Gluten-Free Events

Feb
27
Mon
WIN! Dinner for Two @ Noodlebox Victoria
Feb 27 all-day

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

Douglas Street •  Shelbourne • Uptown • Langford

HOW? Visit the Celiac Scene Facebook Page

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

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

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

Noodle Box

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

 FRESH FOOD, MADE BY REAL PEOPLE

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

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

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


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

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

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

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


NOODLE BOX MENUDAILY SPECIALSFRIDAY FEATURES

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

In Victoria • Shelbourne • Douglas • Uptown • Langford •

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

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


pirate-chips-memorabiliaPirate Chips doesn’t have just one, but TWO dedicated gluten-free fryers to serve their gluten-free and celiac customers! Not only that, the Buckaneers have the buns to serve us, too!

Gluten-free hamburger buns, oyster burger buns and halibut burger buns! Find Pirate Chips at their new location – downtown, near the cenotaph.

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

Facebook Photo Gallery
Plenty of Pirate Bling available for purchase!


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

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


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

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

Gluten-Free Menu Pirate Chips

Gluten-Free Menu Pirate Chips

Gluten-Free Menu Pirate Chips

Gluten-Free Menu Pirate Chips

Gluten-Free Menu Pirate Chips

Gluten-Free Menu Pirate Chips

Gluten-Free Menu Pirate Chips

Gluten-Free Menu Pirate Chips

Gluten-Free Menu Pirate Chips

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

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

Douglas Street •  Shelbourne • Uptown • Langford

HOW? Visit the Celiac Scene Facebook Page

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

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

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

Noodle Box

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

 FRESH FOOD, MADE BY REAL PEOPLE

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

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

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


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

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

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

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


NOODLE BOX MENUDAILY SPECIALSFRIDAY FEATURES

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

In Victoria • Shelbourne • Douglas • Uptown • Langford •

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

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

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


Taco Revolution CraigTacos once found only under the hot Mexico sun are handmade from scratch with ingredients sourced to be gluten free. Taco Revolution tacos are so good you will want them every day, and that’s possible:

Keep tabs on Taco Revolution no matter where they go!

• Taco Revolution Website
• Instagram
• Facebook
• Twitter

More about Duncan Best Buy!


Tacos al Pastor

Tacos al Pastor

Tacos al Pastor – The King of the Mexico City street taco: Pork loin cut thin and slowly marinated with Guajillo and Ancho peppers, Achiote paste and a slew of herbs and spices; cooked on a vertical spit and served with roasted pineapple, onion and fresh cilantro and salsa.


Chorizo con Papas

Chorizo con Papas

Chorizo con Papas – Taco Revolution’s very own Chorizo fried up crispy and delicious with potato and onion. Finished with cilantro and salsa.


Tinga Vegetariana

Tinga Vegetariana

Tinga Vegetariana – The cabbage, carrot, onion trio allowed to simmer along with tomato, chipotle and garlic. Topped with lettuce, feta cheese, and crema


Tasty Tasty Fish Taco

Tasty Tasty Fish Taco

Tasty Tasty Fish Taco – Fresh cod lovingly marinated in lime and spices then seared up on grill. Placed on a tortilla along with fresh cabbage, crema, and chipotle.

Check the Events Schedule for Today’s Location

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

WEDNESDAYS! ALL YOU CAN EAT FISH & CHIPS $15.95

fish and chips all you can eat

pirate-chips-memorabiliaPirate Chips doesn’t have just one, but TWO dedicated gluten-free fryers to serve their gluten-free and celiac customers! Not only that, the Buckaneers have the buns to serve us, too!

Gluten-free hamburger buns, oyster burger buns and halibut burger buns! Find Pirate Chips at their new location – downtown, near the cenotaph.

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

Facebook Photo Gallery
Plenty of Pirate Bling available for purchase!


