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Are Gluten Intolerance and Celiac Disease the Same Thing?

You may often hear or see the terms celiac disease, celiac sprue, gluten-sensitive enteropathy, gluten intolerance and gluten sensitivity being used interchangeably. But, do they refer to the same condition? Not exactly, though they all relate to the same problem, a negative reaction to gluten found in foods made with wheat, rye or barley. The term gluten intolerance is used to describe the entire category of gluten-related problems. Gluten intolerance can be caused either by […]

Which Soft-Drinks Are Gluten-Free?

Most non-alcoholic beverages, such as sodas and juices, are made from ingredients that do not naturally contain gluten. But that does not mean you can be careless if you are sensitive to gluten. Always check product labeling for ingredients derived from barley, wheat and rye to make sure the beverage is safe for you to drink. Gluten Free Soda and Carbonated Beverages When it comes to sweet carbonated beverages like coke or Pepsi, the main […]

Celiac’s Guide to Gluten-Free Alcoholic Beverages

Whether you have celiac disease or other form of gluten intolerance or you are on a gluten-free diet for any other reason, you may sometimes want to have a social drink but feel uncertain about potential traces of gluten in some alcoholic beverages. Although the occasional drink will not worsen your gluten sensitivity, you still need to know exactly which alcoholic beverages are gluten-free and, therefore, safe for you to drink. In general, most spirits […]

Nickel Allergy: Causes, Cure and Prevention

Nickel allergy is considered to be a form of contact dermatitis, which occurs when the skin makes contact with the substance nickel. It often starts after a person undergoes body piercing and wears jewellery containing nickel. Once a person is sensitized to the nickel, an allergic reaction occurs, causing skin inflammation and forming a skin rash. Nickel allergy tends to affect women more often than men because they wear more jewellery. However, in recent years […]

Amalgam Allergy and Mercury Poisoning from Dental Fillings

Amalgam allergy is an extremely rare reaction to the mercury used in the amalgam dental filling, also known as “silver filling”. It is an unusual condition and few cases have ever been reported. Just like in any other allergy, the immune system becomes sensitized to the offending substance (in this case liquid mercury) and mistakes it for a foreign invader. When the immune system attacks the foreign substance the body starts producing the symptoms characteristic […]

Lactose Intolerance or Milk Allergy? Tests and Diet

Many people believe that they are allergic to milk because whenever they ingest milk or any dairy product, such as yoghurt, cheese or even an ice cream, they experience bloating, gassy stomach pain and diarrhea. Some really are allergic to milk and should better avoid it. But most of them have a common digestive disorder called lactose intolerance. Lactose intolerance is actually not an allergy but one of the most common forms of enzyme deficiency. […]

Symptoms, Diagnosis and Treatment of Celiac Disease

Celiac disease is a negative reaction of a patient’s body to gluten. The immune system starts attacking the small intestine lining and destroying the villi when the patient ingests foods with gluten. Villi are small projections that are found on the lining of the small intestine. If celiac disease goes untreated, it will result in the patient being unable to absorb the nutrients from the food they eat. Celiac disease is classified as an auto […]

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