Friday, May 21, 2010

Things: Installment 43

Today, we're on post No. 3 out of 4 in honor of Celiac Awareness Month. As I've mentioned before, I came into this gluten sensitivity thing armed with lots of knowledge about living gluten free since my mom was diagnosed with celiac disease two years ago. But for those folks who don't have first-hand knowledge, where do they find educational resources?

Where to Find Educational Resources for Celiacs & Gluten-Sensitive Folks
  • I'm sure you aren't in the least bit surprised when I tell you that the internet can be a great source of information. Word of warning, however, it can also be filled with a lot of junk. So be sure you're consulting reputable sources rather than just clicking on the first link that pops up in your search. I recommend starting with The Mayo Clinic or The Celiac Disease Foundation.
  • Many, many doctors and researchers have written books about both celiac disease and gluten sensitivity. A quick search of Amazon revealed this list, but there are many more.
  • There are support groups all over the country that meet at least monthly. At these meetings, you hear from local doctors, chefs, and merchants. In DFW, you can attend meetings of the Lone Star Celiac Support Group & the North Texas Gluten Intolerance Group.
  • For the foodies, there are lots of gluten-free cookbooks on the market. A quick search on Amazon provided these results. There are also many sites on the internet that are recipe repositories, like GlutenFreeda.
  • There are innumerable blogs devoted to gluten-free living. These blogs are often sources of new gluten-free product announcements, recipes, product reviews, product recalls, research articles, etc. I follow quite a few of these blogs myself, like this one, this one, and this one.
  • And last but not least, there are doctors who specialize in gluten sensitivities. There are quite a few here in the DFW area. Both of the support groups in our area have recommendations for local physicians. And if you don't mind traveling, CDF also has a list on its website.
As you can see, there are many resources available to educate you about celiac disease and gluten sensitivities. So there's no need to stumble around in the dark.

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