May 2011

Had another wonderful talk with Steve King and Johnnie Putman of WGN Radio Chicago. For those of you who are new to this blog, Steve and Johnnie are night time radio personalities. Steve has long standing celiac disease and both live a gluten-free lifestyle. They are very supportive of my cause, that being to reach as many people living with celiac disease as I can. In advance of mine and Bill’s upcoming lecture, Steve and Johnnie were kind enough to chat with me by phone and allow me to shamelessly plug the lecture. I will not bore you with the details of the lecture as they were spelled out in the previous post. However, should you be interested in hearing the interview, you may do so via the WGN radio website.,0,1155568.mp3file.

I so enjoy speaking with Steve and Johnnie. If you happen to be up at the midnight hour, tune in and take a listen. I guarantee you will enjoy the show!


May is Celiac Awareness Month. What better time for some FREE informational lectures on celiac-related topics?

We have some old topics that we have updated and some new topics that have never been discussed. On the agenda are the following lectures:

1) Anatomy of Celiac Disease
2) You Might Be A Celiac If …
3) Gluten Intolerance vs Celiac Disease vs Gluten Allergy
4) Myths About Celiac Disease
5) Gluten Free & Symptomatic
6) Type 1 Diabetes and Celiac Disease
7) Medicolegal Aspects Celiac Disease

The lecture series will take place next Sunday May 15, 2011.

Registration starts at 12:30 PM
Lectures go from 1PM to around 4:30PM
We will leave plenty of time at the end for questions
After questions are finished, the CSA-GC will have a short meeting for members.

In addition to the lectures, there will be several vendors of gluten-free products present with product samples, so not only will you learn about celiac disease, but you will also get some great gluten-free food.

In order to get an idea of the number of attendees, the Celiac Sprue Association of Greater Chicagoland is asking that attendees preregister. Doing so is quick and painless. There are three ways to register:
1. Go to the CSA-GC’s Facebook page and click on the link for our lecture, then click on the “will be attending” link.
2. Send an e-mail to and let them know if you’ll be attending
3. Respond directly to the CSA-GC president Tony Deany at 630-640-0128

The lectures will be held at:
Pipefitters Training Center
Local Union 597
10850 W 187th Street
Mokena, IL 60448

You can find a map to the Training Center here. If you type in your address on the page, you can get door-to-door directions. The easiest way to get to the center is to exit Interstate 80 at LaGrange Road South, turn right (West) at the first light (191st Street), follow 191st Street about 2 miles until it ends at Wolf Road, turn right (North) on Wolf Road, then turn right (East) on 187th Street.
When you are driving down Interstate 80, the Training Center is the large complex on the South side of Interstate 80 at Wolf Road.

We also want to express our sincere gratidute to the Chicago Pipefitters Local Union 597. They are allowing us to use their Training Center free of charge on Sunday as a service to the public. Please keep them in mind if you have a piping job or if you are interested in becoming a pipefitter!