Hot off the trails of her first school over-nighter, Mike’s daughter, Jessica (10), shares the ups and downs she encounters as a first time solo celiac traveler. Even well planned trips like this one have some mishaps, and Jessica handles them like a champ!
Our guest, Maureen Basye, is taking the world of cruising by storm, creating the first ever Celiac Cruise! Maureen tells us how and why she was inspired to make this dream of a Celiac Cruise a reality. Despite some of the challenges that she has discovered along the way, Maureen’s passion for safe travel for those with celiac disease and gluten intolerance can’t stand in the way of making this awesome vision come to life.
We check in with Cam on the way back from a road trip to St. Louis where he and his sister Peyton were on a quest for comedy. One of their favorite comedians, Tony Hinchcliffe, does a unique show called “Kill Tony”, where audience members are able to put their names in a hat for the opportunity to get critiqued (or roasted in many cases) by Tony himself. We talk about how Cam prepped for his trip foodwise and find out if Cam or Peyton had the nerve to put their names in the hat!
In part 2 of our talk with scientist, Craig Hardgrove, we get deeper into some of the psychological effects of dealing with pre and post diagnosed celiac. On a lighter note, we also talk about our shared love of Chicago style beef sandwiches, and debate how to prepare the perfect sandwich–just don’t forget the giardiniera!
In part 1 of our talk with Craig Hardgrove, Craig shares his story of how he used his ill health and angst to propose an audacious plan to NASA using tiny spacecrafts to find hidden hydrogen on the moon….spoiler alert…they accepted it! Mike, Cam and Craig discuss how their celiac (both pre and post diagnosis) have at times motivated them while other times they’ve held themselves back due to celiac.
Inspired by the bizarre New York Times interview with Gwyneth Paltrow, where she takes credit for popularizing the gluten free diet (among other things), we examine that brand of crazy plus some of the other celiac and gluten free myths that are being perpetuated.
As if adjusting to a gluten free diet isn’t enough of a challenge, the loss of enjoying a variety of great beer can be a bummer…unless you’re gluten free home brewer extraordinaire and founder of Zero Tolerance Homebrew Club, Joe Morris. Morris is a gluten free brewing dynamo! We learn about how Joe first started the club, made the transition from traditional home brewer to gluten free, and recently became an award winning brewer himself. Joe also gives some tips on how you can get started with gluten free home brewing!
It is hard for anybody getting diagnosed for the first time with celiac disease to navigate a new way of life. Now imagine that you just moved to another country when that happened. Our guest, Leah Davis, who joins us from Berlin, Germany, did just that. Leah got her diagnosis just a few months after moving there. She talks about the multitude of challenges she faced getting diagnosed all while navigating a new language and a new country.
Dr. Peter Green and Dr. Benjamin Lebwohl, both of the Celiac Disease Center at Columbia University, served as editors on a recent journal publication updating some long held beliefs on celiac disease. Mike and Cam share their thoughts, and are hopeful that the changing face of celiac will lead to higher diagnosis rates and even more breakthroughs in research as better treatments and a possible cure draw nearer.
It’s been a long time since Mike’s nephew, Sam, has been a guest on the podcast. He joins the show to talk about his recent trip to Israel with a group from college. As a vegetarian with celiac disease, Sam often has increased miscommunications, especially when ordering a meal in advance. We talk about some of the challenges he faced on the trip as well as his top tips for eating gluten free in Israel.