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      Frequently Asked Questions About Celiac Disease   09/30/2015

      This Celiac.com FAQ on celiac disease will guide you to all of the basic information you will need to know about the disease, its diagnosis, testing methods, a gluten-free diet, etc.   Subscribe to FREE Celiac.com email alerts   What are the major symptoms of celiac disease? Celiac Disease Symptoms What testing is available for celiac disease? - list blood tests, endo with biopsy, genetic test and enterolab (not diagnostic) Celiac Disease Screening Interpretation of Celiac Disease Blood Test Results Can I be tested even though I am eating gluten free? How long must gluten be taken for the serological tests to be meaningful? The Gluten-Free Diet 101 - A Beginner's Guide to Going Gluten-Free Is celiac inherited? Should my children be tested? Ten Facts About Celiac Disease Genetic Testing Is there a link between celiac and other autoimmune diseases? Celiac Disease Research: Associated Diseases and Disorders Is there a list of gluten foods to avoid? Unsafe Gluten-Free Food List (Unsafe Ingredients) Is there a list of gluten free foods? Safe Gluten-Free Food List (Safe Ingredients) Gluten-Free Alcoholic Beverages Distilled Spirits (Grain Alcohols) and Vinegar: Are they Gluten-Free? Where does gluten hide? Additional Things to Beware of to Maintain a 100% Gluten-Free Diet What if my doctor won't listen to me? An Open Letter to Skeptical Health Care Practitioners Gluten-Free recipes: Gluten-Free Recipes Where can I buy gluten-free stuff? Support this site by shopping at The Celiac.com Store.

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What exactly makes celiac disease "impossible" to cure?

its a toxin created when we absorb gluten so why can't we create a synthetic hormone that stops that toxin from forming? i just hate how people say its uncurable when i don't think scientists have done enough research to rule out a cure.

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Im waiting for gene therapy. :)

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Here's the way I see it... maybe someone has another perspective...

Celiac disease is an autoimmune disorder. When people who are genetically susceptible to autoimmune disorders develop a leaky gut (through food intolerance(s) and/or exposure to environmental contaminants like mercury, lead, etc...) their body starts producing antibodies. Once in the bloodstream, these antibodies attack all kinds of organs... the thyroid (Hashimoto's, Graves), adrenal glands (Addison's), intestines (celiac, chron's), pancreas (type I diabetes), brain and spine (MS, certain kinds of epilepsy), blood cells (APS), liver (AIH), etc... These are just some of the possibilities.

Even if it were possible to block the production of celiac antibodies (IgA and IgG anti-gliaden, tTG and EMA), what would stop your body from attacking your other organs? You can't completely suppress the immune system because you need it to protect you from bacteria and viruses. Ideally, the body should be able to separate "self" from "non-self" 100% of the time and only attack truly harmful invaders.

Believe me... I would LOVE to have a solution for autoimmune disorders. I just don't think it's going to come in the form of synthetic drugs. <_<

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Here's the way I see it... maybe someone has another perspective...

Celiac disease is an autoimmune disorder. When people who are genetically susceptible to autoimmune disorders develop a leaky gut (through food intolerance(s) and/or exposure to environmental contaminants like mercury, lead, etc...) their body starts producing antibodies. Once in the bloodstream, these antibodies attack all kinds of organs... the thyroid (Hashimoto's, Graves), adrenal glands (Addison's), intestines (celiac, chron's), pancreas (type I diabetes), brain and spine (MS, certain kinds of epilepsy), blood cells (APS), liver (AIH), etc... These are just some of the possibilities.

Even if it were possible to block the production of celiac antibodies (IgA and IgG anti-gliaden, tTG and EMA), what would stop your body from attacking your other organs? You can't completely suppress the immune system because you need it to protect you from bacteria and viruses. Ideally, the body should be able to separate "self" from "non-self" 100% of the time and only attack truly harmful invaders.

Believe me... I would LOVE to have a solution for autoimmune disorders. I just don't think it's going to come in the form of synthetic drugs. <_<

What she said.

Your body learns to do something wrong and you can't unteach it. You could maybe outlast it, if you could absolutely and completely avoid all gluten for 10-20 years. By then all the cells that recognize gluten as a foreign invader may have died off, and you could eat it again.

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There are many autoimmune disorders, none of then have a true cure. I feel we are lucky, in that in a way we do have a cure. Avoid all gluten and you won't have an autoimmune response.

A Dr. can give you steroids to suppress your autoimmune response. I have taken them before for a severe gluten reaction. As soon as I quit taking the pills I still had the stomach blow out. However it wasn't as bad. I would however never consider taking them on a regular basis.

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It is believed that every cell in the body renews itself in 7 years. Some renew daily, some monthly and so on. But every cell you have right now will be different in 7 years time. So it is possible that if you are 100% gluten-free for 7 full years that you might "tolerate" gluten again after that. BUT, you got an autoimmune response to gluten at some point before gluten-free, so you will likely get it again. Any stressor could be a trigger: an infection, a pregnancy, a job change, a move, a marriage, a divorce, death of a pet, death of a family member, death of a friend, natural disaster, car accident, an injury, a parasite that is picked up somewhere, and so on.

Maybe you could live a perfect stress free life in a bubble somewhere enjoying your pizza and beer. ;)

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