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Mark Your Calendars...
...because September 13th is National Celiac Disease Awareness Day!
Why September 13th, you ask? Doctor Samuel Gee, a British physician, was the ?rst to publish a modern clinical description of celiac disease in 1888 and linked the control of the disease to diet restrictions. Dr. Gee once said, “if the patient can be cured at all, it must be by means of diet.” Born in 1839 on September 13th, Gee would have been 173 next Thursday. And in honor of Dr. Gee's contribution, the U.S. Senate thought it an appropriate date to hold National Celiac Awareness day each year on the anniversary of his birth.
There are staggering statics about Celiac Disease, one of which is that 97% of people who have the autoimmune disease are undiagnosed and may not even know that they have it. To my fellow Celiacs, why not utilize the 13th to tell your friends and coworkers about the symptoms of Celiac Disease? If you speak from personal experience, it will make those around you to share their own stories, and it may even be the catalyst for someone getting tested, which is an amazing deed. I have said it before, but no one should live in dark of this illness because the symptoms are just too awful to have to go through everyday.
Also, bring in some gluten free treats into the work place next Thursday. Make sure the items you bring in are extra delicious because you want to show that gluten free food can be yummy, too! I think I am going to bring in fresh gf bagels from Mariposa Bakery -- I never thought that I would be able to enjoy a bagel again until I discovered these.
I can’t wait for Thursday!