Wednesday, February 24, 2010

You Know You Are a Celiac When . . .

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Dr. Bob on January 20th, 2009

Your nickname is “Olde Fart”

    Because the small intestine of a person with celiac disease is damaged, undigested food enters the large intestines where bacteria convert it into gases (methane, carbon dioxide and hydrogen). These gases cause the bloating, abdominal pain and passing of gas that is often associated with celiac disease.
Your friends are a lot smarter than you
    Some people with celiac disease or gluten sensitivity suffer cognitive impairment. Forgetfulness (amnesia) and confusion can increase. If so, stay away from multitasking!
You can’t dance or you dance like a white person
    Celiac disease is associated with gluten ataxia which causess a loss of balance and coordination. Learning new dance steps can help regain your balance, so don’t give up.

You can’t use chopsticks either

    Gluten ataxia can cause your hands to tremble. Use heavy utensils instead.

Your headaches are on one side of your head

    Some people with celiac disease experience migraine headaches. For some, strict adherence to a gluten free diet reduces the incidence of migraines.
You tend to drop your drink into your lap on airplane trips
    There is that gluten ataxia again.
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