Coeliac disease is a permanent, genetic disease of the small intestines, caused by an allergic toxicity to the gliadin sub-fraction found in gluten cereals. In this illness, the lining of the small intestine is unmercifully attacked by gliadin (it doesn’t take much gliadin – less than a half-gram a day is all that’s needed to cause this reaction). The lining becomes leaky and loses its ability to absorb nutrients from food. Malabsorption and malnutrition occur big time, inducing deficiencies in iron, zinc, calcium, magnesium, potassium and vitamins B6, B12, folic acid A, D, E and K.
There is a strong genetic aspect to coeliac disease. 70% of identical twins both get it, making it 175 times more prevalent than the general population. If you have a mother, father, brother or sister with coeliac disease, you have a one in ten chance of having it too, which means you have a 30 times higher risk than the average person.
Medical textbooks still say, wrongly, that it occurs in only one in 5,000 or so people. Due to remarkable advancements in laboratory screening for coeliac, we have learnt that it occurs more frequently than ever imagined. According to a random sampling by the Red Cross, 1 in 250 Americans suffer from coeliac disease (19 out of every 20 of whom go undetected and untreated). More recent studies appearing in the Lancet medical journal have reported a prevalence of 1 in 122 among the Irish population, 1 in 85 among Finnish, 1 in 70 among Italians in Northern Sardinia and 1 in 18 among Algerian Saharawi refugee children.
Coeliac disease is thought to be such a health threat in Italy that the government has considered mandating that all children, regardless if they are sick or not, must be tested for gliadin sensitivity and coeliac disease by six years of age. In Britain, however, we are still in the Dark Ages in terms of recognising the widespread prevalence of this disease.
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