Why I’m taking the gluten challenge

After seven years on a strict gluten-free diet, yesterday afternoon I sat down with a gastroenterologist to begin the process of determining whether, in fact, I have celiac disease. This means that for the next 12 weeks I’ll undertake a gluten challenge in preparation for a small inteAfter seven years on a strict gluten-free diet, yesterday afternoon I met a gastroenterologist to begin the process of determining whether, in fact, I have celiac disease. This means that for the next 12 weeks I’ll undertake a gluten challenge in preparation for a small intestine endoscopy and biopsy in July to look for damage indicative of the disease.

Since I don’t have trouble tolerating the diet and I’ve had good results from it, people would be justified in asking, “Why bother?” Even the gastroenterologist, without arguing for or against this procedure, wanted to know my answer to that question. It’s important to know and here are my reasons.stine endoscopy and biopsy in July to look for damage indicative of the disease.

Since I don’t have trouble tolerating the diet and I’ve had good results from it, people would be justified in asking, “Why bother?” Even the gastroenterologist, without arguing for or against this procedure, wanted to know my answer to that question. It’s important to know and here are my reasons.

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Interview with gluten free expert Joe Murray

In my research for Gluten-Free Living I’ve spoken with many experts, focusing particularly on celiac disease and non-celiac gluten sensitivity. I’ve had the privilege of several fascinating conversations with Joseph Murray, M.D., at the Mayo Clinic in Minnesota. Most articles … Continue reading

Following the crest of celiac disease research

Now is a fascinating time to follow research about celiac disease. With the January 2014 issue of Gluten-Free Living magazine, I began contributing “Study Sessions”, a column highlighting the most recent scientific studies about celiac disease, gluten sensitivity and the gluten-free … Continue reading

A link between celiac disease and GMOs

A recent report from the Iowa-based Institute for Responsible Technology (IRT) presents evidence that genetically-modified organisms (GMOs) may trigger celiac disease and gluten-sensitivity. It is essential to distinguish that, although celiac disease involves an auto-immune reaction to protein in wheat, … Continue reading