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February 2013 Newsletter
We have Gluten Free Expo tips and an interview with the founder, a review of In-N-Out Burger's allergy procedure, a gluten-free pizza party for Bay Area teens, Dr. Burkhart's explanation of fructose malabsorption, two California celiac camps, and much more. Enjoy!
Gluten & Allergen Free Expo -- February 9th & 10th

Jen Cafferty
Interview with Jen Cafferty
By Jennifer Iscol

Jen Cafferty makes it look easy, producing huge Gluten & Allergen Free Expos in large cities across the country, launching a new television show, consulting, creating recipes, blogging, and raising two children with her husband in Chicago. I caught up with Jen by phone to ask her perspective on the Expo she founded, food trends, and how she stays healthy.  Read more 

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Buy Your Tickets Before You Go
The Expo will be at the San Francisco Airport Marriott Waterfront on Saturday and Sunday. For more information and tickets, go to the Expo website.  In addition to a hundred gluten-free vendors, there is an excellent line-up of classes and talks by nationally known experts, all free with admission. Buying tickets in advance is highly recommended, as it may sell out.
Buy your Expo Tickets now! 





"Press the Allergy Button"

Behind the Scenes at In-N-Out Burger


By Jennifer Iscol

I make healthy meals at home, some very good ones actually, but sometimes my teenager craves a burger and fries. With few safe restaurant options, off we go to In-N-Out. Did you know their entire menu is gluten-free, with the exception of the hamburger buns? They have a very simple menu: just the most basic favorites of American fast food burgers.


You can order a burger "protein style" wrapped in lettuce, and add a milkshake (they are all gluten-free) and fries (from a dedicated fryer). If you are really clever, you can order cheesy fries or extras from their "secret menu" (psst! it's on the website), though the add-ons can slam the price out of the fast food realm pretty quickly.


Here's the kicker: They have an allergy button. It's an actual button that they can press at your request when you place your order. You specify your "allergy" (I have to suppress my inner doctor who's muttering "But it's not an allergy; it's an autoimmune disease...") They train their entire staff at every location to understand the allergy button. They have special procedures that go with the allergy button. Read more


Party for Teens!  


A NorCal Gluten-Free Teens Event

On Saturday, March 9th, from 1:30 to 3:30, NorCal Gluten-Free Teens will be hosting the next meeting at Amici's in San Rafael. It will be a fun get together for gluten-free teens of the Bay Area who love pizza. 


Teens Eating Pizza




Amici's East Coast Pizzeria

1242 Fourth Street, San Rafael, CA 94901

(415) 455-9777 


Amici's is donating 25% of the profits to Camp Celiac




We only have room for 20 people so sign up in advance!  The deadline for signing up is March 1st. To sign up, please email Courtney Yates, the group's teen co-leader, at Make sure you include your name and the number of people in your party. 


How it Will Work:

Everyone in the group will be paying separately for their own meal when they order. Amici's uses Still Riding Pizza crusts, offers a variety of toppings kept separate, and takes care to prevent cross-contact. Parents may drop off their teen for the meeting or they are welcome to stay. 


Hope to see you there!


NorCal Gluten-Free Teens is an informal and unaffiliated community support group just for teens. It receives guidance from the Celiac Community Foundation of Northern California, and is run by teens. More teen volunteers are welcome!

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Is Fructose Malabsorption the Cause of My Tummy Troubles?
The Celiac MD™
Amy Burkhart, MD, RD
By Amy Burkhart, MD, RD

February 2013 - In her monthly column, Dr. Burkhart explains a common ailment, what the FODMAPS diet is, and how it all relates to celiac disease and gluten sensitivity.




What is Fructose?

Fructose is a sugar found in our foods in a variety of different forms. In fruit and honey it is known as " free" fructose. In certain vegetables it is in a form known as fructans. In processed foods it is called corn syrup or crystalline fructose. And, it is also a component of table sugar (sucrose).  No matter the name, if you have fructose malabsorption, it could bother you.


What is fructose malabsorption?

Some people cannot completely absorb fructose in their small intestine, which is 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.     Read More


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Happy Anniversary "1 in 133"
A Time for Action

It has been ten years since a landmark study about the prevalence of celiac disease in the United States was published, reclassifying it from rare to common. Much progress has been made on all fronts. Yet something important is still missing.  

It's time to Register for Summer Camp!


Northern California

Camp Celiac at Camp Arroyo  - Registration for Summer 2013 is open. Register between February 1 and February 14th for top priority. The camp is located in the scenic foothills of Livermore, CA, and is administered by the Celiac Community Foundation of Northern California in a partnership with The Taylor Family Foundation. Camp costs $25 and is open to ages 9-17. Go to for more information and registration forms.  Announcement for 2013. 


Southern California

CDF Camp Gluten-Free at Camp Nawakwa  Registration for summer 2013 is open. The camp  is located in the beautiful San Bernardino Forest, and is administered by the Celiac Disease Foundation in partnership with Camp Fire. The camp costs $450 (financial aid available) and is open to ages 7-17. Visit the camp's website to learn more and register.


Events Calendar for February 

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Check out our monthly listing of support groups, events and classes in the greater Bay Area and Sacramento. Try something new!  


Opportunities to Participate in Celiac Research
Stanford School of MedicineStanford University School of Medicine is conducting government-sponsored studies to improve the understanding of celiac disease, not for profit. For information on participating in the studies, please contact Dr. Arnold Han at


Diablo Clinical Research Diablo Clinical Research in Walnut Creek is conducting a clinical trial locally for celiac disease to look at how effective and safe an investigational medication is. To participate in a survey to determine whether or not you qualify and to connect to a study site near you,
go to call Ava at 
Diablo Clinical Research at (925) 930-7267 or email



Save the dates for 2013 


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National Education Conference & Gluten-Free EXPO

Pasadena Convention Center - -  May 3- 5, 2013 or call 818.716.1513


Sheraton Chicago  

15th International Celiac Disease Symposium

Chicago, IL -- September 22-25, 2013  


Feel Like You're Missing Something?

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Amy's Kitchen plans to open a fast food drive-through in Sonoma County
Gluten-free celebrities at Sundance
Cool history of Pamela's Products
Tips on attending the Gluten Free Expo
Two product recalls

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Jennifer Iscol
Celiac Community Foundation of Northern California
P.O. Box 1506
Healdsburg, CA  95448