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Anyone Else Tired Of "celiac" Vs "gluten Sensitive"?

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I had another thought about the genetic issue...

How about if we compare celiac disease to breast cancer for a moment?

Like celiac, there is a gene that increases your risk of developing breast cancer (BRCA1). However, not everyone who has this gene gets breast cancer... and not everyone who gets breast cancer has the gene. There are lots of other factors involved: exposure to environmental contaminants, diet, the balance of hormones in your body (birth control pills and HRT increase your risk), etc... What makes breast cancer so different from celiac disease is that the prevention and treatment are very different. Prevention involves eating a good diet, mammograms, breastfeeding, avoiding exposure to chemicals like dry cleaning solvents, etc... Treatment involves surgery, chemotherapy, and/or radiation... so it really matters if you have active breast cancer or not!

With celiac disease, prevention and treatment are the same... don't eat gluten.

Western medicine is VERY much built on the breast cancer model... identify diseases and treat them aggressively with drugs, surgery, etc... People with severe celiac disease are in a similar crisis and need aggressive treatment, but everyone else is on the "prevention" side of things... which is not the strong suit of Western medicine. No wonder so many people don't understand gluten intolerance or even celiac disease! If you have a first-degree relative with celiac or you know you have one of the genes, you should either stop eating gluten or commit to screening on a regular basis.

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