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    Georgette

    I don’t think you overreacted at all. I’m glad you did what you did.

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    Cathy Lawless Bischoff

    No I don’t think you overreacted. May the Greek god Apollo put a plague on him and his
    company. I think they can do that; those Greek gods of old. Send a little karma his way.

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      Gluten Dude

      The Greek Gods can do anything.

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    Nichole

    I don’t think you overreacted. One of the things I appreciate about you is your willingness to use the voice you’ve created to stand up for us. He might not have responded, but maybe he read your article and will realize that jokes about being gluten free aren’t funny when every meal can be a struggle.

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      Gluten Dude

      A definite possibility…

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    Nutrimom

    No react is a reaction so I feel you did what was best. Obviously, the company is that desperate for new clients that they feel this is the only way to go, which will ultimately just prove to customers how uneducated they are as a company. That coupled with the unprofessional response from Jeff would make me do everything in my power NOT to deal with this company. In short, you said your peace and they stuck their foot in their mouth without even knowing they did it.

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    Rebecca

    My first reaction is: There will always be idiots making jokes about things that matter to me, because it just doesn’t matter to them. This will probably always bother me. Sometimes I have the energy to address the behaviour, and other times I don’t.

    I also believe that anyone who has a disease gets to determine what their own response is to jokes about it (which is why I love this blog), and that the response doesn’t have to be the same every time. Some days I have a sense of humour about celiac, and other days I don’t. When people say, “Oh, lighten up,” I want to punch them. Other days I’m almost (or actually) crying with gratitude for finally having a diagnosis, and I can shake my head at dumb things like the Grinch billboard. People don’t get it, so they continue to make lowbrow jokes. They think they’re being clever…which is the actual joke to me.

    So if you want to ask a CEO “WTF????” on any given day, that’s legit to me!

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      Gluten Dude

      Clever is the last thing they are being. It’s lazy and uninformed.

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    FreeLifeFood

    I think you need to do more and be stronger. I dont agree with you on a lot of things and I think you should keep personal or political stuff out of your post. Gluten dude should only be about those topics…however this fired me up as well! I think you should have said more. I think we the Celiacs not the companies who claim to support or represent us….should find ways to sue or open public action against bullshit jokes like these. Thanks for being a voice and not quiting like me.

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      Gluten Dude

      Political stuff I get keeping off, and I basically have the past 6 months or so. Personal stuff I’ll stick with. This blog is not only about helping the community, but also my journey…with and without celiac disease.

      The rest of your comment? Awesome.

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  7. 7

    Angelica

    My take on this is that if he’s thinking Celiac.com is some kind of helper on the path of Celiac, then he’s delusional or misinformed. So his reaction to your justified annoyance isn’t coming from a place of actual caring.

    Plus then he talks about surviving in the lyric. Which is brazen tit for tat, because he thinks you were trying to guilt him instead of inform him, so he’s trying to guilt you. Anyone who tries to guilt you by saying he’s trying to survive while selling a product isn’t coming from the soul. Business is business, but it’s not anything positive when that commercial urge blocks out all objections with “just trying to survive.” It’s an old, worn out cliche. Finally, he’s selling insurance? The same insurance industry that discouraged Celiac diagnosis as a routine activity for decades? Not feeling the love.

    I was just glutened by cold medicine because of people like this who perpetuate misinformation and lead to making it impossible to reliably get gluten free meds. Every “safer” GF cold med is 10x more expensive because it’s usually the liquid gelcap. Absurd. And it’s people like this who won’t cover OTC drugs or encourage med manufacturers to protect us. Even though insurers pay the bill when we get sick. No love because no logic.

    The way insurers act these days I’m starting to see them as beggars. I guess that fits with “just trying to survive.” Yeah, buddy, so am I.

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    1. 7.1

      Gluten Dude

      I love your comments and I feel your pain.

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    James Welbeck

    I guess those who are gluten intolerant are also intolerant to a little sense of humor?

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    1. 8.1

      James Welbeck

      And by that, I mean it’s not exactly offensive. It’s light hearted. I myself am a Celiac and don’t find a silly article offensive.

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        Gluten Dude

        I get it James. I do. A lot of people feel the same way. But I’ve always said it’s not about me being offended (I’m not…it’s just too stupid to be offended), it’s about the potential harm it can do to the celiac community.

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    Sasha

    Why don’t they make jokes about diabetics being sugar free? Because there’s an obesity crisis in the US and it’s so prevalent that too many people would be offended? Hmm.

    Maybe a little over the top here, but seriously why can’t the gluten-free joke fad die? It’s old.

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    Gluten Free Angie

    You did not overreact. Unfortunately, complaints are merely swatted away like flies when the offenders are self-absorbed and think other opinions are ONLY opinion – instead of the truth that this is. They haven’t lived it. They are ignorant of the battles we face each day. But when you turn up the heat, suddenly they pay attention. I really hate that this is the way it is, but it is. It is the reason that some companies continue to pollute or sell defective or health-endangering products right up until they get slapped with a lawsuit and have to pay millions. Most of the time, you have to get people’s attention in a big way. I am not sure how that can be done in this case. Maybe the celiac community needs to be more organized. We are all out here each fighting our little lone battles. I have done it exhaustively in my own community/life. But not in a big way. No banners. No billboards. No rallies. Just requests/complaints at local businesses, conversations with others, etc. And it does often feel like we are fighting a losing battle. I don’t know what the answer is yet. But we all have to keep doing our part to raise awareness.

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    Heather

    I heard this quote once, “There are no moderates in heaven.” Not that I’m religious….but only those that draw attention with passion or outrage change anything in this world. Thumbs up!

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