I know what you’re thinking…
“C’mon Dude, not another rant about how celiacs aren’t getting the respect they deserve!! You’re beating a dead horse here.”
And I couldn’t agree more. I’m sick of writing about this stuff.
But more importantly, I’m even more sick of the reasons why I need to write about it.
And as long as our wonderful entertainment industry keeps trivializing celiac disease, I’ll keep writing these posts and doing my part to raise awareness and call these [insert bad word] people out.
If you have not already, watch the above video. It’s all of five seconds. I apologize for the crappy quality, but I recorded from my phone just the one segment which blew me away and spared you the rest of the video. You’re welcome.
If you just don’t feel like watching the video (and I don’t blame you), here’s the transcript:
Annoying Host: You hear a lot about celiac disease these days. What is that exactly?
More Annoying Doctor: That’s a new hot disease these days.
Annoying Host: Yeah…it’s a trendy disease (with an eye roll).
Were they being tongue-in-cheek? Perhaps.
But here is my question.
Would they have called AIDS “trendy” in 1985?
Would they have called polio “trendy” in 1901?
Would anybody, anywhere EVER call cancer “trendy”?
Of course not.
So why can’t celiac disease get the same goddamned respect?
And for those of you who will jump at me for comparing celiac disease to those other very serious diseases, I get it. Celiac is treatable (not curable) with a strict diet while the other diseases are much more difficult to treat and have a higher fatality rate.
But why trivialize it when it is indeed a very serious autoimmune disease that is extremely difficult to live with? What’s the point?
And by the way, the doctor went on to say that celiac disease is “very easy to address. All you need to do is cut out the gluten and your symptoms resolve altogether.”
Really? That’s it?? Wow…I wish I knew it was that easy. Thank you so much doctor. I guess all of my suffering even though I’m gluten free is all in my head.
And the ONLY symptoms she mentioned were bloating, cramping and diarrhea. Like all we deal with is a tummy ache.
So to The Today Show…you get an EPIC FAIL for helping to perpetuate the myth that celiac is a trendy disease that is not to be taken seriously. May your ratings continue to fall as they have been.
And to everyone else who knows the truth about our disease, please share this post. Their twittername is @todayshow. Send them this link and tell them we deserve an apology, using whatever spicy language you would like.