Celiac disease is an autoimmune disease where extreme damage has been done to the small intestines from eating gluten. There’s no cure for celiac disease — but following a strict gluten-free diet can help manage symptoms and promote intestinal healing. Anyone who has an autoimmune disease should be tested for gluten intolerance and celiac. There is a condition called silent celiac, which lays low while showing other symptoms such as, hypothyroidism, infertility, MS, liver disease.

Gluten sensitivity is not a disease, but rather can cause a disease if gone unchecked and unaddressed. One does not have to have celiac disease if they are gluten sensitive, but if one has celiac, they most certainly have a gluten sensitivity. Gluten sensitivity can cause an enormous slew of health issues that range from liver disease to hair loss to infertility. There are many different ways these symptoms and diseases manifest from gluten in the system. The best way to start treating someone who is believed to be gluten sensitive it to have allergy tests done for both gluten and food, to start with an inclusive knowledge base from the very beginning of treatment. Biopsies have been used in the past for celiac detection, but they have been proven to be ineffective, and will yield false negatives. A biopsy is not an option for detecting a gluten sensitivity.

Celiac and gluten sensitivity share a few similarities, but as a whole, they are very different. If undiagnosed and untreated, gluten sensitivity can lead to serious health problems now, and down the road. We need to treat our bodies well, and nourish them to the best of our ability. Knowledge about a true gluten free diet is very powerful when it is applied correctly.