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    It just goes to show that gluten free is beautiful! Thanks for such a positive post!

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    Melissa @ Gluten Free For Good

    Great interview GD! And, thank you, Shannon. We’ve got some lovely GF women representing right now with pageants and the Olympics. I love it!

    I thought I was the most organized traveller ever, bringing an additional suitcase full of food and a hot pot, etc., but it’s never entered my mind to pack a grill. Wow, that is planning at the highest level!


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    Great internview Dude. I really enjoyed reading this.

    I am passing the monitor over to my daugthers to read now. Between a gluten free Olympic athelete and a gluten free Beauty Queen, I need you to find me a gluten free Nobel Prize winner, Rhodes scholar or PHD in astro-physics and I will have a well rounded set of roll models for my gluten free children.

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      The Gluten Dude

      I’m on it. Do they have to be in that order?

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    Still searching for a Nobel prize Winner myself, but there are other role models with celiac, among them:

    Jane Swift –former Massachusetts Lt. Governor and “who was the youngest woman ever elected to the state Senate. She served in the position of State Senator (Massachusetts) for 5 years and made headlines again later when she became pregnant with daughter Elizabeth and became the topic of controversial discussions revolving around working mothers and her position.

    She was very careful with her diet during pregnancy and said “it was the best nine months ever with this disease because I was extremely careful with what I ate”. Jane was diagnosed with Celiac Disease toward the end of her first term. Her symptoms included heartburn, and other intestinal problems.

    She was ill for about a year before seeking a physicians advise and had attributed everything to stress. She had underwent many medical tests including an intestinal biopsy. She was proven positive for Celiac Disease and began a gluten free diet.

    Upon beginning the diet Jane says “It was just like a whole new life, and anyone who has ever gone though it knows what I mean.” When she looks back, she realized the signs were there all along. Including a genetic disposition with having relatives with gastrointestinal disorders. She also had been undiagnosed through her childhood, and had spent much time sleeping, and was advised she had just had stomach problems.

    Jane attended many political functions in Massachusetts, her staff usually called ahead to inform the food servers about Celiac Disease and gluten free choices. Even if they weren’t her favorite choices, she felt that people thought “she’s being difficult.”

    In the Senate, she hoped to bring attention to consumer rights and looking to achieve full label disclosure. Her condition also affected her attitude towards quality health care.”

    Others who are known to have Celiac Disease:

    Keith Olbermann (“Countdown with Keith Olbermann”)
    Heidi Collins (CNN anchor)
    Katherine, Duchess of Kent
    Susie Essman (“Curb Your Enthusiasm”)
    Rich Gannon’s (NFL Quarterback) daughter, Danielle
    Mickey Redmon (former pro hockey player, does hockey commentary for Fox Sports Detroit)
    Sarah Vowell -author and journalist
    Jennifer Esposito—actress, bakery owner and author
    Thom Hartmann (Air America Radio)
    Amy Yoder Begley (Competed in Beijing Olympics as a runner)
    Cedric Benson (NFL running back for the Cincinnati Bengals – formerly Chicago Bears, Texas Longhorns)
    Joe Stanton (Cartoonist who draws Batman, Green Lantern, Archie & Scooby-Do)

    I am sure there are others, but given how difficult it is to even get DXed, and the lack of understanding of this disease until now (such as it is) more famous & influential people who likely suffered from CD may be long gone— and we will never know.

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    Saveral members of my family including me have Celiac. iIt is not a matter of stick to your diet and you will be fine, for many people! Please do not confuse us with those who want to be gluten free! Much suffering is needless because of the aditude of many in the medical profession as well as our family and friends untill we nearly die! I was diagnosed back in the early 1960’s and was hospitalized three times before my Doctor called in a specialist. What was known to tell me at that time was limited and so from time to time I still had terrible times!

    Thank God we now have the great help we have with foods etc.!


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