Gluten-Free Events

Mar
25
Sat
Corn Thins Gluten-Free Contest @ Instagram
Mar 25 @ 12:15 am – 11:45 pm

Win 20 Original Corn Thins Sample Packs – Instructions Below

gluten free corn thins contest1. LIKE The Celiac Scene Page HERE!
2. LIKE the Post & COMMENT “My favourite Corn Thins topping is: ” HERE!
3. EXTRA ENTRY! ‘FOLLOW’ instagram.com/theceliacscene

WINNER will be announced on The Celiac Scene 5pm, Tuesday March 28th, 2017.
NOTE  Must collect in person from Celiac Scene Headquarters, Victoria BC

CORN THINS are made from delicious popped corn and bursting with the POPCORN flavour!  Thin on calories but never thin on taste. Terrific on their own or for a scrumptious snack or meal.

Choose your toppings!


CORN THINS for Breakfast! Well, they are the perfect alternative to bread and are a delicious, quick & healthy option to be combined with any traditional sweet or savoury topping you might normally have at breakfast.

corn-thins-eggless-quiche

corn-thins-strawberry-cottage-cheese

corn-thins-mango-strawberry-yoghurt

corn-thins-scrambled-egg-smoked-salmon


CORN THINS for Lunch! Great tasting idea for a quick, healthy lunch, either at your desk at work, or in the comfort of your home.

corn-thins-eggplant-artichoke-and-tomato

corn-thins-asparagus-salsa-smoked-salmon


CORN THINS for Dinner! For a quick, healthy and tasty option for dinner why not try some delicious topping options with CORN THINS to give you a very satisfying alternative for dinner.

corn-thins-figs-goats-cheese-honey

corn-thins-ham-pineapple-pizza

corn-thins-margarita


CORN THINS for Snacks! When you want something tasty, but not too filling, CORN THINS are an ideal option to satisfy that in-between meal hunger.

corn-thins-banana-caramel-coconut

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Organic Original CORN THINS®: corn, sunflower oil, sea salt

Multigrain CORN THINS: corn, sorghum, brown rice, buckwheat, millet, sunflower oil, sea salt

Organic Sesame CORN THINS: corn, sesame, sea salt

Organic • Non GMO • Vegan • Gluten & Wheat Free • Milk & Nut Free • Kosher certified

All natural ingredients • NO artificial colours or preservatives • 23 Calories & <5 gr carbohydrate per crisp • 4 crisps per sample pack • more than 7% dietary fibre • 3% fat

Canada Corn Thins - Cropped


The CORN THINS Story

How are CORN THINS Made?

Frequently Asked Questions

STATEMENTS & CERTIFICATIONS

Non-GMO Real Foods ensures that every product manufactured is free from any Genetically Modified Ingredients.

Organic

Real Foods hold Organic Certification through Australian Certified Organic (ACO), a fully owned subsidiary of Biological Farmers of Australia (BFA). Certification ensures compliance with national organic production standards. Real Foods also hold USDA (USA) and JAS (Japan) Organic Certification through ACO.

Cross Contamination

Real Foods has implemented a Hazard Analysis Critical Control Point system (HACCP) to minimize any risk cross contamination of allergens.

CANCELLED – Bake My Day @ Victoria Women's Expo
Mar 25 @ 10:00 am – 6:00 pm

Bake My Day is Down with the Flu – Dale sends her regrets

Bake-My-Day-Victoria-Womens-Expo

Can’t make the Expo? NEW! Order Bake My Day Online!

Bake My Day will be there to offer fresh ready-to-eat gluten-free tarts, pies, turnovers, spanokopita and now quiche! 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!  Call ahead to place an order and it will be set aside for you to pick up.

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 – Fri 9-4

Bake My Day tarts1Bake My Day tarts 2      gluten free fruit piesBake My Day turnoversBake My Day spanokopita Sausage Rolls 1Gluten free Pastry Mix  glutern free pastry dough 2 gluten free pie shellsBake My Day Farmer's MarketBakeMyDay Review

Taco Revolution is Back @ Red Arrow Brewing!
Mar 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.

