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It is now becoming apparent that reactions to gluten are not limited to Celiac Disease, rather we now appreciate the existence of a spectrum of gluten-related disorders.

Gluten-Related Disorders

  • Celiac Disease
    Celiac Disease is one of the most common and under-diagnosed diseases today. It is estimated that 1 in every 133 people in the USA is affected by this disease. Sadly, 97% of them do not know it.

    Celiac Disease is an auto-immune disease where the consumption of gluten [protein found in wheat, barley, rye] causes the body to attack [and damage] the small intestine. Untreated, this condition can lead to malnutrition since nutrients are not being absorbed properly.

    Learn more about Celiac Disease...

    Don't miss GiG's Educational Bulletins...

  • Dermatitis Herpetiformis
    Dermatitis Herpetiformis (DH) is a chronic hereditary auto-immune skin disease the presents with groups of itchy, watery, blisters or pimples. Ingestion of gluten triggers the immune system so that it deposits Immunoglobulin A) under the top layer of skin [creating the itchy, watery blisters].

    In DH, the primary target is the skin, whereas in celiac disease the damage occurs in the small intestine.

    Learn more about Dermatitis Herpetiformis...

    A great Continuing Medical Education article on Dermatitis Herpetiformis...

  • Gluten Ataxia
    Coming soon
  • Non-Celiac Gluten Sensitivity
    Gluten Sensitivity [also known as Non Celiac Gluten Sensitivity, The Gluten Syndrome] is a condition that is still evolving in the eyes of mainstream medicine. Only recently has the existence of Gluten Sensitivity been proven by the medical/research profession.

    GS can present with many of the same symptoms of CD, however it does not present with intestinal damage. Because testing is focused on intestinal damage, the results in those with GS generally come back negative or inconclusive. This makes diagnosing GS even harder than CD. This means patients can often suffer longer because the condition is generally overlooked once celiac disease testing comes back negative.

    Dr. Alessio Fasano [medical director of Univ. of Maryland's School of Medicine – Center for Celiac Research], reports seeing 60-70% of his patients fitting his criteria for gluten sensitivity. This means they test negative for CD and wheat allergy, but experience resolution of symptoms on a gluten-free diet. There's a growing number of doctors that say GS effects 10 – 30% of the population.

    Learn more about Gluten Sensitivity...

    Also see our Gluten Sensitivity Links...

  • Wheat Allergy
    Coming soon
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Popular GIG of ECW Articles

  • What Oats Through Yonder Package Breaks?
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    Oats and products made with oats have been burning up the interwebs lately. People in the gluten-free community started asking manufacturers exactly what kind of oats are used in their products…with surprising results.

    Bottom line: You need to know if the oats you are consuming are grown, harvested, and processed using a purity protocol.

    Why? Because products using oats are at higher risk of gluten contamination compared to gluten-free labeled foods as a whole.

    Why? Many companies now are using mechanically separated or optically sorted oats instead of purity protocol oats.

    Published 04/30/16
  • Meet the Microbiome Study Guide
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    Want to know more about the invisible community that lives in and on you...and really defines who you are?

    This handout was created to educate you about the 100 trillion microbial cells that we cannot live without.

    Includes links to three excellent videos, plus related information.

    Published 03/19/16
  • The Risks of Cheating
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    Discusses the many health risks of consuming gluten when one has a gluten-related disorder.

    Published 01/22/16
  • Celiac Disease Screening Round Up
    (Updated 05/21/16)
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    A list resources that describe the blood work used to screen patients for gluten-related disorders.

    Published 03/22/15
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    Some helpful tips for surviving the holiday season (or any social event)

    Published 11/11/14
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    This article explores the connections of gluten, mental health, and behavior.

    Published 10/17/14
  • Confusing Ingredients
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    A list of resources explaining some of the confusing ingredients found on food labels.

    Published 01/27/14
  • Gluten-Free Diet Boot Camp
    (Updated 05/21/15)
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    A huge collection of information for those new to the gluten-free lifestyle

    Published 08/26/13
  • Back to School Resources
    (Updated 08/22/15)
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    A list of resources for those with gluten-free children.

    Published 08/05/13
  • Guide to Gluten Cross Contamination
    (Updated 04/22/15)
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    Where to find and how to handle gluten cross contamination.

    Published 06/16/13
  • Grieving the Loss of Gluten
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    Tips on handling the grieving process after removing gluten.

    This article was published in Gluten Intolerance Group of North America's Quarterly Magazine Celebrate Gluten-Free Winter 2013

    Published 01/19/13
  • Lack of Support From Family
    (Updated 03/13/15)
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    Tips on handling unsupportive family members.

    This article was published in Gluten Intolerance Group of North America's Quarterly Magazine Celebrate Gluten-Free Spring 2013)

    Published 11/22/12
  • Educating Family & Friends About Gluten-Free
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    A collection of resources to help educate your family and friends about celiac/gluten-free

    Published 04/01/12
  • A Day in the Life: Living in a Mixed House
    Updated 07/19/14
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    This article describes how to manage when a household that it not entirely gluten-free.

    Published 07/31/11
  • Better Living Thru GF Chemistry
    Updated 09/12/15
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    A great collection of information for those that need prescription medications.

    Published 06/26/11
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May 21st, 2016
Third Saturday of odd numbered months

9:30 a.m to 11:30 a.m


Ripon Public Library
120 Jefferson St.
Ripon, WI 54971

Silver Creek Room (lower level)

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