on January 10, 2013
at 06:30 PM
When I started having health problems, my very first doctor diagnosed me with celiac. However, his diagnosis was wrong. I am gluten intolerant, but the villi was damaged due to SIBO, not due to celiac.
However, when I was first diagnosed, I dived into any information I could get on celiac and left no stones unturned.
It is interesting, that so little is known about celiacs. Most doctors and all the information on the Internet will just point you towards gluten-free diet. Only some are brave enough to say that just eliminating gluten and dairy is not enough.
I find it very interesting, that many celiacs later develop other intolerances. They become grain-intolerant, soy-intolerant, egg-intolerant, nut-intolerant, everything-intolerant except meat and vegetables. Yes, they have to be pretty much autoimmune Paleo for the rest of their lives. Yet they are so thick they still do not make a connection, although the answer is pretty much there on the surface.
I once participated on Celiac.com board. This was one of the worst Internet experiences in my life. I mean, I have high self-esteem, but those people are just a bunch of ignorant self-centered pompous twits. The board itself is sponsored by... you guessed it - gluten-free products. So they advertise gluten-free. Yet gluten-free IS NOT ENOUGH. You will definitely learn more on Paleohacks than on their board.
Since I have learned SO MUCH about gluten intolerance and celiac during that time, I kind of developed my own "health" theory.
I am not a doctor, nor am I a biochemist. For the record, I did not major in biology either - so take everything I post here with a grain of salt. However, this is what I came up with so far.
Celiac is connected to many other diseases since it is an autoimmune disease.
Here is an INCOMPLETE list of all autoimmune diseases. Autoimmune diseases
There are like way too many of them for me even to mention.
So basically celiac is just ONE manifestation of what can go wrong with your body. All those diseases are tied together. It could have been much worse - it could have been cancer. Now the question - why did it go wrong?
Again, our ancient bodies are not well equipped to handle modern living. All those autoimmune diseases have THE SAME CAUSE. Some people say it is inflammation. I say - malfunction on a cellular level of the whole system.
Imagine a car. If one part fails all you have to change is that part. A body does not function like that. It is almost like a vessel with many parts inside. But when you add some poison to water, sooner or later the whole vessel is poisoned. The only good thing is that it is a self-cleaning vessel.
So, can autoimmune diseases be cured and reversed? Depending on the damage, my answer - yes. I even believe that terminally ill cancer patients can be cured with the right approach. Again, I am not a doctor, but I believe celiac disease can be cured.
So what do I think can be done if somebody is celiac?
Get tested for gut dysbiosis, SIBO, h.pylory and gastroparesis. Gut health plays a huge part in it.
A very strict autoimmune diet for a long time. No cheating. It should be stricter than GAPS. I would probably go with Aglaee the Paleo Dietition protocol.
Naturopathic approach and herbal medicine. I am sure there are some herbs out there to boost your body's natural defenses. Acupuncture and chiropractic services should be included.
Spirituality and positive thinking. It re-wires your brain using neuroplasticity.
Environment. Nature and stress-free surroundings. Massage.
Do I know anybody who was cured? No. But I don't know any real celiacs either. And I doubt anybody would be willing so far as changing their lifestyle.
So to answer your question - does celiac cause other diseases? Not directly. But what causes celiac, does cause other diseases as well.