Gluten Sensitivity & Celiac Forum and a Giveaway

Today I want to let you know about an opportunity for you to learn more about celiac disease and gluten intolerance.  HealthNOW is hosting the second annual Gluten Sensitivity and Celiac Forum event in Palo Alto, California.  It takes place Saturday, October 16 from 9:00 am to 4:00 pm.  They have some great speakers lined up, and I know the event will be very informative and educational.  If you live near Palo Alto, and even if you don’t, you should consider attending.  The speakers include:

  • Dr. Rodney Ford, director of The Children’s Clinic in New Zealand
  • Dr. Vikki Petersen, co-founderof the HealthNOW Medical Center and co-author of “The Gluten Effect”.
  • Dr. Tom O’Bryan, a practicing graduate of the Institute For Functional Medicine’s hallmark program Applying Functional Medicine in Clinical Practice
  • Cynthia Kupper, Registered Dietitian and the Executive Director of Gluten Intolerance Group

A few of the topics they will be covering are:

  • A brand new laboratory test for gluten sensitivity.
  • How gluten causes a vast array of hormonal problems and degenerative diseases.
  • What is a nutritious gluten-free diet?
  • Whether gluten is potentially harmful to everyone.

There will be over 20 local vendors sampling delicious and exclusively gluten-free food including French bread, ravioli, cupcakes, cream puffs, biscotti, pies and more.  Additionally, there will be many giveaways at the event including gluten-free goodie filled baskets from Kinnikinnick and Trader Joe’s, copies of The Gluten Effect, free consultations with the doctors and more.

Tickets are $40 in advance and $50 at the door and include a light lunch.  Visit the Health Now Medical Center site for more information.

A Giveaway

Dr. Vikki Petersen (one of the forum speakers) and Dr. Richard Peterson are authors of the book The Gluten Effect: How “Innocent” Wheat is Ruining Your Health
The chapters are divided into five sections:

  • Why All the Sudden Interest in Gluten
  • Is Gluten the Hidden Culprit Behind Your Symptoms?
  • The Mainstream Gluten Disorders
  • Other Gluten Related Disorders
  • Finding and Eliminating the Cause

I haven’t yet read this book, but I plan to.  I think it will be informative and I’m particularly interested in reading about the other gluten related disorders (with family and friends in mind).  You can preview and buy The Gluten Effectat Amazon.  You can also enter to win a copy of it here!

To enter, leave a comment on this post.  You must leave separate comments for each entry.  Please make sure I have a way to contact you.  Up to four entries per person:

  • Tell me why you (or someone in your house) eat gluten free.
  • Subscribe to my feed via RSS or email (or tell me you already do)
  • Like me on Facebook (or tell me you already do)
  • Follow me on Twitter (or tell me you already do)

You must be a U.S. or Canadian resident to win.  The giveaway will end on Tuesday, October 5th at 11:00 p.m. eastern time.  I will notify the winner by email and will announce the winner on my Facebook page.

Disclaimer:  I was provided a free copy of this book.  The opinions in this post are my own.

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  1. Nancy says

    I subscribe to your emails and love them! I have learned so much from you, and I want to thank you so much. I would love to win one of the copies of The Gluten Effect, as it sounds very informative.

  2. Pat says

    Since I had a biopsy 10 years ago which was positive for celiac disease, I've been gluten-free. At that point, I had spent several years learning how to cook for my mother-in-law, who was diagnosed with celiac disease while in her 80s, after a lifetime of intestinal problems for which no doctor had an answer until 1995. I'd love to read this book you describe.

  3. judee@glutenfreeA-Z says

    I have been subscribing to your blog for about a month, and I have not only learned alot, but I really enjoy the recipes and community. I sufferred for years before I was diagnosed with Celiac.
    I am doing my first gluten free webinar and would love to be able to share some of the info in the book..

  4. sharlene says

    I am just learning about celiac disease, since my 2 yr old has recently been diagnosed. I would love more information!Thank you!

  5. Kim says

    I was diasgnosed with Hashimoto's Thyroditis in July and have been suffering with Fibromyalgia for 4 years. I was told I definately needed to stay away fron Gluten. I am feeling better already!

