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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
    This recipe comes to us from Valerie Wells.
    Serves 8 to 10 people.
    1 – 2 lb. bag of Trader Joes frozen chicken tenders (or substitute 2 lbs. chicken breasts). 1 large bag Flav-R-Rite Grand Gourmet Classics frozen mixed veggies (10 servings -- 32 oz.) Cooked brown rice (about 2½ cups before cooking) Sauce:
    1 - 20 oz can crushed pineapple in its own juice 1 heaping teaspoon corn starch gluten-free Soy sauce gluten-free Ketchup Sesame oil Salt Apple cider vinegar (optional) Start rice in cooker. Preheat oven to 450F. Arrange chicken pieces (chicken breasts will work fine). Arrange in single layer in bottom of two 9 x 13 glass pans. Put pineapple & corn starch in blender, add other ingredients to taste. Blend to mix. Pour over chicken pieces. Bake 15 minutes at 450 then reduce heat to 350F and bake 30 minutes more.
    While chicken bakes, steam or stir fry vegetables according to package directions.
    Serve chicken over hot rice with veggies on side.

    Amie  Valpone
    Besides being healthy and fiber-rich, these two recipes will have your guests asking you to send them the recipes!
    Cilantro Edamame Deviled Eggs
    1 cup edamame, cooked
    5 hard boiled egg yolks 1 cup silken tofu
    pinch of sea salt and pepper 2 tsp. balsamic vinegar 1/4 tsp. curry powder 1/4 cup fresh cilantro, finely chopped 10 egg white halves (yolks hollowed out)
    Directions:
    Toss all ingredients except egg whites into the food processor; pulse until smooth. Transfer mixture into hollow egg white halves. Serve chilled with a sprinkle of chili powder.





    Orange Edamame Salsa
    2 cups edamame, cooked
    1 large cucumber, chopped 1 yellow bell pepper, chopped 1/3 cup white onion, chopped 1 tsp. orange juice 1/4 tsp. orange zest 1 cup corn 1/2 cup chickpeas pinch of sea salt and pepper Directions:
    Toss all ingredients into a food processor; pulse until smooth. Transfer to a serving dish. Serve chilled with gluten-free crackers.

    Amie  Valpone
    Pad Thai is the perfect Asian dish to make when you want to add a slightly spicy and tangy taste to your dinner.
    Gluten-Free, Dairy-Free and Vegetarian

    Serves 4
    Ingredients:
    4 Tbsp. organic almond butter 1 Tbsp. honey 1/3 cup San J gluten free soy sauce 1/3 cup freshly squeezed orange juice 1/2 tsp. red pepper flakes 1 small sweet onion, chopped 1 clove garlic, minced 2 Tbsp. sesame oil 1 tsp. chili powder 2 cups bean sprouts 8 oz.  rice noodles 1 small bunch scallions, chopped 1 tsp. fresh ginger, grated 2 Tbsp. ground flax seeds 1 Tbsp. cashews, crushed 1/6 tsp. orange zest 1 Tbsp. fresh basil, finely chopped Lime wedges, for serving Directions:
    Prepare rice noodles, drain and set aside. In a medium sized mixing bowl combine almond butter, honey, gluten free soy sauce, orange juice, and red pepper flakes. Set aside. In wok, stir fry garlic in 1 Tbsp. oil for 1 minute or until lightly browned.  Add remaining oil and onions; cook for another 2 minutes. Add peanut butter mixture, chili powder, bean sprouts, and noodles.  Continue to mix until sauce thickens. Transfer to serving dishes. Serve warm with a sprinkle of fresh ginger, scallions, ground flax seeds, cashews, orange zest and fresh basil.  Garnish with lime wedges. Enjoy.

    Jefferson Adams
    Celiac.com 05/15/2013 - Lemon chicken may be one of those Americanized Chinese dishes, like sweet and sour pork, and chow mein that have become a staple at nearly every Chinese restaurant in the country. Still, I love it. However, being gluten free, I have to be careful when dining out. Even if the restaurant doesn't use flour outright, there's always the possibility of cross contamination.
    One way I've resolved this tension is by learning how to make a delicious gluten-free Chinese-style lemon chicken using a corn-starch-based batter.
    In this delicious recipe, chicken is battered in egg and corn starch, then cooked until it's crispy and golden on the outside, tender on the inside. It is then covered with a sweet, tangy lemon sauce.
    The taste will rival your favorite Chinese restaurant, and have your eating team trading high-fives. Serve it over rice, and garnish with a nice steamed vegetable, like broccoli.
    Chicken Ingredients:
    8 boneless, skinless chicken breast halves, cut in chunks or short strips ½ cup cornstarch ½ cup green onions, sliced ½ teaspoon salt â…› teaspoon black pepper ¼ cup water 4 egg yolks 2 cups cooking oil Lemon Sauce Ingredients:
    1½ cup water ½ cup lemon juice 3½ tablespoons light brown sugar 3 tablespoons cornstarch 3 tablespoons honey 2 teaspoons gluten-free chicken bouillon ½ teaspoon ground ginger, or more if desired Preparation:
    To make the batter, combine the cornstarch, salt, and pepper in a shallow dish. Beat the egg yolks with the water until combined. Add the egg mixture to the cornstarch and blend until smooth.
    Heat the oil in a large wok or skillet.
    Dip the chicken pieces into the egg mixture, until well-coated. Cook in the hot oil until golden brown, turning as needed. Remove with a slotted spoon and drain on paper towels.
    To make the sauce, combine all the ingredients in a saucepan. Cook over medium heat, stirring, about 5 minutes until sauce boils and the brown sugar and bouillon granules are fully dissolved.
    Place the chicken in a serving dish, top evenly with sauce, and top with the sliced green onions.

