Celiac Disease Specialist Delaware OH
Lewis Center, OH
The Great Pretender
By James Keough
People with celiac disease in the US wait nine years on average before they receive a confirmed diagnosis. During that time their symptoms get attributed to everything from irritable bowel syndrome to emotional problems. They collect specialists and receive countless dead-end treatments before someone finally suggests testing for celiac. Others suffer for years without seeking help, thinking their sensitive gut is the norm, that it runs in the family, and that they’ll just have to live with it. And many of them do until later in life, when a malignancy or the onset of a chronic disease like diabetes leads to the discovery of celiac.
It needn’t be that way. A simple blood test can point to the presence of the disease, and a routine biopsy will confirm a diagnosis. Misdiagnoses (or a lack of diagnosis) arise because celiac can mimic a large number of other illnesses, even though it is said to present a set of classic symptoms: abdominal cramping, gas, abdominal distention, and/or bloating; chronic diarrhea or constipation (or both); steatorrhea (fatty stools); unexplained anemia; and weight loss despite a large appetite or weight gain. But many celiacs don’t suffer intestinal distress. Instead they experience joint pain, fatigue, lack of energy, weakness, headache, neurological problems, depression, infertility, dental enamel defects, aphthous ulcers, or an incredibly itchy, blistery skin rash called dermatitis herpetiformis.
The more one reads about the disease, the more symptoms join the list. The difficulty for patient and doctor lies not just in connecting the dots—sometimes the dots are totally random or, worse, never show up at all. “To my mind it’s in the wrong part of the medical textbooks,” says Peter Green, MD, coauthor with Rory Jones of Celiac Disease, A Hidden Epidemic (Collins, 2006). “It should be in the multisystem-disorder chapter like lupus. It’s all a matter of awareness.”
Just What Is Celiac Disease?
Also known as celiac sprue or gluten sensitive enteropathy (and called coeliac outside the US), celiac disease is a hereditary autoimmune disorder that targets the lining of the small intestine. Celiac differs from other autoimmune diseases in that researchers have identified an environmental cause—unlike diabetes for instance—and it has a known cure. The cause is a protein found in wheat and other cereal grains. In wheat it is called “gluten,” and that has become the generic name for the similar proteins in rye (secalin) and barley (hordein), which also cause the disease. “We didn’t evolve to eat wheat,” says Green. “Man’s been around for 100,000 years and wheat only appeared 10,000 years ago, so our digestive system evolved not eating wheat.” According to an article in the New England Journal of Medicine by Alessio Fasano, MD, epidemiological studies during the last decade have “revealed that celiac disease is one of the most common lifelong disorders in both Europe and the US.”
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The Well Drop-In Center Training
Dates: 1/4/2014 – 1/4/2014
The Salvation Army Columbus
966 E Main Street
The Well is a Drop in Center for women who have been sexually exploited or trafficked. It is designed to be an environment of peace where women can relax, be valued, and develop a sense of positive self worth. The center’s goals are to enhance life skills, increase self esteem, and improve knowledge of community support. This training will provide interested persons an understanding of the mindset of those served, as well as the protocol established by The Well. Lastly, participants will be offered skills to complete desired volunteer roles.
Additionally, The Salvation Army Anti-Human Trafficking Department is starting a Mentorship Program. The purpose of the Mentorship Porgram is to build healthy, one-on-one bonds between mentors and women who have been sexually exploited or trafficked. The Mentorship Program is designed to enchance a sense of positive self-esteem and dignity by meeting the social needs of women who have been involved in the commercial sex trade. Women will be shown respect and value through the fostering of healthy and appropriate social relationships.
Mentors will help empower mentees to dsicover their sense of integrity, honesty and self. Being a mentor provides the opportunity for mentors to share their skills and talents, interests and experiences, and to model appopriate social relationships. Mentors may help their mentee with self-esteem, sense of purpose, planning and decision making, interpersonal competence, and empowerment through activities such as going to the Columbus Zoo, going out to lunch or dinner, seeing a movie, or any other socially appropriate activity.
*This is an all-day training. Therefore, there will be a lunch break to go get lunch or feel free to bring your own bag lunch with you.
* After being trained, volunteers who wish to become a mentor must go through an application and interview process.
* Finally, anyone volunteering at The Well & Mentoring Programs must obtain a background check.
Cookies, Cake, and Pie, Oh My!
Dates: 12/21/2013 – 12/21/2013
Worthington Place Columbus
7227 North High Street
Spend 3 delicious hours touring specialty bakeries in Columbus. Itinerary may change as we find new venues to introduce to you.
Jorgensen Farms 3rd Sunday Supper
Dates: 12/15/2013 – 12/15/2013
Jorgensen Farms Westerville
5851 E. Walnut Street
As our guest, you'll be greeted by our hosts the farmers and offered an informal tour of the farm and firsthand knowledge of how the food was produced. Our menu is inspired by the day's harvest. You'll enjoy the diversity of foods fresh from the farm, prepared on site by professional chefs. Meals are served, rain or shine; outdoors, when weather permits, and otherwise on the farm house porch or in the post and beam barn. Given the whims of the weather, Mother Nature, and the chef, actual meals may vary slightly from the posted menu. Please note that all Third Sunday Farm Table events are BYOB - we invite you to bring your favorite beverage of choice to enjoy or share responsibly. All dinners start at 5pm. Adults only please. For more information, and specific menus for each month please visit our website www.jorgensen-farms.com