Celiac Treatment: Where Prevention is the only cure
Posted Feb 02 2010 5:03am
In the business of medicine, consistent research and development makes an effort to find cures to several diseases for which, there seems to be no cure. More recently, the claims of L. Ron Hubbard have interested me (although I’m not convinced yet) in his book called ‘Dianetics’. Apparently, his claims are that once someone becomes a ‘Clear’, his susceptibility to 70% of diseases falling under the psychosomatic category, reduces considerably.
Whether this Scientology stuff is a hoard of rubbish or authentic research, no one knows… but the point is that people continue to place a lot of importance to the research and development of the treatment of cures, which in turn is very important to the field of medicine itself.
Yet several diseases such as the Ebola, Mad Cow Disease, Flu (forget Bird Flu!!), AIDS, Cancer, Diabetes and more recently, those afflicted with Celiac disease, have no cure… and the only way you can survive (if that is indeed, “the goal of man”) is by moderate to extreme methods of prevention!
In comparison to the diseases mentioned above that have plagued mankind forever now, Celiac disease might not necessarily hit the headlines because of its low numbers but nonetheless have that damning ability to completely ruin one’ daily routine and in the long run, lead to a drop in immunity that can increase susceptibility to other harmful diseases.
Celiac sprue, non-tropical sprue, gluten intolerance, gluten enteropathy or gluten-sensitive enteropathy, and endemic sprue are all names for celiac disease that doctors use to identify and diagnose for the disease.
With its symptoms ranging from abdominal bloating and pain, vomiting, constipation, pale fatty or foul-smelling stool to weight loss and chronic diarrhea, one can only imagine how you can go through a day while dealing with these symptoms, especially if you are a kid.
So, one can’t help but stress the importance of finding a cure for this condition, even though there have been several claims that cures are in existence for celiac disease.
Treatment of Celiac Disease
There are both standard and alternative cures to treating celiac disease but these methods have not been confirmed as cures that work for every person afflicted with celiac disease, apart from maintaining a lifelong gluten-free diet.
Firstly, there are vitamin and mineral supplements that play an important role in treating celiac disease as there are nutrient deficiencies such as Vitamin D, Vitamin K, Essential Fatty acids, Folic acid, Calcium, Magnesium and Iron. One should check with their doctor for any such nutrient deficiency which might aid the treatment for Celiac disease as well, while your digestive system is repairing itself in the first five to six months.
Psychotherapy is also known to be effective for those who suffer from mental anxiety, and which triggers the gluten-sensitivity. This can also be considered another ‘supplement’ along with the standard medicinal treatment of celiac disease.
Immunization can also play a supporting role for those who have celiac disease, as the spleen doesn’t work very well and can leave you susceptible to germ infections. Some of the vaccinations provided are the flu jab, the HIB vaccine and the pneumococcal vaccine.
Yet even with all these ‘aids’, the only treatment so far with a fairly successful rate of cure, is to maintain a gluten-free diet for life. Tough as that sounds, there are positives to abstaining from foods which have gluten in them.
Even though research efforts are being made to cure this disease with the use of medicine, it’s ironic that the only effective method is the one where you can’t eat any foods that contain gluten in them, or else it means being open to all the symptoms that you experienced before. Unfortunately, it's one of those diseases for which 'prevention is the cure', and however annoying it might be, it actually helps you lead a healthier lifestyle by maintaining a good diet.