Gluten-Free Events

Dec
6
Tue
Kids Under 8 Eat Free @ Pirate Chips Nanaimo
Dec 6 all-day

TUESDAYS – KIDS UNDER 8 EAT FREE!
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TUESDAYS – KIDS UNDER 8 EAT FREE!

Pirate Chips doesn’t have just one, but TWO dedicated gluten-free fryers to serve their gluten-free and celiac customers! Not only that,the Buckaneers have the buns to serve us, too! Gluten-free hamburger buns, oyster burger buns and halibut burger buns! Find Pirate Chips at their new location – downtown, near the cenotaph.

ALSO NEW gluten-free Clam Chowder, Fish Tacos, Soups and even New Grist Gluten-Free Beer!

Check out what next week looks like:
WEDNESDAY – All-You-Can-Eat Gluten-Free Cod Fish & Chips $15.95
FRIDAY and SATURDAY – Live Music! Singing!
GLUTEN LOVERS – there’s a menu for you, too! Click here!

See Pirate Chips Feature Page

Taco Revolution Pop Up Cantina @ Cobble Hill
Dec 6 @ 11:30 am – 6:00 pm

100% Gluten-Free Tacos in Cobble Hill – Rain Or Shine!
Enjoy Mexican street food in the magical ambiance of  Taco Revolution’s cozy ‘Pop Up Cantina!’

Did you know that Taco Revolution does on-site gluten-free catering? Contact PJ about your next event!

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PJ and Michell are parked at 3541 Cobble Hill Rd at Fisher Road in front of Second Hanger.

The Taco Truck’s combinations have been pulled from Mexico City’s street culture and spiced with authentic Mexican peppers – Guajillo, Ancho, Achiote, Chipotle. Each taco is handmade from scratch … each ingredient is  sourced to be gluten free! A true north Taco Revolution!

Taco Revolution Website • Instagram • Facebook • Twitter •
Follow the Taco Revolution! Check the Events Schedule! •


Tacos al Pastor

Tacos al Pastor

Tacos al Pastor – The King of the Mexico City street taco: Pork loin cut thin and slowly marinated with Guajillo and Ancho peppers, Achiote paste and a slew of herbs and spices; cooked on a vertical spit and served with roasted pineapple, onion and fresh cilantro and salsa.

Chorizo con Papas

Chorizo con Papas

Chorizo con Papas – Taco Revolution’s very own Chorizo fried up crispy and delicious with potato and onion. Finished with cilantro and salsa.

Tinga Vegetariana

Tinga Vegetariana

Tinga Vegetariana – The cabbage, carrot, onion trio allowed to simmer along with tomato, chipotle and garlic. Topped with lettuce, feta cheese, and crema

Tasty Tasty Fish Taco

Tasty Tasty Fish Taco

Tasty Tasty Fish Taco – Fresh cod lovingly marinated in lime and spices then seared up on grill. Placed on a tortilla along with fresh cabbage, crema, and chipotle.

Check the Events Schedule for Today’s Location
Taco Revolution Craig

Dec
7
Wed
All You Can Eat Fish & Chips @ Pirate Chips
Dec 7 all-day

WEDNESDAYS! ALL YOU CAN EAT FISH & CHIPS $15.95fish and chips all you can eat

Pirate Chips doesn’t have just one, but TWO dedicated gluten-free fryers to serve their gluten-free and celiac customers! Not only that,the Buckaneers have the buns to serve us, too! Gluten-free hamburger buns, oyster burger buns and halibut burger buns! Find Pirate Chips at their new location – downtown, near the cenotaph.

NEW! Gluten-Free Clam Chowder, Fish Tacos, Soups and even New Grist Gluten-Free Beer! Check out what next week looks like:

TUESDAY: Kids <8 Eat Free
FRIDAY and SATURDAY: Live Music! Singing!
GLUTEN LOVERS – there’s a menu for you, too! Click here!

Visit Pirate Chips Feature Page

Real Food Made Easy @ Victoria Public Market
Dec 7 @ 11:00 am – 3:00 pm

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It’s Going to be a Very Special Gluten-Free Christmas!

