I want to help you. And if you let me help you, you will end up helping all of us. Let me explain.
Our pathetic paparazzi recently snapped the above photo of you enjoying a belVita Breakfast Biscuits. Why is this a problem? Because belVita Breakfast Biscuits are loaded with gluten and you’ve got celiac disease Dean. And gluten is poison to your body.
I’ve talked about your lack of taking celiac disease seriously in the past. Perhaps my approach was too sarcastic so I am going to try a different approach this time around. Yes…this is a kinder, gentler Gluten Dude.
I know you’ve stated previously that you are on the “low end of the spectrum” of celiac disease. From all that I have read Dean, there is no spectrum. You either have celiac disease or you don’t and if you do, gluten is seriously bad news for you.
Perhaps you are not aware, but left untreated, celiac disease can wreak havoc on your body and your mind. What can happen? Malnutrition, anemia, osteoporosis, depression, seizures, nerve damage and cancer. This is according to both the Mayo Clinic and the NIH.
These go far beyond what the general population thinks of celiac disease when they hear of gas, bloating and fatique.
Celiac disease is some serious sh*t Dean and by taking it lightly, you are hurting a number of people.
You’re hurting yourself. Granted…it’s your life and you are free to do as you please. But my best guess is that you feel pretty crappy most of the time. Your insides must be a mess. Don’t you want to feel good? Energetic? Healthy? You’re only 46 years old Dean. Don’t you want the second half of your journey to be an awesome one?
You’re hurting your fellow celiacs. It’s no secret that I have a big problem with celiacs who cheat on their gluten-free diet. It makes it that much more difficult for the rest of us to be taken seriously. Somehow, I got glutened seven days ago and it’s been a week from hell. As a matter of fact, this post is taking me twice as long to write because I can’t seem to process my thoughts as clearly as I usually do. It’s brutal. Maybe you don’t have these same symptoms Dean, but many celiacs have these symptoms and much, much worse.
You are a public figure who has celiac disease. You could be an amazing advocate for all of us. You even call yourself the Gourmet Dad and go on cooking shows on TV. Yet, I cannot find one instance of you even discussing gluten or celiac on your website or your videos. Are you embarrassed? In denial? You are missing a HUGE opportunity here Dean. Think of all of the people you can be helping. Think of the awareness you could be raising. Let that be a part of your journey.
You are hurting your family. Looks like you’ve got a pretty amazing family Dean. A successful wife and 5 kids. Don’t you want to be there for them?
Personally, I’d be wracked with guilt if I was intentionally eating poison. I want to be around my wife and my kids for a long, long time. And I want the time spent with them to be the best as humanly possible. How can that be if I am mistreating my body in such a way that it can lead to depression, anemia or cancer?
I’m not trying to put the fear of god into you Dean. But I think your family deserves that you be the best “you” that you can be. I know mine does.
What message are you sending them when you eat gluten and you have celiac disease? The message to me is clear: “I don’t care.”
But are a lot of people out there who do care about you; that need you. Take your celiac disease seriously and send them a different message.
Just think about it Dean. That’s all I ask.