What is Celiac Disease?

Celiac disease is the best known condition associated with an intolerance to gluten. It is an autoimmune disease where gluten causes a destruction of the lining of the small intestine. This is serious for two reasons: The small intestine is the part of the body that turns food into fuel and delivers that fuel to […]

What should you do if you can’t get tested?

Not everyone is able to get tested. What should you do if a formal lab test just isn’t possible? Eliminate gluten completely (absolutely no cheating) for 30 days and see how you feel. If you notice an improvement, that is a legitimate test. While I would never encourage you to reintroduce gluten into your diet […]

Girl with Books

Educate, Empower, Empathize: Helping your children Cope with Celiac Disease

My husband is an Eagle Scout. He continues to use this phrase in the present tense, because apparently once you’re an Eagle Scout, you’re always an Eagle Scout. And trust me, he still acts like an Eagle Scout today. He told me this funny story a couple of months ago about when he earned his […]

Gluten Sensitivity Symptoms

Is Gluten Sensitivity Worse Than Celiac Disease?

How many times have you read that celiac disease is the worst form of gluten intolerance? Or maybe you’ve heard that celiac disease is the potential end-stage of gluten intolerance? And I know that you’ve read that gluten sensitivity isn’t nearly as severe as celiac disease, right? These statements sound fairly logical. But have you […]

Gluten Caution

Suspect Gluten? Get the Right Tests

There is a lot of talk about gluten these days. You’ll hear many terms bandied about such as celiac disease, gluten sensitivity, non-celiac gluten sensitivity, gluten intolerance, and wheat (gluten) allergy. What do they mean? What should you do if you suspect gluten may be a problem contributing to your health issues? Read on. Celiac […]

Road to Celiac

The Road to Celiac

Thunder Road. Road to Nowhere. Roadhouse Blues. Goodbye Yellow Brick Road. All classic songs that bring back great memories when I hear them now. The Road to Celiac? Yeah, not quite as special. But what a journey it’s been, both for me and for so many fellow celiacs I’ve heard from. Some of their stories, […]