Monday, November 19, 2012

Celiac Disease and Cancer Risk – What you need to know


Lymphoma is a blood cancer that develops in the lymph system of the body. It has long been known that lymphoma and celiac were linked.

In August a study was published in the American Journal of Hematology whereby the records of almost 1,300 patients with celiac disease treated over the past 30 years at the Celiac Disease Center located a tthe the Columbia University Medical Center. The researchers found 40 cases of lymphoma, a six-fold increased incidence than the general population. Most of the patients suffered with non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma, a specific type of the disease.

Those patients developing the disease were found to be diagnosed with celiac disease later in life (58 years old on average) and more often suffered from abdominal pain, diarrhea and/or weight loss.
The researchers summarized their results with the recommendation that older patients with these symptoms should be monitored for the development of the disease.

A few factors likely contribute to this association of celiac, lymphoma and later diagnosis with severe gastrointestinal symptoms. Let’s look at what they could be:

1.       Those diagnosed later in life could have suffered the disease for their entire life with no one giving them the correct diagnosis – sadly a common problem. Decades of untreated celiac disease, of course, results in decreased absorption of vital nutrients. With poor nutritional status, the body’s ability to repair itself is compromised.
2.       Celiac disease, to some degree, destroys the lining of the small intestine, an organ that houses 80% of the body’s immune system. Failing to diagnose this strain on the body’s immune system plus allowing the presence of the toxin gluten to persist, decreases the immune system’s ability to kill cancer cells.
3.       Patients who suffer severe digestive complaints typically have a weakened probiotic population in their small intestine. We now understand that this population of 10 trillion organisms is able to keep bad, disease causing genes turned off, when it’s healthy. On the flip side, once stressed, the probiotics are unable to have a positive effect on genetic expression and bad genes flip on – such as cancer.
4.       Also with celiac disease, and gluten sensitivity, the stress on the gut’s immune system often results in the presence of infectious organisms. These organisms further compromise the immune system – another stressor that can increase the risk of cancer.

The bottom line is that early diagnosis is very important, but even more important is the quick resolution of stress on the small intestine and it’s most important resident, the immune system. Restoring the immune system to its full strength is the best weapon against developing cancer.

Should you suffer from celiac disease or gluten sensitivity and find that your health is not to the level you desire, please consider contacting us for a free health analysis. We specialize in taking gluten intolerant patients to the next level of health. Our destination clinic treats patients from across the country and internationally, therefore you do not need to live locally to receive assistance. We are here to help!



To your good health,
Dr Vikki Petersen, DC, CCN
Co-author of “The Gluten Effect”
Author of the e-Book: “Gluten Intolerance- What you don’t know may be killing you!”

6 comments:

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Anonymous said...

Hi,

I had an upper GI endoscopy in Dec 2011 and the doctor found mild gastritis. He also mentioned that there is abnormal blunting of the duodenal folds which suggested celiac but the biopsy came back negative. Fast forward to Nov 2012 and I started getting anxiety/OCD type of thoughts out of nowhere. I have never had such thoughts before and I wonder whether continuing to eat gluten may be the reason for developing such symptoms all of a sudden. I have read numerous posts online as well as on your blog that gluten does cause neurological symptoms. It makes me wonder whether abnormal blunting of duodenal folds is actually beginning of celiac. Any thoughts?

Deli Divine said...

I did not know much about this topic and would love to be more knowledgeable about this stuff. I just saw the importance of being aware about this new topic.

The HealthNOW Doctors said...

Hello Anonymous,
Blunting of the duodenal folds could very well be early celiac. Your neurological symptoms also lend suspicion to that diagnosis or gluten sensitivity.

I would be more than happy to assist you if you'd like a free health analysis. Call 408-733-0400.

Not only does gluten affect the nervous system but it can cause hormonal imbalance as well.

Best,
Dr Vikki

Anonymous said...

I was diagnosed at the age of 56 3 months ago. I found it quite difficult to accept at first and for the life of me couldn't find 1 member of my family who had this disease. Sadly my brother died and a lot of long lost cousins turned up for the funeral. A first cousin was there and he solved the mystery. His dad had it (my dad's brother) and so did 4 of his children children. I asked my daughter to phone the doctor to be tested as she is really underweight even though she eats well. She explained to him that I had just been diagnosed through an biopsy and to my horror he told her over the phone to go to the pharmacy and pick up a prescription for irritable bowel. This attitude worries me a wee bit. Am I over reacting
Mary
Scotland

The HealthNOW Doctors said...

Hello Mary,
Where do you live in Scotland? My mother is Scottish - a MacLeod.

I too am concerned about the attitude of your daughter's doctor. It is such attitudes that explain the fact that 95% of celiacs remain undiagnosed.

Please urge your daughter to get tested. Worse case scenario she could order a genetic test online from EnteroLab. She doesn't need a doctor's permission and they are a reputable lab. We just need to confirm that they work outside the US.

Good luck and do let me know if I can be of assistance.

Dr Vikki