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Alice Bast, NFCA

Busting Through Gluten’s Myths

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. Celiac disease is on the rise because today’s wheat is […]

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Why You Should Test For Celiac Before Going Gluten Free

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

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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The Link Between Celiac Diease, Gluten Sensitivity and FODMAPs

It’s the most dreaded phrase among patients of all kinds: “I don’t know.” When it comes to our health, we find comfort in answers and seek definitive causes with proven treatments. But sometimes, uncertainty can be a good thing. It’s a sign that we’re asking questions, exploring every angle, and never taking one solution as […]

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Celebrating the Heroes Within Us

Every Celiac Awareness Month, I can’t help but think back to my diagnosis over 20 years ago and how I’ve come full circle. 20 years ago, I was weak, frail and convinced I had cancer, somewhere, and that the doctors wouldn’t find it in time. Today, I am stronger than I have ever been. Life […]

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Sibling Blues and Celiac Disease

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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Resist the urge to cheat on GF diet

Resist That Urge to Cheat

The holidays are a special time to gather with family, celebrate with friends, and eat. In keeping with the spirit, we allow ourselves to forget the calories and indulge in six weeks of overeating. In fact, it’s downright expected that someone who is “on a diet” will sneak a scoop of sweet potato casserole by […]

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Never Too Early to Start Educating Kids

From grocery games to toy food parties and tending the garden, nurture your child’s gluten-free awareness. The gluten-free diet is confusing for anyone of any age. So it’s tempting to spare your child the details. Instead, you choose her food. You talk to her teachers. You grill the server. While the precautions are both necessary […]

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