Celiac, gluten sensitivity, auto-immunity and the gut microbiome, with Dr Alessio Fasano

This week on the podcast Mikki speaks to Alessio Fasano about gluten, non celiac gluten sensitivity (NGCS), the gut microbiome and auto-immune conditions.
This week on the podcast Mikki speaks to Alessio Fasano about gluten, non celiac gluten sensitivity (NGCS), the gut microbiome and auto-immune conditions. Dr Fasano led the research team that discovered and named zonulin, an enzyme in the gut that is activated in response to gluten. They talk about the importance of this in relation to health in general, who needs to be mindful of gluten in their food, and the other pillars of health that impact on the gut. Importantly, Dr Fasano emphasises that for most people, it isn’t just one trigger that sets off the immune response, it is multiple factors, and that is what is discussed today.

Advancing innovation in research, clinical care and education, Alessio Fasano, MD, has dedicated his life to improving the quality of life for people with celiac disease and other gluten-related disorders. He founded the Center for Celiac Research at the University of Maryland School of Medicine in 1996. In 2013, he moved the Center to Massachusetts General Hospital and renamed it the Center for Celiac Research and Treatment. He is chief of the Division of Pediatric Gastroenterology and Nutrition at MassGeneral Hospital for Children and professor of pediatrics at Harvard Medical School.

Dr. Fasano is the author of Gluten Freedom, a book for general readers about celiac disease, gluten-related disorders, and the gluten-free diet. He also co-authored Gut Feelings: The Microbiome and Our Health, published in March 2021 by MIT Press