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  9. Neva says

    Hi, just 'liked' you on facebook, glad to see you there with bits about supper and what you are having. Great suggestions for me to follow when I have no idea what I am having.

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  12. Reika says

    I eat gluten free because I have probable Celiac Disease. Probable because my blood test was negative and I have chosen to not have the biopsy. However, from other blood tests and stool analysis it was obvious that I had a severe malabsorption problem (even though severely overweight and continuously gaining). Going gluten free a year ago has solved many problems for me but it's still a work in progress.

    [email protected]

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  15. Anonymous says

    I subscribe to your e-mails and absolutely love them, I have learned so much!!!!!! I would love to have this book

  16. mikenkim says

    I have started following a gluten free diet because I have been diagnosed with MS

  17. Sandra Miller says

    It's Friday night, so it must be Gluten Free Homemaker Pizza crust recipe night. I have been making your recipe almost every Friday night for months. My whole family really enjoys it. I have been gluten free since Oct 10, 2008 when I went into anaphlaxis shock. My family went gf when my youngest stomache problems were making him almost pass out from pain the first part of this year. It's amazing the changes you make for your family when it comes to one of your children. I made do when it was just me. My baby, his pain changed our whole lives and how I look at food and cooking/baking.

  18. Mary says

    I don't eat totally gluten-free (although I probably should). I haven't been diagnosed with celiac or anything like that. I have just found that I feel better if I don't eat as much gluten.

  19. Jenilee says

    I just got some blood work back suggesting that I have celiac disease. testing the waters of going gluten free! this book would help for sure!

  20. Anne B. says

    I am gluten intolerant and have been eating gluten free for six months. I am still researching the topic to learn all I can!

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  22. Georgianna says

    I have Celiacs Disease and a wheat allergy just recently diagnosed so I eat gluten free. I am trying to get my family members to get tested since they have some food issues and I think this book would be helpful!

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  26. j.sims says

    I already follow you on twitter and get email updates from your blog! I chose to go gluten-free almost a year ago due to a lifelong battle with stomach problems. I've been tested for just about everything, including Crohn's and Celiac, and the tests always came back negative. Tired of the endless tests and no results, I decided to get rid of the gluten, and it's helped so much. After only a month I'd already felt a difference. I still have a few problems here and there, but for the most part, it's smooth sailing. It's given me so much freedom, and awakened a new passion for cooking and baking, gf of course!

  27. opramum says

    I am gluten free because gluten intolerance runs in my family. My grandmother, father, daughter, two nieces and my self all have it.

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  30. Anonymous says

    I have been battling hormone and other problems, like unexplained weight gain by a large amount and looking like i was puffy or swollen and drs could not help me out, they had no answers except, anti depressents and told me to eat a better diet, which i said no to (drugs) and I already ate a healthy diet, they just did n't believe me… I then got preganat which was a blessing from God because with the hormone problems they said i might never get pregnant.. Went thru a "normal" pregnancy and had my son and then spent 8 days in the NICU, a whirl wind experience, found out he had Down syndrome and was going to need open heart surgery…kept trying to loose wt and finally a dr suggested a gluten free/dairy frr diet and Poof, I followed it to a T and i have lost 40 pounds and feel great! All my hormones have balanced out and my tummy is healthy! I keep my son on GF diet as well, since doing research and reading it will help with his development! I would love to read this book and be able to pass it along to help someone else! I have hared my story to many and few have gone gluten free/dairy free and feel great to and our on a wt loss journey too! Thank you for this opportunity!
    andrea archambeau
    [email protected]

  31. Sandra says

    My husband was diagnosed with Celiac disease 6 weeks ago. I've been doing alot of reading and revamping his diet. I'd love to win this, another great book to read, thanks! 😉

  32. Sandra says

    I follow you on Facebook, thanks for your great tips and encouragement! 😉

  33. Binie H. says

    I became gluten free once I was diagnosed with celiac disease. At 12 years old the doctor sent me for a blood test to make sure I was healthy as I was a little short and underweightl… the results = celiac disease. Then I realized that those stomachaches (especially after mac and cheese) weren't a normal thing that everyone has… and that explains why I look back at pics now and see how pale I was…

    Thanks for your emails… I always enjoy reading your advice and trying some of your recipes. They help a lot!

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