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Celiac disease 101

January 15, 2015

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Celiac disease 101 by Heather Demeritte —  “You have celiac disease,” your doctor finally tells you after months, maybe even years of insufferable periods of abdomen pain and embarrassing trips to the bathroom. So what exactly is celiac disease? Is it contagious or life threatening? Who else has it? Many questions may enter your mind, […]

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FDA labels “gluten-free”

November 26, 2013

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by Mary Budinger —  The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has issued the first standards for what food companies can label as “gluten-free.” Until now, manufacturers have been able to use their own discretion as to how much gluten they include. Gluten-free products will have to contain less than 20 parts per million of gluten. […]

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Gluten-free: Not just for celiacs

September 17, 2013

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by Marianne Crafts-Brandner —  Pancakes made without wheat? Quinoa croquettes? A hamburger bun made from rice flour? Adzuki bean brownies? Question: Who would choose such unusual foods? Answer: Someone who is trying to eat a gluten-free diet. In case you have not been in a health food store recently, “wheat-free/gluten-free” is a new way to […]

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Is a gluten-free diet in your future?

March 1, 2013

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by Marianne Crafts-Brandner —  Is someone you know on a gluten-free diet? It is quite possible that person has celiac disease, an intolerance to gluten that causes damage to the intestine. Gluten is found in the following grains: wheat, rye, barley and wheat-related grains such as triticale, kamut and spelt. Oats, although they do not […]

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Celiac disease: a hidden cause of osteoporosis

December 24, 2012

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by Marianne Crafts-Brandner —  One night, at the age of 62, Doreen rolled over in bed and fractured a vertebra in her spine. Unable to move, she had to be rescued by an emergency medical team. She spent three weeks flat on her back in a hospital bed. Initial tests showed that she had severe […]

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Legumes: peas, beans and lentils — the new carbohydrate

December 23, 2012

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by Dorothy Krupnick —  Peas, beans and lentils have been a nutritious staple for thousands of years. The remnants of these foodstuffs, also called pulses or legumes, have been found in ancient settlements in Egypt, Peru and East Indian civilizations. They are the edible seeds of plants, which are high in soluble fiber and protein, […]

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Living with celiac disease

September 2, 2012

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by Dr. Tricia Pingel — We are seeing an upswing in the availability of gluten-free products. Whether it is in the grocery store or at a restaurant, the options for maintaining a gluten-free diet have increased, compared to just a few years ago. Gluten is a common name for the proteins found in all forms […]

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Are food allergies causing your symptoms?

March 5, 2012

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by Dr. Tara Peyman —  You may be allergic to one or more foods and not even know it. We can develop an inflammatory, allergic response to the foods we eat — even healthy foods can cause symptoms. This inflammatory response can lead to headaches, fatigue, digestive problems, skin rashes, mood disorders, autoimmune conditions and […]

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Athletic teens and celiac disease

February 28, 2012

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by Heather Demeritte —  Cindy was the star runner on her track team, and the coach praised her consistent effort. But after a couple months of training, he noticed a rapid decline in her performance. She complained of fatigue, achy muscles and chronic diarrhea. He suspected the flu, but after a month of watching Cindy […]

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