Who is Dean McDermott you say?
If you don’t know who is he, then you don’t watch reality TV.
And if you don’t watch reality TV, then you don’t watch “Tori & Dean”.
And if you don’t watch “Tori & Dean”, you are missing some of the best unscripted entertainment the industry has to offer.
Ok…I’m being totally sarcastic. I am not a fan of Reality TV but to each his own.
Alright Gluten Dude…get to the point. What does this have to do with celiac disease?
Well…it seems that our friend Dean McDermott has celiac disease. Which in and of itself is not necessarily newsworthy. But whenever a public personality has celiac disease and opens up about it, it can go one of two ways.
- Either he/she can become an advocate for the disease and educate people about its implications.
- Or he/she can can mislead the public, making it more difficult for us celiacs to be taken seriously.
Since you can tell I’m in a ranting mood, you can guess which route Mr. McDermott decided to take.
Here are some lowlights of the interview:
Q: Was it hard to cut gluten out of your diet?
A: I did it slowly. At first, I was eating gluten-free about 50% of the time. So that was easy.
Dude Note: Of course it was easy Dean. You didn’t make a sacrifice. You didn’t do what all celiacs MUST do, which is give up gluten entirely. At this point, the interview should have stopped. It’s obvious he doesn’t take the disease seriously and a well-known publication should have known he would not be a good advocate. But alas, it proceeded.
Q: Yikes! What does your doctor say about eating gluten occasionally?
A: Since I’m on the low-end of the spectrum, she’s not terribly concerned. But I definitely feel better when I’m gluten-free.
Dude Note: Kudos to AL for calling him out. But seriously, what the hell?? Celiac disease is not like having the flu. It’s an autoimmune disease. This is precisely why celiac disease has become an effing joke in the public eye. And Dean, please do yourself and your intestines a favor and find another doctor. One that won’t simply tell you what you want to hear.
Q: How do you avoid eating gluten when you’re filming or at press events?
A: People know that I have celiac disease, so they provide gluten-free stuff for me. It can be hard, though. Gluten is used as a thickening agent in sauces and spreads. Unfortunately, I’ve been gluten-bombed many times.
Dude Note: Of course you’ve been gluten-bombed, Dean. You eat gluten. But hey…it’s no big deal. It’s not like eating gluten if you have celiac disease can lead to other serious health issues, like cancer. Oh wait…it can lead to cancer? My bad.
To read the rest of the interview, I needed to subscribe to the magazine. Seriously?? After this interview, you expect me to subscribe?
But if I subscribe, I get to read about Dean’s plans to open a gluten-free restaurant.
I’m assuming only half of the items on the menu will be gluten-free. But you won’t know which half.
Table for zero please.
Ok…that’s enough sarcasm for one post.
I’m just so sick of it all. Sick of the gluten-free celebrities. Sick of the media that covers them. Sick of our plight related to a fad diet.
Addisons. Chrohns. Graves. Lupus. Multiple sclerosis. Rheumatoid arthritis.
These are all very serious autoimmune diseases. And they are treated as such, as they should.
Just because our disease is food related does not make it any less serious.
But maybe that makes for a boring interview.