This organization far exceeds my expectations. It has been a lifeline since 1990 when I became a member-- providing me valuable resources by phone and in newsletter form at a time before most medical doctors didn't understand the condition, testing was non-existent or limited and food labeling poor. I have attended several annual symposiums and the caliber of the event, the speakers, and the information is remarkable, plus we get to have safe gluten-free foods to explore- something that is both time consuming and expensive if I had to seek this information out on my own. Please consider supporting this gold-standard organization.
I love CDF's website. It is full of wonderful information for those who need information on the gluten free diet along with information on celiacs disease. I have learned a lot from them. They are a great credible source among lots of opinions on the internet.
I'm disappointed in the Celiac Disease Foundation. As a diagnosed Celiac myself, and as a non-profit executive for many years, I am well versed in both this disease and the proper conduct of non-profits, particularly in the area of conflict of interest. This charity is funded by General Mills, a company well known in the Celiac community to offer "gluten-free" food substitutions for persons with gluten sensitivities. However, the foods that General Mills manufacturers offer little in the way of nutrition, and may actually harm persons with nutritional deficiencies by creating the false sense that the "gluten free" foods that they advertise are "healthy" for Celiacs, when in fact, they are not. As a result of the funding relationship with the CDF, this foundation is pushing these unhealthy foods on the Celiac community through online advertising and showcasing these foods at their annual Expo. It is irresponsible for the foundation, as advocates in this community, to allow General Mills, and its subsidiaries, access to our community and our good will in this way. By promoting unhealthy, junk foods that are high in sugar and highly processed fats, the CDF is harming the Celiac community.
Thank you for your comments. Celiac Disease Foundation deeply appreciates the support of General Mills for CDF's programs of advocacy, education and advancing research for the treatment of celiac disease. While General Mill's contributions comprise less than 5% of CDF's annual budget, they directly support celiac.org, a website viewed by more than 4 million users each year who utilize the Symptoms Checklist (celiac.org/symptoms), the Healthcare Practitioner Directory (celiac.org/directory) and the 7 Day Kickstart Meal Plan (celiac.org/mealplan). We encourage you to lend your expertise in development policy to benefit all people with celiac disease or other gluten-related disorders. Please contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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