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December 2014 Newsletter
The Celiac MD™

The Microbiome and Celiac Disease: A Bacterial Connection
In this month's column, Dr. Burkhart highlights a new Finnish study that found less bacterial diversity and an imbalance in certain types of bacteria in the microbiome of celiac patients with persistent symptoms. She reviews a number of exciting studies on the microbiome and offers six tips on how to optimize your own microbiome. 

The gluten-free diet may not be all that is needed to treat celiac disease. 

I was diagnosed with celiac disease twelve years ago. It was quite a journey to arrive at the diagnosis, as it is for so many. When I finally found the answer, the sense of relief was overwhelming. I was additionally comforted by the fact that my treatment was a diet and not medication. Like most celiac patients, I was told to start a gluten-free diet and all would be well. Unfortunately, it wasn't that easy. The diet was manageable, and my symptoms improved dramatically, but many persisted.  


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Pushkin's Bakery: Dudes, Awesomes and Barracudas
By Vic Dolcourt 


At Pushkin's Bakery in Sacramento's trendy Midtown, you can find Dudes (chocolate ganache glazed peanut butter cookies), Awesomes (lemon-poppy seed pound cakes), Barracudas (cupcakes named for a 70's song), No Names (kind of like a cinnamon roll center), music from a faux gramophone, treats with more descriptive names, and made-to-order vegan sandwiches. Although some pastry names may seem odd or even outrageous, they are among the most popular treats at the gluten and dairy-free bakery named to honor Alexander Pushkin, arguably Russia's greatest and most influential literary figure.   
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Gluten Free Canteen: Winter Baking
By Lisa Stander-Horel and Tim Horel


When December rolls around we get busy in the Canteen kitchen baking our favorite goodies like festive cookies, ginger everything, a little eggnog, and all things topped with an extra helping of chocolate. These days baking gluten-free can be easy and fun. Recipes: 

*Triple Ginger Cupcakes

* Easy Holiday Ginger Snaps

* Chocolate Cherry Hazelnut Bark

* Rocky Road Cupcake Bites

* Two Bite Spinach Quiche  

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Camp Celiac
Camp Celiac 
Dates Announced for Summer 2015!  

Session 1:   July 19 - 22

Session 2:   July 22 - 25


Sign-ups for counselors and campers will open on February 1, 2015, on the Camp Celiac website.    Questions? See the website for contact information and more.


The Celiac Community Foundation of Northern California administers Camp Celiac at Camp Arroyo in Livermore, CA, in partnership with The Taylor Family Foundation.


Winner of Fall Cookbook and Cup4Cup Giveaway in November



Congratulations to Blake Pepper-Tunick and his mother Pamela Fender, who won the Nosh on This: Gluten-Free Baking Classics from a Jewish-American Kitchen and four Cup4Cup products: Gluten Free Flour Blend, Pizza Crust Mix, Pancake & Waffle Mix and Chocolate Brownie Mix.


Thanks to all of our cookbook donors and Cup4Cup for their generosity, and to many of our community members for entering one of the four contests! We had fun and hope you did, too.


Here is Blake's winning entry (I couldn't resist including it - it's so sweet!)


When I was first diagnosed with Celiac in 2005 at the age of 12, I was given an 80+ page booklet list of foods I could and couldn't have, but despite the overwhelming circumstances, my mother took me on a literal shopping spree to Trader Joe's to completely restock our kitchen, which she did without a second thought because she wanted me to be happy, healthy, and well-fed. Now, 9 years later, and after 7 consecutive attendances to Celiac Camp in Livermore, CA (including its inaugural year) where I was both a camper and eventually a counselor (and where I also made lifelong memories and friends), Celiac Disease has become exponentially easier to manage due to both my experience with it and the widely increased availability of gluten-free foods in the marketplace. But despite all this, whenever I'm home (which has increasingly not been the case as I grow older), my mother will always prepare for me a delicious, gluten-free, home-cooked meal, and because of her unconditional love for cooking (particularly Jewish cooking) and for her son with Celiac Disease, I cannot think of anyone better deserving of this cookbook.

Events Calendar for December

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


Sign up now - Celiac Disease Foundation

At the beginning of every month the Celiac Disease Foundation sends out its InBrief update by email and it's always full of news, helpful tips, advocacy and research updates. Keep up with our national community by signing up for the Celiac Disease Foundation's FREE email list here We have strength in numbers!


Local business news:
Mariposa Offers Gluten-Free Gift Sets for the Holidays!

Mariposa's gift sets are available for mail order and are the perfect holiday treat for a gluten-free loved one. They also offer holiday items for local pick-up, including: apple, apple cranberry, pumpkin, and pecan pies; apple galette; New York style cheesecake; bread cubes for stuffing and rosemary rolls. 

To find out more about holiday shipping or to place your mail order online, go to The cutoff for mail orders is Dec 22 at noon.To place a pre-order for pick up, go to or call 510-595-0955. The cutoff for pre-orders is Dec 22 at 4pm. 



Gluten Free Brews: New ebook available for free on Kindle


"We discuss the origins of the gluten-free diet and how it grew from a medical necessity for a small few to a diet craze driving a massive industry. Next, we get down and dirty with the beers, exploring their exotic ingredients, innovative brewing techniques, the controversial subject of gluten removed beers and much more. The book features a foreword by Bards Beer CEO Brian Kovalchuk. Cheers!" 

Read it for free on Kindle or buy it on Amazon for $2.99.



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




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