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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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    Jefferson Adams
    Few things will actually make me pray for stormy weather. A rich and hearty soup is the perfect excuse to stay in and warm your bones. Infused with fresh herbs and salty, tender ham, this navy bean soup is wonderful during the winter months but makes a delicious and filling meal any time of year. Scrumptious on its own, the soup also pairs nicely with a thick slice of gluten-free bread. This recipe can feed up to 10 people depending on the serving size and presents beautifully when ladled into warmed bowls.
    Ingredients:
    1 pound navy beans (rinsed and drained)
    5 sprigs fresh parsley
    5 sprigs fresh rosemary
    1 bay leaf
    2 quarts water
    2 large smoked ham hocks or a meaty ham bone
    1 medium yellow onion (coarsely chopped)
    2 cloves garlic (coarsely chopped)
    2 stalks celery (chopped)
    1 medium carrot (scrubbed and chopped)
    Salt and pepper to taste
    Kitchen twine
    Directions:
    Place beans in a large saucepan and cover with water by about 2 inches. After bringing to a boil, reduce to low heat and let simmer for 5 minutes. Remove from heat and let sit covered for about an hour. Drain and set aside. Tie herbs in a bundle with the twine.
    In a Dutch oven or large stock pot combine water, beans, herb bundle, ham hocks, onions, garlic, celery and carrots. Bring to a boil and lower heat to allow for a gentle simmer. Cook soup about 1½ hours or until beans and hocks are completely tender.
    Turn off heat and carefully remove hocks and herbs. Cool enough to be able to remove meat. Discard bones, fat skin and herbs. Cut meat into cubes and return to soup.
    Puree about 2 cups of beans with a touch of the liquid in a blender. It’s okay if some of the vegetables make it into the blender. Stir the puree back into the soup. Heat the soup about 5 more minutes and ladle into bowls to serve.


    Jefferson Adams
    Slowly roasted beets are the star in this hearty winter salad. The fresh fruit segments compliment the splash of citrus in the dressing. I always try to find uses for the peel and zest—seems silly to waste all that concentrated flavor! When I can find good ones, sliced strawberries make a great addition. A delightful balance between tangy and sweet, this salad is pleasant as a starter, but also perfect on its own.
    Ingredients:
    6 ounces fresh baby spinach, or mixed greens
    5 beets, about 2-inches in diameter
    2 oranges, peeled and segmented
    2 teaspoons orange zest
    1 pink grapefruit, peeled and segmented
    2 teaspoons grapefruit zest
    ¾ cup crumbled feta cheese
    2 teaspoons Dijon mustard
    2 teaspoons honey
    3 tablespoons balsamic vinegar
    1/3 cup olive oil plus 1 tablespoon
    1 teaspoon salt
    1 teaspoon pepper
    Directions:
    Preheat oven to 400° F. Toss beets with olive oil. Wrap beets in a foil pouch and place directly on oven rack. Roast for about an hour, until beets are tender.
    Remove from oven and carefully open pouch. Let beets cool for 20-30 minutes.
    Meanwhile, whisk together balsamic vinegar, mustard, zest and honey in a small bowl. Slowly add olive oil, whisking continuously, until well combined.
    Peel beets by gently rubbing off their skins. Cut into wedges and season with salt and pepper.
    In a large bowl, combine spinach and beets with fruit segments. Toss with vinaigrette and top with crumbled feta.


    Amie  Valpone
    This wonderful soup can be served with your favorite meal, or as a stand-alone snack. This vegan and chilled soup is perfect for a Spring day!
    Ingredients:
        2 cloves garlic, minced     2 cups green beans, trimmed and steamed     1 cup fresh baby spinach     1 cup quinoa, cooked     Juice of 1 large orange     1 tsp. ground cumin     1 tsp. chili powder     1 Tbsp. freshly ground orange zest     1 large heirloom tomato, diced     1 zucchini, sliced     1 very ripe avocado, peeled and pitted     ½ tsp. red pepper flakes     1/4 cup fresh basil, chopped     2 Tbsp. Barlean’s Flax Seeds     Pinch of sea salt and freshly ground pepper Directions:
    Combine all ingredients in a food processor; pulse until mixture forms a smooth consistency.  Transfer to a large bowl. Place into the refrigerator, covered for 1 hour to chill.  Serve cool or at room temperature.  Enjoy!