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

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


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

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

Gluten-Free Menu Pirate Chips

Gluten-Free Menu Pirate Chips

Gluten-Free Menu Pirate Chips

Gluten-Free Menu Pirate Chips

Gluten-Free Menu Pirate Chips

Gluten-Free Menu Pirate Chips

Gluten-Free Menu Pirate Chips

Gluten-Free Menu Pirate Chips

Gluten-Free Menu Pirate Chips

Gluten-Free Menu Pirate Chips

Mar
2
Thu
WIN! $25 Gift Certificate @ Country Grocer
Mar 2 @ 5:00 pm – 11:45 pm

WIN one of Two $25 Gluten-Free Gift Certificates to Country Grocer

Scroll down for details

Country Grocer Contest

HOW? Watch for Contest Announcement on the Celiac Scene Facebook Page
on 5pm PT Thursday, March 2, 2017

  1. LIKE the the Celiac Scene Facebook Page  (if you don’t already love it!!)
  2. LIKE the POST
  3. VISIT CountryGrocerGlutenFreeGuide
  4. COMMENT on the post by competing this sentence, “If I won,  I would buy  … at my Country Grocer in ….”

Two Winners will be announced on the Celiac Scene Facebook Page
on 5pm PT, Tuesday, March 7, 2017

SHARE the Post! TAG a Friend! Be entered to win again and again!


Gluten Free Shopping Guide

Click on image for more information

Country Grocer is a family-owned and operated grocery chain with 7 stores in Victoria, Cobble Hill, Salt Spring Island, Lake Cowichan and Nanaimo. Look for gluten-free shelf labels throughout their stores to guide you to exceptional products, amazing pricing and in-store manager specials! Ask for your copy of the Gluten-Free Shopping Guide at Customer Service.

Gluten-Free Shopping Guide
Get the Scoop on Gluten-Free Sales
This Week’s Specials
Mid-Week Specials
Country Grocer’s Got an App
Chef Michael’s Gluten-Free Recipes
Follow Country Grocer’s Pinterest Page
Six other locations to serve you

Chef Michael Gluten-Free Recipes

Click to view Chef Michael’s Gluten-Free Recipe File


Country Grocer’s Nutritional Aisles are stocked with celiac-friendly vitamins, minerals,  proteins, greens and healthy snacks. Staff are available from 9:30 to 6:00, seven days per week to offer dietary advice and tips on heart health. Contact Ahrina Kay Nielsen, Nutrition Category Manager for details. 250-753-7545  [email protected]

Nutritional Aisle


Did you know that Country Grocer has ‘Localized‘ its shelves?

Localize Your Food is a unique grocery shelf labeling service that empowers consumers with a wealth of information including the who, what, where and how behind the hyper-local food suppliers and farmers who supply Country Grocer stores on Vancouver Island.

“We’re an Island-grown company so this program is a great fit for us. We especially appreciate how easy the program is to use. It’s nice that we can make it easier for our customers to identify local products on our shelves. It’s all about sustainability and helping each other in our community” says Country Grocer Director Peter Cavin.

Look for Localize labels in Country Grocer stores in Victoria, Cobble Hill, Nanaimo and Lake Cowichan.

support local country grocer


gluten free appreciation

Certificate of Appreciation from The Celiac Scene


Mar
3
Fri
WIN! $25 Gift Certificate @ Country Grocer
Mar 3 all-day

WIN one of Two $25 Gluten-Free Gift Certificates to Country Grocer

Scroll down for details

Country Grocer Contest

HOW? Watch for Contest Announcement on the Celiac Scene Facebook Page
on 5pm PT Thursday, March 2, 2017

  1. LIKE the the Celiac Scene Facebook Page  (if you don’t already love it!!)
  2. LIKE the POST
  3. VISIT CountryGrocerGlutenFreeGuide
  4. COMMENT on the post by competing this sentence, “If I won,  I would buy  … at my Country Grocer in ….”

Two Winners will be announced on the Celiac Scene Facebook Page
on 5pm PT, Tuesday, March 7, 2017

SHARE the Post! TAG a Friend! Be entered to win again and again!


Gluten Free Shopping Guide

Click on image for more information

Country Grocer is a family-owned and operated grocery chain with 7 stores in Victoria, Cobble Hill, Salt Spring Island, Lake Cowichan and Nanaimo. Look for gluten-free shelf labels throughout their stores to guide you to exceptional products, amazing pricing and in-store manager specials! Ask for your copy of the Gluten-Free Shopping Guide at Customer Service.

