Monthly e-newsletter serving the celiac and gluten-free community.


Lee Graham, Executive Director

As autumn leaves turn to beautiful colors around us, we like to look back at the year so far as well as ahead to the last few months of 2017. We are proud of the inroads we have made and continue to give thanks to our members who so graciously support us.

Please let us know how we can support you.

Yours in health,
Lee Graham, Executive Director

Have you registered for What Celiacs Need to Know yet? If not, please do so today! You won’t want to miss hearing from endocrinologist Partha Sinha, MD, Emma Clerx from Harvard University and nutritionist Melinda Dennis, MS, RD, LDN.

Learn More & Register

Speakers Include:

Partha Sinha, MD

Dr. Sinha is a faculty member in the Endocrine Division at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center. He received his medical degree as well as a Ph.D. in pharmacology at Tufts University. He did his residency in internal medicine at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center and fellowship in endocrinology at Massachusetts General Hospital.

Celiac disease can have a significant impact on the health of the skeleton. We will discuss the causes underlying this impact, and the strategies we can pursue to maintain good bone health.

Melinda Dennis, MS, RDN, LDN

Melinda Dennis, MS, RDN, LDN is the Nutrition Coordinator for the Celiac Center at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center. Diagnosed with celiac disease 26 years ago, Ms. Dennis specializes in the nutritional treatment of patients with gluten-related disorders. She is Founder, former Chairperson and Nutrition Advisor to NCA and serves on the Executive Committee of the Harvard Medical School Celiac Research Program.

Melinda’s presentation, A summary of current topics (arsenic, probiotics and non- responsive celiac disease), will help you stay up to speed on developments that may affect your overall health and well-being. Join Melinda to hear about some of the research that is guiding our practice of nutrition for those on the gluten-free diet.

Emma Clerx

Emma is a junior at Harvard University, studying biology and Spanish. She was diagnosed with celiac disease in the sixth grade after struggling with chronic gastrointestinal symptoms from age two to twelve. She is very grateful to have had the unique opportunity to study this disease at the Celiac Center at BIDMC with Dr. Leffler and his lab group. 

In her presentation, How long until truly gluten-free?, Emma will highlight the main project that she worked on this past summer: turning survey data from patients at The Celiac Center at BIDMC into a timeline for tracking self-management skill acquisition in adults with celiac disease.

Gluten-Free Labeling

Gluten-Free Watchdog Tricia Thompson summarizes the need for comments on the FDA Citizen Petition that calls for an end to labeling violations under the gluten-free labeling law.

The goal is to get 1000 signatures on this petition. Please click the button below and sign the petition asking the FDA to establish a specific protocol for increased surveillance, investigation and enforcement of potential facial misbranding violations under the gluten-free labeling rule.

Here is an interview with Dr. Alessio Fasano where he discusses the gluten-free labeling law.

Fall Magazine

Members and magazine subscribers should have received the Fall 2017 issue of Gluten-Free Nation magazine by now. This issue features articles on Gluten-Free in Sicily, School Lunchbox ideas, Medical and Science News, Recipes and stories. Members can also view the magazine on our website at the link below.


Check our event calendar for the latest events in your area. If you are in the greater Boston area, we hope to see you on October 29th at our Autumn Education Event. Registration is open now at

University of Chicago Celiac Disease Center’s Annual Education Day and screening is later this month:

Celiac Disease and GF in the News

Here is a video of Dr. Ankur Chugh, pediatric gastroenterologist from Children’s Hospital of Wisconsin talking about his research at the International Celiac Disease Symposium 2017 in India last month.

Recipe of the Month

Register for the Bold Beyond Symposium taking place on November 9 from 5:00 p.m. – 6:30 p.m. to learn about celiac disease research. Speakers will include Ciaran Kelly, MD, Anthony DiMarino Jr., MD, and Ritu Virma, MD.   If you are near Drexel University in Pennsylvania, you can register to attend in person. Otherwise, you can register to watch the event via webcast.

Recipe of the Month

Pumpkin Squares

Every time I make this there are no leftovers. People who don’t eat gluten free still want the recipe. It is just as good without the icing.


Find GF candy lists, recipes and more on the NCA Gluten-Free Halloween Resources page.

Activities Around the Nation

The Waverly, IA area Celiac/Gluten Intolerant Group took a road trip to Klunder’s Country Kafe in New Hampton and some attendees enjoyed a hot roast beef dinner with crispy brown has browns. They will also have a Holiday Amish meal on Saturday November 4.

The Lincoln, NE Celiac Support Group held a meeting featuring a presentation on Colon Cancer Prevention, Screening and Treatments. See their website at for information about other upcoming events in the area.

The NCA San Diego Support Group enjoyed a Gluten-Free Picnic and Pool Party this summer. A dining out event is planned for November 5. Watch the website for details such as menu options and cost:

In August, the Northfield, MN group enjoyed a Can’t Eat Wheat Potluck Picnic.

The Orange County Celiacs enjoyed amazing food at a dedicated GF restaurant located in Yorba Linda, CA in August.

Help For Hurricanes

Many thanks to donors for supporting NCA and the task force consisting of hospital celiac centers, nonprofit organizations, support groups and community leaders across the nation. Together, we have accepted monetary donations and facilitated gluten-free and allergy-friendly product donations to food banks in the areas impacted by recent hurricanes. There will long be a need for many communities, and there is still time to donate should you wish to support this cause.

Product & Dining Out Tips

Product Recalls

Mi Tienda Ready to Cook Seasoned Chicken Thighs

H-E-B has recalled Mi Tienda ready to cook seasoned chicken thighs due to misbranding and undeclared allergens (wheat). Read about the recall here.

Dierbergs Markets Cabernet Grille Butter 3oz

Dierbergs Markets issued an allergy alert for their Cabernet Grille Butter 3oz due to undeclared allergens including soy and wheat. Read about the recall here.

Gluten-Free Seal Recognition Program

NCA Gluten-Free Recognition Seal Program

Following the dissolution of CSA earlier this year, NCA will be continuing the valuable Gluten-Free Recognition Seal Program. When products display the Recognition Seal, customers are assured they are choosing a product which has undergone the most stringent third-party gluten-free certification available for product, processing and packaging.

Book Giveaway

  • Book Giveaway by NCA
  • Congratulations to Bev from Colfax, NC who won last month’s giveaway, Gluten Free The Definitive Resource Guide by Shelley Case BSc, RD.

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