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High-brow bathroom humor

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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?


Written by morethangray

April 28, 2008 at 11:45 am

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  1. I think probably Derrick might have that too… he says he might be allergic to wheat because he cut it out of his diet and then went back to eating it and noticed some problems. Sigh… sucks wheat is in a LOT of products. it’s a hard thing to stay away from… .but there are lots of alternatives in this area…


    May 17, 2008 at 11:03 pm

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