Celiac Disease Awareness
What is celiac disease?
Celiac Disease is an autoimmune disorder of the small intestine that occurs in genetically predisposed people of all ages from middle infancy onward. Symptoms include pain and discomfort in the digestive tract, chronic constipation and diarrhoea, failure to thrive (in children), anaemia and fatigue, but these may be absent, and symptoms in other organ systems have been described. Vitamin deficiencies are often noted in people with coeliac disease owing to the reduced ability of the small intestine to properly absorb nutrients from food. (Source: Wikipedia)
Currently there is only one treatment available for people with celiac disease: A life-long strict gluten free diet.
April 2013 I was diagnosed with celiac disease and it was a truly life changing event.
After feeling miserable for four years, with constant problems of the digestive tract, which I was largely connecting with my traveling salesman lifestyle and running from one doctor to the other, without any idea what might be the cause I finally knew what was giving me so much pain and troubles.
While the first reaction I often get when telling people being a celiac who has to adhere to a strict gluten free diet for life, the most common reaction is: "Oh my god!"
Agreeing that it is not easy to follow a strict gluten free diet, especially with the amount of traveling I am doing and my enjoyment of social gatherings of any kind, I continuously tell people: "What is really bad is feeling sick every single day not knowing what is going on."
I simply got lucky meeting the right doctor in Beijing, who was familiar with Celiac Disease and did the right blood tests and a biopsy to confirm the same. Now I can manage the problem.
Since then I eat gluten free and my body is slowly but steadily recovering.
I could not be happier!
What does this have to do with kridpics.com?
As the search for the cause of my problems showed me that even highly educated doctors were not familiar with celiac disease and following some own research it being judged one of the most undiagnosed health problems in the USA, I want to use kridpics.com to spread awareness by random visitors reading this page and to contribute to the research of celiac disease by donating 10% of all revenues generated by kridpics.com to the Deutsche Zoeliakie Gesellschaft. The German Association of celiac disease, which is supporting people like myself to get started with the gluten free diet, funding awareness campaigns and research trying to improve the life of those affected.