Beware: Not All Advil is Gluten Free

posted Sep 27, 2013, 11:52 AM by Isabella Porter   [ updated Jan 9, 2014, 8:52 AM ]

Most likely you knew this already, but unfortunately I did not, and I hope that sharing this info helps someone else.

Advil® Liqui-Gels® and Advil® Migraine contain wheat derivatives and are not gluten-free. Check their website at

If any of you ever need to take a pain reliever, there are generic versions of Advil (ibuprofen), Tylenol (acetaminophen) and Aspirin labeled as gluten-free, including Target and Ralphs brands, among others.

You may want to check this link for more on Advil

We should always verify that medications are GF, preferably contacting the company directly if the product is not labeled GF. The new GF labeling rule approved August 2nd, 2013 includes supplements, but not medications.


To read the latest status on the HR 2003: Gluten in Medicine Disclosure Act, introduced in May 2013 by the US Congress, please click below.


Support Group Leadership Update

posted Feb 12, 2012, 2:07 PM by Isabella Porter   [ updated Mar 4, 2013, 8:44 AM ]


Due to health reasons, Betty will be limiting her involvement with Central Coast Celiacs. Isabella will continue as the Support Group Leader for Central Coast Celiacs. Betty and Isabella will continue to keep in touch and share information about celiac disease and the gluten-free diet. We hope you feel better soon, Betty. Health always first!

Isabella can be reached at and

More Info

posted Feb 26, 2011, 11:58 AM by Isabella Porter   [ updated Jan 9, 2014, 8:53 AM ]


Gluten-free and Still Feeling Sick?

posted Nov 6, 2010, 2:36 PM by Isabella Porter   [ updated May 28, 2015, 2:04 PM ]


Celiac Disease on the Rise, Striking Later in Life

posted Nov 6, 2010, 2:35 PM by Isabella Porter

10/26/2010 - A recent study shows that, since 1974, the rate of celiac disease has doubled every fifteen years, and that celiac rates increase as people grow older, with many developing the disease in their 50s or 60s.


The Center for Celiac Research led the study, which looked at 3,511 volunteers who submitted blood samples in 1974 and 1989, along with updates every two to three years until 2007.


Because researchers in the study surveyed the same people over time, says Mayo Clinic gastroenterologist Dr. Joseph Murray, the study adds weight to the concept that celiac disease can emerge at any age.


The study results also echo those of a 2008 Finnish study that found that elderly people had rates of celiac disease nearly two and a half times higher than the general population.


The fact that celiac disease seems to be increasing among older age groups is significant because, if someone can be gluten-tolerant for 40 or 50 years before developing celiac disease, environmental factors may outweigh genetic causes for the disease, says Alessio Fasano, director of the Center for Celiac Research.


Fasano says that other unknown environmental changes and changes in "the composition of bacteria in our guts" may be causing gluten autoimmunity to present itself later in life.


Although researchers have identified specific genetic markers for the development of celiac disease, the exact way in which people lose tolerance to gluten remains unknown. 

University of Maryland gets record $45M for Celiac Research

posted Nov 6, 2010, 11:35 AM by Isabella Porter   [ updated Apr 20, 2015, 11:06 AM ]

Baltimore Business Journal - by Emily Mullin

Date:  Thursday, October 28, 2010


An Indiana couple has donated $45 million to the University of Maryland School of Medicine to create a new research center, marking the largest private gift in the history of the University System of Maryland. The gift will help expand the University of Maryland Center for Celiac Research and study other autoimmune disorders such as multiple sclerosis and Type 1 diabetes.
The couple, Ken and Sheila Cafferty, have dealt with celiac disease. Sheila suffers from the disease, a disorder in which the small intestine is not able to digest gluten, found most commonly in wheat products. An estimated one out of 133 people in the U.S. suffers from celiac. Out of the total donation, $40 million comes from a private foundation in which the Cafferties are key stakeholders. The remaining $5 million comes to the school of medicine directly from the couple and will fund an endowed distinguished professor and director position for the research center. The center will hire 13 faculty members initially, but eventually it hopes to employs as many as 200 people.
Dr. Alessio Fasano, professor and director of the University of Maryland Center for Celiac Research, will be the first director of the new research enterprise.
Note: Dr. Fasano has moved to Massachusetts General Hospital.

Alessio Fasano, MD, is Visiting Professor of Pediatrics, Harvard Medical School, and Division Chief of Pediatric Gastroenterology and Nutrition at the Massachusetts General Hospital for Children in Boston. He also serves as Associate Chief of Basic, Clinical and Translational Research for the Department of Pediatrics, Director of the Center for Celiac Research and Director of the Mucosal Immunology and Biology Research Center at the same institution.



posted Jul 21, 2010, 6:16 PM by Isabella Porter   [ updated Jun 1, 2015, 10:03 AM ]

Sheila Crowe, MD. UCSD (University of California San Diego)

A great option in California for diagnosed celiacs experiencing continuing symptoms, despite a strict gluten free diet, and those with complicated celiac disease . Please click below for more info. 

UCLA (University of California Los Angeles)
The UCLA will serve anyone who requires testing, is seeking a diagnosis or who is already diagnosed and needs follow-up care or a referral to another specialist.
100 UCLA Medical Plaza, Suite 700, Los Angeles CA.

Call 310-208-5400 to make an appointment.

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