Celiac Awareness in Kansas City

Here is an article I received from St. Luke’s South Hospital in my hometown of Kansas City:

May is Celiac Disease Awareness Month

Celiac disease is an autoimmune disorder that is triggered by consuming the protein called gluten (found in wheat, barley, and rye). Three million Americans have celiac disease, but only 200,000 know that they have it! Celiac disease is hereditary; therefore, if you are diagnosed with it, your first- and second-degree relatives should be screened also.

Symptoms of the disease are diarrhea, abdominal pain, irritability, depression, bloating, gas, delayed growth, unexplained anemia, weight loss, headaches, constipation, thin bones, fatigue, joint pain, canker sores inside the mouth, itchy skin rash, discolored teeth, and others. The treatment for the disease is a life-long gluten-free diet.

During the month of May, Saint Luke’s South has activities planned to raise awareness and increase knowledge of celiac disease and how to live gluten-free. Click here for a list of activities — (information shown below). Celiac disease will also be featured at one of the SLS Family Health Festival booths June 4. For more information, contact Veronica Besch, Meda Bower, Barb Coyle, Renee Ilk, Ruth Kolb, Kelley Riley, or Trevor Thomas.

-Tri-fold Poster in the main lobby with flyers and disease information


-Information table in the cafeteria on May 17th

Gluten-free recipes and other handouts

Gluten-free food samples

Display of gluten-free food products

Chance to win T-shirts and other prizes


-Gluten-free entrée on May 17th featuring:

Pulled pork barbecue (with gluten-free bun and gluten-free sauces)

Sautéed fresh vegetables

Pasta salad (made with quinoa pasta)

Luscious lemonade cake – also gluten-free!


-Lunch and Learn (for SLS Staff) May 18th taught by:

Dr. Wendell Clarkston, Gastroenterology Physician, in the SLS Wellness Conference Room from Noon to 1:00pm.

This program will offer 1.0 CNE.  You can sign up on HealthStream or just show up that day.


-Listen for a SLS promotion on KMBZ.

It is very exciting to see this kind of celiac awareness being spread in Kansas City, especially among the medical community.  I am going to attend the lunch on the 17th!

Growing Gluten Free Awareness

It is undeniable that the gluten free industry’s awareness is growing exponentially.

Most of all, the awareness has caught the attention of almost every doctor.  Ultimately, more and more lives are being greatly improved or saved.  People now know what the true cause of their aliment is.  Patients who have been misdiagnosed for years, have completely turned their lives around.  With the nutrient deficiency that celiac causes, many terrible diseases have been prevented.

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  • “Untreated celiac disease increases the risk of cancer 200-300%.”  REFERENCE 3
  • “Total US healthcare cost for all untreated celiacs: $14.5 – $34.8 billion annually.”  REFERENCE 3
  • “Over 300 signs, symptoms, associated disorders and complications may result from celiac disease.”  REFERENCE 3
  • “Prevalence of celiac disease: 1 in 250 Americans estimated rate; actual diagnosis rate is 1 in 4,700 Americans.”  REFERENCE 4

Some doctors have openly said that the gluten free diet is one of the healthiest diet possible.  You are cutting out processed foods, eating a lot of natural foods, and motoring everything you eat.  With this, and any hype of a healthy diet, especially when someone can lose weight on it, comes a flood of people who adopt the diet, sometimes claiming they are a self-diagnosed celiac, just for the attention and to be part of a fad.  I frequently hear that this upsets many doctor-diagnosed celiacs.  In the beginning, I also found it somewhat offensive.  After reflecting further on the issue, I believe any attention and product demand that is brought upon the gluten free industry is good.  In the end, those of us who truly have celiac will benefit.

With the increase in demand for gluten free food and products, more manufacturers have entered the industry.  Competition has been amazing for this industry!  Even in the past couple of years, the quality and taste of the food has greatly improved.  The quality of bread products have improved from the gluten free bakeries, and the major food manufacturers are now making breads easily available at almost every grocery store.  You have to be blind to have not seen, even some of your daily products, labeled gluten free.

