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  1. As I am very new to the gluten free lifestyle I was hoping there were others on this site from Canada that may be able to suggest places we can eat safely? Restaurants and grocery recommendations are highly appreciated. I also know pretty much nothing about what foods are and arent gluten free. Ice cream? bubble tea? chili? cheesecake? are any of these safe? What are the best gluten free (or places that accommodate gluten free well) restaurants in Canada?
  2. Celiac.com 12/15/2017 - Is this some kind of cruel trick? As Subway makes a major announcement touting a gluten-free bread option in its restaurants across Canada, it offers a small disclaimer that the gluten's only going away for a limited time. For a limited time? What? Subway is the first fast food restaurant to carry gluten-free bread throughout Canada, but it will only do so "for a limited time?" You got that right. In plain text, clear as day, the Subway press release says that the company will offer its gluten-free option across Canada "for a limited time." Does that mean it will be permanent in some places and not in others? Does it mean they will bring the entire promotion to an end at some point? What does this mean for customers? What does it mean for people with celiac disease and gluten intolerance? In the short term, I guess it means get you're Canadian, and gluten-free, and looking for a gluten-free sub, Subway has you covered. For how long exactly? Stay tuned. Read more at: Restobiz.ca
  3. Celiac.com 10/27/2017 - Cereal maker General Mills has announced that it will no longer label their flagship cereal Cheerios as gluten-free in Canada. Has Canada Changed its Gluten-free Standards? No, the standard for labeling gluten-free foods in Canada remains same, at up to 20 ppm allowable gluten. Such foods are safe for the vast majority of people with celiac disease, according to both U.S. and Canadian regulatory agencies, the EU, celiac researchers and numerous celiac disease support groups. Health Canada, the agency responsible for setting food safety standards in Canada says that gluten levels below 20 ppm are safe for people with celiac disease. That is also the standard for gluten-free products in the United States and the EU. Have Cheerios Changed? No, the Gluten-Free Cheerios sold in the U.S. are the same Cheerios that are sold in Canada now, and the same Cheerios that will be sold in Canada after the labeling change. Cheerios routinely test below 20 ppm, and are currently labeled as gluten-free in both the U.S., and Canada. Cheerios has not been the subject of a mandated recall in with the U.S. or in Canada, which indicates that the product remains safe for the vast majority of people with celiac disease. So, Why is Cheerios Changing its Label in Canada? It comes down to a technicality over oat testing standards. Canadian labeling laws require manufacturers follow a specific testing requirement for products made with oats, such as Cheerios. Under that Canadian testing requirement, oat products with gluten levels above 5 ppm, but under 20 ppm are considered "Investigative," a status under which the agency "notifies the regulated party of the result." They then "follow up with the regulated party to determine the source of the gluten." Moreover, the agency advises "the regulated party, such as General Mills in the case of Cheerios, to review their Good Manufacturing Practices (GMPs) and process controls." The agency may require "corrective action." As a result, cereal maker General Mills has announced that it will no longer label their flagship cereal Cheerios as gluten-free in Canada. General Mills stands by its testing process and said Cheerios sold in the U.S. will continue to carry the gluten-free label. A statement by General Mills reads: GM: "Each serving of Cheerios products in Canada are gluten free, as defined by the current regulatory standard of containing less than 20 ppm of gluten. General Mills Canada has made the decision to voluntarily remove the gluten-free label from our Cheerios products in Canada until Health Canada and The Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA) publish a consistent testing protocol for products containing oats. At this time the product is not changing, just the label on the box. We look forward to labeling the Cheerios products in Canada as gluten free once consensus is reached on a consistent testing protocol for products containing oats." Comments made by both General Mills and the CFIA suggest the decision to remove the gluten-free labels from Cheerios stem from an issue around how products containing oats are tested for gluten in Canada. According to CBC News, the Canadian Food Inspection Agency confirmed that the move by General Mills to remove the gluten-free label was voluntary, and said the company had "informed" the agency of its plans in August. "This was a business decision made by the company and not a directive from the CFIA," the statement said. The statement from GM continues: "While Gluten-Free Cheerios products comply with the gluten-free standards in Canada and the United States, we have made the decision to remove the gluten-free label from our Cheerios products in Canada until the government agencies publish a consistent testing protocol for products containing oats. At this time the product is not changing, just the label on the box. For nearly a decade, General Mills has served consumers with Celiac disease and gluten sensitivities. Since Gluten Free Rice Chex was launched in 2008, General Mills has grown its portfolio of gluten-free products to more than 1,000 items. It is now the second largest provider of gluten-free foods, including seven varieties of Cheerios, in the U.S. The company has also introduced gluten-free products in more away-from-home food outlets like restaurants and schools, and in new regions such as Canada and Europe." GM spokesperson Mike Siemienas said the company was waiting for "Health Canada and The Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA) [to] publish a consistent testing protocol for products containing oats," and that General Mills looks forward to labeling the Cheerios products as gluten-free once consensus is reached on a consistent testing protocol." So, while Cheerios will no longer carry a gluten-free label in Canada, Canadian standards for gluten-free products have not changed, and remain the same as American standards, at up to 20 ppm allowable gluten. The Cheerios sold in Canada are no different than Cheerios sold in the United States, where they will still carry a gluten-free label. So, only the Canadian label will change. Cheerios will remain the same. On either side of the border, people with celiac disease can continue to enjoy Cheerios with confidence. Those with oat sensitivity, or who react to high fiber levels, should use their own judgement about Cheerios, as with any other product.
