This is how children with celiac disease presented prior to the discovery of gluten as the culpritTricia Thompson
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
Thank you for being our advocate. As a former “banana baby” and one who the doctor told my parents I had two weeks to live, I appreciate all your support in the area of celiac disease.
Hugs to you, Lindy!
Thank you, Tricia. We appreciate your efforts in fighting misinformation and just plain meanness.
You are most welcome, Melody. I so wish the meanness would just stop. I would love to have a chat with the “brains” behind this ad and find out exactly what they were thinking.
Hi Tricia, the ad agency responsible is Hill Holliday. Perhaps you can share this to them via twitter or facebook – though the last time I looked I could no less ne’er access the visitors post page. Education is definitely needed
I emailed them asking for a face-to-face meeting at their Boston location. They haven’t responded.
Those of us with known Celiac are so fortunate to know that we have it and can live a fuller life.
The ignorance of many people is mind blowing and cruel, I too wish I knew the “brains” behind the ads; I have had many wonderful educational moments for folks who think they are funny or just ignorant. It takes a great deal of patience!
Thank you Trisha for being an advocate for us all 🙂
Hugs to you for your patience, Dee!
Thank you so much for all you do to help us detect hidden sources of gluten so that we can support our health.
It can be very challenging when items labeled Gluten Free are not truly gluten free.
You are most welcome, Marilyn. Hugs to you.