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

Okanagan Clinical Trials is looking for Irritable Bowel Syndrome patients

Okanagan Clinical TrialsOkanagan Clinical Trials is conducting a study of Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS).

According to OCT, the study has been fast-tracked by the FDA due to an unmet need in terms of medication.

They are hoping to recruit patients who suffer from diarrhea, bloating and abdominal pain.

All medical assessments and study medication will be provided free of charge.

Patients will also receive a stipend ($50) at each study visit to cover their travel costs.

For more information contact Okanagan Clinical Trials at:

Okanagan Clinical Trials
204-1353 Ellis St    (map)
Kelowna, BC, V1Y 1Z9
Tel: 1.250.862.8141
Fax: 1.250.862.8130

Or click here for their online contact form.

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).