Amy Burkhart  MD, RD  Articles/Media

Amy Burkhart  MD, RD  Articles/Media

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Four Vitamin Toxicities on a Gluten-Free Diet

By Amy Burkhart

This month I address a topic that is rarely covered in the media swirl surrounding the gluten-free diet, yet is vitally important. When symptoms are persistent while on a gluten-free diet, common culprits such as other food sensitivities or exposure...

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Gluten Causes Keratosis Pilaris (a.k.a. “Chicken Skin”): Fact or Myth?

By Amy Burkhart

According to "Dr. Google," the tiny bumps popularly known as " chicken skin" that occur on the backs of arms and oncheeks and thighs can be cured by eliminating gluten from the diet. Is there truth to that claim or is it yet another Internet myth?

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Is Gluten Really the Culprit in Gluten Sensitivity?

By Amy Burkhart

An article published in the journal, Gastroenterology, in August 2013, looked at a possible link between non-celiac gluten sensitivity and “FODMAPS.” FODMAPS, an abbreviation for fermentable, oligo, di, monosaccharides and polyols, are particular types of carbohydrates...

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Six Reasons to Test for Celiac Disease Before Starting a Gluten Free Diet

By Amy Burkhart

A couple of years ago I wrote an article about the need to test for celiac disease before initiating a gluten-free diet. I’ve had very positive feedback from it and many notes of appreciation for clarifying the reasons why testing is necessary.

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No such thing as “Mild Celiac Disease”

By Amy Burkhart

I have seen several patients this month who were told by their practioners that they only had a “Mild” case of celiac disease. “ What does that mean?” they ask me. Do they need a strict gluten free diet?

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Pesticides, Wheat And Gluten Sensitivity: What Is The Connection?

By Amy Burkhart

Investigators are diligently looking for a cause of Non-Celiac Gluten Sensitivity (NCGS), and may be close to an explanation that doesn't involve gluten at all.

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Primer for Health Care Providers: Celiac Disease and Non-Celiac Gluten Sensitivity

By Amy Burkhart

This article was originally written for Sonoma Medical Magazine to help educate physicians/practitioners in their understanding and treatment of gluten sensitivity and celiac disease. Please feel free to print this article and share the information with your practitioner.

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Reasons People Follow A Gluten-Free Diet: 7 Types of Gluten Free Dieters

By Amy Burkhart

Why do people follow a gluten free diet? Chefs and restaurant employees are baffled and irritated when they meticulously accommodate a gluten-free dining request, only to see the same person diving into the bread basket while awaiting their meal.

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Self-Diagnosis of Gluten Sensitivity: Four Alarming Trends

By Amy Burkhart

Ten years ago gluten was a foreign word to the general population. Today it is part of our mainstream culture, and gluten-related news and health articles stream across our computer screens. Unfortunately, online health advice in pop culture spreads faster...

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Should you trust gluten free labels?

By Amy Burkhart

The gluten-free labeling rule officially went into effect August 4, 2014. It obligates manufacturers who label their product “gluten-free” to ensure a product contains less than 20 ppm of gluten. This level is the amount of gluten deemed safe for people with celiac disease...

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