Celiac disease

Understanding and Treating Selenium Deficiency in Celiac Disease

Selenium is a trace mineral required for good health. We should not be complacent about the small amount of this essential nutrient needed because not having enough of it has serious consequences. Selenium is required for antioxidant protection, DNA repair, thyroid hormone activation, immune system enhancement, production of prostaglandins, muscle function and protection against cancer.

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Step by Step Guide: Beginning the Gluten-Free Lifestyle

FOR THE NEWLY-DIAGNOSED CELIAC AND DH’er STEP-BY-STEP:  BEGINNING THE GLUTEN-FREE LIFESTYLE© by Janet Y. Rinehart, Houston,  and Lynn Rainwater, San Antonio BEGIN A definite diagnosis of Celiac Disease (screening blood tests plus endoscopic biopsies) and/or Dermatitis Herpetiformis (skin biopsy) means a lifetime commitment to a gluten-free diet. Take full advantage of your local chapter membership.  Our group leaders and contacts ...

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The History of Celiac Disease

The earliest description of celiac disease was recorded in the second century A.D. In 1888 Samuel Gee published a monograph on celiac disease that “to regulate the food is the main part of treatment … The allowance of farinaceous foods must be small … but if the patient can be cured at all, it must be by means of diet.” ...

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Gluten Free Soapbox: We Are Not Crazy!

This week’s gluten free soapbox comes from the personal archives. I’m absolutely certain that I’m not the only one who has encountered this, but it doesn’t seem to get talked about much… Often times, it seems that people who are on strict gluten free diets get viewed as high maintenance, or picky. The constant need to check and double check ...

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So You Want to Start a Celiac Support Group?

I was diagnosed in 1996 when “celiac” and “gluten free” were still foreign words.  I remember the first conversation I had with a fellow Celiac.  I sat on the floor in my bedroom, confused and overwhelmed, listening to the kind voice on the other end of the telephone talking me through gluten free condiment options.  She introduced me to our ...

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Kidney Stones (Renal Calculus): Causes & Treatment in Celiac Disease

Between 10 and 15% of adults within the United States will be diagnosed with a kidney stone. Recurrence rates are estimated at about 10% per year, totaling 50% over a 5–10 year period and 75% over 20 years. Men are affected approximately 4 times more often than women. Recent evidence has shown an increase in pediatric  cases. The total cost for ...

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Don’t Let Fear And Anxiety About Gluten Steal Your Joy!

Once you’ve been diagnosed with Celiac disease or gluten intolerance, it is easy to become wrapped up in fear and anxiety about food.  This is absolutely normal as now there is an apparent “evil” out there just waiting to get ya.  However, reality is it’s been getting you on a regular basis prior to being diagnosed or figuring it out on ...

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Are Your Vitamins Making You Sick?

  Sometimes gluten can appear in strange places; places you’d never expect. When you’re diagnosed with Celiac Disease, or gluten-intolerance, it’s up to you to make sure your toothpaste, the ketchup bottle in your fridge, and even your vitamins don’t contain anything that can make you sick. Some of these products may surprise you. For example, most people wouldn’t suspect ...

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Gluten Free Diets May Reduce Autistic Behavior

                                                   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.  ...

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University of Maryland Gets Record $45M Donation for Celiac Research

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 ...

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