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    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. In 1998 I founded The Gluten-Free Mall, Your Special Diet Superstore!, and I am the co-author of the book Cereal Killers, and founder and publisher of Journal of Gluten Sensitivity.

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    Scott Adams
    Lisas Firehouse Chocolate Chip Cookies:
    1 cup white rice flour
    1 cup brown rice flour
    2/3 cup tapioca flour
    1/3 cup potato starch
    1 teaspoon baking soda
    ½ teaspoon baking powder
    1 teaspoon salt
    ¾ Cup Brown Sugar
    1 Cup White Sugar
    3 Eggs
    1 ½ teaspoon Vanilla (if using Authentic Foods ½ teaspoon)
    2 Cup Chocolate Chips
    ¾ Cup Butter
    ¾ Cup Shortening
    Mix everything together bake at 350 for 10 to 12 min.
    I revised my special cookie recipe that I use to make when I was in forestry, My friends cant even tell they are gluten-free cookies. Make extra because they go fast!

    Scott Adams
    This recipe comes to us from Ruth Parente.

    Melt and set aside to cool (but not re-harden): 8 oz. Semi- sweet baking chocolate

    In a mixing bowl, combine:
    ¼ cup brown sugar
    ½ cup peanut butter
    ¼ cup butter (softened)

    Blend in:
    2 eggs, lightly beaten
    1 teaspoon gluten free vanilla

    Stir in the melted chocolate.

    In a separate bowl, mix:
    ½ cup all purpose gluten-free baking mix
    ¼ teaspoon baking powder

    Add dry ingredients to chocolate dough. Mix well.

    Stir in:
    1 ½ cup chocolate chips
    2 cups unsalted dry-roasted peanuts, chopped

    Use a scant ¼ cup of dough for each cookie, and drop it on a lightly greased cookie sheet (or one lined with parchment paper).

    Bake in a preheated 350F oven for 13-14 minutes. Use a toothpick if you arent sure they are done.

    Cool cookies on the pan for two minutes before trying to remove them. Finish cooling on a wire rack.

    Scott Adams
    This recipe comes to us from Michelle Ackley. Ingredients:
    ½ cup salted butter, softened
    ¾ cup packed, brown sugar
    ½ cup white granulated sugar
    1 teaspoon baking powder
    1 teaspoon baking soda
    2 teaspoons vanilla extract
    2 eggs
    1 package Andes Baking Chips (substitute a bag of the baking chip of your choice, and the recipe works out equally well)
    1 and 1/3 cups white rice flour
    1 and 1/3 cups tapioca flour
    1 teaspoon Xanthan gum
    Directions:
    I use a stand mixer with the paddle attachment for this, however a hand held mixer could, of course be used. Starting at low speed and then moving up to the highest speed as ingredients are incorporated, cream together the butter, sugars, baking soda, baking powder, Xanthan gum, vanilla and eggs until fluffy and lightened in color, scraping down the sides of the bowl at least twice during beating.
    Turn off mixer, scrap down the bowl again and add the entire bag of baking chips. Use the lowest stir level to incorporate the chips into the mix, turn off mixer. Add all of the flours to the bowl, and mix again at low speed just until incorporated. Place all of the dough into a gallon sized zip bag or wrap tightly in plastic wrap, and chill in the refrigerator at least one hour. (Do not try to skip the refrigeration. Chilling for longer is fine. I have found that baking up small batches and storing the remainder in the refrigerator for several days works very well.)
    When ready to bake take a small spoonful of dough and roll between your palms to form a ball. Place on a greased cookie sheet and slightly flatten with your palm. These cookies turn out the softest and chewiest when made quite small, mine are usually between the size of a quarter and a half dollar after flattening. Try to make them all about the same size to aid baking.
    Bake in a 350F degree oven for 8 to 10 minutes, do not over-bake. Cookies are done when they are no longer glossy and are just starting to lightly brown on the edges. Let stand on the cookie sheet for 2 minutes before transferring to cooling racks. These soft cookies stay soft for days!
    I have found that a bag of Ghirardelli chocolate chips substituted for the Andes Chips makes an out of this world chocolate chip cookie. Experiment with your favorite baking chips!

