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How celiacs and others can get the most from gluten-free supplements.

-Ever wonder what “active ingredients” are and why “inert ingredients” (a hiding place for gluten) are added to vitamins, minerals, herbals or other supplements? Thanks to Nature’s Made, you can find out.  Visit http://www.naturemade.com/ProductDatabase/prd_label.asp?tab=Products to access their quick and easy primer on reading label information.   Fast track learn to safely and accurately obtain the % daily you need and other important information like what ...

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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 to Get the Most from Gluten-Free Supplements

  Getting enough of the nutrients we need is the most important component of getting well and staying healthy.  If the foods in our diet are deficient, then we must turn to supplements to make up the difference. But what do the ingredient labels mean?  What are the correct amounts we should be taking?  Do vitamins really expire? Nature Made, a producer of vitamins, minerals and herbal ...

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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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How To Make the Most of Celiac Awareness Month!

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 ...

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How to Use Gelatin and Agar Agar in Gluten-Free Cooking

  Gelatin and agar agar powder can be used interchangably in gluten-free recipes, but what are the differences in these gluten-free ingredients and why are they used in some gluten-free recipes?   Gelatin Most cooks are familiar with gelatin- the stuff that makes Jello gel. You can find it in virtually every market, usually as Knox brand gelatin. Gelatin is ...

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I’m deficient, You’re deficient, We’re all deficient? (Part 1)

I was recently reading a press release from Nature’s Path Organic about two of their new cereals. The press release made a familiar argument: the cereals “provide gluten avoiders with whole grains… unlike many gluten-free cereals which forfeit nutritional benefits…” The implication is that many gluten-free cereals (and other gluten-free processed foods, by extension) are more highly processed in order to ...

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Interview with drummer Andy Robertson and gluten-free life on the road

Recently, I had the chance to speak with British drummer Andy Roberston and talk about how he manages touring and the rock ‘n roll lifestyle being gluten-free. Andy has been in the music business for 20 years and has performed with such acts as Roachford, Jocelyn Brown, Hamish Stewart, Jim Mullen, Siobhan Donaghy, Alexander O’Neil, Morcheeba and Jackdaw4, who is ...

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