NYT-Should We All Go Gluten Free?
An interesting article for those on a gluten free diet.
Dr. Fasano’s study
Years ago our family participated in Dr. Fasano’s “incidence of celiac disease in the U.S. study” discussed in this article, that is how we discovered our asymptomatic daughter had celiac disease. At the time our son was the only known celiac in the family. Both children have had intestinal biopsies to confirm celiac disease. By receiving a firm diagnosis from a gastroenterologist, we were inspired to eliminate all gluten from their diets. For the asymptomatic teenager, a clinical diagnosis also helps with compliance issues that invariably arise.
Diagnosis, compliance, and associated autoimmune disease to celiac disease
Avoiding gluten is also beneficial for other family members with associated autoimmune disorders even though those individuals have tested negative for celiac disease. On both sides of our family we have the following associated autoimmune disorders: lupus, Sjogrens syndrome, Downs syndrome, Crohn’s disease, and Hashimoto’s thyroid disease. At least these are the ones we know about –family members have also experienced various neurological issues associated with untreated celiac disease.