When Wheat Becomes the Enemy
Wednesday, July 5th 2006
Increasing numbers of people are discovering that they cannot tolerate wheat and other grains that contain gluten. Celiac disease (CD) may be the silent cause of much of modern autoimmune disease.
Celiac disease is a serious, lifelong, gastrointestinal disorder that can cause a wide spectrum of clinical symptoms of diarrhoea, abdominal distension, weight loss, malnutrition and skin disorders due to permanent intolerance of gluten, a complex mixture of storage proteins found in wheat, barley and rye. By following a gluten free diet, these symptoms can be avoided.
How can you determine if you have celiac disease? A well established European manufacturer has produced the Biocard Celiac Test.
The Biocard Celiac Test is a home test for the detection of celiac disease associated IgA antibodies produced in response to transglutaminase from a fingertip blood sample. Biocard Celiac Test can be used as an aid in the diagnosis of celiac disease, but the final diagnosis should be confirmed by your medical doctor.
During the gluten free diet, celiac disease associated IgA autoantibody levels will decrease. The amount of antibodies will often become undetectable a few weeks after a change in the diet or at the latest in 6 months after a change to a gluten free diet. Therefore you can have a negative test result if you are following a gluten free diet. Thus Biocard Celiac Test is a good tool for monitoring the effect of a gluten free diet as well.
Reproduced unabridged from the July - September 2006 issue of Health and Herbal News, with the kind permission of Health and Herbs International Ltd.
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