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    The Daily Show's Jon Stewart Nails Celiac Disease!

    Reviewed and edited by a celiac disease expert.

    Caption: Photo: Wikimedia Commons

    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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    At last doctors are finally learning about celiac disease, 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.

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    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.

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    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.

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    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.

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    At last doctors are finally learning about celiac disease, 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.

    So agreed! When is our government going to listen to their people?

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    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.

    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.

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    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.

    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).

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    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".

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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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