Real Food Made Easy will be making in-person appearances throughout Victoria! Your chance to pick up the very best in fresh breads, baguettes, bagels, cookies, mince-meat tarts, sticky puddings, Christmas cake and of course – Carrot Cake!

Also available – pictures to follow: Chocolate-Pear Frangipani Tarts • Peppermint Shortbread • Chocolate-Dipped Coconut Macaroons • Candy Cane Brownies • Welsh Bara Brith • Spiced Granola

Contact Janice for Special Orders • Real Food Made Easy Caters

Holiday Baking 2016

The Holidays are fast approaching, and we hope we can make your festive season a little less stressed and a lot more delicious with some of our sweet and savoury baking!  We’ve gone through our lists of your old favourites, and been in the test kitchen working on some new surprises that we hope you will love just as much as our carrot cake! (can you say Chocolate Babka!!!).   Whether you are looking for a Classic Tourtiere for your Christmas Eve dinner, or some cookies to entertain guests for a holiday Open House, drop us an email ([email protected]) to place an order.

Please place your orders at least a week prior to the date you need them picked up or delivered – our baking calendar is filling up quickly!

– All Real Food Made Easy products are gluten-free –

Breads

  • Chocolate or Cinnamon Babka $24 ea
  • Cinnamon buns (6 per pan) $20
  • French Baguette (vegan) $4 ea
  • Multigrain baguette (vegan) $4 ea

Slab cakes/bars

  • Carrot cake with cream cheese frosting (or dairy-free frosting) $16 ea
  • Peppermint Brownies with candycane (dairy-free) $16 ea
  • Sticky Toffee pudding with caramel sauce $18 ea
  • Tiramisu $20 ea

Sweet and savoury pies and tarts

  • Mincemeat tarts (3 ½”) (vegan) – order by the ½ dozen $30 ea
  • Buttertarts (3”) – order by the ½ dozen $30 ea
  • Pumpkin pie (9 ½ “) $30
  • Pecan pie (9 ½ “) $35
  • Frangipane tart with pears and cranberries (9”) $30
  • Lemon tart $30
  • Tourtiere (9 ½ “) $40
  • Chicken pot pie (9 ½”) $40
  • Sausage rolls – order by the ½ dozen $24
    • Moroccan spiced sausage
    • Smoky chorizo

Cookies Order by the ½ dozen $12

  • Best ever Chocolate chip (vegan)
  • Molasses spice (dairy-free)
  • Chocolate crinkles (dairy-free)
  • Lime-Pistachio-Rosewater cookies (vegan)
  • Shortbread with Silk Road Tea (vegan)
  • Ginger Ninja Santas (vegan)
  • Coconut macaroons with chocolate chips (vegan)

 Pickup will be arranged for market days/locations (please see the schedule at realfoodmadeeasy.ca/events).  

RFME can deliver orders for a $15 delivery fee.


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White Baguettes

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Multigrain Baguettes

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Everything Bagels

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Mince Meat Tarts

 Chocolate Cringle Cookies

Chocolate Cringle Cookies

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Christmas Cookies

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Carrot Cake

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Sticky Toffee Pudding

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Brandied Christmas Fruitcake


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From the moment I laid eyes upon Janice Mansfield’s gluten-free cake gallery  I was in love! I had been waiting for an opportunity to commission one of these sumptuous beauties and my daughter finally delivered!

I leapt at the opportunity to commission this gorgeous gluten-free ‘Engagement Cake!’ Impossibly thick and rich layers of chocolate cake were smothered with huge butter cream swirls, tinted with reduced raspberry. Guests – all gluten-eaters but me – fairly swooned with each mouthful!


More about Real Food Made Easy

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  • We do small batch gluten-free baking and customized recipe development for customers with specific dietary needs. (think gluten-free+)
  • We provide small-scale wholesale gluten-free baking to eateries and coffee shops in Victoria, B.C.
  • We make gluten-free cakes for all your special occasions and celebrations – from birthdays, to anniversaries, or just because you deserve a cake!
  • We make gluten-free wedding cakes for brides with food sensitivities.
  • We  provide bespoke catering services for your small and mid sized special events.  I work closely with you to create a one-of-a-kind menu featuring some of the best ingredients our West Coast farmers and fishers have to offer!
  • We operate a dedicated gluten-free kitchen, using ingredients that are certified gluten-free.
  • I provide one-on-one Cooking classes, pantry makeovers and gluten-free baking classes on request.
  • Cooking classes and pantry makeovers are tailored towards helping you shift your own shopping & cooking routines if you or a family member need to adopt a significant dietary change.

