Gluten-Free Events

Apr
26
Wed
All You Can Eat Fish & Chips @ Pirate Chips
Apr 26 all-day

WEDNESDAYS! ALL YOU CAN EAT FISH & CHIPS $15.95

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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!

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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!

Sun-Mon-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.

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Gluten-Free Wednesdays @ Floating Fish Store
Apr 26 all-day

Gluten-Free Wednesdays!
Mention ‘The Celiac Scene’ when you place your Gluten-Free Order
Enjoy a Whopping 20% Discount!

Learn more about the Floating Fish Store at Fisherman’s Wharf
Join Victoria’s Gluten-Free Foodies as we ‘Dare to Dine on the Dock’ – Saturday, April 29th!

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Why the Gluten-Free Love the Floating Fish Store

  • Dedicated deep fryer for fresh-cut, twice-fried gluten-free french fries
  • Certified Gluten-Free Sorghum light-crisp batter for deep-fried fish, cooked in a dedicated fryer)
  • Gluten-Free Home-Made Tartar Sauce & Coleslaw
  • Gluten-Free Halibut Malu – Local Halibut simmered w/ onions, lentils, tomatoes & a hint of curry, finished w/ cilantro & lime
  • Gluten-Free  Tacos – Soft corn tortilla, house smoked tomato salsa, shredded cabbage, citrus cream, fresh cilantro & lime
  • Salads with home-made, gluten-free dressings: Toasted Sesame • Balsamic Vinaigrette • Buttermilk Ranch • Olive Oil w/ Balsamic Vinegar & Lemon
  • Steamers​ – shellfish gently steamed & served when just done.
  • The finest live oysters from BC waters served on a bed of ice, lemon & your choice of cocktail sauce, hot sauce, ginger, mignonette, preserved lemon mignonette, cucumber & jalapeno mignonette, pickled red onion mignonette or freshly grated horseradish
  • Oyster selection varies by day. Come often!
  • Daily Buck-a-Shuck from 4-5 pm
  • View the menus below.

Celiac-Safe Touch – Let your server know that you require a gluten-free meal and they will call your order out,  all on its own.  No chance of collecting the wrong order.  Much appreciated!

GLUTEN-FREE WEDNESDAYS – mention The Celiac Scene and receive 20% Off Gluten-Free Orders!

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Not only does the Floating Fish Stores cook seafood, they sell and ship it!

• Fresh Fish • Fish-to-Go • Blog – Fresh Catches • About the Floating Fish Store • floatingfishstore.com

• Contact the Fish Store • (250) 383-6462 • Facebook • Instagram

Kudos to The Floating Fish Store

  • North America’s first 100% Ocean Wise Seafood Store & Restaurant
  • Serving fresh catch from west coast waters – whenever possible
  • Situated on Fisherman’s Wharf in beautiful Victoria, BC, Canada
  • Experience a working harbour and stroll among colourful houseboats
  • Surrounded by seals in their natural environment – you can reach out and touch them!

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Taco Revolution Pop Up Cantina @ Cobble Hill
Apr 26 @ 11:30 am – 6:00 pm

Cobble Hill is Home-Base for 100% Gluten-Free Tacos
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!

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Taco Revolution Gluten-Free Menu

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Set Your Sights on Gluten-Free Travel @ Selena De Vries
Apr 26 @ 7:00 pm – 8:00 pm

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Celiac and Registered Dietitian, Selena De Vries,  has been there and done it!  Learn how easy it is to travel – and have a great time!  Leave empowered with information on how to be gluten-free, no matter where you are!

No diagnosis required – just a need or desire to be gluten-free! 

Hosted by the Kelowna Chapter of the Canadian Celiac Association. Celiac volunteers serve the entire southern interior of British Columbia, Canada including Shuswap, Okanagan, and Kootenays. Wellness Meetings are held in January, February, March, April, May, October and November.  Join the Kelowna CCA Facebook Group.

About Selena De Vries

My diagnosis inspired me to become a Registered Dietitian who specializes in supporting celiacs. I am here to help!

GET the CHECKLIST that makes it easier for friends and family to safely, cook for you!

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Living in the Okanagan or anywhere in British Columbia? 

