Gluten-Free Events

Mar
29
Wed
All You Can Eat Fish & Chips @ Pirate Chips
Mar 29 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-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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Gluten-Free Wednesdays @ Floating Fish Store
Mar 29 all-day

Order a Gluten-Free Meal – Get 20% off!
Learn more about the Floating Fish Store at Fisherman’s Wharf
Stay tuned to The Celiac Scene on Facebook for Floating Fish Store Contest Time
Join Victoria’s Gluten-Free Foodies as we ‘Dare to Dine on the Dock’ – Saturday, April 29th!

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Why We 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
  • View the menus below.

The Floating Fish Store’s 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!

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All Around Wonderful!

  • 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

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 – so close you can touch them!

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

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Mar
30
Thu
Gluten-Free Gift Certificate @ Sante Gluten-Free Cafe
Mar 30 @ 12:15 am – 11:45 pm

Contest Time at Sante Gluten-Free Cafe! Win a $20 Gift Certificate!

Sante Contest

  • Watch for contest announcements on The Celiac Scene Facebook Page 5pm Thursday, March 30th.
  • Entering is Easy! Tell us what you love most about Sante Gluten-Free Cafe! If you need a reminder visit Sante’s Facebook Page
  •  Contests ends Tuesday, April 4th at 5pm

Visit Sante Gluten-Free Cafe’s Feature Page
2630 Quadra Street • 250-590-7174 • Mon-Sat 8:30-6:30 Sundays 10-5


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

Choose from a pot pourri of sweet or savoury options, all guaranteed to be gluten free – and so much more.  Vegan or vegetarian, dairy, egg or soy sensitive, sugar-free or paleo  – or any combination thereof –  your requirements 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.

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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Mar
31
Fri
Gluten-Free Gift Certificate @ Sante Gluten-Free Cafe
Mar 31 @ 12:15 am – 11:45 pm

Contest Time at Sante Gluten-Free Cafe! Win a $20 Gift Certificate!

Sante Contest

  • Watch for contest announcements on The Celiac Scene Facebook Page 5pm Thursday, March 30th.
  • Entering is Easy! Tell us what you love most about Sante Gluten-Free Cafe! If you need a reminder visit Sante’s Facebook Page
  •  Contests ends Tuesday, April 4th at 5pm

Visit Sante Gluten-Free Cafe’s Feature Page
2630 Quadra Street • 250-590-7174 • Mon-Sat 8:30-6:30 Sundays 10-5


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

Choose from a pot pourri of sweet or savoury options, all guaranteed to be gluten free – and so much more.  Vegan or vegetarian, dairy, egg or soy sensitive, sugar-free or paleo  – or any combination thereof –  your requirements 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.

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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Taco Revolution is Back @ Red Arrow Brewing!
Mar 31 @ 11:30 am – 7:30 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
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• 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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Apr
1
Sat
Gluten-Free Gift Certificate @ Sante Gluten-Free Cafe
Apr 1 @ 12:15 am – 11:45 pm

Contest Time at Sante Gluten-Free Cafe! Win a $20 Gift Certificate!

Sante Contest

  • Watch for contest announcements on The Celiac Scene Facebook Page 5pm Thursday, March 30th.
  • Entering is Easy! Tell us what you love most about Sante Gluten-Free Cafe! If you need a reminder visit Sante’s Facebook Page
  •  Contests ends Tuesday, April 4th at 5pm

Visit Sante Gluten-Free Cafe’s Feature Page
2630 Quadra Street • 250-590-7174 • Mon-Sat 8:30-6:30 Sundays 10-5


Sante-Gluten-Free-Cafe

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

Choose from a pot pourri of sweet or savoury options, all guaranteed to be gluten free – and so much more.  Vegan or vegetarian, dairy, egg or soy sensitive, sugar-free or paleo  – or any combination thereof –  your requirements 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.

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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Abuelo’s Corn Tortillas @ Comox Valley Farmer's Market
Apr 1 @ 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
Apr 1 @ 10:00 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, on Ingram’s Street, beside the pharmacy. 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 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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Glutenull Gluten-Free Tasting @ Whole Foods Market
Apr 1 @ 12:00 pm – 4:00 pm

Join Holly for a Taste of Glutenull Gluten-Free Goodness!

Glutenull Gluten-Free Tasting

GLUTENULL

Raw • Vegan • Organic Certified • non-GMO Verified • HACCP Certified • Yeast Free • Gluten Free
 Glutenull gluten-free, organic, vegan, yeast-free.
 Certified Glutenull

A delicious collection of breads, granola, cookies and bars.
Nourish your body and delight your taste-buds!

WHERE TO BUY GLUTENULL*

  • *not all locations carry all products

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Glutenull A passionate group of bakers creating food to fit your lifestyle. Deliciously gluten-free, vegan, yeast-free and raw. All natural – certified organic. No GMOs allowed.

Their facility, located in Coquitlam, is certified gluten free under the Gluten-Free Certification Organization (GFCO) which assures you that it contains no traces of gluten.  Not only are Glutenull products ideal for celiac, gluten intolerant, vegan, and diabetic foodies, they have also created a line of raw products that make great snacks for the whole family. Learn more …

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BREADS – Amaranth • Brown Rice • Buckwheat • Quinoa


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COOKIES – Coko Mokio VEGAN • Fruit & Nut VEGAN • Ginger Square VEGAN • Goji Berries in Chocolate VEGAN


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ORGANIC BARS – Coco D’Lish – RAW • Chia Goji Berry • Hemp Energy – RAW • Buckwheat Granola


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SINGLE ORGANIC BARS – Buckwheat Granola • Chia Goji Berry PALEO • Coco D’lish RAW • Hemp Energy RAW


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GRANOLA – Quinoa Granola • Organic Chia Goji Clusters • Raw Organic Hemp


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GEORGIAN SUPER GREENS – RAW PALEO

  • Made with walnuts and many detoxifying greens. You will love using this as a veggie dip or a spread on sandwiches and crackers.  Bored of hummus? Give Super Greens a try.  The nuts are a great alternative if you are sensitive to eating beans. Plus, cilantro and celery are super foods known for healthy detoxification.
Apr
2
Sun
Gluten-Free Gift Certificate @ Sante Gluten-Free Cafe
Apr 2 @ 12:15 am – 11:45 pm

Contest Time at Sante Gluten-Free Cafe! Win a $20 Gift Certificate!

Sante Contest

  • Watch for contest announcements on The Celiac Scene Facebook Page 5pm Thursday, March 30th.
  • Entering is Easy! Tell us what you love most about Sante Gluten-Free Cafe! If you need a reminder visit Sante’s Facebook Page
  •  Contests ends Tuesday, April 4th at 5pm

Visit Sante Gluten-Free Cafe’s Feature Page
2630 Quadra Street • 250-590-7174 • Mon-Sat 8:30-6:30 Sundays 10-5


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

Choose from a pot pourri of sweet or savoury options, all guaranteed to be gluten free – and so much more.  Vegan or vegetarian, dairy, egg or soy sensitive, sugar-free or paleo  – or any combination thereof –  your requirements 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.

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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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 …