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From: fari (
Subject: Re: celiac disease what's gluetin?
Date: June 19, 2005 at 3:59 am PST

In Reply to: Re: celiac disease what's gluetin? posted by Ray Smith on June 5, 2005 at 12:37 pm:

hi there, im a biologist and studied celiacs (my boyfriend also has the 'disease'). mr. smith gave a good description of gluten. however im writing in regards to the lactose intolerance. from my studies i found that a LARGE majority of celiac sufferers over came this. this is usually due to the stomach lining becoming damaged and flattened (villi atrophy). the enzymes (lactase) that break up lactose (milk sugar) are no longer produced due to the extensive damage of the lining hence why lactose can not be diegested. however if a gluten free diet is followed the stomach lining returns to nearly to its normal self and lactase is produced again and once again dairy products can be diegested. this is usually tested 6 months into a gltuten free diet. i just thought i'd add this as i know when my b/f was diagnosed he found it really hard at first.

o and a few more pointers, watch out for processed foods, they have stabilizers and thickners based on gluten because of its thickneing abilities. so can be present in soups, ice creams e.t.c u probably know this but just in case!

excuse my spelling and grammer off to enjoy the heat wave!

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