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Teen Talk! Gluten-Free Advice for Teens from Teens!

Today’s podcast is very special! We are excited to welcome two of our teen mentors from the Celiac Program at Children’s National onto the show! Joining us in the studio are Dana Musser and Miranda Neusner. Both were diagnosed with celiac disease at a very young age and have expertly navigated their gluten-free diets through various stages of childhood. They are loaded with awesome tips for teens living a gluten-free lifestyle and we so thrilled that they are sharing their experiences...


Becoming a Gluten-Free College Kid

Today’s podcast is a very special interview with a family who has been close to our celiac program for over a decade! Abe Kuhn was diagnosed with celiac disease in 2001 when he was just a tiny little boy with many health issues. Now, 17 years later, Abe is a thriving college student, basketball player and a peer mentor children with celiac disease. Today Abe is going to talk to us about the college search process and what the last two years have been like for him being on his own at...


Inspiring Celiac Kids Through Reading

Today’s podcast is about empowering young children with celiac disease to own their celiac disease through reading. Author Kaitlin Puccio is in the studio to talk with us about her book, The Adventures of Celia Kaye and her mission to encourage children with celiac disease not to see their condition as a limitation, rather as an inspiration. Her book is about a little girl has celiac disease and believes she needs to hide it from her friends. She goes to great lengths to keep her diagnosis...


From Your Belly To Your Brain

Today’s podcast is about the connection between our bellies and our brains. While it seems like the two are totally different parts of our bodies, they are actually very closely connected and the food we eat can dramatically affect how our brains function. To help us better understand this fascinating topic, we have Dr. Ilana Kahn in the studio. Dr. Kahn is the Clinical Director of Neuroimmunology at Children’s National Medical Center and is currently leading a research team investigating...


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...


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...


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...


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.


Disordered Eating and Celiac Disease

Can celiac disease be misdiagnosed as anorexia? Can people with celiac disease develop an eating disorder? Research conducted by Dr. Rose-Marie Satherley and her team shows that in fact up to 20 percent of people with celiac disease may also have a form of disordered eating. In this episode of the podcast, Dr. Satherley discusses the research and strategies for managing eating issues associated with celiac disease.