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It is now becoming apparent that reactions to gluten are not limited to Celiac Disease, rather we now appreciate the existence of a spectrum of gluten-related disorders.

Gluten-Related Disorders

  • Celiac Disease
    Celiac Disease is one of the most common and under-diagnosed diseases today. It is estimated that 1 in every 133 people in the USA is affected by this disease. Sadly, 97% of them do not know it.

    Celiac Disease is an auto-immune disease where the consumption of gluten [protein found in wheat, barley, rye] causes the body to attack [and damage] the small intestine. Untreated, this condition can lead to malnutrition since nutrients are not being absorbed properly.

    Learn more about Celiac Disease...

    Don't miss GiG's Educational Bulletins...

  • Dermatitis Herpetiformis
    Dermatitis Herpetiformis (DH) is a chronic hereditary auto-immune skin disease the presents with groups of itchy, watery, blisters or pimples. Ingestion of gluten triggers the immune system so that it deposits Immunoglobulin A) under the top layer of skin [creating the itchy, watery blisters].

    In DH, the primary target is the skin, whereas in celiac disease the damage occurs in the small intestine.

    Learn more about Dermatitis Herpetiformis...

    A great Continuing Medical Education article on Dermatitis Herpetiformis...

  • Gluten Ataxia
    Coming soon
  • Non-Celiac Gluten Sensitivty
    Gluten Sensitivity [also known as Non Celiac Gluten Sensitivity, The Gluten Syndrome] is a condition that is still evolving in the eyes of mainstream medicine. Only recently has the existence of Gluten Sensitivity been proven by the medical/research profession.

    GS can present with many of the same symptoms of CD, however it does not present with intestinal damage. Because testing is focused on intestinal damage, the results in those with GS generally come back negative or inconclusive. This makes diagnosing GS even harder than CD. This means patients can often suffer longer because the condition is generally overlooked once celiac disease testing comes back negative.

    Dr. Alessio Fasano [medical director of Univ. of Maryland's School of Medicine – Center for Celiac Research], reports seeing 60-70% of his patients fitting his criteria for gluten sensitivity. This means they test negative for CD and wheat allergy, but experience resolution of symptoms on a gluten-free diet. There's a growing number of doctors that say GS effects 10 – 30% of the population.

    Learn more about Gluten Sensitivity...

    Also see our Gluten Sensitivity Links...

  • Wheat Allergy
    Coming soon
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Popular GIG of ECW Articles

  • The Risks of Cheating
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    Discusses the many health risks of consuming gluten when one has a gluten-related disorder.

    Published 01/22/16
  • Celiac Disease Screening Round Up
    (Updated 07/24/15)
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    A list resources that describe the blood work used to screen patients for gluten-related disorders.

    Published 03/22/15
  • Mood, Behavior, Mental Illness, and Gluten
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    This article explores the connections of gluten, mental health, and behavior.

    Published 10/17/14
  • Gluten-Free Diet Boot Camp
    (Updated 04/18/15)
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    A huge collection of information for those new to the gluten-free lifestyle

    Published 08/26/13
  • Grieving the Loss of Gluten
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    Tips on handling the grieving process after removing gluten.

    This article was published in Gluten Intolerance Group of North America's Quarterly Magazine Celebrate Gluten-Free Winter 2013

    Published 01/19/13
  • Lack of Support From Family
    (Updated 03/13/15)
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    Tips on handling unsupportive family members.

    This article was published in Gluten Intolerance Group of North America's Quarterly Magazine Celebrate Gluten-Free Spring 2013)

    Published 11/22/12
  • A Day in the Life: Living in a Mixed House
    Updated 07/19/14
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    This article describes how to manage when a household that it not entirely gluten-free.

    Published 07/31/11
  • Better Living Thru GF Chemistry
    Updated 09/12/15
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    A great collection of information for those that need prescription medications.

    Published 06/26/11



Nov 21st, 2015
(3rd Saturday of Odd Numbered Months)

9:00 a.m to 11:00 a.m


Ripon Medical Center
845 Parkside Street
Ripon, WI 54971

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