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My friend said “Oh gluten free is so popular now” Really, she is lucky I love her.


Complaints of Celiac Disease are on the rise in the United States.  A friend of mine said to me it must be getting popular to go gluten-free, she saw a show where Hollywood A lister’s were saying how going gluten-free helped them shed pounds. Are you kidding me!!!. Let me just say that I didn’t choose to go gluten-free and yes if you eliminate pastas and bread from a normal diet and eat more fruits and veggies you will lose weight. Lord, what is wrong with people.  For those of us who have Celiac Disease (me)  it hurts, it makes us sick and to be frank “It sucks”.

Celiac disease is an inherited (Yes, mother it is) autoimmune disorder that causes the body’s immune system to attack the small intestine, it interferes with proper digestion and absorption of nutrients. So I am reading these articles and it says that because so many people have it now researchers are trying to figure out why. ??????  Then as I read on they called it a trend. There is another theory that involves improvements in sanitation and hygiene and it said that industrialized countries are more at risk for celiac disease because their bodies have not had to fight off as many diseases. My head hurts now and I am not reading any more of these articles or I may hurt someone.

This is why I think it is on the rise (ready) now I am 50 so back in the day we ate different. My gamma made food from scratch, we ate veggies we grew in our back yard and McDonald’s was only if you were lucky or it was your birthday. We eat in my opinion too much processed foods which contains gluten in it,  HELLO !!!!.  Another reason why more and more people are being diagnosed is because doctors are more aware of the disease and look at symptoms differently than years ago. Oh and there is the little thing about the gene they found that I mentioned early.

So this is what Dr Murray who works at the Mayo Clinic stated in an article (yes I read 1 more) about Celiac Disease and it isn’t far off  of what I just stated. He states “Another potential culprit is the 21st century diet”. Although overall wheat consumption hasn’t increased, the ways wheat is processed and eaten have changed dramatically. “Many of the processed foods we eat were not in existence 50 years ago,” Dr. Murray says. Modern wheat also differs from older strains because of hybridization.

So if you ask anyone that has Celiac Disease if  they think this trend will go away or if you ask  if you eat gluten-free to lose weight watch out because you might just get slapped upside your head. Really people, Celiac Disease is not a trend and it is not a choice, trust me I wouldn’t have picked this at all, I’m just saying.

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Vaccine for Celiac Disease


So there is a lot of talk about a possible vaccine for Celiac Disease. Let me know what you think about this, would you take it if you could? Here is a link to an article I received. Let me know what you think.

http://noglutennoproblem.blogspot.com/2011/05/prospect-of-celiac-vaccine-part-1.html

How long did it take you to get diagnosed with Celiac Disease? Me, 25 years :(


Ever time I went to the doctor they had a reason for my symptoms. In my 20’s I had Colitis, 30’s Irritable bowel, 40’s Spastic Colon. At 49 it hit me and it hit me hard, I was sick all the time, lost my eyelashes, my hair was falling out and my doctor at the time said I had a bad sinus infection and put me on antibiotics. Thankfully for me he went skiing and the one day I felt well enough to go to work a colleague of mine was very concerned and suggested I see his doctor so I did. They could not  find any reason for all that was going on, they started by taking me off the antibiotics and sent me for test. When I still wasn’t getting better and made a trip to the emergency room they sent me to a Gastroenterologist. Then we got the news, so all these years did some heavy-duty damage. Tell me your story and how hard was it for you to get a doctor to help you, some times it helps to hear you are not the only one this happens to or that you aren’t crazy after all.  LOL