FOOD ALLERGIES VS. CELIAC DISEASE
TIP was created to treat Food Allergies. TIP is NOT a treatment for Celiac Disease. Although people with Celiac Disease can not eat gluten, they are not allergic to it...
WHAT IS A FOOD ALLERGY?
A food allergy occurs when the body has a specific and reproducible immune response to certain foods. Allergic reactions can vary in severity. Allergic reactions and anaphylaxis are mediated by immunoglobulin E (IgE) and lead to the release of mast cells and basophil immune mediators.
Anaphylaxis is a severe, potentially fatal, systemic allergic reaction that can occur suddenly after contact with an allergy-causing substance or up to hours later. Systemic refers to something that is spread throughout, system-wide, affecting a group or system, such as the body.
WHAT IS CELIAC DISEASE?
Celiac Disease Foundation defines celiac disease as a serious autoimmune disease that occurs in genetically predisposed people where the ingestion of gluten leads to damage in the small intestine. When people with celiac disease eat gluten (a protein found in wheat, rye and barley), their body mounts an immune response that attacks the small intestine. These attacks lead to damage on the villi, small fingerlike projections that line the small intestine, that promote nutrient absorption. When the villi gets damaged, nutrients cannot be absorbed properly into the body.
The reaction that occurs is NOT IGE mediated or systemic. It is a localized reaction. Although they are both autoimmune disorders, they are mediated differently and affect different parts of the body.
DOES THE TOLERANCE INDUCTION PROGRAM (TIP) TREAT CELIAC DISEASE?
Because of these differences state above, the TIP treatment process is not effective for celiac disease. There is currently not a treatment that has been successful in leading to the remission of celiac disease or one that allows people with celiac disease to tolerate eating gluten.
However, people with celiac disease are at a higher risk of developing other autoimmune disorders. If your child does have celiac disease and has allergies to other foods, TIP can safely treat your child’s food allergies. Foods containing gluten will NOT be part of their treatment plan.
If you are enrolling in TIP or for your child that has both conditions, it is crucial that you inform us that your child has celiac disease at your child’s FIRST visit.