FOR THE NEWLY-DIAGNOSED CELIAC AND DH’er STEP-BY-STEP:  BEGINNING THE GLUTEN-FREE LIFESTYLE© by Janet Y. Rinehart, Houston, and Lynn Rainwater, San Antonio BEGIN A definite diagnosis of Celiac Disease (screening blood tests plus endoscopic biopsies) and/or Dermatitis Herpetiformis (skin biopsy) means a lifetime commitment to a gluten-free diet. Take full advantage of your local chapter membership. …

I was diagnosed in 1996 when “celiac” and “gluten free” were still foreign words.  I remember the first conversation I had with a fellow Celiac.  I sat on the floor in my bedroom, confused and overwhelmed, listening to the kind voice on the other end of the telephone talking me through gluten free condiment options. …

There is no cure for celiac disease. But, there is an experimental medication in Phase IIB testing, Larazotide Acetate, to be used along with a gluten-free diet. The investigational medicine, Larazotide Acetate, was developed by Alba Therapeutics. The experimental medicine has been used in Phase I and Phase II studies and currently being studied to…

The Celiac Disease Center at Columbia University recently published its steps for nutrition assessment of patients with celiac disease.   The gluten-free diet is currently the only treatment for celiac disease, and patients should be monitored closely by a dietitian who is knowledgeable regarding this diet.   Evaluation by a dietitian includes the following:   Diet…