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#738240 Making Fun Of Gluten Issues On New Cbs Show

Posted by on 12 October 2011 - 03:24 PM

GFresh404- I think you're deliberately misunderstanding why so many people are upset. In which case, it's not possible for this conversation to be productive. It does bother me me that as a future celiac medical provider, you're not taking the concerns of celiacs seriously. But, then, that's par for the course.
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#738076 Making Fun Of Gluten Issues On New Cbs Show

Posted by on 12 October 2011 - 07:06 AM

Will you guys relax? Seriously who cares - it's a TV show. It's not like someone close to you insulted you.

Stephen Fry's thoughts on being offended - http://i.imgur.com/EX5v4.jpg

It's exactly this attitude that bothers me. It's okay to be rude as long as you don't know someone? This is why gluten-free is considered a fad diet, not a medical diet. It's also why celiac disease continues to be underdiagnosed to the tune of 95%.
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#736434 Making Fun Of Gluten Issues On New Cbs Show

Posted by on 05 October 2011 - 07:36 AM

I happened to catch the first couple of minutes of the new sitcom '2 Broke Girls' on CBS the other night. The show does not seem to be very good to begin with, but I was particularly irritated by the following exchange:

Waitress 1 approaches Waitress 2 and says that one of their customers has asked if they have anything gluten-free. Waitress 2's reply is, “Tell her she’s not allergic to gluten. She’s just masking an eating disorder.”

Now, I know this is a sitcom, but I don't appreciate either celiac disease & gluten intolerance OR eating disorders being treated as some kind of a joke. It's already hard enough for us to eat at restaurants, and this certainly doesn't help the problem. The clip's available on YouTube if anyone wants to see it...

Maybe I just need to lighten up?

That pisses me off, first because it's insensitive to people with celiac or gluten intolerance. You wouldn't make fun of a diabetic for asking for something that's sugar free, so why would you make fun of a celiac for asking for something that's wheat free?

Second, there have been points in my life where I HAVE had disordered eating, but it was BECAUSE LITERALLY EVERYTHING I ATE MADE ME SICK! So I basically stopped eating and drank nutritional supplements instead. So...I'm a little sensitive on the topic of eating disorders and celiac, but not without good reason. Very poor taste, IMHO.
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#735886 Halloween At The Office

Posted by on 03 October 2011 - 06:08 AM

Absolutely! People always act like I'm trying to poison them when I ask them to try gluten-free anything. I'd find it amusing if I didn't also find it ignorant as ****.

These are the same people who will moan for hours about being on restricted diabetic diets (much worse IMHO) or about their multiple unexplained health issues. I've learned to just keep my mouth shut. I'm of the opinion people just want a reason to feel better than you, and if they can label you as one of those health nut yoyos, that works for them. If they can actively exclude you or make you OTHER, so much the better.
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#735021 Bone Pain

Posted by on 29 September 2011 - 07:57 AM

The first time I remember bone pain was when I was, oh, probably about 17 or 18. I got absolutely crippling hand pain symmetrically when I went away to college in the first semester. Now I realize that it must be because my diet switched drastically from home, where we ate a lot of plain meat and vegetables as a matter of family choice (my stepdad has high blood pressure, so we always catered to his diet). When you're living in the dorms, you're obviously always eating easy mac, and ramen, and whatever else they serve at the cafeterias on the meal plans.

Over that first break they tested me for RA and carpel tunnel and Lyme and all sorts. All negative of course, and there was never any definitive diagnosis other than the mild implication of "Stop lying you hypochondriac."

Well. Now here I am at age 27, and I've always explained this intermittent pain in the interval as some kind of strange "arthritis," albeit one without a proper diagnosis. And indeed I thought that was the case. I thought that I had ruined my hands playing the flute for so long, and my grandmother has degenerative arthritis.

Now, I feel very assured that I'm celiac,even without a biopsy. Let all our stories to the medical community stand as testimony that maybe they should stop blaming us as a bunch of liars, and start taking our symptoms seriously.
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#735006 Anyone Else Always Hungry?

Posted by on 29 September 2011 - 07:27 AM

Nothing new or earth shattering to add. I'm always hungry. Before I figured out the celiac thing, I always thought it was a side effect of the antidepressant I'm on. Now, it does make complete sense that it's a side effect of malabsorption.

The way I learned about it in biochemistry in graduate school was that if you continually lacked the nutrients you needed, your body would continue sending chemical signals to your brain that you're still hungry.

This is why celiac patients can eat massive amounts of food and still lose a ton of weight, because none of that nutrition is building up their body. At the same time, you still have constant hunger signals, driving you right up the wall.

Conversely, this is also why we have a massive obesity problem in this country. Because, first, people eat diets empty of nutrition but full of calories that pack on the pounds when sugars are converted to fats biochemically. The body is still *hungry* so the brain is still *hungry*. Furthermore, the more you overeat, the easier it is to override the little man in your gut that says I'm full entirely. Once you've decoupled the chemical signals of fullness from the food you're actually consuming, it's really difficult to maintain a healthy weight.
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