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Celiac Disease

by Allergy Guy

Celiac Disease

Celiac disease is a disorder that causes severe symptoms when you eat gluten.

Stop eating gluten, and the short-term symptoms are reversed.

Celiac disease is hereditary. If you have the genes for it, inherited from either or both of your parents, then you have celiac for the rest of your life.

This sounds bad, but unlike many other hereditary diseases, it is relatively easy to manage: just stop eating gluten.

True, avoiding gluten is easier said than done. However, it is possible to avoid gluten and still eat well.

In fact, you will find that your diet is much better without gluten.

Gluten is found in wheat, barley, rye and oats. There is debate about how harmful the gluten in oats actually is for celiac, but I recommend you avoid oats as well. Most celiac do not do well on oats.

Processed food uses a lot of highly-refined wheat flour, which quite frankly, is bad for everyone’s health.

By avoiding gluten, you will find yourself gravitating towards more healthy foods.

The challenge is less available convenience foods, but this is changing as more and more manufacturers supply gluten-free snacks and foods.

Warning: if you have celiac disease and continue to eat gluten for an extended period of time, you will do permanent damage to your body.

Celiac Damage

If you eat gluten, the first set of effects is in your small intestine.
The villi become damaged, leading to poor absorption of essential nutrients from your food, but at the same time, the body absorbs partially digested food, polluting the blood stream.

Poor absorption of nutrients leads to deficiencies in key vitamins and minerals. Anaemia is common amongst celiacs who continue to eat gluten-containing foods.

Eventually, extensive long-term damage can effect all the internal organs, and can be fatal.

There is also a higher incidence of bowel cancer among celiacs who fail to eliminate gluten from their diet.

Celiac Symptoms

See celiac symptoms for a list of symptoms associated with celiac disease.

Gluten-Free Diet

A gluten free diet is the only known way to manage celiac disease. See gluten-free and gluten free diet for more information.

Celiac Disease Management

News Flash! A new drug, larazotide, is being tested for its ability to control some of the damage caused by gluten. See Celiac Disease Cure? for details.

External Links

See gluten free diet links.

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1 Annu June 9, 2013 at 19:55

I was wondering if you could please recommend some reliable books on celiac disease. I would like to learn more about the causes and long term effects of celiac disease. I am recently diagnosed and I’m finding so much conflicting information and i have a lot of questions. For example, I sometimes think I have a gluten reaction to corn, but I’m never sure if I ate corn contaminated with wheat or if it is the corn I am reacting to. Can corn trigger gluten reactions? Some websites advocate giving up grains entirely, but does this include rice? I always feel fine when I eat rice. How much damage does eating Chinese food with a wheat-containing soy sauce do? It’s such a small amount of wheat and this is a rare indulgence for me.

The articles on this site and your replies to comments seem to be both well researched and to have, that rarity on the Internet, common sense. Thank you so much for your time and effort in providing this excellent resource!


2 Allergy Guy July 29, 2013 at 17:45

Hi Annu, I’ve started an article for you on gluten free books, some of which you may find helpful.
If anyone has books to suggest, please follow the link above and add a comment.


3 Gail Tomlinson September 16, 2012 at 16:40

My husband has just reminded me that since starting my gluten free diet, on being diagnosed with celiac decease, I have not once need my ventolin inhaler. Coincidence or proof or a direct connection.


4 mario September 17, 2012 at 22:13

HI GAIL primary cause of respiratory problems is nerve impairment or even damage eighter by chemicals or fungal infection.candida is well known for it,as it burns or ferments ingredients which are responsible for neurotransmission.pesticides and chemicals block neuro transmission also.well known fact farmers using pesticides and house wives using insecticides owen cleaners ect getting motor neurone disease including bladder cancer and other associated health problems,beer drinkers vegemite eaters and bread with yeast,and rest of fungal foods.my friend who is hooked on beer matured vines,i mean vines $600 a bottle,very matured expensive cheeses,had his blood pressure constantly about 220.doctors have tried all blood pressure medications available,did not work.he has disputed my diet,so he can continue to be slave of candida.finaly he understood what im talking.trick is candida during fermentation increases heat that fermented rot is delivered to body cells as food,and still ferments,there for every cell in the body may get swollen.kidneys most delicate organs their fine filters get swollen,closing up,then blood pressure have to rise naturaly puting strain on heart.what you have to understand that medical schools are sponsored by big pharmas and likes.candida kills daily millions of people around the world,but cause of death is described as renal failure pneumonia cancer on particular organ and so on.aids infected people dont die from aids,they die from pneumonia,due to their imune system is supressed by aids virus,or switched of if you like.with every breath we take we inhale countless nasties.without imune system we will grow mushrooms on outside of our bodies,like one of my friend,he have lichens groving on his tongue.you can see these flat white lichens growing on dead or diseased trees.if only people can understand what im talking,hospitals trugh the world would be empty, and doctors would have to bribe us to get sick. problem with medical science is they dont see that body is sick from candida wich makes body unable to to diggest,then they blaiming particular nutritional foods for it .while on other hand they promoting unhealthy foods as healthy.if i had collective thinking and did not wake up to my common sense ,i would be dead decades ago.regards dr fungus


5 Allergy Guy September 18, 2012 at 08:29

I don’t agree 100% with you, Mario. While damage to nerves may be a factor (I’m not qualified to know one way or the other), it is well known that different people have different asthma triggers.

