March 2016 Newsletter
Amy Burkhart, MD, RD

Ten Positive Aspects of a Celiac Disease Diagnosis
The last time I rode a snowboard was more than ten years ago - prior to my celiac disease diagnosis. After my diagnosis, life got busy and snowboarding was put on the back burner. I was fortunate enough to be back in the mountains this week and back on a board. As I was leaving the mountain for the day, what suddenly struck me was how good I felt. And how much easier it was to ride for an entire day - even though it was ten years and three children later.  Read more

Upcoming support group meetings
For details please see our Events Calendar

Celiac Support Group (Sacramento area)
Next meetings:  Sunday, March 13th, at 1:30pm in Sacramento and Saturday, March 19th, at 12:30pm-2:00pm in Davis

Peninsula GFFs (Gluten-Free Friends)
Next event: Gluten-free cookie exchange Sunday, March 20th, 3:00pm-5:00pm  in Palo Alto

Celiac Disease Foundation - Marin Support Group 
Next meeting: Thursday, April 7th, 2016 - 7pm to 8:30pm

Celiac Community Foundation of Northern California - Napa
Next meeting: Saturday, April 16th, 9:30am-11:00am

Gluten Free Discussion Group in Walnut Creek  
Next meeting: April 21, 9:30am

Camp Celiac Logo
Camp Celiac - Summer 2016  

Registration opened in February and is ongoing at www.celiaccamp.comCheck "Camp Watch" on the homepage for current availability for summer 2016. The waitlists do get utilized so it's often worth signing up even if it's on waitlist status.
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.

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!

Toffee-tastic Girl Scout Cookies
Girl Scout cookie season is winding down in mid-March so get the gluten-free Toffee-tastic cookies while they last at $6.00 per box:
  • You can use the Cookie Locator to find when and where they will be sold in your zip code anywhere in the United States.
  • To make sure the Toffee-tastic cookies will be at the booth closest to you in the S.F. Bay Area, the leader of a Santa Rosa troop, Shannon McMath, is kindly offering to assist if you write her at ajafamily@comcast.net.
  • A troop from the peninsula will also deliver cases (12 boxes) within a 100-mile radius of San Francisco or ship the cases for free anywhere in the country. Contact troop leader Sara Collins by cell 415-533-9244 or email 

Gluten Free Canteen: Greens & Bacon Frittata

By Lisa Stander-Horel and Time Horel  
I bet you thought we only ate cake for breakfast. But, here's  a surprise. It's been 5 months and 5 days since my last bite of cake. Like my computer, every time I reach an incremental year older, something goes haywire. In the computer's case, it would be the poor aging fan farm. In my case it is my poor aging over-used beta cells. When my blood glucose threatened to send me over the top into spikey-no-good-blood-sugar-land I took charge of my caboose by signing up for low carb with a touch of healthy vegetables tossed in. And so far, it seems to be on the way to working.  Read more

Participate in Research at Stanford and U.C. Irvine

U.C. Irvine:  Participate in research at U.C. Irvine by taking a brief survey. A research group is looking into designing and developing a low-cost, easy to use, rapid gluten detection device for celiac and gluten-sensitive patients, meant for patients to check their food, makeup, etc. We love to see young researchers studying gluten-related disorders and getting support!

Stanford Campus Stanford: An interdisciplinary research group of Stanford graduate students in medicine, business and engineering are studying the feasibility of developing a saliva-based test for celiac disease (the current standard is a blood test that measures antibodies to gluten). The group is conducting a survey about whether or not a saliva test for celiac disease would be of value to patients. 

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. The cost is $250 for the 5-hour class. Please register early 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 

Save the date for 
Celiac Disease Foundation's National Conference
& Gluten-Free EXPO

April 30-May 1, 2016 at the Pasadena Convention Center in Los Angeles!
Get the latest information from medical and nutrition experts on celiac disease and gluten-free living that is guaranteed to help you and your loved ones live a happier, healthier gluten-free lifestyle.  CDF Conference and Expo

Jennifer Iscol


Celiac Community Foundation of Northern California

P.O. Box 1506

Healdsburg, CA 95448



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