Taco Revolution Pop Up Cantina @ Cobble Hill
Dec 7 @ 11:30 am – 6:00 pm

100% Gluten-Free Tacos in Cobble Hill – Rain Or Shine!
Enjoy Mexican street food in the magical ambiance of  Taco Revolution’s cozy ‘Pop Up Cantina!’

Did you know that Taco Revolution does on-site gluten-free catering? Contact PJ about your next event!

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PJ and Michell are parked at 3541 Cobble Hill Rd at Fisher Road in front of Second Hanger.

The Taco Truck’s combinations have been pulled from Mexico City’s street culture and spiced with authentic Mexican peppers – Guajillo, Ancho, Achiote, Chipotle. Each taco is handmade from scratch … each ingredient is  sourced to be gluten free! A true north Taco Revolution!

Taco Revolution Website • Instagram • Facebook • Twitter •
Follow the Taco Revolution! Check the Events Schedule! •


Tacos al Pastor

Tacos al Pastor

Tacos al Pastor – The King of the Mexico City street taco: Pork loin cut thin and slowly marinated with Guajillo and Ancho peppers, Achiote paste and a slew of herbs and spices; cooked on a vertical spit and served with roasted pineapple, onion and fresh cilantro and salsa.

Chorizo con Papas

Chorizo con Papas

Chorizo con Papas – Taco Revolution’s very own Chorizo fried up crispy and delicious with potato and onion. Finished with cilantro and salsa.

Tinga Vegetariana

Tinga Vegetariana

Tinga Vegetariana – The cabbage, carrot, onion trio allowed to simmer along with tomato, chipotle and garlic. Topped with lettuce, feta cheese, and crema

Tasty Tasty Fish Taco

Tasty Tasty Fish Taco

Tasty Tasty Fish Taco – Fresh cod lovingly marinated in lime and spices then seared up on grill. Placed on a tortilla along with fresh cabbage, crema, and chipotle.

Check the Events Schedule for Today’s Location
Taco Revolution Craig

Dec
8
Thu
Taco Revolution Food Truck @ Duncan Best Buy
Dec 8 @ 11:00 am – 7:00 pm

Taco Revolution VIP SaleTaco Revolution will be at Best Buy Duncan parking lot every Thursday, Friday and Saturday through to Christmas Eve and New Year’s Eve! Combine Hot Sales and Hot Tacos from Vancouver Island’s first and only 100% Gluten-Free Food Truck!

Tacos once found only under the hot Mexico sun are handmade from scratch with ingredients sourced to be gluten free. Taco Revolution tacos are so good you will want them every day, and that’s possible:

Keep tabs on Taco Revolution no matter where they go!

• Taco Revolution Website
• Instagram
• Facebook
• Twitter

More about Duncan Best Buy!


Tacos al Pastor

Tacos al Pastor

Tacos al Pastor – The King of the Mexico City street taco: Pork loin cut thin and slowly marinated with Guajillo and Ancho peppers, Achiote paste and a slew of herbs and spices; cooked on a vertical spit and served with roasted pineapple, onion and fresh cilantro and salsa.


Chorizo con Papas

Chorizo con Papas

Chorizo con Papas – Taco Revolution’s very own Chorizo fried up crispy and delicious with potato and onion. Finished with cilantro and salsa.


Tinga Vegetariana

Tinga Vegetariana

Tinga Vegetariana – The cabbage, carrot, onion trio allowed to simmer along with tomato, chipotle and garlic. Topped with lettuce, feta cheese, and crema


Tasty Tasty Fish Taco

Tasty Tasty Fish Taco

Tasty Tasty Fish Taco – Fresh cod lovingly marinated in lime and spices then seared up on grill. Placed on a tortilla along with fresh cabbage, crema, and chipotle.

