As part of the Gluten-Free Expo May 26th, 2012 Kelowna Chapter will be offering Celiac Disease testing for only $20. The testing takes place at the Delta Grand Okanagan Resort from 1:30 pm to 5:00 pm. Find us in the conference area and look for the signs.
Volunteers will be on hand to administer Gluten-Pro’s CELIACSURE Celiac Disease test kit. The test normally costs $50. Our special rate is just $20.
Only 100 kits are available. Please bring a $20 bill with you. No credit cards or debit are available.
According to the manufacturer, the test is as accurate as tests performed in a hospital laboratory and it takes just 10 minutes.
Whether the test result is positive or negative, you will have a better sense of whether Celiac disease may be the cause of your symptoms.
How does it work?
The test measures the presence of antibodies in the blood. The existence of certain antibodies in the blood is an indicator that the body is having an immune system response to the presence of a specific foreign body. In the case of Celiac disease, this foreign body is gluten.
The test is positive if you have two red lines on the test card. One red line appears in the control field to let you know that you have done the test properly. The second red line appears if your system is having an immune response to gluten. The positive response indicates that the individual being tested has a high probability of being a Celiac. It is recommended that a positive diagnosis using the test be confirmed by a medical doctor.
The Celiac test must be performed and the results read within 10 minutes since this is the duration of the chemical reaction time. If a red line does not appear in the test field within 10 minutes of the test, then Celiac disease can virtually be ruled out.
If you get a positive result you should continue with a normal diet until you have the Celiac diagnosis confirmed by an intestinal biopsy.