TTG IGA Negative & Still Celiac?

Celiac disease is commonly found when a patient reports symptoms to their doctor. Simple blood tests are run. Most commonly the Tissue Transglutaminase IGA or TTG IGA test is done. The TTG IGA test often determines if further celiac testing is warranted. The reliance on the TTG IGA test to determine further celiac testing may be a bit overblown. I'll explain.

Aldi Hangover

The discount grocery store Aldi is legendary in the celiac community for its gluten-free selections. Their Live G Free line of gluten-free products is inexpensive, tasty, and safe for those with celiac disease. Aldi even expands the line during May for celiac awareness month. All of this is great, but there is a price to pay - the Aldi Hangover.

Alcohol and Gluten Free

The confusion surrounding gluten free alcoholic beverages is about to get much more complicated. It started with Corona Beer saying their beer was less than 20ppm of gluten. Then additional beer manufacturers started using "crafted to remove gluten". And then there is the wine debate - fining agents and wine barrels sealed with wheat paste. The FDA says all unflavored distilled beverages are 100% gluten free but what does that mean? Let's try to sort this out....

Social Media Fights

I try really, really hard not to get into social media fights with people. Rarely do I feel better after having argued with someone on social media and I know better. But sometimes, I cannot let it slide. I couldn't let it slide a few days ago.

The Challenge of the Gluten Challenge

I have a gluten free diet that isn't ideal, but effective to help with my celiac. So, the drug companies have to make a good argument to me that their drug will help alleviate symptoms and prevent damage to my intestines in order for me to spend my hard earned money on their solution. This begs the question - can someone prove to me that their drug works without a gluten challenge?