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The Daily Show’s Jon Stewart Nails Celiac Disease!

Celiac.com 06/26/2014 - In a segment that was noteworthy for its accuracy, focus and generous time allotment, The Daily Show host, Jon Stewart, opened up about his son’s experiences with celiac disease.

Photo: Wikimedia CommonsFor the segment, Stewart interviewed actress and gluten-free baker Jennifer Esposito about celiac disease, and about Esposito’s new book, and gluten-free bakery, both named Jennifer’s Way.

Esposito talked about her own years-long struggles with chronic symptoms of celiac disease, and with her difficulties in getting a proper diagnosis.

In what might be one of the most widely watched, in depth talks about celiac disease on major television, the show devoted nearly six minutes to the subject.

In classic Stewart style, the segment was both accurate and informative, while still remaining true to its comic roots.

For example, Stewart was quick to point out that “…celiac disease is quite different from, what it’s called, like gluten sensitivity or the more faddish of those types of diets,” he said.

On the comic side, Stewart noted that, for Jews, celiac disease has been described as “like Passover, but year-round” just without the matzo.
On the more personal side, Stewart shared what celiac disease meant to him personally through the story of his son’s struggle with the condition.

“For the boy, he was having these terrible episodes of vomiting. And then he got anemic, and we were absolutely devastated and frightened that he was dying. We couldn’t figure out what was going on.”

Kudos to Stewart for using his show and his interview with Esposito to promote clear, accurate information about celiac disease.

Catch the segment below, and be sure to check out the comments section to tell us what you think about such high profile, accurate, and, dare I say, entertaining coverage of celiac disease.

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Hilary
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30 Jun 2014 6:00:10 PM PST
I missed this show.. thanks for sharing Jefferson. Always love to hear another REAL story and not some dieter... thank you.

 
Jo Ann Boyd
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30 Jun 2014 6:01:43 PM PST
At last doctors are finally learning about CD, diagnosing it and trying to help their patients. However, they need to learn more about the part nutrition plays in keeping out bodies healthy. We live in a wonderful Country, but something must be done to improve our food. Why aren't we refusing to eat GMO and/or highly processed foods (i.e. high fructose corn syrup) which are probably responsible for many food allergies and possibility other illnesses. Where is the leadership we need to clean up our food situation.

 
Brenda
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02 Jul 2014 2:16:38 PM PST
So agreed! When is our government going to listen to their people?

 
Elisabeth
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01 Jul 2014 4:10:39 AM PST
Very good thank you!

 
Hawkeye
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01 Jul 2014 6:41:09 AM PST
Thank you, Thank you for addressing this issue. It made me sad and mad, we people say to me "oh I'm going gluten free too to lose some weight" I want to scream every time I heard this. Can they not get it that it is a Disease attach with Pain and death. I'm so sick right now I'm only liquids, do you want to do that as well. Every word Jennifer and Stewart shared is so TRUE. And the doctors always think that it is all in your heard, are you stressed, maybe it just stress. Of course, we're stress we can't eat without Pain or Diarrhea, wouldn't you be stressed as well. Like Jennifer said it is NO fun to go out to dinner at all, you are a Prison in your own body.

 
Jill
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01 Jul 2014 7:43:42 AM PST
I am 100% grateful that these discussions are being had regarding the seriousness of gluten-related disorders. Jennifer Esposito's work and commitment to improving the lives of people who suffer horrible life-long symptoms is commendable and I applaud her every step of the way.

It is great that Jon has the opportunity to share about his own personal experience and the fear of watching his child suffer with this. There are many of us that are going through the same thing. Jon misstated one thing in the interview and that is below (and in your article)

“…celiac disease is quite different from, what it’s called, like gluten sensitivity or the more faddish of those types of diets,” he said.

