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Thursday, November 18, 2010

"Eating Gluten-Free"

Post about Gluten, Fad Diets, Symptoms and Lyme Disease

There are many reasons to avoid gluten.

Many people are gluten sensitive and do not even know it. The most severe form of gluten intolerance is Celiac Disease. Celiac Disease is the small tip of a VERY large iceberg. Just because you might test negative on a Celiac panel does NOT rule out gluten sensitivity.

"Some" of the Symptoms, (there are over 200 symptoms )

  • Weight loss or weight gain
  • Nutritional deficiencies due to mal-absorption (e.g. low iron levels)
  • Gastro-intestinal problems (bloating, pain, gas, constipation, diarrhea)
  • Fat in the stools (due to poor digestion)
  • Aching joints
  • Depression
  • Eczema
  • Head aches
  • Exhaustion
  • Irritability and behavioral changes
  • Infertility, irregular menstrual cycle and miscarriage
  • Cramps, tingling and numbness
  • Slow infant and child growth
  • Decline in dental health

Many of these symptoms are also Lyme Disease symptoms, and can indicate inflammation in the body.

Wheat is a pro-inflammatory agent. A pro-inflammatory agent is rapidly converted to sugar, causing a rise in the body’s insulin levels, causing a burst of inflammation at the cellular level.

Wheat is a relatively new food for the human race. Ancient man, the hunter-gatherers, lived on meat from the animals they hunted, fish and wild vegetables, fruit, nuts and seeds that they gathered. It was not until the agricultural period that began about 12,000 years ago that wheat and other grains were introduced. This is not a long enough time for the human body to adapt.

Your digestive system provides a barrier between the foods you eat and your blood stream. If this barrier breaks down gliadin/gluten gets into the blood stream. The immune system reacts to the gliadin/gluten and they become a toxin. Any immune response releases chemical mediators that cause inflammation and leads to symptoms such as pain, edema, and headaches and so on.

Those suffering with Lyme disease can benefit from a Gluten free diet. Lyme Disease is a multi system disease. Gluten sensitivity can also make your symptoms worse and prevent you from healing from Lyme Disease.

Burgdorferi, the spirochetal agent of Lyme disease, promotes inflammation

Gluten-free "should" have more than one meaning. I'm sure it can be a fad diet for some, but it is really serious for others. Gluten sensitivity is a really large gray area we simply can NOT over look. Gluten sensitivity is REAL and is a serious issue for many. It should not be frowned on. Gluten sensitivity isn't any less serious because a person might not have a "Celiac disease” label.

We have come along way however, mainstream medicine is often slow to change and doesn't always offer alternative testing methods.

Click here for information about Testing

Do I believe those who are diagnosed with Lyme Disease should be tested for Gluten sensitivity? My answer to that question is YES...... Do I believe those with Lyme Disease should try a gluten free diet, I will give you the same answer, YES................ Testing

If you have Lyme Disease, you might not realize gluten is an issue. You have to give your body enough time to heal before you notice a change.

Also to note:

  • Refined wheat has little nutritional value.
  • Humans don’t fully digest wheat.

We would love your thoughts and comments.

Don't forget to enter our Holiday giveaway!

Holiday Giveaway!

Monday, November 8, 2010

Grand Prize Winner will receive a gift basket FULL of gluten free goodies.

Runner up will receive a $10.00 gift certificate to YOUR favorite gluten free company.


To enter the contest, simply leave a comment below telling me why you would like to win.

Extra Entries:

  • Grab our Gluten Free Foods ROCK button (code in the sidebar) and put it on your blog (leave your blog url)
  • Post about this giveaway on your site, twitter or facebook with a link back to us.
  • Follow us on twitter GFfoodsROCK
  • Blog or tweet about our upcoming events (Five entries)
  • Share your favorite gluten free company

This contest will be open until 10:00 AM on Saturday, December 18th. The winners will be chosen and will have 72 hours to respond before a new winner is chosen.


