January 2016 Newsletter

Gluten in Medication: Pressing the FDA to Act Now

By Jennifer Iscol  When our camp doctors at Camp Celiac in Livermore, CA, try to determine whether a medication a child needs is gluten-free, they are stymied by a lack of information. 

Federal regulation is insufficient. Examining labels and package inserts, searching the Internet and calling drug manufacturers may or may not produce an answer. Doctors, pharmacists and patients across the country experience the same challenges. Public frustration with the FDA's inaction on this topic is rising and recent developments indicate renewed pressure on the agency to address the issue.   Read more

Amy Burkhart, MD, RD

Fingernail changes in IBS, gluten disorders and celiac disease

A window to your health: Fingernails can be an expression of who you are - they may be adorned with jewels, be a helpful tool for day-to-day activities or provide a window to hidden stress. However, if you suffer from digestive issues such as celiac disease, irritable bowel syndrome (IBS), FODMAP intolerance or gluten sensitivity, they may also reveal more about your health than you realize. When you are experiencing digestive woes and looking for answers, the following five changes to your fingernails may provide clues to an underlying cause.  Read more 
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Camp Celiac - Summer 2016!  
Session 1:   July 11-14
Session 2:  July 14-17

Mark your calendar! Registration for campers and counselors will open on February 1, 2016, on the Camp Celiac website.  
Questions? See the website for contact information, FAQs, photo gallery 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.

Zest Bakery a bright star in Bay Area gluten-free landscape

By Vic Dolcourt  - "Every one of our gluten-free products has to be at least as good as a conventional product, or we don't offer it." That is the credo of co-owner Patrick Luke's Zest Bakery in San Carlos. He really means it, too. "My wife Charissa and sister-in-law Cynthia are the enforcers. They don't have to eat gluten free like I do, so they are in charge of comparing our products to their wheat-based counterparts."  Read more

Support group meetings in the Bay Area
Napa, Santa Rosa, Marin County, Walnut Creek, South Bay/Peninsula, Sacramento and Davis

Details are listed on our Events Calendar.  Please note: These dates may change and some meetings may require advance sign-up - please check our Events Calendar or the host's website or contact before attending.
Don't see an event in your area? We are an all-volunteer organization. If you would like to help start a support meeting in your area, send us a note at info@celiaccommunity.org 

Thanks to these speakers at recent meetings in Napa and Santa Rosa: Shireen Yates demonstrating the Nima gluten sensor, Laura Klipp offering samples of Gluten-Free Klippy's cookies, Amy Burkhart, MD, RD, offering Q&A sessions

Shireen Yates
Shireen Yates
Laura Klipp
Laura Klipp
Amy Burkhart, MD, RD
Amy Burkhart, MD, RD

Support us while you shop on Amazon! 

If you enter the Amazon website through Amazon Smile and choose the Celiac Community Foundation of Northern California as your charity, Amazon will donate .5% of eligible purchases to our all-volunteer foundation. Same Amazon products, prices and service and it costs you nothing! Please share with friends and family. Thank you for helping us provide free community services!

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Our ongoing appreciation to our volunteers, donors and business sponsors for all of the different contributions that make our free community services and Camp Celiac possible.
The Family Chef: 
Five Tips to Jumpstart a Healthier Diet in the New Year

The Family Chef Amy Fothergill, author of The Warm Kitchen Cookbook, offers her best tips for a healthier 2016 and links to a number of her nourishing and gluten-free recipes to keep you warm, well-fed and happy in the winter months, including Crustless Quiche, Chard and Quinoa Salad and Eggplant Zuchhini Bolognese Paleo Lasagna (pictured).   Read more

Cate & Co in Napa offering a monthly bread club by mail

Cate's (G-Free) Bread ClubJoin Today and receive delicious G-Free baked goods delivered to your door every month for just $37/shipment.* Just imagine opening a box of delectable fresh G-free baked breads delivered to your door every month. Each shipment includes a selection of three different breads plus a Cate's Choice treat, member-exclusive recipe and bread care instructions for freezing and refreshing. *No minimum required, shipping is additional. www.cateandcobakeshop.com

Culinary Institute of America's Gluten-Free Baking Class
Saturday, April 9th, 9:30am-2:30pm

The Culinary Institute of America is offering a gluten-free baking class at its Greystone campus in St. Helena. The class will include sweet and savory recipes straight from the pages of the CIA's Gluten-Free Baking cookbook. 

You will discuss and use unique gluten-free flour blends, learn tips for working with and storing gluten-free baked goods, and practice comprehensive, easy-to-master baking techniques.

The cost is $250 for the 5-hour class and includes a CIA logo apron and CIA Masters Collection kitchen utensil to take home. Please register by March 1st because this class will be cancelled if there aren't enough sign-ups. More details and registration

Feeling social? If you would you like to attend a class, special event or support group, take a look at our monthly 

Inn on Randolph: Gluten-Free Cooking Class, Jan. 29th-31st

News from Napa's 100% gluten-free Inn on Randolph:
Come join our esteemed Chef Paul in an exclusive cooking class! This January 29th - January 31st, join us for a Friday reception featuring hors d'oeuvres and wines by Mark Herold, then on Saturday for a three-hour afternoon cooking class.  Sunday morning learn to make Chef Paul's famous poached eggs. Book a room at the inn and add on $200 per person for the class.  More information
Mariposa Baking:  Oakland & S.F. Ferry Building Bakeshops  

Welcome in the New Year! We have warm winter savories for healthy and delicious gluten-free celebrations. http://www.mariposabaking.com/
  • Baguettes - Try a sliced Mariposa baguette topped with your favorite Frog Hollow preserves & brie cheese.
  • Crackers - Pair with your favorite cheese or veggie dip for a gluten-free party platter.
  • Rye Round - Create your favorite sandwich on our rustic rye style bread, or pair it along side your winter soups.
Jennifer Iscol


Celiac Community Foundation of Northern California

P.O. Box 1506

Healdsburg, CA 95448



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