Does no one else see that article as overly alarmist?
We see plenty of highly-affected celiacs/NCGIs online but percentages have to be skewed by the more affected being online more, continuing the search for health.
I was amazed when I joined yahoo's bay area celiac group. Seemed out of ~30 ppl, only 2 or 3 still had any celiac-related problems at all.
It shouldn't be a news flash that scarred tissue doesn't always 100% heal.
Thinking not so much flattened villi as scalloping would/could be analogous to scarring, but I don't know enough biology to know. I know my own past gut pain felt more seriously physiological than flattened villi.
I haven't even bothered to look at this article because there has already been enough alarmist stuff printed about Celiac without adding to it with another. I do agree with you Tom and if people have the expectation that they probably won't heal, then they probably won't.
I was in pretty bad shape at diagnosis with virtually no villi left yet, after 7 years, feel great. I also cannot tolerate much dairy either so I guess maybe I haven't healed healed 100%. Who cares? This is why God designed a back up plan for the small intestine. He gave us 22 feet, with overlap on the absorption front, so if a part of it were compromised, then another portion would take over. I think the numbers of those who don't heal to the point where they cannot function normally after giving time for healing, is pretty low. Maybe this is designed to keep people afraid and running to doctors all the time.....good for business. I have 3 other autoimmune problems besides Celiac so I'm not someone who only had symptoms for a week.
I suffered long term but once diagnosed, healed well enough over time that I live a completely normal life. I find that those who still consume gluten and eat like most Americans are always complaining about their medical problems and have many more problems than I do.
As you age, body parts are not always going to work perfectly. That's normal for everyone. I think if gluten free were not enough, there would be an epidemic of people who just would not heal. The incidence is small and is usually the result of other conditions that come with a delayed diagnosis of celiac or illnesses that co-exist with it, like Crohn's or colitis.