Altoona Mirror’s New Year Resolutions Expo Partners with Blair Gastroenterology Associates to Bring Gluten-Free Education to the Expo

Did you know approximately 1% of those living in the United States live with Celiac disease and about 6% suffer from general gluten sensitivities? That’s millions of people living with Celiac disease, and even more suffering with gluten sensitivities and related symptoms. So, what is Celiac disease? What is gluten sensitivity? We have the answers.

Dr. Ralph D. McKibbin of Blair Gastroenterology Associates recently sat down with Deanna Weaverling of Headline Marketing & Communications to discuss Celiac disease and general gluten intolerance in the latest episode of HMC’s Marketing Minutes podcast, in preparation for the New Year Resolutions Expo, taking place on Saturday, November 21st from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Logan Valley Mall where Dr. McKibbin and his colleague, Bonita A. Mazzei, BSN, RN, GCN, will be presenting on the topic.

“Celiac disease is an immune disease where those who are diagnosed react to gluten and wheat,” explained Dr. McKibbin. “It’s actually not an allergy, which is a common misconception that many people think it might be.”

Gluten sensitivity, on the other hand, can be compared to those with lactose intolerance, where symptoms happen immediately after or shortly after ingesting gluten. Celiac disease, however, is a delayed response of possible inflammation and mild to severe symptoms that can present themselves days after exposure.

“Celiac disease is really a ‘all-or-nothing’ issue,” Dr. McKibbin shared. “Those diagnosed with this disease need to give up ALL gluten, including pills, spices, and medications, as well as many other lifestyle changes, which can be extremely difficult.”

The New Year Resolutions Expo provides Dr. McKibbin, as well as Bonita A. Mazzei, BSN, RN, GCN, a perfect opportunity to have a conversation all about living gluten-free, Celiac disease, symptom management, gluten-free diets, and much more.

“This Expo will provide us with a great opportunity to have a conversation about Celiac disease, answer any questions, and update those who may have gluten intolerances or Celiac disease on new treatments, symptoms, and more,” Dr. McKibbin explained.

Be sure to listen to the latest episode of HMC’s Marketing Minutes podcast and mark your calendars for the New Year Resolutions Expo, brought to you by the Altoona Mirror and sponsored by Blair Gastroenterology Associates, Grane Hospice Care Altoona and the Bedford County Chamber of Commerce. Additional vendors include Alleghenies United Cerebral Palsy, Altoona Center for Clinical Research, Bedford County Chamber of Commerce, Blair Drug & Alcohol Partnership and more.