The Anonymous Widower

Coeliacs On A Gluten-Free Diet And The AstraZeneca COVID-19 Vaccine

I am coeliac and I am on a strict gluten-free diet.

I have not had a serious dose of Covid-19, but I may have had a very mild dose, after a meeting with about twenty Chinese students, that I described in Did I Have A Close Brush With Covid-19?

That would not be possible to check now, but I did have a bad reaction after my AstraZeneca vaccine, which I wrote about in July 2021 in Hay Fever, Coeliac Disease And The AstraZeneca Covid-19 Vaccine. I also told my GP about it and he said he’d heard similar tales.

I had no reaction to my second AstraZeneca vaccine.

This year my hay fever was even worse. Is this due to my immune system being boosted by the vaccines?

Yesterday, at a funeral, I met an old friend, who is on a strict gluten-free diet and she had not had a serious dose of Covid-19. But like me, she did have a serious reaction to her first dose of the AstraZeneca vaccine.

I’d like to hear any experiences of coeliacs on a gluten-free diet during the pandemic.

September 28, 2022 Posted by | Health | , , , | 2 Comments

Coeliac Disease And Atrial Fibrillation

I am 75 and coeliac and I had or have atrial fibrillation. Cardiologists tell me that, the atrial fibrillation led to my stroke in 2011.

I should also say, that my father was an undiagnosed coeliac and he died from a stroke younger than I am now.

I typed the title of this post into Doctor Google.

I found this paper on Cureus, which is entitled Celiac Disease and Risk of Atrial Fibrillation: A Meta-Analysis and Systematic Review.

I will show two paragraphs from the Abstract,

This is the Introduction.

Several studies have found celiac disease may be associated with a variety of cardiac manifestations. Atrial fibrillation (AF) is one of the most common arrhythmias that can cause significant morbidity. However, the risk of atrial fibrillation in patients with celiac disease according to epidemiological studies remains unclear. The aim of this meta-analysis study is to assess the risk of atrial fibrillation in patients diagnosed with celiac disease compared to controls.

And this is the Conclusion.

A significant association between celiac disease and risk of atrial fibrillation was reported in this study. There is a 38% increased risk of atrial fibrillation. Additional studies are needed to clarify the mechanistic link between atrial fibrillation and celiac disease. Some of the limitations of this study are that all were observational studies, some were medical registry-based and there was high heterogeneity between studies.

One of the paper’s conclusions is more research needs to be done.

I know that I have a supercharged immune system, in that it seems to protect me from flu and the dreaded covids and it gave the AstraZeneca vaccine a good kicking. Research from Nottingham University has also shown, that coeliacs on a gluten-free diet have a 25 % lower risk of cancer compared to the general population.

So I asked Doctor Google if there was any link between the immune system and atrial fibrillation.

I found this paper on PubMed, which is entitled The Role Of Immune Cells In Atrial Fibrillation.

This was the Abstract.

Atrial fibrillation (AF) is the most common sustained arrhythmia, but its mechanisms are poorly understood. Recently, accumulating evidence indicates a link between immune response and AF, but the precise mechanism remains unclear. It should be noticed that the relationship between immune response and AF is complex. Whether immune response is a cause or a result of AF is unclear. As the functional unit of the immune system, immune cells may play a vital role in the immunological pathogenesis of AF. In this review, we briefly highlight the evidence on relationships between immune cells and AF, and discuss their potential roles in AF pathogenesis. We hope this review could provide new orientation and enlightenment for further research on AF mechanism.

One of the paper’s conclusions is more research needs to be done.

Conclusion

I feel a lot of research concerning coeliacs, their immune systems and atrial fibrillation should be done and this could lead to a better understanding of atrial fibrillation.

 

September 28, 2022 Posted by | Health | , , , , , , , | 2 Comments

Ikea Cuts Sick Pay For Unvaccinated Staff Forced To Self-Isolate

The title of this post, is the same as that as this article on the BBC.

