Making a Diagnosis of Celiac Disease Can Be Tricky

New testing protocols are helping clinicians with the challenging diagnosis of celiac disease, according to Dr. Ivor D. Hill, a professor of pediatrics at Wake Forest University, Winston-Salem, N.C.While the only treatment for celiac disease is a gluten-free diet, Dr. Hill said, the diet is expensive and imposes social costs, so it should not be Read more…

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What are "Lectins" and could I Be Allergic to Lectins?

DEFINITION of Lectins: Protein or glycoprotein substances, usually of plant origin, of non-immunoglobulin nature, capable of specific recognition of and reversible binding to, carbohydrate moieties of complex glycoconjugates without altering the covalent structure of any of the recognized glycosyl ligands. This group includes monovalent lectins (i.e. bacterial and plant toxins). These lectins bind to sugar Read more…

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Gluten-Free, Dairy Free and Corn Free Frosting Recipe

This is a totally delicious cooked frosting recipe for Gluten-Free and Corn Free Frosting with a Dairy Free option – you can make it with butter or with a non-dairy butter substitute. Either way, it’s totally yum – think pillowy clouds of marshmallow goodness. I’ve included a vanilla and a chocolate version – I’ve been Read more…

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Big Steps Made in Gluten Free Breads

Check out this article on using processed corn to make gluten free bread more like gluten-bread. From Foodnavigator-usa.com: Developing palatable gluten-free breads has been a major challenge for bakers because gluten – the protein found in wheat, rye, barley and spelt – plays a crucial role in giving bread its chewy, elastic texture. Meanwhile, demand for Read more…

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Celiac Disease Research Needs Support

Why is it that you and your doctors probably haven’t heard about celiac disease? Although the amount of research on celiac disease is growing, it depends entirely on the generosity of benefactors for its funding. Without these charitable donations, there would be no way to continue this research and the efforts to raise awareness. Out of the Read more…

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The Role of the Immune System in the Digestive Tract

The huge surface area of your digestive tube must be protected against injury from bad bacteria, viruses, parasites, and other toxins that may get into the digestive system with food or by any number of other routes. The immune system is critically important in helping the intestines respond to these challenges. Possibly the greatest challenge Read more…

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Probiotics: Dr. Fasano and Celiac Disease

As an author, researcher, and gluten-free advocate, I work to raise awareness for celiac disease and gluten intolerance because with increased awareness comes more research, more diagnoses, and even better treatments. I’d like to give you an example of how the work of just one researcher, Dr. Fasano of the Center for Celiac Research at the University Read more…

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Tips for Recovering from Gluten Contamination

No matter how careful we are with reading labels and asking questions at restaurants, there is a possibility we will come into contact with gluten through cross contamination.  For me, getting exposed to gluten is painful both physically and emotionally and my symptoms have changed over time, but they always start with an extreme headache Read more…

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