San Diego Resources
The following are resources for gluten-free living specifically in the San Diego area. For resources on a national level, click on National.
Both the San Diego Raising Our Celiac Children (ROCK) and the San Diego Celiac Sprue Association (CSA) offer free mentoring programs.
The following persons work as consultants in the San Diego gluten-free world are in alphabetical order. Each one has their own personal focus and techniques.
Lori "assists restaurants in better serving the needs of customers coping with gluten intolerance." She had long suffered digestive issues, and her daughter was diagnosed with celiac disease two years ago.
Dr. Rabia Barkins, DC, DACBN
Pathway to Health, Advanced Natural Medicine
"I am a Holistic practitioner, Chiropractor, and Nutritionist in North County. . . I counsel on gluten-free programs. I am gluten intolerant myself, so this is something that I specialize in and have great success with my clients with all kinds of health problems."
|"Teaching people to live . . . and LOVE
. . . the wheat free/gluten-free lifestyle.”
Danna resides in the San Diego area and offers a consultation service for living gluten free. Considered one of the foremost experts on the gluten-free diet and medical conditions that benefit from it, Danna has been researching celiac disease and gluten intolerance, and has been "living – and loving – a wheat-free/gluten-free lifestyle since 1991". She is the founder of the national support group Raising Our Celiac Kids (ROCK), as well as author of several popular GF books.
The GlutenFreedom website provides up-to-date information about celiac disease and testing. Through her company, GlutenFreedom, Danna provides consultation services to:
Individuals and families (in person, phone, and e-mail)
Health care/nutritional professionals
Corporations (including health food retailers, testing companies, restaurants, and self-insured companies)
Chris, a "Gluten-Free Empowerment Coach" from the "Your Optimal Health Coach" group holds free weekly discussion sessions along with Dr. Brian Garret, Chiropractor and Board Certified Applied Kinesiologist. The meetings are held downtown from 5:30 - 6:30 pm every Wednesday. You also may participate by phone or Webinar if you wish to participate but can't come to the meetings in person. Chris also does health counseling on an individual basis. More info.
Sandi is certified as an Holistic Healthcare Practitioner, Clinical Nutritionist, and Clinical Master Herbalist.
"Karmic Health focuses on nutrition for specialy diets related to disease where a gluten, dairy & casein free lifestyle is crucial. We believe in the importance of a balanced lifestyle and will strive to help you reach and maintain your wellness goals. Karmic Health Services include nutrition counseling, kitchen makeovers, guided shopping tours, cooking classes and seminars. We also help with menu planning, both pesonal and professional (restaurants). Karmic Health also carries nutritional supplements and offers lab testing.
Also see information concerning Sandi's Karmic Krunch Gluten Free Snack Mix.
Gluten Free Advocate
Danielle Savage, the granddaughter of one of the local CSA members (Hildegard Savage) is offering her services to be your GF advocate while staying in a hospital or other medical facility. She has experience with being an advocate with the GF diet because of advocating for Hildegard when she was in the hospital and her current care. If interested, please contact Jan Pruitt at email@example.com for more information.
Michele provides individual health coaching. She also offers a free monthly newsletter on health and lifestyle. Michelle is the coordinator of the San Diego "Enjoying life without gluten!" meet-up group
No Excuses Cook Gluten-Free Cookbook
My sister and I are students in SD.
I am a law student at TJSL and Rachel just graduated from USD.
We wrote a Gluten-Free Cookbook and are starting a gluten-free product line this summer. It is a great book!! We promise...it took us 7 years to test and perfect all of the recipes!! Sarah Felong, 6/21 www.noexcusesglutenfreecookbook.com
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Warren Clinical Celiac Disease Center
Patients are seen at the
UCSD Thorton Hospital as well as the Rady Children's Hospital in San Diego. See Warren Celiac Centers to learn more.
Prometheus Laboratories, Inc.
Prometheus Laboratories specializes in the treatment, diagnosis and detection of gastrointestinal, autoimmune, and inflammatory diseases and disorders. They are highly regarded in the professional community for their testing of celiac disease. In the Resource Library section of their website are two videos you can watch concerning celiac diagnoses.
The following are quotes from Danna Korn, an expert in the field of celiac disease
(see "Consulting" above) that emphasize why a lab such as Prometheus Laboratories
is important to use:
"You can have your blood drawn at any doctor's office or lab . . . But where
the testing is done is extremely important, since even reputable labs very
do these tests improperly. . . . the reading of the tests is subjective, and
the results depend upon the technician's interpretation . . . You have a right
to know how the test is being done, and to ask that your blood be sent to a
specialty lab for testing, although your insurance may not cover the cost of
the test if
you do so."
Sharp Healthcare in San Diego
They provide information about celiac disease, GF recipes, and a GF restaurant guide on their website.
You are encouraged to come to a CSA meeting or event and get recommendations from other members there.
Sharp Healthcare Celiac Specialists
There is a link on their website to Sharp-affiliated gastroenterologists in our area that specialize in celiac disease treatment.
UCSD Celiac Specialists
Dr. Sheila Crowe, Adult Celiac Clinic at UCSD
Dr. Kimberly Newton, Pediatric Celiac Clinic at Rady children's Hospital
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