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I get emails. Lots and lots of emails. People looking for answers. People sharing their stories. People asking if I’m single. Just kidding about that last one. I do my best to reply to every email and I post ones that may ring a chord with the community.

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Dear Gluten Dude: How do I keep 500 guests as safe as possible?

September 23, 2021 | 12 Comments

Early in my celiac days, when I was still in my gluten-free diapers, I was invited to golf-outing charity. I figured with transportation time included, I’d be gone max 6 hours. So I did what most celiacs do: I panicked. Just kidding. I ate […]

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Dear Gluten Dude: How do I convince my son to take his celiac disease seriously?

August 9, 2021 | 14 Comments

I had an interesting relationship with my dad. He was my little league coach. He was my golfing partner. He called me his little buddy. He was all around just a great, great guy. I was the fourth out of 4 boys and as […]

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celiac cross contamination

Tell Your Family ‘All it Takes is ONE Crumb’

February 26, 2021 | 0 Comments

This post is about a family’s insistence on not being careful around a celiac family member. It seems I get these types of emails once a month. It is so maddening/depressing that here we are in 2021 and people in our community are still […]

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celiac disease, but still eating gluten

Dude…My Dad Almost Died from Celiac, but Won’t Stop Eating Gluten. Advice?

January 14, 2020 | 20 Comments

Celiac disease is serious sh*t. I know that. You know that. You know who doesn’t know that? EVERYONE ELSE. And why? Because of Jimmy Kimmel, who made gluten-free people look idiotic. Because of Dr. Oz, who called gluten-free a scam. Because of the ridiculous […]

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gluten free Christmas cookies

Dude…How do I Handle Holiday (Food) Gifts?

December 20, 2019 | 8 Comments

Q: Why was Santa’s little helper depressed? A: Because he had low elf esteem. Q: Whats the difference between the Christmas alphabet and the ordinary alphabet? A: The Christmas alphabet has Noel. Q: Why doesn’t Santa have any kids? A: He only comes once […]

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Celiac Disease & Cross-Contamination: Tips and Tricks

December 4, 2019 | 15 Comments

Let’s say you have a 13 year old child. And the DAY BEFORE THANKSGIVING, your child gets diagnosed with celiac disease. Let’s say you also have three other children, all under the age of 8. In addition to figuring out this new disease, you […]

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restaurant lies about gluten free meal

What Recourse Do We Have When a Restaurant Lies to Us?

June 6, 2019 | 11 Comments

Maybe it’s just me…or perhaps it’s today’s political culture…but I just don’t find it difficult to tell the truth. More than that, I find it almost impossible to lie. Here’s an example: Dude, how old are you? I’m 43. Really? I’m 53. See? That […]

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To My Fellow Celiac: You are NOT an Outcast!

December 21, 2018 | 26 Comments

Hey everyone. I got the following email a few days ago. Being a teenager can be tough enough without dealing with a misunderstood disease like celiac. She’s feeling anger, frustration and even guilt that her sister was also just diagnosed. Please take a read […]

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Child with Celiac Getting Bullied at School. Mom Needs Help.

August 22, 2017 | 32 Comments

Confession time. I was bullied mercilessly as a kid. Pretty much from 2nd grade to 6th grade. Even my “best friend” joined in when with others. Mike Perry…if you’re reading this…there’s a special place in hell for you. And why was I bullied? Cause […]

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5 Questions. 5 Answers. (Part One)

July 31, 2017 | 17 Comments

I currently have 4,203 emails in my Gluten Dude inbox. No…these are not all reader emails (but a lot of them are!). I also get an email whenever someone leaves a comment on my site. And oddly enough, my inbox also includes one from […]

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Who I am. And who I'm not.

Who I am. And who I'm not.

I AM someone who's been gluten-free since 2007 due to a diagnosis of severe celiac disease. I'm someone who can steer you in the right direction when it comes to going gluten-free. And I'm someone who will always give you the naked truth about going gluten free.

I AM NOT someone who embraces this gluten-free craziness. I didn’t find freedom, a better life or any of that other crap when I got diagnosed. With all due respect to Hunter S. Thompson, I found fear and loathing of an unknown world. But if I can share my wisdom, tell my stories and make the transition easier on you, I’ve done my job.

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