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If they found a pill that would neutralize the effects of gluten on your body (sort of like the pill people take who are lactose intolerant), would you use it?   72 members have voted

  1. 1. If they found a pill that would neutralize the effects of gluten on your body (sort of like the pill people take who are lactose intolerant), would you use it?

    • Yes, definitely -- all the time
      26
    • Sometimes, but only when I am eating out
      19
    • Sometimes, maybe once or twice a week
      8
    • No, I'd be afraid that it wouldn't work
      7
    • No, I don't think I could ever look at wheat the same way
      12

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It could happen, eventually.....

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Considering all of the things that wheat does to my body, I would be afraid of what the pill would to me! There are too many side-effects to everything!

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There is already a doctor who believes he has found a cure for the disease, and has claimed he is treating 5 patients at the moment and have all showed signs of improvement..

Also, there is a team of scientists in Melbourne, Australia who are currently working towards a cure, and aim to have one in the next 10 year period.

And yes if it gave me hope to eating a normal diet again, i would do it.

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I don't believe in taking medications when I can control something without them. What about side effects? Although it would be wonderful to not worry about accidents...

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Dr. Khoslav(sp?) has already found the enzyme and is now testing it. he is a doctor at stanford(where i live) his son is in our rock group

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Maybe the pill will work now, but what will the unknown/unstudied side effects be 20 or 30 years from now? If someone is coming up with a cure, that's amazing! But until then, a glutenfree diet is a very healthy diet...

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The thought of someday being able to take a pill that would allow us to eat gluten is amazing. At the same time, like a lot of you, questions are raised to my mind. What about possible side effects? And yeah, a gluten-free diet is really healthy! I could definitely see myself trying it out when *and if* it is offered to the population.

I wonder, and so feel free to respond to this: Would this pill mean as much to those who have grown up their whole lives gluten-free as opposed to those of us who found out they had Celiac in their late teens? When those of you who have grown up gluten-free see gluten products, do you crave to have them, or has the diet become such a pattern in your life, that gluten doesn't appeal to you that much? Like i said, feel free to throw out any comments you have on it, because I'd be really interested in knowing your thoughts.

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I was dx'ed when I was 25, but I don't think I'd rely on a pill like that. For lactost intolerance, maybe, but for this... well, lactose doesn't cause real physical damage! It's not that hard to give up gluten, and while I would consider using it, it would only be for eating out, and I'd still try to make sensible choices on the ordering anyway.

Yeah, I miss bread and pizza and all that, but I never knew that my intestines don't have to growl, or all sorts of other things about my digestive system were not quite normal. I wouldn't want to have to worry that I took a pill with enough enzyme to break down Xmg of gluten, but I ingested X+1mg of gluten, and would have damage and symptoms.

Not to mention I'd worry about side effects as well, 'cause I get 'em all.

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If they came up with a pill that enables you to eat gluten, I would take it from time to time because my side-effects are not as bad as many other people's. For example, once a week I might sneek a little cracker or something in and my body won't react because it was such a small amount. I consider myself very lucky! :)

_-Holly-_

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I was dx'ed when I was 25, but I don't think I'd rely on a pill like that. For lactost intolerance, maybe, but for this... well, lactose doesn't cause real physical damage! It's not that hard to give up gluten, and while I would consider using it, it would only be for eating out, and I'd still try to make sensible choices on the ordering anyway.

Yep...good point.....and you can deal with celiac disease w/o medications, anyway....I don't have issues w/ the gluten-free diet, either, but am disappointed with the lunches I now get from school...in these past few months of school when I started the gluten-free diet, I get nothing but fish EVERY SINGLE DAY AT SCHOOL FOR LUNCH (you aren't supposed to bring your own) ....and I now hate seafood and can hardly eat it, anymore :wacko: I can deal with that, too, though, I guess.

-celiac3270

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Being lactose intolerant and having tried those Lactaid tablets I have to say that they only work a little bit some of the time. The treated products like Lactaid milk are fine, but the problem with the tablets is that the enzyme just doesn't have enough time to work in my gut. From the time that I ingest the lactose to the time that I have symptoms is too quick for the Lactaid tablet to break down the lactose. I still use the tablets every now and again, but only when I am prepared to pay the consequences. I would not be certain that I could trust a product like this designed for gluten intolerance, but if it worked well I'd probably use it on occasion.

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Yep...the longer I'm on the diet, the less I like the idea of depending on a medication...even if they think it works initially, what if they found problems with it later?....celiac disease is something we can deal with w/o pills, so going against what is best for our bodies (to just avoid gluten) might not be the best solution.

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I would hesitate using the pill all the time and eating whatever I wanted, but I would certainly try it for eating out. That is the only time I get contaminated, since our house is gluten-free. But it seems like almost everytime I eat at someone elses house or a restaurant I get sick from contamination. If the pill could help me from getting so sick it would make my life a little easier. I am certainly healthier now on a gluten free/ dairy free diet and for the first time in over 9 years I am losing weight without trying! Why would I want to risk my health just to be able to eat gluten! No way.

celiac3270, that isn't right that your school does not allow you to bring lunch from home. You could probably fight that. You have a disability (of a sort) and they have to comply. They cannot feed you the same thing all the time and not allow you choices. You might want to check into changing that for the coming year.

God bless,

Mariann

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Hi everyone! I would love to have a pill that would allow me to eat gluten. I have been gluten-free since i was 18 months old. I'm now 18 and i will tell u all that i have gone grocery shopping with my parents and half the time, i'll stop and look at things that i know i can't eat and wish that i could. The hardest part was when i was in elementary school and i felt so different.

