The Vancouver Chapter of the Canadian Celiac Association is a non-profit charity that supports people who are adversely affected by gluten, dermatitis herpetiformis, and other gluten-related conditions.



April 1 - 3, 2016
:  Fraser Valley Food Show, Gluten Free Living

June 24-26, 2016
: CCA National Conference - St. John's NFLD

June 26,  2016
: Scotia Run - Support the CCA - Vancouver Chapter

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The gluten problem: Found. Treated. Cured.

Celiac Disease (CD) is a genetic, multi-system, autoimmune disorder where the body reacts to gluten and other prolamines in wheat (e.g. durum, kamut, spelt), rye and barley.  Gluten consumption causes damage to the absorptive surface of the small intestine and can result in malnutrition, anemia, nutritional deficiencies and an increased risk of other autoimmune diseases and some cancers of the gut. Every person is different and there may be no symptoms, but damage is still being done.  More information can be found at the Canadian Celiac Association website.
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Apr 6th 2016
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Features of children with positive celiac serology and type 1 diabetes mellitus
A study from the Japan Pediatric Society, identified 294 children who had celiac disease. Of these, 21 of had diagnosed type 1 diabetes mellitus. It was found that diabetic children were more likely to have absence of gastrointestinal symptoms and more likely to have reflux issues compared to children who had just celiac disease. Pediatrics International Journal 2015 Oct

Low bone mineral density in Brazilian patients at diagnosis of Celiac Disease
Low bone mineral density is considered an extra-intestinal manifestation of celiac disease with reduced bone mass, increased bone fragility, and risk of fractures. Celiac disease is considered a condition at high risk for secondary osteoporosis and the evaluation of bone density is very important in the clinical management of these patients. A study in Brazil found that 69% of Brazilian patients with celiac disease at diagnosis had low bone mineral density, being more frequent in women older than 50 years. Arq Gastroenterol 2015 Jul-Sep

CesareanSection (CS) and Diseases associated with Immune Function
A total of 750,569 children aged 0 to 14 years were included in the study. Children delivered by both acute and elective CS had an increased risk of asthma, laryngitis, and gastroenteritis. Children delivered by acute CS had an increased risk of ulcerative colitis and celiac disease, whereas children delivered by elective CS had an increased risk of lower respiratory tract infection and juvenile idiopathic arthritis. The effect of elective CS was higher than the effect of acute CS on the risk of asthma. Journal of Clinical Immunology 2015 Sep 11

Exploring the Strange New World of Non-Celiac Gluten Sensitivity
Dr. Daniel Leffler, who will speak at the CCA National Conference and Dr. Benjamin Lebwohl completed a study regarding Non-Celiac Gluten Sensitivity (NCGS) that really did not provide any conclusive results.
It seems only to contribute to the uncertainty about NCGS. But from these results and those of previous trials, it is reasonable to draw several conclusions. First, NCGS is distinct from IBS in that extraintestinal symptoms are prominent and respond to dietary modification, unlike the extra intestinal symptoms that can be seen in IBS. Indeed, half of the individual clinical components that worsened with gluten compared with placebo (aphthous stomatitis, depression, and foggy mind) related to non-intestinal symptoms, and this is certainly compatible with symptoms reported by NCGS patients in clinical practice. Second, there are no proven biomarkers for NCGS at this time, and studies focused on these have had, at best, conflicting results. "If nothing else, NCGS is a complex entity and will not give up its secrets easily. As such, studies with more limited but focused aims are likely to be more effective in providing important incremental knowledge."

Asymptomatic Children Might Not Need Biopsy for Celiac Diagnosis
Doctors might not need a biopsy to accurately diagnose celiac disease in children with no symptoms who have elevated anti-tTG, according to the latest study out of Italy. Among 196 patients with anti-tTG antibodies at least 10 times the standards, 156 had symptoms and 40 were asymptomatic. More than 90% of the symptomatic children (142/156, 91%) showed severe lesion degree on biopsy, and an even higher percentage of asymptomatic patients (37/40, 92.5%) had severe lesions. Among the EMA positive children with lower titers of anti-tTG antibodies, 70% of symptomatic children and 81% of asymptomatic children showed severe lesions. This is current research and of course it will take some time for these to filter down to our Canadian standards for care.