This statement made it sound like gluten-sensitivity is a"fad diet," which is a slap in the face for those who ALSO feel like they are dying when they ingest gluten. How we wish we had the luxury of being on a fad diet and not something as horrible as gluten sensitivity. The symptoms of gluten-sensitivity are every bit as real as symptoms from celiac disease. While the conditions may be genetically different, both are severe, debilitating, REAL and those with NCGS or celiac are still fighting the same fight. Let's band together on the whole subject of gluten-related disorders.

 
vorsilva
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04 Jul 2014 5:18:11 AM PST
I feel the same way. I am grateful for the coverage this received, but as someone who suffers from severe non celiac sensitivity, I was destroyed when they called this a fad. Like Esposito my allergy destroyed my serotonin count. I have been bombarding my body with unnecessary medications for "serotonin deficiency" that ravaged my system and eventually lead to a stroke at 36 years old. If my sister had not suspected NCGS after the attack I might still be trapped in that hell. NCGS is real. Just because there is no definitive test does not mean that it is not destroying lives. We should not be shamed because others are misinformed about this illness, especially from people who know what gluten can to to your system.

 
WhollyFool
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04 Jul 2014 4:58:04 PM PST
Yes, I love Jon Stewart, but I think he misspoke including gluten sensitivity as part of the fad dieting (that I think we all hate).

 
Tracy H.
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14 Jul 2014 8:40:28 AM PST
Understanding of non-celiac gluten sensitivity is where understanding of celiac disease was 20 years ago. Dissing gluten sensitivity does not help people with celiac. We have more power as one united community.

 
Linda
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07 Jul 2014 6:36:28 AM PST
Jill, thanks for saying what I was screaming at my computer! Gluten sensitivity is very real.

 
Jill

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08 Jul 2014 7:32:30 AM PST
You're welcome! Yes, gluten-sensitivity is as real as it gets. Nobody would choose to have this. People need to be careful about what they say and how they say it in the media or it will only add to the confusion. These are golden opportunities to support one another and not create a "what I have is worse than what you have..." type of situation.

 
Geri
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08 Jul 2014 6:53:54 PM PST
NCGS or gluten intolerance is every bit as real as symptoms from celiac disease. Mine are severe and debilitating too. Thank you for pointing out what is right and let's get more affordable gluten free foods. Gluten has harmed me beyond words.

 
Melissa
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19 Jul 2014 10:48:45 AM PST
Thank you for expressing my feelings so well. I was extremely dismayed by the comment (and other comments in the segment) and that is the only reason I rated the article with 3 stars. This segment may have highlighted celiac disease, but it set back the oftentimes extreme gluten sensitivity issue (and oftentimes misdiagnosed as not celiac disease).

 
Irv
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01 Jul 2014 12:05:52 PM PST
Great.....

 
Ashlyn Fellman
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01 Jul 2014 8:40:40 PM PST
I was so happy to see this and hear them talking about it. I am self diagnosed last July. My mom stopped taking me to the doctors because they never listened to me. Just told us I was eating too much, not exercising enough, I need to eat more "Healthy whole Grains"...... I was in ballet for 9 years, swimming for 7, basketball for 3, p.e. every single day. I was overweight ever since I was 6 months old. I've lost 65 pounds in 6 months, excema, headaches, bloody noses all gone, my menstrual system and thinking is 150% better, I can actually get better than c's and d's on tests and schoolwork. Gluten has messed my life up for so long, I am so happy I figured it out all on my own. I am 20 years old and still have another 100 pounds to lose. I am also the happiest I have ever been, no depression or suicidal thoughts. Eating out is the absolute worst right now.

 
john j acres
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05 Jul 2014 3:27:18 PM PST
Gluten free food it is not a diet but a way of life , eat fruit and veggies , make your own pastries , do not buy gluten free products as they have additives & derivatives in them that is why these products are not marked "suitable for coeliacs".

 
Susie
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06 Jul 2014 1:24:51 PM PST
Thank you for sharing the interview. I'm so glad that eating out was discussed.

 
Amber
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10 Jul 2014 6:35:57 AM PST
I do not have CD, but I care about my health and the health of my family. So, eating gluten free is not a fad diet for me, it is an educated way to stay healthy. Although I can understand and sympathize with people who live with the pain of CD, I cannot understand why it would be so upsetting that non CD sufferers would aspire to healthy eating in the same fashion. I am very interested to hear thoughts.

 
Liane
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15 Jul 2014 12:59:11 PM PST
The problem comes down to those who really don't understand much about gluten and just jump on the bandwagon of any "diet" they hear about just because it is popular. Unfortunately, there are those that will go gluten-free just because it is on the news or someone famous is on it, not because they are genuinely concerned about their health or even react to gluten in any way. For them, it is like wearing the latest fashion.

