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Laurie Harada

Food Allergies and the Cottage

By Laurie Harada

The day after the birth of our first child, my husband Victor and I purchased a property in cottage country north of Toronto. A nature lover who thrives on solitude, it had been Victor’s dream to own land since coming to Canada. He had grown up with a conservation park as his backyard in Nairobi, …

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Gwen Smith

An Ode to Ragweed

By Gwen Smith

Was there ever a more capable foe Than one who shields his strength so? An unremarkable plant, heavy with seed cast to the wind with resolve and speed. As his fecundity causes grief both far and wide, from behind fairer bloom, he shrinks to hide. Between sniffles, I must confess a grudging admiration for the …

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Shelley Case, RD

What is Celiac Disease?

By Shelley Case, RD

Q: I have been hearing more about celiac disease, and wonder if I may have it. What exactly is celiac, and how is it diagnosed? A: Celiac disease, also known as celiac sprue or gluten sensitive enteropathy, is an inherited digestive disorder affecting between one in 100 and one in 200 people worldwide. With this …

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Shelley Case, RD

GF Diet Without Celiac

By Shelley Case, RD

Q. Are there health benefits to reducing or eliminating gluten from a diet – even if you don’t have celiac disease? Gluten-free foods are popping up everywhere and the gluten-free diet is being promoted for everything that ails you. In order to separate the “wheat from the chaff” let’s look at the facts. Celiac Disease …

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Shelley Case, RD

Are Oats OK on the Gluten-Free Diet?

By Shelley Case, RD

Q. I’m confused about the use of oats in the gluten-free diet. I thought oats were not safe but now I hear they are allowed. What’s the truth? Shelley Case: In a sense, you’re right on both counts. Historically, oats were not allowed on the gluten-free diet (GF diet) used to treat those with celiac …

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Shelley Case, RD

About Hidden Gluten

By Shelley Case, RD

Q: Despite my efforts to avoid gluten, I occasionally still have symptoms. What are some of the less obvious sources of gluten, and what should I be looking for when checking labels? A: Gluten is the general name for specific proteins in the grains wheat, rye and barley. Although their presence is evident in baked …

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Shelley Case, RD

Celiac Disease and Anemia

By Shelley Case, RD

Q: After years of battling anemia, I’ve finally been diagnosed with celiac disease. How are the two related, and what can I do to reverse the anemia? A: Anemia is one of the most common symptoms of undiagnosed celiac disease. In the Canadian Celiac Association Health Survey*, published in 2007, 66 per cent of adults …

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