    Silka Burgoyne
    Ever since my husband diagnose with celiac disease, he was a littlebit depressed because he could not just simple go and grab something toeat. At the beginning, he tried to keep an open mind and went to storesthat sell gluten-free products. Most of the time, he was disappointedwith the taste of the products. One day, he came home from work andtold me how his co-workers teased him with a yummy looking chocolatechips cookie and he felt extremely depressed because he could not eatthem and he absolutely LOVES to snack. I found his co-workers' actionvery childish and decided that I would create a recipe the my husbandwould love and he could has plenty of supply at work so when the samesituation ever happen again, he would be prepared.
    Myhusband's favorite cookie is white chocolate chip with macadamias nut;hence, I decided to try making a gluten free version of the cookie forhim. After a few try with different flour mix and ingredients. I got arecipe that not only my husband enjoys but also his co-workers aftertrying them.This is my modified version of gluten-free cookie recipe.The cookies from this recipe has a nice soft texture.
    This recipe will makes about 2 - 21/2 dozen cookies.
    Preparation Time: 10 minutes
    Cook Time: 12-15 minutes

    INGREDIENTS:
    2 1/4 cup of Silka Flour Mix (2/3 cup of Brown Rice Flour, 1/2 cupeach of white rice flour, tapioca flour, 1/3 cup of corn starch, 1/4cup of potato starch) 1 stick of unsalted butter (melted) or 1/2 cup of oil 2/3 cup of light brown sugar 2/3 cup of sugar 2 eggs 1 teaspoon of gluten-free vanilla extract 1/4 teaspoon of salt 1 teaspoon of gluten-free baking powder 1 teaspoon of gluten-free baking soda 1 1/2 of teaspoon of xanthan gum 1 cup of white chocolate chip 1 tbsp of milk (optional) 1/2 cup of macadamias nut (optional) DIRECTIONS:
    Preheat oven to 375 degree and line 2 baking sheet with parchment pager or use nonstick spray to grease the baking sheet. Mix melted butter, brown sugar and sugar until incorporated, add eggs and vanilla extract until blended In a medium bowl, whisk Silka Flour Mix, baking powder, baking soda, xanthan gum and salt Stir the dry ingredients to the butter mix until incorporated.  Stir in white chocolate chip and Macadamias nut (optional) into the cookie dough  If the dough appears to be a little dry, add in milk but it's entirely optional Use a tablespoon to scoop the cookie dough onto prepared cooking sheet, space them about 2 inches apart Bake for 12-15 minutes or until cookies turn golden cool cookies for 5 minutes before transferring them into a wire rack

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    Jefferson Adams
    Celiac.com 07/17/2018 - What can fat soluble vitamin levels in newly diagnosed children tell us about celiac disease? A team of researchers recently assessed fat soluble vitamin levels in children diagnosed with newly celiac disease to determine whether vitamin levels needed to be assessed routinely in these patients during diagnosis.
    The researchers evaluated the symptoms of celiac patients in a newly diagnosed pediatric group and evaluated their fat soluble vitamin levels and intestinal biopsies, and then compared their vitamin levels with those of a healthy control group.
    The research team included Yavuz Tokgöz, Semiha Terlemez and Aslıhan Karul. They are variously affiliated with the Department of Pediatric Gastroenterology, Hepatology and Nutrition, the Department of Pediatrics, and the Department of Biochemistry at Adnan Menderes University Medical Faculty in Aydın, Turkey.
    The team evaluated 27 female, 25 male celiac patients, and an evenly divided group of 50 healthy control subjects. Patients averaged 9 years, and weighed 16.2 kg. The most common symptom in celiac patients was growth retardation, which was seen in 61.5%, with  abdominal pain next at 51.9%, and diarrhea, seen in 11.5%. Histological examination showed nearly half of the patients at grade Marsh 3B. 
    Vitamin A and vitamin D levels for celiac patients were significantly lower than the control group. Vitamin A and vitamin D deficiencies were significantly more common compared to healthy subjects. Nearly all of the celiac patients showed vitamin D insufficiency, while nearly 62% showed vitamin D deficiency. Nearly 33% of celiac patients showed vitamin A deficiency. 
    The team saw no deficiencies in vitamin E or vitamin K1 among celiac patients. In the healthy control group, vitamin D deficiency was seen in 2 (4%) patients, vitamin D insufficiency was determined in 9 (18%) patients. The team found normal levels of all other vitamins in the healthy group.
    Children with newly diagnosed celiac disease showed significantly reduced levels of vitamin D and A. The team recommends screening of vitamin A and D levels during diagnosis of these patients.
    Source:
    BMC Pediatrics