Check the Events Schedule for Today’s Location

Dec
9
Fri
Taco Revolution Food Truck @ Duncan Best Buy
Dec 9 @ 11:00 am – 7:00 pm

Taco Revolution VIP SaleTaco Revolution will be at Best Buy Duncan parking lot every Thursday, Friday and Saturday through to Christmas Eve and New Year’s Eve! Combine Hot Sales and Hot Tacos from Vancouver Island’s first and only 100% Gluten-Free Food Truck!

Tacos once found only under the hot Mexico sun are handmade from scratch with ingredients sourced to be gluten free. Taco Revolution tacos are so good you will want them every day, and that’s possible:

Keep tabs on Taco Revolution no matter where they go!

• Taco Revolution Website
• Instagram
• Facebook
• Twitter

More about Duncan Best Buy!


Tacos al Pastor

Tacos al Pastor

Tacos al Pastor – The King of the Mexico City street taco: Pork loin cut thin and slowly marinated with Guajillo and Ancho peppers, Achiote paste and a slew of herbs and spices; cooked on a vertical spit and served with roasted pineapple, onion and fresh cilantro and salsa.


Chorizo con Papas

Chorizo con Papas

Chorizo con Papas – Taco Revolution’s very own Chorizo fried up crispy and delicious with potato and onion. Finished with cilantro and salsa.


Tinga Vegetariana

Tinga Vegetariana

Tinga Vegetariana – The cabbage, carrot, onion trio allowed to simmer along with tomato, chipotle and garlic. Topped with lettuce, feta cheese, and crema


Tasty Tasty Fish Taco

Tasty Tasty Fish Taco

Tasty Tasty Fish Taco – Fresh cod lovingly marinated in lime and spices then seared up on grill. Placed on a tortilla along with fresh cabbage, crema, and chipotle.

Check the Events Schedule for Today’s Location

Dec
10
Sat
Abuelo’s Corn Tortillas @ Comox Valley Farmer's Market
Dec 10 @ 10:00 am – 1:00 pm

Authentically Mexican, locally-produced, Abuelo’s Corn Tortillas and Chips
Hand-made right here on Vancouver Island from organic, non-GMO corn! 

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Abuelo's Tortillas

Specialty flavors and salsa verdes only available at market appearances or at Abuelo’s Factory Outlet in Courtenay

There is only one way to make the perfect tortilla … by hand!” Abuelo’s corn tortillas are produced with pride in the Comox Valley from carefully selected, organic, non-GMO corn flour and tested well water, in a 100% gluten-free facility.  Hand-cut and flavored with real beets, garlic or habenaro chilies for a taste experience like no other. Find Abuelo’s year round at the Comox Valley Farmer’s Market and at Abuelo’s Factory Outlet where you can purchase specialty flavors (cinnamon) or salsa verdes so fresh – and without preservatives – that no retailer can stock them! Check Abuelo’s Corn Tortilla’s Demo Schedule here.

Abuelo’s Corn Tortillas and Tortilla Chips are available at the following Island retailers:

Abuelos Corn Tortillas
Powell River, BC:
Ecossentials
Gold River, BC:
Strathcona Park Lodge
Campbell River, BC:
Healthyway Natural Foods
Discovery Foods Willow Point
Socal Restaurant & Bar
Discovery Foods Oyster River
Cortes Island, BC:
Cortes Natural Food Co-Op
Courtenay. BC:
Edible Island
Atlas Café
Union St. Grill
The White Whale Restaurant
Quality Foods
Sweet Surprise
Hen & Hog café
Marine Harvest
Comox, BC:
Avenue Bistro
Cumberland, BC:
Seeds Foods Market
The Waverly Hotel
Sunshine Organics
Hornby Island, BC:
Hornby Island Co-Op
Qualicum Beach, BC:
Village Bulk Foods
Tidal Tacos
Heaven on Earth
Port Alberni, BC:
Healthy Habits
Nanaimo, BC:
Island Natural
Ladysmith, BC:
Wild Poppy Bistro
Duncan, BC:
Communty Farm Store
Victoria, BC:
Sante Gluten-free Café
Red Barn-Latoria
Red Barn-Mattick’s Farm
Red Barn-West Saanich
Red Barn-Vanalman
The Market on Millstream
The Market on Yates
Lifestyles Markets
Peppers Grocery
Niagara Grocery
SPUD.CA
Local General Store

Bake My Day @ Duncan Farmer's Market
Dec 10 @ 10:00 am – 2:00 pm

Find Bake My Day every week at Duncan’s Farmer’s Market with fresh, ready-to-eat gluten-free tarts, pies, turnovers, spanokopita and now sausage rolls! Created in a dedicated gluten-free facility in Duncan, BC from documented to be gluten-free ingredients, these pastries are trusted to be safe for celiacs – and guaranteed to be delicious!

