Gluten-Free Events

Feb
25
Sat
WIN! Dinner for Two @ Noodlebox Victoria
Feb 25 all-day

WIN one of Two $25 Gift Certificates to Noodlebox Locations in Victoria.

Douglas Street •  Shelbourne • Uptown • Langford

HOW? Visit the Celiac Scene Facebook Page

LIKE  the Celiac Scene Facebook Page (if you don’t already love it!)
LIKE the POST
VISIT http://bit.ly/NoodleBoxMenu
Go Back to Celiac Scene Facebook Page  and COMMENT: If I won I, I would order (……………) from (which Victoria) location!

SHARE the POST! You’ll be entered again!
TAG a Friend! You’ll be entered again!

Two Winners will be announced on the Celiac Scene Facebook Page
5pm TUES-28-FEB. Good Gluten-Free Luck!

Noodle Box

Noodlebox was born out of a small food cart in Victoria BC’s Chinatown in 2001. Our unique style of Southeast Asian street food became so popular that people were willing to wait hours in the rain to get their fill. In 2003 we opened our first store in downtown Victoria, with many more opening throughout BC and Alberta to keep up with demand for our bold dishes.

 FRESH FOOD, MADE BY REAL PEOPLE

We’ve been concerned by the rise of the processed food generation and the departure of nutritious food sources. Our kitchens want to reverse that trend.

What we will always do best is prepare real food, by hand – made from fresh ingredients like non-gmo vegetables sourced locally whenever possible. Our special sauces are house made, with no added MSG.

We support sustainable & ethical producers, with farm-to-plate practices that deliver a premium product with trusted transparency.


NoodleBox prides itself on trusted transparency – premium ingredients, ethically raised protein, MSG-free, sustainable practices, farm-to-plate and committed to community.

  • Standard Protocol – every wok is scrubbed by hand, every time.
  • Gluten-Free Protocol – let staff know your dietary preferences or intolerances and the chef’s station will be re-set with fresh utensils, cloths and squeaky-clean hands.

Ask for rice noodles, jasmine rice or go no-carb / high-protein. Add in roasted cashews, crushed peanuts or even a fried free-range egg to gussy up any GF dish! Dial in your spice level and you’re ready to go!  Facebook • Twitter • Instagram

Contest applies to Douglas Street •  Shelbourne • Uptown • Langford locations only.


NOODLE BOX MENUDAILY SPECIALSFRIDAY FEATURES

Noodle Box Menu A FEB 2017
Noodle Box Menu B FEB 2017

In Victoria • Shelbourne • Douglas • Uptown • Langford •

Taco Revolution is Back @ Red Arrow Brewing!
Feb 25 @ 11:30 am – 5:30 pm

Taco Revolution is back by special request at Red Arrow Brewing near Duncan at 5255 Chaster Rd
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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


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

Feb
26
Sun
WIN! Dinner for Two @ Noodlebox Victoria
Feb 26 all-day

WIN one of Two $25 Gift Certificates to Noodlebox Locations in Victoria.

Douglas Street •  Shelbourne • Uptown • Langford

HOW? Visit the Celiac Scene Facebook Page

LIKE  the Celiac Scene Facebook Page (if you don’t already love it!)
LIKE the POST
VISIT http://bit.ly/NoodleBoxMenu
Go Back to Celiac Scene Facebook Page  and COMMENT: If I won I, I would order (……………) from (which Victoria) location!

SHARE the POST! You’ll be entered again!
TAG a Friend! You’ll be entered again!

Two Winners will be announced on the Celiac Scene Facebook Page
5pm TUES-28-FEB. Good Gluten-Free Luck!

Noodle Box

Noodlebox was born out of a small food cart in Victoria BC’s Chinatown in 2001. Our unique style of Southeast Asian street food became so popular that people were willing to wait hours in the rain to get their fill. In 2003 we opened our first store in downtown Victoria, with many more opening throughout BC and Alberta to keep up with demand for our bold dishes.

 FRESH FOOD, MADE BY REAL PEOPLE

We’ve been concerned by the rise of the processed food generation and the departure of nutritious food sources. Our kitchens want to reverse that trend.

What we will always do best is prepare real food, by hand – made from fresh ingredients like non-gmo vegetables sourced locally whenever possible. Our special sauces are house made, with no added MSG.

We support sustainable & ethical producers, with farm-to-plate practices that deliver a premium product with trusted transparency.


NoodleBox prides itself on trusted transparency – premium ingredients, ethically raised protein, MSG-free, sustainable practices, farm-to-plate and committed to community.

  • Standard Protocol – every wok is scrubbed by hand, every time.
  • Gluten-Free Protocol – let staff know your dietary preferences or intolerances and the chef’s station will be re-set with fresh utensils, cloths and squeaky-clean hands.

