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Friday, April 20, 2018
Podcast: How to Plan a Gluten-Free Wedding
Me with my handsome groom!


I cannot believe that tomorrow has been exactly one year since my wedding. Time flies when you're married, I guess! Just in time for my anniversary, I recorded a podcast with my friends Mike and Cam over at The Celiac Project. I share my top tips for planning a gluten-free event including what to ask, how to alleviate fears, and most importantly, how to enjoy your big day.

Take a listen!


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Monday, April 16, 2018
10 Surprising Gluten-Containing Foods
Gluten can lurk in many places. Reading labels is a part of life when you have celiac disease or a gluten intolerance. This infographic from Delicious Living is a good reminder about where to look for hidden gluten.






Monday, April 9, 2018
Gluten-Free Fun at 40!
Today is my birthday. I honestly cannot believe I am entering a new decade. I've been writing this blog more than 25% of my entire life!!! I was hoping to finalize my redesign by now (yes, I know, it's dated) but life is busy and the blogs never take priority. Plus, I am really putting my efforts into Gluten-Free Globetrotter these days. Yes, I write TWO blogs. Make sure to give a look if you haven't seen it before! 

As you may have noticed, the blogging has slowed down a bit but the social media is busier than ever. Make sure to follow Gluten-Free Fun on Twitter, Facebook, and Instagram. Join me there. In the meantime, I am going to dig into this gluten-free cake from my husband! 






Monday, March 12, 2018
Upcoming Celiac Disease Events March-May 2018

Check out this gluten-free and celiac-related events coming soon to a city near you this spring.  The calendar is very busy this year! Which events are you planning on going to?

APRIL

Schaumburg Gluten Free & Allergen Friendly Expo
Saturday, April 7 and Sunday April 8, 2018
10am-4pm CDT
Schaumburg, Illinois
Tickets start at $5
Use code ADVANCE for 20% off through April 6th


Spring Flours™ Gluten-Free Gala 
Benefiting The University of Chicago Celiac Disease Center
Friday, April 20, 2018
6:00 PM - 9:00 PM CDT
Chicago, Illinois
Tickets start at $250


Gluten-Free Connecticut Spring 2018 Expo
Sunday, April 22, 2018
11am-4pm EDT
Wallingford, Connecticut
Tickets $5-20


Denver Gluten Free & Allergen Friendly Expo
Saturday, April 21 and Sunday, April 22, 2018
10am-4pm MDT
Denver, Colorado
Tickets start at $5
Use code EARLYBIRD for 30% off through March 20
Use code ADVANCE for 20% off through April 20


Gluten-Free Food Allergy Fest
Saturday, April 28 and Sunday, April 29, 2018
10am-4pm EDT
Columbus, Ohio
Tickets start at $15 for adults
Use code Erin2018 for a 15% discount


MAY

Saturday, May 5 and Sunday, May 6, 2018
10am-4pm PDT
Pasadena, California
Expo tickets start at $10 for kids, Conference (includes expo) are $40


Sat May 12, 2018
8:00 PM - 11:00 PM CDT
Cabot, Arkansas


Greater Philly Gluten-Free Expo
Saturday, May 19, 2018
10:30-4:30 EDT
Oaks, Pennsylvania
Tickets start at $10 (on sale March 15th)


Gluten-Free Food Allergy Fest
Saturday, May 19 and Sunday, May 20, 2018
10am-4pm CDT
Minneapolis, Minnesota
Tickets start at $15 for adults
Use code Erin2018 for a 15% discount


Atlanta Gluten Free & Allergen Friendly Expo
Saturday, May 19 and Sunday, May 20, 2018
10am-3pm EDT
Atlanta, Georgia
Tickets start at $5
Use code EARLYBIRD for 30% off through April 18th
Use code ADVANCE for 20% off through May 18th


First Annual "Going Against the Grain" Gala
Sunday, May 20, 2018
7:00 PM – 11:00 PM EDT
Upper Marlboro, Maryland
Tickets start at $40


Mid-Hudson Walk for Celiac Disease
Sunday, May 20, 2018
7:00 PM – 11:00 PM EDT
Poughkeepsie, New York
Registration: $20


Gluten-Free Garage
Sunday May 27, 2018
10:30 am to 4:30 pm EDT
Toronto, Ontario, Canada
$10 for people 12 and older



Do you have an upcoming event? Please email me and I will add it to this calendar!

