Gluten Free Skin Care

You know how we are usually cautious and skeptical about new things…

What if there is something out there that is worth paying attention to.

If I could paint a picture of you Looking Younger Longer and as Young as You Feel, showing you some possibilities,

Would you take a look?

Here are two links to two brief videos: and

Call or email me for further info. There are extra benefits through 31 October 17
Bruce Homstead, MS, RDN, LDN, AFMCP
Homstead Health
Member, Board of Directors, National Celiac Association

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Gluten Free and Allergy Free EXPOS coming very soon

Hello, apologies for the late notice on this weeks event–a very good one in Hartford, CT. This is a one day event at the Holiday Inn Hartford Downtown, 100 East River Drive, East Hartford, CT 06108. The show opens at 10 a.m. and closes at 3 p.m. It is only $10.00. You will eat and take home samples that are worth more than that. Check out for more information.

Next, is the two day event in Secaucus, NJ on 14 and 15 October. Not only is this great for metropolitan NYC and NJ people, but is worth traveling to. Make a weekend of it. I’ve gone to many and always learn something and make new connections. Recommended if you like to eat and want to be safe. Look at: for location and directions. I may drive down if anyone wants to carpool.

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Gluten Free and Allergen Friendly EXPO


The Worcester, MA EXPO is this weekend. Go to to register. Tickets are also available at the door. There is a parking garage across the street from the DCU Center. This is well worth attending. The gluten free food world continues to evolve, for our benefit. There will be great lectures too. If you want to volunteer tell them and you can get in for free. There is a lot of new stuff worth seeing. Questions? Call me.


Bruce Homstead, MS, RDN, LDN, AFMCP

Homstead Health

Director,Board of Directors, National Celiac Association

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Science and Nutrition Symposium, p1


This was an amazing gathering. We shared personal and lecture time with three esteemed scientists, seven Master Coordinators, several other health care practitioners, and 200 attendees. These are all people whose lives are given to making a contribution, a difference. This is a group to pay attention to. So, here are the notes from the speakers, with a few editorial comments thrown in by me, the humble dietitian, always hungry for new information.

“We are focusing on disease care. Eighty percent of our healthcare dollars are spent on preventable diseases.” Therefore, why are we not eating “right”, healthfully, clean, etc.
1. Unhealthy food choices are everywhere, accessible, quick and easy to choose. They are immediately satisfying, especially with their sugar and salt content (would we eat these items if they didn’t have salt or sugar? Probably not.)

2. Even healthy foods are not as good as they used to be.
–farm raised salmon has ½ the EPA/DHA that it had five years ago…
–protein, calcium, potassium, iron, vitamins B and C, in fruits and vegetables, have been decreasing for decades.
–plants are being bred for packaging and survival in transport, drought resistance, pest resistance, etc. They are not bred for nutrition.

3. We are less active so we need fewer calories. This lower caloric intake still has to provide all of our nutrients.

4. The food supply is contaminated. Lead and mercury are ubiquitous. Some things organic still may
have high levels of lead and other contaminants. This can be found in teas, potting soils, fruits and vegetables, etc.

This may not be all the negative possibilities, but will suffice. The net results:

A. Obesity.
B. Nutrients of concern are in low supply. We are missing the RDA for adequate need. The RDA is
already a low benchmark.
C. We have excessive toxins inside us—our Toxic Load (see:, National Geographics Oct 2006).
The average baby born in the U.S. has 200 chemicals in its cord blood, and up to 287. These are not natural, and this is a relatively new phenomenon. Flame retardants are high on the list. Does
anyone fly a lot? Think of the ensuing health problems from all this.

Products from the U.S. are the largest threat to the EU for adulteration (more than China or India).
There has been a six fold increase in seven years. 75 of 93 products tested had added active ingredients.

