Sari Broner 
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Re: “Sliced Dread

Thanks for your fine article into this overlooked subject. I have had celiac all my life and was lucky to be diagnosed in the 1950s by a Detroit pediatrican who read the European literature on the subject. Much was not known then & the diet that was prescribed wasn't accurate for several years. Also, at that time, it was believed to disappear in adolescence, so I was sick for some time before a New York internist informed me that it is a lifelong affliction.

What is remarkable to me is a comparison between our medical establishment and that of many other countries. In many European countries testing is done quickly; stores have large numbers of inexpensive gluten-free products; and the disease is known to the general population. In Italy, testing is fairly automatic and gluten-free products are obtained for little or no money at pharmacies. Australia has aisles of products that are gluten-free in their supermarkets.

It angers me that even after 50 years, doctors are generally resistant to even performing the tests, let alone being able to recognize celiac disease. Perhaps it reflects a more general problem in medical schools -- little education on nutrition and preventive medicine. At the point of diagnosis, doctors may feel there is little they can do. On the contrary, people usually have developed other problems, like irritable bowel syndrome, that do need treatment. Foods and nutritional supplements that can help a patient get better ought to be prescribed, as my internist did.

Again, thanks for your article, even after all these years, I learned new information.

Sari Broner
Berkeley

Posted by Sari Broner on 11/17/2007 at 4:37 PM

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