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Naturopathic seminar helps Celiac sufferers
discover foods and manage flare-ups

Toronto, October 12, 2005 - A free public health information session at The Canadian College of Naturopathic Medicine (CCNM) will provide valuable insights to people suffering with Celiac disease.

People who suffer from Celiac disease are highly sensitive to gluten, a protein found in wheat, rye, barley, oats and processed foods. When a Celiac sufferer eats gluten, the resulting intestinal damage impairs their digestion, causing a range of symptoms that can include anemia, intestinal cramps, bloating, diarrhea, skin rashes and irritability.

There is no cure for Celiac disease, but dietary adjustments and naturopathic treatments can virtually eliminate symptoms.

First and foremost, Celiac sufferers must adopt a gluten-free diet. It's simple in theory, but gluten-free eating can be challenging in a convenience-food culture.

The seminar will help Celiac sufferers learn about other dietary options to explore, to help them keep their diets interesting, nourishing and appetizing.

In addition to helping participants discover other gluten-free grains, the seminar will include information on how to manage acute flare-ups, how to maintain optimal gut health, and how to prevent and manage the other health problems that are often associated with Celiac disease.

The seminar will take place on Wednesday, October 19 at 6:45 p.m. at The Canadian College of Naturopathic Medicine, located at 1255 Sheppard Ave. East at Leslie subway station.

Naturopathic doctors (NDs) are the general practitioners of natural medicine, sharing the same foundational training as medical doctors. The Canadian College Of Naturopathic Medicine educates, develops and trains naturopathic doctors through excellence in health education, clinical services and research that integrate mind, body and spirit.

Interns at CCNM's Robert Schad Naturopathic Clinic improve their patients' health by identifying and treating the underlying causes of illness, using a combination of acupuncture/Asian medicine, botanical medicine, nutrition, homeopathic medicine, hydrotherapy/massage and lifestyle counselling.

For more information contact:
Heather Gibson, Communications Officer
416-498-1255 ext. 263 hgibson@ccnm.edu

Naturopathic medicine can help prevent and manage infectious diseases, breast cancer, and work-related illness. Learn more at our Open House on Saturday, October 22. Check www.ccnm.edu.

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