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Over the weekend I tried Second Helping's "Mama's Meatballs" and was pleasantly surprised. They are authentic, Italian style gluten-free meatballs that are made with all natural beef. In addition to being gluten-free they are also dairy/casein, nut and soy-free, and are non-GMO. The first thing I noticed about them is that they are good-sized and not greasy. It doesn't say low fat on the package, but to me it seems like they must be made from leaner, lower fat beef than most meatballs I've had, which I really like. They also have a very even, fine consistency, as though the beef is very finely ground, and again, perhaps leaner. The meatballs are perfectly seasoned with the usual Italian herbs, and I appreciate that they did not overdo it with the seasonings, as can be the case with other prepared meatballs I've tried. Here is another great product that makes life easier for those with celiac disease. Gluten-Free meatballs can take a lot of time and effort to make, and they usually don't turn out this good, so I normally just go without. Now I can simply keep a bag of these in my freezer or refrigerator for the moment that the spaghetti and meatballs craving hits me, and serve them on top of my favorite pasta and sauce! For more info, visit their site. Note: Articles that appear in the "Gluten-Free Food Reviews" section of this site are paid advertisements. For more information about this see our Advertising Page.
Jefferson Adams posted an article in Conferences, Publicity, Pregnancy, Church, Bread Machines, Distillation & BeerCeliac.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.”
Scott Adams posted an article in Celiac Disease & Gluten Intolerance ResearchGastrointest Endosc. 2004 Jan;59(1):116-8. Celiac.com 06/28/2004 - This study, although small, indicates that there may be additional damage to the second part of the duodenum caused by celiac disease, and that this can also be used for a marker for diagnosing the disease: Dickey W, Hughes D. Department of Gastroenterology, Altnagelvin Hospital, Londonderry, Northern Ireland, UK. BACKGROUND: There are various, well-documented, duodenal endoscopic markers caused by the villous atrophy of celiac disease. Another abnormality seen in association with villous atrophy, erosions in the second part of the duodenum, is described. To our knowledge, this finding has not been heretofore described in patients with celiac disease. METHODS: Five patients with celiac disease and erosions were encountered over a period of 2 years. OBSERVATIONS: The erosions were multiple, superficial, and present in the second part of the duodenum but not the duodenal bulb. All 5 patients had findings typical of celiac disease (iron deficiency, osteopenia/osteoporosis), and 4 had at least one other endoscopic marker: scalloped duodenal folds (3), fold loss (2), or mosaic pattern mucosa (2). These patients represented 7% of new cases of celiac disease during the same time period. This pattern of erosion was not observed in over 1200 other patients undergoing upper endoscopy during the study period. CONCLUSIONS: In a European population, the finding of erosions confined to the second part of the duodenum is specific for villous atrophy, although sensitivity is low. Erosions in the second part of the duodenum should be added to the list of endoscopic markers of celiac disease.
Celiac that do not remain on a gluten-free diet can develop Refractory Sprue. Refractory Sprue and Collagenous Sprue patients who initially respond to a gluten-free diet many subsequently relapse despite maintaining their diet. Such patients are then refractory to further dietary therapy. In contrast, others are refractory to dietary therapy from its inception and, assuming they are truly on a gluten-free diet, may not have celiac disease; these patients are said to have unclassified Sprue. Some refractory patients with celiac disease, typical or atypical, respond to treatment with corticosteroids or other immunosuppressive drugs. In others, there is no response and malabsorption may be progressive. Collagenous Sprue is characterized by the development of a thick band of collagen-like material directly under the intestinal epithelial cells and has been regarded by some as a separate entity from celiac disease. However, subepithelial collagen deposition has been noted in up to 36% of patients with classic Celiac Disease and in Tropical Sprue. Although individuals with large amounts of subepithelial collagen may be refractory to therapy, the presence of collagen does not , a riori, preclude a successful response to a gluten-free diet. Collagenous colitis accompanying celiac disease also has been observed and would be considered in the diagnosis of diarrhea occurring in celiac disease patients on a gluten-free diet.