  4. Celiac.com 11/09/2017 - Did you know that the precautionary labeling regarding allergies is widely misunderstood, (meaning you are not the only one that is confused!). Not only is the writing so small you need a microscope to read it, this warning is not necessarily listed in the "Ingredients" column. The United States and Canada have different laws concerning allergy labeling. A survey presented in March at the AAAAI Allergists' Conference in Los Angeles reveals that 40 percent of consumers avoiding one or more allergens bought foods manufactured in a facility that also processes allergens. Beyond buying habits the researchers also found a lack of awareness of labeling. Another problem occurs with differences in the food laws of our two countries, the United States and Canada. 45 percent of people surveyed were unaware that precautionary warnings are not required by law. In Canada labeling regulations do require manufacturers to clearly indicate if major allergens are ingredients of a product. But there are no legal guidelines on how companies should identify products that may have come into contact with food allergens during manufacturing. As a result, the manufacturers have been choosing their own phrasing for precautionary labels. Recently, Health Canada recommended companies limit the advisories to the phrase "may contain", but this is not a legal requirement. A recent study tested 186 products with precautionary peanut labels and found 16, just under nine percent, contained the allergen. A 2009 audit of nearly 100 U.S. supermarkets found that half of all chocolate, candy and cookie products had precautionary labels, many worded in different ways. The consequences to allergic consumers ignoring labels have proved tragic. Bruce Kelly, a 22 year old Minnesota man with a peanut allergy, died of anaphylaxis in January after eating chocolate candy with a label that said it had been made in a plat that also processed peanuts. "There are too many different types of wording" says study author Dr. Susan Waserman, a professor of Medicine in the division of allergy and immunology at McMaster University in Hamilton, Ontario. She stated, "Patients assume that differences in wording imply a lower level of risk, which they don't." Gupta and Waserman would like to see precautionary labels reduced to one or two clearly defined phrases. For instance, Gupta says if a "May contain" label meant that the food might have up to 100 milligrams of an allergen, then patients could work with their doctors to find out just how much of their allergen may be safe to consume and purchase foods accordingly. The study noted that research is "underway to develop thresholds" for such labels. Meanwhile, we as two neighboring countries need to urge the U.S. Food and Drug Administration and the Canadian FDA to work with foods coming into our countries that have no labeling advisories at all. For example my husband and I picked up Sweet Shoppe candies sold in both countries, but made in Argentina. The Starlight Mints mints sold in the United States list at the very bottom in small print, "Made in facility that also processes peanuts, tree nuts, soya, milk and eggs." The label did not list wheat, at least on the green and white mints. I have eaten the green and white striped mints in the United States and have had no reaction to them (I am very sensitive to gluten), but yesterday my husband crossed the border to the United States and picked up a package of the Starlight Mints with the red and white stripes. The ingredients listed are glucose syrup, sugar, natural flavor, (peppermint) artificial colors, Titanium Dioxide, FD&C red #40, FD&C blue, Sunflower oil, Propylene Glycol. Nowhere on this packaging does it show "gluten-free" or "wheat-free," or the "Cover all Bases" listing of "Made in a facility that processes...". I will keep you in touch with my findings, but beware, especially with many of us living close to the U.S./Canada borders that the same products may carry different labeling. It may mean that I am on the internet or calling companies like this one to determine their guidelines for allergy labeling. I am particularly surprised by the United States allowing this Starlight Mint into the country without any "Cover all Bases" type of listing for allergies. Canada often looks to the United States for their guidelines, or rulings for other countries, The researchers at the AAAA1 Allergist' Conference in Los Angeles in March cautions, "In the meantime avoid products with precautionary labels...(i)t still seems to be the best way to maximize safety" says Waserman. We have to be pro-active, just like the people struggling with peanut allergies have been for years. They fought the airlines with over serving peanuts to passengers, only to have them substituted for pretzels, which are poison to celiacs. We need to get on the Bandwagon and "unite and fight" until we get the same consideration as those with peanut allergies. Ironically, the peanut folks are now trying to get the same parts per million type labeling that we celiacs won years ago on products that are labeled "gluten-free."