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    Jefferson Adams
    Celiac.com 06/21/2018 - Would you buy a house advertised as ‘gluten-free’? Yes, there really is such a house for sale. 
    It seems a Phoenix realtor Mike D’Elena is hoping that his trendy claim will catch the eye of a buyer hungry to avoid gluten, or, at least one with a sense of humor. D’Elena said he crafted the ads as a way to “be funny and to draw attention.” The idea, D’Elena said, is to “make it memorable.” 
    Though D’Elena’s marketing seeks to capitalizes on the gluten-free trend, he knows Celiac disease is a serious health issue for some people. “[W]e’re not here to offend anybody….this is just something we're just trying to do to draw attention and do what's best for our clients," he said. 
    Still, the signs seem to be working. D'elena had fielded six offers within a few days of listing the west Phoenix home.
    "Buying can sometimes be the most stressful thing you do in your entire life so why not have some fun with it," he said. 
    What do you think? Clever? Funny?
    Read more at Arizonafamily.com.

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    Bakery On Main started in the small bakery of a natural foods market on Main Street in Glastonbury, Connecticut. Founder Michael Smulders listened when his customers with Celiac Disease would mention the lack of good tasting, gluten-free options available to them. Upon learning this, he believed that nobody should have to suffer due to any kind of food allergy or dietary need. From then on, his mission became creating delicious and fearlessly unique gluten-free products that were clean and great tasting, while still being safe for his Celiac customers!
    Premium ingredients, bakeshop delicious recipes, and happy customers were our inspiration from the beginning— and are still the cornerstones of Bakery On Main today. We are a fiercely ethical company that believes in integrity and feels that happiness and wholesome, great tasting food should be harmonious. We strive for that in everything we bake in our dedicated gluten-free facility that is GFCO Certified and SQF Level 3 Certified. We use only natural, NON-GMO Project Verified ingredients and all of our products are certified Kosher Parve, dairy and casein free, and we have recently introduced certified Organic items as well! 
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    Jefferson Adams
    Celiac.com 06/20/2018 - Currently, the only way to manage celiac disease is to eliminate gluten from the diet. That could be set to change as clinical trials begin in Australia for a new vaccine that aims to switch off the immune response to gluten. 
    The trials are set to begin at Australia’s University of the Sunshine Coast Clinical Trials Centre. The vaccine is designed to allow people with celiac disease to consume gluten with no adverse effects. A successful vaccine could be the beginning of the end for the gluten-free diet as the only currently viable treatment for celiac disease. That could be a massive breakthrough for people with celiac disease.
    USC’s Clinical Trials Centre Director Lucas Litewka said trial participants would receive an injection of the vaccine twice a week for seven weeks. The trials will be conducted alongside gastroenterologist Dr. James Daveson, who called the vaccine “a very exciting potential new therapy that has been undergoing clinical trials for several years now.”
    Dr. Daveson said the investigational vaccine might potentially restore gluten tolerance to people with celiac disease.The trial is open to adults between the ages of 18 and 70 who have clinically diagnosed celiac disease, and have followed a strict gluten-free diet for at least 12 months. Anyone interested in participating can go to www.joinourtrials.com.
    Read more at the website for Australia’s University of the Sunshine Coast Clinical Trials Centre.

