Normally on Thanksgiving, I will give a shout out to some folks that I am more than thankful for. This year, while I am still blessed and so thankful for so many in my life, I’ll just save my thanks for one team of people: Mrs. Dude’s doctors and nurses. You have my undying gratitude and I am in awe of your skills, your bedside manner, your senses of humor and of course most of all for taking care of the one and only Mrs. Dude. THANK YOU!!!
So in lieu of my thankful list of many people, let’s put our focus on one person this year…one Sharron Macfarlane. I have no idea who she is, but she now officially holds the title of writing “The Worst Article Ever on Celiac Disease.”
You can read it in all it’s glory here.
[Dude note: One hour after writing this post and them getting slammed in the comments on their page, they took the article down. Weasels. Gotta love it.]
[Dude note 2: Someone in the comments below just posted a cached version of the article. Here it is. Gotta love technology.]
Let’s focus on some of her gems, shall we?
She says: People who have celiac disease suffer in a way that people with lactose intolerance do.
Dude says: While I am not minimizing the pain-in-the-ass that lactose intolerance is, to compare it to celiac disease is just idiotic.
She says: Celiac disease is similar [to lactose intolerance], except that a person with this condition will experience great discomfort when consuming gluten — the protein found in wheat.
Dude says: Really? It’s just in wheat. You mean I’ve been avoiding barley and rye all this time for no reason. Silly me. Moving on.
She says: This does not necessarily mean that a person with celiac disease cannot eat wheat, but it’s a good idea to avoid it or take some form of medication or digestive aid.
Dude says: What the ever living hell?! No words at this point.
She says: Only about 7 percent of people have celiac disease, yet “gluten-intolerane” is a term people use to describe why they do not eat bread.
Dude says: Should we focus on it’s 1 percent and not 7 percent? Or maybe that she can’t spell “intolerance”? Or that it’s more than just bread? So many choices, so little time.
The rest of the article is a series of bad info and run-on sentences. Seriously, how does anybody write an article like this? And how does it get published?
What if a newly diagnosed celiac who got no instructions from their doctor saw this? We all have a responsibility folks to tell “the truth” about our disease. Heck…about any disease.
So this Thanksgiving, let’s all be thankful we’re a bit more educated on our disease than Sharron Macfarlane. What a turkey.
Gobble, gobble everyone.