Celiac Disease

Celiac Sprue dermatitis, also known as celiac sprue and celiac disease, is an autoimmune disease of the digestive system that prevents absorption of nutrients from food. The disease is related to an allergic reaction to gluten, a protein in grains such as wheat, rye, barley and possibly oats. In the United States, celiac disease affects about 1 of every 5,000 people. The condition is very rare in Africa and Asia.

How does celiac sprue dermatitis develop?

In celiac disease, the lining of the small intestine is damaged so that food cannot be absorbed properly. This occurs as the result of an abnormal immune response in which antibodies against gluten are produced. The resulting malabsorption leads to a deficiency of many nutrients, including vitamins and minerals that are vital for good health. Celiac disease has a strong hereditary component. When one identical twin has the condition, there is a 70 percent chance that the other twin will develop it. When foods containing gluten are avoided, the normal intestine function is restored.

What are the symptoms of celiac sprue dermatitis?

Celiac disease may begin at any age. In infants, no symptoms appear until foods containing gluten are tried for the first time. Celiac disease often doesn’t cause diarrhea or fatty stools, and a child may have only mild symptoms, which may be interpreted simply as an upset stomach. Anemia can develop from iron deficiency and if the level of protein in the blood falls low enough, the child will retain fluid and tissues may swell. In some people, symptoms don’t appear until adulthood. These symptoms include weight loss, bone pain, and “pins and needles” sensations in the arms and legs. Some people who develop the disease in childhood may have bowed long bones. Depending on the severity of the disorder, the person may have low blood levels of protein, calcium, potassium or sodium.

Conventional medical treatments may help relieve the symptoms of celiac disease but they do not address the root of the problem. Generally, by undergoing comprehensive natural medicine testing, the reasons the body is producing antibodies against itself can be found. Some of these reasons include sensitivities or allergies to foods, inhalants and chemicals and various infections.

At Sunridge Medical, our highly-trained physicians are experts in providing an integrated approach to the treatment of cancer and chronic disease. Our treatment plans are individualized, and involve both traditional and alternative medicines.

The physicians at Sunridge Medical have found that symptoms frequently can be improved and even reversed with our natural treatments. We take a holistic approach to patient care and strive not only treat the disease, but also alleviate symptoms, increase quality of life and, most importantly, address the underlying cause of disease.

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