Gluten Intolerance Group of Central Arkansas

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March 2011


Gluten on TV today, March 23

 I was interviewed for a story that will air on the 5pm news on THV


Dr. Oz show: “The Gluten Myth – Is It Really Making Us Fat” 


Please check the calendar for meeting room change in April and date change for May


Table of Contents


·       Donations

·       GF 101

·       Meetings are at the Heart Hospital

·       Sharing Information – *please send me recipes, reviews and more*

·       Calendar – GIG of Central Arkansas

·       GFCA is changing its name to Gluten Intolerance Group of Central Arkansas

·       GIG 2011 Annual Education Conference in Orlando

·       Support Groups Around Arkansas – Jonesboro, Fayetteville, Hot Springs, Fort Smith

·       Children’s Corner by Sherri

·       Children Summer Camps

·       New Groups in AR – Conway;

·       GF drawings and discounts – Gluten Free Deals; Sure Food Living

·       GF foods- Kellogg’s, Glutenfreeda, Katz, Enjoy Life

·       Restaurants – Bravo’s, ordering GF pizza

·       Drug Emporium – GF aisle has expanded

·       Recipes – Chicken Soup; Rice Federation; Peanut Butter Brownies

·       Beauty Products – Arbonne

·      New Tests for Gluten Sensitivity – Cyrex Labs

·      Articles and Abstracts - Differences between celiac disease and gluten sensitivity


Please send donations to our GIGCA treasurer, Terri Murdoch. Make checks payable to GFCA until we change our name with the bank too.

11 Berwyn Dr

Little Rock, AR 72227

Phone: 501-312-1689


Gluten Free 101 classes are held on demand. Please contact either Terri Murdoch or me for more information on classes in Little Rock.  LaDonna Brock has moved. She is now available for GF 101 in Hot Springs. She can be contacted by email at or by phone 501-262-4299


Meetings are at the Heart Hospital

Please feel free to bring in home baked or store bought foods you would like to share with the group.


Each month Drug Emporium is kindly donating GF food for us to try. 


This room is located in a building behind the main hospital. When you drive in from the stoplight, you will be facing the hospital. Go to the right. When you come to the stop sign, go left.  This takes you behind the hospital.  The building with the Fireplace Room will be on the right with a sign that says ANNEX. There is convenient parking in front of the building and we can ignore the HR ONLY parking signs as it is after hours.


Arkansas Heart Hospital

1701 South Shackleford Road

Little Rock, AR 72211


Going south on I-430, take exit 5 and turn right onto Shackleford. Hospital is on the right.


Going north on I-430, take exit 5 and turn left onto Shackleford. Hospital is on the right.


For questions contact

Anne Luther                                                                                                                                               



Sharing information

We would love to hear from you. Here are some subjects that would be of interest:

1) Recipes

2) Product reviews

3) Restaurant reviews

4) Information on GF traveling

5) Your story

6) Anything you would like to share with the group


Calendar for GIGCA

  Monday, April 18th, 6-8pm “Popcorn and a Movie”We will watch more of the video from Health Now.  If you were at the January meeting, you heard Dr. Rodney Ford speak. This night we will hear Cynthia Kupper, RD who is the Executive Director of GIG. For this meeting we have to move to the Administrative Conference Room on the 3rd Floor of the main hospital. You may park in front and go in through the main entrance.


Wednesday, May 11th, 7-9pm. I am pleased to announce that Dr. Kenneth Fine will be stopping by to speak to our group. He is the founder and current director of Enterolab. As many of you know he started offering tests for gluten sensitivity, intestinal absorption, genetic tests and tests for other food sensitivities directly to the public through Enterolab. He long ago recognized that gluten sensitivity without celiac disease is a very common problem and that people with non-celiac gluten sensitivity do not test positive using tests specific for celiac disease. You can find out more about Dr. Fine and Enterolab on his websites:


 Please RSVP for Dr. Fine’s meeting so we can be sure to have enough chairs for everyone.



Monday, June 20th, 6-8pm – Paula Dempsey will be talking about the opening of her gluten free bakery, "Dempsey Bakery" Your Gluten Free and Specialty Baker. Yes, that is right, Little Rock is going to have a bakery without gluten! The bakery will also make special items for special needs beyond gluten free. Other stores will also carry the GF bakery items.   Come and hear all about this bakery. Samples will be served.  Please note that there is a possibility that this meeting will be held at the Dempsey Bakery so, be sure to check the newsletter calendar.