What can we do? :

1. Know our risks, from all areas.
2. Eat a healthful diet.
3. Daily exercise, including anaerobic 2-3 times a week.
4. Supplement wisely. Shaklee supplements are tested gluten-free 0 to 3 ppm gluten!!

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Science and Nutrition Symposium takeaways, p. 2

5. Find your community—we can’t and shouldn’t proceed through life’s challenges alone.

Are there problems associated with ingredient sourcing? :

One might think it is understandable that high quality ingredients may cost more. Americans typically may not make this association, or are unwilling to. Let’s take a magnesium supplement—
98% pure it costs $o.52 per gram
99.9% pure it costs $10.20 per gram, a 20 fold increase in cost.

Why? One reason is supply contamination; another is extremely high investment costs in testing equipment. Some equipment can easily cost over $100,000, some come in over $1 million.
HPLC units are very pricey. Shaklee has seven of them, running 24/7.

Why doesn’t Shaklee use USP as a third party certifier, as many other companies do? Because, Shaklee’s testing, about 20% of the time, detects pesticides that USP doesn’t test for, among other reasons.

I (Bruce) am strongly in favor of neutral, but expert and thorough, third party certification. Professionally, I do this for food services of all kinds for safe gluten-free and allergy free dining. I have celiac disease and multiple food allergies and love to go out to eat. It is imperative that I eat safely—a
medical and immune system necessity. I have been specially trained to do these certifications.

In this Symposium it has become exceedingly clear to me that Shaklee’s Third Party Certification is their 130, and counting, peer reviewed journal articles in respected medical journals. This includes some of the toughest to get into. Most companies won’t do this because they can’t control the results. Shaklee was the fifth company approached by the researchers who did the Landmark Study (Block G, et al. Nutrition J, 2007. (6)30: p. 1-11, October 24.) The other companies would not take the risk.

Have you read that article? If not let me get it to you. What a huge affirmation of Shaklee and the quality of their products. Unbeatable. Other supplement companies have cited this article as an affirmation of their own (tisk, tisk, shame on them) but they do not have any testing, or very little testing, of their own products.

Shaklee goes over the top to prevent recalls. They have even stopped production when pure ingredients were not available, and delayed product launches when there were quality difficulties. Shaklee knows that it takes a long time to build a good reputation (how about 100 years and counting) but only an instant to lose it!!!

Why Shaklee? Here is more evidence:
In letters to the FDA, 55 nutrition products by 37 manufacturers were tested. Active pharmaceuticals
were found in their supplements. These were unlabeled ingredients.

More examples were given in the Symposium.

Manufacturers are not required to test. They can test nothing or everything. There is no requirement to prove safety or efficacy.

Herbal products—only 2 of 12 companies had authentic herbs in their bottles.
–30 of 44 products were adulterated.

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Science and Nutrition Symposium, p. 3

–1/3 of products were contaminated.
–Gingko, 110 of 25 adulterated, 8 of 25 had actives added.

I often ask people if they would go to Walmart for their liver transplant. (Bruce)

Tea tree oil—the vast majority of the standards (the bench mark for testing) are contaminated. Even so, 28 of 104 failed to meet the standards.

There were over 20,000 Emergency Department visits due to energy drinks. The rate of visits doubled between 2007 and 2011. There were potential interactions with multiple ingredients.

Dr. Shaklee stated that “Health is the opposite of disease. Why not do everything within your power to build health?”

Do you want a sick care system or one that is going to help you build your health?

Shaklee ingredient sourcing is available at
Details about why they use an ingredient are also there.

There is a new impressive weight loss study just published. It will be available soon, call me and I will get it for you.
Fish oil and eye health research is coming soon, as is Landmark 2, Shaklee Blood Pressure and Athletes, and a new VIVIX clinical. Take your VIVIX!!

