Celiac disease is a disease that affects at least 3 million Americans including myself. A gluten free diet is often written off as a fad diet but for those living with Celiac, it is anything but. This disease affects your daily life, physically and mentally. I chose this disease because it affects me personally (and my mom and granddad) and many people don’t understand or simply don’t want to understand what Celiac is.
A few months after my healthy birth, my mom and dad, as well as my daycare provider, noticed I just was not thriving like a toddler should be. I could only walk for a short time using furniture or holding a hand. My body functions also had changed and my body did not digest anything, but my appetite had accelerated. For example, for supper I would eat three hotdogs, macaroni and cheese and beans. Even though I was eating all that food, I was becoming very skinny. When I was 15 months old, I still was not thriving. When they weighted me at the clinic, I weighed about 20 pounds, however, after the urgent care doctor came into see me, he was immediately concerned that I did not have any fat on my body. He decided they needed to do a chest and
You are going to the cafeteria to buy lunch. You are starving and pick up a tray to get food. The first thing you see are chicken nuggets, then you remember you can’t eat chicken nuggets because you are allergic to gluten. So you get some mashed potatoes and fruit instead. You want to get dessert but the brownies have peanuts in them and you’re allergic to peanuts too.
For as long as I can remember, my daily routine involved watching what I ate, when I ate, and then injecting myself with a syringe full of insulin. It also included pricking my battered fingers to test my blood sugar levels approximately six times a day. Due to the fact that I began these routines before I could even mutter a full logical sentence, I grew up believing that this routine was something that everyone did every day as well. I grew up thinking that my oddly scarred fingers and arms were ordinary and not unusual. But all of this changed when I entered the sixth grade. This naive belief of mine began to fade rapidly. Suddenly, I realized that not many people had to watch every piece of food they put into their mouth or have to be hospitalized when they catch something as common as the flu. Once I realized all of this, I wasn 't so open or forthcoming with the fact that I have type 1 diabetes. I didn 't want to share my story or show people my insulin pump. I became incredibly insecure and I began to hide my scars and my insulin pump. It was one of the worst feelings I have ever endured.
I completely agree with Dr. Perlmutter that wheat and, from a larger perspective, gluten can have a huge impact upon the brain and other parts of the body. I have seen my own mother suffer with multiple sclerosis and know she could benefit from eliminating gluten and other dietary changes. Plus, I have had less neurological issues since going gluten free over 10 years ago. Dr. Perlmutter provides scientific proof and information of the evils of grains, especially gluten, on the body and points to the inflammation factor as the cause. On page 62, he remarks “… no organ is more susceptible to the deleterious effects of inflammation than the brain.”
The body’s inflammatory response is not meant to be constantly in use. When an individual consumes a diet that reignites this response daily because of consumption of gluten and other carbohydrates, the brain bears the brunt of the damage over time. Brain disease isn 't simply hereditary, diet plays an important contributing role in neurodegenerative
My diet has been lenient, I have not been eating like I should be this week. It has been a cheat day every day and I am not proud of myself. Who can blame me, food is great and to discriminate is just wrong. The week went by and I have not been eating properly but my numbers have gone up. I am at 100 pounds on my bench, 170 pounds on my squat, and 95 on my shoulder press. With everything I have promised myself to make sure I take the proper amount of protein, and I hope I am strong enough to resist the good food. I find enjoyment in food so it is very tough, but if I give it up now I can eat it later on. So that is the plan and I have decided to create a plan on what to eat and when to
After days of feeling stomachache and unable to even sleep at night, I missed two morning classes today because I was exhausted from the pain. I went to see a doctor and it turned out the medication they prescribed me before, was too much for my stomach. I have to live with bread and biscuits for a while.
I remember as if it were yesterday. The day I met my very near and dear friend. I recall the time my family and I walking into their house for dinner and meeting my friend. Of course, I had no idea that he had Cystic Fibrosis, but at that time, it didn 't really matter. Before meeting that friend, I, like many other people, had no idea what CF was. When I found out that he had CF, it shocked me. After that, when we became very good friends and hung out a lot, sometimes I would completely forget that he even had CF in the first place. There really is no debate that CF affects family and friends and it is sometimes hard to hold onto that hope of a cure, but I feel that with hope and help, a cure can be found.
I woke up with my leg wrapped up all the way up to my thigh. While my mom and I waited a few more hours, we had some laughs until the doctor came and checked me out. Then we were on our way. We went home and mom helped me into the house.
They don’t even take the time learn about these ingredients, to know their positives and negatives. And it 's because of this processing of foods that people are getting diseases and allergies more easily. Back in the day, they didn’t have processed foods. Most things were homemade or didn’t have those big words like “riboflavin”. But all these big words in the ingredient list on foods isn’t just a problem.
Then I go to the doctor and find out that I,me, am allergic to gluten as well!!!. ” Peña’s tweet reaches out to his followers that he misjudged the gluten free trend. If Peña didn’t get tested for the allergy he would still be misjudging the trend. The tweet was quite ironic--he made fun of the allergy that he ended up having.
I met Liam during my Safety Town program in 2014. Liam was four years old, and survived a liver transplant at a very young age which left him with a limited diet. Despite these complications, his energy was unbridled and he understood his situation in a very mature manner. He did not seem to mind that he could not have a popsicle while his friends were enjoying them. Somehow, Liam has become my symbol of perseverance and inspiration to fight my own chronic illness. When I was first diagnosed with Crohn’s Disease, an inflammatory bowel disease, I let the news negatively impact me. Overwhelmed with everything that was going on I started pushing myself away. Although I believed myself to be very unlucky, it was when instructing Liam, that I realized I should not be looking at the negatives, but rather, at the positives. Meeting someone else with a similar health related struggle has allowed me to look into my own life and understand more about myself.
Over the course of the last few months my life was changed for the worst yet another time. This time, the whirlwind was caused by my youngest brother, Zane. Being sucked into school life with all the extracurricular activities, I have had to balance demands of his diagnosis with all the academic requirements of achieving at a high level and participating in sports. On October 2, 2016, he was diagnosed with a rare autoimmune disease called Bechet's Syndrome.