Month: January 2014

celiac bed wetting

Dear Gluten Dude: My 13-Year-Old Son Wets His Bed When He Eats Gluten. Is This Common?

January 29, 2014 | 51 Comments

Just when I think this crappy disease can’t get any crappier…I get an email like the one below. This mom reached out to me because her soon to be 14-year-old son is depressed. You see…he has celiac disease and whenever he gets glutened, he […]

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rachael ray celiac

Hey Rachael Ray…On a 30 Minute Gluten-Free Cooking Show, Couldn't You Have Mentioned Celiac Disease Just Once?

January 27, 2014 | 65 Comments

Here’s a question for you: How much responsibility does the media bear in promoting celiac awareness? Maybe “promoting celiac awareness” is the wrong terminology. Maybe it should be “how much responsibility does the media bear in connecting gluten-free to a serious health issue?” Gluten-free […]

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child abuse celiac

Celiac Rant: Spanking Does Not Cure Celiac Disease

January 23, 2014 | 47 Comments

The below comment was left on my blog post about children with chronic health issues a few weeks ago. I was stunned and I reached out directly to the woman who wrote the comment. I told her how sorry I was and asked if […]

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celiac mailbag

It's a Gluten Dude / Irish Heart Mother of All Mailbags

January 20, 2014 | 55 Comments

Holy crap am I behind on emails. I’ve got emails from my fellow celiacs sitting in my inbox dating back to October. Yes…October of 2013 wise-ass. Between work, the blog, life, holidays, etc., I’m not always finding the time to keep up with my […]

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self diagnosed celiac

Dear Gluten Dude: I Hate Being that Crazy Girl who is Self-Diagnosing Herself as a Celiac

January 16, 2014 | 108 Comments

I feel lucky to have celiac disease. Let me rephrase that. I feel lucky to actually have the diagnosis of celiac disease. I get emails like the one below all the time. They come from people who have all of the celiac symptoms, but […]

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"I am asking that people be responsible and respectful for the people that suffer with celiac disease." – Jennifer Esposito

January 14, 2014 | 30 Comments

If you’ve got 30 minutes today and you want to watch somebody who is both knowledgeable and passionate about our disease, do yourself a favor and watch the below video of Jennifer Esposito. She was just featured on a show called “Celebrity Bucket List”. […]

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food with gluten

What Food Do You Miss the Most?

January 10, 2014 | 130 Comments

Yeah…yeah…I know. We’re healthier now so we don’t miss those evil gluten-filled foods. Blah, blah, blah. Just play the game. 🙂 I received the following email recently (actually October but who’s counting…yes I’m that backlogged) and it just got me thinking. Hmmmm…what would my […]

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new to celiac

Celiac Rant: I'm New to This…And I Hate It

January 8, 2014 | 85 Comments

Think back to when you were first diagnosed with celiac disease. What was your first reaction? For many people, it was relief. Relief that they finally had an answer to all of their health woes. Relief that it wasn’t cancer. Relief that they could […]

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sick child

Dear Parents: If You've Got a Child with Chronic Health Issues…It Could be Celiac Disease.

January 6, 2014 | 30 Comments

Because my audience keeps growing, every once in awhile I’ll post on Facebook an older article that I’ve written. Yesterday, I linked to the Doctor Horror Stories our community has shared. And holy moly…what a response. So many stories…so much heartbreak. And all of […]

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gluten free vacation home

Belle Etoile: A Gluten-Free Paradise

January 3, 2014 | 18 Comments

As we shovel out from a foot of good-old Northeastern snow (ok…to be fair…I should say “as I watch Mrs. Dude shovel…”), it seems the perfect time to post pictures of my gluten-free vacation from last month. This is the third year in a […]

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