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Celiac Home Test Kits

Posted by: theceliacshack on Oct. 25, 2009

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I have been doing some research lately about diagnosing celiac disease and came across a plethora of information. It seems that every physician or website has conflicting information. I have found that the medical community says that it is extremely difficult and cumbersome to diagnose Celiac Disease. On the other hand, I have found a number of websites selling home test kits that are easy to use and accurate in diagnosing this disease. Like you I am a bit apprehensive about these tests. They sell a lot of things on the web and T.V. that you know are far fetched and claim results that you clearly know have no scientific backing. But then again, I'm sure the home pregnancy test was greeted with equal skepticism. I'm here to tell you that those were highly accurate in confirming all four of my pregnancies. New technology is never greeted with open arms. It takes real life testing and use of these items to show the proof.

We are not telling anyone to run out and by any of these tests because we are not licensed physicians. We are just suffers of gluten in our diet like many of you. I am merely reporting things that may be useful to our readers. If anyone knows or has first hand experience with these products, feel free to post a comment and share it with us. Below is one of the test I have stumbled across in my search. I hope this information proves to be a help to you.

Home Biocard Celiac Test

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The Biocard™ Celiac Test measures the presence of antibodies in the blood. The existence of certain antibodies in the blood is an indicator that the body is having an immune system response to the presence of a specific foreign body. In the case of Celiac disease, this foreign body is gluten.

The test is positive if you have two red lines on the test card. One red line appears in the control field to let you know that you have done the test properly. The second red line appears if your system is having an immune response to gluten. The positive response indicates that the individual being tested has a high probability of being a Celiac. It is recommended that a positive diagnosis using the Biocard™ Celiac Test be confirmed by a medical doctor.

Regards, The Celiac Shack "Making gluten free fun one day at a time!"

Comments on This Post:

  • Ghostman
    Oct. 26, 2009

    This is assuming you have gluten in your system, right? So if you've been on a gluten free diet, this test will come out with a negative result.

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  • theceliacshack
    Oct. 26, 2009

    That is my understanding as well. I am still researching the subject and will post more information as a find it. I just thought the home test was a progressive step toward better public awareness of the disease.

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  • gator92
    Nov. 2, 2009

    There is another website to check out. www.enterolab.com. They are a wealth of information and offer stool testing for gluten allergies, along with several others (egg, yeast,soy) Stool testing is much more sensitive and accurate than traditional blood testing. Even if you have been on a gluten free diet for several months, it can still detect it. You can order directly from this website and do not need doctor's orders.

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  • theceliacshack
    Nov. 4, 2009

    That's great. I will check it out today.

    I wrote Biocard after the blog and here is their reply. "To answer your questions, the Biocard Celiac Test kit retails in Canada for $50. We are currently working with the FDA with the hopes of having an approval in the near future. Since our test is looking for antibodies to gluten, we always adivse folks that they must be consuming gluten on a regular basis before using the celiac test (or potentially get a false negative)."

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