The director of "Generation Gluten-Free," Susan Cohen, recently contacted me and offered to send me along a copy of the documentary. I took her up on the offer because I wanted to learn more about the history of Celiac Disease. A lot of people ask me very specific questions about the science of Celiac Disease and the development of products over the years; watching the documentary helped fill in some of the blanks.
I especially enjoyed that much of the documentary was filmed at Risotteria and Peter's Restaurant, both in New York City. Risotteria was one of the first gluten free restaurants I visited after being diagnosed with Celiac in June 2005 so it was nice to see the owner speak on camera about the development of his gluten free products.
The documentary was informative but very focused on the development of gluten free support in and around the northeast, particularly near New York City. Regardless, the DVD is a great look into the formation of effective support groups -- a great lesson for Celiacs nationwide. Many of the people interviewed in the DVD were diagnosed more than 50 years ago, when finding information was truly difficult. Now with blogs, twitter, dedicated gluten free magazines and the like, finding such information isn't nearly as arduous as it once was. I wonder how new media will affect Celiacs nation- and world-wide. I think the readily available information about Celiac Disease has exponentially increased the amount of products, news, and resources that are available to Celiacs. With new media continuing to expand and more people being diagnosed with Celiac it is likely that development in the Celiac community will continue to skyrocket.
I take Susan Cohen's "Generation Gluten-Free" as a rallying cry to Celiacs nationwide to become involved in the community to push retailers, restaurant owners, and common folk to be more receptive to gluten free needs.
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