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Monday, March 5, 2018
Gluten-Filled Dreams and Nightmares

The other night, I woke up startled. It was after a night full of (dream) eating gluten. 

In my dream, I was walking down the street eating a regular baguette. I was chewing it, sucking on the bread, spitting it out, and then rinsing my mouth. The person I was with (can't remember who was walking next to me) kept asking me if I was supposed to be eating that bread. I said no and I knew it was full of gluten but that I couldn't stop eating it. In my dream, the bread tasted SO. DAMN. GOOD. It was warm, it was chewy, it was bready, and it was full of gluten. I knew it was bad for me yet I couldn't stop eating. I knew rinsing my mouth out would do nothing and that I would probably be sick in minutes, but I couldn't stop eating. I could almost smell the bread when I woke up, it was that good. Lucky for me, it was just a dream and I didn't get sick. Unlucky for me, it was just a dream and I didn't eat a real baguette.

I've read about these gluten dreams in the past, but I never experienced one myself. I think that comes from going gluten-free at the age of 2 1/2 years old. I really don't remember life before going gluten-free. My celiac family members were diagnosed as adults as were many of my celiac friends. They know life with gluten, I do not. This dream caught me off guard and made me wonder how often people with celiac disease dream about eating gluten so I took my question to Twitter. The response was OVERWHELMING to say the least.



You all dream about eating gluten A LOT! 


@haileyandaspoon 

@jamadoria




@cmarysmith


@suzyqgale


MrsBrightside02


@Melinda_JH



@NoGlutenReqd


@hardcoresalad


@rubykat99


@gfreemaui


@MidwestCeliac



@suzyqgale


@IrishHeartGF

@gfreeonthego


It is so crazy to me how our celiac brains work. We know gluten is bad for us, yet we dream about eating it. Some people enjoy the moment while others panic about eating gluten and wake up sweating.  Have you ever had a dream about eating gluten? If so, what happened? Leave a comment below! 


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Monday, February 26, 2018
Celiac Disease Center's International Symposium Coming to NYC
The Celiac Disease Center at Columbia University is hosting an international symposium in New York City on March 2-3, 2018. The theme of this year's symposium is "Celiac Disease, now and the future."

There are two tracks for this two-day event: a clinical track for patients and healthcare professionals and a track specifically for physicians and scientists. The topics vary widely from quality of life with celiac disease, new therapies on the horizon, immunopathology, pediatric celiac disease, and so much more. This is sure to be an informative weekend with some of the top celiac doctors from around the world.

Register for the Clinical Forum here.
This track is for patients, dietitians, nurses, and other healthcare professionals

Register for the International Symposium here.
This track is for physicians, scientists, and industry leaders.



Here is a list of the scheduled speakers:

