Half of humanity have genes that view grains as the enemy and therefore have an ongoing immune response which is damaging to the body in many ways. The severity varies and the most extreme cases are called “celiac disease”. My reaction is to wonder why we eat such substantial amounts of our diet from grains (and wonder why the medical establishment isn’t so interested in focusing on this subject). What is interesting in this latest research is that these researchers reaction to these facts is to figure out how to block our bodies immune response so that people can continue to eat grains. They must think that they can’t control your diet but they can produce a pill that will reduce the affect … “if all you have is a hammer, everything looks like a nail”. I think individuals can do better for themselves.
Research gives new insight into celiac disease
An increasingly diagnosed chronic inflammatory disorder, coeliac disease affects the digestive process of the small intestine. When a person with coeliac disease consumes gluten, their immune system triggers T-cells to fight the offending proteins, damaging the small intestine and inhibiting the absorption of important nutrients into the body. There are currently no treatments available apart from a diet completely free of gluten.
The researchers used the Australian Synchrotron to visually determine how T-cells of the immune system interact with gluten, a protein found in wheat, rye and barley, which causes coeliac disease, The discovery will boost attempts to produce a treatment allowing sufferers to resume a normal diet.
About half the population is genetically susceptible to coeliac disease because they carry the immune response genes HLA-DQ2 or HLA-DQ8. At least one in 20 people who carry HLA-DQ2 and about one in 150 who have HLA-DQ8 develop coeliac disease, but people with other versions of the HLA-DQ genes are protected.