Celiac disease

Helping a West Point Graduate Connect the Dots Between Symptoms and Their Causes

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My mother, Cleo Libonati, RN, BSN was giving a presentation to medical school students at a major medical school in Philadelphia. The topic was “Identifying and Correcting Nutrient Deficiencies in Celiac Disease.” A student approached her after the presentation. She was a tall, athletic looking woman with short blond hair. She introduced herself as Amanda and told Cleo she was ...

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Helping Kids With Food Allergies Overcome Anxiety

When you have a child diagnosed with a severe food allergy it can be extremely challenging to help them feel comfortable and safe in social situations.  While living with food allergies may always present challenges there are a few things you can do as a parent to help your child manage their fears and anxieties.  First and foremost…you must try ...

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Homemade Mexican Chorizo

Cha cha cha chorizo! Sorry, that sounded like a good idea at the time. Like a chorizo party. I can’t say that I’ve had Mexican Chorizo often, I just know that when I do have it, it’s quite a tasty treat. Also, it’s a fun word to say (noted, above). It just sounds so zesty and authentic. Truth be told, ...

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Honey Spritz Cookies

(Taken from Food Network and Adapted) Ingredients: 2 cups all-purpose flour ( I used Jules Gluten Free) 1/2 teaspoon baking powder 1/4 teaspoon salt (Omit if you use Earth Balance Butter Sticks) 1 stick unsalted butter, at room temperature (I used Earth Balance) 1/3 cup evaporated cane juice 1 large egg 1/4 cup honey 1 teaspoon vanilla extract (Make Sure GF)

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How Blood Tests for Gluten Sensitivity & Celiac Disease Actually Work

This article focuses on the two main antibody blood tests for celiac disease. It will tell you what each test looks for and what the results mean. The two blood tests recommended when testing for celiac disease are the AGA-IgA test for gliadin (wheat proteins) as well as the tTG-IgA test for tissue transglutaminase. Recent research indicates the blood tests ...

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How Do You Own Your Health?

This is the article I wrote on Health and Wellness for the Autism Community Magazine.  I recently heard Rebecca Onie speak on TedTalk about the current healthcare system in the US. She poses the questions: “What if our health care system kept us healthy? What if waiting rooms were a place to improve daily healthcare? What if doctors could/would prescribe/facilitate ...

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How Gluten Causes Alopecia Areata

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Do you recognize this circular hair loss pattern? It is called alopecia areata. According to the National Alopecia Areata Foundation, “no FDA approved treatment or cure exists yet.” No cure, eh? It is amazing how many times I hear this “no cure” declaration when I KNOW people who have been cured of the condition in question, in this case, alopecia ...

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How the Gluten-Free Diet is like a Zombie Apocalypse

Going gluten-free is a battle. A battle of the many emotions involved with learning an entire new way of eating. The battlefield is similar to the one that Rick, Carl, Maggie, Daryl and the others face on every episode of The Walking Dead. How do the two journeys relate? Well, let me explain… 1. What the ______? When Rick woke up in the hospital he ...

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How to Lose Weight on the Gluten-Free Diet

The traditional look of celiac disease was an underweight person. However, a large minority (39%) are now found to be overweight at diagnosis. A woman with a history of struggling to lose weight is diagnosed with celiac disease. After starting the gluten-free diet she loses 50 lbs in less than a year…seemingly without effort. A middle-aged man who has never ...

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