What Nurses Know About Gluten-Free Living

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    Cheating on a gluten-free diet is a matter of choice. Each individual will make his or her own decision. That is why it is important to have all of the facts when you are diagnosed. If you realize that you have celiac disease (CD) and continue to eat gluten, you are at high risk for developing T-cell lymphoma, adenocarcinoma of the intestine, and esophageal cancer. Continuing to eat gluten when one has CD is a self-destructive decision that has grave consequences. A person who totally understands...Read More
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    Take a step back and take a good look at your kitchen. Is there a place where gluten-free food can be mixed without contaminating it with other food in the kitchen? Are you planning to have a completely gluten-free kitchen, or are you allocating only a small part of it? Some families go entirely gluten free, whereas others keep a certain section for their special gluten-free area. Extreme changes in the kitchen warrant a formal ’round-the-table family meeting. An explanation of the problem and...Read More
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    Living a gluten-free lifestyle means looking for gluten in the most unlikely places. When you look at a pill there is no way to tell whether there is gluten in it. It is wise to have your physician write on every prescription that you require it to be gluten free. If you have a regular pharmacist, you can talk to him or her and ask him or her to make sure that the drugs that you receive are gluten free. Pharmaceutical companies often add inactive ingredients to their products, and one of those ingredients...Read More

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Sylvia A. Llewelyn Bower

Sylvia Bower, RN, lives with celiac disease and has been a practicing nurse for 43 years. She has been an active participant in the Gluten Free Gang, one of the first gluten-free support groups. She is the author of Celiac Disease: A Guide to Living with Gluten Intolerance, a member of the Ohio Nurses Association, and has made numerous presentations at the National Annual Celiac Conference. She has published articles in a variety of outlets including the Gluten Intolerance Group Magazine. She lives...

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