This is the introductory paragraph.

Ikea has cut sick pay for unvaccinated staff who need to self-isolate because of Covid exposure and in some cases for workers who test positive.

The article also says that Wessex Water and several major US companies have started penalising unvaccinated workers.

I agree with Ikea’s policy, as in a society, there are some rules that we must follow for the good of everybody.

If people don’t want to be vaccinated, they should either work for a company where everybody is unvaccinated or work at home.

January 10, 2022 Posted by | Health | , , , | 3 Comments

Macron Is Having Trouble With Another Brigitte

The text is a small section in the January 7th Edition of The Times.

Brigitte Bardot, 87, said she had refused the vaccine. “I’m allergic to all chemical products,” the film star told Gala magazine. “Even when I travelled in Africa, I refused to do it for yellow fever. My doctor wrote me a false certificate.” The remarks were not helpful for President Macron, who is trying to eradicate false vaccine certificates.

If she is allergic to all chemical products, what does she use to wash?

Perhaps, President Macron could ask Dame Joan Collins, who has been vaccinated, to point out to Brigitte, the error of her ways. After all, they were born within twelve months of each other.

January 7, 2022 Posted by | Health | , , , , , , | 1 Comment

AstraZeneca May Explain Britain’s Lower Death Rate

The title for this post, is the same as that of this article on the The Times.

These are the second and third paragraph of the article.

Dr Clive Dix said he believed that the jab could help to stave off serious Covid-19 illness for longer than RNA-based alternatives made by Pfizer and Moderna. “If you look across Europe, with the rise in cases, there’s also a corresponding lagged rise in deaths, but not in the UK,” he told The Daily Telegraph. “I personally believe that’s because most of our vulnerable people were given the AstraZeneca vaccine.”

Dix suggested that the T cell response to the AstraZeneca jab may explain the lower level of hospital admissions and deaths.

Dr, Clive Dix is a former Deputy Chair of the Vaccines Taskforce.

I think that Dr. Dix may have a point.

I am coeliac and I know I have a strong immune system.

When I had my dose of AstraZeneca vaccine, I was fairly sure that my immune system gave the viral vector vaccine a good kicking, as it thought the chimpanzee adenovirus on which it is based could be a dangerous intruder.

But with the second dose, I got no reaction. Had my immune system decided that the vaccine was a friend?

I have mentioned this reaction to people and I have found some coeliacs, who had a similar reaction to the one that I had with the AstraZeneca vaccine.

But more significantly, this summer, I suffered badly from hay fever. My GP told me that the high level could have been because the AstraZeneca vaccine had boosted my immune system.

I’ve only had it as bad once before and I suspect that was a couple of years after I went gluten-free, after being diagnosed as a coeliac. I suspect that that would have boosted my immune system.

I can do a small calculation.

I suspect, that there are about 40,000,000 in the UK who have been vaccinated with two doses of the AstraZeneca vaccine.

If we assume coeliacs are 1-in-100 of the population and most have been vaccinated, as they tend to be cautious about their food and health, that equates to 400,000 people who could be fully vaccinated and have an immune system with all the defensive strength of a whole regiment of special forces soldiers on steroids.

For some time now, various sources have been saying the models of the pandemic aren’t right.

I do wonder, if coeliacs with the AstraZeneca vaccine are super-immune and they are skewing the models. After all 400,000 with a super-immunity is a large number in comparison to the total number of deaths from the Covids in the UK, which stood at 171,801 with the Covids on their death certificate tonight.

Conclusion

I am drawn to one big conclusion and that is more research needs to be done.

It would be a great help, if we knew how many coeliacs on long-term gluten-free diets had ended up in hospital.

I wouldn’t ask the doctors, but the catering departments, who would be providing the gluten-free food, that the coeliacs will be demanding.