Armin Alaedini, PhD Columbia University Medical Center USA 
Robert P. Anderson, BMedSc, MBChB, PhD ImmusanT, Inc., USA 
Julio C. Bai, MD Hospital de Gastroenterología 
Dr. Carlos Bonorino Udaondo, Argentina 
Cynthia Beckman Columbia University Medical Center, USA 
Govind Bhagat, MD Columbia University Medical Center, USA 
Carolina Ciacci, MD Universita Federico II, Italy 
Edward J. Ciaccio, PhD Columbia University Medical Center, USA 
Richard B. Colletti, MD University of Vermont, USA 
Amy R. DeFelice, MD Columbia University Medical Center, USA 
Luca Elli Universita degli Studi di Milano, Italy 
Paul Frohna, MD, PhD Bioniz Therapeutics, Inc, USA
Daniel Getts, MBA, PhD Cour Pharmaceutical Development Co., USA 
Peter Gibson, MD Monash University, Australia 
Thomas A. Grace Bia Diagnotics, LLC, USA 
Peter H.R. Green, MD Columbia University Medical Center, USA 
Claes Hallert, MD, PhD Linköpings Universitet, Sweden 
Arnold S. Han, MD Columbia University Medical Center, USA 
Bana Jabri, MD, PhD University of Chicago, USA 
Tim Johnson, PhD UCB Biopharma Sprl, Belgium 
Chaitan Khosla, PhD Stanford University, USA 
Frits Köning, PhD Leiden University Medical Center, The Netherlands 
Suneeta Krishnareddy, MD Columbia University Medical Center, USA 
Kalle Kurppa, MD University of Tampere, Finland 
Benjamin Lebwohl, MD, MS Columbia University Medical Center, USA 
Anne Lee, EdD, RDN, LD Columbia University Medical Center, USA 
Daniel A. Leffler, MD, MS Takeda, USA 
Francisco Leon, MD, PhD Celimmune, LLC, USA 
Joseph Levy, MD New York University, USA 
Suzanne K. Lewis, MD Columbia University Medical Center, USA 
Jonas F. Ludvigsson, MD, PhD Karolinska Institutet, Sweden 
Knut E.A. Lundin, MD, PhD University of Oslo, Norway 
Govind Makharia, MD All India Institute of Medical Sciences 
Markku Maki, MD, PhD University of Tampere, Finland 
Maria Teresa Minaya Columbia University Medical Center, USA 
Milka Monegro Columbia University Medical Center, USA 
Chris J.J. Mulder, MD, PhD VU University Medical Center, The Netherlands 
Joseph A. Murray, MD Mayo Clinic, USA 
Norelle Rizkalla Reilly, MD Columbia University Medical Center, USA 
Maria Ines Pinto Sanchez, MD McMaster University, Canada 
Carol Semrad, MD University of Chicago, USA 
Jocelyn Silvester, MD Harvard University, USA 
Ludvig M. Sollid, MD, PhD Oslo University Hospital, Norway 
Jack A. Syage, PhD Immunogenx, LLC, USA 
Juli A. Tomaino, MD United States Food and Drug Administration, USA 
Melanie Uhde, PhD Columbia University Medical Center, USA 
Elena Verdú, MD, PhD McMaster University, Canada 
Jennifer A. Sealey Voyksner, PhD Immunogenics, LLC, USA
Randi L. Wolf, MPH, PhD Columbia University Medical Center, USA 
Shireen Yates, MBA Nima Labs, Inc, USA





Tuesday, February 20, 2018
Certified Gluten-Free Cheryl's Cookies and Brownies
It has been forever since I posted a product review, but I just couldn't keep this a secret. Last week, I was sent a free Gluten Free Have a Sunny Day Gift Tin from Cheryl's Cookies. Most people with celiac disease would run the other way from a cookie company, but I asked all of my celiac questions before agreeing to the samples. The person who responded to me could answer every question, provide me with details about production, and gave me a full list of all ingredients. I felt comfortable with their response and happily accepted the free cookies.

Here is what they had to say:

"The Cheryl's Cookies Gluten Free assortments contains walnuts, eggs, milk and soy.  They are all produced in a dedicated gluten free kitchen on shared equipment with eggs, milk and soy. The gluten-free products are certified by the Gluten Free Certification Organization to be less than 10ppm, 50% lower than the FDA regulations and are individually wrapped and labeled with the certified gluten-free logo." 

These cookies were INSANELY DELICIOUS! My husband and I could not stop eating these cookies. The cookies were thick, chewy, and "awesome" (so says my husband). My personal favorite was a toss up between the snickerdoodles and the chocolate chip cookies. But the brownies and the walnut cookies were just as good. The buttercream frosted cookies were good but a little too sweet for me. My husband said they tasted just like our gluten-free wedding cake. Let me remind you that he eats gluten and he loved these cookies as much as I did. We finished the tin in less than a week and literally rationed out the very last one. They were that good.

Besides being certified gluten-free and delicious, I love that we have options at Cheryl's Cookies. There are 17 different gift tins, cookie towers, and even a monthly cookie club. I highly recommend these cookies to anyone looking for a treat for yourself or your favorite gluten-free friend. (My b-day is in April, hint hint).


