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Diabetes: Celiac Disease and Type 1 Diabetes - F. W. Scott's Research- Smoking Gun Evidence

This article was posted to the Celiac Listserv by Ashton Embry at: embrya@cadvision.com in January, 1998:

I became interested in the concept of a Paleolithic Diet in a circuitous way which began with the diagnosis of my oldest son with multiple sclerosis two and a half years ago. I hit the med library soon after I was told that there was no known cause and no effective treatment for MS. My goal was to determine the most likely cause and to then devise a therapy which countered this cause. After reading hundreds of papers and countless more abstracts I reached the conclusion that the main cause of MS is dietary and that dairy, gluten and saturated fat were the three main offending foods. I have summarized this analysis in an essay which is at

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The evidence I used to reach my interpretation was a combination of epidemiology, theory (molecular mimicry) and anecdotal data. After the essay was on the web I was contacted by Loren Cordain who pointed out that the foods implicated in MS were recently introduced to the human diet from a genetic point of view and he gave me the references to Boyd Eatons classic papers on Paleolithic Nutrition. From my geological background this concept seemed eminently reasonable so now I had an excellent unifying concept to go along with all the other data. One shortcoming of the evidence was that it was all circumstantial. There was no smoking gun evidence, that is, empirical evidence which demonstrates beyond a reasonable doubt that food proteins really do cause cell-mediated, organ-specific autoimmunity.

As a dutiful civil servant, I made one of my required pilgrimages to Ottawa last week to participate in various mind-numbing meetings. I had a free afternoon so I went out to the Nutrition Research Division of Health Canada where I had the good fortune to meet with Dr Fraser Scott. Dr. Scott has been studying the effect of diet on the development of Type 1 Diabetes in BBdp rats for 20 years. He and co-workers have demonstrated conclusively that Type 1 diabetes can be generated by proteins derived from wheat, soy and milk. So now I had found the smoking gun. Food proteins can indeed induce cell-mediated autoimmunity and not surprisingly the foods which supply the pathogenic proteins are those added to the human diet during the Neolithic. I believe Dr. Scotts work is of great significance for understanding the cause of autoimmune disease and strongly supports Eatons suggestion the diet of our ancestors is the best defense against the diseases of civilization.

References:
  • The best reference for Scotts work is: Scott, FW, 1996, Food-induced Type 1 Diabetes in the BB Rat. Diabetes/Metabolism Reviews, v.12, p. 341-359.
  • This paper summarizes all his results up to 1996 and contains references to all his earlier work.

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Carol Cannon
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I have celiac and diabetes and am interested in any recipes.
Thank you Carol

 
mary
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very informative--- I am interested in the idea of treating unresolved celiac with the Paleolithic diet. I am one of the celiacs who improved a good deal by giving up gluten, but have plateaued at a sick/tired level. My doctor has suggested a Paleolithic diet, which I am doing (12th day now). I would be interested in hearing from others who still had problems after giving up gluten, or others who have gone with the Paleolithic diet. Not an easy diet!




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Might want to look into a keto diet, I have UC on top of celiacs and keto is working great Yeah I have major nerve and brain issues with gluten, gluten ataxia with nerve issues and brain issues. Seems to cause my body to attack my brain and nerve system. My brain stumbles fogs, and starts looping, the confusion causes me to become really irritable, I call it going Mr Hyde. Like my mind will start looping constantly on thoughts and not move driving me literally mad, or it used to. Now days it is primary the numbness anger but the gut issues and sometimes random motor loss limit me motionless to the floor now days for the duration of the major anger effects. Used to be a lot more mental then painful gut. I did a mental trauma post on it on while back where I came out about all my mental issues with gluten.

^^^^^^ good info, tips and tricks^^^^^^^^^ yes, crumbs will make you sick. also, breathing flour/pancake mix, etc that is in the air because eventually, you're going to swallow some.

Hello I was diagnosed Dec 15 of last year and went totally gluten-free the next day. I actually got worse before I got better - it's a steep learning curve - but now, 4 1/2 months later I'm finally seeing improvement. Hang in there.

Called my GI doctor today to make sure he is going to look at my small intestine and do biopsy for Celiac for my EGD and he is. Thanks for the tip everyone about have to start eating gluten again. The office told me to break my gluten free diet and start eating gluten everyday until my EGD. Here's to being miserable again for a few weeks ???

I can completely relate! The horrible mental effects that I have been living with for years is the absolute worst side effect of eating gluten, HANDS DOWN. Worse than the endless tummy aches, worse than the constant diarrhea, worse than the week long migraines, worse than the daily fatigue and body pain.... I honestly though there was something seriously wrong with me and hated my life because of how I felt mentally. I always felt like I was drowning, not in control of my thoughts, trapped in some unexplained misery. My head was always so cloudy, and I was mad because I always felt so slow and stupid. I would feel so lethargic and sad and empty while at the same time be raging inside, wanting to rip out of my own skin. I was mean, terrible, would snap at the people closest to me for no good reason and just felt like I hated everyone and everything. Think of how crappy you feel when you have a terrible cold and flu - I felt that crappy, but mentally. Some days were really bad, some were mild. I always thought it was because I was getting a migraine, or because I had a migraine, or because I had just overcome a migraine, because I didn't sleep well, because....always a random reason to justify why we have all these weird unrelated symptoms before we get diagnosed. I'm happy to say that I have been gluten-free for about 2 months now and though I am not symptom free, the first thing that improved was my mood. I no longer feel foggy and miserable. For the first time in years, my head is clear, I can actually think, and I feel positive and like I am in control of what's going on in my head. I don't hate the world. I don't spend every day bawled up on the corner of the couch depressed and angry. The release of these horrible symptoms is enough to never make me want to cheat, no matter what I have to miss out on. So insane how a little minuscule amount of a stupid protein can wreck such havoc.