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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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Alice Bast

The Link Between Celiac Diease, Gluten Sensitivity and FODMAPs

By Alice Bast

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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Gwen Smith

The Gluten-Free Diet Deserves Respect

By Gwen Smith

June 2014 – By now, we likely all know someone who has taken up the gluten-free diet just to “feel better” or “lose weight”, or for various unspecified reasons. This is baffling to those with celiac disease or food allergies or gluten sensitivity. When you live with food restrictions or else – you really don’t relate to food fads. I …

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Alice Bast

Celebrating the Heroes Within Us

By Alice Bast

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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Gina Clowes

Food Allergy: 5 Steps to Get From Horrified to Hopeful

By Gina Clowes

“Your son has more than a dozen food allergies. Some are life-threatening.” It has been nine years since I heard those disturbing words, uttered by one of the country’s leading pediatric allergists. In an instant, my life changed. Thoughts of every upcoming birthday, vacation and holiday flashed before me as impossible dreams. I had no idea howl could make a life for a little boy …

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