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Gluten intolerance could be caused (and prevented) by a common virus

 

http://newatlas.com/celiac-triggering-virus-vaccine/48890/


"A new study has found that a virus could trigger a gluten intolerance, providing hope for a vaccine for celiac disease

Just what causes the condition isn't fully understood, but it's believed to be the result of a mix of mostly genetic factors. Now, researchers have found that a common virus, introduced to the body at just the right stage of development, could set the stage for the disease – and vaccinating against that virus could help prevent it from ever taking hold."

 

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That would be great news. I hope they do further investigation.

 

This reminds me of the doctor who proved that the majority of ulcers are caused by the bacteria H. pylori. He couldn't get anyone to believe him, so he gave himself an ulcer with H. pylori and then cured it with antibiotics.

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@ChynnaBlue

 

Yes, I still remember that story when it first ran on 60 minutes so many years ago.  I often think what other wonderful discoveries are being shut down just because no one will consider the possibilities of a new way of thinking.  That was a perfect example where the simple solution impacted that highly lucrative area of the pharmaceutical industry.  It was a stressful time and many people had ulcers – and that meant they would be on ulcer medication for a very long time.  Once he got publicity and proved his theory most ulcers were cured in 8-10 day on antibiotics. 

 

I just saw on the news last night that they have created a tiny little patch from tissue – about the size of a pinky fingernail, or even smaller – that could help repair most hearts following a heart attack.  This little patch of tissue was beating, just like a heart.  It was amazing to see and think of the potential for so many in the future. 

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My dil's mother has celiacs. She was here for Passover and I gladly kept foods separate and heeded her dietary needs. She's not obnoxious w/ it and just sits down to eat and if not sure, just passes it up and goes on to the next dish offered. 

 

When I've gone to a restaurant w/ her, she doesn't make a big deal. Orders from a gluten free menu if available & if not, orders from regular menu w/o any fanfare.

 

My daughter who does not have celiacs, but decided she was gluten intolerant, makes everyone miserable w/ only going to certain restaurants, talking constantly about what she can't eat & brings a huge box of her own foods w/ her (we DO have grocery stores here). 

 

It's a disease to live with and many who think they have it & are eating gluten free have driven up the the prices of gluten free foods. 

 

At Passover, a box of gluten free matzo was $8.00!!! Regular matzo less than 1/2 that.

 

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Means absolutely nothing now  It's just a study with about 200  "coulds".  Perhaps something will come of it, perhaps not.  We'll have to wait a few years and see.   Gluten nintolerance isn't really even considered to be a disease in medicical circles because there is no test for it, no observable signs.  It's based soley on the patient's complaints, it's 100% subject.  However, since we don't need gluten, clinicians are fine with recommending a gluten free diet if the patient wants it.    Of course Celiac Disease is a true medical condition that can be diagnosed with a biopsy but it's not to be confused with gluten intolerance. 

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@ChynnaBlue wrote:

That would be great news. I hope they do further investigation.

 

This reminds me of the doctor who proved that the majority of ulcers are caused by the bacteria H. pylori. He couldn't get anyone to believe him, so he gave himself an ulcer with H. pylori and then cured it with antibiotics.




Sort of....   That was what convinced many, many reseachers to investigate his theory and it proved to be correct.   It was the reseach and identical results from many different studies that identified H.Pylori. 

 

 

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@chrystaltree I am pretty sure there is a simple blood test for gluten intolerance. 

 

Yes I just did Google serch.

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@Nomorebirthdays wrote:

@chrystaltree I am pretty sure there is a simple blood test for gluten intolerance. 

 

Yes I just did Google serch.


 

       There isn't.  There isn't even a blood test for Celiac, the only way to diagnose that is with egd with biopsy.  I work closely with a team of gastroenteroligist and one of their specialities is Celiac Disease so they see a lot of patients from all over the world who for aren't diagnosed with Celiac but the patients report symptons which for lack anything definitive are deemed to be glucose intolerance.  The test you probably found is the glucose TOLERANCE test which is used to diagnose diabetes. 

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I hope in my lifetime a cure is found. I have lived with it and not fun.

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@chrystaltree an Iga antibody blood test will detect gluten intolerance,  among other tests. I am a nurse I know what a glucose tolerance test is. Yes a biopsy is needed to diagnose celiac, but doctor would do blood Iga antibody test first. Although I ga antibody could be negative and still have celiac but that would be rare.