Potsdam Celiac Disease Support Group to discuss medications containing gluten Jan. 21
Friday, January 18, 2013 - 5:40 pm

POTSDAM -- Canton-Potsdam Hospital’s Celiac Disease Support Group will meet on Monday, Jan. 21 at 7 p.m. in the second floor classroom on the hospital’s main campus, 50 Leroy St.

Although gluten is most commonly found in pastas and breads made with wheat flour, some medications also contain gluten. At Monday’s meeting, guest speaker Ben Gruda, will discuss the manufacturing, distribution and dispensing of medications that possibly contain gluten.

Robert Kennedy, store manager of Potsdam Price Chopper, will also be in attendance to share how Price Chopper is continuing to transform and expand its gluten-free section and gain additional feedback from group participants.

Celiac disease is a lifelong digestive disorder affecting children and adults. When people with the disease eat foods that contain gluten, it creates an immune-mediated toxic reaction that causes damage to the small intestine and does not allow food to be properly absorbed. Even small amounts of gluten in foods can affect those with the disease and cause health problems.

For more information or to participate in the support group, contact Shirley at 261-5975 or Beverly Rascoe at 261-5975 or events@cphospital.org.