It seems like every 3 to 4 months that I hit a rough patch in which it is challenging to find time to dedicate to writing and posting on this page. Sometimes it’s because of work demands, often it’s because of family demands, and right now it’s multifactorial (work, family, planning for our big upcoming move, brain fog, etc). There are some pretty cool things that I’d like to share with you, though, so here goes:
If you can get your hands on the National Institute of Health’s Medline Plus Magazine, there is a beautifully written article about celiac disease featuring Jennifer Esposito. Although the Spring 2015 issue is not yet up on their website, it should be soon. I tried to take a photo of it with my phone but couldn’t get it to upload properly. This supports that I need professional help with this page
I recently found out the Celiac Disease Foundation has one spot available to run the New York City Marathon on November 1, 2015 as part of Team Gluten-Free. I was fortunate to be able to participate last year and it was truly an experience of a life time. For more details please click here.
While perusing the CDF’s website I also came across an article called “Celiac Disease Myths Debunked” which clarifies some of the misinformation that I have seen propagated over and over again on the internet. It reiterates that coffee and corn are safe for those of us with celiac disease.
During one of my recent trips to T.J. Maxx I discovered the Sticky Fingers Bakery line of gluten-free scone mixes. They are super easy to make, taste great, and are made in a dedicated gluten-free facility. It looks like they are available at multiple retailers in the NW states of the U.S. as well as on amazon.com. I am going to add them to my “Products I Like” page soon…and update the rest of that page too. I am always open to new recommendations for products to try as well.
Speaking of “Products I Like,” I recently learned through a reader that some of Garnier’s products now contain hydrolyzed wheat protein as an ingredient. Although many experts state that those of us with celiac do not need to avoid gluten in skin and hair products (see #3), I do choose to avoid it in my shampoo as I worry that shampoo may come in contact with my mouth as I am rinsing my hair in the shower. I am also careful to use only gluten free lipsticks as well. My favorite GF lipstick brand is Red Apple and I am currently using a shade called “Audrey.”
Also, I have come across a few interesting gluten/celiac related abstract and journal articles over the last few weeks, including one that reiterates that there is no association between infant feeding practices (i.e. breastfeeding and the timing of gluten introduction) and the risk of celiac disease development. Although my brain is too tired to summarize them for you, here is a list for you so that you can check them out on your own if you’d like. I was able to hear Dr. Benjamin Lebwohl speak in person at the International Celiac Disease Synposium in 2013 and he is one of my celiac “heroes.”
2. Gadoth A, Nefussy B, Bleiberg M, Klein T, Artman I, Drory VE. Transglutaminase 6 Antibodies in the Serum of Patients With Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis. JAMA Neurol. 2015 Apr 13. doi: 10.1001/jamaneurol.2015.48. [Epub ahead of print]. http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/25867286.
3. Szajewska H, Shamir R, Chmielewska A, Pieścik-Lech M, Auricchio R, Ivarsson A, Kolacek S, Koletzko S, Korponay-Szabo I, Mearin ML, Ribes-Koninckx C,Troncone R; PREVENTCD Study Group. Systematic review with meta-analysis: early infant feeding and coeliac disease – update 2015. Aliment Pharmacol Ther. 2015 Mar 26. doi: 10.1111/apt.13163. [Epub ahead of print]. http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/25819114.
I hope you are all doing well and I wish you a happy spring! Please feel free to write about anything you’d like in the comments section. I do moderate comments, but the only ones I do not post are the obscenity-laced ones and spam ones. So far I have had close to 150,000 spam posts since starting this blog 2 years ago. It’s ridiculous.