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Dr. James R. Baker

FARE’s Dr. Baker: What LEAP Means to the Food Allergy Community

By Dr. James R. Baker

It may be frustrating to change direction on introducing peanut to children, but here’s why it is the right course.  No food allergy studies in the past decade have garnered more news coverage than LEAP and LEAP-On, published in the New England Journal of Medicine in 2015 and 2016, respectively. Unfortunately, while generating headlines, these ground-breaking studies have also caused …

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Alice Bast

Taking Celiac Seriously: Stand Up for Your Needs With These 5 Helpful Tips

By Alice Bast

The term “gluten-free” has lost sincerity. With online parodies poking fun at the diet, and celebrities touting its perceived health benefits, it’s easy to see that “gluten-free” has attained fad status. Popularity does bring options, and to some extent awareness, but the infusion into pop culture has led “gluten-free” to completely overshadow celiac disease. The result? Those of us living with celiac disease aren’t …

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Alice Bast

Open Up About Celiac Disease to See the Bigger Picture

By Alice Bast

Don’t allow a celiac diagnosis to leave you emotionally and socially boxed in. I stood 5 feet 9 inches tall and weighed all of 100 pounds. My teeth cracked under pressure, my hair fell out in clumps, and excruciating migraines and bouts of diarrhea kept me awake at night. To say I was suffering with poor health 25 years ago, in the time before …

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Gina Clowes

Tips for a Safe and Allergy-Friendly Vacation

By Gina Clowes

It was the most memorable meal of my life. My son Daniel’s eyes lit up as the Disneyland chef presented him with a plate piled high with allergen-free Mickey Mouse waffles. Like icing on a very special cake, the stack was dolloped with dairy-free whipped cream and served with a tall glass of rice milk. Daniel was in heaven, a 3-year-old out enjoying …

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Alice Bast

Busting Through Gluten’s Myths

By Alice Bast

From gluten content levels to the risks of skin lotions, a lot of fiction gets mashed into gluten-free “facts”. Even our wise celiac disease community can fall prey to fiction that circulates in the media or misconceptions from confusing terminology. It’s time to dispel some of the top myths. Myth: Celiac disease is on the rise because today’s wheat …

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Alice Bast

Why You Should Test For Celiac Before Going Gluten Free

By Alice Bast

What seems like a harmless experiment could do more harm than good. A few years ago, a gluten-free manufacturer approached me to partner on a major social media campaign. The theme: “Try a gluten-free diet for two weeks and see how you feel.” I said no. While the promotion probably would have helped certain people identify symptoms that suggest a …

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Alice Bast

How to Reduce the Risk of Cross-Contact of Gluten when Dining Out

By Alice Bast

How many times have you closed your eyes, taken a bite and thought: “I hope this doesn’t make me sick?” For those of us with celiac disease or gluten sensitivity, that question arises every time we put food in our mouths. Dietary compliance can seem like a black-and-white issue. You either stick to your diet, or you don’t. But there is a gray area, …

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