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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Human Intestinal Parasites

 

There are three types of intestinal human parasites that have the ability to live inside the small and large intestines: roundworms, tapeworms and protozoa.  There are certain types that will stay within the intestines but others will travel outside and unfortunately invade other organs of the body.  There are some that are extremely small that can only be seen under a microscope but there are some that can be up to a foot long.

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