When to Pre-Order for Pick Up on Saturday? contact 250-478-8450 by noon day ahead of market. Special pies require 4 days’ notice.

• Ready-to-Eat Pies, Tarts & Turnovers
• Ready-to-Bake Fruit Pies, Fruit Turnovers, Pork Sausage Rolls and Spanakopita
• Ready-to-Bake Pie Shells and Tart Shells
• Ready-To-Roll Puff Pastry Dough

Carrying retailers, restaurants and cafés … 
Complete Market & Craft Fair Schedule …
Order Online for Delivery or Pickup …
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Outlet Store 3030 Dogwood Rd in Duncan, Tues – Sat 7am to 3pm


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Bake My Day @ First & Last Chance Christmas
Dec 10 @ 10:00 am – 5:00 pm

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Bake My Day will be there with fabulous gluten-free tarts, turnovers, pies, sausage rolls and spanakopita to eat on the spot or take home to serve warm from your oven.

First and Last Chance Christmas

• Saturday, November 5th – 10 am to 5 pm
• Sunday, November 6th – 10 am to 4 pm
• Saturday, December 10th – 10:00 am – 5:00 pm
• Sunday, December 11th – 10:00 am – 4:00 pm

  • Ready-to-Eat Tarts, Turnovers, Pies & Pork Sausage Rolls
  • Ready-to-Bake Fruit Pies, Fruit Turnovers, Pork Sausage Rolls and Spanakopita
  • Ready-to-Bake Pie Shells and Tart Shells
  • Ready-To-Roll Puff Pastry Dough

Bake My Day’s products are created in a dedicated gluten-free facility from documented to be gluten-free ingredients. Ask about their dairy-free options. Dale’s groundbreaking, ready-to-roll dough & puff pastry will make you the gluten-free chef you’ve always wanted to be!


Call 250-748-8450. to place an order (allow 4 days for special pies) and it will be set aside for you to pick up on market / event day.


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Welcome to Gluten-Free Paradise!

ellen-baynesThe Celiac Scene™ is the premier resource for fabulous gluten-free living in Victoria, Vancouver Island & the Gulf Islands. Owned & operated by celiacs, we guide you to the restaurants we trust and the local gluten-free products we love! We even tell you where to purchase them, at the very best prices. Enjoy national ‘celiac’ news, local reviews and a non-stop gluten-free events page to keep you connected. The Celiac Scene is your gateway to Gluten-Free Paradise!

Gluten-Free FAQs

What is Celiac Disease?

Celiac disease occurs in individuals with a genetic predisposition for making antibodies to gluten. When gluten protein – found in wheat, barley and rye – is ingested, autoimmune antibodies not only attack the gluten, they also damage the lining of the small intestine. Symptoms may include digestive pain, constipation, diarrhea and fatigue. The resulting malabsortion of nutrients can lead to slowed growth and development in children and anemia, osteoporosis and fertility issues in adults. Untreated celiacs are also at an increased risk of developing digestive cancers and other autoimmune diseases. The only treatment is a strict gluten-free diet for life. The world-wide incidence of Celiac disease is estimated at 1 in 100. Of the number of people with Celiac disease in Canada, less than 5% will be properly diagnosed in their lifetimes despite the existence of a simple, prescreening blood test. Learn more …

Is there a test for Celiac disease?

Yes! There are two pre-screening blood tests that can determine whether your body makes the antibodies that are associated with Celiac disease:

  • tTg: IgA anti-transglutaminase antibody test
  • Total Serum IgA

While these blood tests are very sensitive, they are not 100% accurate. If the tTg test is positive or the IgA test shows a deficiency, a duodenal biopsy is required to make a diagnosis. Collected under mild sedation, evidence of damage to the lining of the small intestine is definitive proof of Celiac disease.

