May is Celiac Disease Awareness Month

CCA Kelowna Chapter News Release

Canadian Celiac Association LogoCeliac disease is an auto-immune disease in which the absorptive surface of the small intestine is damaged by gluten, a protein found in wheat, rye and barley. As a result, the body is unable to absorb nutrients such as carbohydrates, fats, proteins, vitamins and minerals, which are necessary for good health. An estimated 1% of Canadians are affected by celiac disease, and a stunning 90% of these cases remain undiagnosed.

Symptoms of celiac disease can range from gastrointestinal distress to migraines to extremely itchy skin rashes, or there may be no overt symptoms at all. For celiacs to continue to ingest gluten puts them at risk of serious associated medical conditions – such as non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma, infertility and type 1 diabetes.

Celiac Awareness Month is an opportunity to emphasise the importance of diagnosis and treatment of celiac disease.   People suffering from symptoms which may indicate celiac disease, or who have been diagnosed with irritable bowel disease, should ask their doctor to consider testing for celiac disease.  Those who have family members who have been diagnosed with celiac disease should also request a test.

While a simple blood test may indicate celiac disease, the only definitive test for celiac disease is a biopsy of the small bowel.  It is imperative that a gluten-free diet is not started until the biopsy takes place.

For more information please contact:

Moyra Baxter, Awareness Coordinator   250.767.6153    moyrabaxter@shaw.ca

Irene Thompson, Chapter President       250.832.7738    rithomp@telus.net

Schooling your celiac kids

Courtesy Ellen Baynes – The Celiac Scene via Facebook

We hope that the following information will provide you with the tools you need to start the conversation on how your child’s needs can be accommodated and hopefully form the foundation of a solid collaboration between your child, school staff and other parents whose children may have celiac disease or other sensitivities. Your child may be the first celiac student that your school may have encountered but she certainly won’t be the last!

The Canadian Celiac Association is dedicated to supporting you and many undertake to support their youngest members with kids groups, special events, activities and tailor-made information packages. Others create forums so mom’s can share information one another or arrange play dates. A Chapter or Satellite is waiting to welcome you! http://www.celiac.ca/index.php/about-the-cca/local-chapters/

*Thanks to Shirley, Volunteer from Victoria Chapter of the CCA for her invaluable assistance in compiling this information.

FOR PARENTS:
look to Danna Corn who founded ROCK, Raising our Celiac Kids at http://www.celiac.com/articles/604/1/The-Kids-are-Back-in-School—Tips-for-Making-the-Gluten-Free-Grade-by-Danna-Korn/Page1.html
www.KatieChalmers.com

FOR THE CHILD:
http://www.celiac.ca/store.php to purchase stickers for your child’s tupperware, frozen snacks that can kept in the school’s fridge. (Scroll down)

http://www.celiac.ca/store.php
Easy to read book written especially for children who have celiac disease. It contains information about Celiac Disease, questions and answers, recipes and snacks, games .

FOR THE TEACHER
About the disease:
http://www.celiac.ca/pdfs/celiac%20disease%20what%20is%20it.pdf
http://www.celiac.ca/pdfs/Hidden&Dangerous.pdf
http://www.celiac.ca/pdfs/celiac%20disease%20guide%20for%20teachers.pdf

Sample Letters from the Gluten Intolerance Group of North America (Gluten.net)

Letter to Teacher: http://library.constantcontact.com/download/get/file/1102560218550-261/CD+letter+to+teacher+fall+2012.pdf

School Trip Letter: http://library.constantcontact.com/download/get/file/1102560218550-274/School+trip+letter+CD+fall+2012.pdf

Understanding Your Student: http://www.gluten.net/Student%2006-2011.pdf

From We Care Schär: http://www.schar.com/smartedit/documents/download/schar_allergen_friendly_classroom.pdf

Dr. Barlow’s conference audio now available

Dr. Brent Barlow spoke on naturopathy and celiac disease at the National CCA conference in Kelowna in May.  The complete audio of his presentation in now available at the link below.

