In 1994 I was diagnosed with celiac disease, which led me to create Celiac.com in 1995. I created this site for a single purpose: To help as many people as possible with celiac disease get diagnosed so they can begin to live happy, healthy gluten-free lives. Celiac.com was the first site on the Internet dedicated solely to celiac disease, and since then it has become an invaluable resource to people worldwide who seek information about celiac disease and the gluten-free diet.
In 1998 I created The Gluten-Free Mall, Your Special Diet Superstore! which was also another Internet first—it was the first gluten-free food site to offer a shopping cart-style interface, and the ability for people to order gluten-free products manufactured by many different companies at a single Web site.
I am also co-author of the book Cereal Killers, and founder and publisher of Journal of Gluten Sensitivity.
Celiac.com 11/24/2002 - The following is a Medline abstract on a study conducted by Italian researchers that demonstrated a connection between celiac disease and clinical depression.
Scand J Gastroenterol 1998 Mar;33(3):247-50 Related Articles, Links
Ciacci C, Iavarone A, Mazzacca G, De Rosa A.
Dept. of Gastroenterology, University of Naples Federico II, Italy.
BACKGROUND: Psychic symptoms and depression have been reported in celiac disease (CD). The aim of this study was to explore depression in a large cohort of adult celiac disease patients.
METHODS: Depressive symptoms were evaluated in 92 adult celiacs, 100 normal controls (NC), and 48 chronic persistent hepatitis (CPH) patients by means of a modified version of the Zung Self-Rating Depression Scale (M-SDS). celiac disease patients were evaluated for the level of knowledge about celiac disease and the compliance with diet.
RESULTS: The M-SDS score differentiated celiac disease patients from NC. Age at diagnosis and duration of and compliance with diet did not correlate with depression. Three main factors could be identified with the M-SDS: reactiveness, pessimism, and anhedonic-asthenic.
CONCLUSION: Depressive symptoms are a feature of CD; they are present to a similar extent in patients with childhood- and adulthood-diagnosed CD. The results underline the relevance of personal psychological resources, which play a fundamental role in determining and sustaining depression.