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 Common Disease:  Intolerance to Wheat.
Common Disease: Intolerance to Wheat.
Until recently, celiac disease was thought to be rare in this country. But in 2003, Dr. Alessio Fasano published a study showing that the ailment actually affects 1 in 133 Americans, or roughly 3 million people. Minor symptoms include diarrhea, bloating and abdominal cramping. picked by muppet 4 years ago
tags wheat celiac disease disease allergy gluten wheat gluten
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 rambler
4 years ago
Years ago, one of our kids was (fortunately incorrectly) diagnosed with celiac disease.

Finding/making food without gluten is a major challenge. I remember buying canned milk formula imported (pretty expensively) from the USA into a small town in South Africa and I remember my wife baking bread and cakes and biscuits without any wheat, all of which tasted like different varieties of soap.

Fortunately it was an incorrect diagnosis, and fortunately my son was too young then for him to remember today all the hours spent washing his backside, a result of the weird foods he had to eat. Just to complicate matters, I was doing a lot of field work then and we had to cope with all this (and a LOT of nappy-washing) while living in a caravan in the African bush.

So I feel for people who really have to deal with this problem.
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 pocksuck...
4 years ago
My sister has different gut issues that mean she is unable to eat wheat or dairy.

That cuts out a pretty spectacular section of available foods.
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