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    Is Starbucks' new breakfast sandwich really gluten-free? Photo: Starbucks Gluten-free Breakfast Sandwich--Starbucks

    Starbucks has a new Gluten-Free Breakfast Sandwich that looks yummy. But, why does their website feature a disclaimer saying the company cannot guarantee the absence of allergens, including wheat?

    The company website uses boldface type to tout the "gluten-free"-ness of the new offering, noting that the sandwich uses a "gluten-free roll," is "prepared in a certified gluten-free environment," and sealed "in its own oven-safe parchment bag to avoid any cross-contamination." Sounds good, so far, perhaps even safe for celiacs.



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    Allergens in processed foods can be a significant problem in the confectionery industry. In the European Union, current estimates suggest that 17 million people suffer from food allergies and in recent years, the number of children under five years with significant food allergies has grown. Therefore, it is important to keep track of information and raise awareness among consumers and producers.



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    Do you have an autoimmune disease? Does someone you know? Did you know that the numbers regarding autoimmune rates are all over the place, and that incomplete or wrong information can result in delayed or missed diagnoses? Want to help researchers create a database that will help them understand exactly how many people are living with autoimmune conditions?



    Are prescriptions the best way to help cealiac sufferers in the UK? Photo: CC--Mike Licht

    Attack on prescriptions for celiac sufferers sparks strong debate. The Brits are having a bit of a dustup over the best way to help people support with celiac disease. Currently, Britain\'s National Health Service supplies prescriptions for gluten-free food staples for people with celiac disease. Seemingly, no one disagrees with medical experts that celiac suffers should get support from the National Health Service to buy certain staple gluten-free products.



    Do people with celiac disease face higher levels of arsenic and mercury levels? Photo: CC--Matt Brubeck

    Could increased exposure to arsenic and mercury be unintended consequences of eating a gluten-free diet? Do people who eat a gluten-free diet face an increased exposure to toxic metals like arsenic and mercury, and thus possibly higher rates of cardiovascular disease, cancer and neurological effects? That\'s a very possible scenario, according to a report published in the journal Epidemiology.



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    Have wheat and gluten changed over time? Is the wheat we consume today substantially different to the wheat we ate fifty or one-hundred years ago? These are interesting questions that have invited a good deal of speculation, but so far, at least, no good answers.



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    There\'s been a great deal of excitement, and plenty of confusion, among celiac sufferers about a drug that breaks down gluten into harmless smaller molecules. The good news is that the drug, GluteGuard, has shown some early promise in treating mild gluten intolerance randomized human trials. The drug is also currently available in UK and Australia, as a "complementary medicine," a category does not require any proof that it actually works.



    Food Equality Initiative is the first food pantry for kid with food allergies. Photo: Food Equality Initiative--Allison Long/The Kansas City Star via AP

    Feeding kids restricted to a "special" diet due to food allergies or sensitivities can be both challenging and expensive. Two Kansas moms turned their experience meeting those challenges with their own children into a full-blown community service, dedicated to helping parents feed kids with food allergies on the cheap.



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    Scientists have devised a universal gluten cross-contamination checklist they hope will help to reduce gluten contamination in the food services industries. The newly created food services checklist was compiled after an extensive literature review, input from 11 different experts with PhDs and experience with food services and/or gluten and celiac issues, along with documents from various organizations such as the Gluten-Free Certification Program from the Canadian Celiac Association.



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    In my practice, I have had the pleasure and honor of helping hundreds of people reverse their diabetes and put their autoimmune diseases into remission. One of the many things that we test for is gluten reactivity. The research, much of which has been cited in our book on gluten, Lose the Gluten, Lose your Gut.



    Gluten-free diets can be hard to maintain on college campuses. Photo: CC--Daniel Lobo

    Getting in a good gluten-free groove can be a challenge for college students.



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    Irish food manufacturer Largo, whose snack products include Tayto, has admitted it sold gluten-contaminated crisps.



    Homeless man. Image: CC-- Tony Waghorn

    A diagnosis of pellagra will likely have many other disease presentations, not limited to acne, rosacea (dermatitis) skin rashes, depression, anxiety, dementia, etc., as well. Seventy-five or more years ago the symptoms of Pellagra were commonly diagnosed as separate diseases that were known to be of a common cause.



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    Ever since I was a young girl I have always had a bad stomach. Last year, when I was 16, I decided to move to London. Circumstances became difficult, and I ended up becoming physically and mentally ill, which included anorexia nervosa and then onset depression and trauma, as well as almost crippling anxiety.



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    Before my dog Amber\'s health started to fall apart, I had observed friends and family members on their gluten free journeys without ever considering this could be a solution for me. Years of periodic juice fasting, vegan and vegetarian diets, and then finally a GMO-free, semi-vegetarian lifestyle, had never led me to consider complete and total gluten free eating, until Amber.



    Quaker has launched numerous new gluten-free products in the UK. Photo: CC--Amber Kennedy

    Quaker Oats UK has launched several gluten-free oat products, including a free-from variant and a yogurt-based breakfast pouch range.



    Image: CC-- Phil Gradwell

    For many years, nutritionists, doctors and the media declared a low-fat diet as an effective method of losing weight, lowering the level of so-called "bad cholesterol", and preventing health problems. We have since seen that it is not only fat intake but also the type of fat we eat is of paramount importance.



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    I have previously criticized the use of a single blind test protocol for a gluten free diet. In past issues of The Journal of Gluten Sensitivity I have also been critical of some double blind research protocols for investigating dietary variables for a variety of reasons not relevant to the current topic.



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    Fake signs declare to San Francisco MUNI buses to be Gluten-Free. 



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    Just when you think you\'ve heard everything, something brand new enters the arena. When it comes to non-dietary sources of gluten, I think of things such as lipstick (it\'s not a food but we still eat some of it), Play-Doh (also not a food but if you\'ve ever seen children playing with it, you\'ll note that some ingestion occurs), and some cosmetic items like body lotions and shampoos.


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