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Did JFK Have Celiac?


Via Irish Central, an article that talks about what we’ve suspected for years. That President John F. Kennedy most likely had undiagnosed Celiac disease.

Green wrote, “John F. Kennedy’s long-standing medical problems started in childhood. In Kennedy’s adolescence, gastrointestinal symptoms, weight and growth problems as well as fatigue were described. Later in life, he suffered from abdominal pain, diarrhea, weight loss, osteoporosis, migraine and Addison’s disease. Chronic back problems, due to osteoporosis, resulted in several operations and required medications for chronic pain.

Green says that by the standards of the time Kennedy was extensively assessed. ”He was extensively evaluated in major medical centers including the Mayo Clinic and hospitals in Boston, New Haven and New York. Among the multiple diagnoses were ulcers, colitis, spastic colitis, irritable bowel syndrome, and food allergies. His medications included corticosteroids, antispasmotics, Metamucil and Lomotil.


While there are many medical records on JFK’s many health ailments, he was never put on a strict food elimination diet, something that might have shown that he suffered from a food-related illness.

It’s very interesting to consider the President of the United States having an undiagnosed health condition, considering he received the best medical care in the world at the time. But it shows the relative ignorance toward Celiac disease at the time.


New Website Born!

Last week, GlutenFreePDX started a companion website, dedicated to helping travelers find gluten-free options while in an airport.

We know first-hand how difficult it can be to find food options while flying. You arrive tired at a crowded airport, and have fifteen minutes to find your next gate, let alone food options that fit your diet.  Airports are notorious for not being gluten-free-friendly, and we’re here to change that. We hope that you’ll help us on this quest.

Gluten Free Airport is simple, clean and mobile-device-friendly. As the site grows, we’re going to need your assistance in checking our listings, and offering new suggestions to our lists of airports.  We’d love to have you comment on our posts, and let us know how we’re doing. We’re just getting started, and there are lots of gaps in our listings, but we wanted to share our efforts in time for the busy travel season!

Let’s make flying less frustrating, more accommodating!