Click Here To Download Audio MP3 – Canadian Celiac Association Presentation

Dr. Barlow is a Naturopathic Physician practicing at Kelowna Wellness Clinic  in downtown Kelowna.  Naturopathic Doctors are licensed in the province of British Columbia as primary care physicians, which means they are licensed to diagnose and treat medical conditions primarily with natural medicines. As of 2010, NDs have also been granted pharmaceutical prescription rights which Dr. Barlow uses as part of his integrative and holistic approach.

Click to read his full presentation notes (PDF).

 

May is Celiac Disease Awareness month –

News Release

The Canadian Celiac Association (CCA) is excited to unveil the theme of this year’s Celiac Disease Awareness Month: Oral and Dental Manifestations of Celiac Disease. The event will coincide with the CCA’s release this spring of a scientific, peer-reviewed brochure that outlines the ways that dental health care professionals can spot the signs of celiac disease.

Mohsin Rashid

“Dental enamel defects and recurrent aphthous ulcers (canker sores), especially in children, can be signs of this dangerous autoimmune disease,” notes Dr. Mohsin Rashid, Associate Professor of Pediatrics, Faculty of Medicine, Dalhousie University. “Early identification by dental professionals can be very helpful for a timely diagnosis of celiac disease.”

Most people would not normally consider a diagnosis of a gastrointestinal disorder to be a likely outcome of a dentist appointment, but the research is quickly advancing. Increasing awareness of celiac disease among the dental professional community will help lead to faster diagnosis and fewer medical complications down the road.

Celiac disease is a condition in which the absorptive surface of the small intestine is damaged by gluten, a protein found in wheat, rye and barley. As a result, the body is unable to absorb nutrients such as carbohydrates, fats, proteins, vitamins and minerals, which are necessary for good health. An estimated 1% of Canadians are affected by celiac disease, and a stunning 90% of these cases remain undiagnosed.

“Symptoms of celiac disease can range from gastrointestinal distress to migraines to extremely itchy skin rashes, or there may be no overt symptoms at all,” says Brian Benwell, President of the CCA. “However, the proven link between celiac disease and other serious medical conditions – such as non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma, infertility and type 1 diabetes – make a speedy diagnosis critical to good health.”

Peer-reviewed research by several members of the Professional Advisory Board of the CCA is also available for download.

Celiac children have increase risk for emotional and behavioral problems

I’ve come across more than my usual share of interesting scholarly research articles on Celiac disease.  The most recent involves the apparent link between celiac disease  in children and and increase risk for emotional and behavioral problems

Here’s the abstract:

Children with chronic illnesses are known to have increased risks for emotional and behavioral problems. In the present study, children and adolescent suffering from celiac disease (CD) were compared with healthy controls to assess differences in the psychological profile. Methods: A total of 100 well-treated and compliant CD patients (65 females/35 males; age mean+/-SD: 10.38+/-2.71) were compared to 100 normal controls (58 females/42 males; age mean+/-SD: 11.47+/-2.61). Emotional and behavioral problems were assessed by the Child Behavior Checklist (CBCL), the Children’s Depression Inventory (CDI) and the Multidimensional Anxiety Scale for Children (MASC). Results: Subjects with CD self-reported an increased rate of anxiety and depression symptoms and showed higher scores in “harm avoidance” and “somatic complaints”, in the CBCL parent-report questionnaire, as compared to healthy control subjects. Furthermore, gender differences could be observed in the group of CD patients, with males displaying significantly higher CBCL externalizing scores, in social, thought and attention problems, as compared to female, who in turns showed more prominent internalizing symptoms such as depression. Conclusions: The increased rate of emotional and behavioral problems in children and adolescent with CD emphasizes the importance of an early detection of mental health problems in these children.

Visit http://www.biomedcentral.com/content/pdf/1471-2431-11-46.pdf for the full article.

Dr. Barlow on Castanet.net

By Dr. Brent Barlow

I’m looking to spread the word throughout the Celiac Organization and the public that over the next few weeks I will be writing on the Naturopathic approach to supporting people with Celiac disease. The articles can be found on castanet.net in the columnist section under Natural Health News by Dr. Brent Barlow. Each article is published on Tuesday mornings.

Editor’s Post script: Castanet ran the Canadian Celiac logo on their page last week for a day which linked to the about us page on this site.  The link garnered a record 1,200 views of our site in one day!

Link: Dr. Barlow’s articles on Castanet