I hope this post has given you a better idea of the other gut health issues that exist outside and alongside IBS. It is great that more people are speaking out and raising awareness of IBS; let's make sure together that IBS isn't just a label doled out doctors but a recognized condition that is diagnosed by properly excluding other causes.
We need to acknowledge that coeliac disease is a serious illness; not an intolerance or something that brings you out in a rash. We spend billions of pounds each year funding research, treating and finding ways to support patients for the many illnesses that affect the UK population. Why should coeliacs be any different?
The holiday season and the parties in the run up to Christmas can be a total minefield for coeliacs and those with gluten intolerance. Whether it is a cocktail party or an office Christmas lunch, there are lots potential hurdles. But if you plan ahead, you can still have as much fun as everybody else.
I thought the sauce looked suspiciously glutenous so I asked him to check again with the chef. He returned and asked, "How allergic ARE you?" I looked at him and declared, a little poker faced white lie, "I will start vomiting profusely in the middle of your restaurant" at which point he admitted, "Yes, it's got flour in it". Sometimes you have to push to get the answers you need.
The word "just" bridges a multitude of gaps. As in "just lose weight!", "just be confident in yourself!" and "just stop taking heroin!". It has that handy ability to make something difficult sound as if it should be easy, with the bonus implication that anyone who doesn't find it easy should be a bit ashamed of themselves.