Diagnosing and Treating Celiac Disease

The Connecticut Post ran an interesting article called Support group for children with food allergies.

In Food Allergies For Dummies, we touch briefly on celiac disease, pointing out that it’s not actually a bona fide, IgE-mediated food allergy, but it still falls in a category of illnesses that often involved the expertise of allergists.

Following is an excerpt from our book:

Celiac disease, also known as gluten sensitive enteropathy, is a form of food sensitivity in which people can’t tolerate any form of gluten–a protein found in wheat, rye, and barley. Symptoms typically include abdominal pain, vomiting, diarrhea, and weight loss (or poor growth in young children).

“Symptoms can be quite severe and appear very early in life or remain low-grade, flying well below your doctor’s radar until adulthood. Although celiac disease is not IgE-mediated, your doctor can perform other blood tests to make an accurate diagnosis. In all cases strict avoidance of all gluten is essential and typically requires you to abstain from these foods for the rest of your life.”

If you’re interested in learning more about celiac disease, check out Danna Korn’s Living Gluten Free for Dummies at