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What is Celiac/Sprue? Symptoms How to Diagnose Celiac What to do if you have Celiac

This information is not intended to replace or substitute in any way the services of a physician. Any application of the recommendations set forth in the following pages is at the reader's discretion and sole risk.

What Is Celiac/Sprue?

Celiac is a health and life threatening body chemistry condition which affects you physically as well as psychologically. It is an intestinal malabsorption disorder caused by a reaction of the villi (absorbing area), in the intestines to the gliadin part of gluten found in; wheat, rye, barley and possibly oats. The villi (finger like projections) are negatively affected by gluten. The villi may eventually become flat or blunted and unable to absorb essential nutrients from the foods eaten.


There is a wide variety of symptoms from almost none to the extreme of weight loss with fatigue. Some others are:
  • diarrhea
  • excessive gas
  • weakness
  • constipation
  • abdominal
  • bewilderment
  • bones hurt
  • low desire
    to eat
  • floating bowel
  • gloomy feeling
  • poor
  • foul smelling
  • anemia
  • upset stomach
  • low mental energy
  • nausea
  • yellow, tan or
    beige BMs
  • unformed BMs
  • bloating
  • headaches
  • failure to thrive
    in children
  • irritability
  • pot belly
    in children
  • enamel problems
    in teeth
  • over weight
  • lactose intolerance
  • severely itchy
    skin rash

How To Diagnose Celiac

  1. Biopsy of the lining of the small intestine which is taken by an endoscopy, a procedure which takes only a few minutes. This can detect if the villi in the intestines are blunted or flat which would be indicative of celiac disease. Tissue samples should be taken from several areas of the small intestine to ensure a correct diagnosis.
  2. Blood test for endomysial antibodies (EMA), and gliadin antibodies (IgG & IgA). Positive results indicate celiac disease.

What To Do If You Have Celiac/Sprue Condition

In order to relieve symptoms and have your villi return to normal, you must go on a gluten free diet which means all foods containing any wheat, rye, barley and oats in any form must be avoided. You must read all labels and learn the different forms these grain take such as malt, hydrolyzed vegetable protein, dextrin, etc.

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