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Archive for May, 2010

Eight Years of Diarrhea (Part 1)

Saturday, May 22nd, 2010

This isn’t exactly the topic you hear at a cocktail party or around the dinner table.  But with the increased amount of population experiencing this type of problem, maybe it should be.  With Celiac disease the amount of years of suffering prior to diagnosis is about 11 years to 17 years.  So in a way, this individual was lucky.  Unfortunately, her story does not end with the diagnosis.

The lady involved in this story is like any normal person.  She wasn’t perfect; she smoked and drank some wine, but that was about it.  She tried to eat healthy food.  One day she started experiencing diarrhea.  After two weeks she went to her physician.  He told her that her problem was probably due to stress and prescribed medication with the instructions to come back if the medication did not work.  One month later she was back and was dehydrated.  This time he ran a battery of tests (Celiac and gluten intolerance is not included in normal tests, it has to be requested).  This set of  tests came out negative.  He tried an assortment of different medications.  A year later she started to show symptoms of a very serious autoimmune disease.

To be continued…

A Mom Fighting for Her Children

Tuesday, May 11th, 2010

I recently heard of a story that amazed me.  A young mother of three, took her children to her In-laws for dinner.  The children all have gluten intolerance, lactose intolerance, and one is allergic to corn.  The In-laws dinner consisted of : meat, pasta, wheat bread, corn on the Cobb, and ice cream. The mother asked her In-laws why they fixed a meal that would harm her children.  The response was that the allergic stuff was stupid and the kids just needed to eat more.  The Mother and her children left the In-laws’ house without eating dinner.  Bravo Mom!