Thursday, August 19, 2010

Saffron's Gluten Free Store on Plainfield MI

Saturday Aug 28th is their sample day. It starts at 11:00am-2:00pm. The theme is snacks and lunch items. Gluten Free items are expensive. It is heart breaking spending money on a GF food and end up not liking it. That is why I love the Sample events. I think that all stores should have these type of events.

In October they will have be having Sample Saturdays for Celiac Disease Month.

Address: 4196 Plainfield, MI

Tuesday, August 17, 2010

List of Gluten Free Restaurants

1- Uccello's has a gluten-free menu. You will need to request at gluten-free menu. Also you will need to talk to he waiter and manager.

2- Chipotle's. Again make sure to ask for a gluten-free menu and make sure that waiter knows that you are gluten-free.

3- Olive Garden has many different meals that are gluten-free. Ask the greeter for a gluten-free menu. Also mention that you are gluten-free.

4- Ruby Tuesday

5- ABC Pizza offers gluten-free pizza

6- Boston's the one by Celebration Cinema North on the Beltline.

7- Noodles, also near Celebration Cinema North. I believe that all Noodles have gluten free items.

8- Red Robins- Ask the waiter not to but Red Robin's Seasoning.

9- Wendys. You can even eat the Chili.

Just remember where every eat always ask to speak with the manager. Ask the manager about using clean gloves, utensils, pans, etc. Don't be afraid to question your meal. If the meal isn't how you order it tell the manager and don't eat it.

Harvest Health Foods' Gluten Free Fair

Harvest Health Foods is throwing their annual Mini Gluten Free Fair at the Hudsonville location on Saturday Aug 21,2010. It starts at 10:00am- 3:00pm. The address is: 4150 32nd Avenue in Hudsonville, MI

Thursday, August 5, 2010

Family Estate Sale Business

My mom's dream has always been starting an estate sale services. Now, that my health is getting back on track and things are starting to look good she has started her buisness- Legacy Estate Sale Services.

We have watched other Estate Sale companies ruin items and are only there for money.  My mom has done estate sale for friends and enjoys helping people. 

It is nice to watch my mom do what she wants to do and not have to worry about taking care of me.

Her website is

We do travel, but fees will apply.

I love my mom so much and enjoy watching her do what she enjoys.

Sunday, August 1, 2010

Celiac Disease Linked to Modestly Increased Mortality

by Laurie Barclay, MD
September 15, 2009 — Mortality risk is modestly increased in patients with celiac disease, inflammation, or latent celiac disease, according to the results of a retrospective cohort study reported in the September 16 issue of the Journal of the American Medical Association.

"Studies of mortality in celiac disease have not taken small-intestinal pathology into account," write Jonas F. Ludvigsson, MD, PhD, from Karolinska Institutet in Stockholm, Sweden, and colleagues. "We used nationwide histopathology data to examine the overall risk of death in individuals with celiac disease and inflammation. Through regional data linkage, we were also able to examine mortality in latent celiac disease."

The investigators studied duodenal/jejunal biopsies performed at all 28 pathology departments in Sweden between July 1969 and February 2008 on celiac disease (Marsh stage III: villous atrophy; n = 29,096 individuals) and inflammation (Marsh stage I - II; n = 13,306).

A third cohort of 3719 individuals with latent celiac disease, defined as positive celiac disease serology results in individuals with normal-appearing mucosa (Marsh stage 0), was obtained from 8 university hospitals. All-cause mortality risk through August 31, 2008, vs age- and sex-matched control subjects from the general population, was estimated through linkage with the Swedish Total Population Register.

There were 3049 deaths among patients with celiac disease (hazard ratio [HR], 1.39; 95% confidence interval [CI], 1.33 - 1.45; median follow-up, 8.8 years), 2967 among patients with inflammation (HR, 1.72; 95% CI, 1.64 - 1.79; median follow-up, 7.2 years), and 183 deaths among patients with latent celiac disease (HR, 1.35; 95% CI, 1.14 - 1.58; median follow-up, 6.7 years).

Absolute mortality rate was 10.4 (95% CI, 10.0 - 10.8) per 1000 person-years in celiac disease, 25.9 (95% CI, 25.0 - 26.8) in inflammation, and 6.7 (95% CI, 5.7 - 7.6) in latent celiac disease; excess mortality rate was 2.9, 10.8, and 1.7, respectively. Similar risk increases also occurred in children. When the first year of follow-up was excluded, HRs were somewhat decreased.

"Risk of death among patients with celiac disease, inflammation, or latent celiac disease is modestly increased," the study authors write.

Limitations of this study include possible misclassification of some pathologic features, the possibility that some patients with inflammation did not have celiac disease, lack of adjustment for smoking, and lack of weight and height data.

"Individuals undergoing small-intestinal biopsy in childhood had increased HRs for death," the study authors conclude. "Cardiovascular disease and malignancy were the main causes of death in celiac disease."

In an accompanying editorial, Peter H.R. Green, MD, notes the increasing evidence for the presence of celiac disease in patients with various neurologic and psychiatric disorders.

"The study by Ludvigsson and colleagues reinforces the importance of celiac disease as a diagnosis that should be sought by physicians," Dr. Green writes. "It also suggests that more attention should be given to the lesser degrees of intestinal inflammation and gluten sensitivity."

The Swedish Society of Medicine, the Swedish Research Council, the Sven Jerring Foundation, the Örebro Society of Medicine, the Karolinska Institutet, the Clas Groschinsky Foundation, the Juhlin Foundation, the Majblomman Foundation, Uppsala-Örebro Regional Research Council, and the Swedish Celiac Society supported this study. The study authors and Dr. Green have disclosed no relevant financial relationships.

JAMA. 2009;302:1171-1178, 1225-1226.

Experts Identify Three Culprits for Gluten Allergy

HONG KONG (Reuters) Jul 21 - Researchers have identified three fragments in gluten that appear to trigger the autoimmune response in people with celiac disease.

The findings, published online July 21st in Science Translational Medicine, may lead to a more targeted cure for the disease instead of what patients do now - abstain completely from food containing wheat, barley and rye and their by-products.

"If you can (narrow down) the toxicity of an allergen to a few components, that enables you to make a highly targeted therapy in a way that you no longer need to target the whole immune system," said researcher Dr. Robert Anderson of The Walter and Eliza Hall Institute of Medical Research in Victoria, Australia.

In the case of celiac disease, which is not an allergy but an autoimmune disorder, autoantibodies produced in response to gluten damage the lining of the small intestine.

In order to identify the antigenic peptides recognized by the T cells that cause this disease, the researchers asked 244 patients in Australia and Britain to eat gluten-containing cereals over three days. The researchers then analyzed blood samples from the patients to quantify their responses to all celiac toxic prolamins (a class of plant storage protein).

The peptides that stimulated the T cells "were the same among patients who ate the same cereal, but were different after wheat, barley and rye ingestion," the authors report. To their surprise, a sequence from wheat and barley "was immunodominant regardless of the grain consumed."

"Furthermore," they said, "T cells specific for just three peptides accounted for the majority of gluten-specific T cells, and their recognition of gluten peptides was highly redundant."

The surprising finding that "the majority of the immune response to gluten can fall back to just three components of gluten... means the immune response is highly focused on maybe some particular forbidden fragments of the gluten," Dr. Anderson said by telephone.

He and some colleagues have since gone on to design an experimental injectable vaccine containing very small doses of each of the three components.


Sci Transl Med 2010.

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