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Devices to Measure Gluten in Stool and Urine

Today’s podcast is about new devices that will allow people to measure the amount of gluten they are consuming without drawing blood and instead looking at gluten that is excreted in urine and stool. To help our listeners better understand these devices, how to use them and current research underway to validate their effectiveness, we have Dr. Jocelyn Silvester from Boston Children’s Hospital in the studio. Dr. Silvester is a leader in the celiac disease community and just finished a...


Ask the Gluten-Free Expert! Your Biggest Questions Answered

Bring on the questions! We get so many questions here at Children's National that we decided to dedicate and entire podcast episode to answering them! Vanessa and Joyana will answer questions about gluten in medications in the emergency room, package labeling on cookies, kissing your boyfriend, proteins in grains, cleaning your kitchen, gluten in laundry detergent and the use of hand sanitizer at school. If more questions come up, be sure to send them to


Anorexia, Bulimia and Celiac. What’s the Link?

You may have seen the recent headlines about a new study showing that women with celiac disease could be twice as likely as the general population to develop anorexia. For this particular study, researchers looked at more than 100,000 women and found that women over the age of 20 with celiac disease were doubly likely to develop anorexia later in life and women diagnosed before the age of 19 were nearly 5 times more likely to be diagnosed with anorexia than healthy women. To help us better...


Summer Camp the Gluten-Free Way!

For many children, attending summer camp is the best part of their childhood. They make lifelong friends, go on incredible adventures and eat tasty treats like s’mores around the campfire! For some kids, being diagnosed with celiac disease and needing to be on a gluten-free diet can put a slight snag in summer plans. But, today’s guest is here to tell us that the gluten-free diet should not interfere with your summer fun…and in fact, every child can experience one of childhood’s most fun...


From Your Gut to your Heart

Recent studies have shown that people living with celiac disease have an increased risk of developing heart disease. One study published last year that looked at adults - found that patients with celiac disease were almost twice as likely as healthy individuals to develop cardiovascular disease. Another study published in the Journal of Pediatric Gastroenterology and Nutrition looked at adolescents and found that by age 17, the prevalence of risk factors for heart disease was higher in...


Are You Too Strict with Your Gluten-Free Diet?

We all know that the only treatment for celiac disease is a lifelong gluten-free diet and that cheating regularly can lead to long-term health complications like malnourishment and other autoimmune disorders. We hear our doctors telling us constantly that even a small amount of gluten can cause damage to the gut, but is it possible for our gluten-free diets to become overly strict and lead to being unhappy? Perhaps… According to a new study published in January, people with celiac disease...


College Dining the Gluten-Free Way

When Vanessa was diagnosed with celiac disease in 2004, going to college on a gluten-free diet was a difficult experience. She remembers the extremely limited options available at her university and how hard it was to find safe food. But, 14 years later, times have definitely changed and now colleges and universities are developing outstanding gluten-free programs to keep their students with celiac disease well fed and very culinarily happy! To talk about going to college on a gluten-free...


Controversies in Celiac Disease

There is so much information floating around the world wide web about celiac disease and so much of it is conflicting. We're talking about things like “does my child need a biopsy if they have a positive blood test for celiac disease. It seems like such an invasive procedure that they don’t really need.” Or, “what does genetic testing actually mean?” And, should doctors across medical disciplines be routinely screening for celiac disease even if their patients don’t have obvious symptoms....


Research on Infants Aims to Identify Why We Get Celiac Disease

Why do some people develop celiac disease and others don't? We know there is a genetic component with the HLA genes and some environmental factors, but to date, researchers are still unclear why exactly the disease develops. To help dive into this topic, we have Dr. Maureen Leonard, the clinical director for the Center for Celiac Research and Treatment at Massachusetts General Hospital in the studio. Dr. Leonard is leading a team of researchers as they investigate how our genetics and...


Holiday Travel: Being a Gluten-Free House Guest

Many of us travel to see family and friends for the holidays. It is already a stressful time with traveling and being out of our comfort zones. But for people with celiac disease, we have an added challenge. Staying in homes that are most often not gluten-free. So how do we navigate these situations? What can we do to prepare to be a gluten-free house guest? To help talk about this topic, we’ve got the Gluten-Free Globetrotter Erin Smith in the studio. Erin is an expert at traveling and...


