My daughter is among the 3 million Americans who have celiac disease. Her struggle to get diagnosed properly took seven years to achieve. Since that time I have devoted my life to educating and spreading celiac awareness. The recent interview of Jennifer Esposito on her dismissal from CBS due to her ailments related to celiac disease was fraught with misinformation and a general lack of compassion that perpetuates the misunderstanding of this very serious disease.
We found Dr. Drew's interview to be extremely disrespectful to all of those who have faced the struggle of helping the public understand this disease, when so much misunderstanding is what they face daily. As a physician, Dr. Drew should have done more research into the diagnosis of celiac disease and the 155 related illnesses which may be linked to celiac disease, so that his questions would have been more effective in relaying the much needed information. Instead, he chose to take a very aggressive stance on questioning Ms. Esposito in a fashion that led those who are not informed to believe that her claims were on trial.
We need responsible reporting to help spread celiac awareness so that the millions who have gone undiagnosed or misdiagnosed need not suffer silently.
Read the whole story here: http://glutendude.com/celiac/dr-drew-has-no-clue/
You can find the letter my 11 yr old daughter wrote here http://www.glutenfreekidsrock.blogspot.com/2012/11/dr-drew-shame-on-you-celiac-community.html.
Thank you to GFreek.com for posting interview in better quality.
An excellent recommendation from a blog post by Elana Amsterdam has spurred us to add to our original petition requesting an apology to also do another episode on celiac disease which is informative and raises awareness.
The following correct information is from the University of Chicago Center for Celiac Disease:
Celiac disease is an inherited autoimmune disorder that
affects the digestive process of the small intestine. When
a person who has celiac disease consumes gluten, a
protein found in wheat, rye and barley, the individual’s
immune system responds by attacking the small intestine
and inhibiting the absorption of important nutrients into
the body. Undiagnosed and untreated, celiac disease can
lead to the development of other autoimmune disorders,
as well as osteoporosis, infertility, neurological conditions
and in rare cases, cancer.
Prevalence of Celiac Disease in the
• In average healthy people: 1 in 133
• In people with related symptoms: 1 in 56
• In people with first-degree relatives
(parent, child, sibling) who are celiac: 1
• In people with second-degree relatives
(aunt, uncle, cousin) who are celiac: 1 in
• Estimated prevalence for African-,
Hispanic- and Asian-Americans: 1 in 236
• In the landmark prevalence study on
celiac disease, investigators determined
that 60% of children and 41% of
adults diagnosed during the study were
asymptomatic (without any symptoms).
• During the prevalence study, researchers
found that 21% of patients with a positive
anti-endomysial antibody test could not
receive a biopsy due to the refusal of their
physician to perform the procedure or the
insurance company to pay for it
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