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Doctors, what is the difference between celiac disease and gluten allergy?

Sxs/mechanism. A true food allergy goes through the immune system and causes a sudden, potentially life threatening reaction (anaphylaxis) which includes hives, swelling, breathing sxs, GI sxs, heart sxs, nasal/eye sxs. This can be diagnosed by an allergist. Celiac is a different immune response to gluten in the gut. Symptoms can be more subtle (stomach sxs and others) and initial eval involves a blood test. Read more...

What type of doctor is best to see to be tested for a gluten allergy? I was told a few different types.

Allergist. An allergist can test you to see if you are allergic. A gastroenterologist can perform the biopsies to confirm the effect of gluten allergy on your GI tract. Read more...

I heard of a holistic doctor doing muscle testing to determine gluten allergy. This does not sound right to me. Any science to back it up?

NO. Please steer clear of charlatans like these. Trust your instincts. Gluten proteins generally do not stimulate the body to produce ige antibodies, the type of antibodies scientifically defined by the term "allergy." celiac disease is a disorder in which the body produces IgA antibodies directed at gluten, not ige antibodies, so as such it is not really an"allergy" anyway. Gi doctors diagnose it. Read more...
NO . Muscle testing is not a valid method to diagnose any form of allergy or other adverse reaction to food. Read more...