Canker Sores, Cold Sores
and Gluten

Dr. Amy Burkhart

Amy Burkhart, MD, RD

November 2015   This month I write about two disorders that some might consider trivial, mere nuisances to be quickly forgotten – canker sores and cold sores. These painful and annoying eruptions may, however, be a clue that something else is amiss. Canker sores and cold sores are both very common and frequently confused. Their presence is usually seen as a bother that is not worthy of mention by patients in my office.   Read more

The Gluten Free Wife Bakery

DSC_0785By Vic Dolcourt  –  Michelle Belanger’s motto is, “Everybody deserves a wedding cake or a birthday cake,” and she puts that into action as the owner of The Gluten Free Wife Bakery, based in the beautiful coastal town of Pacifica just south of San Francisco.  Living up to her motto can present a challenge to her baking skills. Michelle told me about an order for an upcoming wedding cake: “The bride needed a beautifully decorated cake that was not only gluten-free but also free of milk, egg, grain, soy and corn.  Read more


The Family Chef:
Butternut Squash and
Sage Risotto

Butternut-Risotto-FothergillBy Amy Fothergill – There is something about the flavor of butternut squash and sage; I just love it! It reminds me of fall. However, if you don’t have sage handy, thyme would be a great substitute. This hearty dish is also wonderful with any root vegetable like turnip, carrot, parsnip, rutabaga, and sweet potato.  Full recipe

Cheerios Recalled
for Undeclared Wheat

BowlofCheeriosGeneral Mills announced on October 5th that it is recalling certain boxes of Cheerios and Honey Nut Cheerios produced over two weeks in July at its Lodi, CA, facility. Wheat flour was “inadvertently introduced into the gluten free oat flour system.” Recall notice   Sacramento Bee article on the recall
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