Friday, January 29, 2010

Pizza Bistro: Buy 2 Frozen GF Dinners get one free!

For the month of February, Pizza Bistro in Massapequa Park is offering a special on their Gluten-Free Frozen dinners!! Buy 2 and get one FREE!!

Choose from:
Chicken Parm
Baked Ravioli
Baked Lasagna
Baked Stuffed Shells
Eggplant Rollatini
Eggplant Parm
Veal Parm
Shrimp Parm
Mozzarella Sticks

Definitely a time to stock up!

My favorites are the Eggplant Rollatini, and Eggplant and Chicken Parm! The Stuffed Shells and Lasagna are also really good! (I have not tried the Veal or Shrimp)

Pizza Bistro
4952 Merrick Road
Massapequa Park, NY
(GF menu available on their website)

Suffolk County Celiacs Gluten-Free Vendor Fair- August 28th & 29th, 2010


Suffolk County Celiacs 4th Gluten-Free Vendor Fair and Fundraiser
August 28th- 29th, 2010 (Saturday and Sunday)
11:00am until 3:00pm
370 Vanderbilt Motor Parkway
Hauppauge, NY 11788

For more information visit:

This is the largest consumer Gluten-Free Vendor Fair in the Northeast!!

Wednesday, January 27, 2010

More Gluten-Free Articles

Here are some interesting articles that have been published lately on Celiac Disease. It’s nice to know that CD is finally getting more and more recognition and is on doctor’s radars- which will hopefully lead to more and more people getting diagnosed quicker.

From The New York Times
Genetic Testing for Celiac Disease
(This is a great follow up article the NY Times did the day before about “Confirming a diagnosis of Celiac Disease” that was also did with Dr. Shelia Crowe- and mentioned on my previous blog entry)

From The New York Times
The Overlooked Diagnosis of Celiac Disease

Wednesday, January 13, 2010

NY Times Article: "Confirming a Diagnosis of Celiac Disease"

There was a great article in the New York Times yesterday, Confirming a Diagnosis of Celiac Disease, which talks about making sure you really have Celiac Disease before committing to a life-long gluten-free diet! I thought this would be helpful for those wondering if they truly have CD, and what tests to get while trying to figure it out!

Dr. Sheila Crowe discussed the various blood tests that should be done- prior to having an intestinal biopsy- although, for me, that IS how it was found (because they were testing for an Ulcer! I was lucky enough for them to find CD, because it wasn't even on their radar!)

Dr. Crowe said,
"Since getting an intestinal biopsy is not necessarily the first test anyone wants to undergo, it is fortunate that several blood tests are helpful during the initial steps of diagnosing celiac disease. These blood tests measure antibodies – usually IgA or IgG – that are made by immune cells to two main proteins.
One protein is an enzyme called tissue transglutaminase, or TTG, that is found in many cells of our body. TTG is released from the damaged intestine during active celiac disease, and antibodies to TTG are found to be elevated in the blood of most patients with untreated celiac disease.
The other protein to which the body’s immune system responds to abnormally in someone with active celiac disease (and occasionally in some other disorders) is a group of proteins found in gluten called gliadins.

She goes on to say "even the best antibody tests have some inaccuracies, including a false negative rate. Because of this, I would like to emphasize that if an individual patient’s case points to celiac disease, even if all antibody tests are negative, then the next step should be to undergo an upper G.I. endoscopy to obtain small intestinal biopsy samples. this test is also referred to as an esophagogastroduodenoscopy, or EGD. "

For the whole article (and lots more information on testing) please visit: