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Is Gluten Free a Fad?

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Celiac Disease on the Rise in U.S.

I am mostly gluten free, my son Nate is gluten free, my older sister has sensitivities to it — Scott’s cousin is Celiacs. You think there’s a problem? Nate’s pediatrician told me that gluten-free was just a fad — yeah, a fad.

FRIDAY, Aug.19 (HealthDay News) — Complaints of celiac disease are on the rise in the United States, with more and more people growing ill from exposure to products containing gluten.

Nearly five times as many people have celiac disease today than did during the 1950s, according to one recent study. Another report found that the rate of celiac disease has doubled every 15 years since 1974 and is now believed to affect one in every 133 U.S. residents.

“It’s quite widespread,” said Dr. Alessio Fasano, director of the Center for Celiac Research and the Mucosal Biology Research Center at the University of Maryland School of Medicine. “We thought there were regional differences in the past, but now we know it’s everywhere.

“That increased incidence rate has left researchers scrambling to figure out why more people are developing the chronic digestive disorder. Doctors still can’t explain the trend, but they are making some headway testing a number of hypotheses.

Celiacs Disease

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Last weekend, we headed to Maryland to visit Scott’s cousin Stacy and her family. His Aunt and Uncle were in town from California to celebrate Stacy’s daughter, Sophie’s 2nd birthday.  It’s nice to spend time with family – the kids love it. It’s too bad we don’t live near more family.

Stacy has Celiac Disease and it looks like Sophie does too.

Celiac disease is a digestive condition triggered by consumption of the protein gluten, which is found in bread, pasta, cookies, pizza crust and many other foods containing wheat, barley or rye. If you have celiac disease and eat foods containing gluten, an immune reaction occurs in your small intestine, causing damage to the surface of your small intestine and an inability to absorb certain nutrients

They have to use different plates, cooking pans and other stuff just so nothing with gluten can mix with what they are eating. Gluten free living is so much better than being sick all the time.  For the birthday party – they had a regular cake and a gluten free one – which was not half bad!

What I am finding out is there are a ton of people out there that either have Celiac Disease or an allergy or sensitivity to gluten.  So I came across this website – Gluten-Free Girl that has some good information and recipes about living a Gluten free life!

About Gluten-Free Girl.

Food is the path to healing in celiac. There is no pill we can take, no surgery we can endure, and in fact, no cure other than living on an entirely gluten-free diet. Some find that distressing. I find it a blessing.

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