What is Celiac Disease? | NFCA

Article courtesy: National Foundation of Celiac Awareness What is Celiac Disease? Celiac disease is an autoimmune digestive disease that damages the villi of the small intestine and interferes with absorption of nutrients from food. What does this mean? Essentially the body is attacking itself every time a person with celiac consumes gluten. Do you have Read more…

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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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What’s the Difference? Celiac Disease, Gluten Intolerance, and Wheat Allergy

What’s the difference between celiac disease, gluten intolerance, non-celiac gluten sensitivity and wheat allergy? We use “gluten intolerance” when referring to the entire category of gluten issues: celiac disease, non-celiac gluten sensitivity and wheat allergy. Celiac Disease is an inherited autoimmune disorder that affects the digestive process of the small intestine. “Non-celiac gluten sensitivity” (what many Read more…

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Elimination Diet: Right For You?

The word “diet” is intimidating enough without adding the word “elimination” to it. Talk about adding insult to injury, salting the wound, kicking a man while he’s down, or whatever other metaphor you find to be the most appropriate. But have no fear (or at least, less fear), because the elimination diet is not about 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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Nettle Tea: Remedy for the Gluten-Free?

They say one man’s pain is another man’s pleasure. So suppose you had two men, and one walked into a patch of stinging nettles, and the other simply got to watch this unfold from a safe distance while sipping on a cup of freshly brewed nettle tea. Which would you rather be? Hard to decide, Read more…

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