  5. Celiac.com 07/20/2017 - It is common for school teachers in the United States not to know what student has celiac disease, or allergies of any sort. Most schools don't have formal systems so that the principal, school nurse, teacher, or cafeteria workers know when a child has celiac disease or food allergies. An informal game of roulette is played, where everyone assumes that everything is fine – that is, until a child has a heath reaction. In Montreal, Canada, the Lester B Pearson School Board has taken a different approach to dealing with food allergies and conditions such as celiac disease that their students might have. They regard these health conditions to be so important that how to handle them is present in their official Policy on Safe and Caring Schools. To summarize what they do, at the beginning of each school year parents are sent a form requesting them to inform the principal, homeroom teacher, and other relevant school personnel about health conditions and allergies. This includes children who have celiac disease and gluten issues. If a child changes schools, or if a student in an existing school gets a new health diagnosis or has newly identified health needs, this information should be made known to school personnel. A photograph of the student is taken and put on a card with the health condition so that others in charge may know that a particular child has gluten issues. In the cafeteria, workers have the photos of the children posted in the kitchen where they can see them so that they can know that brown-haired Lucinda in fifth-grade has celiac disease and should be served only foods that are safe for her. Children may not know what foods have gluten in them and which do not, so they may not always be the best informants for identifying which foods being served are safe for them and which are not. Given that additives may vary according who is doing the cooking or what ingredients are used, a food like macaroni and cheese may be made with wheat pasta, making it unsafe, or corn, rice or quinoa pasta, rendering it acceptable. Both may look identical to the naked eye, but they aren't so it is a food service worker's obligation to know whether Lucinda can have the dish or not. Likewise, teachers may be given the photograph and health card so that they remember when Billy brings in cupcakes for his birthday celebration, that there are gluten-free ones available (hopefully!) in the cafeteria freezer that can be pulled out and given to Lucinda so she is not left out. The photograph technique is especially helpful when there are new cafeteria workers or substitute teachers or other personnel who may not know a child's food allergy situation like someone who interacts with the child every day might. The Lester B Pearson schools' Food and Nutrition Policy is based in Canada's Food Guide and Policy on Health Eating and Active Living. All schools in Canada are to adhere to the same set of standards. This means that a celiac child living in Vancouver should be just as safe eating at school as one in Ottawa or one in Halifax. Having national standards that are uniformly enforced helps to make all children safe. Making sure that children's food consumption is safe for all of them, especially in public institutions like schools, is part of their human rights according to the Convention on the Rights of the Child. It is the responsibility of adults who are in local parent organizations to be in charge of the oversight and safety of all children and to think through food risk and safety policies.
  6. Celiac.com 08/12/2016 - Cereal-maker General Mills has announced the debut of five varieties of gluten-free cereals in Canada by the end of summer. The five varieties include Original Cheerios, Honey Nut Cheerios, Multi-Grain Cheerios, Apple Cinnamon Cheerios and Chocolate Cheerios. General Mills is excited to offer gluten-free Canadians more gluten-free cereal options, says Emma Eriksson, director of marketing for General Mills Canada, said in a release. She adds that "gluten-free Cheerios products will maintain the same great taste that consumers love at the same price they're used to." All gluten-free Cheerios products will be clearly labelled "gluten free" on the front of the box. Gluten-free Cheerios was first introduced in the U.S. last summer. Gluten-free Cheerios products join other gluten-free cereals already sold by General Mills, including Rice Chex, Chex Honey Nut and Cinnamon Chex, with Chocolate Chex also launching in Canada this summer. Read more: insidetoronto.com
  7. I am so frustrated! I didn't even think to double check or ask if the straw would be safe to put on my vegetable garden. I didn't think to ask till my arms and face were itchy and the familiar stomach ache began. I just wrote off an entire year of gardening. I hope I am not the only one struggling with this because I am finding it SO hard. Wah!
