Date:    Wed, 13 Jun 2001 21:31:43 -0600
Sender:  Celiac/Coeliac Wheat/Gluten-Free List 
From:    Ron Hoggan 
Subject: High Calcium Levels in Blood Tests

Sandra raised a question about calcium metabolism abnormalities in celiac
disease. There has been some interesting work in this area. Dr. Mike Marsh
has shown that our absorption is less of a problem than our excessive
excretion of calcium. Dr. Rude has established that bone remineralization,
in the context of celiac disease is helped more by magnesium supplementation
than by calium, and Dr. Kumar  has shown that endomysium antibodies will
cross react with parathyroid tissue. The parathyroid gland is a major factor
in the control of our calcium metabolism. Given these data, it should be
suprising when a celiac patient does not have calcium metabolism errors. Of
course, autoimmune thyroid disease is also significanlty overrepresented
among celiacs, often reported in ~14% of celiacs investigated.

Although my TSH levels are normal, I did have some problems with
frequent fractures, until I started supplementing with large daily doses
of magnesium.  I also developed smooth lumps on my fingers, just
beyond the middle knuckle. They appear to have gone away now.

best wishes,
Ron Hoggan