One of the good things about having celiac disease is the community that exists to help guide you along your decisions — websites, celiac support groups, healthcare professionals, even dedicated celiac centers.
However, that community can also be one of the tough things about having celiac disease. Just as there are myriad different presentations of the disease — not to mention the many other medical reasons for a gluten-free diet — there are many different opinions about how best to treat it. And, especially when it comes to the internet, it can be tough to tell A) whether the page you’re reading contains up to date information and B) whether its authors have an agenda aside from your health.
That’s why it’s pretty neat to see a website go up that is run by one of the country’s best celiac centers. Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center’s Celiac Center in Boston have launched celiacnow.org, reportedly designed to, “maximize the health and wellbeing of people living with celiac disease and other gluten-related disorders.”
The article on News Medical goes on to explain that the site is designed for everyone, but especially for those who have little access to in-person medical care — whether for geographic or economic reasons. According to the release the site, “Can be navigated at three levels to appeal to different readers. Level one offers basic information in an outline format. Level two builds on that knowledge and will suit the average learner. Level three offers more complex information for those who want to understand the subject in greater depth.”
A visit to the site finds helpful information ranging from a glossary of commonly-used medical and nutrition terms to tips on eating gluten-free without breaking the bank. One of the site’s biggest sections is of course nutrition, and there are articles posted or planned for posting on everything from diabetes to religious considerations to vegetarianism — while on a gluten-free diet, of course.
Another nice feature of the site is the information on related medical issues like lactose intolerance and small intestinal bacterial overgrowth. Often people have the mindset of, “I’m already eating gluten-free, nothing else is allowed to change in my diet,” which is sometimes wishful thinking.
What are your most trusted resources when trying to learn about the gluten-free lifestyle?