For the past decade or so, Celiac disease has been in the news. It is an autoimmune disorder that is marked by gluten sensitivity. It usually affects the small intestine when a person eats gluten, a protein often found in wheat, rye and barley. It can damage the lining of the intestine and cause diarrhea, fatigue, weight loss, bloating and anemia. About 1 percent of the population in Western countries has celiac disease. This disease has spawned a whole new food generation that is gluten-free.
In the Huffington Post, new research that was published in Science, suggests the Reovirus might trigger the immune response that leads to celiac disease. (Mice, not humans were used in this study.) Once the mouse was genetically engineered to be susceptible to celiac, they were exposed to the reovirus and fed gluten. Their inflammatory response was similar to humans with celiac. Patients with celiac disease had higher levels of antibodies against reovirus than the control population.
Further research needs to be done, but down the road, experts hope to develop a vaccine against the reovirus. This vaccine may be the first step in preventing celiac disease.
Here’s to your Health!
Kim Lowrey, Certified Colon Hydrotherapist
Colon Hydrotherapy Center, Fayetteville, AR