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DDW: Monday Poster Sessions and Give-Aways

Posted Jul 03 2008 1:14pm

To start off with, I just want everyone reading to know that WE ARE FINE! There was an explosion at the Hilton Hotel in San Diego that is next door to the convention center, but all of us at DDW are fine! We heard the blast, but the discussions of diarrhea, constipation and bloating are continuing on!

Just before the blast occurred, I attended three poster sessions about celiac disease. The first was a study looking at the types of foods that diagnosed celiac patients eat. After evaluating patients, the researchers concluded that patients with celiac disease on a gluten-free diet should eat FEWER sugary snack foods! This means that celiac patients need to maintain healthy lifestyles, including eating plenty of fruits and vegetables, as well as protein, dairy and fiber.

The second session presented research about whether or not celiac disease patients on a gluten-free diet are able to consume adequate levels of vitamins including magnesium and calcium. The researchers found  that a significant number celiac patients do not receive appropriate amounts of calcium or magnesium in their diets. So, what should you do? Eat plenty of foods high in calcium and magnesium. This will help promote healthy bones in celiac patients!

Foods with high levels of calcium include: yogurt, milk and cheese.

Foods rich in magnesium include: buckwheat, pumpkin seeds, spinach, tomatoes, halibut, black beans and lima beans.

The last session was hosted by the WM.K Warren Medical Research Center for Celiac Disease at the University of California, San Diego.  The poster was titled "How Adequate is the Information available on the Internet for Patients with Celiac Disease." Although I had quite a few problems with the researchers' methods, the conclusion was quite interesting. The researchers found that the information available on the Internet for celiac disease patients is filled with commercial input and significantly lacks guidance for dietary management. When I first saw the poster, I was shocked!! I know for a fact that the National Foundation for Celiac Awareness website provides comprehensive disease management guidelines for patients, as well as a variety of resources to live a healthy, safe and happy gluten-free lifestyle! It turns out that the researchers conducted the survey nearly two years ago, well before the NFCA was up and running with a fabulous website! So here's where you can get the best information about managing celiac disease on the web: www.CeliacCentral.org. Here is just a glimpse of what you will find:

Symptoms Checklist.Do you think you may have celiac disease? Are you trying to get a family member or friend tested? If so, the NFCA symptoms checklist is the perfect place to start. Simply click on the various symptoms and receive a printer-friendly form to take to a doctor. www.DoIHaveCeliac.org

Celiac Survival Guide.The NFCA Celiac Disease Survival Guide is a comprehensive guide for living a happy and healthy gluten-free lifestyle. The guide provides suggestions for food choices during the early healing process and also explores the fast-expanding marketplace.www.celiaccentral.org/What_is_Celiac_/Celiac_Survival_Guide/416/

Gluten in Medications.Do you know all of the ingredients in all of the medicines that you take? Probably not! Current United States regulations do NOT require manufacturers to label the inactive ingredients in drugs. To learn all about the inactive ingredients in medications, download this short flyer that the NFCA developed with the help of the American Society of Health-System Pharmacists. www.celiaccentral.org/What_is_Celiac_/Gluten_in_Medication/434/

School Lunches.Are you the parent of a child with celiac? If so, this resource is for you! With the help of the United States Department of Agriculture, the NFCA developed guidelines to help children and parents navigate their school's meal program. The guidelines explain federal laws and provide step-by-step instructions for getting a child special gluten-free meals at school.www.celiaccentral.org/What_is_Celiac_/School_Lunches/464/

Related Diseases.Celiac disease is directly related to several other diseases and conditions. The NFCA has worked with leading researchers and organizations to provide the latest information on how celiac disease and the gluten-free diet is related to these conditions. Diseases include: Dermatitis Herpetiformis, Type 1 Diabetes, Thyroid Disease, Infertility, Osteoporosis, Depression, Sjogren's Disease, Juvenile Idiopathic Arthritis, Intestinal Cancer, Peripheral Neuropathy, Down Syndrome, Turner Syndrome, William Syndrome, Liver disease and migraine headaches.www.celiaccentral.org/What_is_Celiac_/Related_Diseases/98/

Cooking Videos.Watch NFCA's Gluten-Free Cooking Show Alternative Appetites 24/7 on the website. I'll teach you to cook delicious food that no one will ever guess is gluten-free! All of the recipes are super easy and even a college boy could master these techniques! Current episodes feature pizza, risotto and of course the Brazilian Cheesebread Company.www.celiaccentral.org/Other/Alternative_Appetites_1/466/

Photo_83So, i'm just getting started! there are several more exciting sessions and I"ll keep you posted! And, don't forget about the give-aways! Here's a peek at some of the best! Tomorrow I will post pictures of the best of the best stress balls. Right now the race is still on for the best. Top runners at this moment include stress intestines, stress gallbladders and Hercules! Rumor has it that some company is giving away stress sperm and rectums....i'll go on a hunt!

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