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Celiac Disease & Mercury Connection – A New Link?

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May 25, 2015

!Thermometer WarningIs this part of why you are not healing?

A breakthrough research article was just published in Gastroenterology Research and Practice linking a four fold increased Mercury level in patients with Celiac Disease following a Gluten-Free Diet. Mercury is ubiquitous in our environment and we actually breathe it in whether we are aware or not. Mercury is increasingly used in industries like pharmaceuticals, medical devices, fire retardants, batteries and switches plus lighting. It is considered extremely neurotoxic at small quantities and our main exposures come from vaccines, fish consumption and dental amalgums.

When it enters the body, Mercury binds onto tissues throughout the body (affinity to neurologic tissue – think brain fog, insomnia, anxiety, depression & memory loss) and does not let go easily. Recent research points to mercury exposure as a very common factor in many cardiovascular, neurodegenerative and autoimmune diseases because of its up-regulation of our inflammatory systems and suppression of the immune system. It has truly become impossible to avoid this exposure as more and more research is indicating an increasing trend of chemical and heavy metal levels in human milk, fetal tissue and other body tissues.

So what is the connection to mercury and celiac disease?

If you are familiar with the pathogenesis of Celiac disease then you understand it requires hyperpermeability of the small intestine, colloquially called “leaky gut”. If you have followed my blog over the years you also know that Celiacs on a gluten free diet still have a high proportion reporting symptoms and their small intestine microvilli rarely fully heals!

So if medical research indicates, “Complete normalization of duodenal lesions is exceptionally rare in adult coeliac patients despite adherence to GFD, symptoms disappearance and negative CD related serology”, could one of the reasons be we are more susceptible to toxic exposures like heavy metals?

I think this new research article clearly indicates that a four-fold increase in mercury, a known neurotoxin is seeping into our bodies because Celiacs and many with gluten sensitivity never heal their gut which is the #2 most important detoxification system in our body. It is the primary interface between the external and internal world and we carry 70-80% of our immune system in it!

So whether you suffer from Celiac, one kind of autoimmune disease or any other it may be appropriate to look at this aspect in your approach towards wellness!

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