Gluten Free No More?!

Gluten Free No More?!

For those who don’t know (probably a good amount because I don’t like to publicize it) I have celiac disease. This means I have a gluten allergy and every time I ingest it my body tries to attack the gluten but instead of attacking the gluten, attacks me.

Celiac.org defines celiac disease as, "a serious autoimmune disorder that can occur in genetically predisposed people where the ingestion of gluten leads to damage in the small intestine... When people with celiac disease eat gluten (a protein found in wheat, rye and barley), their body mounts an immune response that attacks the small intestine... nutrients cannot be absorbed into the body."*

When I eat gluten, my stomach begins to hurt in the first 30-60 minutes. That doesn’t seem like a big deal and honestly a little stomach pain isn’t to me. The bad symptoms come into play when it attacks my joints and they ache and swell; when I spend so many resources fighting gluten that I end up with a secondary infection of a cold for about a week; when my memory has gaps or completely disappears for a period of time because my body is working so hard to fight off the gluten. The most profound effect is an increased risk of certain kinds of cancer.**

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However, my wonderful roommate and fellow pharmacy classmate, informed me of a new potential vaccine for people with celiac disease. The caveat is that you must have a certain genetic mutation that the vaccine works on. 90% of people with celiac disease happen to have this mutation which is great news for fellow people with celiac disease! Upon receiving the vaccine, the company hopes that patients can return to a normal (and cheaper!!) diet.

The hope of this vaccine and treatment have filled me with the possibilities of all the food I haven’t had since my diagnosis six-ish years ago.

The gluten full food I’d eat first:

1.Thick crust pizza. While gluten free pizza isn’t horrible, it’s always thin crust. I’d love to have a cheap, greasy, thick crust pizza again.

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2.Oreo McFlurry. Upon receiving my diagnosis, I cried over the idea of never eating one again- I’m not proud to admit that but I can’t change what’s in the past. I’m ecstatic at the possibility of eating one again. I’ll just pray the McDonald’s McFlurry machine isn’t broken when I go to get mine.

3.Donuts. Gluten free ones I’ve found have always been frozen and are more dense. I can’t wait to enjoy a light and airy donut again. (I'm coming for you Duck's Donuts in Charlotte first)

4.Chinese food. Most Chinese food contains soy sauce which has gluten in it, and the chicken I like (sesame, orange, teriyaki) all come breaded. Maybe I’ll recruit two friends to go with me so I can have all three at the same time.

To read more about the amazing vaccine, click here: https://www.fiercepharma.com/vaccines/immusant-s-celiac-disease-vaccine-nabs-fda-fast-review-to-help-patients-tolerate-gluten

References:

*https://celiac.org/about-celiac-disease/what-is-celiac-disease/

**https://www.beyondceliac.org/celiac-disease/related-conditions/cancer/

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