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April 2, 2010

MAURY REGIONAL OFFERS SUPPORT TO THOSE WITH CELIAC DISEASE

COLUMBIA, Tenn.— The Maury Regional Medical Center Celiac Support Group will meet on Tuesday, April 13, at 5:00 p.m. in the First Floor Conference Room. During this seminar, Sam Tucker, renowned Nashville pastry chef, will share samples of his new gluten-free breads. A variety of packaged breads and muffins will also be provided by support group member Laura Hill.

According to the Celiac Disease Foundation, one of every 133 people in America live with celiac disease, an autoimmune disease in which the lining of the small intestine is damaged from eating gluten and other proteins found in wheat, barley and rye.

          

The cornerstone of treatment is a gluten-free diet in which all foods that contain wheat, rye and barley are avoided. These foods include most grains, pasta, cereal, and many processed foods. When gluten is removed from the diet, the small intestine will start to heal and overall health improves. 

The support group will discuss ways to have a rich and satisfying diet, while still staying gluten free. To find out more about celiac disease or the Maury Regional Celiac Support Group, call 931.381.1111, extension 1275.