Ask for rice noodles, jasmine rice or go no-carb / high-protein. Add in roasted cashews, crushed peanuts or even a fried free-range egg to gussy up any GF dish! Dial in your spice level and you’re ready to go!  Facebook • Twitter • Instagram

Contest applies to Douglas Street •  Shelbourne • Uptown • Langford locations only.


NOODLE BOX MENUDAILY SPECIALSFRIDAY FEATURES

Noodle Box Menu A FEB 2017
Noodle Box Menu B FEB 2017

In Victoria • Shelbourne • Douglas • Uptown • Langford •

A la Carte Sunday Breakfast @ Six Mile Pub
Feb 26 @ 10:00 am – 2:00 pm

Sunday Breakfast at Six Mile Pub! ‘GF’ means ‘Great Food that is Gluten Free!’

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Six Mile Pub pulls out all the gluten-free stops – every Sunday! Gluten-free hotcake stack, eggs benedict, omelettes, hash browns and amazing desserts! Gear up with a Mimosa, a Caesar or even a gluten-free Bard’s Beer! Gots Kids? Ask to be seated in the Family Room and order from the Kids Menu!

Find Six Mile Pub at 494 Old Island Highway in View Royal, British Columbia • 250-478-3121 • Free Parking • Accessible • Six Mile PubFacebookTwitter


sunday-breakfast-six-mile-pubBEAT BREAKFAST SANDWICH – Bacon, Egg, Arugula and Tomato on GF bread, served with roasted tomato and hash-brown. 

THREE CHEESE OMELETTE – European style 3 egg omelette filled with cheddar,  jack and mozzarella, served with roasted tomato, toasted GF bread, preserves and hash-browns 

EGGS BENEDICT – Poached Saanich Farms eggs on house cured back bacon, toasted GF scone and hollandaise, served with roasted tomato and hash-brown 

HOTCAKE STACK – Light and fluffy GF pancakes layered with seasonal coulis and compote, maple syrup and butter 

BRIOCHE FRENCH TOAST – Rich and decadent house made brioche in custard, topped with cream cheese, maple syrup, pineapple compote and butter (allow time for GF orders)

ORDER FROM THE LUNCH MENU!  Full lunch service starts at 10am on Sundays! Kids menu always available until 9pm!

The kudos continue  – it is not necessary to call ahead to announce a gluten-free diner, but those with additional sensitivities will be treated like royalty by letting chefs know ahead of time at 250-478-3121. They’ve yet to meet an allergy they have not been able to accommodate.


Six Mile Pub Soups & Salads

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Six Mile Pub Lunch Classics

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Six Mile Pub Dinner Menu

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 Kids Menu at Six Mile Pub


Great Food that is Gluten Free / Gluten Free Option Available

Six Mile Pub Gluten-Free Guarantee

Click for detailsThe 160 year-old View Royal pub that served the Gold Rush has set the gold standard for gluten free! Pub fare created with culinary flare, Six Mile is proud to serve ‘SIX-Nature’ chicken wings, deep-fried halibut and – wait for it –  safe french fries & yam fries cooked in a dedicated deep fryer!

Six Mile Pub’s Red Seal Chefs and their protégées pride themselves on meeting the needs of celiac diners and  anyone with sensitivities i.e. dairy, soy, nuts or shellfish. Please call ahead to start the conversation. Review by ‘Living with Allergies.’

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Gluten-Free Pizza is a Happy Hour Feature

Gluten-free pizza is a Happy Hour feature everyday from 3 – 5pm made with Six Mile’s Signature Sourdough Crust – gluten-free of course. Six Mile also produces its own light and fluffy gluten-free buns with a Celiac Scene Approved Secret Ingredient!

Six Mile Pub Gluten-Free Bun

Ask for the Riverside Gluten-Free Bun!

There’s a cozy corner,  a sun-drenched patio or a pool table just right for you. Families are welcome with a menu made with the celiac child in mind. The family room, open daily until 9pm also makes a great space for group functions, too.

All Day Sunday Brunch @ Sante Gluten-Free Cafe
Feb 26 @ 10:00 am – 5:00 pm
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Golden Milk Latte made with turmeric, pepper, honey, coconut oil, ginger, cinnamon and your choice of milk or dairy alternative!

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Chocolate Donuts made with your choice of peppermint or candied orange glaze! Made with love but dairy free!


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Every day is Sunday Brunch at Sante Gluten-Free Cafe!

Hours: Mon-Sat  8:30-6:30  Sundays 10-5

Choose from a potpourri of sweet or savoury options and so much more – all guaranteed to be gluten free! Vegan or vegetarian, dairy, egg or soy sensitive, sugar-free or paleo  options available! Your requirements and preferences will always be respected and your presence,  cherished.

Staff at Sante share in  preparing each menu item and can direct your choices based on their intimate knowledge of every component ingredient.

