This an old press release, no longer available, sent to me by a friend from Dr Bernstein's forum. It appears to relate to this paper. Can't get the full text but the abstract and PR seems to sum up the results quite well.
There are three things of particular interest, one was the suggestion that coelaic disease patients develop other auto immune diseases. Second was that on withdrawl of gluten they not only loose both their anti endomysial antibody titers (traditional marker of coeliac disease) but they also loose their auto immune disease antibodies too. Third is that it's not overnight, 3-6 months is more like it.
From several people I get the impression that 2 weeks is often enough to see some change in an auto immune disease, a month is needed for convinving improvement and resolution needs about 6 months. There are good and bad patches in the process.
Nice to see a research group backing up the anecdote. Here's the press release:
"Dr. Tarcisio Not, of Clinica Pediatrica, I.R.C.C.S., Trieste, and colleagues, studied 172 patients with autoimmune thyroid disorders, and two control groups. The control groups comprised 498 patients with other diseases and 4,000 healthy blood donors. Screening was done with IgA-class endomysium antibody using immunofluorescence.
The findings, reported in the February issue of Digestive Diseases and Sciences, show that the prevalence of celiac disease was 3.4% in patients with autoimmune thyroiditis, and 0.6% and 0.25% among the two control groups.
Moreover, the study found an association between untreated celiac disease, gluten intake and autoimmune disorders. The researchers write, "We believe that undiagnosed celiac disease can cause other disorders by switching on some as yet unknown immunological mechanism. Untreated celiac patients produce organ-specific autoantibodies."
They add, "By following these subjects longitudinally, it has been seen that not only do the anti-gliadin antibodies and anti-endomysium antibodies disappear after 3 to 6 months of a gluten-free diet, but so do the organ-specific autoantibodies."
Given these results, Dr. Not and his team suggest that patients with autoimmune thyroiditis "may benefit from a screening for celiac disease so as to eliminate symptoms and limit the risk of developing other autoimmune disorders."
Dig Dis Sci 2000;45:403-406.(end)"