Going Gluten-Free

Extreme Barbecuing

As food editor of Gluten Free & More , recipe developer, mom and celiac patient, Iím good at multi-tasking - but this was the first time extreme barbecuing was in my job description. Rest assured, as the temperature hovered at 10 degrees, I was thinking warm thoughts about you!   More...

Feed Your Head

Can gluten impact your mood? Your thinking? The answer is yes. Celiac experts say that in susceptible people, gluten can affect mood. It can also cause "foggy brain" and can prompt neurological conditions like ADHD and autism spectrum behaviors. Now a groundbreaking study shows that gluten is also linked to schizophrenia.   More...

Ever Heard of Elafin?

If you have celiac disease or gluten sensitivity, keep a little molecule called elafin on your radar. Researchers from McMaster University recently found that administering elafin (packaged in a probiotic) to mice protected the intestinal lining damaged by gluten.   More...

Try This at Home

Spring cleaning. Did you know that most common household cleaners contain toxic ingredients? Fortunately, there are safer (and less expensive) ways to clean your home, using products that are probably already on your pantry shelf.   More...

Is Quinoa Safe?

Do you eat a lot of quinoa? Super-nutritious quinoa is a popular staple for many on the gluten-free diet, but is it safe for those with celiac disease? There's been very little research about this - until now. Here's what a new study reveals.   More...

Siblings Matter

My 5-year-old daughter Pamela does not have food allergies but she has a sibling who does. Joseph, age 10, is allergic to peanuts, tree nuts, wheat, milk, egg, soy, sesame and mustard. With so much family-focus on the child with food allergies, it's easy to overlook the siblings.   More...

Sharing the Journey

Many of us with celiac disease and other special dietary needs are searching for a shared connection and mutual passion. I found both while covering the world's largest natural products trade show.   More...

Clean Up Your Shampoo

Many people wash their hair every day and don't think much about it. But for those of us with sensitive skin and allergies, the label on a shampoo bottle gives the expression "bad hair day" a whole new meaning.   More...

What Would YOU Say?

A reader asks: "My daughter was just diagnosed with severe allergies. I want to explain this to her in a positive way. Can you help?" Living Without medical contributor, expert food allergist Mike Pistiner, MD, responds.   More...

Growing Up with Anaphylaxis

My parents never wanted my food allergies to define me. Looking back, I can see that they taught me how to eat out in restaurants starting when I was a very young boy.   More...

Ready for Valentine's Day?

Much like Halloween, Valentine's Day introduces increased risk for cross contact with food allergens. Knowing the risks and preparing for them before February 14 lowers the likelihood of accidental exposure. Here's advice and helpful tips from pediatric allergist Mike Pistiner, MD.   More...

Baking Without Corn

Do you have an allergy or intolerance to corn? Corn hides in surprising places. It can show up in products like meat, condiments, sauces, yogurt, beverages, medications, body powder, paper plates, crayons and toothpaste. It's hidden in some common baking ingredients, too. Here's help.  More...

Are You Scent Sensitive?

My husband and I were having a rare night out – just the two of us - when a couple sat down behind us in the restaurant. Within seconds, the blinding pain of a migraine struck, sending me rushing to the ladies' room with nausea. The culprit? Perfume.   More...