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 02/09/2006 – After a review of the medical
literature, researchers have concluded that many cases of schizophrenia
are related to celiac disease or gluten intolerance, and can be successfully
treated using a gluten-free diet. Like celiac disease, schizophrenia affects
approximately 1% of the population. It is considered one of the top 10
causes of disability worldwide. In many studies the researchers found
that in a subset of patients a drastic reduction or total elimination
of schizophrenic symptoms occurred after they were treated with a strict
gluten-free diet. Based on this the researchers believe that a gluten-free
diet may serve as a "safe and economical alternative for the reduction
of symptoms in a subset of patients." They conclude: "Large-scale
epidemiological studies and clinical trials are needed to confirm the
association between gluten and schizophrenia, and address the underlying
mechanisms by which this association occurs."