Beyond Celiac strongly denounces the remarks made by Senator Ted Cruz (R-Texas) in which he associated adherence to a gluten-free diet with “political correctness” and “social experiments.”
PHILADELPHIA, PA (February 17, 2016) – Beyond Celiac, formerly known as the National Foundation for Celiac Awareness, strongly denounces the remarks made by Senator Ted Cruz (R-Texas) in which he associated adherence to a gluten-free diet with “political correctness” and “social experiments.”
Alice Bast, President & CEO of Beyond Celiac, released the following statement:
“Senator Cruz’s remarks equating the need for gluten-free food options with ‘political correctness or social experiments’ propagate misinformation about celiac disease that is both harmful and disparaging to the celiac disease community. Celiac disease is a serious, genetic autoimmune disease, and left untreated, it can lead to other autoimmune diseases (like thyroid disease), osteoporosis, and certain cancers. When people in positions of power disregard celiac disease, they simultaneously disregard the hundreds of thousands of Americans who have been diagnosed and the millions who are estimated to have the disease but have not been diagnosed.
Strict adherence to a gluten-free diet is the only treatment for celiac disease. Remarks, like those made by Senator Cruz, that downplay the existence and seriousness of celiac disease directly obstruct efforts to educate the public and hinder accurate diagnosis. It is our mission at Beyond Celiac to improve awareness and understanding of celiac disease. We know firsthand how difficult it can be to live with a disease that is not taken seriously by those who should know better.
Senator Cruz would benefit greatly by learning to empathize with people who live with celiac disease and other misunderstood or marginalized diseases. We encourage him to visit BeyondCeliac.org to learn more about celiac disease and to hear directly from the patient community about why his position is detrimental to the health and well-being of millions of people.”
About Beyond Celiac
Beyond Celiac, formerly known as the National Foundation for Celiac Awareness, is a leading international advocacy organization committed to increasing diagnoses and understanding of celiac disease as a serious genetic autoimmune disease; accelerating innovation to support those with celiac disease to live life to the fullest; and forging pathways to a cure. We aim to inspire hope, build a strong community and serve as a trusted resource on celiac disease. For more information, please visit www.beyondceliac.org.