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Conferences, Publicity, Pregnancy, Church, Bread Machines, Distillation & Beer

This category covers reports on celiac disease conferences, including press and publicity, celiac disease and pregnancy issues, various issues surrounding gluten in communion wafers and the Catholic Church, gluten-free bread machines, and the distillation process and gluten in beer.

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    This just in on the gluten-free beer front: Omission Beer took the top two slots to win the honors for best gluten free beer at the 2012 Great International Beer & Cider Competition in Providence, R.I.



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    In the latest gluten-free celebrity news, none other than Secretary of State Hillary Clinton celebrated her 65th birthday (that's right, she's now officially a senior citizen) with a gluten-free birthday cake.



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    Demand for gluten-free foods and beverages will begin to slow a bit over the next five years, but is still projected to top $6.6 billion by 2017.



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    Here is a partial list of gluten-free beers and ciders that will take even the most discerning gluten-free beer drinker through the holiday season and beyond...



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    While nobody can argue with the fact that the gluten-free diet is healthier for the gluten intolerant, some people claim that it has health benefits for everyone. There's no conclusive evidence to suggest that it does, but it's also probably not as 'dangerous' as some skeptics might have you think.



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    Like so many others with celiac disease, Actress Jennifer Esposito suffered for many years with symptoms ranging from stomach upset, exhaustion, joint pain, sinus infections, dry skin and hair, panic attacks, depression, and back pain. In fact, nearly twenty years went by before she had a solid diagnosis. She is emerging as a strong advocate for celiac awareness.



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    When it comes to whether or not mothers with celiac disease should breastfeed their children, there has been a fair amount of conflicting information in circulation. Some studies have found that breastfeeding renders a protective role when combined with a 'windowed' introduction of gluten, but others have shown no such protection. Furthermore, some researchers question the longevity of the protection offered. An international project called PREVENTCD seeks to boil down information from a number of studies, in order to produce a primary prevention strategy for infants at risk of developing celiac disease.



    Many celiac sufferers have stories of discrimination and/or ignorance from coworkers, peers and employers but none have been quite as high profile as the current dispute between actress Jennifer Esposito and CBS. Esposito, a sufferer of celiac disease, plays one of the main characters in the CBS drama 'Blue Bloods'. After Esposito requested a reduced schedule to manage her condition, CBS took steps that have Esposito, her fans, and celiac sufferers everywhere rallying to her cause.



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    Because gluten-free products require specialty flours and premium ingredients that command higher prices, they're typically more expensive than their traditional counterparts.



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    Olympians who plan to celebrate with their favorite gluten-free and other foods after their performances include gold medal-winning pole vaulter Jenn Suhr, swimmer Matt Grevers, 27, gymnast John Orozco, and shooter Jamie Gray, among others.



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    In other news, Lady Gaga is once again making wakes in the gluten-free world with word that she is, in fact, adopting a gluten-free diet as she begins the next leg of her 'Born This Way Ball' tour in Sofia, Bulgaria.



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    Among many gluten-free catholics, there's been a good deal of excitement lately about low-gluten and gluten-free communion wafers for Mass in the Catholic church. However, the Catholic Diocese of Columbus says that gluten-free wafers don’t meet Vatican standards because they don’t contain wheat.



    Dana Vollmer could be walking (or swimming) proof of the benefits a gluten-free diet can afford athletes. In the second day of London's 2012 Olympics, Vollmer, who suffers from gluten sensitivity and an egg allergy, took the gold medal in the Women's 100-meter butterfly final, breaking her own personal record, as well as the world record.



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    With celiac disease and gluten-intolerance on the rise, and with awareness of both of these condition also on the rise, many churches are moving to make sacramental accommodations for these people.



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    There is a disease that affects one in every hundred Americans and causes physical and mental agony yet once it’s diagnosed, it can be easily treated with a change in diet and without the administration of drugs.


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    What do Zooey Deschanel, Keith Olbermann and Billy Bob Thornton have in common with tennis stars Novak Djokovic and Andy Murray? They are all eating gluten-free.


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    I was disappointed to read the opinion article by   Dr. Di Sabatino and Dr. Corazza  published in February 2012 by Annals of Internal Medicine (1).  The article itself is mostly  reasonable and thoughtful. However,  they implicitly assert gluten to be a healthy food by stating that they wish to prevent "a gluten preoccupation from evolving into the conviction that gluten is toxic for most of the population" (1).  In that single statement they are making dietary recommendations in the absence of evidence; the very situation they claim to want to rectify.


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    Riding high on a gluten-free diet and new training regimen, Novak Djokovic survived eleven grueling hours of tennis over three days to emerge as the 2012 Australian Open men's champion.


    Gluten-free confections topped the competition on the latest installment of the Food Network's "Cupcake Wars." The winning gluten-free cupcakes were the work of Kyra Bussanich.


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    You know you've hit the big time when you're a featured category on perennial TV game show favorite Jeopardy! Recently, Jeopardy! devoted an entire category to: Gluten-Free Foods.

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