I’ll start off by giving a little one on one about Celiac disease. It’s an autoimmune and inflammatory condition that is initiated by gluten, a protein found in wheat, rye, and barley. When individuals with celiac disease ingest gluten, it initiates an inflammatory response which damages the lining of the small intestine. This is not the only response it creates, it also creates pain, bloating, internal bleeding, foul-smelling diarrhea, weight loss, fatigue… it can affect almost every system in your body, including your skin (eczema), hormones, bones, joints and the list goes on…
Now here is the latest news on a cure for Celiac. Researchers have found that humans have an inflammatory protein called interleukin-15, or IL-15 to keep it short and sweet. The IL-15′s task is mostly to regulate T-cells, and has been shown to increase the anti-tumor immunity of several specific kinds of T-cells, in other words, it helps to kill the cancerous cells. On the flip side, a surplus of IL-15 has already been involved in multiple inflammatory diseases such as rheumatoid arthritis(RA). They’ve known about interleukin-15′s bad points for a while, and medications that block IL-15 are currently being formulated to treat conditions like RA. If you already made the connection with Celiac Disease, you’re smart, as it’s an inflammatory disease as well. When you read the article from WEB MD you will see why I made the nice comments below. Click Here for WEB MD Link.
Some of my views may come off strong, but my reasoning is that I have the knowledge and the research to back it up. I would like nothing more than to see this disease cured, but I think 15 years is not enough time to give ample research or proper testing when it comes to playing with genetics, or like some like to call it, Mother Nature. Another argument is that when dealing with genetics, they can cause mutations down the road, like found in some cases with lab mice.
What are they trying to do exactly? Well, they are trying to make genetic modification or alterations…oh yes the “G” word, that’s what I call it… G for genetic, but isn’t this how (possibly) Celiac and Gluten Intolerance all got started? By genetically altering wheat and other grains at a protein level. See my article on GMO & GE Foods Click Here.
This is what they are doing. Creating a block for a inflammatory protein called Interleukin-15 (IL-15) which is suppose to treat the symptoms of celiac disease, not just treat but prevent it in certain types of risk patients, but remember it wont cure everyone with Celiac. If you would like to read the press release or video please Click Here.
Now this wasn’t all that was found in the same study. They found that retinoic acid, or vitamin A derivative found in some acne treatments such as Retin-A and Accutane, is possibly another perpetrator in celiac disease. Retinoic acid acts as IL-15′s member, supplying the production of the protein and further intensifying celiac symptoms. Bana Jabri, MD, PhD, an associate professor of medicine and pathology and co-director of the Digestive Disease Research Core Center at the University of Chicago states that vitamin “A” may not be a great idea for certain celiac patients, and that even topical ointments containing retinoic acid can potentially enter the bloodstream and possibly putting the celiac patient at risk. If you are a celiac patient and who uses such products you may want to bring this up to your physician, gastro, or holistic doctor if you’re concerned, but don’t be threatened by this article, it’s was written For Ur Knowledge…
What I am trying to do here is increase awareness of Celiac Disease, Gluten Intolerance or Gluten Sensitivity, and hopefully get more people diagnosed properly. There are so many people who don’t even know they have it. If I had the choice of taking a pill or staying on a “A gluten-free diet,” I’d stay on the GF Diet as it is currently the treatment of choice.