Tuesday, May 10, 2011

Celiac Disease Cure

Although this blog focuses on Gluten-Free Recipes primarily, readers may also be interested in what is going on in the area of producing a Celiac Disease Cure (link to article).

Researchers are now attempting to tackle gluten-sensitivity through a novel approach using a vaccine technology to improve life for those of us that can not consume gluten.  The goal of the vaccine is to desensitise patients to the three specific peptides in gluten that are essentially 'toxic' to people with coeliac disease.

Although this latest potential cure for Celiac Disease is only in a Phase I clinical trial, the news coming out of this test showed that the new vaccine appears to be safe to use and well tolerated.

It will still be a while until we can all perhaps have a chance to try a Celiac-Disease remedy, by way of this new Vaccine, as it is expected to enter Phase II trials within the next 10 months.  From my understanding of clinical trials, there would likely be a Phase-III clinical trial of the potential cure for Celiac Disease next, and then perhaps the general (gluten-free) population will have a chance to get a shot (or a few shots) and return to ingesting gluten.

The current trials hope to demonstrate a dramatic reduction in the body's rejection of dietary gluten so patients can resume a normal diet and return to good health.  As far as I am concerned, anything that can aid, alleviate, correct, heal, or counteract the effects of gluten-toxicity is a great thing!

I expect that we are all hoping for a drug, vaccine, elixir, healing agent, medicine, or other restorative agent to get us back to normal, and perhaps this will be the one.  Any Celiac-Disease treatment or therapy that shows promise (aside from the obvious one of just not consuming gluten) is worth mentioning,... and, I hope to eventually report that this turns into the cure for celiac disease that we all would welcome.