Try this: cut out four circles. Label separately one as Weight Control, one each as Diet, Exercise, and Supplements. Put them together so they all overlap a little. The overlap should be in the center of the four circles. This represents the sweet spot of health; the Four Pillars of Health, the four legs of a stool, table or chair. Without one, the structure is rickety. So are our bodies. One bad day can lead to many bad days. You can’t have an amanita mushroom one day, or every once in a while, without very negative consequences. So why do we think that we can get away with poor food choices, whether at one meal, in place of a meal, skipping a meal, every meal, or every day? It’s not working. I’m guilty. In spite of my humoring the situation, ice cream doesn’t meet the RDA or the four food group concept. The flesh is weak, but it can become strong. A 10 with our foods and a 10 with our supplement, and the other two circles, gives us one fantastic multiplier effect. Our cells and genes will be so thankful. It’s good for your PV too.

We have some new smoothie recipes too.

Let’s take our health to the next level!

What if there are three products that could give you:
Vibrant health
Longer and Healthier life
More energy all day long
Achievement of an ideal body weight…and more
Would you be willing to take these yourself and tell others about them?
They are:

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Science and Nutrition Symposium takeaways, p.4

The Vitalizer Strip
Life Shake

Vivix turns down cholesterol, it makes your mitochondria younger and more active (mitochondria are the engines of your cells).
Life Shake increases lean muscle mass and allows you to lose fat weight. A seeming paradox is that you cannot lose weight until and unless your body is healthy.
Vitalizer is the fuse for the dynamite mentioned above. Take it with meals. If your breakfast is light, take it with lunch and supper.

Shaklee Health Print is free for all. Do it yourself and periodically. Send the link to everyone you know, talk to them first however. This five minute quiz illustrates your Health Span. Health Span leads to Life Span. Just do it.

“Your future will be exactly what you choose to make it”.—Dr. Shaklee

My association with Shaklee spans 40 years. I have known many of the scientists and researchers over this time, Drs. Scala, Jim Whittam, Chris Jensen, now Dr. Daggy and Dr. McManus. Les Wong has been there for a long time and we still communicate.

The people mentioned above, with others, and I have shared much time together and communicated often. We would share a meal or a walk and talk, ask each other questions, share ideas and resources. Always there was the research. This type of association is very rare, but not with Shaklee. It is awesome, and an example of their greatness.

I have talked to many people from other companies. I asked “Please share your peer reviewed research papers on your products”—nothing. To one VP of a big international company, me, “what research do you have on your multi vitamin/mineral product?” VP, “well actually we viewed it as just a multi and have no research.” (i.e., not worthy of research, even for safety or efficacy). Would you use this company’s multi as a prenatal for your daughter? …

Or, would you, without hesitation, share Shaklee?!!

How about the gummies labeled as Prenatal? It has no iron, a very important nutrient for a mom making extra units of blood for her fetus. This product has none of many other essential nutrients for a pregnancy, BUT, it is labeled Prenatal and doctors recommend it.

My suggestion, share Shaklee.

If you were out hiking with other people, you all were hot and thirsty, and you came upon a stagnant pool of muddy, mucky water—would you share that. Or, would you share your bottle of Shaklee Best Water with Performance mixed in it?

All I can suggest, for the good of society, your heart and soul, Share Shaklee. As Kay Ferguson used to say “this won’t do any harm, and it may just do some good.” Respectfully and thankful for this time with exceptional people, Your scribe, Bruce Homstead, MS, RDN, LDN, AFMCP. Take your VIVIX!! 413.527.7524,

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New England Celiac Organization is having a superb Seminar

New England Celiac Organization is having a superb Seminar/Symposium on April 1, 2017. The speaker lineup is excellent. Go to their website for full details and registration. You may be able to get early bird pricing.

New England Celiac Organization April 2017 Symposium
Celiac Disease: Medical Myths and Milestones

The 2017 Celiac Symposium, Celiac Disease: Medical Myths and Milestones will feature speakers from our event partner, the Harvard Medical School Celiac Research Program, and vendors. A gluten-free buffet breakfast and lunch will be included. Click here to see the schedule for the day.

