Monthly e-newsletter serving the celiac and gluten-free community.
OCTOBER 2017 EDITION
As autumn leaves turn to beautiful colors around us, we like to look back at the year so far as well as ahead to the last few months of 2017. We are proud of the inroads we have made and continue to give thanks to our members who so graciously support us.
Please let us know how we can support you.
Yours in health,
Lee Graham, Executive Director
Have you registered for What Celiacs Need to Know yet? If not, please do so today! You won’t want to miss hearing from endocrinologist Partha Sinha, MD, Emma Clerx from Harvard University and nutritionist Melinda Dennis, MS, RD, LDN.
Partha Sinha, MD
Melinda Dennis, MS, RDN, LDN
Gluten-Free Watchdog Tricia Thompson summarizes the need for comments on the FDA Citizen Petition that calls for an end to labeling violations under the gluten-free labeling law.
The goal is to get 1000 signatures on this petition. Please click the button below and sign the petition asking the FDA to establish a specific protocol for increased surveillance, investigation and enforcement of potential facial misbranding violations under the gluten-free labeling rule.
Here is an interview with Dr. Alessio Fasano where he discusses the gluten-free labeling law.
Members and magazine subscribers should have received the Fall 2017 issue of Gluten-Free Nation magazine by now. This issue features articles on Gluten-Free in Sicily, School Lunchbox ideas, Medical and Science News, Recipes and stories. Members can also view the magazine on our website at the link below.
Check our event calendar for the latest events in your area. If you are in the greater Boston area, we hope to see you on October 29th at our Autumn Education Event. Registration is open now at https://nationalceliac.org/nca-autumn-education-endocrinology-and-nutrition/
University of Chicago Celiac Disease Center’s Annual Education Day and screening is later this month: https://www.facebook.com/events/117965742208109
Celiac Disease and GF in the News
Here is a video of Dr. Ankur Chugh, pediatric gastroenterologist from Children’s Hospital of Wisconsin talking about his research at the International Celiac Disease Symposium 2017 in India last month.
- An article by Marcelo Campos, MD found on the Harvard Health blog addresses the question, Leaky gut, what is it and what does it mean for you?
- This article is titled Going Gluten-free? A Few Caveats for Kids, and it warns about the apparent rise in parents putting their children on a GF diet thinking that it is healthier.
- Read ImmusanT’s latest press release here. An interesting note is that the Chief Scientific Officer, Robert Anderson, MBChB, Ph.D. stated: “The data we presented at ICDS show that early cytokine changes in blood following gluten ingestion could provide the basis for a new diagnostic for celiac disease in patients on a gluten free diet with an uncertain diagnosis…” and “Additionally, the data show that early changes in circulating cytokines after a single gluten exposure could also provide a clinical indicator for assessing disease activity.”
- Chef Oonagh shared this article about imitation crab, lobster, etc.
- Allergic Living explains why gluten-free supplements are not recommended for treating celiac disease.
- Here is an article about digestive enzymes in which Dr. Alessio Fasano states “The short answer is that anything alternative to the gluten free diet has to go through the scrutiny of the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to be safe and acceptable as an alternative/supplement to the diet and this stuff most definitively does not fulfill these criteria.”
- Here is an article about the potential for a gene-edited wheat made for people with celiac disease.
- Is craving ice a possible indicator that somebody may have celiac disease? Read about it here.
- Jessica Madden, MD, explains all about the celiac genes and what having them may mean.
- Here is an article about a potential new treatment for celiac disease using nanoparticles.
- Here is an article listing 10 restaurants to visit.
- Time Health put out this video showing the important things to know about celiac disease.
- This article includes an interview with Benjamin Lebwohl, MD, director of clinical research at the Celiac Disease Center at Columbia University and discusses possible reasons so many people follow a gluten-free diet today.
- Dr. Dascha Weir, associate director of the Celiac Disease Program in the Boston Children’s Hospital, tells parents 5 things to know about celiac disease.
Recipe of the Month
Register for the Bold Beyond Symposium taking place on November 9 from 5:00 p.m. – 6:30 p.m. to learn about celiac disease research. Speakers will include Ciaran Kelly, MD, Anthony DiMarino Jr., MD, and Ritu Virma, MD. If you are near Drexel University in Pennsylvania, you can register to attend in person. Otherwise, you can register to watch the event via webcast.
Recipe of the Month
Every time I make this there are no leftovers. People who don’t eat gluten free still want the recipe. It is just as good without the icing.
Find GF candy lists, recipes and more on the NCA Gluten-Free Halloween Resources page.
Activities Around the Nation
The Waverly, IA area Celiac/Gluten Intolerant Group took a road trip to Klunder’s Country Kafe in New Hampton and some attendees enjoyed a hot roast beef dinner with crispy brown has browns. They will also have a Holiday Amish meal on Saturday November 4.
The Lincoln, NE Celiac Support Group held a meeting featuring a presentation on Colon Cancer Prevention, Screening and Treatments. See their website at www.lincolnceliacs.org for information about other upcoming events in the area.
The NCA San Diego Support Group enjoyed a Gluten-Free Picnic and Pool Party this summer. A dining out event is planned for November 5. Watch the website for details such as menu options and cost: www.glutenfreesandiego.org.
In August, the Northfield, MN group enjoyed a Can’t Eat Wheat Potluck Picnic.
The Orange County Celiacs enjoyed amazing food at a dedicated GF restaurant located in Yorba Linda, CA in August.
Help For Hurricanes
Many thanks to donors for supporting NCA and the task force consisting of hospital celiac centers, nonprofit organizations, support groups and community leaders across the nation. Together, we have accepted monetary donations and facilitated gluten-free and allergy-friendly product donations to food banks in the areas impacted by recent hurricanes. There will long be a need for many communities, and there is still time to donate should you wish to support this cause.
Product & Dining Out Tips
- Gluten-Free Philly writes about new GF products here.
- New restaurant recommendations have been added to our database. See recommendations here or add a restaurant you enjoy here.
- Here are some good tips for dining out GF
- Have you seen NCA’s resources for dining out? Look here for GF kitchen guidelines: English | Spanish | Portuguese
- The Gluten Free Dining Out Experience
Mi Tienda Ready to Cook Seasoned Chicken Thighs
H-E-B has recalled Mi Tienda ready to cook seasoned chicken thighs due to misbranding and undeclared allergens (wheat). Read about the recall here.
Dierbergs Markets Cabernet Grille Butter 3oz
Dierbergs Markets issued an allergy alert for their Cabernet Grille Butter 3oz due to undeclared allergens including soy and wheat. Read about the recall here.
Gluten-Free Seal Recognition Program
Following the dissolution of CSA earlier this year, NCA will be continuing the valuable Gluten-Free Recognition Seal Program. When products display the Recognition Seal, customers are assured they are choosing a product which has undergone the most stringent third-party gluten-free certification available for product, processing and packaging.
Congratulations to Bev from Colfax, NC who won last month’s giveaway, Gluten Free The Definitive Resource Guide by Shelley Case BSc, RD.