Monday, April 26, 2010
Here’s the question: What happens if you have Celiac Disease but continue to eat gluten daily?
While I know this occurs, I can only think that a celiac who continues to eat gluten just hasn’t been properly educated. Either that or they have a bit of a death wish…
Celiac disease destroys the small intestine creating malabsorption of nutrients critical for good health, often with concurrent digestive complaints. It also puts a tremendous strain on the body’s immune system, the defender against infections and cancer. Celiac disease is an autoimmune disease and when you have it you are 5 times more likely to suffer from another autoimmune disease than the average population. Autoimmune diseases include such things as type 1 diabetes, rheumatoid arthritis, M.S., Sjogren’s, Lupus, fibromyalgia, Alzheimer’s, etc. Considering that all autoimmune diseases taken as a whole are the third leading cause of death, increasing one’s risk by 5 times is a very poor idea.
In a nutshell, continuing to consume gluten even monthly, let alone every day, is putting one on a fast train towards their mortality.
I can only think that the individual asking this question is one of those rare patients who has been diagnosed with celiac but doesn’t have too many symptoms…yet. But if the diagnosis is accurate, the symptoms will come, and how unfortunate to have known that they were preventable.
Ultimately we each have a wonderful, unique machine called the human body. We own it and it is all ours. While I recommend that you treat it well so that you can enjoy the experience of an optimally functioning machine, I can only recommend. In the final analysis the body is yours and you can do with it what you will.
However, if you continue to “cheat” because you don’t understand the ramifications of doing so, I heartily recommend that you get educated. While I’m a bit partial to my own book “The Gluten Effect”, readers continue to tell me that they feel it is extremely easy to read, understand and it has resulted in many, many individuals finally taking their gluten intolerance seriously. So I encourage you to read a book, blog and in some way get educated about the problems gluten can create.
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Dr Vikki Petersen
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Co-author of “The Gluten Effect”