SCI 241 Week 9 Final Paper (1)

SCI 241 Week 9 Final Paper (1) - Celiacs Disease 1 My...

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Celiac’s Disease 1 My Struggle with Celiac’s Disease Lucas Costigan Axia College
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Celiac’s Disease 2 During life, I believe that everyone experiences health problems at one point or another. A lot of the times one can have health problems due to one’s bad nutritional habits. For example, if one has high cholesterol, it is important for that person to eat foods that are low in cholesterol. Many health problems that people suffer from can be easily prevented by changing one’s eating habits. I believe that by eating healthy and having a proper, balanced diet we will be able to live longer and have healthier lives. While healthier foods are costly, eating the right foods to prevent long term illness is paramount for any person wishing to maintain optimal health. About four years ago I noticed that sometimes when I ate foods made with wheat products I would sometimes get sick, and would end up spending time in the bathroom as a consequence of this. My wife and I never really thought about this as being a problem because it only happened once in a while. At the time my wife and I both smoked quite a bit on a daily basis. Around November of 2007, both of us decided to quit smoking and start a better and healthier life together. A few months later we moved to Florida and I began noticing that I would get sick more frequently every time I ate food products that contained wheat, barley, rye, and oats. These health concerns lead us to a conclusion a friend of ours was led to less than a year prior: celiac disease. Celiac disease is a condition in which the body does not have an ability to process gluten (Celiac Disease Foundation, n.d.). Gluten is a protein found in wheat, barley, rye, and oats. Celiac disease is an auto-immune disease in which the immune system attacks whenever gluten is detected within the body (Celiac Disease Foundation, n.d.). Often the genetic trait for celiac disease is present, but does not become active until the body experiences a type of stress (Celiac Disease Foundation, n.d.). My wife and I suspect that when we quit smoking cold-turkey the shock of this sudden change to my body kick-started my celiac disease.
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