Welcome to the Southern Arizona Celiac Support Group
Welcome to the official web site of the Southern Arizona Celiac Support Group, CSA/USA Chapter 15. We are dedicated to assisting Southern Arizona residents and visitors with celiac disease, dermatitis herpetiformis or non-celiac gluten sensitivity along with their family and friends.
- Educating newly diagnosed patients with CD/DH on how to switch to a gluten-free (GF) diet: i.e., no wheat, barley, oats or rye or other grains containing harmful gluten.
- Aiding members in self-education by assisting in their search for information, finding hidden sources of gluten, and determining safe sources of food.
- Alerting members to recent research concerning CD.
- Educating the medical community about recent research that indicates that CD is drastically under-diagnosed in the US because it actually occurs in about 1 out of 133 people instead of the one in five thousand that are actually diagnosed.
News and Events
For a full schedule of support group events please see our calendar.
See our calendar for monthly details. Dates may change due to unusual circumstances, so please double check.
Gluten-Free Lunch Bunch
On the second Friday of the month we meet for lunch at a different restaurant offering gluten-free food.
Fourth Tuesday Dining
Join us for a gluten-free dinner every fourth Tuesday.
Monthly on the fourth Wednesday we meet at Ward 6 City Hall near Speedway & Country Club.
Gluten-Free Bread Baking Classes
Learn how to make good healthy gluten-free bread by doing it yourself under supervision. After the class we have lunch using the fresh baked bread. Classes are on going and scheduled when enought people request one. Most have been on a weekday morning. Contact Virginia via email firstname.lastname@example.org or call 520 888-5905. A donation is requested to cover expenses.
With the kind permission of Dr. Peter H.R. Green we are able to reproduce the symptoms checklist from his book Celiac Disease—A Hidden Epidemic. Use it to see if you should talk to your doctor about testing for celiac disease. We've also attached a diagram showing the steps to arrive at a diagnosis. Note that not every doctor will follow exactly this sequence, but you should be insistent on following up with all tests needed to establish for certain if you do or don't have celiac disease.
It's not just about "wheat"
We want to remind everyone with celiac disease or on a gluten-free diet that ALL types of wheat, by any name, contain gluten at levels harmful to anyone who is sensitive to it. This includes: Bulgur, common or bread wheat, Durum, Einkorn, Emmer, Kamut, Semolina and Spelt and any other type of wheat (any member of the genus Triticum). Be wary of any claims to the contrary.
Our parent organization, the Celiac Sprue Association, has a web page outlining the different grains and their gluten-free status.
Gluten-Free School Lunches
The diet.com blog recently posted an article on school lunchs and making sure they are gluten free. The include suggestions on how to ensure that your child receives gluten-free meals at school. There's also a good article from the National Foundation for Celiac Awareness on gluten-free lunch guidelines and how to navigate the requirements of your school.
Your comments and requests for information are welcome. Contact us by telephone, email or online form.
To join or renew your membership, register online (Pay by credit/debit card or PayPal account) or download and print the membership form in PDF format.
Last modified on August 10 2015.