GFCA Name Change

Gluten Intolerance Group (GIG) is asking all branches to change their names to “Gluten Intolerance Group of (region or city)” In order to be in compliance with this rule, we will change our name to Gluten Intolerance Group of Central Arkansas. At this time our website address will remain the same.


GIG has asked the groups to do this so we are all easily recognized as branches of GIG. It can be confusing when each branch picks out a unique name. A good example of this would be a restaurant chain. If each restaurant were allowed to choose its own name, you would not recognize it as a part of the chain. This will give GIG and the branches a more unified and cohesive look.



2011 Gluten Intolerance Group Annual Education Conference

Save the Date

Where: Orlando, FL


Venue: Gaylord Palms Hotel & convention center


Date: June 30, 2011 through July 2, 2011

Discounted registration through April 1


Details will be posted as they are available

Plan your vacation around this great Conference

Watch the website for more details: 



Support Groups Around Arkansas


Gluten Intolerance in N.E. AR -Jonesboro. Mt. Carmel Methodist Church, 4000 Southwest Drive. For information about meetings please contact:

Barbara Feeser 870-935-4515  

Gale Pierce 870-539-2591

Corrie Stricklin  870-268-1080.  Nature's Pantry location is 554 CR 409 (also known as South Culberhouse), Jonesboro, AR.72404.




 NWA Celiac Sprue Association Support Group For more information you may contact Carolyn McKinley at 479-644-9909 or email



 Hot Springs Village There are two contact persons: Nancy Carter   or Jeannie Shapley, 501-321-8171,



 Gluten Free Fort Smith - For more information contact Majetta Green 479-221-4372 or 


Please let me know if you want information about your Arkansas Gluten Free support group added to this newsletter.


Children’s Corner by Sherri 

When I saw the title, The Cake Doctor Bakes Gluten-Free by Anne Byrn, I knew this was my kind of cookbook.  It's the first gf one I have seen where I recognize all the ingredients!  Basically, they start with a gf cake mix and soup it up.  If you need dairy free, it tells you what to substitute.   My kind of easy baking!  I can't wait to try the carrot cake for Easter or the birthday cake for our next party!  I'll let you know how they taste!  All of the 33 reviews on Amazon have given this book 5 stars.


Summer Camps

Gluten-free Camp Reduces Stress and Improves Self-perception for Children and Adolescents with Celiac Disease

Researchers at the University of California, San Francisco, found that children with celiac disease who attended a gluten-free camp demonstrated an improvement in overall quality of life (QOL).


Custom Choice Cereal has a list of 10 summer camps around the US.


This blog has 14 camps listed


Do you know of a camp in Arkansas that serves GF food?  I know there is at least one, but I have lost the information.


New Groups in AR

Mandy Petty would like to start a support group for gluten awareness in Conway. If you are interested you can contact her at 501-472-3307 or



The Delta Celiac Group will have its first meeting on Saturday April 16 from 2-4pm at the Phillips County Chamber of Commerce in Helena. You can contact Connie Miller at 870-338-1060 for more details.  


GF drawings and discounts

 Have you heard of Groupon or Living Social? They offer daily deals for stores or restaurants in your area or an online deal. I have used Living Social to get a $20 gift certificate to Amazon for $10. There are many deals for local restaurants – I have not bought any of these yet.


Gluten Free Deals sends out a weekly deal for GF products. This week there is an offer for 50% off of cookies



Sure Foods Living  has a new feature called “Win Stuff Wednesdays. “I am excited to announce a new feature on my blog called Win Stuff Wednesday! I will be featuring products that I like, such as food, books, gift certificates and whatever else I think you would like. Be sure to read the directions, though, because I will be asking you specific questions that you will need to answer in the comments!”


The first drawing will be for a $30 gift certificate for candy from Natural Candy Store.



Elizabeth has enjoyed meals at Bravo’s on Chenal. “I have eaten there, and the Creme Brulee is fantastic, and I am a creature of habit and order a lot of salads, but the Chop Salad is excellent.  The wait-staff seems to be fairly knowledgeable about the gluten free items.”


I have enjoyed the salmon on a bed of spinach salad at The Pantry Although they do not have a gluten free menu, they seem to understand preparing a GF meal. I will eat there again. 


The Savvy Celiac says there are some questions you ought to ask when ordering a GF pizza in order to minimize the risk of cross contamination. “The popularity of adding a gluten-free pizza to the menu may have you elated or shaking in your boots.  Many restaurants are adding gluten free pizza to their repertoire of fancy pizzas, but how are they treating them and is there cross contamination and do they take that seriously?  Here are a few questions to ask (probably during a slow time) to find out if that gluten-free pizza is really safe.”  Go to  for the full story.


