Linda - you've got to read the book, Living Gluten-Free for Dummies by Danna Korn! There is a spectrum to gluten sensitivities; you can be allergic to wheat or intolerant to gluten. From www.nowheat.com/grfx/nowheat/ primer/in tro.htm
How is a "wheat allergy" different from "celiac disease"?
A common garden-variety "wheat allergy" happens when your body sees wheat as an invader and attacks it -- not your body. Symptoms of wheat allergy could be eczema (different from dermatitis herpetiformis), sneezing, increased acne, or if you have a very serious allergy to wheat, you might have an anaphylactic reaction in which your throat would swell up to the point where you could no longer breath. These are not symptoms typical of celiac disease. The main effect of celiac disease is damage to the small intestine; if you have symptoms that are caused by damage to the small intestine (e.g. flattened villi as seen in a biopsy, or any form of malnutrition that is caused by the damaged villi) then what you have is not a wheat allergy, but celiac disease. In my years dealing with wheat-free diets, I have seen very few people with a simple "wheat allergy" and lots with celiac disease, so I suspect celiac disease is more common than wheat allergies. If you have problems with wheat, you should visit with a gastroenterologist and get tested for celiac disease.
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this was discussed sometime in the last year or so. it's so hard to find past posts in Spark I am including quotes from responses on the Celiac listserve:
" 100% of those who responded question if it would work. One person did try the enzyme after eating food containing gluten and got sick.
One person commented that Dr. Fasano is working on such a project and thought it might be ready in 4-5 years.
The Executive Director of the University of Chicago Celiac Disease Center commented that " ........the pill referenced here has absolutely no merit."
Another comment pointed out that no test results or any reference material is included in the Web Site dealing with this enzyme.. "
and from another post: "Recently a lady with celiac disease asked Cynthia Kupper of the Gluten Intolerance Group and myself about a product called GlutenEase http://www.enzymedica.com/products/Glute nEase?PHPSESSID=acc87d6bc3f8e5be44a791 2d2b077745.
Below is Cynthia's response:
This product is not advertised for persons with celiac disease but for persons with gluten intolerance that is not celiac disease. It will not stop the damage that is happening in the GI tract for persons with celiac disease.
Cynthia Kupper, RD, CD Executive Director Gluten Intolerance Group of North America(r)"
Hi, yes I have tried the product. Did it work for me. No it did not. I am not a "true" celiac. I don't get indigestion, gas etc. from gluten. I have DH which is the skin rash reaction to gluten. I still got the rash when I used the product.
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My friend just told me about a product called Glutenease. It is an enzyme that is suppose to allow Celiacs digest the protein in the gluten. My son and husband have CD. Have any of you tried this product? Have you heard of any side effects? Do you think it is safe to use. I googled the name and found the product online. My friend told me she saw it at the healthfood store. The product is suppose to help digest gluten and casin.
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