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Living Gluten-Free: An Analysis of Illness and Coping Narratives Public

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  • Gluten intolerance is a condition that affects a significant portion of the world’s population. While awareness about the condition has recently increased, the condition remains poorly understood and therefore commonly mis- and underdiagnosed. In this paper, I examine the challenges in obtaining a gluten intolerant diagnosis and attempt to capture the experience of living gluten-free in a wheat-dependent society. Through interviews with gluten intolerant individuals in the Pacific Northwest, I expose a perceived lack of awareness and understanding about the condition in the western biomedical community that presented challenges for the participants pre-diagnosis, as well as a perceived lack of awareness and understanding about the condition in the general community that presented challenges for the participants post-diagnosis. Based on common themes extrapolated from these interviews, I argue that the western biomedical community as a whole lacks a complete understanding of the entire spectrum of gluten intolerance and that the information about gluten intolerance in published scientific literature does not match the lived experience.
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