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From Robert Cohen

The March, 2005 issue of the journal Digestion (2005 Mar. 16;71(2):106-110) notes a powerful correlation between Celiac Disease and lactose intolerance.

The Celiac Disease Foundation's (CDF) official position is that the cause of celiac disease is "unknown." CDF's definition of celiac disease:  

"A lifelong digestive disorder, found in individuals who are genetically susceptible, that results in damage to the small intestine by interfering with the absorption of nutrients.

Celiac Disease (CD) is unique in that a specific food component, gluten, has been identified as the culprit. Gluten is the common name for the offending proteins in specific cereal grains that are harmful to persons with CD. These proteins are found in all forms of wheat (including durum, semolina, spelt, kamut, einkorn, and faro), and related grains, rye, barley, and tritcale.

Damage to the mucosal surface of the small intestine is caused by an immunologically toxic reaction to the ingestion of gluten."

I have met dozens of people whose loved ones have been diagnosed with Celiac Disease. I have communicated with hundreds of others by email. In every case, those who are diagnosed with Celiac Disease have also identified milk and dairy products as a culprit.

In any event, the March issue of the journal Digestion notes the strong relationship between Celiac Disease and intolerance to milk.

A group of scientists at the Catholic University, Department of Internal Medicine, Rome, Italy (Ojettim et. al.), have observed a high prevalence of Celiac Disease patients who had previously been diagnosed as lactose intolerant, leading them to conclude:

"Celiac Disease is much more common than previously suspected."

People diagnosed with Celiac Disease are aware of milk's harmful affects. One day, the medical community and Celiac Disease Foundation might also take notice.

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