We are serving up an extra large helping of The Celiac Project Podcast as our holiday gift to you. Hear our thoughts about reducing stress at this time of year plus a couple of holiday lists that will hopefully keep everyone happy and healthy. We will be off on Christmas, but look forward to toasting the New Year with everyone on January 1st!
We all know how stressful gluten free travel can be! Mike took his family to San Francisco and somewhat to his surprise, they ended up eating only at 100% gluten free establishments. Find out about all the amazing places they visited as well as some fantastic friends in the celiac community who they "broke GF bread" with!
We have made it to episode 200--what a ride it has been! Mike and Cam take time to reflect on the journey so far, and how the podcast has grown and evolved from where it started 4 years ago. We also talk about the origin of how we met and what prompted us to embark on this adventure. Most importantly, we are happy that you have shared this experience with us!
In Part 2 of our Fall Mailbag we hear from a childhood friend of Priyanka Chugh, who now specializes in memes on Instagram. Plus, gluten detection dogs, Celiac Cruises and special "shout outs" to our TCP Inner Circle on Patreon.
Our amazing listeners have opened up to tell us stories that are both touching and inspirational in Part 1 of our Fall Mailbag. We revisit our recent conversation on trauma, hear from a mother inspired by Jessica's celiac advocacy in school, and a gluten free home brewer who has a whole lot in common with Mike.
Erin Heidenreich, Registered Dietician, and founder of The Celiac Space joins us to talk about some of the unique issues that come up with working with clients who have celiac and other related conditions. As someone with celiac herself, Erin has a shared perspective and provides tools that she has used in her own life navigating living gluten free. She passes this knowledge to her clients to help them get through their own physical, emotional and mental hurdles.
Mike and Cam share an intriguing article about a woman who is encouraged to get tested for celiac disease based on an at-home genetic test. In addition, Mike shares his recent frustrations trying to get answers to confirm if a prescription drug is indeed gluten free.
In the last week or so the celiac world has been buzzing with the news of a potential groundbreaking new celiac disease treatment that could be available soon. In a small phase 2a study, this nanoparticle being called CNP-101/Tak-101, enters the body like a "Trojan Horse" that might be able to prevent the body from triggering an immune reaction in the body. While the study is small, this has so much potential to change not only the lives of those of us with celiac disease, but hopefully can lead to a breakthrough in treatment of other autoimmune diseases.
It has been a while since we read a published piece that has set us off. This week Mike and Cam take a dive into a New York Post article that completely trivializes any health benefits of the gluten free diet. They give a lot of weight to a new study that was done on a very small scale.
A new, controversial study, indicates that there might not be as large a risk of cross contamination for those of us with celiac disease. The study includes findings that cross contact including the use of a separate toaster to toast gluten free bread might not actually be needed. Mike and Cam are more than a little skeptical as they explore the findings.
Have you ever fantasized about taking a sabbatical and traveling the globe for 6 months? Our guest, Jennifer Fitzpatrick, whose blog is "The Nomadic Fitzpatricks," decided to do just that. She and her husband took what they called a "gap year" and grabbed their backpacks to see the world! Jen didn't let her celiac slow her down! She shares some of the greatest, as well as most challenging, locations from her amazing journey.
Cam has finished the training with his dog Lacy to be a gluten detection dog. Their journey has been amazing, with plenty of ups and downs and some unexpected hurdles to overcome. One thing is for sure, it has been absolutely life changing for Cam and how he deals with his celiac disease, helping him to stay completely gluten free!
We love all the new studies coming out and discuss two in particular on the podcast. The first study indicates that folks with first degree relatives may may have a much larger chance of developing celiac disease. The second study shows that there could be a higher incidence of celiac in children who consume more gluten when they are young.
Last Friday was National Celiac Awareness Day, but did you know that it shares the date with lesser known days such as, "Blame Someone Else Day?" Mike and Cam discuss a myriad of this somewhat strange and sometimes arbitrary group of special days. We also talk about the meaning of Celiac Awareness Day, and some of our hopes for better celiac awareness and understanding.
Real life celiac superhero, Priyanka Chugh, creator of the blog, The Adventures of Anti-Wheat Girl, joins us. Priyanka, currently in medical school, shares her challenges growing up with mostly asymptomatic celiac disease in a family with a celiac brother and non-celiac sister, leading to some unique challenges. Ironically, Priyanka's mother, Dr. Ritu Verma, happens to be one of the top pediatric gastroenterologists in the world. Priyanka illuminates us as to how celiac disease is being taught now (still not great), and her efforts to help educate her fellow medical students about celiac and other chronic health conditions.
Mike has made two trips to Madison, Wisconsin this summer. The second was with the great crew from GIG Chicago. He shares fantastic tales of other-worldly gluten free treats including refreshing beer from Alt Brew, tasty poke bowls, the most amazing waffles ever (?), and wait for it...gluten free deep fried cheese curds, Tachos (think nachos, but with tater tots) and FUNNEL CAKES!
It's back to school time again, so Mike and Cam decided to sit down with Mike's daughter, Jessica. Jessica is starting middle school this year and there will surely be new challenges. They talk to her about some of her strategies that have been helpful up to this point and what she is looking forward to and nervous about in the upcoming year.
New studies show that their might be a link between childhood trauma and the development of celiac disease. Mike and Cam discuss these studies, and open up about the toll that trauma and stress has had on their own lives, both pre-diagnosis and post.
Wouldn't it be amazing if there was an app for finding 100% dedicated gluten free establishments around the world? Well now there is and our friend Carrie Veatch from "For Gluten Sake" made it happen! We find out what inspired Carrie to make her app and why she wanted to include only dedicated gluten free businesses.
Pull up a bar stool and sample along with us a few gluten-free summer "adult beverages." We also reminisce about the fantastic 4th of July vacation that Mike and Cam and our families went on together, which included Cam's first ever wine tasting and an out of this world #PizzaFriday. Cheers and happy summer to all!
Jessica Hanson is back! Jessica had a great approach to simplifying the process of making her wedding gluten free. She t shares her amazing gluten free culinary adventures on her honeymoon in Italy. We knew that Italy was an incredible celiac destination, but you won't believe just how accommodating they are. After this conversation, Mike and Cam are ready to pack their bags!
After finding that Nexvax2 did not provide, "meaningful protection from gluten exposure when compared with placebo," ImmusanT pulled the plug on their trial. Mike and Cam share their thoughts and also discuss a highly informative article written by Kelly Carter, a participant in the study. In the end, we are optimistic that more good will come out of this down the line, and we talk about why trials like these are so important to help us hopefully find a cure for celiac disease.
Our guest, Kristen Adam, at age 11 is the author of the book "Dear Celiac." Kristen tells us about her celiac journey and what inspired her to write her fantastic book. The story unfolds beautifully due to her bold imagination and amazing illustrations, and she shares her insights on how and why she decided to put pen to paper.
Taylor Miller, of Hale Life Blog talks candidly about his diagnosis, plus some of the huge challenges that he faced in his teens and what inspired him to share his experiences at such a young age. Taylor shares his thoughts on a variety of topics including how he handles some of the awkwardness of broaching the topic of celiac and being gluten free on the first date.
All seemed bleak for the prospects of the boy (known as J.D.) and his father who were forced out into the rain to eat their own food while on a school trip to Colonial Williamsburg. After an appeal, however, a panel of 3 judges has ruled 2 to 1 that the case will go to trial after all. Mike and Cam share their thoughts of why this is such a monumental case for the celiac and allergy communities.