    Jefferson Adams
    Celiac.com 07/16/2018 - Did weak public oversight leave Arizonans ripe for Theranos’ faulty blood tests scam? Scandal-plagued blood-testing company Theranos deceived Arizona officials and patients by selling unproven, unreliable products that produced faulty medical results, according to a new book by Wall Street Journal reporter, whose in-depth, comprehensive investigation of the company uncovered deceit, abuse, and potential fraud.
    Moreover, Arizona government officials facilitated the deception by providing weak regulatory oversight that essentially left patients as guinea pigs, said the book’s author, investigative reporter John Carreyrou. 
    In the newly released "Bad Blood: Secrets and Lies in a Silicon Valley Startup," Carreyrou documents how Theranos and its upstart founder, Elizabeth Holmes, used overblown marketing claims and questionable sales tactics to push faulty products that resulted in consistently faulty blood tests results. Flawed results included tests for celiac disease and numerous other serious, and potentially life-threatening, conditions.
    According to Carreyrou, Theranos’ lies and deceit made Arizonans into guinea pigs in what amounted to a "big, unauthorized medical experiment.” Even though founder Elizabeth Holmes and Theranos duped numerous people, including seemingly savvy investors, Carreyrou points out that there were public facts available to elected officials back then, like a complete lack of clinical data on the company's testing and no approvals from the Food and Drug Administration for any of its tests.
    SEC recently charged the now disgraced Holmes with what it called a 'years-long fraud.’ The company’s value has plummeted, and it is now nearly worthless, and facing dozens, and possibly hundreds of lawsuits from angry investors. Meantime, Theranos will pay Arizona consumers $4.65 million under a consumer-fraud settlement Arizona Attorney General Mark Brnovich negotiated with the embattled blood-testing company.
    Both investors and Arizona officials, “could have picked up on those things or asked more questions or kicked the tires more," Carreyrou said. Unlike other states, such as New York, Arizona lacks robust laboratory oversight that would likely have prevented Theranos from operating in those places, he added.
    Stay tuned for more new on how the Theranos fraud story plays out.
    Read more at azcentral.com.

    Jefferson Adams
    Celiac.com 07/14/2018 - If you’re looking for a simple, nutritious and exciting alternative to standard spaghetti and tomato sauce, look no further than this delicious version that blends ripe plum tomatoes, garlic, olive oil, basil, and firm sliced ricotta to deliver a tasty, memorable dish.
    Ingredients:
    12 ounces gluten-free spaghetti 5 or 6 ripe plum tomatoes ¼ cup extra virgin olive oil 2 cloves garlic, crushed ¾ teaspoons crushed red pepper ¼ cup chopped fresh basil 2 tablespoons chopped fresh parsley Kosher salt and black pepper ⅓ cup pecorino Romano cheese, grated ½ cup firm ricotta, shaved with peeler Directions:
    Finely chop all but one of the tomatoes; transfer to large bowl with olive oil and ¼ teaspoon salt.
    Cook spaghetti until al dente or desired firmness, and drain, reserving ¼ cup cooking water. 
    Meanwhile, chop remaining tomato, and place in food processor along with garlic, red pepper, and ½ teaspoon salt; puree until smooth. 
    Gently stir mixture into the bowl of chopped tomatoes.
    Add cooked spaghetti, basil and parsley to a large bowl.
    Toss in tomato mixture, adding some reserved pasta water, if needed. 
    Spoon pasta into bowls and top with Romano cheese, as desired.

