Celiac Disease

Celiac disease (sprue) is an intestinal malabsorption syndrome characterized by diarrhea, malnutrition, and abnormally low calcium in the blood. A biopsy of the small intestine in this condition reveals microvilli that are flattened, thus significantly reducing absorptive surfaces. Because of this malabsorption, people with this condition are usually deficient in the fat soluble vitamins (A, D, E), the B-complex vitamins (especially B-12), iron, selenium, and zinc. These can be provided by the Stress Formula – to which it may be beneficial to also add extra amounts of any factors for which deficiencies appear severe, tapering off as no longer required.

Celiac disease is caused by intolerance to gluten (a complex protein found in wheat, rye, oats, barley, spelt, kamut and triticale), most likely due to a genetic enzyme weakness. It is usually accompanied by lactose intolerance, the inability to break down milk sugar. Complete recovery from this condition is possible only when all glutinous grains and all milk products (except ghee) are completely removed from the diet. A little bit of a poison is still a poison. Consuming even a tiny bit of the offending foods will bring a return of the condition.

See also the chapters, “One’s Food is Another’s Poison” and “It Begins with Digestion”, in NUTRITIONAL SOLUTIONS FOR 88 CONDITIONS  (available at Amazon.com)

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