I’ve just stumbled across the food doc blog – a blog written by Dr Scot Lewey, a gastroenterologist who is himself sensitive to gluten and dairy and who has family members with celiac disease.

Now that’s the kind of doctor you want on your team! Someone who really understands the difficulties of living gluten free …

He has an associated website (www.thefooddoc.com) which is being developed, and ought to be very valuable when it is finished. I’m looking forward to the podcasts.

The post I first found is about the high incidence of lactose intolerance in celiac disease – the food doc suggests that all people suffering from lactose intolerance should be screened for celiac disease, and so should all people labelled as having IBS.

I agree. I’m not a medic, but there have been so many posts on the message board about diagnoses of IBS later being pinpointed as coeliac disease that it must surely make sense for a screening programme to be in place. I know these things all come down to cost, but I’d have thought that the cost of repeated visits to the doctor (this may not cost the patient directly here in the UK, but it definitely costs the NHS), not to mention the ongoing pain and embarrassment for the patient, would have made it viable. Even if the screen comes back negative, that’s additional knowledge …