Well-nourished men and women become wasted shadows of their former selves.
Most Adventists know gluten as the rubbery meat substitute made from gluten flour. Gluten is a protein complex found chiefly in wheat, but it is also present in barley and rye. It is rich in the amino acids glutamine and proline. There is a component of gluten that is soluble in alcohol called gliadin; this is not easily broken down, and small amounts of it may be absorbed. It is possible that the process is aided if there should be an infection of the bowel. It is against these gliadin fractions that the antibodies are made, resulting in inflammation. The antibody is directed against the gliadin, but because the gliadin is bound by cells in the intestinal wall, these cells get damaged by the inflammation process that ensues. People who get celiac disease have a genetic predisposition to the disorder.
is director of the General Conference Health Ministries Department.
is ICPA executive director and associate director of the Health Ministries Department.