Celiac disease

Health in Depth: Muscle Weakness in Celiac Disease

Muscle weakness is the lack of muscle strength to perform physical work that we should be able to do, such as lifting objects, climbing steps or simply walking or getting up from a chair. Muscle weakness is different from muscle fatigue, which is the lack of energy to continue physical work once begun. Muscle weakness is also different from lassitude, ...

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Healthy Lunch Challenge

When I was asked to create an example of a healthy gluten-free lunch for the ladies of Easy Lunch Boxes and Crunch a Color, I jumped at the chance. It was easy for me because this is what I (try to) do 5 days a week.

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


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


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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