Celiac And The Fight For Nutrition

1586 Words Nov 20th, 2015 7 Pages
Clayton Q. McCardell
Blake Cason
Health-1020
November 5, 2015
Celiac and the Fight for Nutrition Celiac is an autoimmune disease that can occur in victims with the genetic history of celiac (1). Gluten (found in wheat, rye, and barley) is what the body claims to be an intruder and because of this intruder an immune response is triggered causing the inflammation of the small intestines (2). This leads to serious damage to the walls of the small intestine decreasing the productivity in absorbing nutrients. Because celiac is hereditary, it 's understood that blood test should be done and your diet should be watched, if there is a history of celiac in the family. To help understand Celiac Disease it helps to know a little of its history. Celiac once named as koiliakos; recognized by a Greek Physician, Aretaeus of Cappadocia (3). The word "koiliakos" in simpler terms meant abdomen. Aretaeus describes the disease as an irritation of the stomach and whether or not a person actually digests their food. Celiac was not exactly officially recognized as a disease until the 19th century. Dr. Mathew Bailie described Celiac as chronic diarrhea and how a continuation of chronic diarrhea eventually leads to malnutrition (4). The severity of this disease was huge and the cause of which unknown. This greatly impacted the health and diet of all victims who did not know the cause of their pain and ultimately their path towards a malnourished life. We can easily jump to conclusions that…

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