"What on Earth is a Celiac?"
Celiac Disease, once considered rare,was recently listed in an article by Reader's Digest Magazine as one of the "Top Ten Diseases Doctors Miss". And prominent studies completed in the past two years indicate that Celiac Disease is not really rare at all, but actually quite common. And if a Celiac is not diagnosed properly, they become vulnerable to a host of secondary autoimmune diseases as well.
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Diane Jakubowski was diagnosed with Celiac Disease in spring of 2003,and her somewhat confused physician sent Jakubowski to the nearest health food market for answers. Celiac Disease, also known as Celiac Sprue, is a genetically-linked autoimmune disease in which the absorbing surface of the small intestine is damaged by gluten, the protein found in wheat, barley, rye, and sometimes even oats. But as recently as two years ago, this illness was considered very rare in this country, leaving many Celiacs misdiagnosed, under diagnosed, or simply overlooked altogether.
Approximately 1 in 4700 people in the USA are diagnosed Celiacs. But recent medical research indicates that this figure is extraordinarily inaccurate. Suddenly, the long-accepted thinking that Celiac Disease was rare has literally exploded off of the medical horizon. It is now known that 1 in 133 folks in this country (or more) are probably Celiacs...again going undiagnosed...a
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