Based on the comments on this thread, it appears that eliminating gluten/wheat can reduce or eliminate symptoms for many people. In my mind this does not really support your theory, in my opinion. Still, what you say is interesting and may well be a factor, despite my skepticism.


6 mario September 19, 2012 at 06:20

HI ALLERGY GUY thanks for your comment im not qualified for anything but my longevity curiousity and nature is my uni degree.im mechanicaly and practicaly minded and courious about anything.working as handyman i have seen timber pergolas rotted with plastic paint finish on them lasted few years.i asked advice in paint shop from experts,they told me no you cant use timber oil then finish it of with flat plastic paint it wont work.as usual i had another idea,i knew that timber does crack and plastic paint creates entry for rain into timber where it gets trapped it cant dry quick and thats what is the problem.firstly i gave few coats of oil for timber in summer let it dry for weeks then i apply flat plastic paint on top despite experts advice.believe it or not for 30years that timber did not rot,so much for the qualified experts.back to nerve damage which impares certain organ function.i have said it maybe previously not sure on which forum.when americans were in vietnam war some 40 years ago soldiers who come back from their duty from one of the rivers there ,most of them were bleeding trugh their skin and died by the morning.americans were investigating war finished they could not find the cause.25 yeras later vietnamese scientist have pinpointed that along this river lives specific kind of rat,ant its droppigs when dry and soldiers trample on it inhaling this dust caused them to bleed to death.vietnam scientists did not elaborate further for our media.trick is our blood has 13 components on of it is thrombin,which is like hardener for glue to hold if thats good comparison.our skin is porous like netting nerves responsible for sending message to thrombin are impared by toxic rats droppings dust,so thrombin is not regulating blood vscosity,not too thick not too thin shuld be nice and easy flowing.vithout this nerve message blood is too thin and leaks trough skin.two stroke motor bike has petrol and oil tank separately as you accelerate petrol gravity feed and oil pump work tandemly in designated proportion of the mixture rating for two stroke engines.what happens when electric wire which suplies oil pump is broken or for some other reason does not send message to oil pump,bike would not go for wery long and its engine would be damaged.thats the very reason i have said in my post why it is no good to have brain where doctors should become mechancs before they study medicine.nerves are most neglected by medical proffesion because they not solid wires,and they get so easy impared,and so hard to work it out.feaces of any kind of animals or human are already fungal and toxic before they even expelled,imagine what happen when they dry on sun and wind blows them into our very noses in such smal particles we dont even smell a rat.keep up good forum regards dr fungus WERE ARE ALL OUR FORUMERS ARE THEY ALL HEALTHY OR THEY IN HOSPITAL BEDS NOT HAVING COMPUTORS


7 Penny June 4, 2012 at 11:51

Hi Everyone I just wanted to let you know that my B12 levels for the first time in my life are within normal levels since going Grain Free. Injections, supplements, and doing both never increased my levels, but as soon as I stopped all grains–within a week my levels went from below 200 to 291 and I just had more blood work and they are now at a healthy 383. Allergy Guy I know you don’t support going grain free, but I have to tell you it’s been the best thing that ever happened to me. I feel great for the first time in over 25 years. Food intolerances can do a number on a persons health. It’s everyones best interest to know ever food you are intolerant to and avoid it.


8 Allergy Guy June 4, 2012 at 12:29

Hi Penny,

Glad to hear your B12 levels are up, that’s fantastic!

I’m not sure why you say I don’t support going grain-free. I support primarily going gluten-free, and some people do better cutting out all grains. That’s what a big part of this whole website is about!

Do please tell me what I’ve said that makes you think otherwise so I can edit it and clarify the message!


9 timothy April 12, 2010 at 17:04

I love nutritional supplements. Is there any that one can take in order to either forestall gluten production in the body or be free from gluten allergy?Besides, is the connection between gluten and celiac disease undeniable?


10 admin April 12, 2010 at 19:06

Hi Timothy,
Gluten is not produced in the body. It is produced by plants, specifically wheat, oats, barley ,and rye.

Celiac disease is, by definition, the connection between the damage caused by gluten and the genetics that makes some people to susceptible to this damage.

In other words, not everyone has a problem with gluten, but if you have celiac disease, there is no doubt that you must eliminate gluten from your diet.


11 MARIO July 27, 2011 at 05:34

HI TIMOTHY gluten is highly nutritional part of grains our body should be not deprived of it but the trick is when one is candidaly infected what ever is consumed it is fermented not digested this creates toxins and ethanol more nutritious food is stronger toxins this creates whole body inflamation litle guys in our gut called willies are responsible for food absorbtion they get inflamed cant perform further more candida affects liver kidneys brain and most important one are involuntary nerves vhich are responsible for whole body function also every cell in our body is affected it practicaly feeds on rot which is end producd after fermentation


12 Allergy Guy July 27, 2011 at 09:53

Never the less, gluten causes huge problems for many people. Often, people have health problems with more than one cause. Celiac disease is the worst example of gluten intolerance. In other words, many people must ‘deprive’ themselves of gluten in order to be healthy. At the same time, it is well worth looking into candida (yeast infection) as well.


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