Gluten-Free Living is excited to welcome Dascha C. Weir, MD, associate director of the Boston Children’s Hospital Celiac Disease Program, as the newest member of Gluten-Free Living’s Medical Advisory Board.
“I’ve learned through the years that the cornerstones of a successful gluten-free diet are a solid base of knowledge and ongoing support,” says Weir. “Gluten-Free Living provides people with celiac disease and their families essential and accurate information about celiac disease and living gluten free while promoting a fun and energetic community of others facing the same challenges. I’m excited to be a part of the important work that GFL does!”
Weir, a board-certified pediatric gastroenterologist, brings significant expertise in the areas of celiac disease and gluten-related disorders in children to GFL’s Medical Advisory Board. She is involved in clinical care and celiac-related clinical research, is an executive committee member of Harvard Medical School’s Celiac Research Program and serves as the medical advisor of Celiac Kids Connection, a celiac support group for children with celiac disease and their families.
When discussing the importance of a gluten-free diet for celiac disease patients, Weir’s message is succinct: “A strict gluten-free diet is the only current treatment for celiac disease, and I prescribe it regularly to children with celiac disease.”
Throughout her medical career, Weir has worked with hundreds of families coping with the challenges of managing celiac disease. The goal is to provide support and education to help young patients and their family transition to a gluten-free lifestyle, while improving each patient’s health, often without medication.
“While necessary and achievable, the transition to a gluten-free diet is not an easy change for kids and their families to make. Constant vigilance and effort are required to maintain a strict gluten-free diet and keep individuals with celiac disease healthy,” she says. “GFL provides readers with a wealth of information in an accessible way that makes this endeavor easier and more enjoyable.”