It seems to me that our three basic needs, for food and security and love, are so mixed and mingled and entwined that we cannot straightly think of one without the others. — M. F. K. Fisher, The Art of Eating

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What Causes Headaches?
by Gluten Free Advocates + Experts, Posted August 15th, 2012 at 8:19 pm
Many people with chronic headaches suffer from them for years with no permanent relief. Whether or not you have migraine headaches, tension headaches, sinus headaches, or an undetermined form of headache, it is very possible that you are suffering from food allergy-induced inflammation. Recent...
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Host Families Needed for Exchange Students with Celiac Disease and Food Allergies
by Gluten Free Advocates + Experts, Posted August 10th, 2012 at 8:36 pm
The organization Youth for Understanding is looking for gluten-free and allergy-friendly host families for foreign exchange students. Does your family prepare gluten-free meals? Brave Youth for Understanding (YFU) students are ready to venture beyond their personal and national boundaries....
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Glutamine: The Gut’s Best Friend
by Gluten Free Advocates + Experts, Posted August 8th, 2012 at 9:18 pm
Glutamine is one of the 20 amino acids that serve as the building blocks for all life on this planet (as far as life on other planets, who knows). But glutamine itself is a unique amino acid that really stands out from the crowd and may be especially beneficial to those intolerant to gluten....
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WHAT IS BEHÇET’S DISEASE?
by Gluten Free Advocates + Experts, Posted August 7th, 2012 at 9:45 pm
Behçet’s disease (also known as Behçet Disease or Behçet’s Syndrome) is thought of as an autoimmune disease, but diagnosing Behçet’s disease is very difficult because no specific test confirms it. There is no “Behçet’s test”. The diagnosis is based on the occurrence of symptoms...
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Study Reveals the Prevalence of Celiac Disease in the United States
by Gluten Free Advocates + Experts, Posted August 7th, 2012 at 9:38 pm
This new study (published in the National Institutes of Health) tested nearly 8,000 persons representing the population of the USA.  They determined which had celiac disease using blood testing alone (which is how we do it at the IBS Treatment Center).  Their conclusion is that the prevalence...
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Gluten-Free Athlete Sets Swimming World Record and Takes Home Olympic Gold
by Gluten Free Advocates + Experts, Posted August 1st, 2012 at 9:28 pm
U.S. Olympic swimmer and gluten-free athlete Dana Vollmer not only took home the gold medal in the 100m butterfly, but also set a world record in the process, finishing the race in 55.98 seconds. This major success comes just four years after Vollmer failed to qualify for the 2008 Summer Olympics...
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Taco Bell Cantina Menu: Legit or Not?
by Gluten Free Advocates + Experts, Posted August 1st, 2012 at 9:23 pm
Taco Bell is the latest, and perhaps the last, fast food restaurant to join the nation’s health kick and start offering more nutritious menu options. In a bold move meant to cater to a larger demographic and compete with Chipotle, Taco Bell is now offering its Cantina Menu. The menu is designed...
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Vitiligo and Food Allergies
by Gluten Free Advocates + Experts, Posted July 30th, 2012 at 8:14 pm
I want to share with you a case that I saw not too long ago at my clinic (the IBS Treatment Center). A gentleman came to see me about a year ago for digestive issues. It turned out that he was allergic to dairy and to cane sugar. Avoiding these foods resolved his digestive problems, and he...
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Gluten-Free Snacks On-The-Go
by Gluten Free Advocates + Experts, Posted July 25th, 2012 at 8:13 pm
Question: Any suggestions for easy to locate gluten-free treats – and by treat I mean something your mom would have only let you have once in a blue moon. I found myself recently at a grocery store in rural West Virginia and really wanted some snacks for the road, only the selections...
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Eating With Others: How It Affects Us
by Gluten Free Advocates + Experts, Posted July 25th, 2012 at 8:07 pm
When trying to achieve your weight management goals, it is easy and all too tempting to focus only on what you’re eating. But it turns out that the environment in which you eat may play just as important a role as what you eat. After all, nothing happens in a vacuum. We are an intensely social...
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Painkillers, High Blood Pressure and Stomach Damage
by Gluten Free Advocates + Experts, Posted July 24th, 2012 at 9:09 pm
Americans consume an estimated $2 billion per year in over-the-counter painkillers like Tylenol, Advil and Motrin. The most common reason for taking them is for arthritis. However, these drugs are not without side-effects. It also doesn’t take as much as you might think to cause damage. And...
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Diabetes & Celiac Disease
by Gluten Free Advocates + Experts, Posted July 23rd, 2012 at 8:36 pm
Question: I need help for my granddaughter who has celiac disease and type 1 diabetes.   It seems that I have been working so hard on the diabetic eating that the gluten-free side seems impossible and expensive.  Any suggestions? From, Susan Answer: Dear Susan, Thanks so much for your question....
