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”Gluten intolerance and celiac disease are direct results of American agriculture policy and, specifically, the government’s wading into the food arena.”
~ Joel Salatin

Celiac disease is a serious autoimmune disorder that affects every part of the body because of the body’s inability to digest gluten. Although the cause of the disease seems to be part of a person’s genetic makeup, most people do not know about the disease, thus most end up living with it without knowing. It’s important to raise awareness about this disease because those who don’t know about may never see it as a cause towards their own health issues. Here are some facts to know about Celiac Disease Awareness Day.

History of Celiac Disease Awareness Day

It’s been dubbed “Celiac Disease Awareness Day” in honor of Dr. Samuel Gee who identified a link between celiac disease and diet. This date commemorates the birth of Dr. Samuel Gee, who found that the cause of an autoimmune reaction to gliadin, a gluten protein found in wheat. With this discovery he has helped thousands of people who never knew they had celiac disease discover better ways to live longer and happier. In his conclusion the only way to treat celiac disease is to live a lifelong gluten-free diet.

The day was introduced in the Senate on August 3rd 2010, and with the Senate recognizing the day, it also recognized the importance of being aware of celiac disease. Celiac disease can cause serious complications from skin rashes and lactose intolerance to infertility, bone weakness and nerve damage. However, at least 83% of the population generally doesn’t know if they have celiac disease. It affects 1 in 333 people per year and the earlier a person starts to avoid gluten, the better they are off with their health. Although the disease generally is found more in children, children have a better ability to heal their small intestine with the gluten free diet than adults.

How to celebrate Celiac Disease Awareness Day

Celebrating this day has become easier due to have gluten free food due to the accommodating population of people with a gluten intolerance or preference to be gluten free. You can host a party with all gluten free items with your family and friends. Wear a shirt saying “I support those with Celiac Disease” or go take a blood test yourself and see how you’re health’s doing. You could also try going gluten free for a week, a month, maybe even a full year if you want and just maybe you’re overall being could improve.

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