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Celiac

 

August 11, 2017



A study has found that the world’s best-selling herbicide Glyphosate, better known as Roundup, is linked to the global rise of Celiac disease, gluten intolerance and irritable bowel syndrome. The researchers say that, based on their findings, one in 20 people in North America and Western Europe now suffer from Celiac disease, which is essentially gluten intolerance.

Celiac disease is a digestive disease that damages the small intestine and interferes with absorption of nutrients from food. People who have Celiac disease cannot tolerate gluten, a protein in wheat, rye, and barley. Gluten is found mainly in foods but may also be found in everyday products such as medicines, vitamins, and lip balms.

When people with the condition eat foods that contain gluten, their immune systems respond by destroying or damaging villi -- the small, fiber-like protrusions that line the small intestine. Normally, villi allow food nutrients to be absorbed through the walls of the small intestine into the bloodstream, but without healthy villi, Celiac sufferers can become malnourished, regardless of the amount of food they ingest.

Is it possible that the massive rise in diagnoses of gluten insensitivity and Celiac disease is in some way linked to the medications people are taking? Another study published on-line in the journal Mayo Clinic Proceedings seems to suggest so, having found that the popular blood pressure drug Benicar (Olmesartan) often causes patients to develop symptoms of Celiac disease that later subside when the medication is ceased.

Dr. Joseph A. Murray, M.D., and his colleagues at the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minnesota, first made the observation after noting that 22 of the patients admitted to the center over a three-year period had symptoms of Celiac disease, but did not test positive for the condition in blood tests. Upon further investigation, the team determined that Olmesartan was the likely culprit.

When the patients with Celiac symptoms stopped taking Olmesartan, their symptoms largely disappeared, which suggests that the drug and potentially others in its class may be responsible for triggering allergic and gastrointestinal reactions. In fact, a follow-up investigation revealed that patients who took Olmesartan sustained very serious intestinal damage as a result of the drug, and that this damage began to heal when they stopped taking it.

Still another study, conducted by researchers from the University of Belgrade, Serbia, and published in the journal Clinical Biochemistry in 2009, suggested that treatment with antioxidants may be able to significantly reduce the symptoms of Celiac disease.

All people can improve their health by boosting their intake of antioxidant-rich foods. Studies have shown that berries and fruits are among the foods highest in antioxidants, particularly goji berries, acai berries, pomegranates, blueberries, blackberries, cranberries, raspberries, strawberries, cherries, and apples. In general, the more deep red or purple the color, the higher the antioxidant content.

Dried fruits are also high in antioxidants, with raisins and prunes ranking nearly as high as acai berries. Artichokes are the most antioxidant-rich vegetables, followed by green leafy vegetables and Russet potatoes. Among legumes, black and kidney beans are the richest in antioxidants.

What is the state of your health? Find a traditional naturopath to assist in bringing your body to a state of wholeness and wellness.

For comments and questions e-mail: [email protected] Susan (a nationally certified tui-na practitioner and instructor, and certified by ANCB as a Certified Traditional Naturopath) lives in Belize, Central America.

 

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