Last Friday was National Celiac Awareness Day, but did you know that it shares the date with lesser known days such as, “Blame Someone Else Day?” Mike and Cam discuss a myriad of this somewhat strange and sometimes arbitrary group of special days. We also talk about the meaning of Celiac Awareness Day, and some of our hopes for better celiac awareness and understanding.
Real life celiac super-hero, Priyanka Chugh, creator of the blog, The Adventures of Anti-Wheat Girl, joins us. Priyanka, currently in medical school, shares her challenges growing up with mostly asymptomatic celiac disease in a family with a celiac brother and non-celiac sister, leading to some unique challenges. Ironically, Priyanka’s mother, Dr. Ritu Verma, happens to be one of the top pediatric gastroenterologists in the world. Priyanka illuminates us as to how celiac disease is being taught now (still not great), and her efforts to help educate her fellow medical students about celiac and other chronic health conditions.
Mike has made two trips to Madison, Wisconsin this summer. The second was with the great crew from GIG Chicago. He shares fantastic tales of other-worldly gluten free treats including refreshing beer from Alt Brew, tasty poke bowls, the most amazing waffles ever (?), and wait for it…gluten free deep fried cheese curds, Tachos (think nachos, but with tater tots) and FUNNEL CAKES!
It’s back to school time again, so Mike and Cam decided to sit down with Mike’s daughter, Jessica. Jessica is starting middle school this year and there will surely be new challenges. They talk to her about some of her strategies that have been helpful up to this point and what she is looking forward to and nervous about in the upcoming year.
New studies show that their might be a link between childhood trauma and the development of celiac disease. Mike and Cam discuss these studies, and open up about the toll that trauma and stress has had on their own lives, both pre-diagnosis and post.
Wouldn’t it be amazing if there was an app for finding 100% dedicated gluten free establishments around the world? Well now there is and our friend Carrie Veatch from “For Gluten Sake” made it happen! We find out what inspired Carrie to make her app and why she wanted to include only dedicated gluten free businesses.
Pull up a bar stool and sample along with us a few gluten-free summer “adult beverages.” We also reminisce about the fantastic 4th of July vacation that Mike and Cam and our families went on together, which included Cam’s first ever wine tasting and an out of this world #PizzaFriday. Cheers and happy summer to all!
Jessica Hanson is back! Jessica had a great approach to simplifying the process of making her wedding gluten free. She t shares her amazing gluten free culinary adventures on her honeymoon in Italy. We knew that Italy was an incredible celiac destination, but you won’t believe just how accommodating they are. After this conversation, Mike and Cam are ready to pack their bags!
After finding that Nexvax2 did not provide, “meaningful protection from gluten exposure when compared with placebo,” ImmusanT pulled the plug on their trial. Mike and Cam share their thoughts and also discuss a highly informative article written by Kelly Carter, a participant in the study. In the end, we are optimistic that more good will come out of this down the line, and we talk about why trials like these are so important to help us hopefully find a cure for celiac disease.
Our guest, Kristen Adam, at age 11 is the author of the book “Dear Celiac.” Kristen tells us about her celiac journey and what inspired her to write her fantastic book. The story unfolds beautifully due to her bold imagination and amazing illustrations, and she shares her insights on how and why she decided to put pen to paper.