TITLE

friendly fire

AUTHOR(S)
Schoenhals, Kim
PUB. DATE
May 2005
SOURCE
Better Nutrition;May2005, Vol. 67 Issue 5, p34
SOURCE TYPE
Periodical
DOC. TYPE
Article
ABSTRACT
This article discusses various issues related to autoimmune diseases, and gluten intolerance. In times of war, when people are accidentally killed by their allies, it's known as "friendly fire." Autoimmune disease is similar in that one's own immune system can misfire and wreak havoc on any one of a number of bodily systems. Celiac disease--also known as celiac spruce, gluten sensitive enteropathy or gluten intolerance--is one such condition. In celiac disease, the immune system targets gluten, a protein found in wheat, rye and barley. When gluten is ingested, the immune system reacts to it as if it were a pathogen, attacking it inside the small intestine. he collateral damage of this attack includes the villi. When the villi are damaged, nutrients can't be absorbed, and malnutrition becomes a risk.
ACCESSION #
16791589

 

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