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Way #16: Accepting that Celiac Disease is a Genetically Determined Disease Might Help One Attain Gluten-Free Simplicity

Posted by nepeht on October 31, 2008

16. Accepting that Celiac Disease is a Genetically Determined Disease Might Help One Attain Gluten-Free Simplicity.

  Many scientists are now reporting with great confidence that “Celiac Disease is Genetically Determined” http://www.csaceliacs.org/library/howsandwhys.php, or that “susceptibility to Celiac Disease is Genetic” http://www.csaceliacs.org/library/genetics.php.  There are numerous other concurring reports as well:

  Now, there are also benefits to this research in that practitioners in the field of Genetic Testing and Counseling are now able to help concerned would-be parents with questions about their future children’s likelihood of developing Celiac Disease due to inheritance of the related Gene coding.  http://celiacdisease.about.com/od/diagnosingceliacdisease/a/DNAtests.htm. http://www.celiac.com/articles/21628/1/Celiac-Disease-Genetics/Page1.html.

  And clearly, there is still a long way to go scientifically: http://www.genetic-future.com/2008/03/new-genes-for-celiac-disease.htmlhttp://celiacdisease.about.com/b/2008/03/04/breakthrough-in-celiac-disease-genetics.htm

  One can go to a blog such as Nancy Lapid’s “Celiac Disease Blog” at  http://forums.about.com/n/pfx/forum.aspx?nav=messages&webtag=ab-celiac and discuss such things as well as other issues.

  This blog article is also about the idea that if one accepts the Genetic properties of Celiac Disease as valid, then it is possible (if not probable) that somewhere in their ancestry, someone has/had Celiac Disease or at least the Gene Coding for such.  The kicker though is that for many of us, our ancestors were long gone before the word “Gene” or “Celiac Disease” made it into the mainstream U.S. lexicon.  So this can be complex.  It can also be needless.

  But the primary point here is that one no longer needs to feel blame or shame or guilt about having Celiac Disease or having a child with such.  It is hard-wired.  You can’t help it.  Perhaps, in the future, some cases might be prevented through Genetic Counseling, but then that too opens up a whole nest of questions.

  Finally, I am really saying that this sort of information could help bring more simplicity to ones quest for freedom from gluten. 

  With so much emotion-based and morally-based and superstition-based junk out of the way, one no longer needs to speculate about how they got Celiac Disease.  One can instead concentrate on how her or his next meal will be Gluten-Free.  A celebration of sorts.  I hope. 

  Smile, it’s not your fault.

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Forgiving Might Help one Attain Gluten-Free Simplicity

Posted by nepeht on October 15, 2008

6. Humility, Forgiveness, and Grace Might Help one Attain Gluten-Free Simplicity.

  On my journey toward Gluten-Free Simplicity I have frequently hesitated — if not downright sabotaged myself — during periods while recovering from a gluten relapse.  I have blamed myself, my family, anonymous waiters, waitresses, snack-food manufacturers …  you name it.

  It helps me though to remember that long before my Celiac Sprue diagnosis, I had already learned that ultimately, I am responsible for what I do to me whether it is good or bad AND whether it is knowingly or unknowingly.

  It is no secret that when a person relapses (i.e., engages in a behavior harmful to her/his self) anger can follow.  On blogs, people with Celiac Sprue have written about angry reactions to gluten intake also (see: http://www.glutenfreeforum.com/index.php?showtopic=34917).  There is apparently also some research about how gluten intake for some people can promote release of a certain hormone or neurotransmitter that leads to brain stimulation related to anger.  These are all possible physical effects of ingesting gluten.

  But what about the possibility of anger related to the person who has relapsed and their psychosocial makeup?  I know that I often feel guilty about relapse.

  My proposal for this “way to attain G-F Simplicity” is that forgiveness for the self as well as anyone else involved might help one more readily move beyond the anger and closer to a level of acceptance where getting back onto the Gluten-Free Wagon might be easier.

  I am talking about a self-proclaimed state of grace.  By “grace” I mean that one has the humility to accept ones own responsibility as well as the forgiveness to accept that of others, and finally the wholesome acceptance that no human is perfect.  There are many ideas about the word “grace”.  Just look at this one link: http://dictionary.reference.com/browse/grace.  My proposition is that grace regarding harm to self probably helps everyone involved.  Especially when the harmful act is already done.  Why make it worse with a bunch of anger, guilt and shame? 

  I like Grace better.  But admittedly, it is not always easy.

  Try it anyway.

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