In his book, Gluten Related Disorder: Sick? Tired? Grumpy?, Dr. Rodney Ford says, "Detractors of gluten-illness say that you need the certification of a ‘qualified physician’ to make the diagnosis. However, most physicians remain unaware of the spectrum of “gluten-related disorders”. Did you know that the majority of people with celiac disease (more than 80%) remain undiagnosed because of the reluctance of their physicians to do the relevant blood tests? The research knowledge of gluten-illness has out-stripped physician knowledge. Hence, the urgent need for community action." I totally agree.
I went 3 years seeking help from the medical community to figure out why I felt like I had a constant pain in my abdomen that felt like a hot knife in my side, diminished sex drive, loss of hair, weight gain, joint pain, thyroid issue and on and on. It wasn't until I asked for specific testing, that I got the answer of Celiac Disease. Then being told by my doctor, that she would never have gotten the diagnoses, because in her words, "black people don't have Celiac". Obvious she was wrong and lucky for me, I only suffered for three years. I have heard that people have gone 6-10 year without proper diagnoses. As Dr. Ford states, the need for community action is large. It did not take long for me to realize that I could build a portion of my career on CD. I have researched and studied countless hours, days, weeks, and months. I have learned from some of the best minds in CD, gluten sensitivity and gastric practitioners in the world.
Due to my own experience with CD and my knowledge base, I am announcing the formation of my business, "Gluten Consultant". This new business formation is not only for individuals and families but also for businesses, especially restaurants. I will be for hire to go into homes, on shopping trips and into restaurants and schools to provide them with the knowledge to safely serve the gluten sensitive or Celiac community. So state tuned for more information coming soon.
Having the stresses of caring for a child with health concerns and going through the termination of a failed marriage, I developed my own chronic health issues. and survived a stroke. My personal experience and research of stroke and autoimmune diseases, lead me to help myself and others.