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  • Join the National Celiac Association (NCA) and the Harvard Medical School Celiac Research Program for a discussion on celiac disease and neurology. The first webinar in our “Ask the Experts: All Things Celiac” Fall 2021 series will be held Thursday, September 30, 2021, at 1pm ET. Speakers will present on selected topics for 60 minutes, followed by 15 minutes for Q&A. A range of neurological and neuropsychological features have been associated with celiac disease, including headaches, ataxia (coordination problems), peripheral neuropathy (numbness, tingling or pain from nerve damage), cognitive challenges and “brain fog,” to name a few. Samuel Frank, MD, a
  • Q: Do I need a 504 plan at school for my child with celiac disease? What types of accommodations are in a 504 plan?AnswerYes, it is highly recommended to have a 504 plan in place at school. The best way to protect and ensure that a student who requires a gluten-free diet gets special accommodations at school is to create a 504 plan. Celiac disease is considered a disability, if your child attends a public or charter school they have the right to have a 504 plan that lists accommodations specific to their disability. Accommodations are based on each individual’s
  • Q: Are cast iron pans safe to use for people with celiac disease?AnswerWe do not recommend using non-dedicated cast iron pans since they are more difficult to clean. There is usually always a caked-on surface of residue on this type of cookware, which is hard to remove. If you want to continue to use cast iron pans, I would recommend getting a new one and only use it for gluten-free foods. Regular stainless steel, aluminum cookware, or ENAMELED cast iron are ok to use as long as they are washed with water and dish detergent in between use. A recent study found that
  • Q: I am aware there is much debate about oats, would it be safe for a person with celiac disease to consume oat milk?AnswerThe issues with oats and whether they are safe for people with celiac disease can be confusing, and recommendations are in constant flux. I would recommend reading through our information on oats and decide what is best for you in terms of what source/protocol of oats you want to consume: It is recommended that people with celiac disease only consume oats that are labeled gluten-free and rigorously tested to contain less than 20 parts per million
  • Two major legislative actions are taking place RIGHT NOW that need YOUR SUPPORT:Food Labeling Modernization Act (FLMA) of 2021The Food Labeling Modernization Act (FLMA) of 2021 was introduced on August 3 by representatives Pallone and DeLauro, and Senators Blumenthal, Whitehouse, and Markey into the House and Senate (H.R. 4917/S.2594). Pertinent to the gluten-free community, the FLMA addresses the following: The current Federal Food, Drug, and Cosmetic Act does not require gluten to be disclosed on the label. Currently, only wheat is required to be disclosed per the Food Allergen Labeling and Consumer Protection Act (FALCPA), however barley and rye are
  • Gluten-Free Watchdog addresses the question, "To eat or not to eat wheat starch-containing gluten-free DiGiorno pizza" here. Researchers are looking at the use of monoclonal antibodies to treat celiac disease. Click here to learn more. This study looked at the influence of a gluten-free diet on quality of life. Researchers found that food insecurity influences adherence to the gluten-free diet and health-related quality of life. Please support Feeding Gluten-Free so that we can continue to help people in the gluten-free community who are experiencing food insecurity. Researchers have found that there is a high lifetime risk of developing celiac disease