We love all the new studies coming out and discuss two in particular on the podcast. The first study indicates that folks with first degree relatives may may have a much larger chance of developing celiac disease. The second study shows that there could be a higher incidence of celiac in children who consume more gluten when they are young.
Last Friday was National Celiac Awareness Day, but did you know that it shares the date with lesser known days such as, "Blame Someone Else Day?" Mike and Cam discuss a myriad of this somewhat strange and sometimes arbitrary group of special days. We also talk about the meaning of Celiac Awareness Day, and some of our hopes for better celiac awareness and understanding.
Real life celiac superhero, Priyanka Chugh, creator of the blog, The Adventures of Anti-Wheat Girl, joins us. Priyanka, currently in medical school, shares her challenges growing up with mostly asymptomatic celiac disease in a family with a celiac brother and non-celiac sister, leading to some unique challenges. Ironically, Priyanka's mother, Dr. Ritu Verma, happens to be one of the top pediatric gastroenterologists in the world. Priyanka illuminates us as to how celiac disease is being taught now (still not great), and her efforts to help educate her fellow medical students about celiac and other chronic health conditions.
Mike has made two trips to Madison, Wisconsin this summer. The second was with the great crew from GIG Chicago. He shares fantastic tales of other-worldly gluten free treats including refreshing beer from Alt Brew, tasty poke bowls, the most amazing waffles ever (?), and wait for it...gluten free deep fried cheese curds, Tachos (think nachos, but with tater tots) and FUNNEL CAKES!