In the last week or so, gluten degrading enzymes have been all the rage. BeyondCeliac and Celiac.com have both put out articles relating to gluten degrading enzymes. What are they and why all of a sudden are we talking about them?
According to the case study published today, a man with celiac disease, alopecia, and rheumatoid arthritis was prescribed off label Tofacitinib to control the alopecia. He had always been less than strict on his gluten free diet and after starting the Tofacitinib returned to a gluten containing diet. Routine follow up for his celiac disease detected no mucosal damage in the small intestine. Wow! I’ve got some questions here…..
I talk about my life a lot. Sometimes probably more than you might like, but I cannot always do the science. Sometimes I’m not in the mood to do the heavy research required to write. Other times it is because I have done the research and I haven’t had time to process it all. And we are planning for vacation here. Today, I’m going to talk about it all!
A nice person asked me yesterday for advice in living with roommates and a refresher on cross contamination protocols. Roommates pose an interesting problem for those with celiac disease because you cannot control their behavior. You can request certain things and hope they comply, but can never be sure. You have to do your best to stay safe. So, here are some suggestions for keeping safe while living with roommates.
Gluten is everywhere. It can sneak into someone’s diet in places nobody would even consider. The most unusual place I found gluten was plain vanilla ice cream. Once while at the beach, my in-laws wanted to treat the family to ice cream. I explained I couldn’t go to an ice cream shop, so they went to the grocery store. When they got back, I casually looked at the ingredients for the vanilla ice cream. Wheat was the first ingredient – in ICE CREAM!!! The gluten contamination elimination diet might help.