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.
Celiac.com 03/30/2004 – Researchers in India have discovered that serum prolactin levels in those with celiac disease are elevated in direct proportion to the severity of the disease. Dr. Gaurav Kapur and colleagues from the Lady Hardinge Medical College, New Delhi screened serum prolactin levels in 41 children who were diagnosed with celiac disease, 21 of which were on a gluten-free diet for more than a year. The results were compared to 41 healthy controls. The researchers found that serum prolactin levels were highly elevated in those with active celiac disease (average of 48.3 ng/mL), and present at lower levels in those on a gluten-free diet (average of 18.3 ng/mL). The healthy controls had an average level of 9.3 ng/mL. The longer the disease was left untreated along with the increase in severity of villous atrophy, the higher the levels of serum prolactin that were detected.
The researchers conclude that serum prolactin levels can be used to determine the severity of celiac disease in patients, and this option is more economically viable than the use of other options.