Gluten-Free Shopping Guide
Get the Scoop on Gluten-Free Sales
This Week’s Specials
Mid-Week Specials
Country Grocer’s Got an App
Chef Michael’s Gluten-Free Recipes
Follow Country Grocer’s Pinterest Page
Six other locations to serve you

Chef Michael Gluten-Free Recipes

Click to view Chef Michael’s Gluten-Free Recipe File


Country Grocer’s Nutritional Aisles are stocked with celiac-friendly vitamins, minerals,  proteins, greens and healthy snacks. Staff are available from 9:30 to 6:00, seven days per week to offer dietary advice and tips on heart health. Contact Ahrina Kay Nielsen, Nutrition Category Manager for details. 250-753-7545  [email protected]

Nutritional Aisle


Did you know that Country Grocer has ‘Localized‘ its shelves?

Localize Your Food is a unique grocery shelf labeling service that empowers consumers with a wealth of information including the who, what, where and how behind the hyper-local food suppliers and farmers who supply Country Grocer stores on Vancouver Island.

“We’re an Island-grown company so this program is a great fit for us. We especially appreciate how easy the program is to use. It’s nice that we can make it easier for our customers to identify local products on our shelves. It’s all about sustainability and helping each other in our community” says Country Grocer Director Peter Cavin.

Look for Localize labels in Country Grocer stores in Victoria, Cobble Hill, Nanaimo and Lake Cowichan.

support local country grocer


gluten free appreciation

Certificate of Appreciation from The Celiac Scene


Mar
4
Sat
WIN! $25 Gift Certificate @ Country Grocer
Mar 4 all-day

WIN one of Two $25 Gluten-Free Gift Certificates to Country Grocer

Scroll down for details

Country Grocer Contest

HOW? Watch for Contest Announcement on the Celiac Scene Facebook Page
on 5pm PT Thursday, March 2, 2017

  1. LIKE the the Celiac Scene Facebook Page  (if you don’t already love it!!)
  2. LIKE the POST
  3. VISIT CountryGrocerGlutenFreeGuide
  4. COMMENT on the post by competing this sentence, “If I won,  I would buy  … at my Country Grocer in ….”

Two Winners will be announced on the Celiac Scene Facebook Page
on 5pm PT, Tuesday, March 7, 2017

SHARE the Post! TAG a Friend! Be entered to win again and again!


Gluten Free Shopping Guide

Click on image for more information

Country Grocer is a family-owned and operated grocery chain with 7 stores in Victoria, Cobble Hill, Salt Spring Island, Lake Cowichan and Nanaimo. Look for gluten-free shelf labels throughout their stores to guide you to exceptional products, amazing pricing and in-store manager specials! Ask for your copy of the Gluten-Free Shopping Guide at Customer Service.

Gluten-Free Shopping Guide
Get the Scoop on Gluten-Free Sales
This Week’s Specials
Mid-Week Specials
Country Grocer’s Got an App
Chef Michael’s Gluten-Free Recipes
Follow Country Grocer’s Pinterest Page
Six other locations to serve you

Chef Michael Gluten-Free Recipes

Click to view Chef Michael’s Gluten-Free Recipe File


Country Grocer’s Nutritional Aisles are stocked with celiac-friendly vitamins, minerals,  proteins, greens and healthy snacks. Staff are available from 9:30 to 6:00, seven days per week to offer dietary advice and tips on heart health. Contact Ahrina Kay Nielsen, Nutrition Category Manager for details. 250-753-7545  [email protected]

Nutritional Aisle


Did you know that Country Grocer has ‘Localized‘ its shelves?

Localize Your Food is a unique grocery shelf labeling service that empowers consumers with a wealth of information including the who, what, where and how behind the hyper-local food suppliers and farmers who supply Country Grocer stores on Vancouver Island.

“We’re an Island-grown company so this program is a great fit for us. We especially appreciate how easy the program is to use. It’s nice that we can make it easier for our customers to identify local products on our shelves. It’s all about sustainability and helping each other in our community” says Country Grocer Director Peter Cavin.

Look for Localize labels in Country Grocer stores in Victoria, Cobble Hill, Nanaimo and Lake Cowichan.

support local country grocer


gluten free appreciation

Certificate of Appreciation from The Celiac Scene


Abuelo’s Corn Tortillas @ Comox Valley Farmer's Market
Mar 4 @ 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
Mar 4 @ 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 …
Follow Bake My Day on Facebook 
Outlet Store 3030 Dogwood Rd in Duncan, Tues – Sat 7am to 3pm


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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 …