Selena de Vries, RDTestimonial

  • “I contacted Selena when I still wasn’t feeling well a year after my celiac diagnosis. I’d read so much on the Internet I thought I knew everything I needed to know. I was wrong.  
  • Selena has important advice on how to do GF properly (it’s not as straightforward as I thought) and for regaining your health. She is organized, punctual, and professional.  And she has celiac disease herself , so she gets it.
  • I think a lot of us, by the time we’re diagnosed, have had more than our share of health care practitioners and may not want to bother with a dietitian.
  • Selena played a crucial role in my recovery, and I would highly recommend her, whether you’re newly diagnosed or just trying to feel better.”
  • Charlene (long-distance celiac disease client)

CONNECT WITH SELENA ONLINE

Selena offers online support to residents across British Columbia, Canada

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  • This package is for you if you are newly diagnosed with celiac disease, you have celiac disease and continue to struggle with symptoms on the gluten free diet, or you have non-celiac gluten sensitivity. Learn more …

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  • This package is for you if you have irritable bowel syndrome, you have inflammatory bowel disease (crohn’s disease, colitis), or are experiencing digestive symptoms (constipation, diarrhea, intestinal cramping etc). Learn more …
  • If you have celiac disease, please see the Celiac Disease Total Care Package

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  • This package is for you if you want to improve your overall health, you want to manage your weight, or you want to do as much as you can to prevent or treat a chronic health condition such as heart disease or diabetes. Learn more …

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  • A simple saliva DNA test can help you determine if a gluten-free diet might be right for you. NGx-Gluten is the most comprehensive genetic test for gluten intolerance and examines six variations in the HLA gene to determine whether you have a low, medium or high risk of gluten intolerance. Learn  more …

BOOK AN APPOINTMENT

DIRECT BILLING: For those with extended health coverage, Selena handles the paperwork with your provider while you get on with getting healthy. No doctor’s referral needed. No wait time. Simply scroll down to the Policy Holder Information section of the appointment form.


CONNECT WITH SELENA IN-PERSON

Selena offers in-person support to individuals or groups throughout the Okanagan in British Columbia

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In Home, Gluten-Free Kitchen Assessment

  • This package is for you if you are newly diagnosed with celiac disease or non-celiac gluten sensitivity or if you have celiac disease but are still struggling with symptoms. Learn more …

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Gluten-Free Grocery Store Tours

  • Selena will walk you through the grocery store and answer your questions on the gluten free diet. Learn more …

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How to Cook for Loved Ones with Celiac Disease

  • This package is for you if you want to make a celiac guest or family member feel normal and included. Can include up to six people. Contact Selena

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  • HEALTHBEAN NUTRITION  specializes in digestive health.  We deliver easy to digest, bite-size pieces of information so our clients can, finally, achieve the healthy & happy digestive system they’ve been striving for. Learn more ...
  • HEALTHBEAN PHILOSOPHY– Selena employs elimination diets and/or a specific diets in accordance with her clients’ conditions, and only when deemed necessary.  She reserves advice about the gluten-free diet for those who require it – not those choosing to follow the diet as a lifestyle choice.  Expect clear, concise instructions on the appropriate diet for you and, maybe even some myth busting! Learn more  …

Selena knows first-hand how her undiagnosed celiac disease affected her physical and emotional health. After telling her that, “Well, you have celiac disease,” her MD suggested she, “google the diet,” and out the door she went. Sound familiar?

That’s why Selena established Healthbean Nutrition.  She is dedicating her education, personal insights and her own recovery to helping her fellow celiacs make this enormous lifestyle transition – and find  joy in eating again! Learn more …

Selena’s Road to Diagnosis

Selena De Vries RD, Celiac Disease Specialist

Selena De Vries RD, Celiac Disease Specialist

  • “When I was going through university, I was exhausted, ALL the time.  I had to drag myself out to hang out with friends, and if I had it my way I would have spent most days in bed sleeping.  It was not unknown for me to sleep 12-16 hours a day.  Call me crazy, but I related it all to the busy-ness of school.  I was even checked for anemia at one point (common with celiacs) and I was ‘fine.’  
  • The symptoms continued through school and the brain fog was undeniable.  I distinctly remember during my dietetic internship (like a medical residency except everything is nutrition based) at Kelowna General Hospital sitting in the office, charting on a patient and, literally, feeling like my brain was so fuzzy that I could barely keep my eyes from nodding off.  It was awful. 
  • Another thing I didn’t pay much attention to, was bowels.  I was always constipated.  Never the other way around. Never.  And, I also remember mentioning this to my gastroenterologist just before the endoscopy and he said ‘oh, well with your very low antibody levels and constipation, there is a very low chance that you are actually celiac but we will proceed with the endoscopy since you’re prepped and ready to go.’  
  • The piece of paper I received after the endoscopy said to follow up with my GP.  I did follow up with my GP and the report came back positive for celiac disease.  My GP said “well, you’re celiac.  But, you’re a dietitian, right, so this should be easy for you!”  
  • Perhaps I had a leg up in the nutrition part of it, but I think we all know that the gluten free diet is not a walk in the park.  And, although, I am so appreciative of the medical care I received, it did open my eyes to the lack of knowledge within the medical community when it came to celiac disease and the lack of support offered to individuals with celiac disease.  

