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Celiac disease & gluten-free diets, on the newest episode of A Healthier Charlotte

Posted on 31 Jan 2012 by Bobby DeMuro

This week on A Healthier Charlotte, we explore gluten intolerance, and the more serious issue of celiac disease, with four experts from the celiac community.

Restaurants, food producers and chefs across the country are all embracing the gluten-free craze, but what does it mean for you? And is it just a nutrition fad set to fade over time, or is there something more serious behind the gluten-free movement?

The Disease
Celiac disease is an autoimmune disease — a digestive condition triggered by consumption of the protein gluten, which is found in bread, pasta, and other foods containing wheat, barley or rye. People with celiac disease who eat foods with gluten experience damage to the small intestine, and an inability to absorb nutrients.

Eventually, the decreased absorption of nutrients causes vitamin deficiencies that deprive the brain, nervous system, bones, and organs of vital nourishment. While there is no current treatment for celiac disease, you can effectively manage it through dietary adjustments.

The Show
Four local experts joined me on set to shed some light on celiac disease, gluten intolerance, and what it means in Charlotte. Our two-part panel:

Carol Szer, Charlotte Celiac Connection. Carol is a founding member of the support and information group Charlotte Celiac Connection.

Pat Fogarty, RD, LD, MSN. Pat is a registered dietitian focusing on celiac disease education and awareness, and a nutrition instructor at Johnson & Wales University.

Jackie Fogarty. Pat’s daughter, Jackie was diagnosed with celiac disease as a 2-year old.

Janet Kline, Charlotte Celiac Connection. Janet is a founding member of the support and information group Charlotte Celiac Connection.

Nikki Everett, R.O.C.K. Charlotte. Nikki is the Founder of Raising Our Celiac Kids Charlotte, as well as the Charlotte Gluten/Allergen Free Expo.

What About You?
Do you know someone with celiac disease? Have you ever gone gluten-free?

Send me your questions on Twitter or Facebook, and visit A Healthier Charlotte while you’re at it – Charlotte’s best local source of health and medical information.


  1. Tarmez J. 31 Jan 2012 at 8:34 PM

    This is great! Glad to put some names to faces about celiac disease because it seems like EVERYBODY I know is going gluten free. Nice to see it’s more than just a fad for some, but something necessary and real. Good info!

  2. Lee 31 Jan 2012 at 8:47 PM

    Great show Bobby! Always good topics good guests and great information, can’t wait to see what’s next…

  3. Jo Mac. 1 Feb 2012 at 1:09 PM

    This is a great topic! Thanks for the great information on celiac and all the gluten free talk, such an important thing to focus on!

  4. Jayden 1 Feb 2012 at 2:12 PM

    Thanks for focusing on an important topic like this Bobby! Nice work :)

  5. Jason Dominick 1 Feb 2012 at 2:54 PM

    Great show Bobby! Good guests and content, and I thought it is a great discussion. Glad to be able to hear some more about gluten and celiac disease, because it’s one of thsoe things I’ve heard about a ton, but have no clue what it really meant. Thank you!

  6. Elaine 1 Feb 2012 at 5:18 PM

    Thank you for doing a show on celiac disease! I was diagnosed several years ago and have been learning to live with it. Love that somebody local took the time to do this, it’s very valuable!

  7. Helen 2 Feb 2012 at 11:18 AM

    Very informative show. Nice job.

  8. kayley 2 Feb 2012 at 2:19 PM

    Great discussion on the show! I’m not in Charlotte but I love seeing that CLT has a celiac connection and organizations to do that sort of stuff — sure wish we had this awareness in small town Texas ;)

    Good information, too — nice job all around by the pretty ladies :)

  9. Jamie 3 Feb 2012 at 10:46 AM

    Great show! Love to see all the gluten free stuff because it’s something I don’t know a lot about, but I’m starting to notice it everywhere. I don’t know if I know anybody with celiac disease!

  10. Tom S. 3 Feb 2012 at 4:58 PM

    Great episode this week, Bobby. I will have to look in to this gluten free thing more, as I’ve heard about it but never paid attention before. The things you learn!

  11. Zane 4 Feb 2012 at 10:27 AM

    Great well-rounded look at celiac and gluten free stuff! Nice work AHC!!

  12. Elaine 6 Feb 2012 at 1:01 PM

    Great job on the show this week guys. Lots of good information that i can take away and thanks for turning us on to Charlotte Celiac Connection! I thought they represented themselves very well.