Celiac Disease is often unjustly confused with a fad diet that took over the world five years ago. Let’s go ahead and clear up one misconception from the start; Celiac Disease is a life-threatening disease, not a dietary choice. It is far more complex than that. Common knowledge is that people with Celiac Disease need to avoid gluten at all costs.
The doctors and researchers at the Investigative Clinical Research Group (ICR) in Annapolis, Maryland, focus a significant amount of their attention on the study of Celiac Disease. In the hopes of providing relief and possibly a cure to Celiac Disease, ICR is conducting ongoing studies designed with the intention to learn more about the disease so they can learn to cure it. You must first know your adversary before it can be defeated so it is important to separate the facts from the fiction.
One of the initial misconceptions about the disease was that it was only a danger to Europeans and people of European descent. Today it seems ludicrous that a disease would only be drawn to people of a certain ethnicity. But since Celiac Disease was initially recognized in Northern England and Ireland, this myth grew legs, but could not be further from the truth. Celiac Disease is an equal opportunity disease that does not discriminate.
Another common misconception is that people with Celiac Disease cannot be obese. Children with Celiac Disease tend to be malnourished before the disease is identified. The disease causes difficulty in the digestive system that keeps it from thoroughly processing food. Once this disease is recognized and a gluten-free diet is implemented, patients will begin to thrive. This unfortunately does not mean that the gluten-free diet is the solution for all Celiac patients. Depending on the damage that the disease has already caused to the small intestine, the patient could continue to have symptoms well over a year after beginning a gluten-free diet.
Not everyone on a gluten-free diet has Celiac Disease either. They may have IBS (Irritable bowel syndrome), or a non-Celiac gluten sensitivity, but a lot of them notice the energy boost the system gets from a gluten-free diet. Celiac Disease is often falsely diagnosed, so it is important to have proper testing done. The experts at ICR are currently conducting clinical studies and research on Celiac Disease. With the help of volunteers, these studies are conducted in hopes of bringing long-term relief or a cure to those who suffer from the disease daily. For more information, please visit www.icrmd.com.