This is how children with celiac disease presented prior to the discovery of gluten as the culprit
To all companies and advertisement agencies planning to poke fun at people on a gluten-free diet during your Super Bowl ads: Take a very hard look at this photograph*. It is of a 2 year old child with celiac disease diagnosed BEFORE the discovery that gluten was the causative agent in this disease. Do you know what happened to these children? Many of them died. A gluten-free diet is a medical necessity for children and adults with celiac disease. It is the ONLY treatment for this disease.
*Photo of my personal copy of the article “The Value of the Banana in the Treatment of Celiac Disease” by Dr. Sidney Haas. Published in 1924 in the American Journal of Diseases of Children.
If you would like to learn more about the history of the dietary treatment for celiac disease, see the following articles:
Early Dietary Treatment for Celiac Disease: The Banana Diet
The Gluten-Free Diet is Born: Thank You Dr. Dicke
Remembering the Children, especially Mechie