Mommy, I have a tummy ache!
Dr. Rodney Ford is Pediatric Gastroenterologist in New Zealand and has written seven books about gluten related issues. He feels that children's tummy aches should never be ignored. These children need help and understanding for their symptoms. Some of these children have unrecognized gastric reflux symptoms; some have celiac disease; some have Helicobacter pylori infection; some have chronic constipation; some have food intolerances; and many have gluten sensitivity/ intolerance. "Please don't just ignore them-please test and treat them! Please do not dismiss what your child is telling you: you may be able to help them. They might have a gluten-related disorder. They are not "attention seeking" they are in actual pain." Journal of Gluten Sensitivity, Autumn 2015 Issue

Are Industrial Food Additives to Blame for Soaring Rates of Autoimmune Disease?
Numerous common industrial food additives increase tight junction leakage. These include glucose, salt, emulsifiers, organic solvents, gluten, microbial transglutaminase, and nanoparticles, widely and increasingly used in industrial food production.
Researchers from Israel and Germany are calling for additional research on the connections between food additives exposure, intestinal permeability, and autoimmunity interplay to expand our knowledge of the common mechanisms associated with autoimmune progression.

Have Researchers Finally Nailed Down Non-celiac Gluten Sensitivity?
The study, from Giovanni Barbara and his team at the University of Bologna, Italy, suggests that inflammation in gluten-sensitive individuals may result from high levels of a molecule called zonulin.
Zonulin has been linked to inflammation, and people with celiac disease have been shown to have high levels of zonulin when consuming wheat protein. Symptoms include abdominal pain, bloating, alternating diarrhea or constipation. And there can be other symptoms, including "brain fog," headache, fatigue and joint and muscle pain.

Iron deficiency anemia in newly diagnosed celiac disease in children
Of all patients diagnosed with Celiac Disease in the study, 30.1% had anemia. This significant relation existing between CD and iron deficiency should be considered by pediatricians at the diagnosis of CD in order to treat the patients. Minerva Pediatrics: 2016 Feb.

Neurological Dysfunction in Coeliac Disease and Non-Coeliac Gluten Sensitivity
In a study done in the UK, the most common neurological manifestations of patients with either CD or NCGS were cerebellar ataxia, peripheral neuropathy, and encephalopathy. The neurological manifestations of CD and NCGS are similar and equally responsive to a gluten-free diet suggestive of common pathophysiological mechanisms. American Journal of Gastroenterology: 2016 Feb
Gluten-Free Certification Program -  The CCA has spent several years developing a voluntary certification program based on a preventative approach for managing the production of gluten-free products.  This symbol is the copyright of the Allergen Control Group who now manages the certification of gluten-free products.  To see vendors who have been certified check out their website or look for this symbol on products in your stores.
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You don't have to be a marathoner to take part in the Scotia Run. We do recommend that you get out and walk before your take part in this event, but it has added health benefits too! This is a serious commitment and an opportunity to raise funds for Celiac Disease in your community.
Run/walk your first race fully supported by a fun team with confidence knowing that every dollar you raise goes to work helping those with celiac disease or gluten sensitivity, or increasing the awareness of gluten related disorders at health focused events. Whether you take part to achieve a personal best time in the race or you are there to enjoy the scenery and the company of friends and family, you do it for a cause you are familiar with: Celiac Disease. You will be part of a team, with t-shirts to show your support for the cause.

We will be providing more information regarding prizes and benefits for our fundraisers as we move closer to the race.
All the information regarding this event is found on
www.vancouverhalf.com .

If computers make you uneasy and you would like to participate contact me, val_vaartnou@telus.net and
I will take you through the registration or do it for you.

DO NOT SIMPLY REGISTER
. In order for the CCA ? Vancouver Chapter to benefit and you to get the savings benefit of our charity code, you must register under our charity.

This is found at the link
: www.canadarunningseries.com/svhm/svhmCHARITY.htm                                                       more information here...