Sorting Through the Gluten-Free Marketplace

With thousands of gluten-free products on grocery store shelves, how do you pick the best? Josh Scheiffer from the Gluten-Free Buyers Guide had this same thought and nearly a decade later he's mastered helping consumers connect with the tastiest products on the marketplace. Through a product nomination process and allowing over 3,000 gluten-free individuals to cast their ballots, the Gluten-Free Buyers Guide narrows down the best and most delicious products in over 60 categories! Josh is...


Healthy and Happy Holiday Baking

Whether it's gluten-free, a nut allergy or a sensitivity to dairy, lots of families are juggling multiple food intolerances during the holidays. To help our listeners plan for a tasty holiday season, we've got Jaimie Mertz from the Red Bandana Bakery in the studio to discuss the opening of her new bakery in Bethesda, MD and how she is able to expertly bake for customers with a variety of special diets.


Legislative Priorities for Gluten-Related Conditions: Past, Present and Future

Several laws offer protection for people living with celiac disease, like the Affordable Care Act, the Food Allergen Labeling and Consumer Protection Act and the Gluten-Free Food Labeling Law. To help our listeners better understand these protections, we've brought Janelle Smith from the Celiac Disease Foundation into our studio to discuss the laws and how they can help (or potentially hurt) individuals with celiac disease.


Celiac Research and Clinical Trials: How YOU Can Get Involved

There are more than 20 innovative therapies under development for treating celiac disease including a vaccine, enzyme therapies and other drugs. Celiac Disease Foundation CEO Marilyn Geller joins our Children's National team in the podcast studio to discuss how these therapies are being studied and why patient involvement in research is crucial to their development. Vanessa and Marilyn discuss the importance of patients joining clinical trials and how the Celiac Disease Foundation's...


Coping Strategies for Parents of Children with Celiac Disease

As a parent, it's never easy to hear that your child has a chronic medical condition like celiac disease. Parents often feel overwhelmed, sad, anxious and extremely guilty, especially when their child is diagnosed with a genetic condition that they may have passed on to them. To help parents cope with these feelings and help their families adjust to the gluten-free lifestyle, we've brought Dr. Shayna Coburn from Children's National Health System into the podcast studio to talk about...


The Business Approach to Gluten-Free Restaurant Consumers

How are restaurants trained to prepare gluten-free food? Is serving gluten-free options helping them increase profits? In this episode of the podcast, Kim Koeller from Gluten-Free Passport discusses the proper practices for a restaurant to offer gluten-free food and how customers can make sure they are dining at a venue that can safely accommodate their dietary needs.


Meal Delivery Services - Can They Be Gluten-Free?

Meal delivery services are popping up like hot cakes and claiming to cater to various lifestyles, but are they suitable for a gluten-free diet? On this episode of the podcast, Vanessa talks about her experiences with three different services and how they accommodate (or don't accommodate) gluten-free diets, the costs, and pros/cons of various services. Note: The Celiac Program Children's National Health System does not support or endorse any of these services. The information in this...


Online Grocery Shopping in Gluten-Free Style!

You’ve probably gotten a coupon in the mail for a grocery delivery service and were likely tempted by the $75 off grocery deals. But are these services providing safe gluten-free foods? On this episode of the podcast, Vanessa Weisbrod and Joyana McMahon from the Celiac Disease Program at Children’s National Health System discuss the pros and cons of online grocery shopping, how various services work, positive and time-saving benefits, and potential areas for concern.


Autoimmune Conditions Related to Celiac Disease

Celiac disease is a genetic autoimmune condition that is linked to several other autoimmune diseases. Renowned expert, Dr. Ivor Hill from the Celiac Disease Center at Nationwide Children’s Hospital joins the Gluten-Free Guide Podcast to break down the science of celiac disease and explain how and why it is common for patients with celiac disease to develop other conditions.


The Manufacturing Process of Gluten-Free Grains

What is the potential for cross-contamination of gluten-free grains? Are companies taking the proper precautions to keep our gluten-free food safe? In this episode of the podcast, we talk with Health Coach Lori Fish Bard to discusses the manufacturing process of gluten-free grains and look at out how companies are working to ensure safety.