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Celiac Community Foundation of Northern California
July/August 2016 Newsletter

Our new website has launched - we hope you enjoy it!

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Very special thanks to Deborah Gray at for her WordPress, design, coding, marketing and SEO skills, as well as her patience and dedication to our nonprofit mission!

Muffin Revolution: Berkeley's Gluten-Free Paleo Game Changer

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By Vic Dolcourt - Berkeley’s Muffin Revolution, producing six crowd-pleasing flavors of Paleo muffins in a dedicated gluten-free facility and quickly scaling up, is truly an inspiration to those who follow their dreams. Co-owners Marirose Piciucco and Christy Kovacs created tasty and real food muffins that were originally conceived as pick-me-ups after strenuous exercise. Read more

Camp Celiac a success in its tenth anniversary year!
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We had two wonderful sessions in July with hundreds of campers, tons of fun and incredible food. It's an amazing community effort so it would be difficult here to thank everyone who makes it possible, but The Taylor Family Foundation, the YMCA of the East Bay, our wonderful team of volunteers, camp director and coordinators, camp doctors and medical staff, and generous donations from gluten-free manufacturers and individuals, all play starring roles. Our 2016 sponsors and donors will be posted on our website soon.
Photos from camp are here on Shutterfly - no login needed:


Use Your Citizen Superpowers: Send Your Comment to FDA


Drug manufacturing sceneSacramento Citizen Petition Triggers Deeper FDA Analysis of Gluten in Drugs  Can't figure out if the medication you need has gluten? Tell the FDA about it today. The agency just announced it is continuing to welcome your comments on this issue while it considers a citizen petition on gluten-free drug labeling that "raises complex issues that require extensive review and analysis."

The petition is from a group of eight individuals associated with Celiac Support Group, our foundation's allies in the Sacramento region. 

Explain to FDA policymakers what it is like to try to buy prescription and over-the-counter drugs while you are on a strict gluten-free diet for medical reasons. FDA analysts read all comments and take them into consideration. Follow the link and click on the "Comment Now!" button. 

CDF Funds Research Grant for Young Investigators
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Applications are now open at the North American Society for the Study of Celiac Disease for a $150,000 three-year grant from the Celiac Disease Foundation. The objective is to attract exceptionally promising early career academic investigators to the field of celiac disease research. The award is intended to support a research project on a basic, translational or clinical topic with the potential to transform the understanding and/or management of celiac disease.


Stanford's New Online Resources for Celiac Disease

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Nasha Khavari, MD, who directs the celiac disease program at Lucile Packard Children’s Hospital Stanford, has worked with her team to develop a set of practical online tools for people who are learning about the disease and adjusting to the diet.  Read more 

Stanford's online resources  Don't miss the Resource Guide for a Gluten-Free Diet, which you can view and download.


Seed + Salt in San Francisco

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Check out Seed + Salt, a gluten-free restaurant in San Francisco that is loved by more than vegans and gluten-free diners: “Northern California chef-driven cuisine done clean – plant-based, organic, ethically & locally sourced, plus free of things that aren’t always good for you like gluten, dairy, refined sugar, trans fats and GMOs.”


CrackersDine at See + Salt, get delivery or pick up some of these treats:
• S+S organic GF whole grain cracker and our new Seed N Nut grain free cracker. Both are packed with protein rich ingredients.
• Gluten-Free Chocolate Cupcakes with Chocolate Coconut Ganache
• Baguettes
• Seed N Nut Loaf
• ChocoChunk Banana Bread
• Granola

Experts: Wheat-Based Sourdough is Not Safe for Celiacs

Bread SRSLY loafYou may have seen articles in the media suggesting fermented sourdough bread made from wheat flour is safe for celiacs. However, celiac experts say the study the articles reference was too small to draw any conclusions.

Tricia Thomson, MS, RD, of Gluten Free Watchdog stated, “Contrary to what you may be told by some bakers of artisanal bread, wheat-based sourdough bread is not safe for individuals with gluten-related disorders.” Gluten Free Watchdog tested the gluten levels of two wheat-based sourdough breads and the results are publicly available here and here. For now, subscribe to Gluten Free Watchdog to support its testing program and gain access to all of its results. And protect your health by sticking with gluten-free bread like Bread SRSLY’s delicious San Francisco gluten-free sourdough (pictured).

Mariposa is Serving Up New Summer Treats  

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• Mocha Cupcakes (pictured), perfect for chocolate & coffee lovers, topped with a light mocha vegan buttercream frosting

• Lemon Almond Bundts, light & zesty - great for a gluten-free picnic or party

• Fresh organic strawberries & cream pair perfectly with our traditional gluten-free Strawberry Shortcake

• Zucchini Bread & Banana Bread mini loaves, healthful & delicious, perfect for morning brunch        

The Culinary Dude’s Cooking Camp for Kids in San Francisco

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Nut Free, Gluten Free, Let's Eat! Our hands-on cooking camps enable kids to find their inner chef. The Culinary Dude has created a wonderful collection of daily menus that the kids will cook and eat their own lunch. We explore alternatives to tree nuts and traditional gluten based flours. We'll use Sunbutter, WOWBUTTER,  hemp hearts and sunflower seeds, as well as corn flour, coconut flour, rice flour and a variety of bean flours. San Francisco-July 25-29-Five Days-All Ages. or call 415-242-4192.

Highlights from Digestive Disease Week in San Diego


The Celiac Disease Foundation published highlights and a recap of Digestive Disease Week, an annual medical and scientific gathering that took place in May in San Diego this year. 


Gluten-Free Assisted Living in Sebastopol

The sister of a gluten intolerant woman with memory issues in Sebastopol (West Sonoma County) is seeking two additional gluten-free people to create a three-client assisted living facility under the care of an RN she knows, or find a gluten-free caretaker to come take care of her sister at her home in the country on 12 acres and start a gluten-free farm/community to allow her to remain at home. Contact Heide Madden at

Our nonprofit board members have been busy with Camp Celiac, our new website and our families this summer so we skipped the June newsletter and combined July/August. Dr. Amy Burkhart's column will be back in September. Have a great summer!


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