Friday, August 2, 2013


HOT OFF THE PRESS!!!  I can barely breathe; I'm so excited!!! FDA issued the update below today DEFINING Gluten Free (which us Celiac's have been waiting years for)!

My sincere hope is FDA will now test imported products that make "GLUTEN FREE" claims, and assure these companies are legitimately using the gluten free claim - and enforce and penalize those that are importing misbranded product and not correctly utilizing the gluten free claim!  The "COMPLIANCE DATE" for this final rule is August 5, 2014.  If you see products labeled "gluten free" you should be able to TRUST that those products legitimately do not contain gluten.  Now, we have a standard. They will contain LESS than 20 parts per million of gluten.

This is a fantastic start!!!  Here's what the FDA had to say, and the actual FINAL RULE is included as a hyperlink at the end. 
FDA defines “gluten-free” for food labeling 
New rule provides standard definition to protect the health of Americans with celiac disease
The U.S. Food and Drug Administration today published a new regulation defining the term "gluten-free" for voluntary food labeling.  This will provide a uniform standard definition to help the up to 3 million Americans who have celiac disease, an autoimmune digestive condition that can be effectively managed only by eating a gluten free diet.
“Adherence to a gluten-free diet is the key to treating celiac disease, which can be very disruptive to everyday life,” said FDA Commissioner Margaret A. Hamburg, M.D. “The FDA’s new ‘gluten-free’ definition will help people with this condition make food choices with confidence and allow them to better manage their health.” 
This new federal definition standardizes the meaning of “gluten-free” claims across the food industry. It requires that, in order to use the term "gluten-free" on its label, a food must meet all of the requirements of the definition, including that the food must contain less than 20 parts per million of gluten. The rule also requires foods with the claims “no gluten,” “free of gluten,” and “without gluten” to meet the definition for “gluten-free.” 
The FDA recognizes that many foods currently labeled as “gluten-free” may be able to meet the new federal definition already. Food manufacturers will have a year after the rule is published to bring their labels into compliance with the new requirements.

“We encourage the food industry to come into compliance with the new definition as soon as possible and help us make it as easy as possible for people with celiac disease to identify foods that meet the federal definition of ‘gluten-free’” said Michael R. Taylor, the FDA’s deputy commissioner for foods and veterinary medicine.
The term "gluten" refers to proteins that occur naturally in wheat, rye, barley and cross-bred hybrids of these grains.  In people with celiac disease, foods that contain gluten trigger production of antibodies that attack and damage the lining of the small intestine. Such damage limits the ability of celiac disease patients to absorb nutrients and puts them at risk of other very serious health problems, including nutritional deficiencies, osteoporosis, growth retardation, infertility, miscarriages, short stature, and intestinal cancers.  
The FDA was directed to issue the new regulation by the Food Allergen Labeling and Consumer Protection Act (FALCPA), which directed FDA to set guidelines for the use of the term “gluten-free” to help people with celiac disease maintain a gluten-free diet.
The regulation was published today in the Federal Register.

Friday, July 12, 2013

Does Your Primary Doctor Speak Celiac? If so, SHARE!

I feel like this guy when I think of continuing care for a Celiac.  Maybe you feel the same, hence why I'm writing...  We ALL have our crazy journey's before getting diagnosed with Celiac disease... My big question is... THEN WHAT?

So... You're on a gluten free diet... BUT, what about your continuing care???

I want to hear from YOU and want your recommendations.

Do you have a primary physician or nutritionist that's a rock star?  If so, name drop here, and more importantly, SHARE WHY!  Do you do testing every so often, do you check vitamin levels, what? 

As I'm looking for a new primary doctor, I want one that speaks Celiac - that gets what my body has gone through and knows what to look out for during regular check ups to keep me on track.  Suggestions welcome - rock stars only - and South Florida area.

If you're provider does something specific - SHARE and TEACH us - so we can bring this information to our doctors.


Monday, July 8, 2013


So impressed with this FREE celiac screening event - had to spread the word.  You need to as well.  
FREE Community-Wide Celiac Blood Screening
sponsored by the
Date: Saturday, October 26, 2013
Location: So. Florida Gastroenterology
Dr. Matthew Bromer
1325 So. Congress Ave, Suite 211 Boynton Beach, Florida

This screening is NOT for anyone who has been diagnosed with Celiac Disease. This test is for:
  • at-risk individuals who have family members with CD
  • those with symptoms related to CD, or 
  • individuals affected by other autoimmune disorders commonly associated with CD.
This is your chance to encourage your friends, neighbors, co-workers & family members to finally be tested.

In early September we will post info on how to make your appointment.  

For additional info now you can e-mail Nancy Hoffman at