– The cause of celiac disease is not known.
– Celiac disease is an auto-immune disease so you are born with the gene. (When and why it rears its ugly head eventually is unknown.)
– About three million Americans suffer from celiac. (And two million spouses suffer from all of the bitching and moaning).
– There is no cure for celiac…only treatment via a strict gluten free diet.
– Over 90% of celiacs are undiagnosed or misdiagnosed (costing our healthcare systems millions of dollars unnecessarily).
– Celiac disease declined during the bread shortages of the Second World War but climbed again after the war (kind of obvious but still interesting).
– Half of all people with celiac do not show any symptoms.
– September 13 is Celiac Awareness Day.
– The gluten free fad diet pisses me off (technically, that’s not a fact, but a strong opinion).
– Even something as small as a bread crumb can inflict intestinal damage for somebody with celiac (this is why cross contamination is so important).
– You can test negative for celiac and still have the disease when it is “triggered” later on in life.
– Once celiac is triggered, it is a life-long disease.
– Some products, like lipstick, toothpaste and vitamins, use gluten for processing but because it is not food, does not need to be labeled.
– Celiac disease sucks.