Gluten allergy symptoms can be very distressing, but the good news is they can be managed.  This article will help you decide if you might have a gluten allergy.  Other articles on this website help describe how to manage it.

Whether you have a gluten allergy or celiac disease, management is the same: avoid all gluten. Still, I highly recommend you get a test for celiac to rule out this disease. If you have a gluten allergy, you don’t need to worry about tiny amounts of gluten in your diet as long as you feel OK. On the other hand, if you have celiac disease, you must eliminate all gluten, even if you feel OK.

Gluten allergies are relatively common. Some studies indicate that 1 in 167 apparently healthy children (0.6%) and 1 in 111 adults (0.9%) have a gluten allergy. When people with gastrointestinal complaints were studied, 1 in 40 children (2.5%) and 1 in 30 adults (3.3%) were found to have a gluten allergy. This makes a gluten allergy quite common, especially when people with chronically uncomfortable guts are considered.

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C-sections appear to increase the chances of celiac disease in children with the gene, compared to vaginal births.  Clearly the celiac story is more complex than simple genetics, not surprising considering the increasing trend of celiac disease.

This may seem amazing, but there is more to the caesarean section – health connection than just celiac disease, although celiac is the focus of this article.

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Should schizophrenics cut out gluten? Yes and no.  It may not help the way you might hope in all cases but it still is important.

There is evidence that gluten may be an important cause of schizophrenia for at least some people, see external links below and the Gluten and Schizophrenia article on this website.  It would seem logical then that schizophrenics should could out wheat and other gluten-contaminated foods to reverse the disease.

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A link between gluten and schizophrenia has been known for sometime, but while celiac disease is finally mainstream for most doctors, the schizophrenia-gluten link may not.  It should be.

While gluten does not necessarily account for all cases of schizophrenia, studies suggest that it may be responsible for some or even most cases, as we will explore in this article.

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Gluten can damage the body in many ways if you have celiac disease.  Some celiac disease symptoms are temporary, others permanent.

Let’s look at some of the symptoms, and which ones do true damage.

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What is a gluten allergy?  It is an allergic reaction to gluten, which is different from celiac disease or gluten sensitivity.  They can be managed in similar ways, but with some important differences.

On the face of it, there may not seem to be much difference whether you have a gluten allergy, gluten sensitivity or celiac disease.  However there are important differences we will look at in this article.

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Lactose intolerance symptoms are common – many adults who could drink milk as a child find they cannot tolerate lactose as they grow older.

Lactose intolerance is not an allergy, it is caused by an inability to digest lactose, a sugar found in milk and other dairy products.  Many adults produce less lactase as they age; lactase is the enzyme required to break lactose into simpler sugars: glucose and galactose.

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The Phoenix Vietnamese restaurant has a typical Vietnamese/Chinese menu with a number of gluten-free options on it.

Because they have wheat-based foods as well, the chances of cross-contamination are there.  Depending on your comfort level, it is a fairly safe choice, probably as good as the average Vietnamese restaurant (pretty good but not perfect), above-average compared to a restaurant with “typical” Canadian food, and not as good a specialized restaurant where they really cater to individual customers such as the Queen Mother.

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WOW Lemon Burst gluten free cookies are well worth checking out.  I bought a package recently and here’s what I thought of them.

I’m generally not one for marketing hype (I don’t always give all products full marks), but I have to say, the claim on the package, “Moist, Chewy, Delicious” is actually a very fair description.

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The Paleolithic diet has been popular for some time now,  and some report interesting results – their asthma symptoms go away?  Is this possible?  Why might this happen?  If you have asthma, this article is well worth reading.

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Gluten Free Chana Pancakes

January 2, 2014

Gluten free chana pancakes are probably the simplest you can make.  This is actually the first gluten free recipe I learned way back before you could even get gluten free cook books.  It was actually before the internet, if you can believe that.  Almost prehistory, but not quite. These pancakes can be eaten for breakfast, […]

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