2 days ago
Stop Spreading Fear: Part 1
Dude note: I’m breaking this post into two parts due to sheer laziness. This is a topic that needs some some serious discussion. But since I’m on vacation, I’m only going to scratch the surface today and then will delve deeper next week.
Fear sells folks. And we’re buying it by the bucket loads.
Let’s take a look at some of the headlines from just the last few days:
- Can Going Gluten Free Protect You From Brain Diseases?
- Are You Allergic to Exploding Gluten?
- Gluten Threatens ALL Humans.
- Diet Coke is NOT Gluten Free.
That last one really bugged the hell out of me.
Why? Because it’s total BS. But if enough people read it and the word spreads, the damage is done.
Coca Cola says Diet Coke is gluten free. Countless celiac experts say Diet Coke is gluten free.
Then why does this one...
Repeat after me. It’s Only Food. It’s Only Food. It. Is. Only. Food.
I’m not trying to convince you. I’m trying to convince myself.
Well, two things happened this year. Kate got a new job and we are renting a different house. It too comes with a chef (yeah…I know…poor me), which certainly beats trying to explain celiac disease to a different restaurant each night, but I’m still nervous.
I reached out to the chef a few weeks ago to introduce myself and to find out how experienced he was with the whole gluten-free thang. Here’s part of the email:I am writing about my dietary needs for the week. I have severe celiac disease and require that...
Hey folks. Sorry for the five day layoff. The last thing I remember is gnawing on a turkey leg Thanksgiving evening, feeling the tryptophan kick in and the next thing I know…it’s Tuesday.
Just a little levity to start a serious topic. Last November I wrote a blog post titled “Dear Gluten Dude: I’m Suicidal“. It was from a fellow celiac who had reached the end of his rope. It was powerful stuff and as usual the community rocked in their comments.
Another comment came through recently and I think it’s important to share. Sometimes we get so caught up in the gluten-free craziness (reason #37 why I hate that it’s gotten so popular) that we forget the realities of the disease itself and how undiagnosed celiac can lead to some real serious sh*t.Sadly for my own brother it was too late. l lost my brother to suicide....
16 days ago
9 Fellow Celiacs I’m Thankful For
What? You were expecting a post about why I’m thankful I have celiac disease?
I’m thankful for a lot of things in my life…having celiac is not one of them.
But there has been a silver lining in this disease. It has put me in touch with a number of people who have enriched my life. I feel at home in this community and it’s time to give some thanks to some special people.
Dude note: These types of blog posts are dangerous because there will always be people I meant to include that I just zoned out about. My apologies in advance…you know who you are.
Special thanks to…Jennifer Esposito
For bringing our cause to the public eye. For being a face behind our disease. For being so passionate. For opening a gluten-free bakery so people can feel welcome and safe. For opening your heart to...