Archive for November, 2010

 


The debate rages on both the causes and “cures” for autism. There is the mercury-vaccination contingent, the gluten-free, casein-free diet supporters, those that believe genetics play a role, and the list goes on. There may very well be multiple etiologies for this developmental disorder, and research continues throughout the world to determine, definitively and finally, what that is.

One of the newest clinical trials is just beginning across the country, at fifteen institutions, including the University of California at San Francisco. (more…)


Gluten Free Diets May Reduce Autistic Behavior

November 9th, 2010 by Deborah A. Klein, MS, RD

                                                  

The CDC’s Autism and Developmental Disabilities Monitoring (ADDM) Network released data in 2007 that found about 1 in 150 (8-year-old) children in multiple areas of the United States had an Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD). The number of diagnosed cases of autism is on the rise; the reason(s) for this is unclear.   Autism knows no racial, ethnic or social boundaries.  Family income, lifestyle, and educational levels do not appear to affect the chance of occurrence.

Fortunately, dietary changes can make a significant change in people with autism.  Research is profound on the positive impact that a gluten and casein free diet can make on children with autism.  Gluten and/or casein free diets have been implemented to reduce autistic behavior, in addition to special education, since the early eighties {Autism, Vol. 3, No. 1, 45-65 (1999)}.  The scientific studies include (more…)

Holy donations!  Congratulations to Dr. Alessio Fasano and the Center for Celiac Research at the University of Maryland Medical Center on receiving a $45 million private donation from the family of a grateful patient. 

The donation marks the largest single gift ever given to the university system and will be used to expand the University of Maryland Center for Celiac Research and study other autoimmune disorders such as multiple sclerosis and Type 1 diabetes. (more…)

Jen Cafferty

Tips to Help You Start a Gluten-free Diet

November 8th, 2010 by Jen Cafferty

More and more people are on a gluten-free diet these days. Whether you have Celiac Disease, gluten intolerance, an allergy, autism, or an anti-inflammatory disease, your situation is the same. You need to figure out how to tackle this crazy world of gluten-free living.

Our society is so gluten-filled that it can often be overwhelming to think about not eating gluten for the rest of your life. We are told to eat our multi-grain cereal for breakfast, our sandwich on wheat bread for lunch and fancy high-fiber grains with our dinner. But what do you do if you can't eat any of these things anymore? (more…)

Gluten Free Recipe: Cranberry Glazed Carrots

November 8th, 2010 by Kimberly Bouldin

Cranberry Glazed Carrots

Ingredients:

2 lbs. fresh baby carrots (whole carrots, chopped into rounds, can be used as well) ½ cup jellied canned cranberry sauce (Ocean Spray is gluten-free) ¼ cup butter or margarine ¼ cup packed brown sugar 1 tablespoon lemon juice ½ teaspoon salt Place about 1” of water in a large saucepan; add carrots. Bring to a boil. Reduce heat; cover and simmer for 10-12 minutes or until tender. Drain in a colander and set aside. (more…)

Marissa Carter

Gluten Free Kids Interview Profiles: Jane Age 7

November 5th, 2010 by Marissa Carter

Name: Jane

Age: almost 7

Q: How long have you been gluten free?  A: Four years

Q: Why are you on a gluten free diet?  A: Thanks to my sister (more…)

The following questions and answers were developed by the Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center at Harvard Medical School:

Q. What is it like for a person you see who is newly diagnosed with Celiac Disease? A. The gluten-free diet requires more preparation, taking food with you when you travel, making sure that you are safe in dining-out situations or when you are visiting with family or friends. So for some, it is very simple and straight forward and they are already experimenting with new grains like amaranth, buckwheat, millet, sorghum, and teff. But some people are (more…)

Carl Lowe

Can Bread Give You Herpes?

November 5th, 2010 by Carl Lowe

Gluten in bread can wreak havoc on the body. (AP Photo/S Ilic)

If you’re sensitive to gluten, a protein found in wheat, and foods made from wheat, it can make you more susceptible to herpes. Herpes, a virus that forms blisters on the skin, mouth and genitals causes what are called cold sores or fever blisters. It is highly contagious and may keep coming back, causing repetitive infections. (more…)

Do you ever wonder where you can buy gluten-free grains and flours for a discount? Check out your local ethnic markets for terrific prices and variety.

One of the most frustrating aspects of being on a gluten-free diet is the cost of food.  Whether you are buying a prepared food or a bag of flour, the prices seem to be higher than "regular" food.

Next time you drive past an ethnic market or grocery store, stop in and see what they have to offer. Asian markets offer various rice flours.  Middle Eastern and Indian markets provide a wide variety of bean flours and alternative grains.  (more…)

Gluten Free Recipe: Fall Applesauce Cake

November 4th, 2010 by Kimberly Bouldin

With Fall in full swing, there is an abundance of apples floating around.  Not only are the grocery stores full of apples, but some of the local farms are as well.  Lynd's Fruit Farm is one of my favorite places to pick apples with the kids. Since making applesauce is a family tradition, I make sure to purchase enough apples to make a crockpot full.  Once the applesauce is made, it can be frozen or used in other recipes, such as this Applesauce Cake. (more…)