Get Gluten Free education – cut through the clutter


As I sit here eating a tuna salad sandwich on gluten free bread by Queen Street Gluten Free, I’m reminded that the 7 day Gluten Summit starts on Monday November 11, 2013. This post isn’t from a template – though I’ve used some of the prepared messaging (e.g. in the next paragraph) and looked at what others have written about the summit. I thought of most of these words on my own.

“Is gluten the cause of your health problems?” It very well could be. Especially if you’re having unexplained rashes, migraines, digestive issues, fatigue/fogginess, unexplained weight loss (or gain), joint pain… as gluten could be triggering more than 300 different symptoms.

I know there’s a lot of misinformation out there about gluten. I sometimes complain that gluten free living – the Gluten Free Craze – is treated like the latest fashion trend for some people whether they’re gluten sensitive or not. It’s also become a big source of healthwashing – such as putting “gluten free” on a package of something that doesn’t contain gluten anyway, or promoting gluten free junk food as “healthy”. I know people with celiac disease (coeliac disease) who’d eat gluten if they could, so get annoyed that people who can eat it treat it the issue frivolously. I’ve heard from more than one chef/caterer that if one person at the table at a wedding gets the gluten free option, suddenly everyone at the table wants the gluten free option (and I’ve heard of the kitchen running out because those who can’t consume gluten for health reasons have pre-requested these meals).

I also often tell the story of a naturopath who, throughout her education, thought that the whole gluten-free thing was overblown. Then she went into practice, took patients off gluten, and saw a significant difference. Her mind was changed, and blown.

In my post about Italpasta’s new gluten free line I gave some stats:

  • 1 in 133: It is estimated that 1 in 133 persons in Canada, and that same number in the United States, are affected by celiac disease.
  • 6-7%: 6-7% of the U.S. population is thought to have non-celiac gluten sensitivity.
  • 5-22%: The amount of celiac patients who have an immediate family member (1st degree relative) who also has celiac.

What is the Gluten Summit?

The Gluten Summit, hosted by Dr. Tom O’Bryan, covers everything you need to know about gluten and gluten sensitivity. O’Bryan, is one of the leading experts on gluten, gluten sensitivity and celiac disease.
During the Gluten Summit, you will:

  • Learn about the latest research on gluten-related disorders;
  • Understand why we MUST call more attention to them;
  • Gain improved knowledge of proper diagnosis/treatment methods;
  • More frequently ask, “Could this health issue be due to gluten?”

Each day, 4-5 interviews will be available to watch on demand. The information each interview contains will be educational for you–even potentially life changing–as you learn the importance of these new healthy practices for you and your family.

When is The Gluten Summit?

The Gluten Summit will take place online from Monday November 11 to Monday November 18.

How much does the Gluten Summit cost?

Like other online events, it’s free to participate in during the Summit week. Afterwards you can order the entire All Access Package to keep. Who knows what bonuses will be thrown in during week?

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The goal of The Gluten Summit is to shift the scientific discussion and clinical recognition of gluten-related disorders forward by five years. Meaning, we want the conversation between patients and doctors that will be happening five years from now to happen now. 

Gluten Summit Schedule

Each day’s interviews will be available for 24 hours between 10:00 A.M. EST – 9:59 A.M. EST the next day.

Here’s the presentation schedule. Presentation names are in italics, my comments in square brackets with asterisks.
I’m excluding most of the education credentials beside their names because other than “MD”, “RD” and “PhD”, I don’t know what most of them mean and I generally don’t care about the education credentials they’ve gotten, as much as what they’re doing with them.


  • Michael Marsh, MD,  Renowned Celiac Disease Researcher – Before Marsh III: Why the Early Stages of Celiac Disease Must be Taken Seriously.
  • Mark Houston, MD, Assoc. Clinical Prof. of Medicine at Vanderbilt University – How Sensitivity to Gluten Can Impact Your Heart and Cardiovascular System
  • Cynthia Kupper, RD, Executive Director of the Gluten Intolerance Group – After the Diagnosis: Supporting YOU With Making Sense of Labels, Dining Out With Confidence and Transitioning Smoothly to a Gluten-Free Diet
  • David Perlmutter, MD, President, Perlmutter Health Center – Eliminating Gluten as the 1st Step in Preventing Brain Conditions


  • Alessio Fasano, MD, Chief of Pediatric Gastroenterology & Nutrition at Mass General Hospital for Children – Why Creating the Healthiest Intestinal Environment Possible Can Arrest Your Vulnerability to the #3 Cause of Getting Sick and Dying [*A large part of the immune system lives in the digestive system!*]
  • Rodney Ford, MD, Food Allergy Expert – The Surprising Ways Gluten Sensitivity Can Affect a Child’s Health
  • Liz Lipski, PhD, Owner of Innovative Healing, Inc. – How the Right Diet Can Address Symptoms Throughout the Body [*I’ll be watching this one.*]


