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January 1998 Issue

Avoiding Gluten Is a Challenge When Celiac Disease Strikes

Q. What exactly is gluten intolerance and is it serious? A. It's an inherited disease that goes by many names. primarily celiac disease. but also Cetiac Sprue, nontropical sprue and gluten enteropathy. It's characterized by an inability to digest gluten, a protein found in large amounts in wheat and rye, but also in barley and oats. Though the exact cause of celiac disease isn't known, one theory suggests the body's immune system mistakenly

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