Archive | November, 2012


23 Nov

c’est cool

Layered MRI Self-Portraits Engraved in Glass Sheets by Angela Palmer.




A Gluten Free Thanksgiving

23 Nov

As the holiday has come and gone–I was thrilled to see countless tweets, newspaper articles, and blog entries: all about finding or cooking a good Gluten Free Thanksgiving meal.  The magnitude of articles–especially, their focus on workable meals was very good to see. From, last year–to this, the sheer volume of postings across the web increased by factors.

This level of understanding is a good thing. And, I think, is a great Thanksgiving Gift to all of us suffering from Celiac Disease or Gluten Insensitivity.

Here’s wishing that you had a good gobble gobble day!

Poop Cycle of Celiac Disease

21 Nov

Here is an interesting chart that shows the amount of time patients with Celiac Disease spend in the restroom.

A Graph about Poop

**Note: It’s Funny. 🙂

Some Facts about Autism

18 Nov

Autism Awarenss

So, here are some facts about Autism.

→ Vaccines do not cause autism.

→ Autism is a deficit in a kiddos language skills.   Specifically, autism manifests as a deficit in receptive language or expressive language. The term Autism Spectrum Disorder has replaced the term Autism.

→Autism spectrum disorder is defined by defects in impairment in socialization, restricted/repetitive behavior, and impairment in communication.

→Intervening  early and intensively is key to treatment. It should be done by trained applied behavioral analysts affiliated with a medical group. It should NOT be done by isolation, changing foods, and other fad diets.

→ A child with autism starts showing signs  around 12 months of age by showing impairment in communication.

→It is hard for parents and doctors to judge impairment in communication. Let’s be honest, we communicate better some days than others. Just remember the last time one of our spouses were exiled to “the couch.”

→A child’s brain develops by pruning. Similar to how we prune a hedge. It’s argued that “autistic” kids don’t prune early in life.

→The  inability to show “joint attention” is the core symptom of autism and is a more concrete way to identify  “communication” impairments.

→Joint attention is best explained by this analogy:  a kiddo points to a cloud. He really digs that cloud. He then, looks at you or dad–he signals,  makes a noise, or says a word to get your interest. AND, then, the child wants you to see that groovy cloud. That is joint attention is a nutshell.

→The inability to see, express interest, and share that interest is very telling of autism spectrum disorder.

→In the near future, head circumference might be one of the first screening tools for the  indication of autism.

→Autism’s incidence is growing because we now have screening tools to recognize and diagnose it.

→The Academy of Pediatrics now recommends autism screening for ALL children from between 18 and 24 months of age.

→If  your doctor doesn’t screen your child, ask them nicely.  If your doctor still doesn’t, get another doctor.

→Kiddos should be screened earlier than 18 months if they have a sibling with autism, aren’t talking by age 1, have a family history of any auto-immune diseases, or, if, they have a family history of any psychiatric disease.

→Autism is a diagnosis that now forces Commercial and Medicaid Insurance to pay for treatment by specialists. It was recently passed and is rightfully called the “autism insurance bill.”

→Most Commercial insurances and Medicaid now reimburse doctors for this screening test, MCHAT. It is politically correct to educate your doctor from reputed academic sources, not necessarily from what ya may have  heard on da street.

→By, that I mean: Jenny McCarthy.

→If, Mr Rodgers were still around, he’d surely not like Jenny McCarthy. But, I’m sure, he’d have a classy way of describing his opinion of her. I have yet to gain that skill.

Please note: the above does not replace medical advice, diagnosis, and treatment of your doctor.


16 Nov

Frito-Lays Gluten Free Recipes

16 Nov

So, it came to my attention that Frito-Lays has created a dedicated gluten free section of recipes on its site. This is both good news and bad.

First the good: Awesome! Using their recipe list in conjunction with their gluten free food list you and I can quickly concoct up a fast meal/snack from a rather plentiful selection of foods. This is great for those quick ‘snacks on the go,’ and for those lazy Sundays. Sometimes, we’re not looking for a gourmet meal–it’s a snack attack we’re after. And, for this purpose alone, I think the above links make sense.