To see all of the options, visit the gluten-free cookie page on the Cheryl's Cookies website. Here are your options:
  • Gluten Free Chocolate Chip Cookie - Rice and Tapioca Flour, Chocolate Chips (Sugar, Unsweetened Chocolate, Cocoa Butter, Soy Lecithin, an Emulsifier, Natural Vanilla Extract), Light Brown Sugar (Sugar, Cane Syrups), Butter (Milk), Sugar, Eggs, Honey, Corn Starch, Water, Vanilla Extract, Salt, Baking Soda, Xanthan Gum.
  • Gluten Free Snickerdoodle Cookie - Sugar, Rice and Tapioca Flour, Butter (Milk), Eggs, Powdered Sugar (Corn Starch), Nonfat Dry Milk, Cornstarch, Water, Vanilla Extract, Cinnamon, Xanthan Gum, Baking Soda, Salt, Cream of Tartar (Calcium Sulfate, Monocalcium Phosphate, Adipic Acid, Corn Starch).
  • Gluten Free Buttercream Frosted Sugar Cookie - Powdered Sugar (Corn Starch), Butter (Milk), Rice and Tapioca Flour, Sugar, Eggs, Evaporated Milk (Milk, Dipotassium Phosphate, Carrageenan, Vitamin D3), Nonfat Dry Milk, Cornstarch, Water, Vanilla Extract, Natural Flavors, Xanthan Gum, Baking Soda, Salt, Cream of Tartar (Calcium Sulfate, Monocalcium Phosphate, Adipic Acid, Corn Starch).
  • Gluten Free Brownie Walnut Cookie - Chocolate Chips (Sugar, Unsweetened Chocolate, Cocoa Butter, Soy Lecithin [Emulsifier], Vanilla Bean Seeds), Sugar, Eggs, Rice and Tapioca Flour, Butter (Milk), Walnuts, Chocolate Liquor, Cocoa (Alkalized), Cornstarch, Water, Natural Flavor, Baking Soda, Salt, Xanthan Gum.
  • Gluten Free Fudge Brownie - Sugar, Butter (Milk), Eggs, Rice and Tapioca Flour, Chocolate Chips (Sugar, Unsweetened Chocolate, Cocoa Butter, Soy Lecithin [Emulsifier], Vanilla Bean Seeds), Chocolate Liquor, Corn Starch, Nonfat Dry Milk, Water, Natural Flavor, Salt, Xanthan Gum.

Thank you Cheryl's Cookies for this gift tin. We will definitely be buying these again in the future! 

Although I was sent free products from Cheryl's Cookies, all opinions are my own. 

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Tuesday, January 9, 2018
Celebrating 11 Years of Gluten-Free Fun

You guys, I missed my own (blog) birthday. On January 4, 2007, Gluten-Free Fun was born. 

I am not really sure how it happened, but January 4th came and went and I didn't acknowledge a HUGE milestone for this blog. My blog is celebrating it's 11th year!

My good friend David encouraged me to start my blog way back in 2006 and I made it a resolution to start writing in January 2007. I could never have imagined that my very first post way back in 2007 would lead to the celiac life I lead today. I have literally traveled the world sharing my celiac disease story with friends and strangers.

I've written a whopping 1,200+ posts over the past 11 years! I've been left thousands of blog comments from readers across the globe. I've connected with even more of you via social media which didn't even exist when I launched this blog back in the day. I have connected with so many of you at gluten-free conferences across North America and I am always so humbled when you come and say hello.

While my writing isn't as frequent as it used to be and the blog looks a little bit dated (the longest redesign in the history of the interwebs is still happening), I'm still here being the best celiac advocate I know how to be. I write this blog for YOU. If it weren't for my dear readers and friends, Gluten-Free Fun would never have lasted 11 years. Thank you from the bottom of my heart.

Really, truly, THANK YOU!

Even if my blog goes quiet from time to time, you can always connect with me via email, Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram. I look forward to hearing from you!




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Friday, December 8, 2017
Gluten-Free 2017 Holiday Gifts: Books
Don't know what to get your favorite gluten-free gal or guy? Worried about buying them something they can't eat? Buy them a book! Whether it is a cookbook or a how-to live gluten-free for your newly diagnosed friend or family, you can't go wrong with books!

I am very lucky to have some talented friends and colleagues as well as appear in many of these books! I personally own them all and some are well-used in my kitchen. I hope your favorite gluten-free person enjoys these books as much as I do! Don't delay, order now to receive these books in time for Christmas!

