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Which Foods Contain Gluten and Why Is It Harmful to Some People?  What is Celiac Disease?

An estimated 1 in 133 Americans (that’s 3 million people in just the USA) suffer from celiac disease, but most cases not have been diagnosed.  Celiac disease is an immune reaction to gluten, a protein which is found in all kinds of wheat (including semolina, spelt, durum, faro, einkorn and kamut) in addition to rye, barley and triticale.

If you have a sensitivity to gluten or have been diagnosed recently as having celiac disease (also referred to as celiac sprue; the European spelling is coeliac), then you might like to check out these websites that provide reputable medical information and lists of local support groups:

Celiac Disease Awareness Campaign

A program, supported by the National Institutes of Health, provides: news about celiac disease education and research; guidelines on the diagnosis and management of the condition; recommendations for a gluten- free diet (also in Spanish); a list of voluntary and professional organizations promoting celiac disease awareness.

Celiac Sprue Association

A non-profit organization which is dedicated to helping individuals with celiac disease and dermatitis herpetiformis worldwide through research, education and support.

Gluten Intolerance Group of North America

A non-profit organization which provides support to persons with gluten intolerances, including celiac disease, dermatitis herpetiformis, and other gluten sensitivities, in order to live healthy lives.

National Foundation for Celiac Awareness

This non-profit organization is dedicated to raising awareness and funding for celiac disease that will advance research, education and screening amongst medical professionals, children and adults.

Medline Plus

The National Institutes of Health’s website for patients and their families and friends offers extensive information about celiac disease (also called celiac sprue, gluten-sensitive enteropathy or nontropical sprue).

Mayo Clinic website

This site, provided by one of the most prestigious medical centers for gastrointestinal research, describes the medical condition and potential complications of celiac disease.

Beth Israel Deaconess Celiac Center

The BIDMC Celiac center specializes in the care of patients with celiac disease and other gluten-sensitive disorders.

Celiac Disease Center at Columbia University

The center provides comprehensive medical care for adult and pediatric patients with celiac disease.

University of Chicago Celiac Disease Center

This center provides patient and professional education, expert diagnosis and treatment.

University of Maryland Center for Celiac Disease Research

This institution is engaged in clinical care, diagnostic support, education, and clinical and basic science research in celiac disease.