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NGF Digest 008: Gluten-Free Road Tripping, Wings Your Way, Celiac and IBD, Food and Kids
July 12, 2022

Issue 008 – July 2022

Go ahead and pass this newsletter along if you know someone who would benefit from info on living gluten-free and some of my best recipes.

NGF Summer Road Trip Edition

Hubby and I did a fun road trip this spring to visit family in New Brunswick, Canada, so I’ve picked up some fresh tips and want to share them with you.

Featured Article

Gluten-Free Road Trip

This is everything to need to know to have a fun, safe and delicious gluten-free road trip. What to pack, where to stay and how to make the best use of your time and resources.

Gluten-Free Road Trip

I’d love to hear about your vacation and road trip experiences. Check out my NGF FB Group and share your tips and stories.

Featured Recipe

Gluten-Free Chicken Wings Your Way

Wings are the best any time, but as a summer party snack they steal the show.

You’re going to love this! One simple base recipe and you can have any kind of wings you like. Check it out.

Gluten Free Chicken Wings

News From the Scientific Community

Drug Trial Suspended

We’re all hugely disappointed for find out that the phase 3 clinical trials for larazotide, a drug that would potentially help celiac patients who still continue to have symptoms even on a gluten-free diet, were suspended. The company, 9 Meters Biopharma, said that the number of patients necessary to determine a significant outcome relative to a placebo was too large for them to continue. They will continue to analyze the data they have to see if there are other situations in which the drug might be helpful to celiac patients.

Link Between Celiac and IBD (Inflammatory Bowel Disease)

I think a lot of us suspected this, but now it’s being acknowledged and studied. According to these new studies, people with celiac disease have a four-fold increase in IBD prevalence, and people with IBD have a five-fold increase in celiac prevalence over the general population.

IBD is an umbrella term that covers chronic diseases of the bowel such as Chron’s disease and ulcerative colitis. These are serious conditions and like celiac disease, can lead to long term damage and even cancer. IBD is treated with drugs and / or surgery.

This could open a window into what’s going on with those of us with celiac who continue to experience symptoms even after a gluten-free diet is well established.

Celiac and IBS (Irritable Bowel Syndrome)

There is also a correlation between celiac and IBS (Irritable Bowel Syndrome) which is different than IBD. Again, it can help explain persistent symptoms.

IBS is a fairly common condition that involves bloating, gas, and diarrhea or constipation. It’s less serious in that it doesn’t lead to permanent damage or cancer, but it is none the less uncomfortable and can have a significant impact on the lives of those who suffer from it.

IBS can often be managed with diet changes. The best diet for IBS is often a personal thing as different foods seem to upset different people. An elimination diet can help to pinpoint the culprits. Many doctors and nutritionists recommend starting with a low FODMAP elimination diet as it targets foods that often cause digestive upset.

So, if you’re still having digestive issues after going gluten-free, talk to your doctor. It may we worth exploring if you have IBD or IBS.

If you want more info, check out the articles linked below. - Strong Link Between Celiac and IBD
Mayo Clinic - What Is IBD
Mayo Clinic - What Is IBS
Cedars Sinai - Difference Between IBD and IBS

What I’m Pondering

Kids and Cooking

I re-watched Jamie Oliver's 2010 TED Talk this morning and it’s every bit as powerful today as it was 12 years ago. The thing that hit me, well two things really, were:

Number one, that he talks about where things could be in ten years if we take action. Guess what, after 12 years, the obesity crisis has only gotten worse and “Big Food” has an even bigger hold on our dismal diets and that of our kids.

The second thing is that I wish I’d done more to teach my kids to cook when they were young. We all know what it’s like. We’re working and running a family and it’s just easier to get the cooking done on our own than to involve the kids. But the food they eat is so essential to their lives and health, not just now but for the rest of their lives. And the more we learn about diet related diseases like celiac disease, IBD and IBS the more evidence there is that bad diet is at least among the triggers.

Please watch Jamie's video and share. It may be the most important thing on the internet. And if you have kids, do better than I did and teach them to cook.

What I’m reading

Gluten Freedom

Believe it or not, I've just discovered Dr. Alessio Fasano. He is chief of Pediatric Gastroenterology at Massachusetts General Hospital and directs the Center for Celiac Research.

I mentioned Dr. Fasano in last months newsletter because I'd just watched a recorded interview with him and was blown away. This man is so knowledegable about celiac disease and is on the cutting edge of research. He's the first doctor I've heard make a direct connection between gut dysbiosis (an unhealthy microbiome) and celiac disease.

As excited as I am to read this book, I'm going to be up front. I've just started, it's summer and I don't know how much reading I'll get done between now and next months newsletter.

So I'll leave you with a link to that interview so you can get familiar with this incredible doctor and I know you'll learn a lot just from listening. I did.
Dr. Alessio Fasano Interview

If you're interested in my celiac and food related reading list go here: Gluten-Free Books

A New E-Book from Naturally Gluten-Free

Some of you have been asking for advice for the newly diagnosed. A “Beginner’s Guide” so to speak. Well, I started working on it and soon realized that it is much more than just a web page. I’ve decided to create a hyperlinked e-book for you which will likely come out mid-2022. I’ll keep you posted here in the newsletter and on Facebook.

That’s all for this month.

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