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Mar
26
Sun
Corn Thins Gluten-Free Contest @ Instagram
Mar 26 @ 12:15 am – 11:45 pm

Win 20 Original Corn Thins Sample Packs – Instructions Below

gluten free corn thins contest1. LIKE The Celiac Scene Page HERE!
2. LIKE the Post & COMMENT “My favourite Corn Thins topping is: ” HERE!
3. EXTRA ENTRY! ‘FOLLOW’ instagram.com/theceliacscene

WINNER will be announced on The Celiac Scene 5pm, Tuesday March 28th, 2017.
NOTE  Must collect in person from Celiac Scene Headquarters, Victoria BC

CORN THINS are made from delicious popped corn and bursting with the POPCORN flavour!  Thin on calories but never thin on taste. Terrific on their own or for a scrumptious snack or meal.

Choose your toppings!


CORN THINS for Breakfast! Well, they are the perfect alternative to bread and are a delicious, quick & healthy option to be combined with any traditional sweet or savoury topping you might normally have at breakfast.

corn-thins-eggless-quiche

corn-thins-strawberry-cottage-cheese

corn-thins-mango-strawberry-yoghurt

corn-thins-scrambled-egg-smoked-salmon


CORN THINS for Lunch! Great tasting idea for a quick, healthy lunch, either at your desk at work, or in the comfort of your home.

corn-thins-eggplant-artichoke-and-tomato

corn-thins-asparagus-salsa-smoked-salmon


CORN THINS for Dinner! For a quick, healthy and tasty option for dinner why not try some delicious topping options with CORN THINS to give you a very satisfying alternative for dinner.

corn-thins-figs-goats-cheese-honey

corn-thins-ham-pineapple-pizza

corn-thins-margarita


CORN THINS for Snacks! When you want something tasty, but not too filling, CORN THINS are an ideal option to satisfy that in-between meal hunger.

corn-thins-banana-caramel-coconut

http://www.cornthins.com.au/en/node/126


Organic Original CORN THINS®: corn, sunflower oil, sea salt

Multigrain CORN THINS: corn, sorghum, brown rice, buckwheat, millet, sunflower oil, sea salt

Organic Sesame CORN THINS: corn, sesame, sea salt

Organic • Non GMO • Vegan • Gluten & Wheat Free • Milk & Nut Free • Kosher certified

All natural ingredients • NO artificial colours or preservatives • 23 Calories & <5 gr carbohydrate per crisp • 4 crisps per sample pack • more than 7% dietary fibre • 3% fat

Canada Corn Thins - Cropped


The CORN THINS Story

How are CORN THINS Made?

Frequently Asked Questions

STATEMENTS & CERTIFICATIONS

Non-GMO Real Foods ensures that every product manufactured is free from any Genetically Modified Ingredients.

Organic

Real Foods hold Organic Certification through Australian Certified Organic (ACO), a fully owned subsidiary of Biological Farmers of Australia (BFA). Certification ensures compliance with national organic production standards. Real Foods also hold USDA (USA) and JAS (Japan) Organic Certification through ACO.

Cross Contamination

Real Foods has implemented a Hazard Analysis Critical Control Point system (HACCP) to minimize any risk cross contamination of allergens.

Vancouver! Cheer on Our Heroes @ Healthy Family Expo
Mar 26 @ 9:00 am – 5:00 pm

Join the fun on Sunday March 26th from 9 – 5 at the Vancouver Convention Centre East. 
Cheer on Our Gluten-Free Heroes from Vancouver Island! 

Celiac Scene Healthy Family Expo

Learn about active living, food and nutrition, eco – friendly living, and family adventures.

