Celiac Disease

Condition Description

An autoimmune disease of the small intestine that is triggered by Gluten, a dietary protein

Common Symptoms

Symptoms fall into two categories: gastrointestinal and extra-intestinal

  • Gastrointestinal symptoms include diarrhea, malabsorption of ingested fats and nutrients (leading to weakness and/or fatigue), gas, excessive stool odor, failure to gain weight or weight loss, and abdominal pain
  • Extra-intestinal symptoms include anemia, vitamin and mineral deficiency (B12, iron, calcium, etc), osteoporosis, neurological symptoms (motor weakness and/or tingling sensations), dermatitis, herpetiformis, and hormonal disorders (amenorrhea, delayed onset of puberty in women and impotence and infertility in men)

Underlying Causes

  • Condition is caused by exposure to gluten

Traditional Approach

  • Strict avoidance of gluten containing grains
  • Corticosteroids to suppress inflammatory diseases caused by the condition

Our Approach

  • Strict avoidance of gluten containing grains
  • Nutritional and hormonal supplementation to address any conditions caused by the disease
  • Testing food allergies