Celiac Blues and Greens

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Elizabeth Hasselbeck and I finally have something in common.

In her excellent book, The G Free Diet, she writes about her discovery that she has celiac disease.

Celiac disease is an autoimmune digestive condition. The finger-like villi of the small intestine become damaged as a result of eating gluten, resulting in a lack of nutrient absorption. Without absorbing vitamins and minerals, the immune system is ripe for autoimmune diseases, osteoporosis, thyroid disease, even cancer.

According to the Celiac Disease Foundation, 1 out of 133 people suffer with celiac disease and 97% of them don't know they have it!

Recently, by a series of good fortune events, I had the ultimate physiological "aha!" moment leading me to my own diagnosis of celiac, originating from something completely nonrelated.

There was a clear bell of destiny to the whole thing.

For a short, exhilarating time, I became my own intense medical investigator, on the case of a life-changing truth.

Sometimes a puzzle demands to be solved, in spite of our having other plans. Suffice it to say that, like any good mystery, this one involved intrigue, medical corruption, history, JFK, and a lifelong passion for fabulous food.

I am on the celiac diet, and in spite of many skeptics who insist this is a fad, take my word for it: it is very real, if not surreal.

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Dr.Cheryl Pappas is a social commentator and psychotherapist who writes about breaking news relating to entertainment, health, celebrity culture, politics, and popular culture. She has been interviewed for articles in The Los Angeles Times, (more...)

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