Glutino Voluntarily Recalls Glutino Rosemary and Olive Oil Snack Crackers (4.25 oz. and 20 oz.) Because of Possible Health Risk


Fyi Peeps

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASEParamus, NJ – June 2, 2014 – Glutino, a division of GFA Brands, Inc. based in Paramus, NJ, is voluntarily recalling Glutino Rosemary and Olive Oil Snack Crackers. The recall is being initiated because the seasoning supplier, Kerry Ingredients, recalled the…

ICYMI, check your GF cracker stock and discard any Glutino crackers that meet the above criteria.

Glutino Voluntarily Recalls Glutino Rosemary and Olive Oil Snack Crackers (4.25 oz. and 20 oz.) Because of Possible Health Risk


The Gluten-Free Diet Has Two Faces


This article expresses exactly how I feel.  It’s hard to explain, but it shows how living as a Celiac can be stressful and expensive, yet also can be undermined by the “gluten-free” community.

Good insight into the difference between life as a celiac and those that just choose not to eat bread.

The Gluten-Free Diet Has Two Faces


Taco Night? Warming Tortillas are the Way to Go

Because there are NEVER enough tacos.


Straight out of the fridge, store-bought tortillas are lackluster in flavor, cold, and unbendable.

Here are 2 methods to warm them, a tortilla storage tip, and our recipe for Steak Tacos.

See how to make your own tortillas and learn the secrets to Mexican Classics on America’s Test Kitchen

Taco Night? Warming Tortillas are the Way to Go


Bellevue Evacuated


Please take a few minutes to read one physician’s experience from last week’s evacuation at Bellevue Hospital.  I am so proud of my department (Psychiatry) and his description of 3 key players below brought tears to my eyes because I worked with all of them this past week and he hit it right on the money.

…the psychiatric administrators and staff worked furiously and tirelessly to get patients discharged or transferred, even before an official evacuation order came from the Mayor’s Office.  I remember seeing the head nurse of the psychiatric emergency room show up in a bright red dress, bright red lipstick, and a determined look on her face.  Everyone knew (more than even usual) to stay out of her way unless she had something for you to do.  I swear I saw Bellevue’s director of psychiatry every time I turned around, her demeanor somehow as sweet and openly caring as ever.  I worry that the pregnant director of consultation liaison psychiatry did not leave or even rest for days as she helped to coordinate the safe transfer of hundreds of patients who could not be safely discharged.

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As the storm raged outside, I sat in my relatively unscathed apartment and neighborhood in Williamsburg, Brooklyn watching and reading in horror as one catastrophe after another fell upon the medical center where I had…

Be nice to people who work at Bellevue, things got worse than this.

Bellevue Evacuated


Occupy Sandy is where it’s AT!

By far one of the most organized aid efforts post-Sandy:

Occupy Sandy is a coordinated relief effort to help distribute resources & volunteers to help neighborhoods and people affected by Hurricane Sandy. We are a coalition of people & organizations who are dedicated to implementing aid and establishing hubs for neighborhood resource distribution. Members of this coalition are from Occupy Wall Street,, and

Occupy Sandy is where it’s AT!


Jay Parkinson + MD + MPH = a doctor in NYC: If you’re thinking of volunteering today, here’s some helpful advice.


Think of a job you can or want to do, and bring along everything you need to do that job.

It sounds obvious. But for me and many others who were helping out yesterday in disaster areas, this didn’t occur to us to have a mission. Our mission was to go to an area and help out.

Yesterday, a group…

Excellent advice for those volunteering, make sure you have a mission, a plan, an outlined task; or else it is very easy to get caught up in the chaos.

Jay Parkinson + MD + MPH = a doctor in NYC: If you’re thinking of volunteering today, here’s some helpful advice.


