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Where Am I Going With Pathogens And Celiac

Posted by , 31 August 2006 · 324 views

Pathogens and Celiac
One thing that has recently got my attention is that I found out about two pathogens that seem to look a lot like gliadin. Those two being the fungi Candida albicans and the virus adenovirus 12. What interests me most is not that I think that they are a cause of Celiac Disease, though who knows for sure, but that this could be the reason why HLA-DQ2 and HLA-DQ8 even exist as part of our defence system.

I had wondered after I learned about Celiac Disease and the immune system whether the immune system was just responding to what was an ancient non existent pathogen or perhaps to some current day pathogen and that gluten (and in this case the gliadin part) just looked like the pathogen.

And according to studies (look up gliadin and adenovirus or gliadin and candida) it looks like this may just be the case.

Perhaps folks with these genes were naturually selected (survival of the fittest) because we fought off a pathogen whereas folks without the gene did not. And now with the recent addition (well within the last few thousand I think) of wheat and other glutenous grains (that contain gliadin like parts) we have been under attack by the pathogen of gluten. An infection that the body doesn't seem to ever get rid of until we actually listen to our bodies and remove the wheat, barley and rye from our diets.

I'm sure that there will be more to follow, but this seems like a decent start to tell you where I'm going with this all.

Any and all comments very much appreciated.

Thanks,
Mike

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