Wednesday, July 22, 2009
Answers about Autoimmunity
Mike over at Agriculture is a Fad posted a link to this awesome article about Celiac and Autoimmunity. I am so excited about this article that I can't even pull my thoughts together to write this post. Alessio Fasano basically breaks down the Celiac process, saying that CD is a result of a genetic pre-disposition, exposure to an environmental trigger (gluten) and an unusually permeable intestinal wall. He says that scientists are starting to believe that this may be the case for many, if not all autoimmune disorders. What have I been saying all along?!?! There is some environmental factor that is triggering my Crohn's disease, so how the heck can we figure out what it is and eliminate it? And what if there are multiple factors? I am just so glad to find out that the research is being done and that we are getting closer to having solid answers about these diseases. The article ultimately is about the therapies that he is working on, "...celiac disease might one day be prevented or treated by ingestion of selected helpful microbes, or 'probiotics.' " I'm still on the fence about these types of therapies but the rest of the article is very informative and I highly recommend checking it out.