  • “Demand has been growing exponentially as sufferers of a wide variety of maladies (including celiac disease, autism, attention deficit disorder, irritated bowel syndrome, and MS) have come to believe a gluten-free diet will provide relief.”  REFERENCE 1
  • “The Federal Government is lending a hand as it finalizes regulatory criteria for gluten-free labeling.”  REFERENCE 1
  • “Packaged Facts projects that this segment of the U.S. retail marketplace enjoyed a 28% CAGR to reach $1.56 billion by the end of 2008. Packaged Facts goes on to project that the segment will continue to grow, though not at the same torrid pace, through 2012.”  REFERENCE 1
  • “To meet consumer demand, more than 225 marketers introduced new gluten-free products into the United States in 2008.”  REFERENCE 2

Be thankful for the things the gluten free industry has brought us.  I am now able to enjoy a normal sandwich and a beer!  I look forward to many more gluten free options, more availability, and continued research.

Gluten Free Eat Out Night: May 3rd!

Check this out: According to About.com’s Celiac Disease Blog next Sunday, May 3, hundreds of restaurants across the U.S. and Canada will participate in “Chef to Plate – Celebrating Restaurants Serving Up Gluten-Free Awareness,” the program sponsored by the Gluten Intolerance Group of North America to foster gluten-free awareness among restaurant owners and operators. That means for us…FOOD! That we don’t have to ask 399 questions about.  Rock on!
Check out the Gluten Intolerance Group Site for a list of the restaurants in your area that are participating.  It’s worth it for a nice night out, plus it’s a great way to show how much we appreciate restaurants going the extra mile to make food allergen free!  Cheers!

Campaign Goals:

  • Spread national awareness of celiac disease and gluten intolerance conditions during May, Celiac Awareness Month
  • Spread recognition and awareness of restaurants with gluten-free menu options
  • Bring Peace of Mind to persons with gluten intolerances when dining out
  • Joining of restaurants across the country in a day of awareness

Gluten Free Wristbands!

GLUTEN FREE Wristbands are in stock!

I was having a hard time reminding myself to eat gluten free.  All my old habits would subconsciously come back and I would find myself reaching or thinking about something with gluten.  I decided to get myself a LIVESTRONG wristband to support all diseases/cancers and as a constant reminder to myself to eat gluten free.  It worked!

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I decided to have GLUTEN FREE wristbands made!  Once I started wearing mine, people everywhere were asking me about it or asking me if I had celiac.  Not only is it a daily visual reminder, but it is a conversation starter.

Over the past few years the awareness for celiac and gluten free has grown tremendously.  Lets add to it!  By wearing a gluten free wristband people will see it and know what it is, or they may ask you about it and you can tell them about eating gluten free.

There are a couple other people selling similar products, but they cost more, schweiz viagra rezeptfrei, are a hassle to order, and are celiac specific.  I decided to make mine for the general gluten free population.  There are many more people eating gluten free than just celiacs.

These are perfect as gifts for yourself, your family, your supporters, friends, doctors, and for your kids!

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$2.50 each

Includes shipping inside the United States.  Contact me for international orders.

Discounts for orders of 10.

For the next 30 days only, use coupon code FREESHIP to get 20% off.

Thank you for helping spread GLUTEN FREE awareness!

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Get yours FREE or DISCOUNTED for helping spread awareness!

Digg: Digg the GF Wristbands page and I’ll send you a 20% off code.

Twitter: Follow Me, then Tweet about the wristbands or my site, with a link, and I’ll send you a 20% off coupon code.

Bloggers/Site Owners:  Add a blog article about the wristbands, and I’ll send you 1 free wristband.  Send me the link to your article and your mailing address via email, and I’ll send a free wristband.  We can also establish a custom 10% off coupon code that you can share on your site.

Other: I’m open to any suggestion that will help spread the wristbands to as many people that support gluten free as possible.  I can sell them in bulk, exchange links for advertising, etc.  Let me know your ideas!

Advertising Options:  I am looking for advertisers on a small brochure(an on my site in general) that I am going to include when someone buys a bracelet.  This would be a great way to reach that very targeted audience!  Contact me for details.