Doctors, Disease & Making a Difference

January 13, 2011 at 1:56 pm Leave a comment

One of the most wonderful aspects of my job is having an opportunity to follow all the fantastic celiac disease and gluten-free bloggers out there. I so enjoy this incredible online community and always look forward to reading their personal stories, tips, recipes, and so much more!

This week, About.com celiac disease editor Jane Anderson wrote a particularly poignant piece about the lack of awareness and education within the physician community. As we here at NFCA are in the midst of launching a campaign to promote our Continuing Medical Education (CME) program for primary care physicians – the topic couldn’t have been more relevant, and Jane’s message couldn’t have been more compelling:

“How many people with celiac disease have been incorrectly diagnosed with irritable bowel syndrome instead of celiac, or — worse yet! — been sent on their way with a pat on the head and a prescription for an antidepressant?

There are still plenty of doctors out there who don’t know anything about celiac, and who don’t seem to want to learn. And their colleagues cover for them, offering no solace to patients who suffered for years with an easily treatable condition due to physician incompetence and ignorance.”

Now, I do not have celiac disease.  I have never known the struggle that so many in this community have faced in attempting to gain a proper diagnosis. However, the need for more knowledgeable, understanding and compassionate physicians transcends any one illness or disease. The idea of anyone suffering for 1 year, let alone 6-10, is absurd. This is 2011, and this is a COMMON disease.

I encourage you all to read Jane Anderson’s article and the piece by her colleague, Trisha Torrey, who inspired it all.

When you’re done, learn more about the fantastic campaign NFCA and Rudi’s Gluten-free Bakery recently launched to benefit our CME program – and how you can help!

– Whitney

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