When individuals like this walk into restaurants or other establishments, they sometimes make a big fuss about things being gluten-free. A waiter or server may, for whatever reason, not make any changes to spite them and then watch for a reaction. When no reaction comes, some then start believing that anyone who claims they can't have gluten is faking it. I have met people who got this impression.

In other cases, a person may claim they MUST eat gluten-free but when faced with a yummy treat will give in claiming it isn't a big deal if they eat it once in a while. Again, this makes others believe that those with CD don't really have to be gluten-free all the time. Therefore, they aren't as concerned about our food being gluten-free or avoiding cross-contamination. Again, I have encountered people who do this.

The end results of all this is that those who do truly suffer from CD or gluten-sensitivity are not taken seriously and our health is put at risk. While I don't have CD, my 8 year old does. When people don't trust adults who claim to not be able to eat gluten, how are they going to trust a little girl. But for her, it is debilitating. This is the concern for the CD community. We appreciate that there are more and more option for us, but sometimes too much bad publicity can physically hurt us.

 
cmh
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16 Jul 2014 2:10:10 PM PST
Liane - I agree with you 100%. My son is 10 and 9 mos diagnosed celiac. Everything has changed for him, his teachers say it is like he is on medication. He can focus in class, frustration levels are almost gone, and many more improvements. However, we have run into many many people, even kids who go gluten free for the benefits, say they are gluten free but "today" they are just going to have that burger on the bun. Here is my 10 year old, who finds so much relief in others who are gluten free because they have a "reaction", sitting next to his gluten allergy friend eating a burger or cupcake or whatever it is that my son can't risk having. This is devastating to him, why can they have it just once and he cannot? This is WHY people with CD struggle with the gluten allergy diagnosis. I am happy that everyone, even the fad dieters are bringing GF diet into the limelight but that is a significant lack of understanding or regard to the serious nature of the autoimmune disease itself. This is our biggest challenge right now.

 
celiacMom
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10 Jul 2014 7:40:16 AM PST
Jefferson: something else for you to write about: More than one quarter of children with two copies of a high-risk variant in a specific group of genes develop an early sign of celiac disease called celiac disease autoimmunity (CDA) by age 5. The findings are from The Environmental Determinants of Diabetes in Youth consortium, or TEDDY teddy.epi.usf.edu/. The National Institutes of Health-funded study, published July 2 in the New England Journal of Medicine www.nejm.org/doi/full/10.1056/NEJMoa1313977, also found that participants in Sweden had higher rates of celiac disease than participants in the United States, Finland and Germany, even with the same genetic risks.
TEDDY is studying celiac disease and type 1 diabetes diabetes.niddk.nih.gov/dm/pubs/type1and2/index.aspx because both are autoimmune diseases with some of the same genetic risk factors.

 
Jefferson
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15 Jul 2014 4:44:25 PM PST
Thanks! I'll look into that.

 
Sarah
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15 Jul 2014 2:07:55 PM PST
I have been anemic for numerous years. I had diarrhea and it was suggested I was stressed. I was terribly stressed at work and felt that was the reason. A few years later after numerous surgeries for other reasons my diarrhea stopped. I always felt sluggish and super depressed. I began breaking out in small water blisters on knees and elbows and later my face. My primary had zero idea. When they moved to my scalp my daughter, a hairdresser, had me try many types of shampoos. I was finally sent to a dermatologist. He took a punch biopsy on my forearm and I was diagnosed with celiac. He said I had celiac and it was manifesting itself as an auto immune skin disorder. I removed all gluten and feel better than I have in years. My niece also has been diagnosed as well, but hers is the typical in the gut form. Since being off gluten I have been exposed through contamination at a restaurant who did not take me seriously and laud bread on my meat. I sent it back and was assured it was not the same meat and I ate it. Within twenty minutes my forehead was breaking out. I too am tired of people thinking this is a diet of choice and the foods that are gluten free can be very expensive!!! It's not a choice! Thanks you for bringing this topic up!

 
carol
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19 Jul 2014 7:21:17 AM PST
Wish the video could still be viewed!!




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