As you know, I'm from Austria and currently I'm doing an internship in Canada.
Yesterday a co-worker of mine told me, that she has a lot of friends who have a gluten-allergy and who live on gluten-free. She knew everything: where to buy gluten-free products, what additives to take for feeling better etc.
Then I asked her, how many of those friends have been diagnosed Celiac disease (blood test and biopsy).
Her answer was surprising for me: none of them were diagnosed celiac.
All of them have been to a nature's path (is this a special doctor in North America?) and only with a blood test they found out that they have an allergy against gluten.
My co-worker told me that there is a difference between the two:
Celiac disease is a severe allergy whereas the gluten-allergy is not severe and the symptoms when eating something with gluten, are not as painful as with celiac disease.
I'm a bit confused now.
In Austria, there is only one gluten-allergy: Celiac disease, and so far I've never heard that there is a difference between them.
Is it true?
Is there a difference?