Celiac Awareness Month

Celiac Awareness Month

With May being the official celiac awareness month, I wanted to dedicate a post to just that. Maybe I will clarify for some of you some things you never knew or some things you have forgotten. First off, celiac disease is NOT a food allergy. It isn’t something you can “outgrow”. Celiac disease is one […]

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Celiac Blood Testing is Only 20 Percent Accurate

Celiac Blood Testing is Only 20 Percent Accurate

  According to estimates, one in every hundred Americans has celiac disease (CD), but only three percent of them have been properly diagnosed. Once CD is diagnosed, treatment is simple—a gluten-free diet. As an author, researcher, and gluten-free advocate, I work hard to raise awareness for celiac disease (CD) and gluten issues with the goal […]

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The Gluten-Free Diet: Can Non-Celiacs Benefit?

The Gluten-Free Diet: Can Non-Celiacs Benefit?

Over recent years, avoiding gluten, a protein found in wheat, barley, and rye, has become increasingly popular among Americans. Many people on the gluten-free diet have celiac disease, an autoimmune disorder triggered by gluten that can affect the entire body, in particular the small intestine, causing serious health problems. A study is suggesting that people […]

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Study Shows Celiac Disease Incidence Increases with Age

Study Shows Celiac Disease Incidence Increases with Age

Celiac disease, an autoimmune disease triggered by gluten, a protein found in wheat, barley, and rye, is estimated to affect about 3 million Americans, or one percent of the population. Of the celiac population, only 3% have been correctly diagnosed. These numbers may seem particularly staggering, but in fact the results of a new study […]

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Refractory Celiac Disease Incidence May Be Higher Than Once Thought

Refractory Celiac Disease Incidence May Be Higher Than Once Thought

For most celiac patients, treatment on the gluten-free diet marks the turning point for their health. It can take a few months for the villi of the small intestine to heal, but eventually their symptoms are alleviated and they are able to absorb the nutrients in their food. Unfortunately, there is percentage of celiacs who […]

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Gluten-Free Kids at School: Federal Programs and Gluten-Free Lunches

Gluten-Free Kids at School: Federal Programs and Gluten-Free Lunches

Raising gluten-free children can be a tough job. A gluten-free diet can already be enough of a headache, requiring major changes in your own kitchen, how you celebrate the holidays, and dining out. Then there’s the matter of school, a whole challenge in itself. Fortunately, the American Celiac Disease Alliance has stepped forward to make […]

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Nonresponsive Celiac Disease Explained

Nonresponsive Celiac Disease Explained

You’ll often hear me say that those of us diagnosed with celiac disease should be grateful for a couple of reasons. First of all, of the estimated 3 million Americans with the disease, only 3% of them have been lucky be correctly diagnosed. Secondly, once diagnosis has been made, treatment is simple and non-medicative—the gluten-free […]

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Celiac Disease Associated with Asthma Risk

Celiac Disease Associated with Asthma Risk

Over the years, researchers have been discovering more and more about celiac disease, an autoimmune disease which is caused by gluten, a protein found in wheat, barley, and rye.  Studies have linked the disease to a variety of other medical conditions, such as irritable bowel syndrome, rheumatoid arthritis, and osteoporosis. Researchers have now found a […]

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Celiac Disease Prevalence Is on the Rise

Celiac Disease Prevalence Is on the Rise

According to estimates, 3 million Americans suffer from celiac disease (CD)—approximately 1% of the population, and only three percent of them have been correctly diagnosed. As startling as that sounds, according to a news article on Medscape Today, the incidence of CD has increased markedly over the last three decades, perhaps even as fourfold, and […]

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The CELIAC List: A Valuable Resource for the Gluten-Free Community

The CELIAC List: A Valuable Resource for the Gluten-Free Community

On the gluten-free diet, you’ve likely come across some of the challenges. Especially when you’re new to the diet, the amount of foods that are off-limits and the number of hidden sources of gluten can seem overwhelming.  For many, the gluten-free diet is more like a gluten-free lifestyle, requiring major changes in several arenas of […]