But, the bad: It’s Junk Food. I know I’m contradicting myself from the above–but, I think this juxtaposition, should be allowed to stand. But, the idea that I wish to explore: Where is a GF recipe index to fast and healthy foods? Foods that only only meet our celicac disease specifications; but, also, taste yummy, and don’t take forever to make. Perhaps, it’s time, we come together as a community and do just that.

I’m open to suggestions!

Food Banks are Becoming Aware of Gluten Free Foods

13 Nov

It’s not unusual for food banks to put out calls for donations, but now the  Calgary Food Bank is seeking out a product that’s become more common recently – gluten-free food.

Heather Anderson needs to eat gluten-free food because  she has celiac disease.  Her condition means if she consumes gluten – a protein  found in grains like wheat and barley – her body won’t be able to absorb  carbohydrates, protein, fat, vitamins and minerals.

“I hadn’t been well  and we were living on one income and I had to come to the food bank and my  husband, who’s pretty proud, he’s the one who came to pick up the hamper, came  home and I went through it and realized there was really nothing I could eat,”  she told Global News.

Heather  brought the issue to the Calgary Food Bank’s attention, and as a result, the  organization unofficially launched one of Canada’s first celiac hamper programs  about two years ago. In that time, it has been educating donors and volunteers  on the need for gluten-free options.  But the demand for these products  have risen, and now it wants people to be aware of the need for donations

Read it on Global News:  It’ s not unusual for food banks to put out calls for donations, but now the Calgary Food Bank is seeking out a product that’ s become more common recently – gluten-free food.

I think this level of awareness is a must. CD is a disease! This is not something patients should treat lightly. I don’t know if such a level of awareness has trickled down to the states. We need to organize and we need to do it fast!

Happy Diwali to All!!

13 Nov

Let’s make it a Great One!

Some Facts about Appendicitis

12 Nov

It’s gonna burst!

Here’s a list of some facts on appendicitis.

→Our appendix is a vestigial organ, we aren’t quite sure of its purpose.

→The plural of appendix is appendices.

→An inflamed appendix usually affects from adolescence to your late 40s of adulthood.  Those outside of this age group will usually have vague symptoms.

→It typically presents as acute epigastric abdominal pain which radiates to the  right lower quadrant of your belly are sometimes signs of appendicitis.

→An inflamed appendix is associated with fever, lack of appetite, nausea, vomiting are signs of appendicitis.

→A perforated appendix is a life threatening condition, it needs immediate attention.

→The treatment is surgical intervention.

→More than 250,000 folks get this stinker removed each year & some studies show an INCREASE in fiber shows DECREASED incidence of appendicitis.

→Most patients get discharged within one day after the surgery.

→You’ll need to rest for 1 week from school or work after an appendectomy.

→As long as you aren’t vomiting after surgery;  you can start eating a clear liquid diet.  Beer is NOT considered a clear liquid diet.

→Some of us have an appendix on our left side. There have been no studies that have shown an association with left sided appendixes and lefties in general.

→Pain caused by jumping up and down; or, pain with each bump in a car ride is called a “peritoneal sign;” it generally signifies peritoneal inflammation.

→Your little heart can eat as many popcorn kernels, pizza, and teriyaki chicken as it desires. These foods have NOT been shown to cause appendicitis.

Please note: the above does not replace medical advice, diagnosis, and treatment of your doctor.

Some Facts about Hernias

11 Nov

Man, that hurts!

Here are some random facts about hernias:

-Men AND Women can and do develop hernias.

-Most men will describe a history of lifting a heavy object, turning/twisting abnormanlly; and, then, a sensation of having felt a “pop” and seeing a “bulge.”

-You may see a mass extrude through the hernia, which resembles a pouch.

-No, you’re not a kangaroo.

-Your surgeon may have to perform emergency surgery if your intestines get strangulated or incarcerated as they move through the abdominal defect.

-Most hernias can be surgically corrected via a laparoscopic approach–this is of value because you’re left with three tiny suture sites.

-The surgery to repair the defect is VERY routine and is done to strengthen your abdominal wall. Think of a tire patch on a flat tire.

-Blood in stools, bloating, numbness in the inner thighs, and intense pain, are, sometimes, symptoms that your hernia isn’t just an accessory of the year. It’s NOT something to show to your friends at parties–it might be time to have that pouch examined by your doctor.

Please note: the above does not replace medical advice, diagnosis, and treatment of your doctor.