Here’s information about the Celiac Disease Foundation’s (CDF) annual miniconference and food faire which takes place at the convention center in Pasadena, California on May 2:
"Don’t miss this great opportunity to hear outstanding professionals speak on the latest issues regarding Celiac Disease and the gluten-free lifestyle – - all in one day! Speakers include: Joseph Murray, MD from Mayo Clinic, Steve Plogstead, PharmD from Children’s Hospital in Columbus OH, Francisco Leon, MD from Alba Therapeutics, Stefano Guandalini, MD from University of Chicago, Celiac Disease Center, introducing The Missing Ingredient with Frank Baldassare www.codyboyentertainment.com and Special Feature “Ask the Restaurant” – explore eating gluten-free with restaurant owners in the Los Angeles area.
"A continental gluten free breakfast and lunch will be provided. There will be extensive vendor displays with gluten-free samples including fresh, hot gluten-free pizza and gluten-free beer! A large shopping-goodie bag with information and gluten-free food samples will accompany every registration. Find out who will receive the 2009 Champion of Celiac Disease Awareness Award during the conference.
’Lunchtime mini sessions will include “One on One” sessions with Dr. Guandalini and Dr. Murray, discussion groups for newly diagnosed celiacs and parents of celiac children, meet and greet with our Connections and Chapters support group leaders, as well as Q&A with registered dieticians.
"The focus of the CDF 2009 Annual Conference is to develop a greater awareness of Celiac Disease, associated conditions, dietary compliance and how family members are affected. This year we are encouraging you to bring a family member or friend with you to the annual conference.
"CDF is very aware of the current economic climate and is offering discounted fees to CDF Members when registering with multiple attendees (Adults 14 years and above) and paid at the same time.
"Register before April 10th with a family member or friend at the discounted rate of only $75 each. (This is a $15 discount per CDF member registration fee of $90). Individual CDF member registration is $90, Youth (under 14 years) is $45 and the registration for Non-CDF members is $115. Note – If you become a CDF member for the annual fee of $35 per family, you will save $25 on a single conference registration, even more if you bring a family member or friend! All registrations after April 10th are $130. Don’t wait! Register now! Free parking at the Pasadena Convention Center included with validation.
’Celiac Disease is a little known digestive disorder that results in damage to the small intestine by interfering with the absorption of nutrients. Celiac Disease is unique in that a specific component, gluten, has been identified as the cause. Gluten can be found in any food products that contain wheat, rye or barley by-products. The good news is that once gluten is removed from the diet, a person can recover and stay healthy. Once thought to be rare, studies now show that 1 out of 133 people have Celiac Disease. Celiac Disease is now more common than ulcerative colitis, cystic fibrosis and Crohn’s Disease combined. For every 1 person that is diagnosed, 89 go undiagnosed. Celiac Disease is a multi-system/multi-symptom disorder and can manifest not only in the gastrointestinal tract, but also in the neurologic, endocrine, orthopedic, reproductive and hematologic systems. Because the symptoms of Celiac Disease can be so varied, it can be a difficult diagnosis to make. It is important to see a physician for testing and proper diagnosis.
"For more information on Celiac Disease, call the foundation at 818/990-2354 or visit the website at www.celiac.org."