Drug Emporium

The GF aisle has expanded. GF products now have ½ of another aisle. If there is a new product you want to try, be sure to talk with Brian. I have heard Loomis Farms gluten free products are coming soon. You can find Loomis Farms on Facebook.


When you go to Drug Emporium, please be sure to thank them for their support of our group.


GF foods

I have heard Kellogg’s will be coming out with a line of GF cereals and snacks including a gluten free Rice Krispies. The box will say “Gluten Free” on the front. Let me know when you see this in your local grocery store.  



Glutenfreeda now has Gluten Free Pizza Wraps. There are 3 choices, Italian Sausage, Pesto Chicken and Three Cheese.  You can order them directly from Glutenfreeda. Both Drug Emporium and Whole Foods carry items from Glutenfreeda so you can ask if they would stock these if they sound good to you.



Katz now has GF hamburger buns



Enjoy Life has started making 2 new cookies. Check them out on their website. You can also print a coupon from this website. Enjoy Life is certified by and that means the products must contain no more than 10ppm gluten. Buying certified GF foods assures us that we are not getting hidden gluten.





Home made chicken soup can be healing and easy to digest. Here is just such a recipe from Terri.  Using packaged chicken broth will not give you the same nutrients as a broth made with bones.

Chicken Soup


8 cups filtered water

4 organic chicken thighs, skinned (on the bone, important to include)

Two large onions

¼ to ½ cup of chopped celery

½ cup of carrots

¼ to ½ bunch of fresh chopped parsley

3-4 cloves crushed garlic

Salt to taste


Fill pot with water and simmer for 4 hours with all ingredients

Skim off top layer of fat

Cut up or tear chicken into very small pieces and return to broth

Remove carrots, onions, and celery and puree if needed; return to broth


You may add dried thyme, if you like.  But, do not add anything else.


Chicken and vegetables may be pureed after cooking for the small intestines to absorb more easily.



The Rice Federation has a great recipe section. You will find the recipes by clicking “Consumer” on the blue bar at the top.  They have information about cooking, storing, preparation along with many recipes.


Alta started her food blog, Tasty Eats at Home, in 2008. In 2009 she discovered that she was gluten sensitive and now blogs gluten free.  Her family is not gluten free and what should she do when her daughter wants to make a Molten Chocolate Lava Cake with wheat flour. Although her kitchen is not gluten free, she takes many precautions to make sure there is no cross contamination of her food. One rule is no wheat flour in the kitchen, as it can remain airborne for hours and coat everything as it settles. Read about her solution to this problem. . It is the same thing I recommend in GF 101 sessions. 


While you are on her website be sure to check out her GF recipes – they look fabulous.  The following recipe is reprinted with Alta’s permission.  These brownies she cooked up with her son can be made in one pot.


Gluten-Free, Dairy-Free Peanut Butter Brownies

7 T palm shortening (says any shortening should work but she prefers palm)

2 oz unsweetened chocolate

1 c sugar

2 eggs, beaten

1/2 t vanilla extract

1/4 c plus 1 T sweet white rice flour

1/2 t guar gum

1 t unsweetened cocoa powder

1/4 t kosher salt

1/2 c semi-sweet dairy-free chocolate chips

1/2 c creamy all-natural peanut butter


Heat the oven to 325 degrees. Grease an 8 X 8 pan (or line with parchment and grease the parchment) and set aside.


Melt the shortening and chocolate in a medium saucepan over medium-low heat. Once completely melted, remove from heat and whisk in sugar. Add eggs and vanilla and whisk until incorporated. Add rice flour, guar gum, cocoa powder and salt and whisk to blend completely. Stir in chocolate chips and peanut butter, and pour batter into prepared baking pan.


Bake in the center of the oven for about 40 minutes, or until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean. Remove and allow to cool on a wire rack for 20-30 minutes. Cut and serve unadorned, or you can get fancy and top with peanut butter, ice cream, or frosting.


Send your recipes to  We need more recipes.