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    Jefferson Adams
    Celiac.com 06/19/2018 - Could baking soda help reduce the inflammation and damage caused by autoimmune diseases like rheumatoid arthritis, and celiac disease? Scientists at the Medical College of Georgia at Augusta University say that a daily dose of baking soda may in fact help reduce inflammation and damage caused by autoimmune diseases like rheumatoid arthritis, and celiac disease.
    Those scientists recently gathered some of the first evidence to show that cheap, over-the-counter antacids can prompt the spleen to promote an anti-inflammatory environment that could be helpful in combating inflammatory disease.
    A type of cell called mesothelial cells line our body cavities, like the digestive tract. They have little fingers, called microvilli, that sense the environment, and warn the organs they cover that there is an invader and an immune response is needed.
    The team’s data shows that when rats or healthy people drink a solution of baking soda, the stomach makes more acid, which causes mesothelial cells on the outside of the spleen to tell the spleen to go easy on the immune response.  "It's most likely a hamburger not a bacterial infection," is basically the message, says Dr. Paul O'Connor, renal physiologist in the MCG Department of Physiology at Augusta University and the study's corresponding author.
    That message, which is transmitted with help from a chemical messenger called acetylcholine, seems to encourage the gut to shift against inflammation, say the scientists.
    In patients who drank water with baking soda for two weeks, immune cells called macrophages, shifted from primarily those that promote inflammation, called M1, to those that reduce it, called M2. "The shift from inflammatory to an anti-inflammatory profile is happening everywhere," O'Connor says. "We saw it in the kidneys, we saw it in the spleen, now we see it in the peripheral blood."
    O'Connor hopes drinking baking soda can one day produce similar results for people with autoimmune disease. "You are not really turning anything off or on, you are just pushing it toward one side by giving an anti-inflammatory stimulus," he says, in this case, away from harmful inflammation. "It's potentially a really safe way to treat inflammatory disease."
    The research was funded by the National Institutes of Health.
    Read more at: Sciencedaily.com

    Jefferson Adams
    Celiac.com 06/18/2018 - Celiac disease has been mainly associated with Caucasian populations in Northern Europe, and their descendants in other countries, but new scientific evidence is beginning to challenge that view. Still, the exact global prevalence of celiac disease remains unknown.  To get better data on that issue, a team of researchers recently conducted a comprehensive review and meta-analysis to get a reasonably accurate estimate the global prevalence of celiac disease. 
    The research team included P Singh, A Arora, TA Strand, DA Leffler, C Catassi, PH Green, CP Kelly, V Ahuja, and GK Makharia. They are variously affiliated with the Division of Gastroenterology and Hepatology, Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center, Boston, Massachusetts; Lady Hardinge Medical College, New Delhi, India; Innlandet Hospital Trust, Lillehammer, Norway; Centre for International Health, University of Bergen, Bergen, Norway; Division of Gastroenterology and Hepatology, Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center, Boston, Massachusetts; Gastroenterology Research and Development, Takeda Pharmaceuticals Inc, Cambridge, MA; Department of Pediatrics, Università Politecnica delle Marche, Ancona, Italy; Department of Medicine, Columbia University Medical Center, New York, New York; USA Celiac Disease Center, Columbia University Medical Center, New York, New York; and the Department of Gastroenterology and Human Nutrition, All India Institute of Medical Sciences, New Delhi, India.
    For their review, the team searched Medline, PubMed, and EMBASE for the keywords ‘celiac disease,’ ‘celiac,’ ‘tissue transglutaminase antibody,’ ‘anti-endomysium antibody,’ ‘endomysial antibody,’ and ‘prevalence’ for studies published from January 1991 through March 2016. 
    The team cross-referenced each article with the words ‘Asia,’ ‘Europe,’ ‘Africa,’ ‘South America,’ ‘North America,’ and ‘Australia.’ They defined celiac diagnosis based on European Society of Pediatric Gastroenterology, Hepatology, and Nutrition guidelines. The team used 96 articles of 3,843 articles in their final analysis.
    Overall global prevalence of celiac disease was 1.4% in 275,818 individuals, based on positive blood tests for anti-tissue transglutaminase and/or anti-endomysial antibodies. The pooled global prevalence of biopsy-confirmed celiac disease was 0.7% in 138,792 individuals. That means that numerous people with celiac disease potentially remain undiagnosed.
    Rates of celiac disease were 0.4% in South America, 0.5% in Africa and North America, 0.6% in Asia, and 0.8% in Europe and Oceania; the prevalence was 0.6% in female vs 0.4% males. Celiac disease was significantly more common in children than adults.
    This systematic review and meta-analysis showed celiac disease to be reported worldwide. Blood test data shows celiac disease rate of 1.4%, while biopsy data shows 0.7%. The prevalence of celiac disease varies with sex, age, and location. 
    This review demonstrates a need for more comprehensive population-based studies of celiac disease in numerous countries.  The 1.4% rate indicates that there are 91.2 million people worldwide with celiac disease, and 3.9 million are in the U.S.A.
    Source:
    Clin Gastroenterol Hepatol. 2018 Jun;16(6):823-836.e2. doi: 10.1016/j.cgh.2017.06.037.