Okay, that may be overstating the case a tad. I wrote a while ago about how a friend of mine, Stephanie, entered my bread recipe in a gluten free baking contest. She has CD as does 2 of her 3 kids. Her only sibling and her father also have it. Stephanie’s sister, Kristen, is a dietician. She was on TV this morning on a local morning news program in Nebraska. She spoke about CD, symptoms, diagnosis, testing and it’s impact if it goes undiagnosed. I thought she did an amazing job. It’s hard to do those kind of interviews and say everything you would like to get said. I think she did a great job at explaining it and why it is important to get tested. Here are the links to the clips. Right at the very beginning she talks about my bread recipe and how it came to be. In the second clip she shares the bread she made and brought with her to the set. It of course got great reviews from the hosts. (The program also left a link to the recipe. Unfortunately, they called it gluten free whole wheat bread instead of whole grain bread. I am sure they will fix that since there is no such thing as gluten free wheat.) There was also a link to my blog at the end. Pretty cool, hey?! As I have said before. I am not trying to make money from my blog or my recipe. I just think it is a great thing to be able to share something with people who need it. Mostly though, I am incredibly happy to see that Celiac Disease is getting more and more press. One in 100-133 people have CD. 97% of those people don’t know they have it. Only 1 in 6 people with CD have symptoms even though their small intestine is being destroyed. If you have a blood relative with CD there is a 1 in 22 chance you have it. (I think that statistic is WAY off. I would bet the number is closer to 1 in 2) If you have any auto immune disease, such as CD, you are more likely to have another, especially if you continue to eat gluten. Many doctors still think that it is a rare childhood disorder. Getting screened is as easy as one little poke! CD often goes hand in hand with ASD (autism spectrum disorders), Type I Diabetes, IBS, depression to name a few.
Thanks again to Stephanie and Kristen (and their mom for starting this whole TV thing) for doing such a great job of bringing awareness to CD and to my bread recipe. You guys are awesome!