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    Jefferson Adams is a freelance writer living in San Francisco. He has covered Health News for Examiner.com, and provided health and medical content for Sharecare.com. His work has appeared in Antioch Review, Blue Mesa Review, CALIBAN, Hayden's Ferry Review, Huffington Post, the Mississippi Review, and Slate, among others.

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    Jefferson Adams
    Butter and fresh tarragon were once my go-to dressing for carrots, but my flaring sweet tooth recently pulled me in a slightly different direction. This recipe turned out to be just sweet enough to rival dessert. This is a great dish to serve when you have guests, especially if you can get your hands on rainbow carrots.
    Ingredients:
    1 pound carrots cut into 1-inch pieces
    2 tablespoons maple syrup or honey
    1 tablespoon butter
    1 tablespoon lemon juice
    ½ cup freshly chopped parsley
    Pepper to taste
    Directions:
    Salt a medium pot of boiling water and cook carrots for 5-6 minutes until tender-crisp and drain.
    Add carrots to a medium saucepan and heat with syrup, butter, and lemon juice.
    Cook until carrots are well-coated, about another 5 minutes. Season with pepper and parsley and serve immediately.


    Jefferson Adams
    The decadent, borderline sinful combination of bacon and blue cheese is one I use sparingly, but with the season of dinner parties upon us, I can’t think of a better reason to break it out. On another night, try dressing up the sprouts with for toasted walnuts, cranberries, maple syrup and a touch of balsamic; think savory dessert…
    Ingredients:
    1 pound Brussels sprouts, halved or chopped
    4-5 strips thick-cut bacon
    1 tablespoon butter
    1 small onion, diced
    2 cloves garlic, chopped
    1 ounce blue cheese crumbles
    Salt and pepper to taste
    Directions:
    Heat a large skillet over medium-high and cook bacon until crispy. Remove and let drain on a paper towel-lined plate.
    Reserve less than 1 tablespoon of the fat from the pan and add butter. Sauté the onions for 2-3 minutes. Add the garlic and Brussels sprouts. Cook for 10-12 minutes, stirring occasionally, until sprouts are golden-brown.
    Add the bacon and blue cheese and toss together. Season with salt and pepper if desired and serve immediately.


    Jefferson Adams
    Gorgonzola is a veined Italian blue cheese, made from unskimmed cow's and/or goat's milk.
    Contrary to popular belief, Gorgonzola, or blue cheese does NOT contain gluten. These days, blue cheese is no longer made with mold from stale bread as a starter, as it was once upon a time. The molds used to make commercial Gorgonzola and blue cheese are isolated for purity, and cultured in sterile conditions. They are gluten-free. That means that most people with celiac disease and gluten intolerance are free to eat most all blue cheeses.
    To celebrate that fact, I recently prepared a delicious beet salad with Gorgonzola, pear and arugula, which is one of my summer favorites. I just couldn't wait for summer to get started.
    This recipe makes a tasty, refreshing salad that will turn heads and delight tastebuds.
    Ingredients:
    3 red beets, peeled, roasted and diced
    1 firm Bosc or D'Anjou pear, diced
    1 tablespoon lemon juice
    4 ounces crumbled Gorgonzola or mild blue cheese
    ¼ cup extra-virgin olive oil
    1 tablespoon honey
    ¼ cup balsamic vinegar
    ¼ teaspoon salt
    ¼ teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
    2 teaspoons Dijon mustard
    1 large shallot, peeled and chopped
    4 ounces of mixed lettuce, washed
    2 ounces arugula, washed
    1 seedless tangerine, peeled
    ⅓ cup walnuts, halved, optional
    Directions:
    Heat oven to 350° F.
    Wash the beets, leave them wet, and wrap each one in foil. Arrange beets in roasting pan or on baking sheet; bake 90 minutes or until tender. Test by opening the foil and poking with a thin knife.
    Note: I often make my beets ahead of time, or make more beets than I need, then dice and refrigerate so I can make more salad later.
    Leave beets covered and allow to cool on a plate.
    Dice beets and pear pieces, and toss with lemon juice in a small bowl.
    In a separate bowl, combine oil, vinegar, honey, dijon mustard, shallot, salt, and pepper. Whisk these together until blended.
    Make sure beets and pears are at room temperature.
    Place roughly chopped greens and arugula in a bowl.
    Top with pears, beets, tangerine slices, and cheese, and drizzle with vinaigrette. Add walnuts as desired.
    Serve alongside your favorite burger or steak.

    Jefferson Adams
    Celiac.com 04/07/2015 - This dip is full of zesty bacon and cheese flavor that is sure to put smiles on the faces of your hungriest snackers.
    Ingredients:
    12 slices quality smoked bacon, cooked, chopped 1 cup (8 ounces) cream cheese ¾ cup shredded Cheddar cheese ¾ cup shredded Swiss cheese ½ cup mayonnaise 1½ tablespoons Dijon mustard 1 tablespoon horseradish, prepared 4 scallions, chopped Directions:
    In a mixing bowl, whip the cream cheese with an electric mixer.
    Fold in and lightly mix the mayonnaise, Dijon mustard, horseradish, cheddar cheese, bacon and scallions.
    Serve hot or cold.
    To heat, place in an oven proof container and bake at 400°F for 10 minutes or until bubbly and warm.

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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.

    Jefferson Adams
    Celiac.com 06/16/2018 - Summer is the time for chips and salsa. This fresh salsa recipe relies on cabbage, yes, cabbage, as a secret ingredient. The cabbage brings a delicious flavor and helps the salsa hold together nicely for scooping with your favorite chips. The result is a fresh, tasty salsa that goes great with guacamole.
    Ingredients:
    3 cups ripe fresh tomatoes, diced 1 cup shredded green cabbage ½ cup diced yellow onion ¼ cup chopped fresh cilantro 1 jalapeno, seeded 1 Serrano pepper, seeded 2 tablespoons lemon juice 2 tablespoons red wine vinegar 2 garlic cloves, minced salt to taste black pepper, to taste Directions:
    Purée all ingredients together in a blender.
    Cover and refrigerate for at least 1 hour. 
    Adjust seasoning with salt and pepper, as desired. 
    Serve is a bowl with tortilla chips and guacamole.