Treatment of Celiac Disease

Dr. David Israel, BSc, MD, FRCPC, Gastroenterologist, discusses celiac disease treatment.

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Dr. David Israel, BSc, MD, FRCPC, Gastroenterologist, discusses celiac disease treatment.
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Featuring Dr. David Israel, BSc, MD, FRCPC

Duration: 1 minute, 46 seconds

The cause of celiac disease is the present of three grains in our diet that cause the harm.

So exclusion of those three grains, and meticulous exclusions of those three grains, would solve the problem. The diet is not that simple. One needs to read the label, and the offending protein is called gluten. And the diet's title is gluten-free diet. And one can find labeling on most food product, but not on all.

Some restaurants, few and growing in number, would be able to serve you gluten free diet it if you asked for it, but some would not. So experts have been preparing material and information for the public, and those can be most likely found through dietitians, through your family doctors, and through associations.

Celiac disease is a simple disease to cure by a very simple diet. The problem is with the strictness of the diet, and we do not know how strict it should be, but we do believe it should be very strict. So no gluten is allowed. This by itself requires a lot of consultation and help from experts because gluten can come into diet in many, many ways.

It's within cosmetics, it's within pills and medications, it is in our drinks, in beer, and even though there are some non gluten beer, like the rice beer, it can be found in almost any product. So a dietitian that is familiar with celiac disease can be a good and very helpful and important resource.

Presenter: Dr. David Israel, Pediatrician, Vancouver, BC

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