Sunday, December 2, 2007

Gluten Free Food Reviews

I just found this blog:

It is a husband and wife that review various gluten free foods. Evidently the husband is the celiac. I thought it was interesting. Check it out!


Monday, October 29, 2007

2008 planning meeting and tidbits

We met Saturday October 20, 2007 and had a very productive meeting. We got all the 2008 meetings and CEOs planned (tentatively) and we were able to come up with some ideas for the 2008 newsletters as well.

The 2008 meetings will be in March, June, September and December.
2008 CEOs will be in April, July and October.

As soon as the dates are firmed up I'll add them to the Dates to Remember section (look on the right of this page). If there is anything you would like to see on the blog or a question you would like answered, email me at the chapter email address. Be sure to put CELIAC in the subject.

We have a couple ideas for Celiac Awareness Month next year. If you have an idea you would like to share please email.

Also, the National CSA has added a link to our blog under our chapter's info on their website.

That's it for now. Just wanted to give a little info.



Thursday, October 11, 2007

Gluten Free Seminar

Green Acres is having another seminar. From the Green Acres website:

"Why Gluten-Free?" with Pamela Giusto-Sorrells, Entrepreneur and Gluten-Free Baker
October 18, 2007 - Thursday, 7:00 - 9:00 pm at Wichita Marriott Hotel

Come and meet Pamela, from Pamela's Products, a leader in great tasting, all natural, wheat-free, gluten-free foods. Pamela represents the third generation in her family who had dedicated her passion to creating foods for people with allergies and food intolerances.

Food sampling and tasting included in this event! Don't miss this extraordinary opportunity to meet Pamela!

*Please note that this Free Seminar will take place at Wichita Marriott Hotel, 9100 E Corporate Hills Drive.

Call 316-634-1088 to register. Seating is limited.

For more info go to the Green Acres website:

Thursday, September 20, 2007

Article about celiac in Newsweek!

Here is a link to an article in Newsweek about Celiac Disease.

Thanks for letting us know Marty!

National Celiac Disease Awareness Day

It's a little late but I thought I would post this.

I received this in an email from National CSA:

To: All CSA Members
From: Mary Schluckebier, CSA Executive Director

September 13, 2007 is Official National Celiac Disease Awareness Day.

S.RES.314 resolution designating September 13, 2007, as "National Celiac Disease Awareness Day" was passed by the US Senate by unanimous consent, Monday September 10, 2007. September 13th is the anniversary of the birth of Samuel Gee, the father of modern Celiac Disease.

For the second year CSA has worked on your behalf with the Senatorial staff and offices leading to the Senate designation of a National Celiac Disease Awareness Day.
The resolution was introduced by Senator James Inhofe of Oklahoma and Senator Ben Nelson of Nebraska . The resolution is reprinted below from


110th CONGRESS 1st Session S. RES. 314
Designating September 13, 2007, as `National Celiac Disease Awareness Day'.

September 10, 2007
Mr. INHOFE (for himself and Mr. NELSON of Nebraska ) submitted the following resolution; which was considered and agreed to
Designating September 13, 2007, as `National Celiac Disease Awareness Day'.

Whereas celiac disease affects approximately 1 in every 130 people in the United States , for a total of 3,000,000 people;

Whereas the majority of people with celiac disease have yet to be diagnosed;

Whereas celiac disease is a chronic inflammatory disorder that is classified as both an autoimmune condition and a genetic condition;

Whereas celiac disease causes damage to the lining of the small intestine, which results in overall malnutrition;

Whereas, when a person with celiac disease consumes foods that contain certain protein fractions, that person suffers a cell-mediated immune response that damages the villi of the small intestine, interfering with the absorption of nutrients in food and the effectiveness of medications;

Whereas these problematic protein fractions are found in wheat, barley, rye, and oats, which are used to produce many foods, medications, and vitamins;

Whereas because celiac disease is a genetic disease, there is an increased incidence of celiac disease in families with a known history of celiac disease;

Whereas celiac disease is underdiagnosed because the symptoms can be attributed to other conditions and are easily overlooked by doctors and patients;

Whereas, as recently as 2000, the average person with celiac disease waited 11 years for a correct diagnosis;

Whereas 1/2 of all people with celiac disease do not show symptoms of the disease;

Whereas celiac disease is diagnosed by tests that measure the blood for abnormally high levels of the antibodies of immunoglobulin A, anti-tissue transglutaminase, and IgA anti-endomysium antibodies;

Whereas celiac disease can only be treated by implementing a diet free of wheat, barley, rye, and oats, often called a `gluten-free diet';

Whereas a delay in the diagnosis of celiac disease can result in damage to the small intestine, which leads to an increased risk for malnutrition, anemia, lymphoma, adenocarcinoma, osteoporosis, miscarriage, congenital malformation, short stature, and disorders of skin and other organs;

Whereas celiac disease is linked to many autoimmune disorders, including thyroid disease, systemic lupus erythematosus, type 1 diabetes, liver disease, collagen vascular disease, rheumatoid arthritis, and Sjogren's syndrome;

Whereas the connection between celiac disease and diet was first established by Dr. Samuel Gee, who wrote, `if the patient can be cured at all, it must be by means of diet';

Whereas Dr. Samuel Gee was born on September 13, 1839; and

Whereas the Senate is an institution that can raise awareness in the general public and the medical community of celiac disease: Now, therefore, be it

Resolved, That the Senate--

(1) designates September 13, 2007, as `National Celiac Disease Awareness Day';

(2) recognizes that all people of the United States should become more informed and aware of celiac disease;

(3) calls upon the people of the United States to observe the date with appropriate ceremonies and activities; and

(4) respectfully requests the Secretary of the Senate to transmit a copy of this resolution to the Celiac Sprue Association, the American Celiac Society, the Celiac Disease Foundation, the Gluten Intolerance Group of North America , and the Oklahoma Celiac Support Group No. 5 of the Celiac Sprue Association.

Tuesday, September 18, 2007

Green Acres Sampling (revised)

On Thursday, September 20th, Green Acres health food store at 21st street and Rock Road in Bradley Fair, will be hosting an in-store seminar titled "Let's Learn About Gluten Sensitivity." The seminar is from 7:00 to 8:30 p.m. Jackie Miller will lead an interactive discussion about following a gluten-free diet. Participants will have the opportunity to sample gluten free food items and will be offered the chance to share with others the secrets that they have learned for living with this condition.

Seating is limited-call 634-1088 to register