Welcome to the Southern Arizona Celiac Support Group
This is 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 and dermatitis herpetiformis, as well as 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.
Potluck and General Meeting
Come and join us with your family and friends for our potluck and general meeting at The Journey, 4700 N. Swan Rd. (Between River and Sunrise) on March 8th at 11:30 a.m. Bring your favorite gluten-free dish (along with the recipe) to share. Remember to label your delicious offerings with all of the ingredients for those of us with additional food allergies. Help spread the word with our flyer.
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 email@example.com or call 520 888-5905. A donation is requested to cover expenses.
Your Support Group is Represented on Bear Essentail News
One of our younger members, Ciara Pebley, presented a report "What Does GF Mean? It Means Gluten Free. It Also Means Good Food!" on KVOA Channel 4's Bear Essential News for Kids.
We WANT you!
Support your support group. SACS is as good as you, our members make it.
Celiac Disease Survey
If you have been diagnosed with celiac disease or gluten intolerance you probably have a story about your experiences. Please share it with us by taking our survey.
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.
GoodSearch will donate to the Celiac Sprue Association
Want to donate to our parent organization (CSA) every time you search the Web? Well, you can by using GoodSearch and setting up CSA as the charity you want to support. Just go to http://www.goodsearch.com/ and enter "celiac sprue association" in the "WHO DO YOU WANT TO GOODSEARCH FOR" box and click the "Verify" button. You should see "Celiac Sprue Association USA - CSA (Omaha, NE)" appear and you're good to go. There's a link (http://www.goodsearch.com/Toolbars.aspx) with instructions on how to add it as a search option for the search box in Internet Explorer, Firefox and Google Chrome. You can even download a toolbar for Internet Explorer.
A Reminder from Your Support Group
We want to remind everyone with celiac disease or on a gluten-free diet that ALL types of wheat 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.
Tucson Cel-Kids (formerly R.O.C.K. Tucson Chapter)
Cel-Kids - For assistance with a newly diagnosed child or just to connect with families that have celiac kids, contact Cel-Kids Chair, firstname.lastname@example.org.
Collecting Ideas on a living facility with a gluten free kitchen
Suppose you could no longer live independently,
had no relative, friend, or group able to share housing, food preparation, etc.
Suppose there were a facility featuring a gluten-free kitchen. that was affordable to you, had room/apartment that would accommodate you where the staff were knowledgeable about GF food prep.
Suppose there were *NO* facility featuring a gluten-free kitchen available to you.
Would you like to add your name(s) to a list of others who have expressed interest in locating or creating such a facility? If so, contact Pat Hirsch at (520) 971-9595, email@example.com or Phoenix Wheeler at (520) 751-2332, firstname.lastname@example.org.
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.
Celiac Disease Newsfeed
Celiac disease - Google News
- Save our Suppers: Eating out with celiac disease - The Desert Sun
- Thu, 06 Mar 2014 23:41:38 GMTSave our Suppers: Eating out with celiac disease
The Desert Sun
The letters suggesting restaurants that serve gluten-free fare keep coming in, but the latest warn of more serious implications than just wanting to avoid wheat. Several people wrote to say they have celiac disease - an autoimmune digestive disease ...
- I'm not dying, but I do have celiac disease - Fox News
- Fri, 28 Feb 2014 13:23:44 GMTI'm not dying, but I do have celiac disease
A year ago I got a clean bill of health from my doctor. My mother insisted I was hitting the age where an annual physical was mandatory, and she threatened that if I didn't schedule a checkup, she'd cut me off from inheriting her extensive thimble ...
- More people living with celiac disease, avoiding gluten - Madison.com
- Sun, 23 Feb 2014 13:35:20 GMTMore people living with celiac disease, avoiding gluten
The Lashua family - from left, Jon, daughter Emily, 16, and Carol - eat dinner at their Madison home. Carol was diagnosed in 2012 with celiac disease, an intolerance to gluten, a protein found in wheat, rye, barley and many processed foods. The ...
Churches help worshipers seeking gluten-free communion
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- Concerns over celiac disease drive Argentine food certification - AgraNet (subscription)
- Fri, 07 Mar 2014 20:01:59 GMTConcerns over celiac disease drive Argentine food certification
Ongoing expansion of the list of gluten-free products on the Integrated List of Gluten-Free Foods (ALG) indicates increased dietary options available to the estimated 1% of Argentina's population suffering from celiac disease. When the first list was ...
Gluten-Free Lite Is Not An Option To Feeling Better
ChicagoNow (blog) all 4 news articles »
- Diagnosing and Managing Celiac Disease in Primary Care: Application of ... - Medscape
- Thu, 13 Feb 2014 17:24:27 GMT
Celiac.comDiagnosing and Managing Celiac Disease in Primary Care: Application of ...
Guidelines for the care of patients with suspected or known celiac disease are changing rapidly as new research leads to new understanding of the pathophysiology, assessment, and management of this increasingly common condition. Medscape spoke with ...
Near-patient Celiac Serology Testing Useful for Celiac Disease Follow-up
Celiac.com all 2 news articles »
- Screening Benefits First-degree Relatives of Celiac Disease Patients - Celiac.com
- Mon, 03 Mar 2014 08:04:28 GMTScreening Benefits First-degree Relatives of Celiac Disease Patients
Celiac.com 03/03/2014 - Spotting celiac disease early is important for optimal patient outcome. However, serological markers of celiac disease aren't much good for spotting mild histopathological lesions in adults at risk for celiac. A team of ...
Last modified on February 16 2014.