Sunday, March 30, 2014

Next Meeting is May 17th

April Meeting has been cancelled.  When we found that the April meeting was the day before Easter, we decided to cancel.  The next meeting will be May 17th, at 1:30 in the Avista Training Rooms at Sacred Heart Medical Center.

 The topic will be from the Gluten Free Summit.  Dr. Tom O'Bryan, who is a well known speaker and advocate for diagnosing and treating celiac disease and gluten intolerance, conducted interviews of 29 doctors, researchers, and nutritionists on different aspects of celiac disease and gluten intolerance.

Those interviews, along with the topic points shown on screen, are available for the group to view at the monthly meetings.    We look forward to sharing those in the months to come.

Saturday, February 1, 2014

February meeting plus information on FODMAPs

Our next meeting will be Saturday, February 15th at 1:30 in the Avista Training Rooms at Sacred Heart Medical Center.  Dr. Roger Tangeman, DC will speak.  He is a chiropractor.  We have not discussed a specific topic, but I assure you it will be interesting.

Let me share with you some information on groups of foods called FODMAPs.  High FODMAP foods are those that are difficult for some to digest.  If one has gone gluten free and is still having difficulty, these foods could be potential contributors to poor health.  Note that many of these foods are seemingly healthy and do contain many nutritional qualities. 

I am listing the food groups that may be offenders and note that it may be only one out of the entire list that creates havoc.

 High FODMAP sugars include:
1.  Fructose – found in fruit, honey, juices.
2.  Lactose – found in milk and milk products.
3.  Sugar polyols such as sorbitol and mannitol – found in some fruits and vegetables and as artificial sweetner.
4.  Fructans – found in wheat, rye, onions, garlic.
5.  Galacto-oligosaccharides (GOS) – found in legumes such as chickpeas, kidney beans or baked beans   (Taken from )

A low FODMAP diet contains many nutritional foods.  For a complete printable list go to   Both sites listed above, give information on the FODMAP diet and how to determine what foods could potentially undermine digestive health.

Wednesday, January 8, 2014

January 18th meeting

January meeting: 
Date:  Saturday, January 18th
Time: 1:30
Location:  Sacred Heart Medical Center in the Avista Training Rooms near the outpatient surgery center.

Our guest speaker for the January meeting will be Dr. Lesley Morical.  She is going to address the Leaky Gut Syndrome.  She has also invited all attendees to bring their questions - not just about Leaky gut, but on other issues.

For the February 15th meeting, Dr. Roger Tangeman will be speaking.  He is a chiropractor who is currently working on the certification as a Functional Medicine practitioner.  That means he looks at the whole system to see what is not in balance versus prescribing medication for a symptom. 

Both of these speakers should provide a lot of insight and I look forward to hearing both speak.

Recently, I was privileged to listen to the Gluten Summit.  I have learned so much that it would be difficult to condense it into a few minutes.  Dr. Tom O'Brien, a chiropractor who has been published in medical journals, has made it his mission to bring education about celiac disease and gluten intolerance to both physicians and those who are afflicted with the disease.  He interviewed 29 people from researchers and physicians to nutritionists.  I purchased the downloads because I was unable to listen to all 29.  The planning committee will get together and choose a topic for the March 15th meeting and possibly for the April 19th meeting. 

Because of the conference, I have read a book called Digestive Wellness by Elizabeth Lipski.  She is a nutritionist who maps out the digestive system beginning with the mouth.  She explains disorders and gives information on how main stream doctors treat each problem along with natural solutions to many problems.  If anyone is struggling with unresolved problems, this is a must have resource book.  It is written for the lay person, as well as the medical professional, so it is not a dry, technical type book.

We look forward to seeing you at the next meeting.

Thursday, October 3, 2013

Gluten Intolerance Group of Spokane
October 19th meeting; 1:30
Sacred Heart Medical Center
Avista Training Rooms (on the main floor in the Outpatient Surgery Center wing)

Vonnie Rehn will be speaking at our October meeting.  Vonnie, who has celiac disease, is also an RN.  Her background and understanding of managing the disease along with the nutritional needs are exceptional.