  8. When will Gluten Free Cheerios be available in Canada and which stores will supply them?
  9. Celiac.com 03/11/2015 - The Gluten Free Expo in Canada is incorporated under gluten-free Events Limited. Since January 2012, and under the guidance of Margaret Dron has held 10 Shows in Canada. It started in a small community centre gymnasium in Vancouver B.C. with just two goals: "To collect gluten-free food donations so gluten intolerance families needing assistance will never have to choose between eating, or feeling ill. Sadly, due to the higher costs of gluten-free food, this is a category that is not often donated and is needed by Food Banks across Canada.; To help those living with gluten intolerance to discover new dietary solutions, connect with others in the gluten-free community, and to provide education on living gluten-free the healthy and accessible way. Following the first Gluten Free Expo, exhibitors and attendees alike asked us to come back again, so we did and continue to do so yearly. We have also expanded across Canada to connect with more members of the gluten-free community. By the way, donations of gluten-free food are being accepted onsite for the Food Bank. To date, your kind donations raised over 10,000 lbs of food, and enough cash donations to buy another 22,000 worth of gluten-free food for Food Banks across Canada. Donations collected at this show will go to your local food bank." Thousands of people happily paid the online price of $12.00 or the $15.00 cost at the door with children under 10 getting in free when accompanied by an adult. The bronze sponsor of the event in Vancouver was "Enjoy Life Foods"Â and it was presented in part by Udi's Gluten Free and Glutino. Approximately 110 Exhibitors were at the event with samples of their products. (I was so full when my husband and I were finished!) Margaret Dron is very picky about which exhibitors are allowed to display their foods. From what I observed, and the questions I asked, they were made in gluten-free factories, so no other food products were produced there. For the wines and beers she ensured that the 20ppm was complied with. I went home with a free bag full of 3 boxes of Catelli Pasta, Pamela's Cookies, Shortbread, Banana Chips prepared with orange marmalade, crackers of three types; I was already full and I had savings coupons on gluten-free foods from the vendors too. I was disappointed that the new "All But Gluten"Â by Weston Bakeries were not able to make the Western Show. Their gluten-free foods are excellent, particularly the cinnamon raisin bread which I cannot seem to get enough of. They even had a separate auditorium for GMO (Genetically Modified Foods) which was very interesting, and a little scary too. Speaker choices were also excellent with good titles. "NAVIGATING LOW FODMAP DIETS (Choices Markets registered Dietician) At first I thought that was spelled wrong with the FODMAP, but it was particularly interesting for those with gluten intolerance and continued digestive symptoms. The Elimination Diet was explained at length,. EATING FOR ENERGY with Patrician Chuev, Registered Die titian and published author. As a 6 time published author and living with Celiac Disease herself she knows intimately the challenges of fuelling a busy gluten-free lifestyle and she shared her strategies for achieving a healthy state. Inspiring! In the afternoon on Saturday we had Essential Gluten-Free Alternatives and Superfoods with Adam Hart, Nutritional Researcher and best selling author. That was a 30 minute presentation , some of the information from his book "The Power of Food"Â. Must admit Adam did go on about discovering today's top gluten-free alternatives and I was a little negative about that to start with, even for the gluten sensitive. Finally UNDERSTANDING CAUSES OF INFLAMMATION IN THE G.I. TRACT WITH Dr. Wangen, N.D. He is Medical Director of the IBS Treatment Centre and award winning author of "Healthier Without Wheat"Â It was too bad that this well-known man was scheduled for 3:00 p.m. because he explored the digestive tract and the causes of inflammation in the GI. Tract and the importance of the ecosystem that is contained there, and how to keep it all happy. * I was quite full by that time and you must admit the subject of the gastro--intestinal tract at that time of the day, with a full stomach is not very appetizing. Some of the smaller companies were just in the Lower Mainland area, wanting to make an input into the U.S. market but weren't quite there yet. Others, like Udi's and Glutino, Pamela's and Enjoy Life Foods you will know quite well in the U.S.A. The NEXT Gluten Free Expo will be in Calgary on May 2 and 3rd, 2015, 19:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Tickets available online for $12.00 [Visa or Mastercard) at the door $15.00 cash only, with children under 10 free. Too bad the Calgary Stampede is July 3rd to the 12th or you could do a cross-border holiday with the Canadian Dollar being so low. The U.S.A. Gluten Free and Allergen Friendly Expo The U.S.A. Gluten Free and Allergen Friendly Expo (unrelated to the Canadian - http://gfafexpo.com/) is the biggest gluten-free and allergen friendly event in the U.S., "Whether you're looking for specialty products that taste great or trying to learn how to cook and bake to meet your dietary needs the Expo is the place to be!"