Sunday, November 25, 2007


The celiac disease episode of Keeping Kids Healthy turned out to be an outstanding opportunity for families to learn about celiac disease, so I'm very sorry I didn't post about WNET's Saturday morning broadcast sooner than Friday night.

You can, however, get an idea of the episode in this very post and the episode's web page, and even order the episode on DVD for private or public screening. The segment used two case studies—one revolving around a little girl (Emma Teitelbaum), the other involving a teenage boy (Colin Leslie)—to discuss symptoms of the condition, the length of time that can pass before doctors even suspect it, ways that families can adjust to a gluten-free diet, and the reasons for family testing and continued family vigilance even when tests come out negative. (Celiac disease, which has a strong genetic association, can manifest at any time.)

Among those appearing on the segment were the show's host, Dr. Winnie King, as well as Dr. Peter Green (pictured), Dr. Govind Bhagat, and Cynthia Beckman of the Celiac Disease Center at Columbia University (CDCCU), and George Chookazian of Foods by George.

Like Susan Cohen's video Generation Gluten-Free, this episode of Keeping Kids Healthy seems very comfortable with its subject matter. Just about my only quibble is that it refers people to the Celiac Sprue Association but doesn't mention more organizations, such as the Gluten Intolerance Group (GIG), that have a better track record in terms of accuracy.

Photo of television: David Marc Fischer

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