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In Allergy, Celiac Disease, Gluten Free on December 15, 2010 at 9:59 am

On Monday, Dec. 15th at eight o’clock weight loss expert and owner of Jena Wellness, Jena la Flamme and Kelly Courson, a Gluten Free Health Coach and pioneer of held a web-seminar titled “6 little known reasons why eating gluten free is sexy and will help you loose weight.”

The webinar, which is a seminar held on the internet, had a question and answer session in an instant message style covered the gluten free stories of both la Flamme and Courson and how they came to this profession.  Courson, who suffered from dermatitis herpetiformis, which is the skins reaction to celiac disease, results in an itchy rash for the patient always occurring in the same spot on the body.

“I was traveling for a month in Australia, eating all the cream puffs I could get my hands on, and half way through the trip I developed these large often oozing boils on my face,” Courson said of when the dermatitis herpetiformis started.

Courson, returned to the United States and spent the next two years getting tested for skin disorders and various medical issues, including ones as extreme as hepatitis.   “Your skin breaks out because your liver is being overloaded with toxins,” Courson said, of her initial skin reaction, “My liver was having a severe reaction to the amount of gluten that I was ingesting.”

La Famme, initially figured out she was positive for the disease when she went to work with a nutritional councilor to deal with an emotional eating problem.  Within two weeks of “Shunning the bun,” as Courson calls it, la Famme said, “I felt so much better, my stomach went from looking like I was always pregnant to being flatter, I had more energy, and finally felt the fog come out of my brain.”

Courson, discussed Dr. Peter Green, the head of The Celiac Disease Center at Columbia University book, Celiac Disease: A Hidden Epidemic. Dr. Green’s book is one of the most informing Courson said, “The book has all the answers, this book taught me things that simply buying Celiac Disease for Dummies, could not, The book shared with me that Celiac disease affects one out of 100 people, and 95 percent remain undiagnosed still, only five percent of these people have been diagnosed, that’s a huge number.”

“In the last 50 years, the amount of cases has increased four times, so something is going on with out diets. I think its especially since wheat has been so modified,” said Courson. “This is the statistic that I believe is the most accurate, ” la Famme said in response.  “It’s hard to believe that the number has grown to be that big,

La Famme who deals with siblings and blood family members being diagnosed said” I hope that as the awareness grows, people will go out for the blood test, so much can be prevented, with just a simple blood test especially among family members.”

My Crowd souring map which was created by various people, shows different locations in various regions of the country where Gluten Free items have been discovered.


This map, shows fifteen countries throughout the world that are very aware of Celiac Disease because of their various Celiac Disease organizations.



Celiac Disease, A History

In Allergy, Celiac Disease, Gluten Free on November 18, 2010 at 9:25 am

This week, I spent time creating a timeline to display the history of the diagnosis of Celiac disease.  From the timeline, you will learn how the findings and diagnosis of the disease started as far back as ancient Greece and has been gaining momentum ever since.  Throughout history the disease has been evolved and the process for diagnosing it has advanced.  Today, the disease is as popular as ever and is gaining national recognition through talk shows and celebrity endorsements.

Below, is the link to your historical journey.


A Gluten Free App

In Allergy, Celiac Disease, Gluten Free on November 10, 2010 at 9:38 pm


Gregg Katz is the creator of a website called Midlife Crisis Apps, a company that creates web applications for iPhones, Blackberrys and Droid phones. Katz said that the app was inspired by a family friend struggling with Celiac disease.  The friend expressed her concerns to Katz’s wife about the troubles she faces when shopping at the grocery store.  This seemed to strike a cord in Katz, whose son at the time was being tested for the gluten intolerance. He and his wife were having the same issues while food shopping.  Shortly after, the idea of the “Is that Gluten Free?” app was born.

“The response from the gluten free community was passionate and rapid.  We have had so many people reach out to use to thank us for creating this app,” Katz said.

The app itself is structured on types of food broken down by brands and lists within that brand or type of food what is and what is not gluten free.

“It is a great feeling to know that we have been able to help so many people by making one part of their lives a little easier,” said Katz of the satisfaction he receives from his app.

However, it is not all praises; Katz said he often also receives criticism which he takes constructively. “We have had our critics who feel like we either need to do things differently or we charge too much money.  I am not sure people realize how time consuming this endeavor is but we take it all in stride and continue to provide the best product we can to the market,” he said.

While the market for this app is for a very select group, Katz said that it has been the number one gluten free app on the iTunes app store since its launch. “We have sold more than we expected but not nearly the kind of sales you hear about with games and entertainment apps,” he said.

Katz is continuing to move in the direction of creating more apps for the gluten free community with his latest “Is that Gluten Free? Eating Out” Katz said this app will deal with identifying gluten free options in fast food and casual chain restaurants.