Our Food Is Not Just Entertainment, Paula Deen

Excellent piece in the HuffPo by my friend Cathy Erway [of (among other things) Not Eating Out in New York fame], on Paula Deen’s recent announcement of her three-year-old diabetes diagnosis.  I know it is asking Deen to live up to a higher moral standard than most, but when you are a public figure that makes a living demonstrating to millions your favored methods of cooking, and those methods are known to be of great detriment to your health as well as the health of the masses…you look like a fool to hide behind your network (and now pharmaceutical) sponsors instead of admitting that it’s time to make serious lifestyle changes.

I see a great missed opportunity for healthy food initiatives, organizations, and the general public in Deen’s failure to publicly recognize the errs of her gluttonous ways and perhaps partner with them instead. But that doesn’t mean it has to be everyone’s. It means we need more standing up in — okay, a reactionary — unison, and demanding good food in television and best-selling cookbooks as well as on the shelves.” – Cathy Erway

Our Food Is Not Just Entertainment, Paula Deen


Baby’s Palate And Food Memories Shaped Before Birth


My kids are going to come out of the womb loving everything.

How fun will it be to “introduce” them to foods in utero? And now today, lil’ peanut, we’re learning about the flavors of Western China….

“Things like vanilla, carrot, garlic, anise, mint — these are some of the flavors that have been shown to be transmitted to amniotic fluid or mother’s milk,” says Julie Mennella, who studies taste in infants at the Monell Chemical Senses Center. In fact, Mennella says there isn’t a single flavor they have found that doesn’t show up in utero

“Each individual baby is having their own unique experience, it’s changing from hour to hour, from day to day, from month to month,” says Mennella. “As a stimulus it’s providing so much information to that baby about who they are as a family and what are the foods their family enjoys and appreciates.”

The flavor of cigarettes can be passed through amniotic fluid, too. So perhaps that’s one reason why children of people who smoke might be more likely to pick up the habit….

I really like this idea, most simply for the fact that many people are so picky about what they eat, pickiness that was bred at the family dinner table.  Little Susie doesn’t like asparagus? Well then she doesn’t have to eat it.  Children are inherently picky, they will often say “no” to anything new put in front of them if they are not encouraged to try it. My parents exposed me to a variety of cuisines at a young age. One of my first food memories is eating escargot, and loving it.  Sure, I didn’t like peas, but if they were served at dinner, I had to eat at least a small helping.  This exposure and positive attitude regarding food variety has certainly had a profound effect on how I eat today. I will try anything (as long as it’s gluten-free!) and if I’m not a huge fan, I will often give it another try at a different time & place just to give whatever food it may be the benefit of the doubt (I’m looking at you peas). 

Baby’s Palate And Food Memories Shaped Before Birth


Series of Contradictions: Council of Better Business Bureaus Announces Groundbreaking Agreement on Child-Directed Food Advertising


Not perfect, but a good place to start.

The Children’s Food and Beverage Advertising Initiative (CFBAI), a program of the Council of Better Business Bureaus, today announced a groundbreaking agreement that will change the landscape of what is advertised to kids by the nation’s largest food and…

A few months ago Dr. Thomas Farley, the Health Commissioner for NYC, spoke at Bellevue Hospital about reversing the damage that decades of advertising has wrought on our health status.  Pointing out that while health education is all well and good, it has not actually worked yet. Adults are gaining weight at an astronomical rate, and children aren’t far behind. Health care professionals have neither the time nor the funding needed to change patients’ behavioral patterns in-office, so Farley argued, why not take a page from the advertiser’s handbook and give them a taste of their own medicine?  When you go to a local grocery store, what do you see but posters for soda, chips, high-sugar & high-fat foods.  Fighting fire with fire, Farley introduced “Pouring on the Pounds;” you know, those disgusting subway ads depicting a soda being poured into a glass and turning to fat.  Sure, they’re gross.  But you know what, they grab your attention and make an impact at a much cheaper cost and faster rate than your doctor telling you to cut back on the sugar-sweetened beverages.

It looks like the CFBAI is also paying attention to the power of advertising, and making changes at one of the roots of the problem.  I’m excited to see how this effort pans out, it’s one of the most promising to-date.

Series of Contradictions: Council of Better Business Bureaus Announces Groundbreaking Agreement on Child-Directed Food Advertising