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Monday: 9 - 6


Tuesday: 9 - 5


Wednesday: Closed


Thursday: 10 - 7


Friday: 9 - 5


Closed for lunch each business day from

12 to 1 p.m.


Patients taking

allergy shots

who come close to closing should be here no later than

15 minutes before lunch or the end of the day when we close.


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Tel: 248.651.0606


Fax: 248.651.5335



Hospitals Affiliated with:


Beaumont, Troy




Mercy St. Joseph's



*New Patients Welcome


*Same Day Appointments


*Most Insurances Accepted


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Celiac Disease


Celiac disease is an autoimmune digestive disease in which the small intestine becomes damaged, interfering with nutrient absorption leading to malnutrition and complications. It runs in families with different degrees of severity from silent to severe. People who have Celiac disease cannot tolerate a protein called gluten, which is a protein found in wheat, barley, rye and oats. Celiac disease causes flattening of the villi, leading to malabsorption of nutrients, leading to weight loss and weakness.




Symptoms of Celiac disease include abdominal pain, bloating and flatulence, bone and joint pain, diarrhea, nutrient deficiencies, weight loss, skin rashes, such as dermatitis-herpetiformis, leaky gut syndrome.




Celiac disease is an inherited disorder and can be detected by genetic testing as well as small intestinal biopsy, blood tests such as tissue transglutaminase, IgA, endomysial IgG, gliadin IgA and IgG.




Patients with Celiac disease must avoid all grains containing gluten, such as wheat, rye, barley and corn.




It sounds like Celiac disease and it feels like Celiac disease, but it is not. Physicians are now being advised to consider symptoms such as stomach bloating, fatigue, muscle and joint pains when diagnosing gluten sensitivity a relatively new condition on the spectrum of gluten related disorders. The symptoms of gluten intolerance are often similar to those of Celiac disease but less severe. This includes intestinal inflammation, which is characteristic in Celiac disease with flattening of the villi of the small intestine, is absent.




With gluten intolerance there is often a prevalence of extraintestinal symptoms including behavioral changes, skin rash, bone and joint pain, muscle cramps, leg numbness and weight loss, foggy mind and fatigue. Typical gastrointestinal symptoms include abdominal bloating and gas.


Typically, the diagnosis is made by exclusion using a gluten-free diet. An estimated 20 million people suffer from gluten intolerance. Tests, which are characteristic for Celiac disease, are negative.

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