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March 2014 Newsletter
Histamine intolerance: Could it be causing your symptoms?
The Celiac MD™
Amy Burkhart, MD, RD

This month's column addresses histamine intolerance, a common but less-recognized food sensitivity. It can be the cause of a range of common symptoms, from headaches, congestion and rashes, to digestive problems or low blood pressure. Learn why some healthy foods might be causing ongoing symptoms in people with gluten-related disorders. Read the article  


Celiac Community Foundation of Northern California + Whole Foods Santa Rosa
Support meeting and tasting: Wednesday, May 5th

Maria Clementi
  • Whole Foods' Healthy Eating Specialist Maria Clementi will sample a healthy gluten-free recipe and gluten-free products from 5-7 pm.
  • Board members of the Celiac Community Foundation of Northern California will run a small, intimate support meeting from 5-6 pm, answer questions and provide information. This month, we will be giving away door prizes of full-size samples of Lovely Lady organic gluten-free body care products and samples of Delight Gluten Free magazine. Thanks to Lovely Lady and Delight for donating! We hope you'll join us.
  • The event is free and open to the public; no sign-ups necessary.
Upcoming monthly gluten-free events at Whole Foods in Santa Rosa:
(Please double check our calendar for updates before attending.)
April 1 Tuesday  12:00pm-2:00pm  (support meeting 12:00-1:00 pm)
May 7 Wednesday  5:00pm-7:00pm  (support meeting 5:00-6:00 pm)
June 3 Tuesday  12:00pm-2:00pm (support meeting 12:00-1:00 pm)

July 2 Wednesday  5:00pm-7:00pm (support meeting 5:00-6:00 pm) 



Odd Bagel getting rave reviews


 By Vic Dolcourt


Brent Woodard is a passionate bagel lover, and would regularly start his day with a plain bagel, cream cheese, and a cup of black coffee. That is, until he discovered that he was intolerant to wheat flour. Not satisfied with the taste and texture of commercially available gluten-free bagels, he began experimenting with gluten-free ingredients.   


Gluten-Free Canteen: Spring Baking
The writing and photography team behind the blog Gluten Free Canteen,
Lisa Stander-Horel and Tim Horel, entice us to make some delicious baked goods made with the early fruits and berries that are beginning to show up at the market, and also dressing up that cake mix lurking in the back of your cupboard to make some wonderful chocolate desserts .  
Volunteer raises funds for Camp Celiac through her employer, Williams-Sonoma

Thanks to Mimi Comfort, a member of the Celiac Community Foundation of Northern California, and Williams-Sonoma for a generous donation to Camp Celiac! 


Mimi works for Pottery Barn, a division of Williams-Sonoma. Once a month they have a farmer's market at the corporate offices in San Francisco and dedicate a 'Bake Sale' table to raising funds for their favorite charities. 


Mimi chose Camp Celiac to be the charity for the bake sale table in February, recruited 10 volunteer bakers, and her carpool buddy created a nice poster. Nice teamwork and corporate-nonprofit partnership for a great cause! They raised $642!



Camp Celiac update: Almost full for summer 2014


Registration for the eighth year of Camp Celiac at Camp Arroyo began in February, and the camp is already full with a wait list for most categories. New applications will be placed on a wait list, and the wait list does move. 


More information, "Camp Watch" updates, and registration at Questions about Camp Celiac should be directed to


Job posting: Bakers needed at Zest Bakery in San Carlos


What is there not to love about this amazing gluten-free bakery and its community-oriented owners? Contact Zest at or



Seeking county leaders for Napa, Mendocino and South Bay/ Peninsula
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Volunteer- Join us!

We have new opportunities in volunteer leadership positions. The county groups are part of the Celiac Community Foundation of Northern California and receive our administrative support.  The roles can be customized to fit the leaders' background, preferences and availability. You don't need to be an expert or have loads of time - just a willingness to serve our community and be a local contact. If you would like more information about one of these volunteer positions, please contact Jennifer Iscol at
Attend the only celiac disease and gluten sensitivity conference in California! 
Celiac Disease Foundation, Los Angeles

June 7th and 8th, 2014

Speakers include:

Alessio Fasano, MD (pictured at left)

John J. Zone, MD

Pamela A. Cureton, RD, LDN

Celiac Disease Foundation National Education Conference & Gluten-Free Expo in Los Angeles    Details and registration

Events for March 

Latest News Drawing  

Check out our monthly listing of support groups, events and classes in the greater Bay Area, Sacramento and Central California.  
Events Calendar


Participate in a research study on breastfeeding and celiac disease 
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Celiac Disease Center at Columbia University is conducting a study on the breastfeeding experiences of healthy women and women with celiac disease. If you or a family member gave birth to a child in the last 10 years, please take a few moments to complete our survey. To contribute to the study, we ask that you take just a few minutes to fill out a survey. Participation is completely voluntary and anonymous.


The survey can be found via the following link:
There is no compensation for participating in this study, but the information you provide can help further our knowledge about celiac disease. If you have any questions about the study, please email or Danielle Heller at


Conference on the Development of Therapies for Celiac Disease

March 20-21, 2014 at Columbia University, New York City


Hosted by the Celiac Disease Center of Columbia University Medical Center. For patients, clinicians and members of the scientific community investigating celiac disease, and representatives from pharmaceutical companies and the venture capitalist community. This conference presents a unique opportunity to bring together those interested in the development of non-dietary therapies for the disease.
Register on or before February 19, 2014 to receive the early registration discount.  

View the Scientific & Patient Program

Register for the Scientific Program    Register for the Patient Program



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