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Additional Celiac Disease Concerns

This category covers everything from dealing with celiac disease, schools, hospital stays, quality of life issues, camps, pets and gluten, dealing with relatives, and much more.

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    Is your Halloween candy gluten-free? Photo: Aotaro

    Here is's list of Gluten-free and Gluten-safe Candy for Halloween 2016. This year, we offer our most up-to-date list, with additions to both our Safe and our Unsafe lists.

    Image: CC--Jessica Spengler

    Vitamin K was discovered in 1929 and named for the German word koagulation with Herrick Dam and Edward A. Doisy receiving the Nobel Prize for their research in 1943. But Vitamin K is a multi-functional nutrient.

    Lucky Charms cereal is the latest General Mills cereal to go gluten-free. Photo: CC--Mike Mozart

    Good news for anyone on a gluten-free diet who misses their beloved Lucky Charms breakfast cereal.

    Image: CC-- Edsel Little

    You do not need to be celiac to need to stay away from gluten. Wheat isn't just harmful to celiac or gluten-sensitive individuals. Did you know that just one slice of wheat bread raises one's blood sugar higher than 3 teaspoons of table sugar? That is equivalent to 12 grams of sugar! Talk about diabetes waiting to happen!

    Has Barilla Pasta Been Ripping Off Customers? Photo: CC--Creative Tools

    If you've bought pasta in a box, or if you've even strolled your boxed pasta aisle at the supermarket, you've likely come across Barilla, and their famous blue box. Well, it turns out that the world's largest pasta-maker might have been ripping off customers by routinely under filling their boxes.

    Image: CC--Tom Hilton

    Several years ago, Dr. Levinovitz contacted me by telephone, asking if he could interview me then, and in subsequent calls, for a book he was writing about gluten consumption. Assuming he, as an academic employed by a university, had an open mind, I was happy to share my own anti-gluten paradigm and the sources of my angst about these harmful foods.

    Image: CC--Craig Dugas

    I have been following a gluten-free diet since being medically diagnosed with celiac disease as a toddler. My food choices have certainly evolved over the years. Many life experiences have influenced this evolution, including the loss of loved ones to cancer, experiencing my own health struggles resulting from celiac disease, and many surprising things I have learned from studying holistic nutrition.

    Starbuck looks to add more and better gluten-free options. Photo: CC--Angela Thompson

    Coffee giant Starbucks looks to feature more and better dietary specialty options, including gluten-free products. Will they succeed?

    Image: CC--Ansel Edwards

    A surprising research report from Australia that explores non celiac gluten sensitivity has given rise to a number of journalistic offerings that range between offensive and downright silly, while the reporters who wrote them appear to have somewhat compromised reading skills. That is not to say that the research report is without problems. However, at least that report requires a close reading to identify its most troubling elements.

    Olemsartan linked to celiac disease and malabsorption. This image does not depict olmesartan or Benicar. Photo: CC--stupid systemus

    Some doctors and clinicians have reported cases of severe sprue-like enteropathy associated with olmesartan, but, until now, no clear demonstration of an increased risk has been documented by epidemiological studies.

    Image: CC--rina sergeeva

    Pizzeria, hospital sued by parents of girl sickened by "gluten-free" pizza.

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    Cafe's expletive-laced rant over gluten-free fad dieters draws both ire and support.

    Image: CC--Steve Snodgrass

    I'm going to discuss a topic that I'm sure will be fraught with controversy. However, as someone who has watched the difficulty that so many new patients have in navigating their diets on gluten-free and celiac forums for the past twelve years, I believe it's time to consider a new model for approaching the gluten-free diet.

    People with celiac disease might get dosed with gluten more often than they realize. Photo: CC--Allen McGregor

    New research shows just how common symptomatic gluten exposure is among celiac patients on a gluten-free diet.

    Photo: CC--Isabelle Hurbain-Palatin

    Woman says the pastries labeled as "gluten free" at the hotel buffet were standard non-gluten-free pastries, and made her violently ill.

    At the start of the 2016 academic year, Kent State University becomes the first university in the country to feature an entirely gluten-free dining hall on campus.

    Photo: CC--Delphine Ménard

    In 2005 the National Institute of Health indicated more than 23 million Americans suffered from autoimmune disease. Today the projection is 30 million who experience extreme fatigue, muscle and joint pain, muscle weakness, sleeplessness, weight loss or gain, and memory problems as symptoms of autoimmune disorders.

    New study shows extra expenses that come with having celiac disease. Photo: CC--Wendy

    The research team measured the burden of total direct costs associated with celiac disease in patients with celiac disease versus patients without celiac disease using administrative claims data.

    Photo: CC--Frank Balsinger

    News that ImmusanT company is beginning full human trials for their celiac disease vaccine, NexVax 2, brought a number of comments from our readers.

    Image: CC--rob_rob2001

    You just got diagnosed Celiac and are wondering how serious this really is. What if there is just a little gluten in your food? What if you use the same toaster for your gluten-free bread as your wife's/husband's regular bread? What if those french fries are gluten-free but they fry them in the same fryer as those nice gluten coated onion rings?

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