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    Jefferson Adams earned his B.A. and M.F.A. at Arizona State University, and has authored more than 2,000 articles on celiac disease. His coursework includes studies in biology, anatomy, medicine, science, and advanced research, and scientific methods. He previously served as Health News Examiner for Examiner.com, and devised health and medical content for Sharecare.com. Jefferson has spoken about celiac disease to the media, including an appearance on the KQED radio show Forum, and is the editor of the book "Cereal Killers" by Scott Adams and Ron Hoggan, Ed.D.

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    Scott Adams
    By Peter H.R. Green, MD
    Dr. Green is Professor of Clinical Medicine, Director of the Celiac Disease Center at Columbia University College of Physicians and Surgeons.
    This article originally appeared at http://hnn.us/articles/1125.html and is reprinted here by permission of Richard Shenkman.
    Celiac.com 11/27/2002 - New revelations that have appeared in the New York Times and the Atlantic Monthly, about John F. Kennedys health have raised questions about his physical condition during his presidency. Robert Dallek, in the December Atlantic Monthly, described in The Medical Ordeals of JFK long standing medical problems that started in childhood. In Kennedys adolescence, gastrointestinal symptoms, weight and growth problems as well as fatigue were described. Later in life, he suffered from abdominal pain, diarrhea, weight loss, osteoporosis, migraine and Addisons disease. Chronic back problems, due to osteoporosis resulted in several operations and required medications for chronic pain. He was extensively evaluated in major medical centers including the Mayo Clinic and hospitals in Boston, New Haven and New York. Among the multiple diagnoses were ulcers, colitis, spastic colitis, irritable bowel syndrome, and food allergies. His medications included corticosteroids, antispasmodics, Metamucil and Lomotil. However it is not clear that his physicians obtained a definitive diagnosis.
    Review of this medical history raises the possibility that JFK had celiac disease. Celiac disease is caused by ingestion of gluten, which is the main protein component of wheat and related cereals, rye and barley. The small intestine develops villous atrophy that results in difficulties in the absorption of nutrients. Diarrhea and abdominal pain are common symptoms. Elimination of gluten from the diet results in resolution of the inflammatory condition in the intestine and the associated symptoms and prevention of the complications of the disease. A life-long gluten free diet is then required. People with celiac disease, providing they adhere to the diet have normal longevity.
    Celiac disease can present at any age. In infancy and childhood it may cause chronic diarrhea, abdominal pain, and growth, behavioral and development problems. In older individuals the presentation of celiac disease is frequently due to the development of complications of the disease. These include anemia, osteoporosis, skin rashes or neurological problems. The neurological problems include neuropathy, epilepsy, ataxia (balance disorders) and migraine. While the disease is more common in females, men are affected as well. Osteoporosis is common in patients with celiac disease, men often are more severely affected than women. Gastrointestinal symptoms in celiac disease persist for many years prior to diagnosis and are often attributed to an irritable bowel syndrome or spastic colitis. Patients typically see many physicians prior to the diagnosis of celiac disease.
    Autoimmune disorders occur more frequently in patients with celiac disease than the general population by a factor of ten. Frequently the autoimmune disorder assumes greater clinical significance than the celiac disease and as a result is diagnosed first. The associated autoimmune disorders include thyroid dysfunction, psoriasis, dermatitis herpetiformis (an intensely itchy skin rash), Sjogrens syndrome, and Addisons disease. Relatives of patients with celiac disease have a greater risk, not only of celiac disease, but also of other autoimmune diseases.

    THE IRISH CONNECTION
    Celiac disease was formally considered a rare disease of childhood. It is now recognized as being very common in those of European descent, one of the most common genetically determined conditions physicians will encounter. Recent studies have demonstrated the country with the greatest prevalence to be Ireland. In Belfast one in one hundred and twenty two have the illness.
    The prominent familial association of the disease indicated by the occurrence in one of ten first degree relatives and in 80 percent of identical twins points to a genetic component of the disease. However the actual genes responsible for the disease have not been discovered though there are many groups working on the problem. It is known that there is a strong association with specific HLA genes that are required for the disease to occur, but are themselves not sufficient for the disease to be manifested.
    Kennedys Irish heritage, long duration of gastrointestinal complaints (since childhood), diagnosis of irritable bowel syndrome and migraine, presence of severe osteoporosis, and the development of Addisons disease all lead to a presumptive diagnosis of celiac disease. Kennedy was given steroids for his problems. Steroid use is associated with the development of osteoporosis and Addisons disease. However steroids were initially used in clinical practice in the 1930s and 1940s for many indications, not considered appropriate now. In the case of Kennedy, if he did in fact have celiac disease, the steroids would have suppressed the inflammation in the intestine and reduced his symptoms, making diagnosis of celiac disease less likely to be established. The occurrence of Addisons disease in his sister, however, argues for a familial cause of his Addisons disease, rather than an iatrogenic one.
    Could celiac disease have been diagnosed in Kennedy during his lifetime? Possibly. The disease was first recognized in 1887 as well as its treatment with an elimination diet. It was recognized to occur at all ages. However, it was not until the 1950s that the shortage of bread during the Second World War and its subsequent reintroduction in Holland prompted recognition of the role of wheat as a cause of this malabsorption syndrome. While it was in the 1970s that physicians became aware of the more subtle presentations of the disease. The diagnosis of celiac disease initially requires consideration that it may be present in an individual patient, even now many physicians do not consider the diagnosis.
    It would however be possible to diagnose celiac disease in JFK now, if biopsies taken during his life, or autopsy material of the small intestine had been archived and was now made available. Frozen blood samples could also provide diagnostic material for there are serologic tests now available that are sensitive and specific for the condition..
    A diagnosis of celiac disease, if it had been made could have been treated by diet alone. This would have prevented all the manifestations of the disease and its complications. Because of the strong genetic component of celiac disease, Kennedys family may well be interested in obtaining the diagnosis as well.