Enjoy a mostly vegetarian motif of nuanced soups, salads and savoury sandwiches that are good for you and that taste great.

Smore CheesecakeDon’t let that fool you! Sante’s most popular items are their changing array of house-made, decadent desserts – some dairy-free, some sugar-free, some soy-free but always gluten-free.

About Sante Gluten-Free Cafe

Sante’s owner, Hanna Kofman is a foodie first and a celiac second.  Quality is her priority. Hanna established Sante Gluten-Free Cafe in March 2010 so that local and visiting gluten-free diners, their family and friends could enjoy delicious food, in a completely safe environment. Since then Sante has attracted a loyal following of foodies seeking options that meet their dietary requirements. Visit Sante’s Celiac Scene Feature Page.

Sante gluten free cafeHanna and her staff carefully research every ingredient allowed on the premises and the products they choose to carry. Gluten is not allowed on the premises, nor is outside food, in order to protect customer safety. Sante’s is committed to sourcing the season’s best, freshest produce, organically grown whenever possible.

Sante comprehensive inventory of unique, quality gluten-free products are carefully curated, locally sourced and frequently at the lowest price in Victoria. Staff are ready to assist you with your purchases or take special occasion orders. Ask Sante about catering your next event. Your complete satisfaction is Sante’s highest priority.

Free internet. Take out. Coffee to go. Child-friendly. Wheel-chair accessible.
Hours: Mon-Sat  8:30-6:30  Sundays 10-5
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Feb
27
Mon
WIN! Dinner for Two @ Noodlebox Victoria
Feb 27 all-day

WIN one of Two $25 Gift Certificates to Noodlebox Locations in Victoria.

Douglas Street •  Shelbourne • Uptown • Langford

HOW? Visit the Celiac Scene Facebook Page

LIKE  the Celiac Scene Facebook Page (if you don’t already love it!)
LIKE the POST
VISIT http://bit.ly/NoodleBoxMenu
Go Back to Celiac Scene Facebook Page  and COMMENT: If I won I, I would order (……………) from (which Victoria) location!

SHARE the POST! You’ll be entered again!
TAG a Friend! You’ll be entered again!

Two Winners will be announced on the Celiac Scene Facebook Page
5pm TUES-28-FEB. Good Gluten-Free Luck!

Noodle Box

Noodlebox was born out of a small food cart in Victoria BC’s Chinatown in 2001. Our unique style of Southeast Asian street food became so popular that people were willing to wait hours in the rain to get their fill. In 2003 we opened our first store in downtown Victoria, with many more opening throughout BC and Alberta to keep up with demand for our bold dishes.

 FRESH FOOD, MADE BY REAL PEOPLE

We’ve been concerned by the rise of the processed food generation and the departure of nutritious food sources. Our kitchens want to reverse that trend.

What we will always do best is prepare real food, by hand – made from fresh ingredients like non-gmo vegetables sourced locally whenever possible. Our special sauces are house made, with no added MSG.

We support sustainable & ethical producers, with farm-to-plate practices that deliver a premium product with trusted transparency.


NoodleBox prides itself on trusted transparency – premium ingredients, ethically raised protein, MSG-free, sustainable practices, farm-to-plate and committed to community.

  • Standard Protocol – every wok is scrubbed by hand, every time.
  • Gluten-Free Protocol – let staff know your dietary preferences or intolerances and the chef’s station will be re-set with fresh utensils, cloths and squeaky-clean hands.

Ask for rice noodles, jasmine rice or go no-carb / high-protein. Add in roasted cashews, crushed peanuts or even a fried free-range egg to gussy up any GF dish! Dial in your spice level and you’re ready to go!  Facebook • Twitter • Instagram

Contest applies to Douglas Street •  Shelbourne • Uptown • Langford locations only.


NOODLE BOX MENUDAILY SPECIALSFRIDAY FEATURES

Noodle Box Menu A FEB 2017
Noodle Box Menu B FEB 2017

In Victoria • Shelbourne • Douglas • Uptown • Langford •

Feb
28
Tue
Kids Under 8 Eat Free @ Pirate Chips Nanaimo
Feb 28 all-day

TUESDAYS – KIDS UNDER 8 EAT FREE!*
Gluten-Free Menu Pirate ChipsKids eat free
TUESDAYS – KIDS UNDER 8 EAT FREE!*


pirate-chips-memorabiliaPirate 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.

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

Facebook Photo Gallery
Plenty of Pirate Bling available for purchase!


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Check out what next week looks like:
TUESDAY: Kids Under 8 Eat Free
WEDNESDAY: All-You-Can-Eat Gluten-Free Cod Fish & Chips $15.95
FRIDAY and SATURDAY: Live Music! Singing!
MONDAYS closed from October 1st to May 1st

Sun-Tues-Wed-Thurs 11am – 9pm   Fri-Sat 11am – 10 pm


‘Pirate Notations’ on Menus below indicate Gluten-Free.
Be sure to tell your server that you require a gluten-free meal when ordering.

