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Celiac Disease

Proper/complete treatment of Celiac Disease goes far beyond going gluten-free. Because Celiac Disease is an autoimmune disease, I always dive deeper and look for things that are causing immune imbalances and inflammation.

What are the symptoms of Celiac Disease?

Common symptoms in undiagnosed Celiacs include:

  • Diarrhea

  • Heartburn

  • Indigestion

  • Irritable Bowel Syndrome

  • Abdominal/stomach bloating

  • Abdominal/stomach pain

  • Abdominal cramping

  • Anemia

  • Osteoporosis

You may have all of these symptoms or only a few.

What are the causes of Celiac Disease?

Proposed causes of Celiac Disease include:

  • Early ingestion of gluten as an infant

  • Leaky gut syndrome

  • Dysbiosis (imbalanced gut bugs)

  • Viral infections

Things that cause autoimmunity include:

  • Infections (viral, bacterial)

  • Leaky gut syndrome

  • Dysbiosis (imbalanced gut bugs)

  • Toxins

  • Injury or tissue damage

  • Nutritional (vitamin) deficiencies

  • Antibiotic use

Usually people have more than one thing from this list, as some of them cause the other (SIBO causing intestinal inflammation and leaky gut, for example).

Can a diet control Celiac Disease?

Yes! But, as I said above, proper/complete treatment of Celiac Disease often times goes beyond simply going gluten-free.

Can CD be managed naturally or cured?

Like any autoimmune disease, Celiac Disease can be put into remission but (to my knowledge) cannot be cured. However, there is tremendous value (and symptomatic change) to be had from slowing down the autoimmune process, preventing secondary autoimmune diseases (like rheumatoid arthritis and Hashimoto's), and decreasing inflammation.

 

Celiac disease often times responds very well to dietary changes, herbal medicine, supplements, vitamins, and life coaching. I feel very lucky to be able fellow Celiacs every day at my office in Chapel Hill.