In 1994 I was diagnosed with celiac disease, which led me to create Celiac.com in 1995. I created this site for a single purpose: To help as many people as possible with celiac disease get diagnosed so they can begin to live happy, healthy gluten-free lives. Celiac.com was the first site on the Internet dedicated solely to celiac disease, and since then it has become an invaluable resource to people worldwide who seek information about celiac disease and the gluten-free diet.
In 1998 I created The Gluten-Free Mall, Your Special Diet Superstore! which was also another Internet first—it was the first gluten-free food site to offer a shopping cart-style interface, and the ability for people to order gluten-free products manufactured by many different companies at a single Web site.
I am also co-author of the book Cereal Killers, and founder and publisher of Journal of Gluten Sensitivity.
The University Of Maryland Center For Celiac Research (CFCR) was established as an impartial, non-profit organization to improve the lifestyle of Celiacs through scientific research. As many of you know, we are presently conducting a nationwide six center serological study to determine the prevalence of Celiac Disease in the United States.
Scott Adams call for "... a conference among the different Celiac organizations to reach an agreement on what is safe and what is not?" sound like a reasonable approach to at least beginning the discussions essential to resolving this very difficult problem. Ann Whelan, in her May-June issue of "Gluten-free Living" enclosed an insert entitled "Time to Act...Unite Now". Maybe this single issue is a good place to start.
We at the CFCR would like to offer our impartial auspices in putting together such a "Celiac Food Forum". Inviting food scientists, dieticians, nutritionists, support group leaders and interested Celiacs from the United States, Canada and other countries to discuss in open forum these very important issues.
Please let us know if you think we may be of service by responding to Bob Levy, CFCR Volunteer, via his e-mail address "email@example.com" or by calling him at 410-486-0292.
Dr. Alessio Fasano and Dr. Karoly Horvath, Co-Medical Directors - University Of Maryland Center For Celiac Research.