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I would really appreciate these answers for a school project I am doing on gluten intolerance and celiac disease in children. Thank you!

1. What makes people's body unable to digest gluten?

2. Is it medically proven that celiac disease or gluten intolerances make you more susceptible to depression, anxiety, and self-image problems?

3. If eating gluten doesn’t give everyone the same side effects, then could it really be the same diagnosis for everyone?

4. Is it possible to self-diagnose yourself of a gluten allergy?

5. Is a gluten free diet beneficial to people who are not allergic?

6. What options do families have when it comes to children with gluten intolerance and celiac disease?

7. Why has there been a sudden increase in the diagnosis of celiac disease and gluten intolerance?

8. What is the difference between having celiac disease and being gluten intolerant?

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Hi, Steph,

Really don't want to be rude, but I practice full-time and answer clinical questions 4 a day and really don't have time to do kids homework assignments.  I don't have enough time.  All these questions can be easily and accurately answered by you spending time online or calling your pediatrician for some help.

Happy Holidays, Dr. Olson

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I would be happy to attempt to answer any questions about general pediatric topics, either medical issues or behavioral issues. This would include all the various questions one receives in a busy pediatric practice. I`m a board certified pediatrician in northern Michigan and have been in practice for over 15 years. I enjoy the teaching role I have in our practice and would enjoy the opportunity to help others with their pediatric problems.

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