Sunday, August 1, 2010

Giveaway; Unlocking the Mystery of Wheat & Gluten Intolerance

Discover the physiologic and neurologic effects of wheat and other grains on the entire body! This DVD will answer your questions about gluten-free foods and celiac disease, this DVD provides over 2 hours of down-to-earth, practical information.

You will get the hard facts on gluten sensitivity and the surprising variety of symptoms outside the intestines. With a special focus on the brain and nervous system, the discussion in this DVD will make sense as to why headaches, migraines, ADHD, depression, anxiety and even epilepsy may be the only symptoms you see!



To enter the contest, simply leave a comment below telling me why you would like to win.

Extra Entries:

  • Grab our Gluten free foods ROCK button (code in the sidebar) and put it on your blog (leave your blog url)

  • Post about this giveaway on your site, twitter or facebook with a link back to us.

  • Follow us on twitter GFfoodsROCK

  • Blog or tweet about our upcoming events

This contest will be open until 10:00 AM on Sunday, August 15th. I will announce the winner Sunday morning. The winner will be chosen and will have 72 hours to respond before a new winner is chosen.

Birthday cakes

Monday, July 19, 2010

Abbigael's gluten free birthday was a great success.
Gluten free, Dairy free cake

We purchased cupcakes from The Grainless Baker

Gluten free

Gluten Free Yumminess


Wednesday, July 14, 2010

Gluten Free Vendor Fair

Hosted By: Gluten Free FOODS ROCK


  • When: August 21st, 2010
  • Time 2:00 PM
  • Where: 15 Woodside Ave, West Lawn, PA 19608
  • (West Lawn, United Methodist Church)

The Gluten Free Vendor Fair features delicious gluten-free foods and helpful products from several companies including local bakeries and restaurants that cater to those on a gluten-free diet.

We will have a children’s area will also feature gluten-free snacks and fun, kid-friendly activities. Video presentation on the latest gluten free research, guest speaker and many other surprises.

The Gluten Free Vendor Fair is a great way to learn more about living gluten free. (personal preference or medical condition) Come hungry and ready to try a variety of tasty gluten-free treats!

The Gluten Free Vendor Fair is open to the public and is FREE

If you are interested in donating gluten free products/ coupons / information to any of our meetings please email

The Gluten Free Vendor Fair is open to the public and is FREE


Reading Phillies - Gluten Intolerance Awareness Day

Aug. 29th with 2 1/2 hr. GLUTEN FREE buffet

Tickets: call (610) 370-BALL OR (610) 375-8469 ext. 0

Reading Phillies

Monday, June 7, 2010

Gluten FREE baseball game

The Reading Phillies Baseball Club in accordance with will be hosting a Gluten Intolerance Awareness Night.
  • When: Sunday, August 29th 2010
  • Where: FirstEnergy Stadium (Reading Phillies vs. Binghamton Mets)
  • Why: A way for people with gluten intolerances to enjoy great baseball and great GF food
    provided by gluten free vendors.
Here is how it works
  • The entire third base picnic area is reserved for individuals with "gluten allergies".
  • A two and a half hour all you can eat buffet will be provided with gluten free menu items.
    Tickets for this event will be $27.00. This price guarantees a spot with great seating in the picnic area and access to the all you can eat buffet.
  • Tables get reserved when booking a party of ten (10) or more.
  • Children four and under are free.
  • Twenty (20) people or more get a $1 group discount per ticket.
  • Third base area holds a total of 280 guests, with accommodations up to 300 quests

    To reserve tables or seats, please call 610-375-8469 between the hours of 8:30 and 4:30
    Monday through Friday. Or, respond to the email address listed below.
    We look forward to seeing you for this event!

How Gluten Affects Children

Thursday, May 20, 2010

Watch these great videos!
Gluten Free Society and Dr. Osborne present this two part series
Gluten sensitivity/intolerance and children…

B& H Organic Produce

Tuesday, May 18, 2010

Do you know where your food comes from?
Meet the farmers of;B & H Organic
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Saturday, May 8, 2010


Our house is gluten free everyday, but in an effort to increase awareness about celiac disease, gluten Intolerance and a gluten-free diet, I'm encouraging my friends, blog readers and loved ones to take the gluten free challenge.
Yes family this means YOU, MIL, FIL, BIL, nephews and so on. I am challenging you to spend one weekend gluten-free.

