Posted 27 May 2012 - 06:41 PM
Can anyone explain the science behind cross-contamination, and why it only takes a small amount to have an affect?
Posted 27 May 2012 - 06:51 PM
"The gluten-free diet is a lifetime requirement. Eating any gluten, no matter how small an amount, can damage your intestine. This is true for anyone with the disease, including people who do not have noticeable symptoms. It can take weeks for antibody levels (indicating intestinal damage) to normalize after a person with celiac disease has consumed gluten"
Really, it's a bit like a germ in our body. Germs aren't very big, but our immune system recognizes them as a problem and makes antibodies to attack. Gluten doesn't have to be a large amount to cause our confused, Celiac immune systems to recognize it and make antibodies. Only these antibodies don't attack the gluten, it's not alive, they attack the intestines so we don't absorb the gluten our immune systems think is evil.
"Children in a family are like flowers in a bouquet: there's always one determined to face in an opposite direction from the way the arranger desires."
~Ralph Waldo Emerson
Posted 27 May 2012 - 07:08 PM
With gluten intolerance, your body has decided that gluten is an invader, and it has the same response. Even if only a tiny, tiny amount comes in, you still get the fire hose.
- James Watson
My sources are unreliable, but their information is fascinating.
- Ashleigh Brilliant
Leap, and the net will appear.
Posted 29 May 2012 - 08:13 AM
Posted 29 May 2012 - 05:24 PM
If you don't know the story, the kids (or in this case bf) are asking why just a little bit won't hurt. You then bring the kids into the kitchen to bake some brownies. You then ask the kids to go to the catbox since you are out of chocolate chips. When the kids freak at the thought, you remind them that it is just a little bit. Point made.
Your body rebels against the gluten like most minds are rebelling against the thought of any amount of cat poo.
Milk free (all forms) since 1991
Feingold in 2003
First gluten-free round 2007
Now entering full time Gluten free, egg free, almond/peanut free
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