Monday, May 14, 2012

Reminder - Greater North Raleigh Celiac Support Group Meeting

Just a friendly reminder about this month's Greater North Raleigh Celiac Support Group meeting. The meeting is Thursday, May17th at 7pm at Rex Hospital, Private Dining Room located in the rear of the cafeteria.

Jim Eleczko - Acupuncture Pain and Stress Center - will be our guest speaker from 7:45 - 8:45, focusing on the use of acupuncture "to lessen the impact of some of the symptoms resulting from Celiac Disease."
We will not be meeting in October, due to a Rex Hospital scheduling conflict.

Please email Pat Berger to request more information about the group or if you are interested in attending this month's meeting.

You can also check out the Support Group's Yahoo Web page here.

Tuesday, May 8, 2012

Domino's to Offer Gluten Free Pizza (Celiacs Let Out Collective Groan)

Great news for Kim Kardashian (but not for anyone with actual Celiac).

Domino's is now offering a gluten-free pizza crust.
Click here for the Domino's GF crust FAQ (Caution - this pizza is not for people with Celiac Disease).

Press release below...welcome to the fad part of the GF diet Domino's.  You are not the first and won't be the last.  FYI, I'll still be a Celiac who needs a real (ingredients and cross contact) GF diet when you are gone.  On a side note, I'm disappointed in the NFCA.  Gluten Free should be really Gluten Free - it's confusing enough already.  This is a joke.
Perhaps the single biggest if not most frustrating void for folks stuck on gluten-free diets is about to be finally filled: home-delivered pizza. Monday, Domino's, the world's largest delivery pizza chain, will announce plans to sell a pizza made with a gluten-free crust. It comes as some of the biggest foodmakers and food sellers — including Frito-Lay, Subway, Anheuser-Busch and P.F. Chang's — are jumping into the $6.2 billion market for people unable to consume products made with wheat, barley and rye.
"We are the first national pizza delivery chain to offer this," boasts Domino's CMO Russell Weiner, who notes that while the crust is certified gluten-free, the pizza is still prepared in ovens with pizzas that aren't gluten-free, so folks who are extra-sensitive need to be aware. The gluten-free pizza costs about $3 more. Most gluten-free products typically do cost more to make.
Until recently, gluten-free was mostly listed on the back of the package, but now, with 6% to 8% of the U.S. population on some some kind of gluten-free diet, it's increasingly listed on the front, and even called out in bold type. "It's become a selling point," says Alice Bast, president at the National Foundation for Celiac Awareness, a group that raises awareness of Celiac disease and gluten intolerance. Bast says, "The number one request we get from the gluten-free consumer is for gluten-free pizza — and beer."
Article from USAToday.

Monday, May 7, 2012

CNN's Wolf Blitzer Talks Celiac Disease

CNN's Wolf Blitzer helps raise awareness of celiac disease in this very important video on celiac disease and the gluten-free diet! The segment features Dr. John Snyder of the Celiac Disease Program at Children's National Medical Center, Vanessa Weisbrod, Executive Editor of Delight Gluten-Free Magazine and Sarah Marx, a patient living with celiac disease. A huge thank you to the entire CNN team that helped make this video possible.