    Jean Duane
    Celiac.com 07/13/2018 - I went to a friend’s home for dinner.  A few days before, she called and asked me what I could eat.  I asked her what she was planning to make, and she said she was grilling meats with side dishes.  I said, “Great.  Please just grill a piece of chicken for me with salt and pepper, and I’ll be happy to bring a side.” She said, “No need to bring a side.  I’ve got this.” When I arrived, she greeted me and said, “I spent all day cooking tonight’s dinner so you can eat it. Hey would you just check this salad dressing to see if it is OK for you?” I looked at the ingredients and it contained gluten and dairy, both of which I cannot eat.  Then I glanced around the kitchen and saw evidence of wheat cross-contamination, including buns being toasted on the grill, and gluten-containing barbeque sauce spilling on the grill where my “clean” chicken was cooking. She had other guests to tend to, and I couldn’t offer instruction or read the ingredients of everything she used in the meal. 
    At social gatherings, I’ve been challenged too by those who ask if I am really “allergic,” or just eating gluten free as a “fad.” I’ve been told many times by hosts and hostesses that, “a little won’t hurt you,” or “everything in moderation,” or “if it is made with loving hands, it is good for you to eat.”  Of course, all of this is bunk for those with food allergies or celiac disease.  A little bit may kill us, and whether made with loving hands or not, it will certainly make us sick. 
    Those of us with food allergies and/or celiac disease walk a tightrope with friends and relatives. The old rules of etiquette just don’t work anymore.  We don’t want to insult anybody, we don’t want to be isolated, and we also don’t want to risk our health by eating foods that may contain ingredients we cannot tolerate.  So what do we do? 
    Etiquette books advise us to eat what is put in front of us when we are guests in someone’s home. They caution us at all costs not to insult our hostess. Rather, we are instructed to compliment the hostess on her good cooking, flavor combinations, and food choices.  But when foods are prepared in a cross-contaminated environment with ingredients we are allergic to, we cannot follow the old social constructs that do not serve us.  We need to work together to rewrite the rules, so that we can be included in social gatherings without fear of cross-contamination, and without offending anyone.
    Let’s figure out how to surmount these social situations together.  
    Each edition of this column will present a scenario, and together, we’ll determine appropriate, polite, and most importantly, safe ways to navigate this tricky gluten-free/food allergies lifestyle in a graceful way.  If someone disagrees with our new behavior patterns, we can refer them to this column and say, “Here are the new rules for those of us with food allergies or celiac disease.”  When we are guests in someone’s home, we can give them links to this column so they understand the plight we are faced with, bite after bite. Perhaps this will help those of us living with us to understand, be more compassionate, and accepting of our adaptations to keep ourselves safe. 
    This column will present a scenario such as the one above, and ask that you comment on how you would navigate it. Let’s talk about it. Let’s share ideas.  Using the example above, here’s the scenario for this issue:
    What would you do?
    Your kind-hearted friend invites you to dinner and insists on cooking for you.  You arrive and the first thing she says is, “I’ve spent all day making this for you. Oh, I bought this salad dressing for you, but you might want to read the ingredients first.”  You do, and it contains malt vinegar.  You look around the kitchen and notice evidence of cross-contamination in the rest of the meal.  What do you do? 
    Please comment below and feel free to share the tricky scenarios that you’ve encountered too.  Let’s discuss how to surmount these social situations.  What would you do?

    Jefferson Adams
    Celiac.com 07/12/2018 - Previous research has shown that the oral administration of Bifidobacterium infantis Natren Life Start super strain (NLS-SS) reduces of gastro-intestinal symptoms in untreated celiac disease patients. The reduction of symptoms was not connected with changes in intestinal permeability or serum levels of cytokines, chemokines, or growth factors. Therefore, researchers suspected that the reduction of symptoms might be related to the modulation of innate immunity.
    To test that hypothesis, a team of researchers set out to assess the potential mechanisms of a probiotic B.infantis Natren Life Start super strain on the mucosal expression of innate immune markers in adult patients with active untreated celiac disease compared with those treated with B. infantis 6 weeks and after 1 year of gluten-free diet.
    The research team included Maria I. Pinto-Sanchez, MD, Edgardo C. Smecuol, MD, Maria P. Temprano,RD, Emilia Sugai, BSBC, Andrea Gonzalez, RD, PhD, Maria L. Moreno,MD, Xianxi Huang, MD, PhD, Premysl Bercik, MD, Ana Cabanne, MD, Horacio Vazquez, MD, Sonia Niveloni, MD, Roberto Mazure, MD, Eduardo Mauriño, MD, Elena F. Verdú, MD, PhD, and Julio C. Bai, MD. They are affiliated with the Medicine Department, Farcombe Family Digestive Health Research Institute, McMaster University, Hamilton, ON, Canada; the Small Intestinal Section, Department of Medicine and the Department of Alimentation at Dr. C. Bonorino Udaondo, Gastroenterology Hospital and Research Institute at the Universidad del Salvador in Buenos Aires, Argentina.
    The team determined the numbers of macrophages and Paneth cells, along with the expression of a-defensin-5 expression via immunohistochemistry in duodenal biopsies.
    Their results showed that a gluten-free diet lowers duodenal macrophage counts in celiac disease patients more effectively than B. infantis, while B. infantis lowers Paneth cell counts and reduces expression of a-defensin-5.
    This study documents the differential innate immune effects of treatment with B. infantis compared with 1 year of gluten-free diet. The team calls for further study to better understand the synergistic effects of gluten-free diet and B. infantis supplementation in celiac disease.
    Source:
    J Clin Gastroenterol