Putting Celiac Disease in Perspective

The University of Chicago Celiac Disease Center web site is a resource that many people might not be familiar with. I thought I would highlight a few things from their facts and figures page. These statistics pertain to the United States. In average healthy people, 1 in 133 have celiac disease That would mean at […]

What is Celiac Disease?

I was diagnosed with celiac disease in 2000, and a lot of changes have taken place since then. For those who are looking for general information on the disease, here is a brief overview. Celiac disease is a genetic autoimmune disease which affects both children and adults. In people with celiac disease, the body reacts […]

Help for Those New to the Gluten-Free Diet

You just found out you have celiac disease. It is overwhelming. You have a disease and you can’t eat wheat. You wonder, “What can I eat?” Food is near and dear to most of our hearts, but even if you’re not that fond of it, you still have to eat, so let’s talk about the […]

Listening to Dr. Fasano

Because I live in the Washington, DC area, which is not far from where Dr. Alessio Fasano works in Baltimore, I have had the privilege of hearing him speak several times. It is always worthwhile. Yesterday afternoon I heard him speak at a Baltimore support group meeting. I took notes thinking that I would summarize […]

Telling Your Story

If you are newly diagnosed with celiac disease, or maybe something else, I hope that you will read at least the first paragraph of my story. Before I wrote this, I was brought to tears many times while reading about celiac disease, or sitting in a support group meeting listening to information about it. I […]

Diagnosis: Celiac Disease

Celiac disease is an autoimmune disease that is triggered by gluten, a protein found in wheat, rye, and barley. When gluten is consumed, the body produces antibodies to attack the gluten. Unfortunately, these antibodies also attack the lining of the small intestine. When I was diagnosed in 2000, celiac disease was considered rare (1 out […]

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