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Healthcare May Seem Doomed But You Can Save Yourself


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Fixing healthcare is a big topic in the United States at the moment.

No healthcare plan is going to work because no one in government or the medical industry is looking at healthcare the right way.

People should be healthy. Instead, they are sick and getting sicker – almost 60% now take a prescription medication. What does that look like? Line up 5 people. Three of those five are taking a prescription drug to treat some health problem. 15%, or almost 1 in 7, take five or more medications.

You cannot fix a system by shifting money around when the underlying causes of health problems are not being treated or prevented.

Doctors are trained to treat acute symptoms. Chronic diseases are being treated like acute symptoms. As a result, medications that are only supposed to be taken in the short term, like Read More »

The Vatican Did Not Steal Communion From Gluten-Free Catholics


A recent New York Times article with the title “Vatican Refuses to Go Gluten-Free at Communion” has caused quite a stir, with other news organizations quickly picking up the story and running similarly sensational headlines. Opinion leaders on social media jumped on the topic and word spread that gluten-free Catholics were being refused Communion.

I am not sure if this qualifies as “fake news,” but the headlines are definitely wrong.

According to the Catholic Church, Communion is the joining of the person to God by eating bread or wine that has been transfigured into the body and blood of Jesus Christ.

The New York Times and any other media outlet or individual who claims the Vatican is withholding gluten-free Communion from Catholics is factually incorrect. The Catholic Church offers multiple ways to receive Communion, and some are gluten-free.

In fact, all Catholic bishops have informed their parish priests that they must make Communion available to Catholic parishioners with celiac disease and gluten sensitivity in forms other than the regular bread hosts in order to meet their needs.

The Vatican simply published a statement reaffirming the position it previously stated in 2003 on the subject of gluten-free Communion. Hosts not made from wheat are invalid. So, what forms are gluten-free? Read More »

Bleeding Complications (Bruising or Hematoma) as First Sign of Celiac Disease


Editors’ note: This case report illustrates that a person can live a long time reporting apparent good health and be completely unaware that they have symptoms of celiac disease. In this case, hematomas, (which are swollen black and blue marks caused by a break in the wall of a blood vessel), that developed on his legs caused the patient to seek medical attention. The ability of his blood to clot was severely impaired and yet there was no other manifestation of hemorrhage. Discover more about bruising and hundreds of other health issues and how to treat them at the Gluten Free Works Health Guide.

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Why Commanders of the United States Armed Forces Should Definitely Worry About Gluten-Free MREs


Last month, Senator Ted Cruz, one of the Republican candidates for President of the United States made waves by clumsily associating gluten-free with political correctness.

“That’s why the last thing any commander should need to worry about is the grades he is getting from some plush-bottomed Pentagon bureaucrat for political correctness or social experiments — or providing gluten-free MREs,” Cruz said.

Actually, I would tell Senator Cruz that gluten-free MRE’s are possibly the first thing every commander should worry about.

In 2007, I attended the American Dietetic Association’s annual conference in Philadelphia to promote our book, Recognizing Celiac Disease.

Our booth was approached by a dietitian who also happened to be a uniformed Lt. Colonel in the US Army. He asked me about gluten sensitive enteropathy (celiac disease) and was specifically interested in gluten-free rations for troops.

Intrigued, I asked him why. Read More »

Finding Gluten Free Medications with Pillbox

pillboxChoosing gluten-free medications can seem like walking through a minefield.

Dozens of manufacturers and arcane lists of unpronounceable ingredients can be overwhelming. Now there is a website that will help you pick the medications based on their ingredients.

The Pillbox website was developed by the United States government to aid in the identification of unknown pills (oral solid dosage form medications). It combines images of pills with appearance and other information to enable users to visually search for and identify oral solid dosage form medications.

Go to the Pillbox Search Page. Enter the name of the medication and list the ingredients you do not want to consume. Then, click the checkbox that says, “Find pills WITHOUT this ingredient.” A list of medications will appear.

Once a pill has been identified, additional information is provided, including brand/generic name, ingredients, and the National Drug File identification number. Links are provided to NLM drug information resources, such as drug labels from DailyMed and the Drug Information Portal, which searches NIH and FDA drug information resources.

Feedback

Feedback is welcomed regarding this project. Please send comments/suggestions to pillbox@mail.nih.gov.

Disclaimer

Pillbox’s source data is known to have errors and inconsistencies. Read this document for more information. The Food and Drug Administration, National Library of Medicine, and pharmaceutical companies are working to improve the quality of this data.

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Author Information: John Libonati, Florida

Publisher, Glutenfreeworks.com

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John can be reached by e-mail here.

7 Minute Chicken Recipe in 3 Styles: Italian, Mexican and Indian

On nights when I know there won’t be a lot of time to cook, I use this recipe/technique. It’s one of my favorite recipes from my book, The Warm Kitchen.

What I love about it is that I can change the flavor profile of the chicken based on what herbs and spices I use. If I’m in the mood for a particular flavor or just want to use up something else, the dish can easily be transformed. I used to just call this sautéed chicken then realized one of its benefits is how quick it comes together. Yes, I timed it…7 minutes!

The chicken has to be either flattened or cut in half in order for it to cook properly in 7 minutes; otherwise, it might take about 12-15 minutes total. Adding some liquid like lemon juice or broth at the end helps to finish the cooking as well. Read More »

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