Ok…I’ve got a new rule that is in effect as of today.
The only people who are allowed to write articles about celiac disease are either medical professionals who understand the disease (and believe me, these are few and far between) and those actually inflicted with this crappy disease.
That’s it. Nobody else.
Because when just anybody can write about celiac disease, you get Hank Campbell and his idiotic article titled “Celiac: The Trendy Disease for Rich White People”.
I’m not going to link to it simply because I think he was just trying to stir the flames to get traffic to his horrible website and to draw attention to the fact that he’s releasing a new book in September.
But I will give you a Gluten Dude rundown of his main points, some of which I actually agree with before he quickly goes off the rails.
First, we’ll start with his website’s home page. Front and center is a link to his article. The link says “Celiac Disease as a Fad”. So for those who come to his site, see the link, but don’t click on it, they now have the impression that celiac disease is not real. Wonderful.
Next, let’s look at the title: Celiac: The Trendy Disease for Rich White People
It’s a stupid title that was written with the sole purpose to be controversial. And based on the few hundred comments he’s gotten, mostly from pissed off celiacs, it worked.
Now let’s break down the article a bit.
All I can do is shake my head…
So right away, he lumps celiac disease and gluten intolerance into one group. He later makes amends, but right away I was struck by either 1) his ignorance or 2) his poor writing technique.
On the positive side, he seems to understand the seriousness of celiac disease. But then he dismisses all of those who may not have celiac disease, but still have serious issues with gluten.
And who the hell claims they have celiac disease without getting a diagnosis? Nobody I have ever come across. They may say they have gluten intolerance because THEIR BODIES ARE TELLING THEM THAT.
I actually like the sarcasm here. People need to understand that there are no shortcuts to weight loss and going gluten-free to lose weight is a fad that can not go away quickly enough.
Huh? Since when did Lady Gaga claim she has celiac disease?? Going gluten-free is not the same thing as saying you have celiac disease.
And at this point in the article is where Hank jumps off the sanity train.
Politics? Your bringing politics into the conversation?? I don’t care which way you lean, but what the hell does this have to do with celiac disease? (Although I do find it ironic that the extreme right-wing base these days seems pretty anti-science to me.)
And how do you know that left-wingers are more sensitive to food? Because ONE chef said so. That’s right…ONE.
So in one sentence you just insulted liberals, who are picky eaters, and conservatives, who are less educated. And how is this related to celiac disease again? What a mess of an article.
What a bizarre statement to make. I am rich…therefore I have celiac disease. Never mind the intense stomach pain; the unending exhaustion; the social awkwardness; the overall suckiness of having celiac disease. If you can afford it, you can be just like me!
I seriously doubt it Hank.
If he wanted to drive a point home that we can all rally behind, it should have been against the people who claim they are gluten-free, but then really aren’t. Or are just half-assed about it.
I was at a neighbor’s house a few nights ago. A woman was talking about a friend of hers who has celiac disease, but “she must not have it as bad as you because she cheats all the time.”
It just doesn’t work that way. But the truth it, I’m sure there are people who think I take it way too seriously. And that frustrates the ever-living hell out of me.
I hate celiac disease and the crap that comes with it.
And I hate articles like this written by people who are not qualified to talk about it.
Thank god for my new rule so this will never happen again.