Tuesday, October 6, 2009


If you are eating gluten-free because you have been diagnosed with celiac disease, or think you may have it, then the Celiac Disease Center at Columbia University in New York City, will be a great resource for medical diagnosis, nutritional information, and support for you. The people pictured in the slide show at right are some of the staff of the center, which is headed by Peter Green, M.D., considered the most experienced doctor on issues celiac in the United States. 

These pictures were taken at the October 6th roundtable discussion hosted by the Center for adults with celiac disease. There have been roundtables for parents of children with celiac disease, as well as ones on other topics. This particular discussion was attended by several of the Center's staff, as well as Dr. Green, and the discussion was lively and informative. Subjects ranged from the best methods of diagnosis, celiac nutrition and the food industry to health insurance for celiacs and information about local celiac support groups. And the food and drinks generously provided by the center were not only gluten free but many were fine for vegetarians as well. Rare!

Dr. Green's book, Celiac Disease: A Hidden Epidemic, is one that any celiac or gluten intolerant or gluten-sensitive person should read. And once you finish reading it, pass it along to family and friends so they understand why you have made the changes in your life that you have. The book is readable yet thorough and, as opposed to some books on the market on the topic, medically reliable. 

My own contact with the Center's nutritionist, Suzanne Simpson, RD, was very worthwhile. She was informative and sympathetic. Especially if you are newly diagnosed, a visit with her is highly recommended!

Be sure to check out the Center's site, where you can find out about the many studies the Center is involved with, which I found particularly interesting.

If you've been misdiagnosed, or had the frustrating experience of having to introduce your doctor to the details of celiac disease, you will quickly realize what a unique place the Center is, with its knowledgeable staff devoted to improving the lives of celiac patients.


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