Good morning everyone,
Being a diagnosed coeliac I know how hard it was for me to get diagnosed and it took many years as Dr's thought that I was too healthy and I was suffering from tension. This is because gluten is toxic to coeliac (celiac in the US) so its bound to make us tense and when a coeliac ingests gluten the villi collapses and we have to expel the toxin and after a while malabsorption follows. So many coeliac suffer from osteopenia and worse osteoporosis and other auto-immune disorders.
Processed gluten free foods/free from foods aren't necessarily healthy as the name free from implies and the free from aisles are packed with high fat/sugary foods with lots of additives.
In some areas UK coeliac can still get bread and flour on prescription, the majority is codex wheat that has been washed repeatedly in solvents to remove the bulk of the gluten and this is renders it inert and of very low nutritional value, so it has to be fortified. There is another problem and thats how prescriptions are procured which means that a 400g loaf of GF bread costs the NHS a whopping £8.40 when I can pop into Tesco's and either get 6 loaves on prescription for £50.40 from their pharmacy or I can go to the free from aisle and buy exactly the same product for £2.80. This is still a lot but 1/3 of the cost to the NHS so the CCG's (Clinical commissioning groups) are stopping prescription foods, for obvious reasons.
In my opinion a naturally gluten free diet based on fresh food cooked from scratch is far more beneficial health wise than consuming these Franken foods.
Here's some links and if anyone thinks that they have coeliac disease then ask your GP for an IGA blood test.
There's a coeliac awareness week in the uk later in May.