Research Reflection #3 Essay

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Research Reflection #3 When I started my research on a Gluten-Free Community, I was unaware of a community with-in the gluten-free community that existed. People whom suffer from Celiac Disease and need to live a gluten-free lifestyle in order to live healthy symptom free lives. For this group of people having a gluten-free diet is so much more serious than trying to lose weight or just making some healthier choices with their foods. Kimberly A. Tessmer, RD, LD [Registered Dietian, Licensed Dietian] gives the best explanation I have yet to find on exactly what Celiac Disease is and how Gluten plays its role. In the book “Gluten-free for a Healthy Life,” Tessmer explains why it is necessary for celiac sufferers to live a 100% gluten-free lifestyle. Tessmer covers other diseases celiac is linked to, how gluten can also be found in non-food products, different substitutions, advice from celiac sufferers, and pages of nutritional do’s and don’ts along with a variety of gluten-free recipes. This book has opened my eyes to how serious celiac disease is, and how important it is for this community to live a gluten-free lifestyle. When celiac sufferers consume foods that have gluten, like wheat, rye, barley, and oats the autoimmune sets off antibodies that attack the small intestines. When this happens your body is unable to absorb nutrients which then causes damage to the brain, nervous system, bones, Liver, and heart and can cause many other illnesses. Many people suffer from this disease, however are usually misdiagnosed, celiac disease is known as a well hidden disease. A study done( by the University of Maryland Center for Celiac Research, the University of Maryland School of Medicine) show that one out of every 133 people in the general population have celiac disease, that is 2.2 million Americans. They also found celiac to be hereditary, and commonly found in
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