  • Aristo Vojdani, PhD, MSc, MT, Chief Scientific Advisor, Cyrex Laboratories – Properly Testing for Gluten Sensitivity and Why Current Methods Fail [*This one sounds fascinating to me, as I’ve seen people going through it.*]
  • Mark Hyman, MD, Chairman of the Institute of Functional Medicine – A “Functional Approach” to Lifestyle Can Transform Your Body [*I’ve read his work before and his credentials are impressive.*]
  • Natasaha Campbell-McBride, MD, Creator of the GAPS Diet – The Critical Nature of Gut Health and its Impact on Children’s Brains [*GAPS stands for “Gut and Psychology Syndrome”. Learn more about the GAPS Diet.*]
  • Erica Kasuli, Director of Nutrition at Amen Clinics – Designing a Brain-Optimizing Gluten-Free Diet the Whole Family Will Enjoy


  • Marios Hadjivassiliou, MD, Educational Associate, Association for Historical Dialogue & Research – Gluten-Related Disorders: Time to Move from Gut to Brain
  • JJ Virgin, Best-selling author of “The Virgin Diet”  – Your body is not a bank account. It’s a chemistry lab. [*I’ve heard her on podcasts. She’s amazing. I was supposed to review her last book but I think it got lost in the mail, or at the border. I’d like to say more about her last 14 months but it’s too long for this format. You can read about it on JJ’s blog.*]
  • Tom Malterre,  Co-owner of Whole Life Nutrition – The Perfect Storm: Gluten Plus Gut Flora Imbalances Plus Environmental Toxins
  • Melinda Dennis, Nutrition Coordinator, Celiac Center at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center – The Secret to Safely Avoiding Gluten While Dining Out


  • Daniel Amen, MD, Author of “The Amen Solution” – How Gluten Can Affect the Brain, and How to Optimize Brain Function! [*This man is amazing. I’ve read his stuff.*]
  • Andrew Keech, Author of “Peptide Immunotherapy: Colostrum a Physician’s Reference Guide” – Proline-Rich Polypeptides/Colostrum
  • Nora Gedgaudas, Author of “Primal Mind, Primal Body” – Gluten, Brain Development and what Really Helps Brain Growth
  • Peter Osborne, Founder of – How Cross-Reactivity, Molecular Mimicry and Mold Toxicity Can Seriously Impact Your Health [*Sounds interesting!*]


  • Loren Cordain, PhD, “Godfather” of the Paleo Diet – Wheat Germ Agglutinin: How a “Monster Molecule” Could Affect Every Cell in Your Body
  • Jeffrey Smith, Founder, Institute of Responsible Technology – OMG – GMO And Its Connection To Gluten
  • Deanna Minich, PhD, Nutrition & Health Expert, Founder, Food & Spirit – Nutrition For the Soul: Moving Beyond a Gluten-Free Diet [*Food & Spirit sounds fascinating and totally my thing.*]
  • Sayer Ji, Founder of, , Author of The Dark Side of Wheat – The Critical Role of Wheat Lectin in Human Disease and the Role of Gluten in Cultural History and Consciousness.


  • William Davis, MD, Best-selling author of “Wheat Belly” – Modern Wheat: It’s MORE than wheat.
  • Jaqui Karr, Nutritionist & Lifestyle Expert – 5 Secrets for a Happy, Healthy Lifestyle Without Gluten [*I’d like to know them!*]
  • Dave Asprey, Writer of The Bulletproof Exec Blog – Biohack Your Own Brain to Optimize Health and Performance [*”Biohack”? Tell me more!*]
  • Suzy Cohen, “America’s Pharmacist” – Hidden Sources of Gluten in Your Vitamins and Medication [*Sounds like one that anyone who takes vitamins and/or meds should watch!*]


  • Umberto Volta, MD, Director of Coeliac Disease Simple Unit, St.Orsola-Malpighi Hospital, University of Bologna, Italy – The Reality of Non-Celiac Gluten Sensitivity and its Many Manifestations [*This is one I think that everyone should watch!*]
  • Yehuda Shoenfeld, MD, Head of Zabludowicz Center for Autoimmune Diseases, Sheba Medical Center – Are You Developing an Autoimmune Disease Years Before Symptoms?
  • Tom O’Bryan, Founder of & The Gluten Summit

What an amazing lineup–every day at least one scientist/researcher, one well-known clinician, and one renowned nutritionist/registered dietitian. It’s pretty cool.

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