Â The 2015 Gluten Free and Allergen Friendly Expo Locations for this year are: April 18, 2015 Atlanta, GA May 2,3 2015 -Chicago IL July 25, 2015 - Worcester MA October 3-4, 2015, Secaucus, NJ Dallas, TX, - October 17, 18 2015 States in their literature: "The Gluten Free & Allergen Friendly Expo is dedicated to meeting the needs of the celiac community. Those with gluten and food sensitivities, auto-immune/inflammatory disease and autism. The public is helped through vendor exposition, educational sessions, and online resources. The manufacturers are serviced through vendor expositions, marketing programs and consultative services."Â Sounds good! Does not list the cost or hours, but it does say "Get Expo Tickets Now!"Â But it also has educational sessions and indicates "food sensitivities"Â, auto-immune inflammatory disease and autism which makes my ears prick up!
  10. http://www.cbc.ca/news/health/herbal-product-contamination-considerable-dna-tests-find-1.1959278 "The tests identified several potential fillers, including rice, soybean and grasses such as wheat that could pose a health concern for people allergic to those plants and for consumers seeking gluten-free products" Be sure to try elimination herbal products if you are still experiencing symptoms on the gluten-free diet. It looks like this did not include products that were labelled gluten-free. This was a Canadian study. Do people think that it could be a problem in the US as well?
  11. Every year I go to the Stratford Festival in Ontario, Canada, the largest repertory theatre in North America. It is one of my favorite places on earth. But when I went looking for postings about gluten-free restaurants there, I found only a few menus and a lot of out of date articles. And last year, i had a rough time figuring out what I could eat. But things are MUCH improved now. So I decided to add current info here. Here is what I found a number of local places: - The Annex - gluten-free pizza and pasta, made in a gluten-free environment - many pizza options, knowledgable staff and their creme brulee is fantastic - start here! - Fellini's - Italian place that does have quinoa spaghetti, though they do warn you that it falls apart, so I ended up eating it with a spoon - still yummy, though! Their steamed mussels and salads are gluten-free, and they have a flourless chocolate cake that is to die for. - Rene's - the owners are friends of mine and they make top notch food. The only place in town where I was served gluten-free bread, which is a rare treat. They have excellent mussels, too, and the chef even made me his seafood mac and cheese with gluten-free pasta - it has no flour and is rich beyond imagining. - Foster's - another good spot, also has gluten-free items for brunch on your Sunday. Their burgers are all gluten-free, and they will substitute anything you need. I had a salmon salad, as well, which was quite good, maybe not great. The Stratford Festival itself has become more aware of celiacs and our dietary needs - if you eat at the Festival, there is always a gluten-free option, though not much selection. Bentley's is a mainstay in Stratford, having been there for over 30 years. They do have a yummy Thai Noodle dish, but not much selection otherwise, just a couple other things. The owner promises they are working on it..... Down the Street is another popular haunt, but their kitchen is small, and I had their yam fries last year before realizing they only have one fryer. Even if they have dishes they say are gluten-free, they do not have the space to deal with cross-contamination. Finally, I would mention that there is a Natural Food store in town called Gentle Rain, that has lots of organic, gluten-free and natural foods - not cheap, but if you want local food, organic, non-GMO, healthy, etc., take a walk around there. Servers are much more knowledgable than they used to be about gluten-free needs, but do ask about prep, cooking and storage if those are concerns for you. Just knowing the ingredients is sometimes not enough! I know this town like the back of my hand, so if anyone is going there and has gluten-free questions, send them along - happy to help!!
  12. Hello, i'm relativly new diagnosed with celiac desiase and I'm looking for people in Alberta (I'm living in Ponoka) where I can get in contact with. thanks Steffi
  13. I tried Boston Pizza's GlutenWise pasta last night and it was awful. It was plain terrible corn pasta with a very tiny amount of awful tomato sauce and a ratty piece of dried chicken breast and the price was 20 bucks which was ridiculous. The pizza is not very good either The crust isn't bad but it is only 8 inches and they really cheap out on toppings and cheese, which they don't do for regular customers. I would not recommend Boston Pizza to any celiac.
