In 1994 I was diagnosed with celiac disease, which led me to create Celiac.com in 1995. I created this site for a single purpose: To help as many people as possible with celiac disease get diagnosed so they can begin to live happy, healthy gluten-free lives. Celiac.com was the first site on the Internet dedicated solely to celiac disease, and since then it has become an invaluable resource to people worldwide who seek information about celiac disease and the gluten-free diet.
In 1998 I created The Gluten-Free Mall, Your Special Diet Superstore! which was also another Internet first—it was the first gluten-free food site to offer a shopping cart-style interface, and the ability for people to order gluten-free products manufactured by many different companies at a single Web site.
I am also co-author of the book Cereal Killers, and founder and publisher of Journal of Gluten Sensitivity.
However, both in this patient group and in those healthy gluten-free Celiac volunteers who participated in the trial supported by the Celiac Sprue Research Foundation in collaboration with the Palo Alto Medical Foundation on pre-treatment of grocery store gluten with a special peptidase(1) there was a surprising discovery. Fully half (~50%) of those presumed to be in remission from the disease had malabsorption of important nutrients. This major finding was a surprise, and it gives us pause concerning Celiac Sprue therapy.
Is gluten exclusion not optimal or is it insufficient therapy for this large proportion of Celiac Sprue patients?
The concerns about the effectiveness of long-term dietary therapy in Celiac Sprue have prompted us to reassess our approach to this disease. For those of you who reside within reach of Stanford Medical Center, we invite you to visit us at the Celiac Management Clinic for an up-to-date assessment of the status of your Celiac condition. If you are the one out of every two healthy Celiacs with malabsorption, we will take a comprehensive approach to determine the reasons and to facilitate your return to complete remission.
If strict gluten exclusion is insufficient to achieve this, we offer other approaches. Indeed, by the end of this year or the beginning of 2007 in collaboration with the Celiac Sprue Research Foundation, we expect to be able to determine the effect of an oral pill therapy for those who continue with malabsorption of nutrients.
Stanford accepts most PPO insurance and MediCal and MediCare outpatient coverages. Those who suspect they have Celiac Sprue based on symptoms or blood antibody tests will be seen by Dr. Gray, and those with biopsy-verified disease will be seen by Dr. Pyle. For an appointment, call 650-723-6961, and please state that you wish to see us at the Celiac Management Clinic.
Gary M Gray, M.D.
Professor of Medicine, Emeritus