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3 Gluten Diseases Explained

From eNewsletter 4.17/2023

DID YOU KNOW that there are three designated gluten-related diseases? Celiac disease, non-Celiac gluten sensitivity (or intolerance), and wheat allergy are all immune diseases, but their paths that lead to disease are different. Celiac disease and gluten intolerance are autoimmune diseases, whereas wheat allergy is true IgE allergic response.

Of course, all three warrant avoiding all glutenous foods. However, in the case of wheat allergy, there are gluten-free grains that also need to be avoided because they are in the grass family (for example, corn and sorghum). Many wheat allergic persons are also allergic to grass pollen, which makes it a double whammy.


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In Today's Issue

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  • Green Lifestyle: Estimating Chemical Exposure

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  • Action Plan of the Month: Conquering Allergy & Intolerance

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  • Did You Know?

  • Vit D Continues to Amaze

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Vitamin D Continues to Amaze

Steve: Aside from incredible findings in major scientific journals, several studies reiterated the following: if you carry extra weight, you often need more vitamin D because it is more difficult to metabolize. Moreover, if you live in a warm, sunny climate, if you do not get adequate daily sun exposure, you are at risk of being vitamin D deficient.

Vitamin D Deficiency

A study in the journal Annals of Internal Medicine indicated that the risk of death increases with the severity of the vitamin D deficiency. This is also the first study of its kind to include respiratory disease-related mortality as an outcome and followed the subjects for 14 years.

Vitamin D deficiency increases the risk of muscle loss in older persons by 78%, according to researchers publishing in Calcified Tissue International and Musculoskeletal Research.

A study from Journal of Human Nutrition and Dietetics purports that usual vitamin D intakes in sunny Australia are low. This evidence, paired with the high prevalence of vitamin D deficiency, suggests it is necessary to increase dietary intakes of vitamin D and improve vitamin D status at the population level to prevent disease.

While vitamin D supplementation increased blood levels in most subjects of a JAMA Network open study, there was a blunted response observed for participants with overweight or obesity. Thus, increased vitamin D dosage may be warranted in these individuals.

Disease Prevention

Optimal levels of serum 25(OH)D vitamin D was associated with a reduced colorectal cancer risk, especially for the elderly, according to a study in Frontiers in Nutrition. One unfortunate finding was the absence of a protective effect of vitamin D in a subgroup using statin medication for high cholesterol.

Osteoarthritis sufferers with sufficient vitamin D levels have a lower risk of all-cause and cardiovascular disease mortality, according to this rare study from Nutrients that focused on its relationship for OA patients.

A study in JAMA Dermatology suggests a significant benefit of relatively high doses of vitamin D in toxic erythema of chemotherapy, especially if patients had significant vitamin D deficiency prior to receiving the high dose supplements. Potential reduction of inflammatory skin diseases with vitamin D occurring in a setting of cancer chemotherapy would be immense.


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