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Shelley Case, RD

Dining Gluten-Free: Tips and Where Gluten Hides

By Shelley Case, RD

From national chains to corner coffee shops, eateries of all sizes are dishing up fare for the increasing number of gluten-free patrons. However, there are no guarantees that a restaurant will deliver on a gluten-free commitment. The responsibility to eat safely is still up to the diner. Navigate the gluten-free diet while eating out with …

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Alice Bast

Sibling Blues and Celiac Disease

By Alice Bast

When the focus turns to one child’s celiac diagnosis, brothers and sisters can suffer feelings of neglect. Your child needs support. I’m not talking about the one who has celiac disease. I’m referring to the other child, the one who doesn’t have to worry about gluten. I recently spoke with my friend Dr. Ritu Verma, a pediatric gastroenterologist at our …

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Gina Clowes

Lesley U. Decision: A Victory for Allergy, Celiac Access

By Gina Clowes

A settlement quietly reached between Lesley University in Massachusetts and the Department of Justice is big news, with monumental implications. The agreement lays the foundation for establishing the rights of Americans with food allergy and celiac disease. Here’s how the settlement came about. A number of students initiated a lawsuit against Lesley University because its …

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Gwen Smith

Lesley U. Decision: A Food Allergy Victory

By Gwen Smith

A recent agreement reached between the U.S. Department of Justice and a private university in Massachusetts is one of the boldest positions taken on the rights of people (in this case students) to be able to eat safely. Here was the issue: Back in 2009 a few students at Lesley University in Cambridge complained that …

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Laurie Harada

‘Oh Waiter…’ An Allergic Child Learns to Dine Out

By Laurie Harada

There I was again, reeling off the list of foods which my son, Julian, had to avoid because of his allergies to peanuts, nuts, shellfish, chick peas, split peas and soy. He was 6 years old at the time and we were dining at a restaurant, one of many during a week-long vacation in Florida. …

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Gwen Smith

Getting Life Back

By Gwen Smith

I have been there – to the place where you think your allergic life is unlivable. On a trip to Florida a couple of years ago, I got off the plane having a reaction to something. Who knows exactly what; I’d eaten only my own food, but hadn’t wiped down my seating area. Had a …

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