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We are all alive and well. H1N1 has moved on, and I’m feeling better. I’ve driven the girls back and forth to Rochester a few times and the results are in. The results aren’t surprising, but they are life altering. Meagan’s lactose intolerance was confirmed and she has been diagnosed with Celiac disease.

Annie is allergic to milk products including casein and whey. She does not have Celiac.

What is Celiac disease?

Celiac disease is an autoimmune disease that damages the villi of the small intestine and interferes with absorption of nutrients from food. What does this mean? Essentially the body is attacking itself every time a person with celiac consumes gluten.

Celiac disease is triggered by consumption of the protein called gluten. When people with celiac disease eat foods containing gluten, their immune system responds by damaging the finger-like villi of the small intestine. When the villi become damaged, the body is unable to absorb nutrients into the bloodstream.

We are learning how to adapt to this news. It’s overwhelming but we are figuring it out. I’m reading a lot and burning Google up with my searches.

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1 Comment (+add yours?)

  1. Tanya
    Oct 20, 2009 @ 17:46:01

    >I know quite a few people who have had to go gluten free and dairy free. It's quite an adjustment, but there is lots of great info out there.

    Reply

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