What is Celiac?

Celiac is a genetic disorder affecting children and adults. People with celiac disease are unable to eat foods that contain gluten, which is found in wheat and other grains. In people with celiac disease, gluten sets off an autoimmune reaction that causes the destruction of the villi in the small intestine. People with celiac disease produce antibodies that attack the intestine, causing damage and illness. Finding the cause of this disease is a priority of the Center for Celiac Research.

Nearly 1 out of every 133 Americans suffer from celiac disease, according to a study by the University of Maryland Center for Celiac Research in Baltimore. The research indicates that celiac disease is twice as common as Crohn’s disease, ulceric colitis and cystic fibrosis combined.

A blood test is now available to screen for the presence of specific antibodies. A biopsy of the intestine (before beginning a gluten free diet) is needed to make a final diagnosis.

Untreated celiac disease can be life threatening. Celiacs are more likely to be afflicted with problems relating to malabsorption, including osteoporosis, tooth enamel defects, central and peripheral nervous system disease, pancreatic disease, internal hemorrhaging, organ disorders (gall bladder, liver, and spleen), and gynecological disorders. Untreated celiac disease has also been linked an increased risk of certain types of cancer, especially intestinal lymphoma.

There are no drugs to treat celiac disease and there is no cure. But celiacs can lead normal, healthy lives by following a gluten free diet. This means avoiding all products derived from wheat, rye, and barley.

You will not outgrow the disease since celiac disease is now considered to be an autoimmune disorder like diabetes and rheumatoid arthritis.

Celiac Disease is not a food allergy; rather it is an autoimmune disease. Food allergies, including wheat allergy, are conditions that people can grow out of. Unfortunately, this is not the case with celiac disease.




Those Afflicted With Celiac Disease Find Probiotics Helpful for Nutrient Absorption
By Dr. Anthony Azar

According to the University of Chicago Celiac Disease Center, an average of one out of every 133 people in the United States suffers from the digestive disorder known as celiac disease. In actuality, this number is probably higher due to the fact that it’s a difficult disease to diagnose.

Celiac disease is an abnormal digestive condition triggered by the protein gluten. When people with celiac disease eat foods that contain gluten (proteins found in certain grains such as wheat, rye and barley), their immune system responds with a toxic reaction that causes chronic inflammation and damages the small intestine. This reaction blocks nutrient absorption so no matter how many nutrients enter the body, too few are utilized, leading to malnourishment. Other effects of celiac disease include episodes of depression and anxiety as well as a high level of gut barrier permeability, which allows harmful bacteria into the digestive system at a higher rate. Read more

A Celiac Blogger Reviews Vidazorb!

I must admit I was skeptical when I heard about Vidazorb. I did not know much about probiotics, I knew I wanted to try them with my Celiac disease and gastrointestinal issues. Probiotics have also been proven to help people trying to lose weight like me by helping the metabolism increase and regulating your body. It was tough because there are so many brands out there I did not know which would be best for me. Vidazorb is a chewable probiotic that does not need to be refrigerated! This is great for someone like me who is always on the go I can carry it anywhere. Read the rest of the review here!

We sampled the Plus version of Vidazorb.  The vanilla tablets are the size of a SweetTart candy, easy to chew and taste good.  My problem is remembering to take them.  My most recent solution has been to leave them on the table where I eat, so I cam reminded to have one after each meal.  Vidazorb recommends taking 1 tablet 3 times a day with meals.  Each tablet contains 50mg (5 billion CFU) L. Acidophilus (LA-5) and 50 mg (5 billion CFU) Bifidobacterium (BB-12), mannitol, crospovidone, sorbitol, lactitol, magnesium sterate, natural color, natural flavor, silicon dioxide, sucralose.  They are free of gluten, dairy, sugar & calories.

Read the full review here.

Other Resources

National Institute of Health


Everyday Health

Celiac Disease Foundation

Mayo Clinic

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