Coeliac disease has been recognised since the times of Ancient Greece.
This is a malabsorption disease that causes abdominal pain, nausea, vomiting, bloating, diarrhoea, and leaves sufferers starved of nutrients.
The offending protein is Gluten which is found in wheat, rye, and barley.
It was a Dutch Paediatrician by the name of Dr Willem Dicke who discovered the link between Gluten and Coeliac disease around the 1940s. This arose from the keen observation of a young patient’s mother to the devastation and starvation of the Hunger Winter in World War 2.
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