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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). It's been identified in all parts of the world--even China and No. Africa, but not East Asia or sub-Saharan Africa.

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

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

Another 0.02% of people have a true wheat allergy.

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

GFW105 is a support group for gluten-sensitive individuals in L.A. cities/communities near the 105, such as: Bell, Bellflower, Compton, Cudahy, Downey, Florence-Graham, Harbor Gateway North, Hollydale, Huntington Park, Inglewood, Lennox, Lynwood, Norwalk, Paramount, Rancho Dominguez, South L.A., South Gate, Watts, Westchester, Westmont, and Willowbrook.

GFW105 has the purpose of supporting a healthy lifestyle on 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 derivative products, except pure distillates (alcohol or vinegar) and a wheat starch not widely available in the U.S.

A GF diet excludes all sources of "gluten." It 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 feeling and knowing & feeling we are happier & healthier!

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