***Pantene Product Alert***

Recently Pantene launched its “natureFUSION” line of products. These products are are made from “naturally derived ingredients” and were first advertised as “gluten-free”.

These claims were made on their website and a few other places on the web and in print. Since the launched Pantene has withdrawn all claims that it is “natureFUSION” line gluten-free.

We spoke with the customer relations department at Pantene and received mixed answers if the natureFUSION line is gluten-free or not.

One rep told us that it was made of “mostly” gluten-free ingredients and another stated that Pantene consults with the National Celiac Foundation about it’s products.

We also tried to contact P&G’s brand manager for Pantene, Randall Chinchill, to clarify this issue but he has not returned our calls.

If the Pantene “natureFUSION” line does contain traces of gluten this can be a minor inconvenience to those who choose a gluten-free lifestyle. However; if you have Celiac disease or other gluten allergies this could be harmful to your condition.

Pantene is a quality brand and strives to present the best product available. However; until Pantene officially communicates weather it’s products are gluten free or not we encourage you to exercise caution, read the labels and consult with your physician if you are unclear about the use of this product or encounter reactions due to it’s use.

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June 5, 2012 at 6:53 pm Leave a comment

Celiac Disease Resource, Inc.

Celiac Disease Resource, Inc.

Gluten-Free with Kimberly would like to welcome the great people at Celiac Disease Resource, Inc.

The Celiac Disease Resource, Inc. is a volunteer organization helping people live with celiac disease in the Albany, NY capital region since 1994.

The Celiac Disease Resource, Inc. holds regular meetings and gluten-free dinners at area restaurants.

For more information visit www.celiacresource.org Face book @ Celiac Disease Resource, Inc.

May 8, 2012 at 4:28 pm Leave a comment

Domino’s Goes Gluten-Free

Domino’s Pizza is joining the ever-growing gluten-free movement, saying it will start offering pizzas with gluten-less crusts in most of its U.S. stores.

The crust, Domino’s said in a press release, is “appropriate for those with mild gluten sensitivity,” but it’s not recommended for people who have celiac disease.

Domino’s consulted with National Foundation for Celiac Awareness on the new recipe, which will be available on the small, 10-inch pizzas and cost about $3 more.

Those with celiac disease should be aware that the crust will be prepared in the same kitchen as the regular, gluten-containing crusts, so cross-contamination is a real risk.

May 7, 2012 at 10:46 pm Leave a comment

Gluten Intolerance Group of Portland

We would like to welcome our new friends at the Gluten Intolerance Group of Portland!

This group is dedicated to increasing awareness about Celiac Sprue & Gluten Intolerance by providing the most current and accurate information available.

They support those living with these conditions, their families, health care professionals, and restaurateurs in the Greater Portland Metro area.

The Gluten Intolerance Group of Portland meets the 2nd Saturday of every month unless otherwise noted. Meeting times are from 10:00am-12:00pm.

Be sure and follow the  Gluten Intolerance Group of Portland on the web at the following links.

www.graindamaged.blogspot.com

www.facebook.com/GIGofPortland

www.glutenfreefriends.org

May 3, 2012 at 5:55 pm Leave a comment

McHenry Celiac Support Group

We would like to welcome our new friends at the McHenry Celiac Support Group in McHenery, Illinois. This great group of folks is providing support to all who choose the gluten-free life style regardless of medical necessity or personal choice.

The McHenry Celiac Support Group meets every 4th Tuesday of the month at 5108 W Malibu Ct., McHenry, IL 60050. Contact Elizabeth @ 815-363-1523 to RSVP your spot for the next meeting!

Be sure and follow the McHenry Celiac Support Group on the web at the following links.

http://www.mchenryceliacs.com

http://www.facebook.com/McHenryCeliacs

May 2, 2012 at 2:47 pm Leave a comment

May is National Celiac Disease Awareness Month

Celiac Disease is an autoimmune condition that doesn’t discriminate, it can present itself at any age to anyone. When people with Celiac Disease eat foods or use products that contain gluten, a protein found in all forms of wheat (durum, semolina, kamut, spelt, farro), rye and barley, the body triggers a reaction that causes damage to the small intestine.

Over time, the damage to the intestine prevents food from being absorbed, leading to nutrition deficiencies and their associated health problems. Untreated celiac disease can also lead to other ailments.

Celiac Disease is found in 1 out of every 133 Americans. The numbers worldwide are unconfirmed but are projected to be close to this estimate.

Of those who have it, only 3% are diagnosed. The other 97% are undiagnosed, which means they are not getting the treatment they need.

The only treatment for celiac disease is a strict gluten-free diet. It can be difficult to maintain a gluten-free diet, as gluten is prevalent in our food supply, cross contamination in restaurants and at home is a common occurrence, and the FDA has not established a standard for gluten-free labeling.

On average, it takes about 10 years for someone with Celiac Disease to be properly diagnosed. This is so because symptoms are highly varied amongst individuals and they cross over with other diseases.

Many of these symptoms are dismissed as gas, Chronic diarrhea or constipation (or both) and even IBS (Irritable Bowel Syndrome).

The prevalence of Celiac Disease has increased four-fold in the past 50 years and this is not solely a result of increased awareness. Research shows more and more people are developing the disease.

Untreated CD can lead to:

  • Nutrition deficiencies and their associated conditions (i.e. anemia and osteoporosis)
  • Neurological disorders
  • Liver and thyroid conditions
  • Infertility (in both men and women)
  • Depression
  • Intestinal lymphomas and other GI cancers
  • Other autoimmune diseases (i.e. lupus and rheumatoid arthritis)

Know the signs, symptoms and long-term effects of Celiac Disease so that you can recognize it in someone you know and advise them to see a doctor.

Spread the word…share the statistics, signs and symptoms on your Facebook page, via Twitter messages, in a mass email to friends and family or while talking to colleagues at work. Great information can be found through the following education and advocacy groups as well as Gluten Free With Kimberly.

May 1, 2012 at 9:33 pm Leave a comment

Gluten-Free Kids: How to talk to your friends about Celiac

Having Celiac Disease can be especially difficult kids. In April’s Gluten-Free Kids, Dani gives some great advice on sharing the facts with other children. Visit us at www.glutenfreewithkimberly.com to read Dani’s full article.

April 11, 2012 at 10:09 pm Leave a comment

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