Mission: To assist those with Celiac Disease (CD) and Dermatitis Herpetiformis (DH)(the skin manifestation of CD) to adjust to a gluten-free lifestyle and to promote awareness of these conditions to physicians, dietitians and the public.
We provide current medically accurate information, education, and support to those with CD and DH. These chronic inherited diseases can lead to malnutrition, cancer, and other autoimmune illnesses causing numerous health problems when left undiagnosed and untreated. Health is restored by adhering to a gluten-free diet.
Gluten, a protein found in wheat, barley and rye, causes inflammation which damages the small intestine preventing the absorbtion of necessary nutrients. This is caused by the immune-mediated response in various body systems. Frequently difficult to diagnose, the average diagnosis takes several years. CD is also referred to as gluten intolerance or celiac sprue. It is considered to be the most under- diagnosed common disease today, affecting 1 in 100 people in the USA. Approximately 95 percent of those remain undiagnosed.
At our meetings and through our email group, we share gluten-free recipes, provide cooking tips for using GF flours, and information on where to shop for GF products.
Meeting Location(s): Benevolent Center, 215 S Bonner St., Tyler
Meeting Times: Second Saturday of the month. No meetings in July and December.