Beauty Products

You may read about the ingredients and testing of Arbonne products. At the bottom of this page there is a link that will take you to their gluten free products. If you are interested in Arbonne,


Contact Lee Gunn for a list of all Gluten Free Arbonne skincare

& make-up (for men & women)

Lee Gunn



New Tests for Gluten Sensitivity

This is from Dr. Thomas O’Bryan’s website: “There is a new blood test, looking at 12 different peptides of gluten-not just Gliadin. You can go to  or to my web site  to read more about this test. Looking at antibodies to 12 different peptides of gluten(including gliadin) will certainly increase the detection rate of the immune system saying “we’ve got a problem here with gluten”. We know Celiac Disease is due to sensitivity to the peptides of gluten found in wheat, barley and rye. Many of the peptides of gluten-not just to Gliadin. And now, another diagnostic tool has been added to your Doctors repertoire assisting in accurately identifying Gluten Sensitivity with or without the serious end-stage of tissue destruction-Total Villous Atrophy.”


Cyrex Labs offers an array of tests, some by blood and some by saliva. There are also tests for other food sensitivities.


Cynthia Kupper, Executive Director of GIG wrote:

Recently you may have seen a press release from Dr. Tom O’Bryan and Cyrex Lab about their lab and new saliva testing.


The Question – Is this reputable?

Dr. O’Bryan is a credible, forward-thinking scientist that frequently references highly respected peer-reviewed medical publications in his work


Are these new tests?

These tests have not typically been used by ND’s in the past. They are based on findings from recently published medical studies that indicate the benefits of saliva testing, and are also more specific and sensitive than previously used tests. They are able to detect gluten intolerances that are currently unable to be detected, and are able to catch gluten intolerances faster than tests currently available.


But since these are new tests, they are not yet validated.

Validation occurs by: 1)testing large and multiple sample groups; 2) publishing he results; 3) having other non-related scientists run the same testing with similar results. Reproducibility is the cornerstone of validation


So what does this mean to you?

1)   This is new, groundbreaking and exciting research! 2) You will hear other respected health care professionals question these findings because they are not validated; 3) Only time will tell if these tests are valid for gluten intolerance or celiac.


Articles and Abstracts

Gluten Sensitivity is Different from Celiac Disease

This is from a press release. To read more, please go to the next link.

“Scientists at the University of Maryland School of Medicine’s Center for Celiac Research have proven that gluten sensitivity is different from celiac disease at the molecular level and in the response it elicits from the immune system.”


If you want to read the complete article, it is available for free.

BMC Med. 2011 Mar 9;9(1):23. [Epub ahead of print]

Divergence of gut permeability and mucosal immune gene expression in two gluten-associated conditions: celiac disease and gluten sensitivity.

Sapone A, Lammers KM, Casolaro V, Cammarota M, Giuliano MT, De Rosa M, Stefanile R, Mazzarella G, Tolone C, Russo MI, Esposito P, Ferraraccio F, Carteni M, Riegler G, de Magistris L, Fasano A.


BACKGROUND: Celiac disease (CD) is an autoimmune enteropathy triggered by the ingestion of gluten. Gluten-sensitive individuals (GS) cannot tolerate gluten and may develop gastrointestinal symptoms similar to those in CD, but the overall clinical picture is generally less severe and is not accompanied by the concurrence of tissue transglutaminase autoantibodies or autoimmune comorbidities. By studying and comparing mucosal expression of genes associated with intestinal barrier function, as well as innate and adaptive immunity in CD compared with GS, we sought to better understand the similarities and differences between these two gluten-associated disorders.


METHODS: CD, GS and healthy, gluten-tolerant individuals were enrolled in this study. Intestinal permeability was evaluated using a lactulose and mannitol probe, and mucosal biopsy specimens were collected to study the expression of genes involved in barrier function and immunity.


RESULTS: Unlike CD, GS is not associated with increased intestinal permeability. In fact, this was significantly reduced in GS compared with controls (P = 0.0308), paralleled by significantly increased expression of claudin (CLDN) 4 (P = 0.0286). Relative to controls, adaptive immunity markers interleukin (IL)-6 (P = 0.0124) and IL-21 (P = 0.0572) were expressed at higher levels in CD but not in GS, while expression of the innate immunity marker Toll-like receptor (TLR) 2 was increased in GS but not in CD (P = 0.0295). Finally, expression of the T-regulatory cell marker FOXP3 was significantly reduced in GS relative to controls (P = 0.0325) and CD patients (P = 0.0293).


CONCLUSIONS: This study shows that the two gluten-associated disorders, CD and GS, are different clinical entities, and it contributes to the characterization of GS as a condition associated with prevalent gluten-induced activation of innate, rather than adaptive, immune responses in the absence of detectable changes in mucosal barrier function.

PMID: 21392369 [PubMed - as supplied by publisher]Free Article