Gluten

Celiac Disease: Not a myth

 

There was once a Greek physician called Aretaeus of Cappadocia who was the first to discover Celiac disease (CD). 

He may have discovered it but neither he nor anyone else knew that the root cause was a reaction to gluten.  What is gluten?  It is a protein found in wheat.  This was not made clear until 1950 which was several centuries later when a Dutch paediatrician named Dr Willem Dicke conclusively proved gluten as the culprit.  This discovery could not have come sooner as Dicke saved millions and millions of children and adults from this untreated disease.  Its symptoms if untreated vary from severe neurological illness, stunted growth, malnutrition and in severe cases, it can cause death.

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