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Awareness of disease helps business bloom


December 31, 2008
By The Associated Press

Dec. 31, 2008 – Mary Burgdorff said she cried the first time she walked into Molly's
Gluten-Free Bakery in Pewaukee, Wis., because she'd found treats her
son could eat without getting sick.

Dec. 31, 2008 – Mary Burgdorff said she cried the first time she walked into Molly's
Gluten-Free Bakery in Pewaukee, Wis., because she'd found treats her
son could eat without getting sick.


"Doughnuts and Danish are something that you can't find decent,
that's gluten-free," said Burgdorff, who quit her job when her son,
Martin, now 19, was diagnosed with celiac disease at age 8.


The
genetic disorder causes Martin's immune system to attack his own body
if he eats gluten, which is found in wheat and many other grains. Even
the trace amounts in many packaged and processed foods can cause a
variety of symptoms and trigger a reaction that destroys sufferers'
small intestine.
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