May is Celiac Awareness Month

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May is Celiac Awareness Month.  And I am a Celiac.

Celiac Disease is greatly misunderstood by the public.  Journalists misinform, comedians mock it, and other celebrities mis-promote it as a fad diet.  Enough!  Just because we don’t keel over in anaphylactic shock after gluten consumption does not mean this isn’t a very serious condition – it IS!

People are stunned when I tell them that celiac is an autoimmune disorder where the body’s immune system attacks the intestines, preventing nutrient absorption for at least 10 days.  Dumbfounded sometimes, when it dawns on them what that really means.  Often I am sharing that information with another mom to explain why both me and my child do not eat and gluten/grains or casein/dairy (due to cross-reactivity).  At times people are empathetic, but most just dismiss it.  NIMBY (not in my back yard), so to speak.

More and more people are diagnosed with celiac or non-celiac gluten sensitivity every day, and it’s sad to think that’s the first they hear of the condition and its consequences.  Or worse – that they don’t take charge of their health situation due to peer pressure and mockery or the fear of being different and/or ostracized.  It really is a very serious condition, most commonly manifesting as nutrient deficiencies and related diseases.

So let’s build awareness through support and education.

 

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Help by participating in the Twin Cities Celiac Walk on May 17th!

Get information and support:

Raising Our Celiac Kids (R.O.C.K.)
Celiac Center of Minnesota
Celiac Support Association
Gluten Free Society
Celiac.com

And lots more in the links on my “RESOURCES” tab above.

Educate yourself and spread the word!

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