September 28, 2011

Celiac Disease Linked To Gall Bladder and Liver Problems

 

It is not mystery that those with gluten sensitivity have a higher incidence of developing autoimmune diseases.  What is often times less discussed is the association of gluten intolerance and celiac disease with autoimmune hepatitis and cholangitis (gall bladder problems).  These links are rarely discussed but have been known about and discussed in numerous medical studies.  Now another study published makes the connection again…

 

Long-standing, untreated coeliac disease is recognized to be a trigger for autoimmune disorders and is known to be associated with other autoimmune diseases, but the association with autoimmune hepatitis or autoimmune cholangitis is reported rarely. We conclude that in patients with autoimmune liver disease and unspecific clinical signs, such as iron deficiency, coeliac disease must be ruled out.

Source:

Eur J Gastroenterol Hepatol. 2003 Apr;15(4):423-7.

What The Gluten Free Warrior Says…

I commonly see patients in my office who suffer with different forms of liver and gall bladder diseases.  Sometimes the only symptoms are abdominal and right shoulder pain.  Often times they have been diagnosed with non alcoholic fatty liver disease or gall stones.  Many or these individuals are considering having their gall bladder removed.

I would recommend anyone suffering with liver or gall bladder problems of unknown origin be genetically tested for gluten sensitivity.  Celiac testing is too inaccurate and not definitive for those who have non-celiac gluten sensitivity.  If you cannot afford testing or if you doctor won’t order it for you, go on a TRUE gluten free diet.  It is safe and in my experience almost always helps reduce symptoms.

Remember, once your gall bladder is removed, you can no longer absorb and digest fat properly.  Vitamins A, D, E, and K as well as the omega 3 fatty acids all need a healthy gall bladder for proper absorption.  The side effects of these nutritional deficiencies can be devastating.  Vitamin D alone has been linked to more than 20 terminal cancers.

Now consider that liver disease can cause high cholesterol… Cholesterol medications can cause liver disease…Liver disease contributes to blood sugar abnormalities…contributes to fatigue…contributes to weight gain…contributes to fatty liver…

We can go on and on and on.  The point is, gluten intolerance can cause liver and gall bladder problems.  Most liver disease in the U.S. has no known cause.  It makes sense to investigate gluten as a causative factor.

All the best,

Dr. Osborne -  The Gluten Free Warrior

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13 Responses to “Celiac Disease Linked To Gall Bladder and Liver Problems”

  • lorna kennawsy says:

    My daughter was discovered to have gall stones at 2 yrs of. Age, she suffered periods of excruciating pain from birth, her hall bladder was removed age 2 and half, then she was discovered tohave coeliac disease age 4. So this is very interesting.

  • Peggy Biggs says:

    My mother had her gall bladder removed in her 60s. 5 years ago she was diagnosed with cirrohsis of liver. She is 89 now. She eats lots of fatty foods.
    I wish we would have known all of this 30 years ago!
    Thank you for your article,
    Peggy

  • You are welcome. Feel free to pass the article along to anyone you know who might be gluten intolerant.
    All the best,
    Dr. O

  • Melissa Garcia says:

    I figured out that my son is gluten intolerant when he was 4 yrs. old. He is now 9 and is having alot of trouble. We recently discovered some foods that were previously safe have since added wheat. Because of this he was getting some gluten- but not much. During the past 3 months he has experienced: nausea, decreased appetite, weight loss, dizziness, chills, intermitten diarrhea and his eyelids are very pale- even though his iron levels tested normal. He also complains that his stomach gets “tight” and sometimes says it feels like someone punched him. We tried probiotics which have helped with appetite. He also gained a pound after begining them. But it seems the symptoms remain. I wonder if a trace of gluten could be causing these symptoms or if these are symptoms of a gall bladder problem. Our pediatrician ran the blood test for Celiac’s. It came back negative (no surprise there, I know it’s highly inaccurate). The doctor told me to let him eat anything and come back in a month. I need some direction from someone who gets it.

  • Antony says:

    “Remember, once your gall bladder is removed, you can no longer absorb and digest fat properly. Vitamins A, D, E, and K as well as the omega 3 fatty acids all need a healthy gall bladder for proper absorption. The side effects of these nutritional deficiencies can be devastating. Vitamin D alone has been linked to more than 20 terminal cancers.”

    OK so I had my gallbladder removed four years ago and have subsequently realised that wheat and gluten causes problems. So what now, can I expect to die from one of those 20 terminal cancers? Any suggestions.