That’s how Healthbean Nutrition was born!

Apr
27
Thu
Taco Revolution Pop Up Cantina @ Cobble Hill
Apr 27 @ 11:30 am – 6:00 pm

Cobble Hill is Home-Base for 100% Gluten-Free Tacos
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!

Check the Events Schedule for Today’s Location

Taco Revolution Gluten-Free Menu

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Apr
28
Fri
Taco Revolution is Back @ Red Arrow Brewing!
Apr 28 @ 11:30 am – 7:30 pm

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

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

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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!

Keep tabs on Taco Revolution no matter where they go!

• Taco Revolution Website
• Instagram
• Facebook
• Twitter

Taco Revolution Gluten-Free Menu

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Apr
29
Sat
Bake My Day @ Duncan Farmer's Market
Apr 29 @ 9:00 am – 2:00 pm

NEW for BC and Alberta! Order Bake My Day Online – Delivered to your Door!

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Find Bake My Day every week at Duncan’s Farmer’s Market, in front of the Green Door on Ingram Street, Duncan. Enjoy fresh, ready-to-eat gluten-free tarts, pies, turnovers, spanokopita and 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, the 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 …
Follow Bake My Day on Facebook 
Outlet Store 3030 Dogwood Rd in Duncan, Tues – Sat 7am to 3pm


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Abuelo’s Corn Tortillas @ Comox Valley Farmer's Market
Apr 29 @ 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:

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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

Victoria’s Gluten-Free Foodies Dare to Dine @ Floating Fish Store
Apr 29 @ 1:00 pm – 2:30 pm

Join Victoria’s Gluten-Free Foodies as we ‘Dare to Dine on the Dock’  – 1pm, Saturday April 29th
RSVP to [email protected]

Gluten-Free Wednesdays! Mention The Celiac Scene when you place your Gluten-Free Order
ENJOY a 20% DISCOUNT

Learn more about the Floating Fish Store
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Why the Gluten-Free Love the Floating Fish Store

  • Dedicated deep fryer for fresh-cut, twice-fried gluten-free french fries
  • Certified Gluten-Free Sorghum light-crisp batter for deep-fried fish, cooked in a dedicated fryer)
  • Gluten-Free Home-Made Tartar Sauce & Coleslaw
  • Gluten-Free Halibut Malu – Local Halibut simmered w/ onions, lentils, tomatoes & a hint of curry, finished w/ cilantro & lime
  • Gluten-Free  Tacos – Soft corn tortilla, house smoked tomato salsa, shredded cabbage, citrus cream, fresh cilantro & lime
  • Salads with home-made, gluten-free dressings: Toasted Sesame • Balsamic Vinaigrette • Buttermilk Ranch • Olive Oil w/ Balsamic Vinegar & Lemon
  • Steamers​ – shellfish gently steamed & served when just done.
  • The finest live oysters from BC waters served on a bed of ice, lemon & your choice of cocktail sauce, hot sauce, ginger, mignonette, preserved lemon mignonette, cucumber & jalapeno mignonette, pickled red onion mignonette or freshly grated horseradish
  • Oyster selection varies by day. Come often!
  • Daily Buck-a-Shuck from 4-5 pm
  • View the menus below.

Celiac-Safe Touch – Let your server know that you require a gluten-free meal and they will call your order out,  all on its own.  No chance of collecting the wrong order.  Much appreciated!

GLUTEN-FREE WEDNESDAYS – mention The Celiac Scene and receive 20% Off Gluten-Free Orders!

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Not only does the Floating Fish Stores cook seafood, they sell and ship it!

• Fresh Fish • Fish-to-Go • Blog – Fresh Catches • About the Floating Fish Store • floatingfishstore.com

• Contact the Fish Store • (250) 383-6462 • Facebook • Instagram

Kudos to The Floating Fish Store

  • North America’s first 100% Ocean Wise Seafood Store & Restaurant
  • Serving fresh catch from west coast waters – whenever possible
  • Situated on Fisherman’s Wharf in beautiful Victoria, BC, Canada
  • Experience a working harbour and stroll among colourful houseboats
  • Surrounded by seals in their natural environment – you can reach out and touch them!

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Taco Revolution is Back @ Red Arrow Brewing!
Apr 29 @ 2:00 pm – 5:30 pm

Taco Revolution is back by special request at Red Arrow Brewing near Duncan at 5255 Chaster Rd
Did you know that Taco Revolution does on-site gluten-free catering? Contact PJ about your next event!
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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

Taco Revolution Gluten-Free Menu

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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 …