 Glutenull • Great Bear Bites • Grimm’s Fine Foods • O’Dough’s • Screamin Bother Frozen Desserts • Wise Bites 

Proud Sponsors  Canadian Celiac Association – Gluten-Free Living Classes at Thrifty Foods


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Whole Foods Market Zone

Glutenull

A delicious collection of breads, granola, cookies and bars. Nourish your body and delight your taste-buds! Their facility, located in Coquitlam, is certified gluten free under the Gluten-Free Certification Organization (GFCO) assures that their products contain no traces of gluten. Ideal for celiacs, the gluten intolerant, vegans, and diabetic foodies, they have also created a line of raw products that make great snacks for the whole family. Details …

Gluten-Free • Organic Certified • non-GMO Verified • HACCP Certified • Yeast-Free • Vegan • Raw


Grimm's Fine Foods

Grimm’s Fine Foods

All of Grimm’s meats, fermented foods and celiac-safe line of tortillas are 100% gluten free and prepared in a Certified Gluten-Free Facility.  Great for entertaining your favorite gluten-free guest or for breakfast, lunch, dinner and any-time snack! All of their 50+ gluten-, lactose- and soy-free meat products are made in the finest European tradition without  fillers, by-products, artificial flavoring or coloring agents. No added MSG.

Gluten-Free • Lactose-Free • Soy-Free • No added MSG


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Great Bear Bites

Paleo-friendly fuel for all of life’s adventures, these treats are gluten-free and vegan. Extreme natural nutrition for the grizzly within. Inspired by the great bears of BC’s rugged wilderness, these energy packs are chock full of natural ingredients that deliver the fuel you need for your most demanding adventures. Perfect for the whole family, whatever their needs. Grab a bite and go big! Details …

Gluten-free • Wheat-Free • Soy-Free • Nut-Free


O'Doughs Sample Pack

Whole Foods Market Zone, Booth 518

O’Dough’s – Too Good to Be Gluten Free!

Healthful, high quality, soft, gluten-free savory breads, buns, pizza crusts, and delicious sweet cakes. Not only do O’Dough’s products taste great, they are made with wholesome, nutritious ingredients – from their family to yours.  Details …

Special Offer – Free Sample Kits to the first 100 visitors who register for a kit and then verify their order online.  (limit of 1 per household)


Screamin Brothers

Booth 720

Screamin Brothers Dairy-Free Frozen Treats

We owe it all to Dawson and his food sensitivities! Screamin Brother JR may be tall, and little brothers Joseph and David cute, but if you have gluten-intolerance and/or allergies to milk, egg, wheat, peanuts, tree nuts, soy, sulphites, sesame seeds, seafood and mustard, Dawson deserves your thanks for these  fabulous, frozen coconut treats! Details …

SHOW SPECIAL! Win a $100 Whole Foods Gift Certificate
NEW! Introducing “Lemon Flavour!”

Gluten-Free • Top Allergen-Free


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Whole Foods Market Zone

Wise Bites

NEW! Non-GMO Verified! Wise Bites™ Quinoa Cookies, Bars, Muffins and Loaves are Certified Gluten-Free and free of peanuts, nuts, sesame, dairy, eggs, soy, fish, crustaceans/shellfish, mustard or sulfites. Also casein-free and yeast-free Details …

Gluten-Free • Top Allergen-Free • Casein-free • Yeast-free • High in Protein and Fibre • Low in Sugar and Fat • Vegan • Kosher.


A la Carte Sunday Breakfast @ Six Mile Pub
Mar 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!

Six Mile Pub a la carte Sunday Breakfast

Kids Menu Six Mile Pub

Kids Menu available in the Family Room until 9 pm

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


Six Mile Pub Believes in Great Food that Happens to be Gluten Free! 

Six Mile Pub Gluten-Free Guarantee

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The 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.

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 if you let the chefs know at 250-478-3121. They’ve yet to meet an allergy they have not been able to accommodate.

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.


Six Mile Pizza.

Gluten-free pizza is a Happy Hour feature everyday from 3 – 5pm made with Six Mile’s Signature Sourdough Crust.

Six Mile Pub Gluten-Free Bun

Six Mile produces its own light and fluffy gluten-free buns with a Celiac Scene Approved Secret Ingredient!

 Six Mile Pub All-Day Menu

Printer-friendly Six Mile Pub All-Day Menu

Six Mile Pub All-Day Menu

Printer-Friendly Six Mile Pub Dinner Selection

All Day Sunday Brunch @ Sante Gluten-Free Cafe
Mar 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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CANCELLED – Bake My Day @ Victoria Women's Expo
Mar 26 @ 11:00 am – 5:00 pm

Bake My Day is Down with the Flu – Dale Sends Her Regrets

Bake-My-Day-Victoria-Womens-Expo

Can’t make the Expo? NEW! Order Bake My Day Online!

