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Gluten sensitivity: a many headed hydra

BMJ 1999; 318 doi: (Published 26 June 1999) Cite this as: BMJ 1999;318:1710

Rapid Response:

Struggling with Celiac

In December of 1996 I was diagnosed with Celiac. I immediately took
on a gluten free diet including the absence of oats. In June of 1999 I
had minor knee surgery and was given several different anti-inflamatories,
along with the conventional over the counter pain killing medication. I
was very disturbed to learn that there is gluten in the inactive
ingredients of the medication I was taken. In August 1999 I my gluten
levels were tested again and it was at 12, where the normal range is <4

I have read some specualtion that eggs are also a culprit in the
celiac sufferer's diet. I have been eating eggs for the last two years,
and, I am not on any gluten medication. Can these innocent eggs be enough
to incite the gluten levels?

Your answer to this question and future articles such as this one are
very appreciated. Thank you for your research and forum that you present
on your website. Unfortunately the general public is very uneducated about
this condition.

Thank you,

Steve Falkowitz

Competing interests: No competing interests

02 September 1999
Steven Falkowitz
New York