December 27, 2021 Posted by | Food, Health | , , , , | 1 Comment

Covid in Wales: Groups Of Six Allowed To Meet In Pubs

The title of this post, is the same as that of this article on the BBC.

This is the first paragraph.

Groups of no more than six people will be allowed to meet in pubs, cinemas and restaurants in Wales from 26 December, the first minister has said.

I’m glad I don’t live in a nanny socialist state like Wales.

We should be treated like adults and allowed to develop our own rules.

  • I am doubly-vaccinated with AstraZeneca
  • I have recently  had a booster Pfizer vaccine.
  • I generally wear a mask, when I’m outside my house.
  • I avoid crowded places when I’m outside my house.
  • I only invite a selected group of people into my house.
  • I obey social distancing rules.

But my biggest protection comes from being coeliac on a long-term gluten free diet, which gives me an immune system, which is immensely strong.

I’ve yet to meet or hear of any coeliac on a long-term gluten-free diet, who has had a serious dose of the Covids.

December 22, 2021 Posted by | Health | , , , | 8 Comments

Are Vaccinators Scraping The Bottom Of The Barrel?

Yesterday, the vaccinations given were as follows.

  • First – 3123
  • Second – 4871
  • Booster – 121439

Boosters still seem to be jabbing away, but first and second appear to have dropped off a cliff.

According to worldometer, the UK population is estimated at 68,411,061.

As 51,364,110 have had the first vaccination, that means that 17,046,951 or around 25 % of the UK population have not received any vaccination at all.

From this page on Statista, my rough estimate is that there are about twelve million in the UK under twelve.

I have used twelve as those over that age can be vaccinated according to this page on the NHS web site.

I suspect there are about five million in the UK or around seven percent of the over-12 UK population have not received any vaccination at all.

Are there that number of anti-vaxxers in the UK?

It now appears that I jumped the gun and the statistics were wrong.

This important data is not up to the quality I expect!

I suppose it is understandable as sums isn’t part of the PPE degree at Oxbridge.

 

December 17, 2021 Posted by | Health | , , | 6 Comments

Pfizer Booster Dose Offers Exceptionally High Levels Of Protection Against Covid And All Variants, Study Shows

The title of this post, is the same as that of this article on the Independent.

The title says everything except that the protection is 95.6 % from a study of 10,000 people.

How are the anti-vaxxers going to explain that one away?

Perhaps if the old one-two works in boxing, it also works with vaccines.

October 21, 2021 Posted by | Health | , , , | 4 Comments

I Had My Covid-19 Booster Jab Today

I had my second Covid-19 vaccination on April 19th.

Yesterday, I received a text message and an e-mail inviting me to book a booster jab.

I was able to book the jab for 9:45, this morning, when I had it in a local pharmacy.

There seemed to be a big difference in attitude this time. For the first two jabs, there was a positive almost happy atmosphere, but today it was much more subdued, with everybody waiting looking almost miserable.

Could it be, that everybody getting fed up with the covids?

October 21, 2021 Posted by | Health | , | 1 Comment

Enforcement Of Covid-19 Vaccine Passports Comes Into Effect In Scotland

The title of this post, is the same as that of this article on ITV.

I am going to Edinburgh on Wednesday and thought I had better check if I needed a Covid-19 passport.

This paragraph describes where I will need one.

The policy will now be enforceable for nightclubs, strip clubs and unseated indoor events with more than 500 people, unseated outdoor events with over 4,000 and any event with more than 10,000 people.

As I’m only likely to have lunch with less than five fully-vaccinated friends, I’m fairly certain I won’t need one.

I’m also certain at my age, I won’t be visiting any strip clubs.

And given the going on you get with hypodermics in the average night club, I wouldn’t visit any of those if you paid me thousands of pounds.

It should be remembered that my family has issues with identity cards and their cousins.

My father ceremonially burned his wartime one, when he found it around 1955 and gave me a warning about ever letting governments introduce them.

October 21, 2021 Posted by | Health | , , | 1 Comment