The challenge takes place on May 22 and 23, 2010. You can sign up for the challenge here Gluten-Free Challenge , they will send you newsletters with tips and recipes to assist you through your challenge, so you won’t be totally in the dark. The challenge is completely free, and there are even chances to win cool gluten-free products.


How does the Gluten-Free Challenge work?
When is the Gluten-Free Challenge?
  • The weekend of May 22 & 23, right in the heart of Gluten-free Awareness Month. But, don't forget to sign up early for more chances to win free products, receive the daily recipes and tips, and share your experiences.
Why have a Gluten-Free Challenge?
  • Living gluten-free can feel isolating, but it shouldn't. We believe that if we invite our gluten-consuming friends and family to join us at the table. We can all enjoy a delicious meal together. They will also be able to see that eating/living gluten free doesn't mean "taste free" And have a little insight to what living gluten free means.


To take the gluten free Challenge please go here

Celiac Awareness Month

Monday, May 3, 2010

Take Action
Shout OUT - It's Celiac Awareness Month
May is here and it's time to SHOUT OUT for Celiac Awareness.
Happy Celiac Disease Awareness Month everyone!

May has "unofficially" been the month to bring awareness to celiac disease.

A few facts
  • Celiac disease is associated with or can lead to a number of other disorders including infertility, premature births, reduced bone density (both osteopenia and osteoporosis), neurological disorders, malignancies such as adenocarcinoma, non-Hodgkins lymphoma, and others, and a host of autoimmune disorders such as insulin dependent diabetes, thyroid disease, Sjogren's syndrome, Addison's disease, Psoriasis, autoimmune liver disease, and cardiomyopathy.

  • Celiac disease is twice as common as Crohn's, ulcerative colitis and cystic fibrosis combined.

  • Celiac disease meets the criteria for the World Health Organization for justifying general screening.
  • Celiac disease runs in the family.
Please take a minute to shout out to your state representative

April 2010

Wednesday, April 28, 2010

Gluten Free Foods ROCK

Gluten Free Foods ROCK would like to take a minute to thank everyone who attended our April event!

Those who missed the event, we hope to see you in August.

We will NOT have any new meetings till 8/21/2010

Our next event will take place on 8/21/2010, starting at 2 PM. Vendor fair


Now through May 15, use coupon code "glutenfree" it will provide you with a 10% discount.


Wednesday, April 7, 2010

Did you enter our GIVEAWAY? "Caveman cookies"

Winner giveaway- gfe--gluten free easily


During the month of April, Dr Katz’s office will be taking donations for Berks Women in Crisis. For every NEW PATIENT that has an appointment during the month of April, Dr Katz will donate $10 towards Berks Women in Crisis.

Katz Family Chiropractic

9 Bristol Court
Wyomissing, PA 19610

We are asking you to help the women and children living in the shelter by donating items that are in much need.

The list includes:


hair conditioner

boy's socks

boy's underwear sizes 4-14,16-20, men sizes M-XL

baby items such as lotions, powders, baby bottles, etc


cleaning supplies

domestic calling cards

ladies panties size 5-6

ladies socks


For those attending our upcoming Gluten Free Event that will take place on 4/17/2010 at 2 PM we will have a box for donations and will deliver the donations to DR. Katzs office.

Information about our event:

April 17th 2-4 PM

15 Woodside Avenue, West Lawn, PA 19609


The meeting room is in the fellowship hall located in the lower level.

Guest Speaker Pure Body 'A New Realm of Health'

Topic; Hydrotherapy , Raw foods


Wednesday, March 24, 2010

IgG testing, results, biomedical autism treatment

Dr. Woeller is a biomedical autism treatment specialist. He has been in clinical practice for over 11 years implementing a variety of biomedical interventions including those of the Defeat Autism Now! (DAN!) organization for individuals on the autism-spectrum.



I had the pleasure of asking Dr. Woeller a few questions, with his permission I'm sharing the questions and answers here.

What are the benefits of IgG allergy testing?

