High-brow bathroom humor
I’ve heard it used as a catchall phrase to describe gastrointestinal upset ranging from kitty flatulence to sightings of <insert disgusting visual here> in the loo. As a result of hearing the high-brow bathroom humor of science geeks, my natural curiosity has sprung and I’ve found myself learning the details about celiac disease,
This is what I’ve found: celiac disease (CD) is an autoimmune disease in which the mucosal lining of the small intestine reacts to glutens found in wheat, rye and barley by producing a toxin that damages cells involved in nutrient absorption. What that means for a sufferer of CD is a suite of unpleasant abdominal symptoms after consuming gluten-containing food, and risk of long-term conditions associated with malnutrition – such as anemia, fatigue, vitamin deficiencies and behavioral symptoms.
While celiac disease may have been considered a hypochondriac’s condition in the past, EU scientists have data suggesting a possible genetic location for disease predisposition. With the ever-increasing availability of genetic information, maybe it’s time to spit into a tube and get my genotype. While I’m at it, can I learn my predisposition toward this particular stinker of a subject?