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 celiac 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 celiac 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:
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.
Bakery On Main started in the small bakery of a natural foods market on Main Street in Glastonbury, Connecticut. Founder Michael Smulders listened when his customers with Celiac Disease would mention the lack of good tasting, gluten-free options available to them. Upon learning this, he believed that nobody should have to suffer due to any kind of food allergy or dietary need. From then on, his mission became creating delicious and fearlessly unique gluten-free products that were clean and great tasting, while still being safe for his Celiac customers!
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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.
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
Genetic testing for celiac disease is primarily used to rule out celiac disease. Why? Some 30% of the population carries the genes that could develop into celiac disease which is not “common” if you crunch the numbers. In some cases, genetic results can help guide a doctor in diagnosing a patient when test results are negative. Diagnosing celiac disease is not easy, especially in small children.
I am not sure knowing genetic results for the mass population is a good thing. For example, I would hate for my kid to be labeled a potential celiac (genetic test results) when she applies for health, life or disability insurance. This is still unchartered waters. At least this is something she does not have to disclose on an application. Maybe it is because I have been denied health insurance because I had one autoimmune disorder at the time. It is not like that now, but who knows?
If she was seriously ill, I would not hesitate to ask for genetic testing.
Young children often have not developed the TTG antibodies for accurate testing. The DPG tests can be better detecting celiac disease.
All celiac testing requires a person to be on a gluten diet (except genetic).
You can DNA test your son and yourself for the celiac genes yourself. I found out that I carried one copy of the HLA-DQB1 gene and my half-brother carries two (homozygous) from the 23andme test. It goes on sale during holidays for 30% off, usually. The test is FDA approved. They can't diagnose any conditions, but they can tell you if you carry the gene.
I wanted to add that after being diagnosed with celiac disease, I started having a lot of GI symptoms (stomach pinching, reflux, nausea, etc). I thought for sure it was celiac disease-related as my antibodies (DGP IgA were very elevated and were not coming down). I went on the Fasano diet, but no improvement. Finally, I caved and had a repeat endoscopy. My small intestine was healthy. But I had a stomach polyp like you and inflammation. The pathologist’s report stated that I had Chronic Autoimmune Gastritis which in my research is strongly linked to Hashimoto’s (which I have and those antibodies were very elevated too). I also experienced six months of chronic autoimmune hives, again linked to Hashi’s. I can say that everything is back to normal and my Gastritis is not flaring and those hives are gone! I strongly think all my AI issues are linked. Trigger one (say a gluten exposure) and the others are set off. It is one reason I am so careful or obsessed about avoiding gluten.