Note: These are Amazon affiliate links and I may receive a small compensation if you buy a book.



by Kim McCosker



by Sloane Miller 



by Nadine Grzeskowiak 



by Beth Hillson


 


by Emily Sunwell-Vidaurri

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by Jax Peters Lowell


 


by Shelley Case




by Annalise Roberts

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Monday, November 27, 2017
Gluten-Free T-Shirt Holiday Sale

GF Alphabet t-shirts on sale now for $15 plus S/H*
Buy two get one free! 

Email gfreefun@gmail.com with your sizes.


*Shipping and handling is only $1.99 per t-shirt; US orders! 
Sale ends December 1, 2017


Tuesday, November 7, 2017
Gluten-Free Allergen Friendly Expo in San Mateo

We are less than two weeks away from the Gluten Free Allergen Friendly Expo in San Mateo, California. This is the first Northern California expo in more than three years and my first time attending this event on the West Coast. I've been the GFAF Expo in New Jersey many times and it is always a great show.

If you've never been to a gluten-free expo before, now is your chance. It is a great chance to try gluten-free products before you buy them and connect with other gluten-free friends. You will not be disappointed.

If you are looking for more of an educational experience, I highly suggest you attend on Saturday. The Stanford Education Day is being hosted by the Celiac Community Foundation of Northern California in partnership with Stanford Health Care and Stanford Children’s Health. There will be top celiac doctors sharing a variety of topics including myths about celiac disease, gluten-related disorders, and more.

I am an official blogger for the GFAF Expo which means I get to host a giveaway! Enter to win two tickets to the GFAF Expo on the day of your choice. Each winner will get two tickets so you can bring a friend! Use the Rafflecopter widget below to enter. Winners will be notified on November 11, 2017.

If you see me there, please say hello! 





Saturday, November 18, 2017; 10am-4pm
Sunday, November 19, 2017; 10am-3pm

San Mateo County Event Center Fiesta Hall
1346 Saratogo Dra
San Mateo, CA 94403

Buy your tickets today
20% off w/ code ADVANCE (thru 11/17)


If you would like to volunteer for the show, fill out this form if interested. Volunteers get free entry and a t-shirt in exchange for working a shift of the show.


ENTER TO WIN!

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Thursday, November 2, 2017
Strike for Celiac Fundraiser in New York
Register today for the Strike for Celiac fundraiser on Sunday, December 3rd in Syosset, New York. This fundraiser for the Celiac Disease Center at Columbia University includes unlimited bowling, gluten-free food, a silent auction, and guest speakers Dr. Peter Green and Dr. Amy DeFelice both the Celiac Disease Center.

For additional information and to register, please contact Cynthia Beckman at the Celiac Disease Center.





Monday, October 23, 2017
The Celiac Project Podcast: Live From Indy
When I was in Indianapolis for the Gluten-Free Food Allergy Fest last month, I FINALLY got to meet Michel and Cam from the Celiac Project Podcast in person. I say finally because I've spoken to these guys both on the phone and over Skype but we never met face to face. These guys are the best and I felt like I was meeting my long-lost celiac brothers. Both Michael and Cam are truly genuine, friendly people and amazing celiac advocates. Their mission to spread information about living with celiac disease, eating gluten-free, and everything th. If you aren't already listening to their podcast, you should be.

Michael, Cam, and I at the Indianapolis GFFA Fest


Join Mike and Cam for their first podcast recorded live on location with their special guests, Erin Smith (Gluten-Free Globetrotter and Gluten-Free Fun) and Margaret Clegg (MI Gluten Free Gal). We have a spirited round-table discussion about all things celiac and gluten free. This is part 1 of our exciting, interactive presentation in Indianapolis. We answer great questions from the audience as well.

Take a listen to part one of the "Live from Indy" Celiac Podcast here:


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Friday, October 20, 2017
National Celiac Association Fall Meeting

The National Celiac Association is hosting it's fall meeting on Sunday, October 29, 2017 in Norwood, Ma. It will feature presentations by nutritionist Melinda Dennis, MS, RD, LDN and endocrinologist Partha Sinha, MD and Emma Clerx, an intern living with celiac disease.


