Recently news broke that a Celiac vaccine will begin testing in Australia.
What does this mean for Celiacs? A gluten free diet could be a thing of the past. I'm no scientist, but I'll go ahead and try and become a science teacher for a brief moment.
Specifically, the vaccine is meant to desensitize people who are gluten intolerant to limited amounts of gluten. Over time, the villi would be able to absorb nutrients from gluten. Normally, Celiacs' villi cannot absorb nutrients from gluten.
Thoughts? Obviously the product wouldn't be available for years as it has to go through substantial testing. I'm so used to my gluten free diet that I can't imagine being able to eat pizza, bread, pasta... and I'm also not sure if I would trust the vaccine. While I normally don't question science, in this instance I'm not sure the vaccine is necessary. I understand the potential benefits, but I'm concerned about the effects. Could the vaccine really do away with the pain and suffering I felt when I was eating gluten prior to my diagnosis?
I think, if the product is ever released, I would probably go ahead with getting the vaccine but still eat gluten sparingly. Perhaps only on vacation, when it is difficult to find suitable substitutes.
What would (or will) YOU do?