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    Café Requires Doctor's Note for Gluten-free Food

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    Celiac.com 09/08/2016 - A café in Ireland has stirred controversy after claiming that customers requesting gluten-free food will be required to present a doctor's note, proving they have celiac disease or a medical condition that makes gluten-free food necessary.

    The White Moose Café in Dublin's Phibsborough neighborhood has stirred controversy in the past after banning vegans for writing negative reviews about the café. Now, say the owners of the café, guests who demand gluten-free food will need to produce a doctor's note stating that they suffer from celiac disease.

    A post on the company's Facebook reads:

    "This morning a girl asked us if we did gluten-free pancakes and when we asked her if she was a celiac, she didn't even know what the word meant and then proceeded to order regular, gluten-rich pancakes anyway.
    From now on, guests who demand gluten-free food are required to produce a doctor's note which states that you suffer from celiac disease.
    Guests following a gluten-free fad, who don't even know what gluten is, can cop the f#%@ on and eat regular food like everybody else."

    Well, that's one way to deal with gluten-free fad dieters. Smartly played, or misguided?

    Source: Newstalk.com

    Edited by Jefferson Adams


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    Very interesting reading of all the experiences that we have. I manage very well here in Tennessee. Most restaurants advertise their gluten-free Menus. I can imagine it being a nightmare for some people that are gluten-free legitimately and have a difficult time in restaurants that are not very friendly to the disease. You must always check before you go to a restaurant and avoid controversy! Some people just don't understand.

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    The great thing about the gluten free fad dieters is that they have increased demand for gluten free options, for which those of us with medical conditions benefit. Requiring a doctor's note is a great reason to avoid going there. They clearly don't want the business, and therefore won't get the business of non gluten free family members either.

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    Those who are mindlessly following a fad make it much harder for those with real celiac disease or gluten intolerance! In some ways I do not blame the restaurant for getting fed up with fad followers!

    I agree...the fad people are ruining it for those of us with celiac disease.

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    I agree...the fad people are ruining it for those of us with celiac disease.

    What exactly are they ruining? The more attention they bring to the diet, the more options there will be, and the more people there will be who will learn about the diet. Most people with celiac disease are still diagnosed.

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    Jefferson Adams is Celiac.com's senior writer and Digital Content Director. He earned his B.A. and M.F.A. at Arizona State University, and has authored more than 2,000 articles on celiac disease. His coursework includes studies in science, scientific methodology, biology, anatomy, medicine, logic, and advanced research. He previously served as SF Health News Examiner for Examiner.com, and devised health and medical content for Sharecare.com. Jefferson has spoken about celiac disease to the media, including an appearance on the KQED radio show Forum, and is the editor of the book "Cereal Killers" by Scott Adams and Ron Hoggan, Ed.D.

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