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Going Gluten Free

Ever Heard of Elafin?

Posted by Living Without senior science correspondent Christine Boyd on April 16, 2014

If you have celiac disease or gluten sensitivity, keep a little molecule called elafin on your radar. Researchers from McMaster University recently found that administering elafin (packaged in a probiotic) to mice protected the intestinal lining damaged by gluten.

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Recent Blog Articles

Try This at Home

Posted by Living Without contributor Kathryn Scott on April 9, 2014

Spring cleaning. Did you know that most common household cleaners contain toxic ingredients? Fortunately, there are safer (and less expensive) ways to clean your home, using products that are probably already on your pantry shelf.

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Is Quinoa Safe?

Posted by Living Without senior medical correspondent Christine Boyd on March 31, 2014

Do you eat a lot of quinoa? Super-nutritious quinoa is a popular staple for many on the gluten-free diet, but is it safe for those with celiac disease? There's been very little research about this - until now. Here's what a new study reveals.

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Siblings Matter

Posted by Living Without contributor Wendy Mondello on March 26, 2014

My 5-year-old daughter Pamela does not have food allergies but she has a sibling who does. Joseph, age 10, is allergic to peanuts, tree nuts, wheat, milk, egg, soy, sesame and mustard. With so much family-focus on the child with food allergies, it's easy to overlook the siblings.

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Sharing the Journey

Posted by Living Without associate editor Eve Becker on March 19, 2014

Many of us with celiac disease and other special dietary needs are searching for a shared connection and mutual passion. I found both while covering the world's largest natural products trade show.

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Clean Up Your Shampoo

Posted by Living Without contributor Janice Cox on March 12, 2014

Many people wash their hair every day and don't think much about it. But for those of us with sensitive skin and allergies, the label on a shampoo bottle gives the expression "bad hair day" a whole new meaning.

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What Would YOU Say?

Posted by Living Without editor Alicia Woodward on March 5, 2014

A reader asks: "My daughter was just diagnosed with severe allergies. I want to explain this to her in a positive way. Can you help?" Living Without medical contributor, expert food allergist Mike Pistiner, MD, responds.

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Growing Up with Anaphylaxis

Posted by Living Without contributor Joshua Feblowitz on February 26, 2014

My parents never wanted my food allergies to define me. Looking back, I can see that they taught me how to eat out in restaurants starting when I was a very young boy.

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Top 6 Supplements for Your Gluten-Free Diet

Posted by Living Without editor Alicia Woodward on February 19, 2014

We should all be getting complete and proper nutrition from our diet - but that doesn't often happen. Here are the top 6 supplements that can fill in the gaps of your gluten-free diet.

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The Things We Do for a Photo!

Posted by Living Without editor Alicia Woodward on February 12, 2014

Here's a peek at the behind-the-scenes struggle we had at one of our recent photo shoots.

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Ready for Valentine's Day?

Posted by Living Without editor Alicia Woodward on February 5, 2014

Much like Halloween, Valentine's Day introduces increased risk for cross contact with food allergens. Knowing the risks and preparing for them before February 14 lowers the likelihood of accidental exposure. Here's advice and helpful tips from pediatric allergist Mike Pistiner, MD.

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Baking Without Corn

Posted by Living Without contributor Wendy Mondello on January 29, 2014

Do you have an allergy or intolerance to corn? Corn hides in surprising places. It can show up in products like meat, condiments, sauces, yogurt, beverages, medications, body powder, paper plates, crayons and toothpaste.

It's hidden in some common baking ingredients, too. Here's help.

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Are You Scent Sensitive?

Posted by Living Without contributor Sandee Koehler on January 22, 2014

My husband and I were having a rare night out – just the two of us - when a couple sat down behind us in the restaurant. Within seconds, the blinding pain of a migraine struck, sending me rushing to the ladies' room with nausea. The culprit? Perfume.

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A Parent’s Tool Kit

Posted by Living Without contributor Sueson Vess on January 15, 2014

Implementing the gluten-free, casein-free diet is more than simply replacing gluten and dairy with substitute ingredients. Here's a quick guide to rehabbing your child's diet.

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Oh My Gourd!

Posted by Living Without contributor Matthew Kadey, RD on January 8, 2014

Low in calories and high in fiber, winter squash brings a slew of nutrients to the table. Here are some how-to tips for taking advantage of these delicious and versatile veggies.

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New Year, New Life

Posted by Living Without contributor Brendan Richardson on January 1, 2014

The call came from my doctor while I was at work. "Great news! Test results show you have celiac disease," he said. "No more gluten for you."

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The Gift of My Special Diet

Posted by Living Without food editor Beth Hillson on December 26, 2013

Some of my best friendships started over the inability to eat gluten - and they're richer for it.

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Snowball Cookies and Snowy Travel

Posted by Living Without contributor Wendy Mondello on December 18, 2013

With Christmas just a week away, my daughter and I love making - and eating! - Living Without's tasty Chocolate Snowball Cookies. We roll the chocolate dough in powdered sugar to give the cookies a nice dusting of "snow." It reminds me of the way real snow recently altered a family trip to NYC. My son is seriously allergic to multiple foods and unexpected winter storms put my travel preparation skills to the ultimate test.

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Tea for Christmas

Posted by Living Without contributor Patricia Wyker on December 11, 2013

My appreciation for tea started nearly 30 years ago when a favorite aunt gave me a delicate cup and saucer from her antique shop. This Christmas gift was too special to collect dust on my shelf.

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Make Your Own Play Dough

Posted by Living Without's test kitchen director Madalene Rhyand on December 4, 2013

Keeping your home safe for young children with food allergies and sensitivities goes beyond what food goes into their mouths. It includes the toys they play with. Take Play-Doh, the popular children's clay. It contains wheat products - off limits for kids with celiac disease, gluten sensitivity and wheat allergy.

What to do? Play it safe with these easy-to-make, safe alternatives.

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