Tuesday, March 13, 2007


If the clip below looks oddly familiar, don't panic: It's the Jan 26, 2007 View segment (blogged here) in which Elisabeth Hasselbeck and her co-hosts went over the basics of celiac disease.

The View is scheduled to follow up on the segment tomorrow, with coverage including talks with Dr. Peter Green of the Celiac Disease Center at Columbia University and Alice Bast of the National Foundation for Celiac Awareness (NFCA).

Source (3:44)


rascalt said...

My husband needs to be diagnosed for Celiac but there is no one here in Corsicana. Texas to do this. The medical profession is unaware or oppsed to gluten intolerance. He has been to many doctors, including Dermatolgy, an Allergist and Nephrologist. His kidney (rt.) is small and does not have good circulation. He has lost so much weight and he has a wonderfully giant appetitie. He had a skin problem for years. For four months he has been off gluten and his heartburn is gone, he does not have diarreha or stomach cramps. He is still very tired though his rash has improved. He is no means healthy again. My question is how to get help, how to get a clear diagnosis?? I wish there was a Dr. Peter Green to help him. I am glad Elizabeth found Dr. Green. Just as they said on The View...no one believes you are sensitive to wheat. What amazes me is the fact the medical professionals in this country quickly discount Gluten Intolerance. Why? I have been on the internet all day trying to find a doctor in this speciality and no luck yet.

David Marc Fischer said...

There's a support group in Dallas-Forth Worth that might be able to help.

There's no substitute for the advice of a good medical professional (not me), but given that your husband has been gluten-free for months, genetic testing for celiac disease might be a place to start. A positive test would not be conclusive by any means, but it would guide doctors in making their next set of decisions. Also, if you can arrange the regular celiac serum panel soon, the blood tests might still show elevation. A positive result could lead to a biopsy; a negative result might be inconclusive.

Anyway, quick contact with the support group sounds like a good next step.