December 22, 2018



Note from Alice

Cooking with Oonagh


Results are designed to be shared with your doctor for a definitive diagnosis
But a new study says it needs to be better understood and treated
People with celiac disease have more headaches and more people with headaches have celiac disease
Dairy-Free, Nut-Free Chocolate-Peppermint Bark


Start a Holiday Facebook Fundraiser for Beyond Celiac


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Note from Alice: What Could 1 Million Dollars Do?

As 2018 comes to an end, it’s time to take stock of how far we’ve come, and how far we still need to go. The truth is, the longevity and quality of life of people with celiac disease has been compromised for too long. Beyond Celiac is committed to a vision of a world in which people with celiac disease canlive healthy lives free from social stigma and fear of gluten exposure. To make this vision a reality, we have taken action and are now focused on finding a cure as soon as possible.

Our aggressive strategy is simple – accelerate practical, patient-focused celiac disease research to get results. We believe treatments and a cure are on the horizon, and we will not stop until we reach our goal. We are tackling the challenge from numerous angles. Our patient platform and registry Go Beyond Celiac is making it possible for direct participation from our community in research for treatments and a cure. In October we announced the funding of grants to support researchers early in their careers to ensure that there are new scientists entering the field. We are expanding our efforts working with pharmaceutical companies on clinical trials. We will soon extend our research grants to help support mid-career celiac disease researchers as well. Each of these activities is a piece of the puzzle that will bring us to our goal, and each of them needs financial support to be successful.

We work in partnership with our community, key researchers, clinicians, stakeholders and donors. We are makingreal progress on solutions that will truly benefit our community. The goal of getting treatments in the hands of the celiac disease community will take tenacity and perseverance. Make no mistake – we will keep after it until our community can live life to the fullest.

Beyond Celiac has ademonstrated track record of success over 15 years. We’ve shown that there’s nothing we can’t accomplish when we put our minds to it, but we aren’t in this work alone. We rely on the financial commitment of our supporters and our community. We have a goal of raising $1M by December 31 to take the next steps in advancing celiac disease research for treatments and a cure. It’ll take gifts of all sizes to reach our objective, so please help all you can. We just want everyone to play a part.

Can we count on you? Thank you for bringing our vision of a world Beyond Celiac closer to a reality.


Alice Bast

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Gluten-Free Cooking with Oonagh

Gluten-Free Chocolate Yule Log

Because everythign is better with chocolate… especially around the holidays!


Gluten-Free Wine and Mushroom Sauce

A savory gluten-free sauce that’s perfect for pouring over roast beef during the holidays.

About Chef Oonagh Williams

Chef Oonagh Williams

British born Chef Oonagh Williams holds a culinary arts degree and spends her time cooking, writing, speaking, and educating the public on gluten-free and allergy-free diets. She herself has celiac disease along with other food allergies. When not writing or speaking nationally on food, she teaches cooking classes, hosts dinner parties, and offers one-on-one help. Locally, she teaches healthier food cooking classes including vegetarian cooking for everyone, as most real food is naturally gluten-free and free of many other allergens. Chef Oonagh had the honor of being a speaker at the Boston Celiac Symposium, alongside top doctors from Beth Israel, Mass General, and Harvard Medical School.

Buy herDelicious Gluten-Free Cooking e-book, over 200 pages, full color photos, only $20;

like her Facebook page, Gluten-Free Cooking with Oonagh, where she posts recipes, links to her appearances, and gluten-free products she’s discovered; and connect with her on Skype for help in following a food allergy diet.

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At-Home Test for Celiac Disease Launches

A new at-home celiac disease test being launched this week by Microdrop Health, a Houston based company, could help patients get their doctors to more quickly take the steps needed for diagnosis.


Fatigue is Often Found in Celiac Disease

Fatigue is often listed as a symptom of celiac disease and is frequently reported by patients, but a new study concludes it has not been researched effectively.


The Headache of Celiac Disease

If celiac disease is giving you a headache, you are not alone. People who have celiac disease are more likely to have headaches and people who have headaches are more likely to have celiac disease, a study by researchers at the Medical School at Sheffield University found.


Allergic Living:Dairy-Free, Nut-Free Chocolate-Peppermint Bark

By Alisa Fleming

Making allergy-friendly white chocolate is much easier than you might think. And in this recipe, white chocolate pairs perfectly with semi-sweet chocolate and crushed peppermint for a slight twist on tradition.

Allergic Living.

Photo credit: Allergic Living/Andrew Grinton

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Start a Facebook Fundraiser for Beyond Celiac

Help give a gift that goes BEYOND by creating a Facebook fundraiser for Beyond Celiac to help us raise money for even more research efforts in 2019!


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