Bake My Day will be there to offer fresh ready-to-eat gluten-free tarts, pies, turnovers, spanokopita and now quiche! 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!  Call ahead to place an order and it will be set aside for you to pick up.

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 – Fri 9-4

Bake My Day tarts1Bake My Day tarts 2      gluten free fruit piesBake My Day turnoversBake My Day spanokopita Sausage Rolls 1Gluten free Pastry Mix  glutern free pastry dough 2 gluten free pie shellsBake My Day Farmer's MarketBakeMyDay Review

Mar
27
Mon
Corn Thins Gluten-Free Contest @ Instagram
Mar 27 @ 12:15 am – 11:45 pm

Win 20 Original Corn Thins Sample Packs – Instructions Below

gluten free corn thins contest1. LIKE The Celiac Scene Page HERE!
2. LIKE the Post & COMMENT “My favourite Corn Thins topping is: ” HERE!
3. EXTRA ENTRY! ‘FOLLOW’ instagram.com/theceliacscene

WINNER will be announced on The Celiac Scene 5pm, Tuesday March 28th, 2017.
NOTE  Must collect in person from Celiac Scene Headquarters, Victoria BC

CORN THINS are made from delicious popped corn and bursting with the POPCORN flavour!  Thin on calories but never thin on taste. Terrific on their own or for a scrumptious snack or meal.

Choose your toppings!


CORN THINS for Breakfast! Well, they are the perfect alternative to bread and are a delicious, quick & healthy option to be combined with any traditional sweet or savoury topping you might normally have at breakfast.

corn-thins-eggless-quiche

corn-thins-strawberry-cottage-cheese

corn-thins-mango-strawberry-yoghurt

corn-thins-scrambled-egg-smoked-salmon


CORN THINS for Lunch! Great tasting idea for a quick, healthy lunch, either at your desk at work, or in the comfort of your home.

corn-thins-eggplant-artichoke-and-tomato

corn-thins-asparagus-salsa-smoked-salmon


CORN THINS for Dinner! For a quick, healthy and tasty option for dinner why not try some delicious topping options with CORN THINS to give you a very satisfying alternative for dinner.

corn-thins-figs-goats-cheese-honey

corn-thins-ham-pineapple-pizza

corn-thins-margarita


CORN THINS for Snacks! When you want something tasty, but not too filling, CORN THINS are an ideal option to satisfy that in-between meal hunger.

corn-thins-banana-caramel-coconut

http://www.cornthins.com.au/en/node/126


Organic Original CORN THINS®: corn, sunflower oil, sea salt

Multigrain CORN THINS: corn, sorghum, brown rice, buckwheat, millet, sunflower oil, sea salt

Organic Sesame CORN THINS: corn, sesame, sea salt

Organic • Non GMO • Vegan • Gluten & Wheat Free • Milk & Nut Free • Kosher certified

All natural ingredients • NO artificial colours or preservatives • 23 Calories & <5 gr carbohydrate per crisp • 4 crisps per sample pack • more than 7% dietary fibre • 3% fat

Canada Corn Thins - Cropped


The CORN THINS Story

How are CORN THINS Made?

Frequently Asked Questions

STATEMENTS & CERTIFICATIONS

Non-GMO Real Foods ensures that every product manufactured is free from any Genetically Modified Ingredients.

Organic

Real Foods hold Organic Certification through Australian Certified Organic (ACO), a fully owned subsidiary of Biological Farmers of Australia (BFA). Certification ensures compliance with national organic production standards. Real Foods also hold USDA (USA) and JAS (Japan) Organic Certification through ACO.

Cross Contamination

Real Foods has implemented a Hazard Analysis Critical Control Point system (HACCP) to minimize any risk cross contamination of allergens.

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

TUESDAYS – KIDS UNDER 8 EAT FREE!*
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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!

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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-Tues-Wed-Thurs 11am – 9pm
Fri-Sat 11am – 10 pm
Open Mondays starting April 17, 2017


‘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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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 …