This year I am taking Celiac Awareness Month a little more personally than years past! In March, I went to the Digestive Disease National Coalition and met with Senators to discuss Resolution 550 that officially makes May National Celiac Awareness Month.
When talking with the Senate staff I explained that making May Celiac Awareness Month gives members of the gluten free community a great jumping off point for awareness campaigns and projects. For example, the (more…)
BioLineRx Ltd, a biopharmaceutical development company, was invited to deliver an oral presentation at the recent 2013 National Education Conference & Gluten-Free Expo, the Celiac Disease Foundation’s annual conference, in Pasadena, California.
Leah Klapper, Ph.D., General Manager, BioLine Innovations Jerusalem, presented BioLineRx’s therapy, BL-7010, for the treatment of celiac, as part of a session entitled Breaking Therapies Beyond the Gluten-Free Diet.
We teach children this common thinking almost from the time they can speak. It makes sense. The food that you put in your mouth, chew and swallow becomes the person you are.
Most people believe it. So do most doctors.
Well, it may sound logical but it is only partially correct and based on a very iffy assumption.
The assumption is that your body absorbs what you eat.
Glutenfreeworks.com has pressed the truth, namely that you are actually what you eat and absorb. If something like celiac disease is stopping you from absorbing properly, then you are NOT what you eat.
In this important three minute video, Neil Raff, MD concisely explains how what you absorb is just as important as what you put in your mouth. Dr Raff covers the various ways nutrient absorption can be affected and limited. He also touches on a related topic – foods today do not contain the nutrients they provided in the past.
Kudos to Dr. Raff for covering this important topic in this quick and easy-to-understand must-see presentation.
Over 3 million people in the United States have undiagnosed (more…)
Celiac disease awareness is desperately needed – now more than ever.
While the gluten-free diet has exploded in popularity, celiac disease remains massively under-diagnosed.
Why? Two Reasons:
1. The public has shifted its focus to the gluten-free diet and away from celiac disease due to the media. The media likes diets. Diets sell. Oddly named diseases that are difficult to describe in catchy sound bites don’t sell.
2. Doctors do not have the information they need to recognize, diagnose and treat this common disorder. The information exists but there is no authority that actively ensures (more…)
I don’t care what you think about her life choices, lack of shoes, or all-around confusing actions, Britney Spears basically made a soundtrack that speaks to my journey with the gluten-free diet.
Annnnnd here we go:
When you have come to the realization that gluten is toxic for your body, but you still have a deep, passionate love for it. It’s like that bad boy you know isn’t good for you, but you can’t help the fact that you are so attracted to it.
A question that many new gluten-free eaters ask themselves.
Do I really need to go out and buy a new toaster? Will I really get sick from crumbs?
The above questions are asked at the same time that the overwhelming feeling of what has my life become? starts to set in.
Do you have a dedicated gluten-free toaster? I do. I went out and got one the day I went gluten-free. If I was going to do this whole change my lifestyle thing, I was going to do it right. That’s just the kind of person I am though. I don’t half-*** anything, so I definitely wasn’t going to cut any corners as I got myself healthy. No way, no how.
But, not everyone feels the way I feel. Maybe they don’t get the same symptoms from gluten that I do, and see this all as a bunch (more…)
Recent Court Settlement Sets Strong Precedent for Gluten- and Allergen-Free Accommodations; NFCA Urges Colleges and Universities to Take Action.
Ambler, Pa. (Jan. 15, 2013) – Students choose their college or university based on a number of factors. Their ability to find a meal on campus shouldn’t be one of them.
According to the National Foundation for Celiac Awareness (NFCA), an estimated 1 in 131 Americans is affected by celiac disease. These individuals require a strict, lifelong gluten-free diet – including when they’re at college.
“Students are coming home on break to find they have elevated blood levels or have lost significant weight because they’re not getting the gluten-free nutrition they need,” explains Alice Bast, founder and president of NFCA. “It’s a serious threat to their health, and it’s time the schools paid attention.”
Are YOU eligible for Tax deductions for gluten-free purchases??
It’s no secret that gluten-free packaged food is oftentimes more expensive than its gluten-containing counterparts, but did you know you might be eligible for a tax deduction to help make up the difference?
If you have never filed for a tax deduction for your gluten-free food purchases, there are some important things you should know before you do: (more…)
December 7, 2012: Port Charlotte, Florida. Gluten Free Works Inc. announced the launch of its newest online publication, Celiac Disease Today.
In our ongoing efforts to help people get well and stay healthy, living gluten free, Gluten Free Works is proud to distribute the first issue of Celiac Disease Today, a special new monthly e-newsletter for gluten-free support group leaders.
As the name suggests, Celiac Disease Today focuses on the health and wellness aspects of celiac disease, complete with accurate and up-to-date information regarding symptoms, research, diagnosis and (more…)
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 diet and lifestyle change and improve health?” The work the patient needs to do is not done after the prescription is (more…)