Gluten Intolerance Group ofOctober 19th meeting; 1:30
Avista Training Rooms (on the main floor in the
Vonnie Rehn will be speaking at our October meeting. Vonnie, who has celiac disease, is also an RN. Her background and understanding of managing the disease along with the nutritional needs are exceptional.
Vonnie will be speaking about Vitamin B-12. This is an essential nutrient that many (with or without celiac disease) are deficient in. Lack of B-12 can lead to fatigue and more. Learn about the effects of this deficiency and what supplements are more bio-available.
She will also talk about the genetic testing 23 and Me. We discussed this briefly at the last meeting. If you are gluten free because you feel better, here is a relatively inexpensive look at whether you actually have the potential of developing the disease or not. If you do have the disease, this test could offer insights into problems that just seem to continue.
We look forward to seeing you at our October meeting.
With this announcement, I am going to take a moment to encourage people who have not been diagnosed with celiac disease, but are on a gluten free diet. First, the "hooray" because you have been listening to your bodies and know what works for you.
Some of the symptoms of celiac disease can present before there is damage to the intestines. (Celiac Disease is defined as flattening of the villi in the small intestines.) Knowing if you have the gene allele for celiac disease is one step towards a confirmation that gluten free is the correct avenue for you. It also can give you help in gaining a diagnosis (for which there is no test at this time) of Non-Celiac Gluten Intolerance.
Hear more on genetic testing in meetings to come. I am sure we will visit this subject again in the future.