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Schiller was a man of wide-ranging interests. He had a passion for the natural world the wildflowers of the Austrian Alps, migrating birds in Norfolk, and his garden in Oxfordshire. He was a member of Glyndebourne for more than 50 years and to the dismay of some of his children loved Wagner. With his mane of white hair and trim beard, Schiller cut a somewhat daunting figure. A committed rationalist, he loved to engage in debate, and thought no subject unworthy of analysis. If his friends and family smiled at his jeremiads about the end of civilisation, they knew they were the product of deep feeling and careful thought. He despised the hypocrisy of politicians, marched against the Iraq war and supported Amnesty International. His deep commitment to science never conflicted with a sharp sense of the absurd. In his own words: “He had no God to thank but was nevertheless grateful”. Schiller was a devoted family man. His sister Verena, his wife, Judy, their children and grandchildren, as well as his many friends and colleagues, will long cherish the memory of his questioning eye, dry wit and charismatic, life-affirming personality. Dr Klaus Frederick Richard Schiller DM FRCP: born Vienna 7 March 1927; senior registrar, Radcliffe Infirmary 1962-66; consultant physician and gastroenterologist, St Peter’s Chertsey 1967-92; married 1961 Judy Bennett (three sons, one daughter); died Oxford 9 July 2010. Suggested Topics Go Michael Grade: My blueprint for the BBC The anachronistic public service broadcaster should – and can – survive, but only if it is prepared to make a radical break with the past, says its chairman from 2004-2006 Farewell to Americas little darling Shirley Temple, who has died aged 85, was the definitive child actress so much so that when she grew up, there was nothing left for her in Hollywood Shia LaBeoufs strangest apology yet?
Related tags: Gluten free grains, Ancient grains Regular consumption of quinoa appears to be safe for people with celiac disease, according to research published inThe American Journal of Gastroenterology. Related news: The lowdown on celiac disease, gluten sensitivity and celebrity wheat-bashing: In conversation with Dr Alessio Fasano Quinoa, a gluten-free ancient grain, is often recommended as part of traditional gluten-free diets, but previous laboratory studies had indicated it might not be good for celiac patients. Researchers from Kings College Londons Department of Gastroenterology evaluated the effects of consuming quinoa on 19 adult celiac patients in a six-week clinical trial, finding that quinoa was well-tolerated by the participants and didnt worsen their condition. “The clinical data suggests that daily consumption of quinoa (50 grams) can be safely tolerated by celiac patients,” said study co-author Victor F. Zevallos. “Median values for all the patients’ blood tests remained within normal ranges, and triglycerides and both low and high density lipoproteins decreased. We also found a positive trend towards improved small intestine morphology, particular a mild hypocholesterolemic (very low cholesterol) effect.” Celiac disease is not an allergy or food intolerance, but rather an immune-based reaction where the body attacks its own tissues. The autoimmune reaction is triggered by protein components of gluten (gliadins and glutenins) found in cereals such as wheat, barley, rye and some oats. The only current solution is to exclude gluten from the diet. Study details For the study, the researchers tracked 19 celiac patients as they consumed 50 grams of quinoa every day for six weeks as part of their gluten-free diet. The participants were free to choose how they cooked the quinoa. The researchers evaluated diet, serology and gastrointerestinal parameters, as well as detailed histological assessments of 10 of the patients before and after consuming quinoa. The researchers kept track of participants health through blood, liver and kidney tests. Iron, vitamin B12, serum folate and lipid profiles were also used to determine the effects of quinoa on the patients’ gluten-free diet.