The Case for a Blood Test only Diagnosis

I know. Again, I've gone crazy. I am an advocate for proper testing for celiac disease. I think people should get a 100%, ironclad diagnosis that will never be questioned in the future - there are just too many benefits to having an ironclad diagnosis. However, we all know I take risks. I have been thinking about why someone would not get a comprehensive diagnosis. Let's explore why someone might not want to complete the diagnostic process.

Type 1 Diabetes, Hashimotos, & Celiac

Type 1 Diabetes, Hashimotos Thyroiditis, and Celiac disease all walk into a bar. Sounds like the start of a great story - but for many it is a cluster of diseases that all have the same genetic roots. So Celiac disease has two genetic markers - HLA DQ2 and HLA DQ8. If you don't have … Continue reading Type 1 Diabetes, Hashimotos, & Celiac

Infectious disease increases TTG IGA in non-celiac children

Today's topic is about how infectious diseases in children can cause temporary false positives on the TTG IGA and EMA IGA. Because of this the emphasis on proper testing and making sure a complete diagnostic work up is really important, especially for children.

My Daughter's Birthday & a Celiac Dilemma

My daughter's birthday is today and she is awesome!

Normally, we go out to dinner to the restaurant of her choice. However, her favorite restaurant is one that has ZERO gluten free options. It is an Italian restaurant and we all know that I avoid Italian restaurants and pizza joints like the plague. This causes me a great deal of concern because she is young and without any food restrictions. Is it fair of me to deny her favorite restaurant because I cannot eat there? Should I make her think of others when she is trying to have her family birthday party? Is it ever okay to be selfish? These are all the big questions that I think about when dealing with this disease and my family.