I always rail on the media when it comes to…well…pretty much everything.
But in this case, they got it right. Mostly right anyway.
Above is an episode of Fox Files from a few weeks back that highlighted Jennifer Esposito’s battle with celiac disease.
Here’s the Good and the Not So Good Gluten Dude breakdown…
Good: I’m by no means a fan of Fox, but they really did a nice job with this piece. They treated it with the serious nature that it deserved.
Not So Good: Although only the last few minutes focused on the CBS fiasco, Jennifer told me the TV Guide and other garbage publications made it the topic of the show in their promotions. I guess celiac disease by itself wasn’t sexy enough for them. Dolts!
Good: Love how they interviewed family members. Celiac disease affects everyone; not just the one lucky enough to have it.
Not So Good: When Jennifer says that she was given prozac or xanax INSTEAD OF BEING LISTENED TO, I seethed. I hear this over and over again from our community. Arrogant or lazy doctors who refuse to LISTEN to their patients.
Good: Very powerful when Jennifer’s response to the doctors was “That’s not it. There’s something else going on.” You can see the pain and the frustration when she tells the story.
Not So Good: Jennifer was called difficult; finicky; a picky eater. God forbid she was a successful woman in a real tough business with a damn health issue.
Good: So cool celiac disease was in an episode of House. I used to love that show. Watched every episode of season 1 and then realized I don’t have one hour each week to watch a TV show on a regular basis. Yes…I’m sad and pathetic.
Not So Good: Dr. Fasano says the gluten-free market was $100 million in 2003. Today, it’s valued at $4.2 billion. That’s not necessarily a good thing.
Good: They show Jennifer shopping at a health food market buying NATURAL foods. Compare this to pretty much any segment on Miss Hasselbeck where she is mostly promoting gluten-free crap.
Not So Good: Jennifer found out, on camera no less, that she is also allergic to almonds, beef, chocolate, egg yolks, bananas, broccoli, peanuts, onions, cod fish (??), soy bean and chicken. At what point do you just wave the white flag?
Good: Love, love, love the fact that they covered two other people with celiac disease besides Jennifer (Barbara Hudson and ex-NHL’er Mickey Redmond). Yes, this disease can happen to anyone.
Not So Good: Barbara Hudson and others in the 1930’s lived on a diet of bananas for three years to try to alleviate horrible digestive symptoms, unbeknownst to anyone at the time they had celiac disease. Seeing images of these babies (see picture to the right) is just heartbreaking.
Good: Jennifer is now dedicating her life to celiac awareness. She is using her celebrity platform to bring attention to this crappy disease. As a fellow celiac, any time the attention is focused on the disease itself and NOT on the gluten-free food market, it’s a good thing.
I am doing my share as much as possible as well.
Please help the cause in any way you can.