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.
Celiac.com 08/03/2001 - According to a study published in the August issue of Gut, treated celiac disease in either the mother or the father can still have a negative effect on their newborn babies. The study shows that infants run a five times greater risk of low birth weight and a three times greater risk of prematurity if the father has celiac disease. Interestingly, fathers with celiac disease were four times more likely to have babies with low birth weight than fathers who had other autoimmune diseases. In line with past studies, mothers with celiac disease were six times more likely to have babies with low birth weight. The study did not find low birth weight associated with people who had relatives with celiac disease but did not have it themselves. With the exception of diabetes, infants whose parents have celiac disease have the highest outcome of low birth weight than all other autoimmune diseases.