*Blood tests and intestinal biopsies are diagnostic services that are provided at no charge to residents of British Columbia. See Medical Services Plan.

Ask to be tested if you have unexplained iron deficiency, osteoporosis, brittle type 1 DM, a family history of Celiac disease, have experienced 3 months of frequent diarrhea, weight loss, dairy intolerance or exceptional gas and bloating. Learn more …

Can I be diagnosed if I’ve already gone gluten free?

It is essential that prescreening blood tests and the biopsy be performed while a person is consuming gluten in order to measure the antibodies associated with the disease and observe associated damage to the small intestine. Test results may appear falsely negative if gluten has already been removed from the diet.

Adults should consume 10 grams of gluten (4 slices of bread or equivalent) for at least 1 month prior to testing. Children should consume 5 grams of gluten (2 slices of bread or equivalent).

It may take 2-3 months on a gluten challenge to turn the tTg and biopsy positive. Because it can be very uncomfortable to reintroduce gluten to one’s diet – the gluten challenge is truly a challenge – consult your medical care provider about being prescreened for CD BEFORE choosing to go gluten free. Learn more …

Can I view my test results online?

Yes! My e-health  offers a fast and secure method for patients to receive their results electronically. As soon as results are released from the performing lab, they’re available online in my ehealth. A variety of secure technologies and procedures to help protect your information from unauthorized access, use or disclosure. My ehealth is a free service available to residents of British Columbia registered with the Medical Services Plan and is available in 4 languages. Learn more …

What is Non-Celiac Gluten Sensitivity?

Individuals with Non-Celiac Gluten Sensitivity (NCGS) experience digestive symptoms that are similar to those experienced by individuals with Celiac disease. Like celiacs, their symptoms improve when gluten is eliminated from their diet. Unlike celiacs, their bodies do not create antibodies to gluten, nor do they exhibit the damage to the small intestine that is the hallmark of Celiac disease. People with NCGS are at no greater risk of developing additional autoimmune conditions or digestive cancers. At the moment, there are no tests that can prove whether one has NCGS. A diagnosis of NCGS can be made when tests for Celiac disease are negative. It is estimated NCGS affects 6-10% of the population. Learn more …

Dermatitis Herpetiformis – Little Sister to Celiac Disease

Dermatitis Herpetiformis (DH) is an inherited autoimmune disease of the skin marked by groups of watery, itchy blisters. Like Celiac disease, ingesting gluten triggers an immune system response that deposits inflammatory lgA antibodies under the top layer of skin.

The lgA deposits result in eruptions similar to the beginning of a pimple. This painfully itchy rash may progress to red, raised patches of skin that develop into small, watery blisters. The itching and burning of the eruptions are severe and the urge to scratch them is intense. Eruptions commonly occur on pressure points – around the elbows, the front of the knees, the buttocks, back, shoulders, face, and scalp and typically occur on both sides of the body. Sixty percent of those diagnosed are men and the most common ages at diagnosis are between 15 and 40 years old.

A small biopsy of unaffected skin, next to an eruption that reveals the presence of IgA deposits confirms a diagnosis of DH. A strict gluten-free diet for life is the only treatment, but the diet should only be started once a diagnosis has been made. The medication Dapsone may be prescribed to ease symptoms until the gluten-free diet reduces the severity and frequency of eruptions. Learn more …

Why can’t I just go gluten free?

Knowing whether or not you have a chronic autoimmune disorder is important to your future health and the health of your family. There may be a price for choosing not to know.

• Screening for Celiac disease is free in British Columbia
• Blood samples can be collected at your local out patient laboratory
• A diagnosis will tell you how strict your diet needs to be
• In conjunction with a lifelong commitment to the diet,  health complications may be reduced
• Your doctor can better monitor your health for other autoimmune disorders
• Celiac disease is genetic. A diagnosis confirms for your family that they may also be at risk
• Familial screening provides an early diagnosis for those with latent (asymptomatic) Celiac disease
• A diagnosis offers eligibility for future therapies that require a definitive diagnosis
• You may qualify for a Medical Expense Tax Credit
• If Celiac disease is ruled out, your doctor can proceed to test you for other disease(s)
• You can save money on gluten-free food if celiac disease is ruled out! Learn more …