Vonnie will be speaking about Vitamin B-12.  This is an essential nutrient that many (with or without celiac disease) are deficient in. Lack of B-12 can lead to fatigue and more.   Learn about the effects of this deficiency and what supplements are more bio-available.

She will also talk about the genetic testing 23 and Me.  We discussed this briefly at the last meeting.  If you are gluten free because you feel better, here is a relatively inexpensive look at whether you actually have the potential of developing the disease or not.  If you do have the disease, this test could offer insights into problems that just seem to continue.

We look forward to seeing you at our October meeting.
With this announcement, I am going to take a moment to encourage people who have not been diagnosed with celiac disease, but are on a gluten free diet.  First, the "hooray" because you have been listening to your bodies and know what works for you.
Some of the symptoms of celiac disease can present before there is damage to the intestines.  (Celiac Disease is defined as flattening of the villi in the small intestines.)  Knowing if you have the gene allele for celiac disease is one step towards a confirmation that gluten free is the correct avenue for you.  It also can give you help in gaining a diagnosis (for which there is no test at this time) of Non-Celiac Gluten Intolerance. 
Hear more on genetic testing in meetings to come.  I am sure we will visit this subject again in the future.

Monday, September 16, 2013

Our monthly meeting will be Saturday, October 21st at 1:30 at Sacred Heart Medical Center in the Avista Training Rooms.  This is in the outpatient surgery center wing of the hospital on the main floor.

Our topic for the week will be "getting the most out of your healthcare".  As we look at celiac disease, non-celiac gluten sensitivity, or wheat allergies, we may need more than one person on our team to get the questions answered.

A look at the different avenues available may help bring us to better health.

Did you know that there are some medical tests that you can request without a doctor's order.  Find out how this can be done.

We look forward to seeing you at the next meeting

Monday, June 10, 2013

Ah, summer.  What a good time in this area as we focus on our beautiful country and take advantage of the mountains, lakes and streams.  The Gluten Intolerance Group of Spokane takes a brief respite for a few months, but have a special event planned for August 22nd.  Our annual potluck will be on Thursday, August 22nd at 5 pm at Manito Park.  Dinner will start at 6.   Bring a gluten free main dish, salad or desert and a friend or relative.  We will be sending out notices as time gets closer. 

Cynthia Kupper, who is the head of the Gluten Intolerance Group will be in Spokane to speak at that event.  You will not want to miss.

We have some events in the works for fall.  At our first meeting in September, Vonnie Rehn from our group will be speaking.  She has a background in nursing.  

Sunday, May 5, 2013

Our next meeting will be on Saturday, May 18th at 1:30.  We have decided that we would like to have a presentation on handling friends and family who do not seem to understand the problems associated with Celiac Disease or Gluten Intolerance. 

I just listened to a webinar by the national headquarters on this topic and was impressed with some of the info.  The later part of the webinar addressed questions from those in the audience.  So  bring your ideas as we explore what we need to do to stay the course with gluten free living.

With this meeting we will take a break for part of the summer, but mark your calendars for August 22nd.  We have reserved the pavillion at Manito for an evening potluck picnic.  Cynthia Kupper, Executive Director of the Gluten Intolerance Group will be at that meeting and will be speaking.

A Few Notes on the Last Meeting:  Vonnie talked about the importance of being tested for other food sensitivities if one is still having symptoms of celiac disease after an appropriate healing time.  Cyrex Labs has identified several foods that may in some people cause the body to react as though one has ingested gluten.

One would need to go to a health care profession (MD or ND) for testing. 

Greg, from Bumble Bars, was at the meeting.  He told us about the product and how their company was green before it was "in".  He was informative.  Of course, we each went away with a sample or two.  We thank Greg who has been supportive of GIG.