IgG testing is useful to determine the likelihood of increased food sensitivity to one or a group of food items. IgG is the most abundant antibody in the bloodstream and when it complexes with a food protein the interaction may stimulate inflammation. IgG is also a protective antibody and so an elevation of IgG against a food is a defense mechanism in the body to prevent perceived adverse reactivity from the immune system. Most food reactions are mediated by chemicals other than IgE (true allergy). Food IgG can be a drain on the immune system as more and more elevated markers to food indicate that the immune system is over-sensitized to a particular food and avoidance of that food is warranted.

Who should be tested and why?

Individuals with chronic illness are good candidates for food IgG testing. Also, individuals with unexplained digestive complaints such as bloating, pain, constipation, diarrhea, and reflux. Other issues such as recurring headaches, fatigue, skin rashes, joint and muscle aches and pains, etc. can often be attributed to food sensitivities.

Why would someone test positive to a food they are not consuming?

This is called molecular mimicry (MM). MM is when the chemical configuration of one food looks similar to something else. An example is soy protein having cross-sensitivity, i.e. MM with gluten (wheat) and/or casein (dairy).

What can you tell us about learning issues, speech delay and IgG food allergy's?

There are chemical interactions with food and brain chemistry. Food IgG does cause immune complexing that has the potential to cross-react with tissue cells in the body. If this reaction occurs in the nervous system the potential for speech centers to be affected is a possibility. However, there are other components in food that seem to play a role chemically. Gluten (wheat) and casein (dairy) have certain amino acid sequences (peptides) that look similar to opiate chemicals. It is known that these chemical patterns of gluten (called gluteomorphin) and casein (called caseomorphin) can disturb brain chemistry which may adversely affect speech.

What are two important facts everyone should know about IgG allergy testing?

  • Food IgG is just one aspect of food reactivity in the body. A normal food IgG test does not necessarily indicate that a suspected food is okay to eat, as there are chemical effects of food that may cause problems too, i.e. gluten and casein peptide issue.

  • Food IgG is classified as sensitivity or intolerance. IgG is not true allergy. IgE is the allergy chemical and what most allergist test for when assessing suspected food or environmental allergens. However, in the vast majority of individuals food IgE is normal, while food IgG reactions are elevated. Again, food IgG can be indicative of ongoing stress on the immune system leading to inflammation formation in the body.

For additional information on allergy testing please watch these two videos below from Dr. Woeller:

Did you have IgG testing done or planing on having testing done? Dr. Woeller can help.

Do you need help understanding what all those lines and graphs on your test results mean? It can be very confusing trying to decipher all the markers by yourself, and then what are you supposed to with the information? You can send your test results to Dr. Waeller, video lab reviews will analyze and review the test results, record it, and send you the link to view a video explaning everything.

The Great Plains lab IgG food allergy test. Recommended for the following disorders:

  • Language Problems
  • Learning Difficulties
  • Autism Spectrum Disorders
  • AD(H)D

  • MANY More

Read: Food Allergy Test- For Behavioral, Digestive, & Chronic Disorders

Read: Food allergies

ADHD in many cases has been linked to diet, which includes food allergies and nutritional deficiencies…simply eliminating certain foods or adding others may reduce symptoms or eliminate them altogether.

Those with autism are more susceptible to allergies and food sensitivities than the average person.

Enter our GIVEAWAY? "Caveman cookies"

Please take our POLL and leave us a comment.

Thoughts, experience, we encourage visitor participation by posting comments.

Cavemen Cookies

Tuesday, March 23, 2010

Winner giveaway- gfe--gluten free easily
Cavemen Cookies

The owner of Cavemen Cookies have generously offered to give one of my lucky readers one FREE bag of cookies.