The Harvard Medical School Celiac Research Program was created in 2013 with the Beth Israel Deaconess Celiac Center, the Boston Children’s Hospital Celiac Disease Program and the Mass General Hospital Center for Celiac Research and Treatment. Scientists and physicians from the group meet monthly, collaborating on educational outreach and innovative research projects to improve the quality of life for people with celiac disease and gluten-related disorders. Current research projects include biomarkers in patients with non-celiac gluten sensitivity and retrospectively evaluating the frequency of mucosal recovery in pediatric patients with celiac disease. The April 1, 2017 symposium, “Celiac Disease: Medical Myths and Milestones,” is the second symposium held in partnership with the New England Celiac Organization for healthcare practitioners and patients and families.

Developed in 1993, the New England Celiac Organization, once known as the Healthy Villi, has been a member-driven group providing education and advocacy for and support to individuals and families with celiac disease and non-celiac gluten sensitivity. This active group has been making a difference in the health and quality of life for thousands of people, through its Gluten Free New England magazine, a user-friendly website and monthly e-newsletter. NECO is thrilled to partner with the Harvard Medical School Celiac Research Program on Celiac Disease: Medical Myths and Milestones.

Early bird pricing is now available for tickets for members, non-members, and RDs/RNs looking to earn CEUs. Please note that despite ticket prices, the actual cost of the event is $125 per person. We would be grateful for any donations to make up for this cost.

If you’d like to spend the night at the hotel, there is a block of rooms reserved under “New England Celiac Organization” or “Symposium.” Reserve your room by March 8 to take advantage of the discount.

ADA Statement
NECO recognizes its responsibilities under the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) to provide reasonable accommodations to individuals with disabilities. If you have a disability and wish to request assistance at the symposium, please call 617-262-5422 or send an email to before March 17, 2017.

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Gluten-Free Allergy Free EXPO, San Diego

This coming weekend. LARGE. Many vendors. Lots of visitors. Get questions answered,taste new and good foods. Great opportunity to network, learn new stuff. Kids will love it.

San Diego, CA – Feb 20-21, 2016

When & Where
Eventbrite – The Gluten Free & Allergen Friendly Expo
When: 10:00-4:00
Where: Del Mar Fairgrounds-Wyland Center
2260 Jimmy Durante Blvd.
Del Mar, CA 92014-2216

Parking-$10 CASH ONLY (There may be gas stations nearby which have an ATM.)

All attendees will enter through the Main Gate.

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Anaphylactic reaction to wheat in a toy


Steve L. Taylor, Ph.D., Food Allergy Research & Resource Program (FARRP), University of Nebraska, Lincoln NE and Sarah M. Boudreau-Romano, M.D., Division of Allergy & Clinical Immunology, Ann & Robert H. Lurie Children’s Hospital, Chicago IL

Slinky® Brand and More Fingerprint Science kit, also labeled as Experiment #163: This kit comes with multiple components packaged in a box including a small plastic bottle of white powder to use when making the fingerprints. Dr. Boudreau-Romano identified this kit as the possible cause of a severe allergic reaction involving upper airway swelling and requiring epinephrine and antihistamine for treatment in a 9 year-old boy who received this kit as a holiday present. This child has multiple food allergies including wheat allergy. This child reportedly has a history of upper airway reactions occurring in poorly ventilated pizza restaurants and described this reaction as similar. The FARRP Laboratory subsequently identified the white powder in these kits as containing a large concentration of gluten. We surmise that the white powder is wheat flour. The identity of the powder is not described on the bottle or elsewhere within the kit. A call to the toy distributor indicated that the toy was assembled in China and they believed that the white powder was corn starch.

We wish to alert the parents of wheat-allergic children that the white powder in this fingerprint kit is wheat flour. Exposure to this powder could cause reactions though direct contact, inhalation, or even ingestion.

February 13, 2016

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