Thursday, May 22, 2014

Signs Gluten Causing Dental Decay, By Dr. Sylvia Onusic: Dentists Play an Important Part-Part 2

Dr Sylvia Onusic, writing for Healthy Home Economist, describes the connection of celiac connective tissue abnormalities (besides dental and oral manifestations), and the triggers which have been identified: bottle feeding, low vitamin D ingestion and sun exposure, virus's, C/S and timing of ingestion of gluten in the infant. She rightly identifies gluten induced disorders as a connective tissue disease.....NOT A FOOD ALLERGY, with stimulation of the abnormal lymphatic tissues.

Here she writes:

Celiac Disease is an autoimmune disease, not a food allergy, which affects infants, children and adults and results in a permanent intolerance to gluten, a protein found in wheat, rye and barley.

Celiac disease is a common disorder and about 1% or more of North Americans may develop it and it can occur at any age. With celiac progression, there is increasing damage to the villi of the small intestine, which are responsible for uptake of nutrients, leading to nutrient- related diseases such as osteoporosis, malabsorption syndromes, anemia, even lymphoma and other cancers. 1-2

Celiac is an inherited disease which can show up because of a variety of different conditions. The most important factor in preventing development of celiac in at-risk babies is breastfeeding up to a year or more, especially upon first exposure to gluten.Studies show that the timing of the introduction of gluten and amount of gluten given is important. Babies ingesting gluten laden cereals, crackers or other gluten containing foods during the first three months of life are an increased the risk for development of celiac disease, compared to infants who were first given gluten around six months of age.

In Swedish studies from the 1990,’s prompted by an epidemic of celiac disease, it was found that babies given higher amounts of wheat baby foods were much more likely to develop celiac disease. 3

For persons who have a relative or parent with celiac disease, the disorder can show up after a virus, accident, pregnancy, or stressful situation. 1

I would recommend, if you are concerned for your children's teeth or you look after children that you read the whole thing.

To Your Health
Dr. Barbara