WHAT EXACTLY IS A FOOD INTOLERANCE? | Dr. Wangen

Let’s start by looking at some examples of food intolerance. There are two very good examples, one of which everyone has heard of, and the other, most are familiar with as well. Let’s first consider lactose intolerance. Lactose intolerance is well understood to be a deficiency in the enzyme needed to digest lactose. Lactose is Read more…

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IBS Treatment Center Opens Santa Monica Clinic

The IBS Treatment Center, headquartered in Seattle, Washington, is excited to announce the opening of an office in Santa Monica, California. Our new clinic, located one block off Santa Monica Boulevard (next to the UCLA Medical Center), affords easy access for Californians and travelers alike. The Santa Monica clinic will provide the southern California region Read more…

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The Return of Heirloom Grains?

A recent article from the Wall Street Journal titled, “Eating Like the Ancients: Heirloom Grains Return” discusses the trend of marketing “ancient grains.” Many of these grains are gluten free and quite nutritious (quinoa, teff, buckwheat), but some, einkorn in particular, are being touted as safe for people with celiac, when they are not. Einkorn is Read more…

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What is Celiac Disease?

Celiac disease is diagnosed by measuring damage to the small intestine, either by blood testing or, traditionally, with a biopsy of the small intestine. A positive biopsy means that the villi, or small finger-like extensions of the intestinal lining, have been damaged; this is known as villous atrophy. However, recent studies have shown blood testing Read more…

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Celiac Disease and Fertility

We came across this article, which discusses fertility issues in women with celiac disease and wanted to share. Since the beginning of 2010, there have been 10 articles published about issues in fertility associated with celiac disease. This particular study mentions that few gynecologists are aware of these issues.  Which simply confirms how important celiac Read more…

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Deadline to Support Gluten-Free Labeling is Nov. 1

The Food Allergen Labeling and Consumer Protection Act required Health and Human Services to set a gluten-free labeling rule by 2008 to aid people with celiac disease, a life-threatening autoimmune condition. The only known treatment is a strict gluten-free diet.
 
An estimated 3 million Americans have celiac and even more may have non-celiac gluten sensitivity. Without Read more…

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We Need Your Signature! Finalize Standards For Gluten Free Labeling

The Food Allergen Labeling and Consumer Protection Act required Health and Human Services to set a gluten-free labeling rule by 2008 to aid people with celiac disease, a life-threatening autoimmune condition. The only known treatment is a strict gluten-free diet. An estimated 3 million Americans have celiac and even more may have non-celiac gluten sensitivity. Read more…

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Celiac Disease Q&A

What is celiac disease? You may have never heard of celiac disease, but it is actually a fairly common problem. In fact, 1 out of every 133 people has it. That is over 2 million people in this country. It is really more of an allergy than a disease, although it is typically called an Read more…

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Are Chidren Misdiagnosed With Blood Testing For Food Allergies?

A recent news article titled, “When it comes to allergies, newer blood tests show that many children are misdiagnosed” explores the accuracy of allergy testing and especially, desensitization. This is predicated on an understanding of allergies as only those reactions that produce the classic allergy symptoms.  While it is important and valuable to enable those who Read more…

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