Tuesday, August 18, 2009

Scientific American Article

I was stuck on the ferry with nothing to do, so I decided to check out the ferry store and purchase some magazines. Who knew I would be leaving with Scientific American (August 2009) under my arms? Well the reason I left with this

JupiterImages (photograph); Jen Christiansen (photoillustration)

particular magazine is because on the top right corner it said that it had an article entitled "Celiac Disease Insights: Clues to Solving Autoimmunity."

As this is from a very scientific magazine the article is of course quite technical, but if you can handle reading that type of article I highly recommend it. It comes with very useful diagrams and goes quite in depth into the science of how Celiac Disease works. Now when your friends ask you why you can eat Wheat, but you could frolic in a field of it with no ill effects you will be able to explain why.

Another bonus is that it talks about the future of Celiac Disease and up and coming therapies that are showing promise for Celiac Suffers. One day soon (next few years hopefully) we might be able to take a pill that completely breaks down gluten for us so that it doesn't harm our system, or take a medicine that stops our guts from being so leaky.

I had the pleasure of actually listening to the author of this article, Alessio Fasano, speak at The Gluten Intolerance Festival in Victoria, BC in 2008, where he also discussed the history and future of Celiac Disease. He was inspiring to listen to and gives hope to all Celiacs.

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