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      Frequently Asked Questions About Celiac Disease   09/30/2015

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I recently stumbled across information regarding "Gluten Defense" pills (and other similar pills) and my first thought was that if I did a Google search regarding them, I'd find plenty of information saying the whole thing was a scam of sorts.

I have several questions regarding these pills. Some background information, first: I have celiac and my symptoms from gluten still aren't completely predictable. Occasional brain fog, tinging, sometimes GI symptoms. While I sometimes feel a few symptoms (none that would cause me to miss work, for example, but I'm also one of those "I need to be on my death bed before I call in sick" people,) I do think my symptoms are more long-term (I lost excessive weight, felt bad, etc. before diagnosis.)

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1. Would these pills help a Celiac with non-GI symptoms (neuro symptoms, etc?) I'm ABSOLUTELY NOT thinking of this as a "go eat what you want or even in questionable restaurants" magic pill. I'm thinking, "What if I go to PF Chang's (the one here locally does a great job with gluten-free) and order off their gluten-free menu and take all precautions, but somewhere along the way the server, cook, etc. accidentally contaminates something?" Would the pills help then?

2. I know the pills help with digestion of gluten, but with the case of Celiac (not referring to any other type of gluten-sensitivity,) has any research been done to prove or disprove if the pills help control the damage that is done by accidental (again, taking precautions beforehand) CC?

Thanks in advance for any information!

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Two words: snake oil.

There are NO treatments for preventing a gluten reaction except avoiding gluten.

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Although, there's some possibility that they might help with tiny amounts of CC, but only if you took them before you ate. After the fact won't help at all.

If you decide to try them as a preventative measure, please report back and tell us your experiences.

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Although, there's some possibility that they might help with tiny amounts of CC, but only if you took them before you ate. After the fact won't help at all.

If you decide to try them as a preventative measure, please report back and tell us your experiences.

Jesjar, Where can one get these Magic Pills???

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I just checked out these pills on the Enzymatic Therapy website (they are the manufacturer of "Gluten Defense"). The enzymes in these pills appear to be pancreatic enzymes. As long as one has a healthy pancreas, their own body makes all of these enzymes to start with. None of the enzymes in this pill specifically target gluten or gliadin, just proteins in general.

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Jesjar, Where can one get these Magic Pills???

I think one brand name is 'glutenease' but I'm not sure. I've never tried them and I'm dubious of their efficacy, but if any one on the board does decide to shell out a few bucks and test them, I'd be interested in hearing about it.

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I just checked out these pills on the Enzymatic Therapy website (they are the manufacturer of "Gluten Defense"). The enzymes in these pills appear to be pancreatic enzymes. As long as one has a healthy pancreas, their own body makes all of these enzymes to start with. None of the enzymes in this pill specifically target gluten or gliadin, just proteins in general.

Thanks for taking the time to do that. :)

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The enzyme in all the so-called gluten pills is DPP-IV. It is NOT one of the enzymes in clinical trials and it will not detoxify gluten. It does not cleave internal di-prolines, which are what cause problems digesting gluten in the first place. DPP-IV only works on prolines at the ends of peptides. These companies are lying, using the FDA dietary supplement loopholes.

Most of the pills are enzyme mixes. Celiacs tend to have reduced pancreatic activity, so a lot of people find the "gluten defense" style pills help them feel better after a meal. This leads them to believe the pills are breaking down gluten. They're not helping with the gluten at all. What they're doing is adding some enzymes and if your pancreas isn't working well, you feel a little better.

Anyone who finds these pills helpful can save money with a less expensive digestive enzyme supplement. Once you've been gluten-free for a while and healed, your pancreas should crank out enough enzymes that you can stop using them.

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    • Hi Stephanie, I'm also from the UK, I've found this site more helpful than anything we have!  As already mentioned above, in my experience it could depend on what and where you were drinking. Gluten free food and drink isn't always (not usually) 100% gluten free as you may know, maybe you have become more sensitive to even a trace of gluten that is probably in gluten free food/drink. Is it possible you have a problem with corn, particularly high fructose corn syrup that is in a lot of alcoholic drinks? This was a big problem for me and the only alcoholic drinks I can tolerate are William Chase vodka and gin. I contacted the company last year and all their drinks are 100% gluten and corn free, made the old fashioned way with no additives, so maybe try their products if you like the occasional drink and see how you get on. If you drink out, not many pubs sell their products but I know Wetherspoons do and smaller wine bars may too. l was never a spirit drinker but I must say their products are absolutely lovely! Very easy on a compromised gut too considering it's alcohol. I second the suggestion on seeing a natural health practitioner. I've recently started seeing a medical herbalist, as I've got nowhere with my now many food intolerances since going gluten free last year and I've noticed a difference in my health already. 
    • Sorry for the very late reply and thanks for the replies, I didn't get a notification of any. In case anyone else comes across this and has been wondering the same as I was, I did try a vegetable broth and I did react to it in the same way as if I'd eaten the vegetables.  As for the candida, I've been using coconut oil and am seeing a medical herbalist for this and leaky gut. It's only been a few weeks but I've noticed an improvement all round.
    • What did you drink and where did you drink it?   NOTE if you drink something at a bar using their glasses your asking for trouble BEER IS EVERYWHERE in most bars and a CC hell.   If it was at home and a non grain based liqour then I would be really concerned that it might just be alcohol. I personally can not really drink much of anything any more. I love rum, and I cook with it sometimes in sautes. I also have rum extract/butter rum extract/and rum emulsion I use in shakes, homemade keto pudding/ mixed into dishes. and even add some to drink to give it a rum flavor lol.
    • I can only think of two things, 1 something you put on your potato was contaminated like the butter container could have crumbs in it or something like that as mentioned before, and you could be having a reaction to dairy or what ever was put in it.......IF it was just plain potato and you reacted with bloating and cramping you might have a carb issues, tad rare and most associated with additional auto immune diseases but could be in which case a diet of fats and protein would be your answer much like it is for me now days. What all have you eaten in the privous 8 hours including beverages, condiments, spices and foods?
    • They are gluten-free.  Did you use butter that might have gluten crumbs on it?  For me , it takes more than 2 hours to feel the effect of gluten- maybe something you ate before?  Maybe  stomach virus?
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