Baltimore Business Journal
Before I begin, I would like to say, that I fully support this good news in the Baltimore Business Journal; however, I want to remind everyone with Celiac Disease, that you do not have a food allergy to gluten. You have an autoimmune disorder. Your body attacks itself when gluten enters it. Gluten to a person with Celiac Disease is like a poison, and your body is trying to eliminate the poison. In the process, it ends up attacking itself (which is where all the nasty symptoms come from)
Now, I have used the old explanation technique at restaurants: "I have an allergy to gluten, and since it's not good business to have an ambulance in front of a restaurant, please do check with the chef to verify that the food will be gluten free..." To most people the words "food allergy" make sense and demonstrate that I mean business. No restaurant wants to have their food kill someone. Now, I won't die immediately upon ingesting gluten (they don't need to know that); but my risk for dying from colon cancer and other horrible things increases exponentially if I do eat gluten. Also, I just don't like to feel nauseated, have diarrhea, severe pain in my abdomen, etc... It's not worth the gluten.