Cavemen Cookies are…

  • Healthy cookies made with ingredients that early humans had access to: nuts, honey and berries!
  • Based on the principles of the Paleolithic Diet (aka the “Caveman Diet”), which is a nutritional system founded on the idea of eliminating modern-day processed foods and finding health and well-being in all-natural foods that early humans could have hunted or gathered.
  • Better for you than modern-day “healthy” cookies because Cavemen Cookies aren’t made with grains, dairy, artificial ingredients or added sugar. Cavemen didn’t have access to those ingredients, and so our cookies don’t have them!
  • Made only with nuts, honey and berries. As a result, Cavemen Cookies are all-natural, gluten-free, high-protein and just 65-70 calories each (depending on the variety)!
  • Satisfying and will keep you feeling full due to the protein, dietary fiber, and good fats that they contain!

Contest Rules:

To enter the contest, simply leave a comment below telling me why you would like to win.

To get an extra entry, link to the giveaway in your blog, and leave me another comment linking to your post.

Follow my blog ( 3 extra entry's )

Grab our Gluten free foods ROCK button (code in the sidebar) and put it on your blog (leave your blog url)

This contest will be open until 5:00 PM on Sunday, April 18th. I will announce the winner Sunday evening. The winner will be chosen and will have 72 hours to respond before a new winner is chosen.

"Coupon code"
As of today March 23 rd 2010, through May 15, the coupon code "glutenfree" will provide everyone with a 10% discount

Latest cutting edge research

Monday, March 22, 2010


How were you diagnosed with Celiac Disease, gluten intolerance, gluten sensitivity?

I started a poll, located in top left hand corner of this blog.

Please take our Poll and leave us a comment.


"A video on the latest cutting edge research about Gluten"

The 2009 Gluten Sensitivity and Celiac Forum was hosted to a capacity crowd.

Highly requested was a DVD of the event both from those who attended as well as for those unable to attend the live event.

"They" ( now happy to offer you the chance to own a copy of the DVD.

Dr. Vikki Petersen, D.C., C.C.N., Co-author of The Gluten Effect
Did you know that not only does the average person wait 11 years for a diagnosis of celiac disease, but the gold standard of testing is no longer considered to be a biopsy? Learn the pros and cons of current testing methods, as well as the additional health risks associated with delayed diagnosis.

Dr. Rodney Ford, M.B., B.S., F.R.A.C.P., A.S.M., Professor of Pediatrics
Dr. Ford presents compelling data from his own research that supports the theory that gluten sensitivity and celiac can affect all the body’s systems. In one study, up to 80% of non-celiac patients felt better on a gluten-free diet, raising the question of whether or not most people – gluten sensitive or not – would benefit from a gluten-free diet.

Dr. Richard Petersen, D.C., C.C.N. Co-author of The Gluten Effect
Wonder why you still feel ill, even on a gluten-free diet? Dr. Petersen deciphers the secondary health problems associated with gluten sensitivity and details a strategy for successfully treating them.

Order DVD:

Read:The Gluten Effect!

On Saturday March 20th I had the pleasure of watching some of this video at our Gluten free event. I then went home after our event and watched the entire video.

It's a must have; it is packed with current updated information.


The Gluten Effect Live Teleconference

Join Dr Vikki Petersen on April 6th 2010 she will be answering your questions about gluten and how it may be affecting your health, or the health of someone you love.

Everyone who participates is eligible for great prizes, including, a gift basket of gluten-free goodies from Pamela's Products, signed copies of The Gluten Effect and other valuable prizes.

This event is FREE! Pre-registration is recommended as lines are limited.

WHAT: The Gluten Effect Live Teleconference
WHEN: Tuesday, April 6th, 2010 at 5:00 p.m.
To register: Go to

How were you diagnosed?

Thursday, March 18, 2010

Enter our; Giveaway!

I started a poll, located in top left hand corner of this blog.

Please take our poll and leave us a comment.

We welcome comments, what are your thoughts on testing?

How were you diagnosed with Celiac Disease, gluten intolerance, gluten sensitivity?

1. Celiac panel

2. Biopsy of the small intestine

3. Stool test "Enterolab"


5. I was diagnosed based on my symptoms.

6. Dermatitis Herpetiformis

7. Elimination diet

8. IgG Blood Test

9. Applied kinesiology

10. I was never diagnosed, but I eat gluten-free.

11. Saliva

12. Genetics testing

13. Other

Read: testing information


Enter our giveaway!

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