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Celiac Disease is an auto-immune disease where the consumption of gluten [protein found in wheat, barley, rye] causes the body to attack [and damage] the small intestine. Untreated, this condition can lead to malnutrition since nutrients are not being absorbed properly.
Learn more about Celiac Disease...
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GlutenFreeworks.com’s Symptom Guide contains list of 300 signs, symptoms, associated disorders and complications directly or indirectly related to celiac disease and non celiac gluten sensitivity.
In DH, the primary target is the skin, whereas in celiac disease the damage occurs in the small intestine.
Learn more about Dermatitis Herpetiformis...
A great Continuing Medical Education article on Dermatitis Herpetiformis...
Non-Celiac Gluten Sensitivity
GS can present with many of the same symptoms of CD, however it does not present with intestinal damage. Because testing is focused on intestinal damage, the results in those with GS generally come back negative or inconclusive. This makes diagnosing GS even harder than CD. This means patients can often suffer longer because the condition is generally overlooked once celiac disease testing comes back negative.
Dr. Alessio Fasano [medical director of Univ. of Maryland's School of Medicine – Center for Celiac Research], reports seeing 60-70% of his patients fitting his criteria for gluten sensitivity. This means they test negative for CD and wheat allergy, but experience resolution of symptoms on a gluten-free diet. There's a growing number of doctors that say GS effects 10 – 30% of the population.
Learn more about Gluten Sensitivity...
Also see our Gluten Sensitivity Links...
Popular GIG of ECW Articles
Low-Gluten Communion Hosts
In early July, a story broke about the Vatican addressing gluten-free/low-gluten communion hosts.
I was seeing a lot of hurt, angry, and confused people over this, so I wanted to offer up my thoughts and share some science about low-gluten hosts. Hopefully, it will make things easier for some.
I want to thank Tricia Thompson, MS, RD, founder of Gluten Free Watchdog, LLC for giving me permission to share GFWD's 2014 test results of The Benedictine Sisters Low-Gluten Wafers.
Gluten-Free Road Triphttp://bit.ly/GIGECW-GF-RoadTrip
Traveling is one of the challenges we encounter in the gluten-free lifestyle. Leaving the safety of your home can be unsettling - even for the most experienced. With a little planning and some creativity, we can make it a trip we remember for a lifetime.
Learn how to pull off a road trip like a boss.
The Gluten-Free Kingdomhttp://bit.ly/GIGECW-GFK
A tale of Sir Alcher, Lady Pechal and the Gluten-Free Kingdom.
Originally published in Generation GF Magazine.
“Once upon a time, in a kingdom not so far away, lived a strong and handsome knight. Like all knights of his time Sir Alcher was sworn to uphold the values of faith, loyalty, courage, and honor; a task he took seriously.
Behind every great knight is a great lady; Lady Pechal was no exception. While her job was not as adventurous as her husband's, it was just as important. Sir Alcher's job was protecting everyone else, Lady Pechal's task was to watch over her husband; to make sure that he was healthy and happy.
Do not be fooled by her aptitude in the culinary arts; she could wield a broadsword as easily as a ladle…”
Grain-Free for the Gluten-Freehttp://bit.ly/GIGECW-GrainFreeGlutenFree
By definition, grain-free should be gluten-free. “Gluten” is the generic name for the various proteins found in grains. You ditch the grains, you ditch the gluten. It’s a no-brainer! Um, not so fast Slick…
The purpose of this article is to make you aware of an important fact that is not always discussed by the proponents of grain-free diets.
An Attitude of Gratitude - What are you grateful for?
For a lot of people, this time of year usually generates feelings of thankfulness, appreciation, and gratitude. For some, that’s not an easy task - for whatever reason. Science is being applied to this act/feeling/emotion/behavior we call gratitude - the results are rather interesting.
Yes, gratitude has a multitude of health benefits - both emotional and physical.
I cross paths with a number of members in the gluten-free community who are troubled, angry, and hurting [both emotionally and physically]. This leaves me with a heavy heart. Just maybe, the information found here, might help ease the pain - just a little bit.
May Contain - Voluntary Advisory Statements
There is a lot of confusion over voluntary advisory statements companies use on their products.
“May Contain…” or “Processed in a Facility…” statements are not regulated and hold little meaning.
Is the product gluten-free? The answer…it depends. We need to ask a few more questions before we can make that decision.
Becoming a Gluten-Free Championhttp://bit.ly/GIGECW-Champion
Everyone needs a champion. Someone who will stand up and advocate for them.
For those following a gluten-free diet, having a champion can make all the difference in the world. The difference between success and failure.
However, the would be champions are just as befuddled as their gluten-free loved ones about handling this new (and unwelcome) addition to their lives.
This article shares the story of one champion and offers some insight and tips on becoming a Gluten-Free Champion.
What Oats Through Yonder Package Breaks?
Oats and products made with oats have been burning up the interwebs lately. People in the gluten-free community started asking manufacturers exactly what kind of oats are used in their products…with surprising results.
Bottom line: You need to know if the oats you are consuming are grown, harvested, and processed using a purity protocol.
Why? Because products using oats are at higher risk of gluten contamination compared to gluten-free labeled foods as a whole.
Why? Many companies now are using mechanically separated or optically sorted oats instead of purity protocol oats.
Meet the Microbiome Study Guidehttp://bit.ly/GIGECW_Microbiome
Want to know more about the invisible community that lives in and on you...and really defines who you are?
This handout was created to educate you about the 100 trillion microbial cells that we cannot live without.
Includes links to three excellent videos, plus related information.
The Risks of Cheating
Celiac Disease Screening Round Up
Navigating the Holidays (Updated 12/01/17)
Mood, Behavior, Mental Illness, and Gluten
Gluten-Free Diet Boot Camp
Back to School Resources
Guide to Gluten Cross Contamination
Grieving the Loss of Glutenhttp://bit.ly/GIGECW_Grief
Tips on handling the grieving process after removing gluten.
This article was published in Gluten Intolerance Group of North America's Quarterly Magazine Celebrate Gluten-Free Winter 2013
Lack of Support From Family
Tips on handling unsupportive family members.
This article was published in Gluten Intolerance Group of North America's Quarterly Magazine Celebrate Gluten-Free Spring 2013)
Educating Family & Friends About Gluten-Free
A Day in the Life: Living in a Mixed House
Better Living Thru GF Chemistry
Jan. 20th, 2018
9:30am - 11:30 am
Usually the third Saturday of odd numbered months*
(January, March, May, July, September, November).
Note - meeting time & locations are subject to change.
Ripon Public Library
120 Jefferson St.
Ripon, WI 54971
Silver Creek Room (lower level)
Alan Klapperich - Branch Manager
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