Sunday, July 05, 2009

Thought Leaders Program 2009: Dr. Peter Green

The Celiac Disease Center at Columbia University (CDCCU) recently hosted a day-long Thought Leaders program where members of the center spoke about various aspects of celiac disease and invited feedback from dozens of attendees. The guests, who came from as far away as California and Minneapolis, included Merle Cachia and Mary Ferry of New York City's CSA Chapter, Sue Goldstein of the Westchester Celiac Sprue Support Group (WCSSG), Sloane "Allergic Girl" Miller, Michael Thorn of Suffolk County Celiacs (SCC), and representatives of the Celiac Disease Foundation (CDF) and The Kogan Celiac Center of New Jersey (KCC).

Official video cameras were present, so it's possible that most or all of the presentations will go online.

For instance CDCCU founder/director Dr. Peter Green's comments are already on YouTube (and in this blog post) in three parts.

PART I (8:55)
Dr. Green's opening remarks cover the origin of the CDCCU, including the part played by Sue Goldstein, Rory Jones, and Ann Whelan. Dr. Green stresses the importance of fundraising, mentions the influence of a $300,000 donation earmarked for patient care and education, and discusses the number of doctors at Columbia who have now been diagnosed with celiac disease themselves. In discussing his staff, Dr. Green emphasizes the importance of the nutritionist and expresses his concern about the quality and credibility of professionals trying to deal with celiac disease.

PART II (8:22)

Dr. Green discusses the new understanding of celiac disease as a multi-system disorder than can affect any organ. He emphasizes the importance of conventional testing and notes that while Finland appears to have diagnosed about 70% of its people who have celiac disease—and Italy, Ireland, and Australia might have diagnosed about 20% of them—the United States still seems to have diagnosed less than 1%. Dr. Green notes that countries with national health plans seem more motivated to seek and find cases of celiac disease to delay and lower health care costs, with some countries subsidizing gluten-free food. In accord with recent studies including the one from the Mayo Clinic, Dr. Green notes that the number of cases of celiac disease seems to be increasing. In Finland the number of cases seems to be increasing along with other autoimmune conditions and allergic conditions, and 2.5% of the elderly test positive even though 1% of the general population has it.


Dr. Green continues by discussing the recommendation for introducing small amounts of gluten along with breastfeeding between the first 4-6 months of infancy, but says that the recommendation may be subject to change. Around 2:33, he mentions intestinal permeability varying with different stimuli including alcohol, exercise and GI infection—this is something that sparked my curiosity, so I'm trying to learn more about intestinal permeability, its causes and its symptoms. Dr. Green returns to the importance of nutritional counseling that helps people with celiac diseae know what to avoid and what to eat. He goes on to talk aobut how he's come to believe in gluten sensitivity: "symptomatic response to gluten withdrawal in the absence of celiac disease." It exists. He cites a number of examples, including DH (20% of people with DH have normal intestinal biopsies) and people who neurological symptoms in response to gluten. He has also noted IBS patients who have negative bloodwork for celiac disease but villi damage nonetheless. He touches on some sticky related issues such as getting other family members tested and labeling asymptomatic patients as having the disease. He notes that at the recent Digestive Diseases Week (DDW) in Chicago, there was a substantial increase in the number of celiac papers, but research as well as diagnosis still seem to be lagging.


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