Gluten-Free Events

Apr
23
Sun
A la Carte Sunday Breakfast @ Six Mile Pub
Apr 23 @ 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!

  • TESTIMONIAL:  Just had dinner last night at the 6 Mile Pub on Old Island Highway. Wow! I have eaten here before but was amazed again at the GF menu selection, presentation, deliciousness, and the feeling of safety eating there. We went with another family and it was so awesome that I could share food with others who easily ordered GF even though they aren’t Celiac because there is just so many good things to choose from. The calamari is the best I have had anywhere. All the deserts were gluten free. How is this possible I wondered? I asked the waitress and she told me the chef is Celiac! We need more Celiac chefs that are this creative!! I this has got to be best restaurant for dinner for Celiacs in the Victoria area.

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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! 

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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!

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All Day Sunday Brunch @ Sante Gluten-Free Cafe
Apr 23 @ 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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Taco Revolution Food Truck @ Nanaimo Beer Run
Apr 23 @ 12:00 pm – 6:00 pm

Taco Revolution Canada Beer Run
Taco-Revolution-300-x-250-RedVancouver Island’s first and only 100% Gluten-Free Food Truck will be supporting wave after wave of Nanaimo Beer Run runners as they cross the finish line at Wolf Brewing Company (940 Old Victoria Road.)

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

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Apr
25
Tue
Kids Under 8 Eat Free @ Pirate Chips Nanaimo
Apr 25 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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Taco Revolution is Back @ Red Arrow Brewing!
Apr 25 @ 11:30 am – 5:30 pm

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!

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!

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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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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!

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Living in the Okanagan or anywhere in British Columbia? 

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  • “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!

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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 …