I'd work to get more knowledge about Celiac Disease, so you can counter their comments with facts. The facts are that people with Celiac Disease often suffer malnutrition because their gut is so damaged by the reaction to gluten. This can result in frequent illnesses (I got terrible bronchitis every year), anemia, osteoporosis, and even cancer. It can result in an inability to get pregnant, or an inability to carry a pregnancy to term.
I'd also spell out the symptoms that tell you you have eaten gluten. In my case I had horrible nausea, exhaustion, swollen lymph nodes, loose stools and a low grade fever. I spent months thinking I had either food poisoning or had eaten spoiled food. Who on earth would choose to feel that way day after day if they had a choice? That has got to make an impression on your listeners!!
Winners do daily what others do occasionally (Pete Thomas).
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