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June 2014 Newsletter

Asian Box: Culinary delights beyond fast and fresh

By Vic Dolcourt 

 My ideal restaurant is one that serves food that I don't have at home. Asian Box, an intriguing California restaurant chain with an attitude - actually, a very nice attitude - fits that bill for me. Not only is it 100% gluten-free, it but also seeks to surprise guests on a number of fronts: varied menu, interesting choice of more unusual libations, dedication to responsible environmental action, community-based philanthropy, and, very importantly, great value for the price and deliciously prepared food.   Read more


The Celiac MD™

Back Pain and Gluten
In my previous practice as an emergency room doctor, I saw numerous people with back pain. It was often due to a traumatic injury related to lifting, a fall or a car accident. However, sometimes we could not pinpoint exactly why someone was suffering. We evaluated and treated the back pain, even when the true cause could not be identified. 
Fast forward 10 years to my current integrative medicine practice. Many of my patients have celiac disease or gluten sensitivity. As they tell me their medical history, many recount back pain so severe it required MRI's, medication and therapy. Some had mysterious pain that no one could explain. In many cases, the back pain in these patients simply resolved with a gluten-free diet. I often wonder how many of them made trips to their practitioner for back pain and were given a variety of treatments that did not address that root cause.  Read more


GFF magazine promises visual feast for foodies

By Jennifer Iscol
(L to R) Maren Caruso, Erika Lenkert and Catherine Jacobes

Erika Lenkert, editor and publisher of the forthcoming GFF magazine (it stands for Gluten Free Forever), loves to cook, entertain, dine out and travel, and has made a career of conveying her enthusiasm in books, articles and recipe development. "The point of entertaining is to bring people together, so teaching people how to create fun for their guests and how to relax about it is important."  
GFF is planning to enter the crowded field of gluten-free magazines by creating a niche of stylish food, content, design and photography that will be compelling enough to appeal to mainstream readers, "something yummy that just happens to be gluten free." Her team of three high-powered professional women has the collective experience to bridge the gap between gluten-free and glossy food magazines. 



Gluten Free Canteen: Summer Baking

By Lisa Stander-Horel and Tim Horel

The writing and photography team behind the blog Gluten Free Canteen and authors of  Nosh on This: Gluten Free Baking from a Jewish-American Kitchen share some delicious summer recipes using seasonal fruit, including Fromage Blanc with Summer Berries and Peachy Blueberry One Bite Tarts, plus these Chocolate Banana Split Cone Cupcakes, perfect for a child's birthday party! 
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Fake Gluten Sensitivity or Incendiary Journalism

By Jennifer Iscol

study on gluten sensitivity has been a hot topic in the media this month, with television news segments, an article on, a mention on NPR, and a spate of blog posts and other online articles. Media coverage has been dominated by inflammatory headlines describing gluten sensitivity as "not real," "dumb" or "fake," and hastily written, misleading articles attribute symptoms to psychological causes instead of physical ones.  Read more


Celiac Community Foundation of Northern California + Whole Foods Santa Rosa
Upcoming support meetings and tastings:
Tuesday, June 17 12:00-1:00pm
Wednesday, July 30th 6:00-7:00pm
Maria Clementi, Whole Foods


Whole Foods will be sampling a healthy gluten-free recipe and our foundation will run a support meeting, answer questions and provide information on symptoms, testing and the gluten-free diet. We like to exchange information on favorite products, tips and restaurants. Free and open to the public; no sign-ups necessary. The curious, the newly diagnosed and the experienced are all welcome. We always have free samples of products and magazines.


Please double check our Events Calendar for any changes to the schedule before you attend. We meet in the room next to the Customer Service desk.





Note from a family in Marin seeking other kids with celiac


Hi! We are a family with an 8-year-old girl with celiac disease in Marin. We're seeking buddies of similar age in the same area to get together to share resources, stories, advice, and to connect and have special events for our kiddos. If you are interested please contact Christina Forte at




Listen to your heart heart and donate to our annual fundraiser! We are close to the finish line - please help us reach our goal!


Celiac Community Foundation of Northern California
We've raised $1, 671, or 84% of our goal. Help us make it to our goal of $2,000! The deadline is June 30th.
If you enjoy our newsletter, articles, summer camp, website, advocacy, events and pure 100% volunteer enthusiasm, please support us while we support you.


Please donate $5, $10 or whatever you can. It's tax deductible and 100% goes directly to our community work, as we are all volunteers.


We would love to see lots of small donations (and a few big ones...).



Summer at Cate & Co in Napa


We are officially entering summer, so let the BBQs and parties begin! You can find all your buns, cookies and cake needs at Cate & Co. in the Oxbow Market in Napa. We also make sandwiches to-go, such as our Egg Salad Tartine, for all those picnic worthy days.

Like us on Facebook and follow us on Instagram for updates on all our new offerings and specials throughout summer!



Miglets Gluten Free Bakery & Grocery in Danville has distribution at other locations




Did you miss the Miglet's anniversary picnic last Sunday? No fear, you can still enjoy plenty of their delicious offerings at the bakery in Danville and at these locations around the Bay Area and Sacramento:


Send us your favorite doctors and dietitians
We are continuing to update our 
physician list  and dietitian list for Northern California. If there is a physician or dietitian who has been particularly helpful to you in diagnosing and treating celiac disease or gluten sensitivity, please send us their full name and the city in which they practice. Let us know if you have questions.
*  If it's not easy to find them online, please include their contact info
*  If you like, please tell us why you found them helpful. Your name and comments will not be published - it's just helpful to us in referring people as needed.
*  At this time, we only provide listings for medical doctors (MDs) and registered dietitians (RDs)
*  Our foundation supports evidence-based diagnostic tests and procedures. We list medical practitioners who use labs and medical practices that are used by celiac disease centers at major medical facilities.
Participate in the CeliAction research study  The CeliAction Study is a clinical research study evaluating an investigational medication for celiac disease. The study will explore whether the study medication is able to improve the damage in the lining of the intestine caused by even the smallest traces of gluten. The study will also evaluate whether the investigational medication improves any symptoms of celiac disease compared to a placebo. While enrolled in the study, you will be asked to maintain the gluten-free diet you are currently on.


The CeliAction Study is sponsored by Alvine Pharmaceuticals in San Carlos, CA. The investigational study medication is called ALV003. ALV003 is a mixture of two different enzymes, which in a test tube can break down gluten into smaller pieces of protein.


To learn more and see if you are eligible to participate, go to or call 1-855-3226-ACT


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 June 

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 
Image credit: <a href=''>anatols / 123RF Stock Photo</a>  
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



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