What Celiacs Need to Know!
How bone health, nutrition, and self-management affects celiac disease


Sheraton Four Points Norwood, MA
1125 Boston Providence Turnpike 
Norwood, MA 02062 

Sunday, October 29 1-4pm

Here is the meeting agenda:

  • 1:00 – 1:30 Check-in
  • 1:00 – 1:30 Visit with vendors
  • 1:30 Lee Graham: Introduction
  • 1:40 Dr. Sinha: Maintaining a healthy skeleton in celiac disease
  • 2:10 Endocrinology questions & answers
  • 2:20 Emma Clerx: How long until truly gluten-free?
  • 2:40 Questions & answers
  • 2:50 – 3:10 Break, visit with vendors
  • 3:10 Melinda Dennis MS, RD, LDN: A summary of current topics (arsenic, probiotics and non-responsive celiac disease)
  • 3:40 Nutrition questions & answers
  • 3:50 – 4:00 closing
Tickets start at $20 for the whole day. Visit the National Celiac Association website for more information and to buy your tickets today. 

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Tuesday, October 17, 2017
Stanford Health Day at the Gluten Free & Allergen Friendly Expo

The Gluten-Free & Allergen-Friendly Expo is coming back to California for the first time in more than three years. In addition to this weekend-long expo, a key component of this year's event is a Stanford Health Education Day. This information-packed day will include topics such as celiac disease symptoms, treatments, follow-up, and future therapies. These speakers are presented by Stanford Health Care and Stanford Children’s Health in partnership with the Celiac Community Foundation of Northern California

To attend these wonderful lectures, you must purchase a ticket to the GFAF Expo. Today is the last day for 30% off with code EARLYBIRD (thru 10/17). If you buy your tickets after today, use code ADVANCE for 20% off your ticket prices.

When: November 18 & 19, 2017
10:00 am – 4:00 pm on Saturday the 18th
10:00 am – 3:00 pm on Sunday the 19th

Where: San Mateo County Event Center-Fiesta Hall
1346 Saratoga Drive
San Mateo, CA 94403
(650) 574-3247


BUY YOUR TICKETS TODAY! 

Stanford Health Education Day at the Gluten-Free & Allergen-Friendly Expo
Saturday Speakers and Topics

“Demystifying Celiac Disease – From Symptoms to Diagnosis”10:30AM-11:30AM
Presenters: Nasim Khavari, MD, MPH & Nielsen Fernandez-Becker, MD, PhD
Overall classic celiac “diagnosis and treatment,” presented by the directors of the Stanford Celiac Disease Program, Dr. Nasim Khavai and Nielsen Fernandez-Becker. The presentations will include discussion specific to celiac vs. NCGS/NCWS/FODMAPs, highlighting all the services available within the Stanford Celiac Disease Program.

“Gluten-Related Disorders: Follow-Up Treatment & Future Therapies”
12:00PM – 1:00PM
Presenter: Peter H.R. Green, MD
After a diagnosis of celiac disease or gluten sensitivity – what’s next? Dr. Green will discuss clinical management of gluten-related disorders (celiac and non-celiac gluten or wheat sensitivity), including follow-up visits, vaccinations, and poorly responsive and refractory celiac disease. He will also review the exciting array of non-dietary therapies that are under development.

“Debunking the Myths Around Celiac Disease and Food Allergies”
1:30PM – 2:30PM
Presenters: Dr. Nasim Khavari, MD, MPH, Dr. Nielsen Fernandez-Becker, MD, PhD, Sayantani (Tina) Sindher, MD, Andrea Gilbaugh, RD, Neha Shah, MPH, RD
The expert panel will discuss gluten-related disorders (celiac disease, non-celiac gluten sensitivity, non-celiac wheat sensitivity, low FODMAPS), allergy and immunology responses in both pediatric and adults patients, while inviting audience questions and participation!

“Food Allergy Facts – What Helps to Improve or Worsen Your Food Allergy Symptoms”
3:00PM – 4:00PM
Presenter: Sayantani (Tina) Sindher, MD
A focused discussion around nut and overall food allergies (including gluten), including interesting facts around the science of immunology.


BUY YOUR TICKETS TODAY! 

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