    Jefferson Adams
    For many years now, every winter I've made this vegetable bacon soup that is so rich and hearty it resembles a stew. Savory bacon, chunky vegetables, beans, Parmesan rind and chard deliver big, bold flavors. This recipe owes a debt of gratitude to Ina Garten, The Barefoot Contessa's, Winter Minestrone recipe for the inspired addition of pesto.
    Ingredients:
    Olive oil 6 cups chicken stock 24 ounces canned or boxed chopped tomatoes 8 ounces fresh chard, stalk removed, chopped 15-ounce can navy beans, drained and rinsed 4 ounces pancetta, or quality bacon ½-inch-diced 3-4 carrots, diced 3 stalks celery, diced 1 large yellow onion, chopped 2 cups peeled butternut squash, diced into ½-inch cubes 5 cloves minced garlic 1 bay leaf 2 tablespoons pesto 2 teaspoons chopped fresh thyme leaves ½ cup dry white wine 1 ounce piece Parmesan cheese rind 1 fresh rosemary sprig Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper Freshly grated Parmesan cheese, as desired Directions:
    In a large, heavy soup pot, heat 2 tablespoons of olive oil over medium heat
    Add pancetta and cook over medium-low heat until lightly browned.
    Add shallots, carrots, celery, squash, garlic, and thyme and cook over medium heat, stirring occasionally, for about ten minutes, until the vegetables begin to soften.
    Add Parmesan cheese rind, tomatoes, 6 cups of the chicken stock, the bay leaf, rosemary sprig, 1 tablespoon salt, and 1½ teaspoons pepper.
    Bring pot to a boil, then lower the heat and simmer uncovered for 30 minutes, until the vegetables are tender.
    Discard the bay leaf and rosemary sprig.
    Add the beans and heat until simmering.
    The soup should be nice and thick. If it’s too thick, add more chicken stock. If you want it thicker, let it cook a bit longer.
    Add the chard and cook until the leaves are tender. Stir in the white wine and the pesto.
    Salt as needed.
    Sprinkle with Parmesan cheese, drizzle with olive oil, and serve hot.

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    Roxanne Bracknell
    Celiac.com 06/22/2018 - The rise of food allergies means that many people are avoiding gluten in recent times. In fact, the number of Americans who have stopped eating gluten has tripled in eight years
    between 2009 and 2017.
    Whatever your rationale for avoiding gluten, whether its coeliac disease, a sensitivity to the
    protein, or any other reason, it can be really hard to find suitable places to eat out. When
    you’re on holiday in a new and unknown environment, this can be near impossible.
    As awareness of coeliac disease grows around the world, however, more and more cities
    are opening their doors to gluten-free lifestyles, none more so than the 10 locations on the
    list below.
    Perhaps unsurprisingly, the U.S is a hotbed of gluten-free options, with four cities making the
    top 10, as well as the Hawaiian island of Maui. Chicago, in particular, is a real haven of
    gluten-free fare, with 240 coeliac-safe eateries throughout this huge city.
    The super hip city of Portland also ranks highly on this list, with the capital of counterculture
    rich in gluten-free cuisine, with San Francisco and Denver also included.
    Outside of the states, several prominent European capitals also rank very highly on the list,
    including Prague, the picturesque and historic capital of the Czech Republic, which boasts
    the best-reviewed restaurants on this list.
    The Irish capital of Dublin, meanwhile, has the most gluten-free establishments, with a huge
    330 to choose from, while Amsterdam and Barcelona also feature prominently thanks to their
    variety of top-notch gluten-free fodder.
    Finally, a special mention must go to Auckland, the sole representative of Australasia in this
    list, with the largest city in New Zealand rounding out the top 10 thanks to its 180 coeliacsafe
    eateries.
    The full top ten gluten-free cities are shown in the graphic below:

     

    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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    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