  • Melissa, Stop feeding your son gluten today. If you want to be certain of the need to do this, have him genetically tested for gluten sensitivity. This testing is extremely accurate unlike serum and biopsy tests. Watch the following video as a start in the right direction from someone who gets it :)
    All the best,
    Dr. O

  • Antony,
    Have your doctor measure you nutrient levels twice per year. I recommend using Spectracell labs for a comprehensive measure. Also have him measure your 25 OH D levels twice a year. Supplement accordingly. Take Max Digest to help compensate for the lack of fat absorption that comes with gall bladder removal.
    All the best,
    Dr. O

  • Antony says:

    Hi Dr. Osborne, thanks for the feedback. I avoid doctors like the plague, do you really think I should see “professionals” who were all too willing to whip out my gallbladder in the firstplace, and who think dietary advice plays no role in one’s health. When I asked the gastroenterologist who performed the surgery what diet I should follow after having my GB removed, he said eat whatever you want, patted me on the leg and walked out of the ward.

    I’m guessing gluten intolerance / sensitivity is in the genes as my mom had hers out almost fifteen years ago and is still in good health, despite the loss. Have stuck to a healthy low fat diet since the op, but this information about gluten and particularly wheat has been a REVELATION to me. Have virtually weaned the family off the stuff (wheat and corn) and have noticed a great improvement in health all around, not too mention weight loss. Recently been doing our best to follow what could be considered a Paleo diet, with green smoothies thrown in for good measure. Now and then when a bit of wheat does get consumed, it’s amazing the heartburn and gas that follows.

    Also interesting to note, that I lost my father to a heart attack in 2006. He wasn’t really a big meat eater, but loved his wheat goodies (bread, biscuits, cakes etc.) His cholesterol was low but looking back his heart obviously couldn’t handle the visceral fat in the “wheat belly” he had developed from eating the posionous grains all his life. All these years we’ve been brainwashed into blaming meat for heart disease and other ailments, when actually the biggest culprit was gluten in grains.

    Anyway thanks for the advice, will definitely start supplementing with Vit D and will look for a good digestive enzyme, as living in South Africa, not too sure we’ll be able to get the Max Digest here. Won’t be doing any bloodtests – like the “gastroenterologist” told me when I attended my consultation – if it ain’t cancer that’ll get you, then it’ll be the heart, but we all gotta die one day. Couldn’t believe his non-chalant attitude toward life, but he came highly recommended….So I’ll be as sensible as possible and just take it day by day. Do wish I had known about the whole gluten / wheat thing way back though, just maybe I’d still have my precious gallbladder.

    All the best to you and keep up the good work.

    Antony

  • Patty Cosby says:

    My mother died from non-alcoholic cirrhosis a month after I was diagnosed w/Celiac. She had had trouble losing weight in her 50s, always looked bloated and was very fatigued all the time. She acquired diabetes in her mid-50s, and it all went downhill from there. She had breast cancer which resulted in a mastectomy, and we believe some of the drugs affected her liver also. She was never tested for Celiac. I have 4 sisters and a brother – two of them have a fatty liver already!

  • ACurtis says:

    Try going all organic with your food and completely eliminating all GMO foods. It has now been shown that if you eat GMO foods that whatever pesticide/chemical or non-species element gthat was introduced into the product (say, corn), if eaten by humans, that tainted/laboratory messed-up “new” element in the food can be absorbed into the human gut. AND that new element can remain indefinitely and can continue to multiply and “send out” signals, more than likely causing Leaky Gut Syndrome.

    For some people who have compromised immune systems and/or are have a more frail health or body system, some of these things can really adversely affect them more so than other people. Watch Genetic Roulette, a 1.5 hour movie that is free through Saturday, 9/22/2012. I have watched it; chilling, chilling evidence and information as to WHY people are getting so horribly, horribly sick. http://geneticroulettemovie.com/

  • letitia p says:

    thanks for yr suggestions i will go organic and also watch the video. How i feel at this moment in time i will try anything.

  • Lisa C says:

    Recently read article that stated the body sees grains that are gluten free as gluten and react as if the body is consuming gluten. If youare gluten free but still don’t fell 100%, cut out ALL grains and you will see an enormous difference.

  • LesleyE says:

    My sister was diag. with celiac about 4 yrs. ago – for many reasons I tried the diet and found that I am EXTREMELY gluten intolerant and have been GF for 4 yrs. About a month ago I started having discomfort in my upper right side. Dr. said she thinks it is gallbladder inflamation, we have ruled out gall stones and I’m scheduled for a H.I.D.A. test this week. If it shows small or blocked ducts what next? I’ve tried apple juice, even though though it is mostly recommended for stones (I haven’t tried the vinegar yet as it is something I can’t stand anyway). It doesn’t seem to do much for me. I would rather keep my gall bladder if possible, so do you have any advice for me?

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