  14. Celiac.com 08/31/2012 - Since August 4th, 2012, Canadian Food Allergen Labeling Regulations require all food products containing gluten, or any of ten other major allergens, to clearly state their presence on the label. This change marks an important step in consumer safety that will benefit the estimated three million Canadians with celiac disease and gluten sensitivity, as well as others with sensitivities to major food allergens. For people with celiac disease, consuming gluten can cause anemia, nutritional deficiencies, a blistering skin rash, and an increased risk of other autoimmune diseases such as Type 1 diabetes. It can also lead to some cancers of the gut. One major problem for people with celiac disease or gluten sensitivity is that, unless clearly stated on the label, it can be difficult to tell whether or not gluten is present in foods they may buy. A 2009 Health Canada survey of approximately 7,000 people revealed that 96.1% of individuals read every ingredient on all food products to figure out whether the product contains gluten. Nearly eighty percent of those surveyed said that their greatest challenge was with incomplete labeling. For people who are sensitive to gluten and/or other major allergens, this new labeling rule will remove much of the guesswork from grocery shopping, and substantially reduce the risk to individuals sensitive or intolerant to gluten or other allergens. Those risks include an estimated 14,000 emergency hospital wards each year that are the result of reactions to gluten and other allergens, which carry a projected $5 million in extra health care costs. Source: PRWeb
  15. Celiac.com 05/17/2010 - Finding gluten-free food is hard enough without having to worry if your "gluten-free" labeled food is really gluten-free. For those of us that become increasingly ill from ingesting a small amount of gluten, improper food labeling can be a matter of life or death. Since 2007, the United States Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has been contemplating potential revisions for the current “gluten-free” labeling of foods by food manufacturers. As the FDA requirements currently stand, there is very little protection for celiacs and gluten sensitive sufferers. However the new law, if approved, will require companies labeling their products as “gluten-free” to guarantee that their product is completely free of wheat, rye, barley, and oats and any crossbred hybrids or fillers containing wheat, rye or barley or oats, that do not test at less than 20 ppm for gluten. Meanwhile as we gluten-sensitive American's continue to wait patiently for a final resolve for the FDA requirements for gluten, Canadians are actively revising their labeling regulations for gluten-free. Health Canada has proposed changes in the current labeling regulations for gluten-free. According to the Canadian Food and Drug Regulations, “No person shall label, package, sell or advertise a food in a manner likely to create an impression that it is a gluten-free food unless the food does not contain wheat, including spelt and kamut, or oats, barley, rye or triticale or any part thereof.” Additionally the words, “gluten-free” is not permitted on any packaged foods containing oats; even if the oats are uncontaminated. Health Canada is now seeking input from Canadian citizens and shareholders on the proposed labeling regulations to help share information which will aid in the development of proposed changes. The Health Canada website is open to the public for comments from May 13, 2010 until July 11, 2010. For more information on the proposed revisions of Canadian gluten-free labeling, please visit the Health Canada website at: Health CanadaSource: Marketwire
  16. Celiac.com 02/27/2009 - A simple, reliable low-cost home screening test for celiac disease recently made its Canadian debut. According to health officials, about 1% of the population, or one out of every 100 Americans suffers from celiac disease. Currently, that total number of Americans with celiac disease stands somewhere near 3 million. Sadly, upwards of 97% of those affected remain undiagnosed. For people with celiac disease, eating gluten—a protein found in wheat, rye and barley—causes damage to the lining of the small intestine, preventing the uptake of nutrients. Delayed diagnosis can put people at risk for certain types of cancer and many other associated conditions, including infertility. Early diagnosis of celiac disease is actually quite easy and carries many advantages. Still, the average time for a correct diagnosis of celiac disease is 10 years from the first onset of symptoms. That figure is 12 years for Canadians, according to a 2007 survey of the 5000 member Canadian Celiac Association. Checking for celiac disease involves a simple blood test and usually a biopsy to follow up on positive results. Until now, that blood test was available solely through a doctor. Often, believing celiac to be rare, doctors are reluctant to order the blood test without overwhelming evidence. This can be problematical, as most people being diagnosed these days do not have classical symptoms, and are often asymptomatic. Numerous people have been forced to visit multiple doctors before confirming their diagnosis. Recently, the Finnish firm AniBiotech developed a unique, patient-friendly celiac disease test kit that can be used to provide quick, accurate results at home. Marketed in Canada by 2G Pharma, the Biocard™ Celiac Test Kit works by metering gluten antibody levels from a tiny fingertip blood sample, and is the currently the only point-of-care celiac disease test kit approved by Health Canada. The test tells users with a high degree of accuracy that they are either negative, developing celiac disease, or already have celiac disease. In the last two cases, the specially formulated Canadian kit encourages people to consult a physician for confirmation, which usually involves a biopsy of the small bowel. The Biocard™ Celiac Test Kit is currently available in Canada at London Drugs, Rexall Pharma Plus, and other major Canadian retail chains. More information can be found at www.celiachometest.com. The test kit is currently awaiting approval for U.S. distribution.
