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A new study from the United States has found that many patients with celiac disease have micronutrient deficiencies. Carried out by researchers at the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minnesota, a 'cathedral' of conventional medicine, the study shows that a varix of vitamins and minerals is a common finding in adults newly diagnosed with the disease. Significantly, in a sign that conventional medicine is the beginning of recognition of the importance of correcting nutritional deficiencies.

A serious digestive condition in which the ingestion of gluten, a group of proteins found in wheat, barley, rye and various other cereal grains, leads to damage in the small intestine, celiac disease is estimated to affect 1 in 100 people worldwide. Gluten is found in a wide variety of foods including pasta, breakfast cereals, pastries, most types of bread, and most berries. Celiac patients experiencing symptoms such as abdominal pain, bloating, constipation, diarrhea, and indigestion. Joint pain, fatigue and skin problems can therefore also occur, ie also can nerve damage. In children, the disease can affect their growth and development.

Conventional medicine offers no cure for celiac disease. Instead, patients have to give gluten-free diet and are given drugs to control symptoms. Significantly, however, even when following a gluten-free diet and taking prescribed medication, at least 30 percent of celiac disease patients still report symptoms. Clearly, therefore, many people avoid gluten is an incomplete treatment for this disease.

Zinc deficiency seen in almost 60 percent of celiac patients

The Mayo Clinic study looked at data on 309 adults who had been diagnosed with celiac disease between 2000 and 2014. The researchers found that many of them had micronutrient deficiencies at the time of diagnosis. The most common deficiency was zinc, which was seen in almost 60 percent of patients. Other micronutrients D and B12, folates, copper and iron.

The lead author of the study, dr. Adam Bledsoe, MD, admits he finds it somewhat surprising to see the frequency of micronutrient …

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