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Support Groups Play An Important Role

Do I thank Al Gore for helping me understand celiac disease?

Although Gore never claimed to have invented the Internet, he did discuss his role in Internet development in an interview with Wolf Blitzer of CNN. Claims that the former U.S. Vice President invented the Internet are an urban legend.

The  Internet has played a major role in arming me with coping skills for Celiac Disease, Multiple Chemical Sensitivities and Latex Allergy. I jokingly tell my friends one of my favorite practitioners is "Dr. Google."

"The Net" has been most helpful for me as a place to share information and discussion with others who are similarly afflicted.  This website is an outstanding example.

Of course we will always find opposing opinions throughout the Internet. After all, people are a bit like the contents of a box of assorted chocolates. Each one is different.  Since anyone can post just about anything it essential to verify the
validity and accuracy of sources.

Recently, a team of doctors led by Dr. Daniel Leffler conducted a study of the factors that are most important in increasing the success rates for people trying to maintain a gluten-free diet. Dr. Leffler is a clinical fellow in Gastroenterology at Boston’s Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center. Dr. Leffler presented the results of his study at the 2007 American College of Gastroenterology’s Annual Scientific Meeting and Postgraduate Course. The results of the study indicate that support groups seem to have an important role to play.


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