Wednesday, June 16, 2010

Raleigh CSA Support Group 5-20-2010 Meeting Recap

Special thanks to Gail for taking meeting minutes during the last North Raleigh Celiac Support Group meeting on 5-20-2010. Below is a recap for those of you that could not make the meeting.

North Raleigh Celiac Support Group
CSA Chapter 108
May 20, 2010 7:00-9:00 PM
Rex Hospital Private Dining Room, Raleigh, North Carolina
Pat welcomed five new members to the group. She again requested that if anyone has books or other items that belong to our CSA Group to please return them. A new check out system has been adapted in order to track the group’s increasing resources of printed materials.
Several copies of “Living Without” magazine were distributed, and past copies of G-F related magazines will be added to our library.
Member Marcel Pusey introduced the group to a new G-F meal replacement “Kenzen” Body Balance. It is a vanilla or chocolate flavored vegetable protein powder which is mixed with water or milk for a rich shake. The mix contains fiber, prebiotics and probiotics, no preservatives, dairy, soy, whey or lactose. It can be used in a weight loss or weight maintenance program as well as for weight gain, depending on the number of meals replaced.
The safety of vinegar in a gluten free diet is a constant source of confusion, especially to newly diagnosed celiacs. Pat distributed a reprint “The ABC’s of vinegar” from “GIG Magazine”. The article puts to rest the question of all distilled products, including spirits such as rum, gin, whiskey and vodka as being G-F. However, if products are “flavored” they could contain wheat, rye or barley.
Further discussion centered on autoimmune diseases. It affects 23.5 million Americans and available treatments target 10 or fewer of the 149 unique autoimmune-related diseases. Research funding from the NIH is far less than that for cancer, heart disease, and stroke.
If there is enough interest, Emily Rupp will organize a summer meeting. A G-F meet up group is being organized by Beth Reeves.
Trader Joe’s will present a Gluten-Free Luau with tastings to introduce customers to their many products. The store is well labeled throughout to highlight G-F.
Our next meeting will be held at Rex Hospital on Thursday June 17, 2010. The focus will be basic information and discussion for the newly diagnosed.
Submitted by,
Gail Harris


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