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National Office: Canadian Celiac Association 5170 Dixie Road, Suite 204 Mississauga, Ontario L4W 1E3 Phone: 905-507-6208 Fax: 905-507-4673 Email: info@celiac.ca Call us toll free: 1-800-363-7296 Internet: http://www.celiac.ca/ Alberta Calgary Calgary Chapter Canadian Celiac Association (CCA) Contact: Karen Renaud 4112 - 4th Street NE Calgary, AB T2K 1A2 Tel: (403) 237-0304 Fax: (403) 269-9626 Email: calgaryceliac@telus.net Internet: http://www.calgaryceliac.com/ Edmonton Edmonton Celiac Group Contact: Joan Tuckey Unit 212 Capilano Mall 5004 98 Ave NW Edmonton AB T6A 0A1 Tel: (780) 485-2949 E-mail Joan Tuckey: jtuckey@shaw.ca Cindy Tetz - ctetz@telusplanet.net British Columbia Kelowna Kelowna Celiac Group Contact: Kathleen Rink 3467 Parklane Road Westbank, BC V4T 1B8 Tel: (609) 763-2528 E-mail Dianne Steeper: Bruce_Steeper@bc.sympatico.ca Mission (Resource) Contact: Susan Carmack Box 193 Maple Ridge, BC V2X 7G1 E-mail: susan@carmack.ca Nelson (Resource) Contact: Dorothy Hilde General Delivery Salmo, BC V0G 1Z0 Tel: (250) 357-2478 E-mail: dhilde@awinc.com Vancouver VancouverCeliac Group 306-1212 W. Broadway, Vancouver, BC V6H 3V1 E-mail info@vancouverceliac.ca Tel: (604) 736-2229 Fax: (604) 730-1015 Victoria Victoria Celiac Group Contact: Mike Rose P.O. Box 5765 Victoria, BC V8R 6S8 E-mail: mike_rose@BC.SYMPATICO.CA Tel: (604) 477-9685 Manitoba Winnipeg Winnipeg Celiac Group Contact: Pat Sparling Tel: (204) 772-6979 or (204) 723-2565 E-mail: office@celiac.mb.ca New Brunswick Fredericton Fredericton Celiac Group Contact: Sandra McNeilly 527 Beaverbrook Court - Suite 226 Fredericton, N.B. E3B 1X6 E-Mail rmcneill@fundy.net Telephone: (506) 453-4357 Moncton P.O. Box 1576 Moncton, NB E1C 9X4 Saint John Saint John Celiac Group Myrtelle Speight 454 Elmore Crescent Saint John, NB E2M 3C1 Newfoundland St Johns St Johns Celiac Group Contact: Carol Negyn PO Box 806 St Johns, NF A1C 5L7 Nova Scotia Halifax Halifax Celiac Group Contact: Janice Newhook 50 Tacoma Drive Dartmouth, NS B2W 3E6 Tel: (902) 464-9222 E-mail: celiac.halifax@ns.sympatico.ca Ontario Canadian Celiac Association 5170 Dixie Road, Suite 204 Mississauga, Ontario L4W 1E3 Phone: 905-507-6208 Fax: 905-507-4673 Email: celiac@look.ca Call us toll free: 1-800-363-7296 Internet: http://www.celiac.ca/ Belleville Celiac Group P.O. Box 20104 Belleville, ON K8N 5V1 Dryden (Resource) Contact: Mrs. Gerry Powell RR#1, Site 102, Box 8 Dryden, ON P8N 2Y4 Tel: (807) 937-4932 E-mail: dpowell@dryden.net Hamilton Hamilton Celiac Group Contact: Jackie Sullivan P.O. Box 65580, Dundas Post Out Dundas, ON L9H 6Y6 Internet: http://www.hwcn.org/~am761/Hamilton.htm Internet: http://www.penny.ca/Hamilton.htm Kitchener-Waterloo Chapter Canadian Celiac Association 153 Frederick Street, Suite 118 Kitchener, Ontario, N2J 