Shedding light on celiac disease; seeking a cure

An Epidemic of Absence by Moises Velasquez-Manoff

You can double your value this month. I have two articles in the May/June 2013 issue of Gluten-Free Living. One is based on an interview with journalist and author Moises Velasquez-Manoff. The other profiles Bob Anderson, who is looking for a cure.

In his new book An Epidemic of Absence, Velasquez-Manoff surveys research linking the rise in autoimmune disease to changes in modern hygiene. Essentially, he argues, we are too clean. Our lifestyles are changing the population of parasites and microbes in our bodies, causing conditions such as asthma, multiple sclerosis and type-1 diabetes. In February, he further addressed the connection between gut microbes, breast feeding and celiac disease in a New York Times opinion piece, Who Has the Guts for Gluten? I interviewed him about his personal journey writing the book, and what essential wisdom we should take about celiac disease prevention, for the article, “New insight into celiac disease.”

I also interviewed Bob Anderson, who designed a drug that shows potential for suppressing the immune response that causes celiac disease. It is currently in clinical trials. This article is one in a series profiling researchers who will present at the International Celiac Disease Symposium in Chicago in September 2013.

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