Celiac Disease

What is Celiac Disease?
Celiac Disease is a lifelong inherited autoimmune condition affecting children and adults. When people with Celiac Disease eat foods that contain gluten, it creates an immune-mediated toxic reaction that causes damage to the small intestine and does not allow food to be properly absorbed. Even small amounts of gluten in foods can affect those with Celiac Disease and cause health problems. Damage can occur to the small bowel even when there are no symptoms present. Other names for celiac disease are celiac sprue and gluten intolerance.

People with celiac disease don’t always know they have it because they don’t feel sick. Or if they feel sick, they don’t know celiac disease is the cause.

Gluten is the common name for the proteins in specific grains that are harmful to persons with celiac disease. These proteins are found in ALL forms of wheat (including durum, semolina, spelt, kamut, einkorn and faro) and related grains rye, barley and triticale and MUST be eliminated.

For additional information, please refer to the links below;
http://celiac.ca/ Canadian Celiac Association
http://www.hc-sc.gc.ca/fn-an/securit/allerg/cel-coe/index-eng.php Health Canada
http://www.celiacpei.ca/ Canadian Celiac Association PEI Chapter
http://www.penny.ca/Celiaccanada.htm
http://www.celiac.nih.gov/
(From the National Digestive Diseases Information Clearinghouse A service of the National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases, and the National Institutes of Health)
http://americanceliac.org/celiac-disease/ American Celiac Disease Alliance
http://www.celiacdisease.net/celiac-disease-101 The University of Chicago Celiac Disease Center
http://www.celiac.org/ Celiac Disease Foundation
ttp://www.celiac.com/gluten-free/h Celiac Disease& Gluten Free Forum
http://www.mayoclinic.com/health/celiac-disease/DS00319 The Mayo Clinic
http://www.celiac.com/Celiac Disease and Gluten Free Diet Information
http://celiac-disease.supportgroups.com/ Celiac Disease Suppot Group
http://www.celiaccentral.org/disease-symptoms-checklist/ Celiac Disease Symptoms Checklist | NFCA
http://www.glutenfreediet.ca/ “Gluten Free Diet” a Comprehensive Resource Guide by Shelley Case, RD

“What I Need to Know About Celiac Disease”
March 2007 – A booklet from National Institutes of Health, National Digestive Diseases Clearinghouse (NIDDK)
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