JULY 15, 2010

Gluten-Free - Celiac support group forming in Orofino

   An organizational meeting for a new support group for people with a gluten intolerance or celiac disease is set for 6:30 p.m., Wednesday, July 21, at the Orofino Country Store, 206 Johnson Avenue, in downtown Orofino.

   Gluten is a natural substance found in members of the wheat and barley family, and used as an additive or thickener in many canned and baked goods. However, up to 40 percent of the population tests as sensitive to gluten, partly due to over-saturation in our food supply.

   The most extreme form of gluten intolerance is known as celiac disease, and affects one in 133 people. Symptoms may include recurring digestive tract problems (bloating, heartburn, IBS), memory loss (often diagnosed as Alzheimers), underweight, and many others. Research shows that only one in 20 people with this disease are accurately diagnosed in the US.

   Orofino Country Store is the sponsoring organization, and is the leading supplier of natural and organic foods, personal care, and household cleaning products in the Clearwater Valley.

   The organizational meeting will discuss scheduling of meetings and format (e.g. evening or lunch meetings, potlucks, recipe sharing, product alerts, restaurant options, etc).

   For more information, go to or search for Orofino Country Store on Facebook.

   If you would like to participate, but cannot make the meeting, please email: or call Malcolm, (208) 874-3509. You may also leave your contact information at the store.