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Gwen Smith

The Gluten-Free Diet Deserves Respect

By Gwen Smith

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 mean, who willingly …

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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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Alice Bast

Resist That Urge to Cheat

By Alice Bast

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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Gwen Smith

Food Allergy Awareness 2013: There’s Much Work to Do

By Gwen Smith

Food Allergy Awareness Week is a great time to take stock. We have come so far in the last decade on food allergy awareness. It’s now common for schools to make food allergy accommodations to protect at-risk kids, while colleges in the United States are also moving in that direction (following a key ADA decision), …

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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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