Posted: Dec 22, 2012 5:14 PM by Ben Trotter
More and more people across the Bozeman area are being diagnosed gluten sensitive, meaning their bodies have a difficult time processing gluten, which is found in wheat and other foods.
People like Shannon Gardner, who five years ago, found out that her constant lethargy and sickness was due to Celiac Disease. According to Shannon, "They (her doctors) did a biopsy of my intestines and my stomach, and found out that I had an autoimmune disease, and I'm so allergic to gluten that my body was attacking itself"
Celiac Disease, unlike gluten intolerance, is hereditary, passed down generation to generation, however both can be deadly.
According to Larry Neville, owner of Montana Gluten Free Naked Oats, and three time survivor of cancer, "after the third chemo, that's when the Celiac kicked in and I almost died"
He says 1 in 133 people are diagnosed annually with Celiac Disease, and while proper diagnosis is up, the rate is still on the rise. Says Larry, "There's a lot more that aren't being diagnosed, and they're just living with, 'this is the way I feel!"
Robin Lester, owner of Biankini's Sandwiches in Bozeman, says, "When we first opened two years ago, we had very limited demand for gluten free products, and it seems to increase every month."