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According to NIH, celiac is the country's MOST-underdiagnosed disease, affecting about 1% of the general population (one in 141 people - http://bit.ly/CDAC1-1212). (The disease has been identified in all parts of the world, incl. China and No. Africa, but not E. Asia or sub-Saharan Africa.)

Despite the efforts of NIH and others in this country, public awareness of celiac is so low that 83% of American celiac patients don't know they have it.

Another 6% of the people have non-celiac gluten sensitivity (NCGS). NCGS can result in change rated as high as 2 under the Marsh Oberhuber criteria. But causing actual tissue damage (villous atrophy), celiac can result in damage topping the Marsh scale (0, 1, 2, 3a, 3b, 3c).

Another 0.02% have a true wheat allergy.

It's up to each of us to raise awareness of celiac and its standard treatment, the gluten-free diet. To see if you might need to adopt the diet, visit http://glutenfreequiz.com.

CSJVCeliacs is a support group for individuals who live with celiac disease or gluten sensitivity in the central San Joaquin Valley of California - the Fresno, Kings, Madera, and Tulare counties.

CSJVCeliacs has the purpose of giving support for a lifestyle having a diet devoid of "gluten," i.e.: barley, couscous, durhum, einkorn, emmer, farina, farro, kamut, malt, matzo, rye, seitan, semolina, spelt, triticale, udon, and wheat; and all products derived from these grains, except 100% pure distillates (alcohol or vinegar) and a wheat starch not widely available in the U.S.

A gluten-free diet strictly excludes all sources of "gluten." This means the diet eliminates both ingredients and sub-ingredients with any "gluten" whatsoever. To learn more, click on "FOODS..." among our Links.

Indeed we have to avoid many foods. We may sometimes feel unhappy, living in a wheat-eating society. But, sharing our experiences with one another, we learn what foods we may safely enjoy. And we do so knowing and feeling we are happier and healthier!

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