2M3 Tel: Elisabeth Riesen (519) 743-8096 Email: Sue Newell - sue.newell@sympatico.ca Ottawa Ottawa Celiac Group Box 39035, Billings Post Out Ottawa, ON K1H 1A1 Tel: (613) 786-1335 Ottawa Ottawa Celiac Group Group Address: 1774 Stonehenge Crescent Glouchester, ON K2C 2P9 Peterborough Contact: L. Bovair 1345 Sandalwood Drive Peterborough, Ontario K9K1Y1 E-mail: laurie.bovair@sympatico.ca Sarnia Sarnia-Lambton Celiac Group Contact: John Visser 85 Turner Drive Sarnia, ON N7S 5G6 Tel: (519) 344-8300, or (519) 332-1234 E-mail: jvisser@ebtech.net St. Catharines St. Catharines Celiac Group Contact: Cathie Cretney Grantham P.O. Box 20193 St. Catharines, ON L2M 7W7 Sudbury Sudbury Celiac Group Contact: Valarie LeClair P.O. Box 2794, Station A Sudbury, ON P3A 5J3 Thunder Bay Thunder Bay and District Celiac Group Contact: Judy Gardner P.O. Box 1102, Station F Thunder Bay, ON P7C 4X9 E-mail: kdolph@nwconx.net Toronto Toronto Celiac Group Box 27592, Yorkdale Post Toronto, ON M6J 3M7 Phone: (416) 781-9140 E-mail Marilyn McCool: mccool@interlog.com , or Naeem Saleh: naeem@inforamp.net Windsor Windsor Celiac Group P.O. Box 27001 7720 Tecumseh Rd. East Windsor, Ontario N8T 3N5 Internet: http://www.celiacfoundation.tk Prince Edward Island Charlottetown Charlottetown Celiac Group Contact: Melinda Champion P.O. Box 1921 Charlottetown, PEI C1A 7N5 Quebec Gaspesie (Resource) Contact: Mireille Cyr C.P. 1216 Maria, QC G0C 1Y0 E-mail: florence@globetrotter.qc.ca Montreal PO Box 962 St Laurent, PQ H4L 4W3 Tel: (514) 332-9491 Fondation Qu?b?coise de la Maladie Coeliaque QU?BEC,CANADA 4837, RUE BOYER, BUREAU 230, MONTR?AL, QU?BEC, CANADA, H2J 3E6 Phone: (514)529-8806 Fax: (514)529-2046 Internet: Web site: http://www.fqmc.org E-Mail: info@fqmc.org webmaster: patrickpoulin@navigosys.com Discussion (Bulletin board): http://www.fqmc.org/cgi-bin/yabb/YaBB.pl Saskatchewan Regina Regina Celiac Group P.O. Box 1773 Regina, SK S4P 3C6 Tel: (306) 761-1710 Saskatoon Saskatoon Celiac Association Contact: Barbara-Ann deHaan E-mail: saskatoonceliacassociation@gmail.com Internet: www.celiac.ca/events_saskatoon_chapter.php Yukon Whitehorse Contact: Leona Marinoske (Resource) 13 Klondike Road, Whitehorse, YK Y1A 3L8 Tel: (867) 667-6695, or (867) 667-3441 E-mail: leonayukon@yahoo.com
  18. Alberta Dr. R.N. Fedorak, M.D. - Adult GI University of Alberta Hospitals Edmonton, Alberta, Canada Tel: (403) 492-6941 N.B.Hershfield, M.D. 711 South Tower 3031 Hospital Dr. N.W. Calgary, Alberta T2N 2T9 Tel: (403) 283-6613 Fax: (403) 270-7722 Dr. Lyle McGonigle, M.D. - Pediatrician #730 - 8303 - 112 Street Edmonton, Alberta, Canada Tel: (403) 432-0970 Ontario G. Berezny, M.D. - Gastroenterologist Ottowa, Belleville, Canada Tel: (613) 966 0455 Dr. Phillip Hassard 555 Montreal Rd. Ottawa, Ontario
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