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on June 14, 2013 10:50 AM

Indiana Business Women

Indiana Business Women held their most recent meeting on May 16.

The speaker for the meeting was Denise Drew of We Travel Gluten Free. Denise discussed celiac disease, which is an autoimmune disease where the body is unable to digest gluten. Gluten is a protein found in wheat, rye and barley, and many breads, pasta, cakes, cookies, pizza and even salad dressings. One in 133 people have celiac disease and 95 percent are undiagnosed.

There are more than 300 symptoms that can be associated with celiac disease, which can make diagnosis sometimes difficult. Some of the symptoms are bloating, headaches, fatigue, discolored teeth, constipation, rash, joint pain, diarrhea, numbness or tingling, mouth sores, infertility and even cancer, just to name a few.

Denise gave each member a celiac disease symptom checklist to inform the group of some of the many symptoms that can be from the disease; these symptoms alone usually do not cause alarm but can be a sign of celiac disease.

Denise said the Food and Drug Administration guidelines for gluten-free products do not necessarily mean a product is completely gluten-free.

The guideline is 20 parts per million of gluten. The only cure for celiac disease is to abstain from ingesting gluten products.

For more information about celiac disease, visit the website of The National Foundation of Celiac Awareness at

If you think you may have the disease it is best to contact your doctor as specific testing needs to be done for a proper diagnosis

The mission of IBW is to empower women of the community to succeed in their profession through networking, referrals and collaboration.

IBW provides an environment of encouragement, opportunity and resources.

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