Fructose Malabsorption – Is it the cause of my tummy troubles?

Amy Burkhart, MD, RD, is a board-certified emergency medicine physician and registered dietitian. She also trained in integrative medicine with Dr. Andrew Weil at the University of Arizona Center for Integrative Medicine. Her practice is located in Napa, CA. 1100 Lincoln Ave. Suite 200 Napa, CA 94558 (707) 927-5622 Office www.TheCeliacMD.com What is Fructose? Fructose is a sugar that is found in many foods such as fresh fruits and honey, high fructose corn syrup and many processed foods. It is also a component of plain table sugar , and some vegetables. What is Fructose Malabsorption? Some people cannot completely absorb fructose in their small intestine-the beginning part of the digestive tract.  The undigested fructose is then carried to the colon where our normal bacteria rapidly devour it. In the process, the bacteria produce gases which cause the intestine to swell. This is experienced by the person as bloating, cramping, gas and distention. Diarrhea may also occur due to the undigested particles of fructose. What is Fructose Intolerance? This is also known as hereditary fructose intolerance. It is VERY different from fructose malabsorption and we will not cover it here except to say the following:  it occurs in infants, is hereditary and can lead to severe health problems such as liver disease, seizures and mental retardation. The names are similar but the entities are VERY different. There is some confusion...

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Gluten-Free Labeling Update – November 2012

By Jennifer Iscol Success! It was a nail-biter to the very last minute, but we obtained 25,000 signatures on the White House gluten-free labeling petition by the deadline of October 31st, 2012. You can still sign! The petition will be open until the administration issues its official response. The more signatures we have, the stronger our collective voice. Read and sign the petition and see how many others have signed it: White House petition (http://wh.gov/Be7R) [Update: The administration issued a response and the petition is closed.] Thanks to the American Celiac Disease Alliance for ten years of leadership in advocacy for our community! Reprinted with permission from www.americanceliac.org: Over 25,000 Sign Gluten-Free Labeling Petition Over the past month our community took on the daunting task of gathering 25,000 signatures for a “We the People” petition asking for the gluten-free labeling standard to be completed. This special petition, made available to us through the White House webpage, presented a perfect opportunity for the community to advocate on the critical issue of gluten-free labeling. The showing of support for this effort was unparalleled. International celiac organizations rallied their members in solidarity for us and the labeling which they already enjoy. It is impossible to know how many from the celiac and gluten-intolerant community, bloggers, food manufacturers, physicians, dietitians, support groups, and so many more, that signed, and shared the petition and encouraged others to do the same. Amazing...

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Educating doctors about celiac disease

Amy Burkhart, MD, RD, is a board-certified emergency medicine physician and registered dietitian. She also trained in integrative medicine with Dr. Andrew Weil at the University of Arizona Center for Integrative Medicine. Her practice is located in Napa, CA. 1100 Lincoln Ave. Suite 200 Napa, CA 94558 (707) 927-5622 Office www.TheCeliacMD.com Dr. Burkhart reports on her trip to participate in the University of Chicago Celiac Disease Center’s Preceptorship Program, an on-site, intensive, 2-day training course for medical professionals. A Happy New Year to everyone! The holidays are winding down and 2013 is off to a sunny start here in California. It was an equally beautiful, albeit colder climate, a few weeks ago in Chicago when I had the pleasure of participating in the University of Chicago Celiac Disease Center Preceptorship Program. The program is a yearly event coordinated by the center’s founder and director, Stefano Guandalini, MD, and his staff. Dr. Guandalini is one of the world’s leading experts in celiac disease and non-celiac gluten sensitivity. He started the preceptorship seven years ago to educate and update physicians and other health care professionals on celiac disease and non-celiac gluten sensitivity. Approximately 40 medical professionals, including physicians, nurses and dietitians, were chosen from a larger pool of applicants to participate. The rising level of interest in the program is a positive sign that the American medical community is motivated to...

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Statement on Arsenic in Rice

Updated articles on arsenic in the gluten-free diet: Special Report on Arsenic in Rice Questions and answers for the celiac disease and gluten sensitivity community Luis Espino, Ph.D., Rice Farm Advisor at the University of California Cooperative Extension responds to concerns from the celiac community about arsenic in rice. Dr. Espino kindly provided this information in response to questions asked by Ellen Switkes, former leader of the Oakland Celiac Support Group. Edited with the permission of Dr. Espino and Ellen Switkes by Jennifer Iscol, president of the Celiac Community Foundation of Northern California. The Consumer Reports article published online for...

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Media

Media Media Inquiries: Jennifer Iscol  jiscol@celiaccommunity.org Interviews and press releases: [Medical education and public awareness events are posted separately.] May 22, 2019 – Board member Amy Burkhart, MD, RD, interviewed on Doctor Radio, Sirius XM Channel 110 to discuss Celiac Disease in honor of Celiac Disease Awareness Month May 16, 2019 – Board president Jennifer Iscol and family interviewed for Ensia article featuring a celiac study she facilitates for Dr. Alessio Fasano of Massachusetts General Hospital for Children:  “What Three Generations of California Families Can Tell us About the Links Between Our Health and Our Environment” April 23, 2019 – Board member Amy Burkhart, MD, RD, interviewed for a Healthline article: “Beyoncé Talks Her Restrictive Coachella Diet: What the Experts Think” January 14, 2019 -Board president Jennifer Iscol interviewed for article in Gastroenterology and Endoscopy News “Celiac Advocates Decry Snarky Grinch-Pic Ad”  Winter 2018 – Board president Jennifer Iscol interviewed for article by Nicola Harrington published by the National Celiac Association: “Staying GF Safe in a Disaster Situation”  August 24, 2018 -Board member Amy Burkhart, MD, RD, interviewed for an article in Huffpost: “How To Tell If You Have Celiac Disease Or A Gluten Intolerance” January 2018 – Disaster work featured in article by Susan Flaherty published by Massachusetts General Hospital: “Task Force Sends Gluten-Free Food to Disaster Victims” Septermber 3, 2017 – Board member Amy Burkhart, MD, RD, interviewed for a USA Today article: “A celiac’s...

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