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When it comes to celiac disease, you need a support system. I am stunned of all of the emails I get from people who just don’t have it. Spouses not caring, parents not taking precautions; friends intentionally glutening people cause they don’t “believe” in celiac disease. It makes me sad.

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How to deal with the holiday meals when you’ve got celiac disease

December 23, 2021 | 1 Comment

Good news: It’s the holidays! Bad news: You’ve got celiac disease. Good news: You’re invited to Aunt Enid’s for dinner! Bad news: Aunt Enid doesn’t really get the whole celiac thing. What’s a celiac to do? Listen in (or listen up…not really sure of […]

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How do I get my family to take celiac disease seriously?

December 15, 2021 | 2 Comments

This is a tough one. A young woman writes to me, explaining that she is stuck at home for financial reasons, but her family doesn’t take her celiac disease seriously and has pretty much written her out of the picture. There is a lot […]

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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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Tell Your Family ‘All it Takes is ONE Crumb’

February 26, 2021 | 1 Comment

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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Not Getting Celiac Support from Your Partner? Find Another Partner.

January 29, 2020 | 9 Comments

As you know, I get emails. Lots and lots of emails. And I cannot tell you how many I receive from people who do not get support from their partners when they get diagnosed with celiac disease. It drives me batty. Here are some […]

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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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Can We Just Stop the Food Bullying?!

May 2, 2018 | 23 Comments

Dude note: The following article, written by yours truly, appears (slightly modified) in the latest edition of Simply Gluten-Free Magazine. It’s a good magazine run by good people. —— When I was in grade school, I was a prime target for bullies. I was […]

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Mailbag: 3 Young Celiacs Disease Need Some Advice

February 2, 2018 | 14 Comments

Hey everyone. Happy Friday. I took about an hour this morning responding to as many of your emails as possible. Yeah…I’m ridiculously backlogged. I can’t respond to every email but I do indeed read them all. It’s absolutely eye-opening how this disease affects us […]

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New Boyfriend. New Celiac Problems. Help!!

March 27, 2017 | 19 Comments

I’ve been happily married to the one and only Mrs. Dude for 23 years now. We were already 15 years in when I got the dreaded celiac diagnosis. While obviously the diagnosis itself pretty much sucked, at least Mrs. Dude and I were able […]

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My Unbelievable, Amazing, Awesome, Special Valentine

February 14, 2017 | 2 Comments

Dude Note: The following article, written by yours truly, appears in the latest issue of Simply Gluten-Free magazine. It’s a good publication run by good people. You can subscribe here. Hey there my special Valentine. It’s me. Where do I even begin to describe […]

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