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October 1, 2009

MAURY REGIONAL OFFERS SUPPORT TO THOSE WITH CELIAC DISEASE

COLUMBIA, Tenn.—The Maury Regional Medical Center Celiac Support Group will meet on Tuesday, October 13, at 5:00 p.m. in the First Floor Conference Room. During this seminar, registered dietitian Keri Howell will present a video with information on celiac disease and a cooking demonstration for a gluten-free dish. A question and answer segment will follow the video.

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, rye and oats.

         

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 Gluten Free Support Group, call 931.381.1111, extension 1275.