Tuesday, May 24, 2011
Eating Your Cake And Having It Too
Today I found out there was a break-through of sorts, for people with gluten intolerance, which is as different (though still extremely limiting) from celiac disease as lactose intolerance is from milk allergies.
The liver is missing an enzyme, lactase, which enables a human to digest lactose from bovine milk, which is not natural for humans to partake.
The subject is allergic to proteins in the milk, such as casein. (However, one part of casein is hypoallergenic, and is used in specialized infant formulas such as Alimentum and Nutramigen. This is casein hydrosalate.)
Similar to celiac disease, referred to as NCGS- Non-Celiac-Gluten-Sensitivity- the body lacks the capability to digest gluten. However, endoscopies and blood tests return as negative (Not abnormal, false negatives are common. I had to actually go back to gluten temporarily to get a positive result.)
The body reacts to wheat and proteins in it as if it is a virus. The antibodies attack and the body goes hay-wire.
Celiac Disease: See Celiac Disease Questions and Answers on "They Call Us Mom" for Details. I can also list quite a few books on the subject, many listed within the previous link.
Onto medical break-throughs:
Those with non-celiac gluten issues may have hope in a new enzyme, from a fungus in Aspergillus niger, which would help break down gluten before it reaches the stomach. A great hope, not for celiacs who are to abstain totally from glutens. But for the many affected with gluten-intolerance from other issues.
On what it would be called, I have no idea, as Glut-Aid (to follow the example of Lactaid) sounds like a buttock firming product. But I am sure a focus group will work on that. For more details, visit:
Updated Link: Eating your cake and having it too
It is not a get-out- of jail free card, and is currently still being tested.