What is Celiac Disease?

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What is celiac disease?

Well, the simplest answer is this: celiac is a disease where the small intestine is sensitive to gluten. I think I even googled ‘what is celiac disease’ and the answer was; hyper-sensitive to gluten.

The harder answer: celiac is a disease where the whole body identifies gluten as a poison. A poison that affects the entire body with over 200 symptoms ranging from bloating, nausea and diarrhea to stiff joints, migraines and skin ailments. A whole smorgasbord of complications to the body. Prolonged internal exposer can lead to cancer, malformed cells, chronic pain and even fatal more complicated illnesses.

In short, if you are diagnosed with celiac disease, you must maintain a 100% gluten-free diet.

And, even more important is that because of these underlying symptoms getting diagnosed by a medical professional as early as possible is of the utmost necessary proportions. If symptoms persist and go unchecked, you can plainly see that it can lead to a life of terrible discomfort.

Remember, celiac disease is hereditary. So make sure any family members who might exhibit symptoms get checked. Or better yet, get checked just to rule out the disease. It really can’t hurt. It’s always better to be safe than sorry.

Not every person who is diagnosed with celiac disease sufferers in the same way. It’s a nice, but  a gross way to be unique with a disease that affects every 1 out of 133 people across North America.  Some people can develop acne all over their face and through their teenaged years it gets passed off as hormones or your diet (which, when you look back and see that it was indeed your diet. A gluten-free diet was needed when you were an adolescent but you went undiagnosed). I mean, all i ate was Smoky Bacon potato chips and drank Pepsi, so you can imagine how my diet affected my skin, NOT JUST my undiagnosed celiac disease.

Anxiety across the board, going to the movies and always having a plastic bag with you in case you threw up. Fearing you might have social anxiety or some degree of agoraphobia, when it fact it all turns out, was undiagnosed celiac disease. I lived a through a lot of my teenaged and young adult life thinking i was little kooky in the head, a little crazy. I thought I had a terrible mental disorder that prevented me from meeting new people or sweating profusely when I took public transit. It just turns out, it was all related to my undiagnosed celiac disease.

I’ve heard that we are the person we’ll become by the time we are seven years old, undiagnosed celiac at that age and younger and beyond can alter who we are meant to be.

I was diagnosed in 2009 at the age of 27. I thought I was who I was the man I supposed to be.

Then the celiac disease diagnosis came into my life and really turned my world for a loop. In the grand scheme of things it changed my life in a way I could never have imagined. After I cut the poison of gluten out of my diet and my life I was finally able to become who I was meant to be.

So, what is celiac disease?

I’m no doctor. So celiac disease can mean a lot of different things to a lot of different people. It’s a disease first and foremost but it’s also a state of mind and how you feel about it and apply it to your everyday life. You can sulk and whine about it, ignore it or own it. You handle your celiac disease anyway you want.

But, don’t take my world for it. Click these online links to find out what it really is. Then go and ask your doctor, because, I’m not a doctor. I just play one on TV.

CLICK THESE LINKS FOR CELIAC INFORMATION: WEBMD, CANADIAN CELIAC ASSOCIATION, CELIAC DISEASE FOUNDATION, BEYOND CELIAC, PAM JORDAN and even a handy dandy infographic from GLUTEN DUDE himself:

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this image was made by Gluten Dude and I stole it from his site, so go and read his website and see what he has to say about celiac disease as well – Jordan

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I have always wanted to write a book about celiac awareness, and sometimes I talk about it, and sometimes I keep my mouth shut about it. As a way to get my thoughts out there and to see what my book was about. This article is actually a longer version of a page in my book. I hope you enjoy it as much as I enjoyed creating and writing it. -Jordan

 

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