Getting Help

Congratulations! It's a big step to admit that you could use some help in your gluten-free journey. Just remember, there are countless people ready to assist:

Your Doctor:
Talk to your doctor about celiac disease and gluten intolerance if you think you could benefit from a gluten free diet. Most doctors are well versed in celiac testing and are knowledgeable about the conditions associated with celiac sprue disease (If he is not receptive to discussing gluten intolerance, find another doctor who is.). Don't hesitate to ask to be referred to a gastrointestinal specialist.

Your Naturopath:
Your Naturopathic doctor may be the most receptive to discussing gluten intolerance/sensitivity as a solution to your health issues. Naturopathic physicians craft comprehensive treatment plans that blend the best of modern medical science and traditional natural medical approaches to not only treat disease, but to also restore health.
  • Namaste Health Center in Durango, Colorado has an understanding that each patient is an individual whose state of well being is immediately affected by his or her lifestyle which includes diet, habits, emotions, attitude and environment.
  • Jess Kelley, MNT. Jess is a family practice Nutrition Therapist who specializes in food allergy identification, removal, and recovery, and also in hormone balance, specifically thyroid disorders.
  • Rivergate Natural Healthcare in Durango provides integrated healthcare through an unique blend of Western Naturopathic medicine with Classical Chinese Medicine and acupuncture. Read her "Going Gluten Free" flyer by clicking here.

Your Local Celiac Support Group:
Find a support group in your area by searching for Gluten Free and Celiac Support Group in your area. Your naturopath, gastrointestinal doctor, or health food stores may be of help as well.

My tiny town of Durango, Colorado has a wonderful Celiac/Gluten Intolerance Support Group. Email for place and time. Their mission: As a group, we provide education of health and wellness to and amongst ourselves, our neighbors, and our community. Through this knowledge, we are united in advocating awareness within our community. We support each other and learn from each other, while enriching our lives and the lives of others.

If you'd like to request celiac testing from your doctor, see this page for information -- Celiac Disease Diagnosis.

Elimination Diets:
Elimination diets can help you personally determine what food sensitivities trigger your health conditions, without involving any testing or medications. Completely eliminating foods, such as gluten and dairy for some people, while increasing fresh vegetables and fruits, reduces inflammation, lets go of excess weight, increases energy, immunity, and overall health.

Whole Life Nutrition has a 28-day elimination diet that is thorough and delicious: