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Celiac Disease: Autoimmune Condition Controlled By Diet

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Dr. Randy Horwitz is an integrative medical consultant who specializes in treating immunological and allergic diseases with complementary and alternative therapies.

Dr. Horwitz points out that the autoimmune condition celiac disease has a simple and effective treatment. Avoiding wheat gluten in the diet will control celiac disease and allow a return of well-being to the immune system. Though it may be challenging to make this drastic dietary change, the results are well worth the effort.

Transcribed from video interview

Dr. Horwitz:
Yeah, well the ones that we know of clearly, the prototype is celiac disease. Celiac is an autoimmune disease that affects one percent of the population so one out of a hundred people, generally women, develop autoantibodies or auto reactivity against wheat gluten and wheat gluten is just not found in wheat, it’s found in soy sauce, all kinds of products.

So you have to be very careful, it’s a very restrictive diet. However, if you have celiac disease and go a gluten-free diet your symptoms clear up, I mean it’s almost a 100% cure with that simple intervention. It’s the best example of an autoimmune condition that is completely controlled with nutritional intervention. You avoid the trigger, which is wheat gluten, your immune system settles down, you have no problems.

About Dr. Randy Horwitz, Ph.D., M.D.:
Dr. Randy Horwitz, Ph.D., M.D., received a B.S. degree in biochemistry from the University of Illinois, and a Ph.D. in Immunology and Molecular Biology from the University of Florida. He received his medical degree from the University of Illinois, and completed his residency in Internal Medicine at University Hospitals (Case Western Reserve University) in Cleveland.

Visit Dr. Horwitz at http://integrativemedicine.arizona.edu/about/directors/horwitz


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