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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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    Hari Chengalath
    Cabbage: 1 - 2 medium small heads
    Or:
    Carrots - 2 or 3 small bags
    Black mustard seeds: a teaspoon and a half
    Urad dal (dried lentils): 1 teaspoon
    Channa dal (another kind of dried lentil): 1 teaspoon
    Dried red chilies: 1 - 2, broken into pieces
    Chili powder: a heaping teaspoonful
    Turmeric: a teaspoon
    Salt: to taste
    Chop cabbage coarsely (carrots into little pieces) and set aside. In a large pot, heat about 4 or 5 tablespoons of canola oil; toss in a few mustard seeds to test; when they pop, toss in the rest of the mustard seeds and cover the pot. When all seeds have popped (about 45 seconds), throw in the dals and dried red chilies and sauté until they all turn brownish. Toss in your chopped cabbage (or carrots) and stir it about so oil and fried stuff are all evenly distributed. Then throw in chili powder, turmeric, and salt; again turn cabbage over so spices are evenly distributed. Cook over low heat until cabbage or carrots are done (cooked yet crunchy) - should take about 25 minutes. Be sure to stir every 5 or 6 minutes to ensure that the cabbage (or carrots) does not stick to the bottom or burn.

    Scott Adams
    This recipe comes to us from Lynne Marie Sullivan.
    Ingredients:
    1 cup coarse soy granules (soy grits) or gluten-free textured vegetable protein (TVP)
    1 cup boiling water
    1 cup chopped green onions
    1 small bunch fresh parsley, washed and finely chopped
    ½ bunch fresh mint leaves, washed and chopped, OR ½ teaspoon dried mint leaves
    1 large or 2 medium firm ripe tomatoes, washed and diced
    Juice of 1 lemon, or more to taste
    3 tablespoons quality olive oil
    Salt and freshly ground pepper to taste
    Directions:
    Pour the boiling water over the soy or TVP granules, cover, and allow to stand until most of the water is absorbed (about an hour). Squeeze any remaining liquid out of the granules before placing in a large mixing bowl.
    Add remaining ingredients. Add more lemon juice and mint to taste. Toss together, cover the bowl, and refrigerate at least an hour before serving. The flavor actually improves the second day. Makes about 4 large servings.

    Jefferson Adams
    Chicken Marsala is one of those Italian delights that rely on the marriage of a few simple ingredients to forge a rich and satisfying main dish. In this case, butter, wine, mushrooms and cream come together to deliver a delicious sauce that takes the chicken to another level.
    This easy to make recipe for chicken Marsala delivers an elegant gluten-free version of this classic Italian dish.
    Ingredients:
    2 skinless, boneless, chicken breasts
    salt and freshly ground black pepper
    1/2 cup gluten-free flour
    up to 1/2 cup olive or vegetable oil
    8 ounces container of mushroom, sliced and cleaned
    2 tablespoons butter
    1/2 cup sweet Marsala wine
    1/4 cup chicken stock
    1/4 cup sherry or dry white wine
    Optional: 2 tablespoons heavy cream
    Garnish with chopped parsley or oregano
    Directions:
    Cut chicken breasts in two lengthwise.
    Use a meat tenderizer or a mallet to pound meat until flat and about a quarter inch thick.
    Generously season the chicken with salt and pepper on both sides.
    Dredge the chicken in gluten-free flour.
    In a large skillet, heat oil to medium-high heat and sauté each piece of chicken for 3-4 minutes per side until golden brown.
    Place cooked chicken on a paper towel, lightly dab tops to remove extra oil, and cover with foil.
    Reduce the heat to medium and add butter and mushrooms same skillet.
    Season mushrooms with salt and pepper, and sauté for 4-5 minutes. Add marsala wine, sherry, cream, and chicken stock. Cook for 3-5 minutes so liquid is slightly reduced.
    Plate the chicken breasts, and to with mushrooms and sauce.
    Serve with your favorite gluten-free pasta, or your favorite risotto.

    Jefferson Adams
    Celiac.com 07/17/2013 - I recently read somewhere that chicken tikka masala is the number one most popular dish in England. That does not surprise me. it's a delicious dish, and seems to be popular wherever it is offered. Many Americans also love chicken tikka masala.
    This kebab recipe offers an easy way to enjoy the tasty goodness of chicken tikka masala at home, with minimal muss and fuss.
    This recipe works great for outdoor summertime grilling, and will definitely have your family and any guests smiling. 
    Ingredients:
    1 cup yogurt
    2 tablespoons garam masala,
    ½ cup chopped cilantro,
    1½ teaspoons grated garlic
    1½ teaspoons grated ginger
    2 tablespoons tablespoon lime juice, plus 1 tablespoon
    salt and cayenne pepper to taste
    Note: Garam masala is a blend of spices. I don't have a special brand, but I am always cautious about spices, and encourage you to read labels to make sure that your brand does not include any wheat or gluten ingredients.
    You can easily make it yourself with a little effort. A typical Indian garam masala includes: black and white peppercorns, cloves, cinnamon, black and white cumin seeds, along with black, brown and green cardamom pods.
    Directions:
    Chicken Tikka:
    Marinate cubed chicken thighs in 1 cup yogurt, 2 tablespoons garam masala, 1/2 cup chopped cilantro, 1½ teaspoons each grated garlic and ginger, 2 tablespoons lime juice, and salt and cayenne.
    Skewer and grill over medium-high heat.
    Serve with yogurt mixed with lime juice.

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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!
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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.

    Source:
    FoodProcessing.com.au

    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.