Melinda Dennis, MS, RD, LDN on Local Television


Melinda Dennis, MS, RD, LDN was featured on a segment of This Mom Needs Help that covered celiac disease.

The show has already aired, but you can watch it online at Search for Season 2, Episode 2 Gluten Free, the 6/15/2014 episode.





Monthly Electronic Newsletter, NECO News


Click here to view the August 2014 e-newsletter.

Click here to view the July 2014 e-newsletter.

Click here to view the June 2014 e-newsletter.



New Monthly Group Meetings!


With the addition of meetings just starting in Glastonbury, CT, Quincy, MA and Westfield, MA, we now host 12 monthly  group meetings in Massachusetts, Rhode Island and Connecticut each month. The goal of these meetings is to foster conversation in an intimate setting about living gluten free. Monthly group meetings provide the opportunity opportunity to talk about managing celiac disease. There are no set agendas, and there is no charge to attend. Just drop in!

Meetings take place each month in Boston, East Greenwich RI, Fall River, Glastonbury CT, Hingham, Natick, Needham, Providence RI, Quincy, Reading, Seekonk and Westfield.

Check the calendar for the full schedule and location of each meeting.

Recent Book Releases

Alessio Fasano, MD, founder and director of the Center for Celiac Research at MassGeneral Hospital for Children has released a book with Susie Flaherty titled Gluten Freedom: The Nation's Leading Expert Offers the Essential Guide to a Healthy Gluten Free Lifestyle.

With sections on Gluten Enters the Picture, Learning to Live Without Gluten, Gluten-Free for Life, Going Beyond Gluten and Making Wishes Become True, this thorough book is a great read for anybody following the gluten free diet.


Marina Keegan was diagnosed with celiac disease at a young age. Her brother Pierce, who also has celiac disease, worried about how some families could afford gluten free foods and together the family started Pierce's Pantry. Marina died tragically in a car crash just a few days after graduating magna cum laude from Yale University in 2012.

The Opposite of Loneliness is a collection of Marina's essays and stories compiled by her parents and one of her professors. Currently on the New York Times hardcover nonfiction best seller list, The Opposite of Loneliness is worth a read.

New England Celiac Conference

The New England Celiac Conference took place on Sunday, April 13 at Four Points by Sheraton in Norwood, MA.


Click here to see the slides from Dr. Ciarán P. Kelly's keynote presentation.



Beth Israel Deaconess Hosts Comprehensive Website On Nutritional Management of Celiac Disease

The Celiac Now website has added a Frequently Asked Questions section. The FAQ section catalogs over 50 questions and answers specific to celiac disease and non-celiac gluten sensitivity.

Celiac Center at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center in Boston hosts , a free, comprehensive website for the nutritional management of celiac disease. This site can also be helpful to people with non-celiac gluten sensitivity.

The website was written by expert BIDMC Celiac Center clinicians and their colleagues, and edited by expert gastroenterologists and dietitians.

Celiac Now

Three levels of information are provided for each topic – from very basic to more advanced – to appeal to a variety of readers, including clinicians.

The website content includes “Key Points,” “Take-Home Messages,” graphics, handouts, quizzes, a glossary and other resources.



Going Gluten-Free Is Only the First Step: Advice From a Nutritionist Who Knows

Melinda DennisSticking to the gluten-free diet is only the first step toward eating properly for people with celiac disease, says dietitian and nutritionist Melinda Dennis. In an interview, Melinda advises that whole grains and high-fiber foods are crucial to eating well, and that vitamin and mineral supplements also are likely to be part of a well-rounded regime. Melinda knows of what she speaks: besides her professional training, she herself has celiac disease.(Click for full story.)


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