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Keeping Kids Healthy: Celiac Disease

Can you imagine if your child were so sick that you thought she might die – but no one could figure out what was wrong with her? And then, when you finally did get a diagnosis, it turned out to be a disease that’s so common that it affects almost one person in every 130 -- but no one had recognized it! Well, that’s exactly what can happen with Celiac Disease. It's an autoimmune disease that results in severe damage when the body is exposed to "glutens" – a protein that’s found in wheat and several other common grains – and most people don’t even realize when they have it. But it damages much more than the intestines. When left undiagnosed it can lead to migraines, stunted growth, severe malnutrition and dehydration, anemia, and even death. Meet two children whose health was once devastated by celiac disease, and find out from the experts what to watch out for in your own children and family.

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Episode number: 8x7
Airdate: Sunday November 11th, 2007

Director: (Unknown)
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