Tomorrow is National Celiac Disease Awareness Day. Thanks to an act last year by the U.S. Senate, September 13th is now designed as Celiac Disease Awareness Day and honors the birthday of Dr. Samual Gee, the first researchers to discover the link between the autoimmune condition and a gluten-free diet.
His famous words were “If the patient can be cured at all, it must be by means of diet.”
So what are you doing this year to celebrate the 13th? Consider sharing your story and educating others about celiac disease. Who knows, just by talking about the condition, you could inspire others to speak with their doctors and get tested.
Also, dont forget about the CELIACSURE Celiac Test! It’s as accurate as those tests performed in a hospital laboratory, safe, affordable and simple to use…the best part is that you can use the test in the comfort of your own home and get results in only 10 minutes.
Learn more about the test at www.glutenpro.com.
A new study from the Allergy Journal shows that people read allergy boxes more than they read actual ingredient lists, which could be leading them to consume products that actually have wheat or traces of gluten.
The study is extremely important because it could help push food regulators to enact stricter labeling laws so people can be confident in the food that they eat.
Join the train of awareness! Dietitians at Dorset County Hospital are going gluten-free for one week to raise awareness of Celiac Disease.
Dietitian Lesley Harper says that the week with no gluten aims to increase not only the awareness of the disease for the general public, but also to draw attention to the many foods off limits to people with Celiac that are easily mistaken as gluten-free by those unaware.
A group of gluten-free activists gathered in protest over the FDA dragging its feet on food label guidelines. They assembled a 15 foot high gluten-free cake (the biggest ever made) in order to demonstrate how much people’s lives with celiac disease are spent around avoiding gluten.
Dr. Peter H.R. Green, director of the Columbia University Celiac Disease Center in New York, one of the summit sponsors said, “for these patients gluten-free eating can make the difference between good and ill health: A single smidgen of gluten can set them back.”
Read all about the summit (and the cake!) here: http://abcnews.go.com/Health/Diet/gluten-free-protest/story?id=13522557
This is a great article from Trib Local that gives a couple of great recipes for gluten-free pancakes! We sure love pancakes, and these specialty caramelized apple and pear pancakes are sure to delight any palate.
The article also gives information on the Chicago gluten-free and allergen expo where Whole Food Chef Lee Tobin will teach a special class in making gluten-free pancakes.
What a great way to kick of Celiac Awareness Month! Glutenfreeda Foods has donated $30,000 worth of gluten-free rrozen food to the Omaha, Nebraska Food Banks.
“It’s serendipity” says Yvonne Gifford, Glutenfreeda Foods CEO. “We have this delicious food and wanted to do something to make a difference. We’re just delighted that we could donate it now – to garner attention for hunger here at home, and celiac disease everywhere.”
Thanks to this generous donation people will not go hungry, and awareness of Celiac Disease is being spread.
Read the whole article here!: http://www.prweb.com/releases/Glutenfreeda-Donation/Gluten-Free-Food/prweb5258694.htm
Check out this new article from Reuters on how people with Type 1 diabetes also have higher-than-average rates of other autoimmune disorders, including autoimmune thyroid disease, celiac disease, and Addison’s disease.
Doctors measured blood levels of certain “autoantibodies” that serve as markers of the conditions. Autoantibodies are immune system proteins directed against the body’s own cells. Of the 491 children in the study, 1 in 8 had antibodies related to celiac disease, and a quarter of those kids had the disease.
The American Diabetes Association recommends that children with type 1 diabetes be tested for thyroid disease and celiac disease at the time of their diabetes diagnosis. (After that, thyroid screening should be done yearly, and celiac testing if there are potential symptoms.)
Read all about the association between diabetes and celiac here: http://www.reuters.com/article/2011/04/21/us-kids-diabetes-idUSTRE73K80620110421
Exciting news out of Canada! The Ottowa Chapter of the Canadian Celiac Association will be one of the first major groups to host a conference in the brand new convention center.
The conference will host a large roster of expert speakers on Celiac disease and delegates will hear the latest on the research, possible future treatment options, and more on how to cope with the disease.
Read more about the event and some personal and fascinating stories of people who have been living with celiac for more than 30 years at: http://www.ottawacitizen.com/business/convention+centre+hosts+National+Celiac+Conference/4605683/story.html
Although we’d all like to think that gluten-free food manufactures are completely genuine, check out this ongoing case from North Carolina where a local man made more than two dozen people sick after selling them improperly labeled “gluten-free” bread.
Check out this great article from the Raleigh News & Observer about Paul Seelig and his fraudulent products that he claimed were gluten-free and made in a dedicated gluten-free facility. Prosecutors say that Seelig’s bread tested positive for gluten and caused illness among customers who suffer from celiac disease and gluten intolerance. Seelig is the owner of Great Specialty Products.
To read more about the case, please visit: http://no.vrvm.com/observer/pm_1423/contentdetail.htm?contentguid=NNjVl7s6
Check out this new study from the Journal of Gastroenterology and Hepatology about the prevalence of Celiac Disease in Northern India.
The researchers found that the prevalence of celiac disease amongst this population was 1 in 96 and say that in light of their findings that Celiac disease is more common than is recognized in India.
To read the full study, please visit: http://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/10.1111/j.1440-1746.2010.06606.x/abstract