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Journal of Gluten Sensitivity Autumn 2012 Issue

Journal of Gluten Sensitivity Autumn Issue - Volume 11, Number 4

Originally published October, 2012.



    Image: CC--Nicki Dugan Pogue

    Misdiagnosed my sophomore/ junior year of High School, 3 years ago, with celiac disease, I became obsessed with the science of this ailment and how it was supposedly affecting me. I was shocked by how little is known about this autoimmune disease and the many gaps in research done on it. One such gap is that of cross-contamination in the household, where it is likely to have a daily impact on those following gluten-free diets. Because of this, I decided to help fill this gap in scientific knowledge with a manageable project based on cross-contamination in the home, asking whether one can share common kitchen cookware that is used with gluten containing foods, or if people, to help maintain a gluten-free diet, need designated ones for their food preparation.



    Image: CC--ap220859

    In Pennsylvania, there is a six-year-old little girl (we'll call her Amy) who has not been allowed to see her mother (we'll call her Cindy) since June 21st because Amy's dad takes issue with a diet that excludes gluten and other allergenic foods. You might think that this is due to a dispute arising out of the dissolution of a marriage, but that is not the case. However, I'm getting ahead of myself. I need to start describing this situation as it began about six years ago, when her father was arrested for public drunkenness, resisting arrest, and creating a public disturbance, when Amy was less than a year old. Dad (we'll call him Steve) struggled with unemployment and part-time employment as a truck driver, falling further and further into arrears on his child support payments. Cindy had primary custody, and every second weekend, Steve took care of Amy.