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What Doctors (Don't) Know
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I have a friend who is a doctor. He is a primary care doctor - I'd guess he's about 55-60 years old, he's not a GI specialist or anything like that. I was joking with him yesterday that the dog is happy that the treats I gave him for Christmas have wheat in them so he doesn't have to share them with me. My friend read the bag and said "Oh, they are made with barley flour so you can have them" :huh: Seriously?? He is a DOCTOR and he has no clue about Celiac? NONE?! I was really shocked when I heard him say that. It just really hit home that most doctors really have no clue what Celiac is. <sigh>

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celiac disease is a relatively new disease, it was discovered shortly after the second world war. Before the nineties it was considered a rare disease and doctors didn't learn much about it. It has become more well-known since the nineties, so the knowledge about it is slowly increasing. It's still poor with most doctors though, so it can be useful to drop off a leaflet with information about celiac disease. The Dutch coeliac association offers these leaflets to patients to show to their doctors.

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celiac disease is a relatively new disease, it was discovered shortly after the second world war. Before the nineties it was considered a rare disease and doctors didn't learn much about it. It has become more well-known since the nineties, so the knowledge about it is slowly increasing. It's still poor with most doctors though, so it can be useful to drop off a leaflet with information about celiac disease. The Dutch coeliac association offers these leaflets to patients to show to their doctors.

http://www.glutenfreehub.com/little-known-facts-about-the-discovery-of-celiac-disease/

first identified in the 1' century AD.

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Although celiac has been a known disease for quite a long time, it was considered a rare one until relatively recently. I think at this point in time patients have to read read read and educate themselves about the condition - we are not at the point where patients can just rely on their docs for guidance like they might with something like diabetes.

It's even worse if you are gluten intolerant and not celiac - it's only been a little over two years that the EXPERTS acknowledged that this condition is genuine...

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