    Wendy Cohan, RN
    Celiac.com 02/09/2011 - A new group focused on supporting children with celiac disease and non-celiac gluten intolerance will hold its first meeting this month, on February 19th, in Portland, Oregon. G.I.F.T.S. - Gluten Intolerant Families Teamwork & Support (www.gifts-pdx.org) will meet every other month, on the third Saturday, from 2:00 to 4:00 p.m. in the home of group moderator Wendy Cohan, RN.
    Meeting in a home environment will reduce costs for membership, but also offer the opportunity to hold cooking demonstrations, cupcake decorating contests, and a summer cook-out, all of which are planned for 2011. Each meeting will feature a speaker, with subjects alternating between short health discussions and more kid-friendly holiday themes and cooking and baking with children. Our first speaker will be Krista Anderson-Ross, ND, who will give a short talk on the important topic of "Nutritional Deficits in Children with Celiac Disease", and how best to address them.
    We'll follow that up in April with an Easter-themed party with our guest, small business owner of "Fairy Cakes". Our group website: www.gifts-pdx.org is full of information on celiac and gluten related topics, and it includes a bulletin board for sharing tips, recipes, ideas for school lunches and snacks and other parent peer-support ideas. Bring your child, bring your whole family, and help make this group whatever you want it to be.
    We have a small advisory committee of health professionals and parents of children with celiac disease, but you are welcome to bring your ideas to the table, literally. We plan to hold social gatherings and restaurant outings in addition to regular meetings. For more information, see the website, or email us: info@gifts-pdx.org.

    Jefferson Adams
    Celiac.com 10/07/2011 - In October 2010, Kicking 4 Celiac Foundation Executive Director Craig Pinto made 717 regulation field goals in a 12 hour period to set a Guinness World Record. That success marked the beginning of the foundation's annual “Kicking4Celiac” event, which raises money and awareness for celiac disease.
    The second annual “Kicking4Celiac” event is set for October 9th, when Pinto will return to the football field at Bethpage High School and attempt a second world record, this one for the “Most Field Goals made in 24 Hours.”
    Pinto must make a at least 1,000 field goals in 24 hours to break the existing world record.
    This year’s event will help to grow the foundation's scholarship program, which, beginning in early 2012, will award scholarships to college-bound students with celiac disease.
    Speaking of last year's event, Pinto said that "the progression mirrored what I went through with celiac disease. The initial mental stress, the physical stress, but the hard work to make it through, and come out on top. It is something I want to continue to do, to break people’s thoughts and stigmas that when you’re diagnosed with celiac disease that your physical abilities will change."
    Pinto added that the “support from people reaching out was absolutely amazing, and it just showed how strong the celiac community stands behind and supports each other. We’re in this together.”


    Jefferson Adams
    Celiac.com 04/01/2015 - Coors Peak beer, a gluten-free copper lager, which hit store shelves in Seattle and Portland, is wasting no time in collecting accolades from gluten-free organizations.
    MillerCoors recently announced that Coors Peak has become the first beer by the big three brewers to meet the certification standards set by the Gluten Intolerance Group of North America.
    To ensure that Coors Peak is gluten-free, MillerCoors has employed exacting production standards, “including production in an entirely separate area to reduce the risk of cross-contamination,” said Channon Quinn, director of industry programs with the Gluten Intolerance Group.
    According to David Kroll, MillerCoors vice president of insights and innovations, it took five years of research, testing and refinement to develop Coors Peak, which is is brewed from malted brown rice, hops and caramel sugar to create a distinctive character and brightness.
    During that time, the Chicago-based company, which has a large brewing operation in Milwaukee, worked closely with the Gluten Intolerance Group to ensure high gluten-free standards.
    Read more at bizjournals.com.

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