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As Celiac and Gluten Sensitivities Gain Prominence, Drug Companies Race to Find Treatments

Discussion in 'The Gut: De Meirleir & Maes; H2S; Leaky Gut' started by ebethc, Apr 29, 2015.

  1. ebethc

    ebethc Senior Member

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    http://www.nytimes.com/2015/04/29/b...drug-companies-racing-to-find-treatments.html

    Mostly, this is ridiculous... i.e., so much money spent on developing drugs to force your body to deal with something it doesn't want or need.. That money could go to something good, like suing Monsanto for spraying Roundup / neurotoxins all over GMO crops... blah, blah, blah, I could go on.. HOWEVER, there were some interesting tidbits, like this... Amazing how LONG it takes to recover.. Hang in there, people..

    "The advent of the gluten-free diet has been a major advance for those with celiac disease, but it is not a cure-all. One study, for instance, showed that the small intestines of two-thirds of adults were still damaged two years after starting a gluten-free diet.

    That could be because it takes time to heal. Or it could be that people are still being exposed to gluten that seeps into food in small amounts. Gluten can also be in lipstick, prescription drugs and other places that might not be expected. And adhering to the diet can be difficult for some people, specialists say, particularly teenagers who want to have pizza with their friends."
     
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  3. JPV

    JPV ɹǝqɯǝɯ ɹoıuǝs

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    Treatment is very simple. Stop eating products containing gluten.
     
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  4. South

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    This attitude is one of the things that makes life awful for those with this disorder. If you haven't walked in the shoes of someone who suffers ill health from the smallest bit of food that is everywhere in our society, please don't try to decide how "simple" it is.

    The word "simple" - really?
     
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  5. adreno

    adreno PR activist

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    Perhaps the solution is the opposite; as in not giving people so many drugs (i.e. antibiotics that wreck their guts).
     
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  6. JPV

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    What "attitude"? This is the same recommendation that a lot of diet researchers, like Paul Jaminet and Chris Kessler, are making these days.

    I have issues with wheat products causing inflammation so I don't eat them myself. I'm not really sure that it's healthy for anyone to consume them.

    My comment was not so much directed at people suffering from extreme sensitivity to gluten as it was at the pharmaceutical industry which always seems to be trying to come up with a profitable medication designed to allow people to continue unhealthy lifestyle choices.

    For most people, abstinence seems like the obvious choice. For those with severe intolerance, maybe drugs are a viable option, I don't really know. Quite frankly I think we're already overmedicated as a society and I think the side effects from some medications, like antibiotics, have caused issues that many of us are now having problems dealing with.
     
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  7. JPV

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    Exactly my point.

    Several year ago, I had been diagnosed with high cholesterol and my doctor wanted to put me on Lipitor. I asked him if I couldn't just fix the problem by adjusting my diet. He literally laughed at me and said "good luck". I went back 3-4 months later and tested lower for cholesterol, which seemed to completely confuse him.

    I have no faith in modern medicine at all. Doctors have become nothing but a bunch of state sanctioned drug pushers looking for kickbacks from the pharmaceutical industry. The whole business is corrupt and shouldn't be trusted.
     
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  8. Kyla

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    yeesh guys.
    The drugs currently being developed aren't meant to allow those with Celiac to eat a loaf of bread, they are meant to protect against trace amounts of accidental exposure.

    As a Celiac I would take these in a heart-beat if it meant I could eat (gluten-free foods) outside of my home without worrying about a reaction, and without contributing to long-term health issues. It doesn't mean I would abandon a gluten-free diet, but for those of us that have to avoid cross-contamination when eating any food that wasn't prepared from scratch in our own home, and anything milled or processed in a facility with wheat this would be a welcome addition.

    The "acceptable" amount of gluten the (average) Celiac can consume without an autoimmune reaction is the equivalent of one sugar packet in a year - one 365th of a sugar packet per day. For some even the less than 20 parts per million that are sometimes present in gluten-free food can set off a reaction. In other words, crumbs really really matter.
    That is what they are trying to address here.

    Having to make sure the person at the coffee shop washes their hands after making a sandwich and before making your coffee is an embarrassing pain in the butt. :(
     
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    What Kyla said. Exactly. And living like that is not "simple".
     

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