I wish deep down that i could eat wheat, but i've accepted it. The gluten-free diet is really healthy, but sometimes i wish i could go with my friends and pig out on things like pizza and other foods which are banned from my diet.

Anyways, I just thought that i would share my opinion with all of you.

Oh yea, i think it is easier for ppl who have recently been diagnosed with celiac disease to say that they won't take the pill, whereas people who have been diagnosed with celiac disease since they were REALLY young will want to take the pill.

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i think it is easier for ppl who have recently been diagnosed with celiac disease to say that they won't take the pill, whereas people who have been diagnosed with celiac disease since they were REALLY young will want to take the pill.

I can see your point. Maybe it is because those of us who have just recently been diagnosed, still remember how sick we were. You are fortunate to had been diagnosed early in your life. Some of us had to suffer for 30+ years first. :huh:

If it was quaranteed that we would not get sick again, then maybe I would consider taking it on a regular basis. I just hesitiate doing anything that might make me as sick (or sicker) than I was before. <_<

God bless,

Mariann

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I can see your point. Maybe it is because those of us who have just recently been diagnosed, still remember how sick we were.

You know, it's so funny because even though I was diagnosed when I was 17 and I had been sooooo extremely sick (throwing up every morning, dropping down to barely 100 lbs from about 130 in maybe less then a month) I think I even forgot to what extent I was in pain, because I recently had a run in with gluten and I got so sick and the horrible horrible pain came back and i was like "oh my goodness, i can't believe this is what i was putting up with for all of my life." I didn't enjoy the vivid memories being brought back, but at the same time I think i needed that wake up call to show to me that being gluten-free really is a true blessing, so that I can function from day to day without worrying whether I'm close enough to a bathroom and if i'll be able to stay out for the night with my friends, and not have to skip out halfway through to go home and be doubled up in pain.

Okay sorry, that was kind of off the subject. I guess what I am trying to say though is that there are going to be times when it's really tempting to side step your diet, but the end result of it is not worth it at all.

I think it has also made me change my feelings a bit about the pill; if it is guaranteed that it will protect me from any harm gluten can do to my body, then yeah, maybe i'd take it once and awhile, but I'm not at all interested in being back in the shape I was for the first 17 years of my life.

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I can understand the pain. I've cheated many times, and always regretted it later. I've been on the gluten-free diet for 17 years. I honestly say that it was hard for me to make new friends, because when i was younger i was afraid to tell people. I didn't like being different from anyone else. I feel now that i'm am in good shape from being on the gluten-free diet. But let me tell you after 17 years i would love to be normal, even for a day without worrying about pain, i would be frist in line to get that pill.

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I can understand the pain. I've cheated many times, and always regretted it later. I've been on the gluten-free diet for 17 years. I honestly say that it was hard for me to make new friends, because when i was younger i was afraid to tell people. I didn't like being different from anyone else. I feel now that i'm am in good shape from being on the gluten-free diet. But let me tell you after 17 years i would love to be normal, even for a day without worrying about pain, i would be frist in line to get that pill.

I have never cheated, but see where you're coming from with a lot of your comments. I don't like to talk to people about it, either. I don't have problems making friends, but try to avoid food situations or talking about it.

I still wouldn't use something like that....after all, they're always finding complications or problems with drugs later on...I wouldn't want to find out 20 years later that the medicine just alleviated symptoms, and still wreaked havoc on my intestines....it seems like a risk.......anyway....I can see your point, though.

-celiac3270

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Ummm I was diagnose liek a week ago and im in shock theres no pill for this and frankly I dont know how anyone wouldnt want to take it! JUST THINK PIZZA!!! so if someone could make up a pill i would be ALLLLL ABOUT IT!!! BRING ON THE GLUTEN PILL!!!!

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Wow, i hope 2 heck that they come out w/ that. . . n it WORKS!!!!!

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Yep...the longer I'm on the diet, the less I like the idea of depending on a medication...even if they think it works initially, what if they found problems with it later?....celiac disease is something we can deal with w/o pills, so going against what is best for our bodies (to just avoid gluten) might not be the best solution.

I agree. I have been on the diet for 7 years now and the more time that goes by the less and less I crave gluten. I know that I can never cheat because it effects me so badly, so why even sulk about it! I also believe that if we aren't supposed to eat something, then we should eat it... pill or no pill.

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If they came up with a pill that enables you to eat gluten, I would take it from time to time because my side-effects are not as bad as many other people's. For example, once a week I might sneek a little cracker or something in and my body won't react because it was such a small amount. I consider myself very lucky! :)

_-Holly-_

Do you have Celiac Disease or gluten intolerance? With Celiac, EVERYONE reacts to ANY gluten. Just bc you don't feel the effects doesn't mean that there is not damage happening internally! I was told this straight from my GI specialist!

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Gotta be honest -- I wouldn't want the pill. For one, why would you want to put yet another chemical in your body? And second...the stuff we aren't eating isn't good for you any way. I'd much rather look and feel better -- which I do -- than take a pill so I can pack on the pounds and eat foods that do nothing to help my immune system or abs. :)

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I'd take the pill but I wouldn't eat gluten. I'd use it for those times that I want to eat out and have a gluten free menu but am scared and take the pill just in case it is cross contaminated or something just to avoid the reaction.

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