Good day to you.  Recent tweets on Twitter have caused me to research the relationship of Gluten and Autoimmune diseases such as Celiac and other diseases.  To review, the definition of Gluten is:  “A protein consisting of a mixture of glutelin and gliadin, present in cereal grains (such as barley, rye, and) wheat.”  —  source:  www.dictionary.com.  Also, the definition of an Autoimmune disease is:  “A disease resulting from an immune reaction produced by an individual’s white blood cells or antibodies acting on the body’s own tissues or extracellular proteins.”  —  source:  www.dictionary.com.

As you may know, Autoimmune diseases attack a number of bodily systems affecting homeostasis within the body.  Please reference these links to see which of the most common bodily systems are affected:  http://url.ie/e5n6 and http://url.ie/e5nb.  Also note many associations have been identified linking Celiac disease and other Autoimmune diseases in conjunction with each other.  One common association is Celiac disease and Thyroid disease:  http://url.ie/e5n7.  Other associations are Celiac disease and Diabetes: http://url.ie/e5nd; Celiac disease and Dermatitis Herpetiformis (the skin, the largest organ of the body):  http://url.ie/e5ne; and Celiac disease and Rheumatoid Arthritis:  http://url.ie/e5nf.  Celiac disease has also been linked to heart disease per this link:  http://url.ie/e5ni.

I’m sure there are other Gluten and Autoimmune disease associations I haven’t touched on here; in fact I’m certain of that fact.  That said, it should give you and me pause to research and educate ourselves in how extensive gluten can be in wreaking havoc within our bodies.

Research, educate, and advocate all celiac and gluten-free.

Peace be with you.