Hey everyone…where have you been? Just kidding. I’ve been off the radar for a bit. Too much going on in my life right now and something had to take a back seat. And the last thing I want to do is post something just for the sake of posting something.
But the fact is I do enjoy this blog…tremendously. I do enjoy connecting with the community. I do enjoy the creativity that comes with writing a blog post. So I’m back.
Because I’ve been out of pocket and there is so much to discuss, let’s do a “stream-of-consciousness” kind of post.
And away we go…
We received our first piece of good news regarding Mrs. Dude’s breast cancer. The genetic marker came back negative. This means our daughters will have the same risk as the general population of getting breast cancer. Phew! Mrs. Dude’s surgery is July 3 and six weeks of radiation kick off a month later. I cannot thank everyone enough for your prayers, cards, gifts, emails, etc. It’s meant the world to both of us. I heart boobies.
In addition to not blogging, I also took a sabbatical from returning your emails. I promise you I’ve read them all and will respond when and where I can. Don’t lose faith in me.
Lots of exciting things happening with my friend and fellow celiac advocate. Her facility, which will allow her to ship nationwide, is pretty much ready to go. Expect the website, which yours truly is building (what…you think I blog for a living??), will be live early next week. Also, Jennifer will be on The Daily Show with Jon Stewart next Tuesday. Continued kudos to Jennifer for her efforts to help the community. She is seriously good people.
A $16 Million Donation to Celiac Research
Major, major props to Phyllis and Ivan Seidenberg, who have donated $16 million to New York-Presbyterian Morgan Stanley Children’s Hospital for a program focused on pediatric-gastrointestinal disorders. The Seidenbergs made the gift because their grandchildren were diagnosed with celiac disease a few years ago. Their gift “is to help everyone who has been diagnosed and will be diagnosed with celiac disease.” How cool is that?? Probably the same amount of money spent on Kim Kardashian’s wedding. How sad is that??
The World Cup
I love so much about The World Cup, but as I watched the second half of the Chile-Spain game yesterday, two things jumped out at me as why perhaps the sport has not caught on in this country so much. 1) The fake injuries. It’s just embarrassing. Seriously…just stop it now. 2) With 20 minutes to go in the game, the announcers all but conceded that Spain wasn’t winning. When a two goal lead with 20 minutes to go pretty much guarantees a victory, where is the room for drama? And we Americans love our drama.
Another birthday rolls around again on June 22. Crazy how it happens the same time each year. I’m spending the weekend in one of my favorite places (New York City) with my favorite person in the whole wide world (Mrs. Dude). Lots of good eats and drinks coming our way. And whenever it’s my birthday, I always post this video because…yes, it’s just that awesome.
A Dudette Graduates
Yes…one of my children graduates high school today and will be off to college next year. How the heck did that happen so fast? I swear it was yesterday we brought her home from the hospital. My heart is filled with pride.
A Bart’s Bakery Update
I was going to do a whole blog post about this but perhaps everyone is “Barted out” by this point.
So Bart continues to use glutendude.org to promote his bullsh*t. The other day, he posted new test results for his gluten-free cookies. He says this testing is the only one with credibility. I’m sure that’s news to Gluten Free Watchdog. Anyway, he posted the results and he boasted how his cookies were indeed gluten-free and that we’re all wrong.
There was only one problem.
He read his results wrong and the batch he tested (which I’m sure he took the utmost care to select) came across OVER 20ppm. He copy and pasted a ridiculous email to tons of people (many of whom forwarded it to me). When it was pointed out that his cookies indeed tested too high, he pulled the report from the website. It’s too bad someone didn’t take a screenshot. [Insert evil laugh here.]
Bart…that’s twice you’ve been busted and yet you’re still too pigheaded to remove your cookies from the market. I implore everyone to hit him on Facebook. The FDA will take care of the rest.
Bart…I’ve honestly tried to give you every opportunity to do the right thing. Now…you’re going down.
A Celiac Pill
“The ALV003, as it is known, is made up of two gluten-specific enzymes that break down gluten into safe-to-digest fragments that don’t trigger an immune response in celiacs. The pill isn’t yet on the market, but the results of a proof-of-concept study were promising.”
I’ve got a few concerns about a pill for celiac. 1) When we can have a natural treatment, why would I want to put a drug into my body? 2) I honestly think this will give too many celiacs carte blanche to cheat. That is not what the purpose of the pill is. 3) Can we really trust the pharmaceutical companies?
Dr. Oz Gets Grilled
Watching Dr. Oz trying to defend himself in front of congress was the most fun I’ve had in a long, long time. Dr. Oz…you’ve had a good run. You’ve made tons of money. But you’ve become an absolute joke and nobody believes a word you say anymore. Heck…I’m not sure if you believe what you say anymore. Go back to doing what you do best…being a doctor and saving lives.
I’m Looking for a Mission
While I love being a strong advocate and I will always continue doing what I do here, I also think there is more for me to do for this community. Something big. Something important. So I’m looking for a gluten-free mission. What challenge/project can I take on that would help you the most? I’m open for ideas.
Ok folks…that’s it for today. As always, thanks for hanging with me.