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The Benefits of the DNA Home Testing Kit

The Benefits of the DNA Home Testing Kit

As an author, researcher, and gluten-free advocate, I’m always searching for ways to improve life for the gluten-intolerant community, especially for innovative tools and technology. The gluten-intolerance home testing kit, which make use one-hundred percent accurate genetic testing, is an example of the cutting-edge advance the gluten-intolerant community can benefit from. The statistics are staggering, […]

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Takes on the Next Gluten-Free Frontier—Medications

Takes on the Next Gluten-Free Frontier—Medications

Celiac disease, an autoimmune disease caused by gluten, a protein found in wheat, barley, and rye, affects nearly three million Americans; ingestion of this gluten, which is toxic to them, results in an attack of the villi which line the small intestines, preventing proper absorption of vital nutrients and resulting in a wide variety of […]

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Research Shows Hope for New Enzyme Therapy for Celiac Disease

Research Shows Hope for New Enzyme Therapy for Celiac Disease

Gluten, a protein component of grains and cereals, is a common food allergen that poses a serious health risk to millions of Americans. It’s estimated that one percent of the population has celiac disease (CD), an autoimmune reaction to gluten. The treatment for the disease is a simple and effective one—the gluten-free diet—but it can […]

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The Importance of Early Gluten Sensitivity Diagnosis

The Importance of Early Gluten Sensitivity Diagnosis

Having been diagnosed with celiac disease myself, I often talk about this autoimmune disease in my gluten-free advocacy work. However, there is a whole other segment of the population who, rather than having celiac disease, have a food sensitivity to gluten. In fact, according to The Food Intolerance Consumer, gluten-sensitive people make up 15% of […]

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Celiac Disease: A Look into its Pathogenesis

Celiac Disease: A Look into its Pathogenesis

Celiac disease, according to estimates, affects approximately three million Americans and as of yet, 97% haven’t been correctly diagnosed. As staggering as these statistics are, celiac disease remains largely poorly understood by the medical community. It’s no wonder, given its lack of research as compared with other autoimmune disorders. However, there is research being actively […]

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Restaurant Awareness Program For Diners, Like You and Me

Restaurant Awareness Program For Diners, Like You and Me

Although there are people who adhere to a gluten-free diet who don’t suffer from gluten issues, many of us are celiac, meaning that even the smallest exposure to gluten can make us quite ill. An estimated 3 million Americans suffer from celiac disease, an autoimmune reaction to gluten, a protein found in wheat, rye, and […]

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Are “Naturally” Gluten-Free Grains Always Gluten Free?

Are “Naturally” Gluten-Free Grains Always Gluten Free?

Many of us on the gluten-free diet are celiac, meaning that even the smallest amount of gluten can make us ill. That’s why a pilot study published in the Journal of the American Dietetic Association regarding the gluten contamination of single-ingredient, inherently-“gluten-free” foods is so alarming! From the study on contamination of “naturally gluten-free” grains, […]

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What is Celiac Crisis?

What is Celiac Crisis?

Celiac crisis, although rare, is a condition that doctors and celiac patients should be informed about. A group of researchers has reviewed cases of celiac crisis, in an effort to form a better understanding of the condition. It remains poorly understood, but a grasp of celiac crisis can be vital to the health of celiac […]

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It Say’s it’s Gluten-Free so Why Did I get Sick?

It Say’s it’s Gluten-Free so Why Did I get Sick?

Many of you have probably run into a time where you ate something that said it was “gluten-free” only to find you get a gluten reaction to it. Why is this? Unfortunately, any company can write that their product is gluten free as long as it doesn’t actually contain a product with gluten in it. […]

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Celiac Disease Associated with Asthma Risk

Celiac Disease Associated with Asthma Risk

Researchers have now found a connection between asthma and celiac disease, an autoimmune reaction to gluten, a protein found in wheat, barley, and rye. Asthma is chronic lung disease that causes the passages of the lungs to become inflamed and narrowed, resulting in wheezing, shortness of breath, tightness in the chest area, and coughing. According […]

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