-- The American Journal of Gastroenterology finds that more than 30% of patients with celiac disease following a gluten free (GF) diet fail to exhibit recovery of intestinal damage after 5 years on the medical necessary diet.
--Biopsies show that the intestinal lining of many Celiacs remains 'permanently inflamed' or damaged ten years after beginning a strict gluten-free diet.
--According to new studies, strict gluten-free Celiacs have a 3x higher rate of early death than non-Celiac individuals.
Keep in mind that the intestines are one of the fastest healing areas of our bodies. In the intestines, the average rate of cell turnover is 1 week. For severe injuries, such as puncture wounds to the intestines, the intestines can take two months to heal.
Obviously, there is something wrong with our present "gluten-free" diet.
Then I bumped into news articles about Dr. Osborne who advocate a completely grain-free diet for Celiacs. He also treats other auto-immune disorders with the same diet, such as lupus and hypothyroidism. He bases his belief on the fact that gluten is in all grains. This is contrary to the medical community's belief that Celiacs only react to the gliadin found in wheat, barley and rye.
Excerpt from a blog by a Celiac who was not healing and who decided to try Dr. Osborne's advice:
"My IGG level dropped from the 70's initially [after a gluten-free diet], but never got any lower than 33. My doctor suggested in 2005 that if the IGG level was still in the 30's after a couple years on the diet, it probably would not improve, and I most likely had some permanent damage from the disease that kept it still high. So I stopped testing at that point, deciding it was not worth the cost to track my progress. Out of curiosity, I decided to retest these antibodies again [after a grain-free diet] and to my amazement, my IGG level was at a 2, the lowest it has been since diagnosis and within normal range which is 0-19. This was exciting news.
Also, his absorption levels increased:
"Ferritin previously at 26 was now 73 (normal 10-291)
Vitamin B12 previously at 320 was now 451 (normal 211-911)
Vitamin D previously at 33.1 was now 39.2 (normal 4.8-52.8)"
"To me this is confirmation that Dr. Osborne and Elaine Gottschall were on the right track although years apart. So here I am on a grain-free diet hoping to share the wonderful information these two have given me with you."
If it is true that many Celiacs are reacting to gluten and not gliadin, this means that many Celiacs will need to make sure their vitamins and supplements do not contain rice, corn and other inflammatory ingredients.
Dr. Osborne also says that grass-fed meat and dairy products are required as opposed to grain-fed.
Edited by Dotty1, 08 April 2011 - 11:31 AM.