They will change aprons, clean all surfaces and take every precaution to prepare a safe and delicious meal for you.
Pirate Chips staff will happily accommodate additional allergies & sensitivities. Please make your needs known when ordering.

Gluten-Free Menu Pirate Chips

Gluten-Free Menu Pirate Chips

Gluten-Free Menu Pirate Chips

Gluten-Free Menu Pirate Chips

Gluten-Free Menu Pirate Chips

Gluten-Free Menu Pirate Chips

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Gluten-Free Menu Pirate Chips

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CONTEST ENDS 5PM – Dinner for Two @ Noodlebox Victoria
Feb 28 @ 12:00 am – 5:00 pm

WIN one of Two $25 Gift Certificates to Noodlebox Locations in Victoria.

Douglas Street •  Shelbourne • Uptown • Langford

HOW? Visit the Celiac Scene Facebook Page

LIKE  the Celiac Scene Facebook Page (if you don’t already love it!)
LIKE the POST
VISIT http://bit.ly/NoodleBoxMenu
Go Back to Celiac Scene Facebook Page  and COMMENT: If I won I, I would order (……………) from (which Victoria) location!

SHARE the POST! You’ll be entered again!
TAG a Friend! You’ll be entered again!

Two Winners will be announced on the Celiac Scene Facebook Page
5pm TUES-28-FEB. Good Gluten-Free Luck!

Noodle Box

Noodlebox was born out of a small food cart in Victoria BC’s Chinatown in 2001. Our unique style of Southeast Asian street food became so popular that people were willing to wait hours in the rain to get their fill. In 2003 we opened our first store in downtown Victoria, with many more opening throughout BC and Alberta to keep up with demand for our bold dishes.

 FRESH FOOD, MADE BY REAL PEOPLE

We’ve been concerned by the rise of the processed food generation and the departure of nutritious food sources. Our kitchens want to reverse that trend.

What we will always do best is prepare real food, by hand – made from fresh ingredients like non-gmo vegetables sourced locally whenever possible. Our special sauces are house made, with no added MSG.

We support sustainable & ethical producers, with farm-to-plate practices that deliver a premium product with trusted transparency.


NoodleBox prides itself on trusted transparency – premium ingredients, ethically raised protein, MSG-free, sustainable practices, farm-to-plate and committed to community.

  • Standard Protocol – every wok is scrubbed by hand, every time.
  • Gluten-Free Protocol – let staff know your dietary preferences or intolerances and the chef’s station will be re-set with fresh utensils, cloths and squeaky-clean hands.

Ask for rice noodles, jasmine rice or go no-carb / high-protein. Add in roasted cashews, crushed peanuts or even a fried free-range egg to gussy up any GF dish! Dial in your spice level and you’re ready to go!  Facebook • Twitter • Instagram

Contest applies to Douglas Street •  Shelbourne • Uptown • Langford locations only.


NOODLE BOX MENUDAILY SPECIALSFRIDAY FEATURES

Noodle Box Menu A FEB 2017
Noodle Box Menu B FEB 2017

In Victoria • Shelbourne • Douglas • Uptown • Langford •

Taco Revolution is Back @ Red Arrow Brewing!
Feb 28 @ 11:30 am – 5:00 pm

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Taco Revolution is back by special request outside Red Arrow Brewing for ‘Taco Tuesday!’  Every Taco on the menu will be $3 instead of the regular $4. That’s 25% off!

Tacos are 100% gluten free – the beer is not! Have a Mexican Soda instead!


Taco Revolution CraigTacos 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

Mar
1
Wed
All You Can Eat Fish & Chips @ Pirate Chips
Mar 1 all-day

WEDNESDAYS! ALL YOU CAN EAT FISH & CHIPS $15.95

fish and chips all you can eat

pirate-chips-memorabiliaPirate 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.

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

Facebook Photo Gallery
Plenty of Pirate Bling available for purchase!


Pirate Chips 3
Check out what next week looks like:
TUESDAY: Kids Under 8 Eat Free
WEDNESDAY: All-You-Can-Eat Gluten-Free Cod Fish & Chips $15.95
FRIDAY and SATURDAY: Live Music! Singing!
MONDAYS closed from October 1st to May 1st

Sun-Tues-Wed-Thurs 11am – 9pm   Fri-Sat 11am – 10 pm


‘Pirate Notations’ on Menus below indicate Gluten-Free.
Be sure to tell your server that you require a gluten-free meal when ordering.

They will change aprons, clean all surfaces and take every precaution to prepare a safe and delicious meal for you.
Pirate Chips staff will happily accommodate additional allergies & sensitivities. Please make your needs known when ordering.

Gluten-Free Menu Pirate Chips

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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 …