Today is National Celiac Disease Awareness Day

Since Molly, Erin and I have have Celiac Disease–thought I’d post that today is National Celiac Disease Awareness Day, for those of you who do not know what this is!

III
110TH CONGRESS
1ST SESSION S. RES. 314
Designating September 13, 2007, as ‘‘National Celiac Disease Awareness
Day’’.
IN THE SENATE OF THE UNITED STATES
SEPTEMBER 10, 2007
Mr. INHOFE (for himself and Mr. NELSON of Nebraska) submitted the
following resolution; which was considered and agreed to
RESOLUTION
Designating September 13, 2007, as ‘‘National Celiac
Disease Awareness Day’’.
Whereas celiac disease affects approximately 1 in every 130
people in the United States, for a total of 3,000,000 people;
Whereas the majority of people with celiac disease have yet
to be diagnosed;
Whereas celiac disease is a chronic inflammatory disorder
that is classified as both an autoimmune condition and
a genetic condition;
Whereas celiac disease causes damage to the lining of the
small intestine, which results in overall malnutrition;
Whereas, when a person with celiac disease consumes foods
that contain certain protein fractions, that person suffers
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a cell-mediated immune response that damages the villi
of the small intestine, interfering with the absorption of
nutrients in food and the effectiveness of medications;
Whereas these problematic protein fractions are found in
wheat, barley, rye, and oats, which are used to produce
many foods, medications, and vitamins;
Whereas because celiac disease is a genetic disease, there is
an increased incidence of celiac disease in families with
a known history of celiac disease;
Whereas celiac disease is underdiagnosed because the symptoms
can be attributed to other conditions and are easily
overlooked by doctors and patients;
Whereas, as recently as 2000, the average person with celiac
disease waited 11 years for a correct diagnosis;
Whereas 1⁄2 of all people with celiac disease do not show
symptoms of the disease;
Whereas celiac disease is diagnosed by tests that measure the
blood for abnormally high levels of the antibodies of
immunoglobulin A, anti-tissue transglutaminase, and IgA
anti-endomysium antibodies;
Whereas celiac disease can only be treated by implementing
a diet free of wheat, barley, rye, and oats, often called
a ‘‘gluten-free diet’’;
Whereas a delay in the diagnosis of celiac disease can result
in damage to the small intestine, which leads to an increased
risk for malnutrition, anemia, lymphoma, adenocarcinoma,
osteoporosis, miscarriage, congenital malformation,
short stature, and disorders of skin and other
organs;
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Whereas celiac disease is linked to many autoimmune disorders,
including thyroid disease, systemic lupus
erythematosus, type 1 diabetes, liver disease, collagen
vascular disease, rheumatoid arthritis, and Sjogren’s syndrome;
Whereas the connection between celiac disease and diet was
first established by Dr. Samuel Gee, who wrote, ‘‘if the
patient can be cured at all, it must be by means of diet’’;
Whereas Dr. Samuel Gee was born on September 13, 1839;
and
Whereas the Senate is an institution that can raise awareness
in the general public and the medical community of celiac
disease: Now, therefore, be it
1 Resolved, That the Senate—
2 (1) designates September 13, 2007, as ‘‘Na3
tional Celiac Disease Awareness Day’’;
4 (2) recognizes that all people of the United
5 States should become more informed and aware of
6 celiac disease;
7 (3) calls upon the people of the United States
8 to observe the date with appropriate ceremonies and
9 activities; and
10 (4) respectfully requests the Secretary of the
11 Senate to transmit a copy of this resolution to the
12 Celiac Sprue Association, the American Celiac Soci13
ety, the Celiac Disease Foundation, the Gluten Intol14
erance Group of North America, and the Oklahoma

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