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Frequently updated.  Resources and a network of local providers, meetups, conferences and food sources.  I will add to this post as often as I confirm new information.  It should be Featured (pinned to the top of the blog).  If it's not, please let me know. General Information on Celiac Disease and related links are found at the bottom of the article (very long page, and yes it needs some reorganization).

Need some advice now that you're diagnosed with Celiac Disease or Non-Celiac Gluten Sensitivity?  It can be hard to find my older articles that are of special help to those starting out, but I've collected them on This Page for your convenience.
Safe Restaurants - If it's in this list, I've eaten there personally.  NOTE:  Although it's not something I've seen locally, it is possible to certify Gluten Free food service.The list is intentionally short.  The best defense is to carry food bars with you and develop a habit of using supermarkets as your go-to…

Research News: T Cells are Permanently Changed by Celiac Disease

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An interesting study was published very recently showing that T-cells, a part of the immune system, are permanently changed after Celiac Disease becomes active.  The same or a similar process is also seen in bowel disease such as Ulcerative Colitis.  Celiac disease is an illness primarily of the small intestine, but is also associated with the development of bowel disease and certain types of colon cancer, as well as other chronic inflammatory, autoimmune diseases.  For the first time, we have a hint to explain why Celiac Disease can be the starting point for other illness later in life.

The article is a collaboration between prestigious universities from several countries including the following.

International Collaboration
from: https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/30739797
Committee on Immunology, University of Chicago, Chicago, IL, USA; Department of Medicine, University of Chicago, Chicago, IL, USA.Division of Infection and Immunity, Cardiff University School of Medicine, Cardiff…

European Tisane Herbal Tea

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Have you heard of tisane ("tee-zan")?  If you're a fan of Hercule Poirot, the Belgian detective who inhabits many of Agatha Christie's mysteries, then you might've been intrigued by the repeated references to tisane.  What is it? It's a sort of herbal mixture used to improve health. Herbal tea can seem very old fashioned but it has some cozy benefits.  Not only is life generally getting more hectic and stressful, but Celiac disease can cause anxiety.  Relaxing with a soothing cup of herbal tea is one way to overcome stress.

Herbal tea is naturally gluten free, and shouldn't contain any "natural flavor" that could be made from barley or other gluten grains.  However, the popular brand "Celestial Seasonings" does sometimes contain gluten as a "natural flavor" so always read labels.
Tisane is a bit more special than just tea or even just herbal tea.  I have my own rules for how to define the elusive "Tisane" but I th…

Learning to Cook - A Celiac Disease Essential Guide

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Is your New Year's resolution to eat less packaged foods?  Well if so, then you're in luck because I'm about to share my favorite tips and videos for home cooking!  

Going gluten free forces many people to cook regularly for the first time.  Even if you believe that you can't boil water, there are some strategies you can use to learn to make yourself safe, gluten free food at home.  And it will be better than what you find in restaurants anyway. Need another reason? Celiac is a disease that makes it hard for a body to absorb nutrients.  Even people without Celiac disease are often deficient in vitamins.  Fresh homemade foods are the best way to ensure you're getting optimum nutrition for healing or general health.

As a GF cook, you will need to get hip on how to travel with your own meals, where to safely heat up your food, how to safely use a shared kitchen, and many other strategies that the average cook doesn't need to worry about. I'm not sure I can co…

Toxicity and Truth on Today's Internet

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For the last two years, it has become obvious that there is a tone of insincerity in the  toxicity of comments and posts online. There's always been an edge of risk, but lately it's become so toxic out there, that if you shared your thoughts, the response was very likely to be overly harsh and judgemental.  And in an Orwellian twist, a "conspiracy theory", that it was due to the Russian paid trolls, turned out to be true... even while they turned out to be promoting other, false, conspiracy theories.  It's enough to make your head spin!


In the first few years of the internet, the old BBS/college culture of the internet(s) made space for itself on the new open "www" network.  It was a culture that appreciated amusement and dabbled in trolling, but it wasn't directed at any goal, just people talking.

Recently the toxicity of the internet has been given cover by the attitude that such trash talking was just normal people talking.  Actually it wasn'…