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    Celiac Disease Patients Show Different Gut Microbia Compared to Non-Celiacs

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    Celiac.com 11/29/2007 - Studies have documented the role of gut microbiotic bacteria in diseases involving chronic inflammation, such as celiac disease, yet there is scant data on such bacteria that is specific to people with celiac disease. A team of Spanish and Italian researchers from three different hospitals and universities made up of Yolanda Sanz, Ester Sanchez, Marta Marzotto, Miguel Calabuig, Sandra Torriani, and Franco Dellaglio set out to determine what differences might exist between the microbiotic bacteria in the guts of children with celiac disease compared to a healthy control group of their peers.

    The team conducted a denaturing gradient gel electrophoresis analysis of fecal samples from both the celiac and the control groups. They found that children with celiac disease had a more diverse profile of intestinal microbiotic bacteria than did the healthy control subjects.

    The children with celiac disease were characterized by the presence of Lactobacillus curvatus, Leuconostoc mesenteriodes, and Leuconostoc carnosum, whereas the members of the healthy control group were characterized by the presence of Lactobacillus casei. Conversely, the bifidobacterium population was much greater in the members of the healthy control group than among the children with celiac disease.

    The healthy control group showed particularly high populations of bifidobacterium adolescentis compared to the celiac patients. The team has called for more research into which populations of the various gut microbial are affected by celiac disease. This may lead to a possible role for probiotics and/or prebiotics in returning the balance of the gut microbes in those with celiac disease.

    FEMS Immunol Med Microbiol. 2007 Dec;51(3):562-8


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    I know I have been taking probiotics and have not been sick for over 2 years now. I KNOW probiotics help. Not only celiacs can benefit from them. Between Omega 3 fish or cod liver oils and probiotics I am a new woman:]

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    Guest Dr.Kapil Kumar Juneja

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    I don't know weather probiotics must to be taken by celiacs or not. The reported article is not recommending then concretely. The author should come out with definite recommendations.

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    I have suspected that my husband has celiac for years. He has a problem with his stomach. He had a stomach doctor tell him that he had a bacteria in his stomach that he didn't know what it was. The doctor had never seen it before. The doctor put him on an antibiotic and sent him on his way. My husband took the medicine but threw it back up every time. When the doctor was told he commented that whatever the bacteria was it wasn't going to kill my husband and then sent him home. To this day my husband has the problem.

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    Guest Meaghann Beeching- Myers

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    In 1977, whilst living in Italy, I started demonstrating celiac symptoms. At that time the Italian Doctors would not acknowledge this disease. Nice to read that they are now part of a research team. It was an Australian Doctor that put me on the right path. I am Australian and very proud of the research that has been done in this country. They have been advising probiotics and I have started taking them. Within two weeks bloating, skin issues, malabsorption of food, shaking and fuddled thinking have disappeared. I highly recommend probiotics for all celiacs.

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    I think it is important to note that this article is implying that there is a *right type* of bacteria. So all probiotics may not be helpful. Particularly 'bifidobacterium adolescentis' which I do not see in many probiotics.

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    I am searching for information to help my 10 year old son. He was diagnosed with EE 2 1/2 years ago. His dad is a celiac. I am trying to find out about any possible links. My options for controlling the EE are becoming harder and harder to believe.

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    I went 35 years suffering from undiagnosed celiac disease. Now, four years later, only if I take probiotics daily do I have relatively normal digestion and stools. I have heard MDs tell me that if I stay on a gluten free diet, I should be able to digest easily. They were wrong; only if I maintain a gluten free diet *and* daily take probiotics, does my digestion work effectively. Thanks for the supportive article.

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    Do you know if digestive enzymes like those found in Digest Gold would be beneficial to a celiac to return the intestinal tract to its' best health? I religiously do a gluten-free diet, but want to return to best possible health.

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    Jefferson Adams is Celiac.com's senior writer and Digital Content Director. He earned his B.A. and M.F.A. at Arizona State University, and has authored more than 2,000 articles on celiac disease. His coursework includes studies in biology, anatomy, medicine, science, and advanced research, and scientific methods. He previously served as SF Health News Examiner for Examiner.com, and devised health and medical content for Sharecare.com. Jefferson has spoken about celiac disease to the media, including an appearance on the KQED radio show Forum, and is the editor of the book "Cereal Killers" by Scott Adams and Ron Hoggan, Ed.D.

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