Be Aware of Celiac Disease. Just Today Though.

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Gluten-free brownies.
The U.S. Senate has officially declared today National Celiac Disease Awareness Day. So, we all need to stop at some point and think about our annoying friends who can't eat anything because ... OK. OK. You're not annoying. Your disease is annoying. And, honestly, we hate it for you.

Since no one likes to sit alone in isolation with their gluten-free pantry on a Saturday night, I did a quick search for gluten-free restaurants in the area, and wow, someone has been doing their homework. DFWceliac.com has great details on places to eat at that either serve gluten-free meals or will create one for you upon request, including interviews with chefs and things like which places grind their own spices.

According to the National Foundation for Celiac Awareness, three million Americans suffer from celiac disease, which is an "autoimmune digestive disease that damages the villi of the small intestine and interferes with the absorption of nutrients from food."

There's no cure, only a diet 100 percent free of gluten, a protein found in cereal grains and a ton of other foods.

Bummer.

So, whip up a batch of gluten-free brownies for your bestest celiac buddies and celebrate this day with them. Maybe even create a gluten-free macaroni-art card with a picture of a small intestine. If that doesn't cheer them up, then nothing will.

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Anon
Anon

My complaint about the gluten-intolerant people in my life is just that they WON'T SHUT UP about it.  Two in particular will work into conversation as often as possible, even when the conversation has nothing to do with food or allergies or health.  It's obnoxious.  I don't talk about my penecillin allergy constantly.  I don't want to hear about your gluten allergy constantly.

Proud Celiac
Proud Celiac

Wow, you really get it don't you!?  The world should just get rid of all of us 'imperfect' people with celiac disease so that you can live in a utopian society.  What does this remind me of....hmmm.....

Celiacsuffer19876
Celiacsuffer19876

As someone who suffered with Celiac for years to the point of being isolated, hospitalized, bedridden, and not allowed to eat in a college dining hall because my illness is a liability, i am incredibly hurt by the wording of this article.  i get it is supposed to be funny, but its not. it is beyond offensive and just further shows that people need to stop thinking of celiac as an annoying food allergy & realize that it is actually a serious illness and food intolerance. you should seriously be ashamed.

Test
Test

If anyone took the time to make noodle art of healthy intestines for myself and my 2 celiac kids out of a $6 bag of gluten-free macaroni, I would laugh.  Then, I would probably pry the noodles off the card and boil it for dinner - our food is pricey!

Lee
Lee

I don't have the disease, but I thought the article struck an appropriate tone for this usually irreverant food blog.  It's tongue-in-cheek humor is consistent with the usual posts here.  A serious post would not belong.  If you read the satire and adult humor on here but suddenly find it offensive when it's something about you, you need to lighten up or else find another blog to read.  And take your lacto-intolerant, vegan, low carb, in the "zone", and peanut allergic friends with you to some special place where everyone gets to order special food.  (note:  that last part was a joke)

annalouise hallquist
annalouise hallquist

Please don't hate my disease, or think I'm annoying. I realize it's frustrating to you to try to feed people like me, but really, you should just stop trying. You see; You aren't at all nurturing. You're bitter. Or, at least you seem bitter, and bitter doesn't make brownies that are worth eating. 

And please don't believe I need "cheering up." I have a bright and appealling countenance now that I don't suffer from the depression I dealt with just a few years ago. You know; back when I wasn't getting the nutrition I needed from my food due to the damage from celiac disease. Do you think I sit at home crying because no one will feed me?

What you have written here is thoughtless. My doctor warned me about people like you when he gave me the diagnosis. He said, "Now you get to find out who your friends are."

Sarah
Sarah

Did you not think how folks in the gluten free community would feel about this article? No one asks for Celiac Disease. Articles like this demonstrate people's ignorance on having to eat gluten free and why Celiac Diaseas Awareness Day is needed - to try to teach people to be kind.

Sarajanelle10
Sarajanelle10

this is a horrible article!! I suffer from Celiac Disease and I don't sit in isolation, nor do my friends find me annoying!! This is a serious disease, with serious side effects. We reconize this disease DAILY not just one day! Your writing style comes across just ignorant! Try again !

Amy
Amy

I understand what the writer is getting to here. That it's a little tongue-in-cheek-- and it grabbed your attention.  Plus, we did get a little awareness out of it, of which we might normally not have gotten.

As a serious point, I will say celiac, is a tough disease that can do serious damage to the body (cancer, infertility, liver disease & more) unless you do this big lifestyle change which is the strict gluten free diet.

However, if you're going to have a disease or a life altering health condition, this isn't as dire as the writer suggests.  Yes it can cramp your style when dining out.  But it doesn't impede your regular mobility such as Parkinson's, it doesn't affect your brain like Alzheimer's, you don't have to take one ounce of medication -- like Type 1 Diabetes, Multiple Sclerosis, and Rheumatoid Arthritis, which are fellow autoimmune diseases, and you're not undergoing radiation or chemotherapy from cancer (unless, perhaps, you have the aforementioned damage caused by celiac).  All of these diseases can have devastating outcomes.

Celiac, on the other hand, just needs the diet and dedication to living gluten free.  My daughter is a perfectly healthy 12 year old who plays on an elite soccer team.  She was diagnosed with celiac disease at 15 months old, and many people on her team have no idea she has celiac (however they'll learn much more after traveling to some upcoming tournaments with her).

Thanks for spreading the awareness!

Amy Leger

Minneapolis, MN

www.thesavvyceliac.com

ParleyPPratt
ParleyPPratt

For anyone who makes fun of this, I hope your children get it.

Uncle Jimmy
Uncle Jimmy

You forgot the most tragic part: no beer.

(Gluten free beer is like avocado free guacamole).

Gofuckyourself
Gofuckyourself

obviously you don't have the disease. you are completely ignorant about it. it varies from person to person. some can't eat gluten and are fine if they stay away from it-- simple as that. others have diabetes and multiple types of cancers as a result of not being able to process protein in their small intestine due to celiac.  there is no celiac type of lactaid pill. there is no cure. it is not an allergy. it is an intolerance -- much worse. 

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