May NCA News

Monthly e-newsletter serving the celiac and gluten free community May is celiac awareness month, and we wish you health and well-being. To help celebrate, please support celiac research through an internship. Emma Clerx has been accepted again for a 12-week summer internship program at BIDMC’s celiac research center under Dr. Dan Leffler. You supported Emma Clerx last year, and we …

Symposium Q&A from Daniel Leffler, MD, MS

Q. How do you differentiate between a “Super sensitive” celiac and refractory celiac? Are there treatment options for either? A. Many people believe that type 1 refractory celiac disease occurs when people are so highly sensitive that there is no feasible way to be sufficiently gluten-free. There is no clinical way to differentiate these conditions, if they are indeed separate, …

Symposium Q&A from Wendie Trubow, MD

Q. If you have anxiety and following a strict GF diet, is there anything you can do to get off your antidepressant? A. We would recommend that you first speak with your primary physician or gastroenterologist for advice. Some patients also seek guidance from a functional medicine physician.

Symposium Q&A from Jocelyn Silvester, MD, PhD

Q. I have read that people on a gluten-free diet have more arsenic in their urine and mercury in their blood. Can you speak about this? A. Rice absorbs and concentrates arsenic and mercury in soil. People with celiac disease tend to eat more rice than those who also eat gluten-containing grains, and, thus, are at risk for increased heavy …

Symposium Q&A from Debbie Mitchell, MD

Here are the Questions and Answers from Debbie Mitchell, MD. Q: Is it possible to have hypothyroidism without having elevated TSH? Is the TSH screening the end of testing or can other tests confirm hypothyroidism, such as full symptoms and family history of Hashimotos? A. TSH is the most reliable test for primary hypothyroidism (meaning that the problem is that …

Symposium Q&A from Kate Scarlata, RDN, Digestive Health Nutrition Consultant

Here are the Questions and Answers from Kate Scarlata, RDN, Digestive Health Nutrition Consultant. Q. How do you navigate reintroduction of FODMAPs when patients have experienced relief and are afraid to reintroduce them? A. In one word: gently. I would re-introduce small amounts of FODMAPs in the subtype (lactose, excess fructose, fructans etc.) that I would suspect would be the …

2017 Symposium Speaker Slides Are Here

The 2017 National Celiac Association Symposium has passed. If you missed it, or if you want to review some of the amazing content presented by our presenters, we have posted them for you to read, share and download. Click here to go to the 2017 Symposium Speak Slides.

April NCA News

Monthly e-newsletter serving the celiac and gluten free community Many thanks to our colleagues at the Celiac Program at Harvard Medical School, with whom we planned the 2017 Celiac Symposium: Medical Myths and Milestones. On Saturday April 1, a capacity crowd heard from top-notch speakers, visited with a variety of vendors and enjoyed gluten-free food all day. Hope everybody who …