to eat a varied, well-balanced diet. There are breads and pastas that are made from potato, rice, soy, or bean flour as alternatives. These products can be readily obtained from health food stores and specialty food companies, as well as product information and cookbooks.
  • Martin F. Kagnoff, M.D., of the University of California of San Diego, has suggested that heredity may play a part in the onset of celiac disease. He also indicated that even though an individual may have celiac disease as a child, this may go away when the child enters adolescence. However, it could appear again later in life when an adult is 30 to 40 years old. Triggers to celiac disease could be emotional stress, physical trauma, viral infections, pregnancy, or surgery.
  • Milk and milk products may need to be eliminated from the diet of a person who has celiac disease because of a secondary lactose insufficiency.
  • Schizophrenia has been seen more frequently in individuals with celiac disease.
  • There have been studies conducted that inform individuals with celiac disease that they can eat oats safely. However, the problem is that oats are often included in processing with other grains, so it may be difficult to assess whether or not oats are totally gluten free. An individual will need to be in close contact with their physician or dietitian and follow their recommendations to the letter.
  • You can contact the Celiac Disease Foundation for some excellent information and support.


Advice
  • Chewing your food before you swallow will allow the nutrients to be taken in by the body.
  • For children showing any signs of Celiac take gluten out of his/her diet.
  • Important to have foods with vitamin b, iron, and fiber. Foods to eat are rice bran, nuts, sunflower seeds, raisins, figs, strawberries, black berries, and raspberries, and lots of vegetables.
  • Only use supplements wheat-free, yeast-free, and hypoallergenic.
  • Stay away from chocolate, salad dressing in a bottle, processed foods, dairy products, sugary foods, and bouillon cubes.
  • Stay away from foods with gluten such as rye, barley, oats, and wheat. Instead of wheat flour, use soy flour, rice, potato, or cornmeal.



Helpful nutrients for this condition.

Free-form amino acid complex
Importance: Very High
Comments: Provides necessary protein that is easy for the body to use.
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Multivitamin and mineral complex
Importance: Very High
Comments: Provides needed vitamins and minerals. Wheat- and yeast-free form is recommended.
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Beta carotene
Importance: Very High
Comments: Wheat- and yeast-free form is recommended.
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Vitamin E
Importance: Very High
Comments: Wheat- and yeast-free form is recommended.
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Vitamin B complex
Importance: Very High
Comments: Promotes healthy digestion. Injections (under a physician's care) are recommended since they go past the digestive system.
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Vitamin B6 (pyridoxine)
Importance: Very High
Comments: Promotes healthy digestion. Injections (under a physician's care) are recommended since they go past the digestive system.
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Vitamin B complex
Importance: Very High
Comments: Injections are recommended. If injections are unavailable, sublingual forms are good. Wheat- and yeast-free form is recommended.
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Vitamin B13
Importance: Very High
Comments: Those with celiac disease often cannot absorb vitamin B12. May need injections. Lozenge or sublingual form is second recommendation.
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N-acetylglucosamine
Importance: Moderate
Comments: Promotes healthy mucous membranes in the intestinal lining.


Vitamin K
Importance: Moderate
Comments: Makes up for deficiency of vitamin K, which is often lacking in those with celiac disease.
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Alfalfa
Importance: Moderate
Comments: Makes up for deficiency of vitamin K, which is often lacking in those with this disorder.
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Zinc
Importance: Moderate
Comments: Promotes healing. Enhances immune system.
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Copper
Importance: Moderate
Comments: Balances zinc.
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Helpful herbs and supplements for this condition.

Alfalfa
Type: Internal
Purposes: Vitamin K deficiency in Celiac Disease may lead to a lack of clotting factors in the blood. Alfalfa has a high vitamin K content and is helpful in the treatment of celiac disease.
Dosage: 2,000 - 3,000 mg tablet daily
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Olive Leaf Extract and / or Goldenseal
Type: Internal
Purposes: Olive Leaf Extract have antibacterial and antibiotic properties that help to stimulate the body's resistance to infections.
Cautions: Do not take Goldenseal if you have any of the following: heart disease, diabetes, or glaucoma without a doctor's supervision. Goldenseal should not be taken if you are pregnant. Goldenseal is not to be taken for more than one week at a time.
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