"People with celiac dis-ease or acidic damage to the root system or intestinal villi of the small intestine are more susceptible to osteoporosis, the bone wasting dis-ease because calcium ions from bones are being used to maintain the iso-structure or alkaline pH of the blood at 7.365," states Dr. Robert O. Young,Director of Research at the pH Miracle Living Center in San Diego, California. Dr. Young states, "Osteoporosis is a known risk of celiac disease and has been explained by a failure to absorb calcium or vitamin D and more importantly the inability to manufacture stem cells in the crypts of the small intestine due to congestion from animal proteins and damage to the intestinal villi from dietary acids - especially from protein." A study in the New England Journal of Medicine suggests celiac patients produce antibodies which attack a key protein that maintains bone health. According to Dr. Young, "these antibodies are created to buffer dietary acids, especially from animal protein to protect the alkaline design of the small intestine." Damage to the intestinal villi due to dietary acidosis explains why osteoporosis in those with the digestive disorder may not respond to calcium and vitamin D supplementation. Celiac disease is caused by a an over-acidic lifestyle and diet and from gluten, a congestive acidic protein found in wheat, barley, rye and oats which damage the small finger-like villi that line the small intestine and play a key role in the production of stem cells and red blood cells. When damaged and inflamed, the villi are unable to created needed stem cells for red blood cell production. The damage to the intestinal villi also leads to the acidic symptoms of diarrhoea iron deficiency and then malnutrition. It affects one in 100 people, and of these a significant proportion may go on to develop osteoporosis - a symptom of the bones in helping to maintain the alkaline design of the blood that leads to an increased risk of painful and disabling fractures. Scientists at the University of Edinburgh say it may be a protein called osteoprotegerin which holds the key to the link between celiac disease and osteoporosis. According to Dr. Young, "the protein osteoprotegerin is a by-product of bone degeneration and the release of calcium ions into the blood to maintains its iso-structure." Traditional understanding of its cause has left some people with the condition with little hope that their symptoms and quality of life will improve. But with Dr. Young's discovery of what causes celiac dis-ease there is finally hope. In the UK 20% of the celiac patients tested, antibodies were produced which stopped this protein - crucial for maintaining bone strength - from working effectively. Lead researcher Professor Stuart Ralston from the Institute of Genetics and Molecular Medicine, said: "This is a very exciting step forward. Not only have we discovered a new reason to explain why osteoporosis occurs in coeliac disease, but we have also found that it responds very well to drugs that prevent bone tissue removal. "Testing for these antibodies could make a real and important difference to the lives of people with coeliac disease by alerting us to the risk of osteoporosis and helping us find the correct treatment for them." Sarah Sleet, head of Coeliac UK said: "Osteoporosis is a damaging complication of coeliac disease and our traditional understanding of its cause has left some people with the condition with little hope that their symptoms and quality of life will improve. "This new breakthrough in understanding and treatment will give renewed hope to our members struggling with their condition." Dr Claire Bowring, medical policy officer with the National Osteoporosis Society said: "We already know that coeliac disease is a risk factor for osteoporosis and that early diagnosis and treatment of coeliac disease gives the best chance of improving bone density. "A better understanding of the relationship between coeliac disease and osteoporosis will enable clinicians to manage both conditions more effectively. "Although this research is at an early stage it is certainly interesting and we look forward to more extensive work to identify how prevalent this antibody is in people with coeliac disease." In conclusion Dr. Young states, "there is only one cause of celiac dis-ease and one cause of osteoporosis - can you say "ACID." The acids that cause celiac come from animal proteins, high sugar fruits, starchy carbohydrates, grains with gluten and dairy products. Eliminate these acidic foods and start an alkaline diet and not only will you begin to heal the small intestine but you will stop the degeneration of the bones."