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“Studies Link Composition of Gut Microbiome to Childhood IBS, Long-Term Dietary Patterns
by Gluten Free Advocates + Experts, Posted July 20th, 2012 at 8:46 pm
This article from Gastroenterology and Endoscopy News discusses a recent study that sought to determine the connection between gastrointestinal microbiota and IBS in children. Studies in adults have indicated that the gastrointestinal microbiota could be involved in IBS. It’s nice to see...
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Going Bananas Over Bananas
by Gluten Free Advocates + Experts, Posted July 19th, 2012 at 8:41 pm
It is perhaps the king of all fruits, and an item that over 90% of Americans eat on a regular basis. Delicious, nutritious, and gluten-free, bananas are a great staple in any diet. But especially for those living a gluten-free lifestyle, the banana really shines because it contains nutrients...
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Food Sensitivities that Can Make You Fat
by G-Free Foodie Team, Posted July 12th, 2012 at 2:52 pm
Five celebs who say no to certain foods and why It’s not surprising to hear about Hollywood celebrities on restrictive diets, but lately everyone from Kim Kardashian to Miley Cyrus is coming forward to say not that they won’t eat certain foods, but that they can’t, due to...
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Testing for Food Allergies: Fatigue Panel
by Gluten Free Advocates + Experts, Posted July 11th, 2012 at 8:55 pm
The Fatigue Panel includes lab tests for ruling out the most common causes of fatigue: hypothyroidism (low thyroid function), iron deficiency, anemia, and vitamin B12 deficiency. These problems along with food allergies are the most common causes of fatigue and the easiest to diagnose with...
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Is Your Brain Playing Hunger Games?
by Gluten Free Advocates + Experts, Posted July 11th, 2012 at 8:36 pm
So there you sit, somehow still hungry. You just ate an entire meal an hour ago, yet you find yourself curiously driven to eat again, or at least snack on something. Maybe it’s at night, watching your favorite programs on your DVR. Maybe it’s in the afternoon at work after lunch. Whatever...
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Researchers Now Say “Gluten Challenge” Can Be Modified
by Gluten Free Advocates + Experts, Posted July 9th, 2012 at 8:39 pm
While it is recommended that people who suspect they have celiac disease get tested before adopting a gluten-free diet, some people opt to go gluten-free immediately. If the gluten-free diet alleviates their symptoms, some people choose to then go get tested.  What many do not realize is that...
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Why You Should Always Read Labels
by Gluten Free Advocates + Experts, Posted July 9th, 2012 at 8:32 pm
What once was a quick and mindless trip to the grocery store for a few staples has turned into an exercise that requires patience, knowledge, and reading hundreds of words in fine print (most of which seem like they belong on an advanced chemistry exam instead of a box of food). I am talking...
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New Gluten-Free Products Set to Hit Store Shelves
by Gluten Free Advocates + Experts, Posted July 6th, 2012 at 4:43 pm
Summer is upon us and that means many of new gluten-free products that debuted at Expo West and other food shows are about to hit store shelves. Back in March I attended Expo West and wrote about those gluten-free products I thought were unique (Part 1, Part 2, Part 3, Part 4); however, the...
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Trans Fat’s Silent Deadly Cousins
by Gluten Free Advocates + Experts, Posted July 6th, 2012 at 4:21 pm
Certain sayings, such as “the cat is out of the bag,” can leave one wondering as to its peculiar origin. How did the cat get out of the bag? And perhaps more importantly, how did it get in there in the first place? And why is it a secret? Regardless, when it comes to trans fat, the cat...
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Risks of Cross-Contamination in Restaurants
by Gluten Free Advocates + Experts, Posted June 25th, 2012 at 4:52 pm
Question: How serious is the risk of cross-contamination in a restaurant in terms of getting a celiac reaction?  Is contaminated oil or a griddle used to make pancakes and eggs (like at a diner) harmful to a celiac? From, Cecilia Answer: Dear Cecilia, Great question, and my short response,...
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Popularity of Gluten Free Means More Unhealthy Food Options Now Available
by Gluten Free Advocates + Experts, Posted June 25th, 2012 at 4:46 pm
This article is a good chance to highlight that as more gluten free foods have come available, there are some that are even less healthy than the high-calorie, low nutrition foods they replace.  It’s important that those going gluten free focus on eating more vegetables, unprocessed meats,...
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Diet Soda: Dangerously Delicious
by Gluten Free Advocates + Experts, Posted June 20th, 2012 at 4:31 pm
In today’s world, nothing is as it seems. Up is down, right is wrong, good is bad, and bad is good. And especially when it comes to health and nutrition, it can often feel like we’re living in a bizarro-world where counter intuition rules. So it should come as no surprise then that diet...
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Eggs: Nothing To Be Eggy About
by Gluten Free Advocates + Experts, Posted June 13th, 2012 at 9:05 pm
There was a time years ago when the egg was rapping and rhyming, billed as both edible and incredible. Then came the low-fat craze, fear over cholesterol, and America’s trending epidemic of heart disease. Suddenly the humble egg was shoved off the wall and had a great fall. Now I may not...
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