Stanford Health Day
at the Gluten Free & Allergen Friendly Expo

November 18, 2017 • 10:00AM-4:00PM • San Mateo Events Center TICKETS Presenters: Peter H.R. Green, MD Keynote speaker Director of the Celiac Disease Center at Columbia University and Phyllis and Ivan Seidenberg Professor of Medicine at the College of Physicians and Surgeons, Columbia University. Bio | Celiac Disease Center   Nielsen Fernandez-Becker, MD, PhD Director of the Celiac Disease Program at Stanford Health Care, board-certified gastroenterologist, motility specialist and Clinical Assistant Professor in Gastroenterology and Hepatology at Stanford University. Bio | Celiac Disease Program Nasim Khavari, MD, MPH Director of the Celiac Disease Program at Stanford Children’s Health, board-certified pediatric gastroenterologist, and Clinical Assistant...

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Disaster Aid: Celiac Disease and Food Allergies

Providing people with celiac disease and food allergies access to safe food and other resources following natural disasters Last updated: November 2, 2017 Our foundation is a founding member of the Gluten-Free Disaster Relief Task Force led by celiac centers at Harvard-affiliated hospitals and nonprofits in Boston (see below). It is facilitating gluten-free/allergy-friendly product donations and distribution as well as designated monetary donations. 1. FIRES IN NORTHERN CALIFORNIA DONATIONS Due to community generosity and reduced need, we are no longer accepting donations designated to provide gluten-free and allergy-friendly food for fire evacuees and those who lost homes. Of course,...

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Smokin’ Bowls – Hot new gluten-free spot in Sonoma County

By JENNIFER ISCOL The new gluten-free restaurant Smokin’ Bowls in the city of Rohnert Park, California, has an entirely different approach from typical gluten-free restaurant offerings – loads of flavor, hearty servings and great prices, with owners dedicated to bringing to a modest strip mall location a spirited cuisine you’d normally find at a favorite food truck. The menu is entirely free of gluten and peanuts, and almost entirely soy-free as well. It includes eight creative and flavorful bowls with names like Dragon Bowl (pictured above), Bowl Named Sue and Rohnert Pork. The bowls have chicken, beef, turkey or...

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Yoconut – Delicious, Innovative and Dairy-Free Yogurt

By VIC DOLCOURT  When I think of yogurt, I think of dairy. But Bonnie Lau of San Francisco thinks differently. She has developed a coconut-based yogurt with the benefits of dairy yogurt and then some. As a marathon runner, Bonnie was looking for a tasty dairy-free snack to fuel her run and provide energy post workout. But none of the products on the market met her needs – they either had dairy or lots of sugar. “My runner friends were gobbling Greek yogurt,” said Bonnie. “Runners need electrolytes for hydration and food that supports the runner through race and...

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Protected: Advocate calls on community for FDA Action Plan

Interview with Gluten Free Watchdog founder Tricia Thompson, MS, RD, about her new FDA Action Plan What you can do: SIGN UP for Gluten Free Watchdog’s FREE email list to receive upcoming action alerts (“Subscribe to blog via email” in lower right column) FOLLOW Gluten Free Watchdog on Facebook and Twitter, then repost and retweet alerts, with FDA social media handles SUBSCRIBE to Gluten Free Watchdog to support testing and advocacy ($6.99/mo) and receive all product reports and benefits Why did you found Gluten Free Watchdog? I founded it in 2011 to make state-of-the-art gluten-free food testing data available directly to consumers. Most people are unaware that the FDA does not require manufacturers to test food before labeling it gluten-free. In many ways, it’s on the honor system. That’s why we test. In general, what is the level of safety of foods labeled gluten-free for those with gluten-related disorders? Testing by both the FDA and Gluten-Free Watchdog has found that the overwhelming majority of products labeled gluten-free are correctly labeled and safe to consume. Testing by the FDA found that over 99% of products are correctly labeled. At Gluten Free Watchdog the rate is closer to 95% because many of our tests are conducted at the request of subscribers with a specific concern. We do find some products that are misbranded. What is a “misbranded” product? When foods labeled “gluten-free”...

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