Amended in Assembly May 12, 2016

Amended in Assembly April 12, 2016

California Legislature—2015–16 Regular Session

Assembly Concurrent ResolutionNo. 73

Introduced by Assembly Member Baker

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(Coauthors: Assembly Members Achadjian, Alejo, Arambula, Atkins, Bigelow, Bloom, Bonilla, Bonta, Brown, Calderon, Campos, Chang, Chau, Chávez, Chiu, Chu, Cooper, Dababneh, Dahle, Daly, Dodd, Eggman, Frazier, Beth Gaines, Cristina Garcia, Eduardo Garcia, Gatto, Gipson, Gomez, Gonzalez, Gordon, Gray, Grove, Hadley, Harper, Holden, Irwin, Kim, Lackey, Levine, Lopez, Low, Maienschein, Mathis, Mayes, McCarty, Medina, Melendez, Mullin, Nazarian, Obernolte, O’Donnell, Olsen, Patterson, Quirk, Rendon, Ridley-Thomas, Rodriguez, Salas, Santiago, Steinorth, Mark Stone, Thurmond, Ting, Wagner, Waldron, Weber, Wilk, Williams, and Wood)

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May 14, 2015

Assembly Concurrent Resolution No. 73—Relative to Celiac Disease Awareness Month.


ACR 73, as amended, Baker. Celiac Disease Awareness Month.

This measure would recognize May 2016 as Celiac Disease Awareness Month.

Fiscal committee: no.

P2    1WHEREAS, Celiac disease is an autoimmune disorder that
2results in damage to the lining of the small intestine when a person
3eats foods with gluten; and

4WHEREAS, Gluten is a form of protein found in some grains,
5including wheat, rye, and barley, which individuals living with
6celiac disease need to avoid; and

7WHEREAS, The damage to the intestine makes it hard for the
8body to absorb nutrients, especially fat, calcium, iron, and folate;

10WHEREAS, Celiac disease is estimated to affect one in 100
11people worldwide; and

12WHEREAS, An estimated 2.5 million Americans who have
13celiac disease remain undiagnosed and at risk for long-term health
14complications; and

15WHEREAS, Common symptoms of celiac disease include severe
16abdominal pain, severe skin rash called dermatitis herpetiformis,
17iron deficiency anemia, musculoskeletal problems, muscle cramps,
18seizures, tingling sensation in the legs, and depression; and

19WHEREAS, Celiac disease can leave a person susceptible to
20additional health problems, including osteoporosis, miscarriage,
21infertility, growth problems in children affected by the disease
22because they do not absorb enough nutrients, and cancers of the
23digestive system; and

24WHEREAS, People who have celiac disease may have other
25autoimmune diseases, including thyroid disease, type I diabetes,
26Crohn’s disease and colitis, and juvenile arthritis; and

27WHEREAS, Some people with celiac disease have so much
28damage to their intestines that a gluten-free diet will not improve
29their condition, and these patients may need to receive nutritional
30supplements intravenously; and

31WHEREAS, Maintaining a gluten-free diet can be a difficult
32change, as gluten is found in some products in which gluten is not
33naturally occurring; and

34WHEREAS, Gluten is found in most processed foods, but it is
35also used in nonedible products such as lipsticks, vitamins, and
36medications; and

37WHEREAS, Gluten-free food touching the same surface as
38gluten-containing food can cause cross-contamination that can be
39dangerous for someone with celiac disease by triggering celiac
40disease symptoms; and

P3    1WHEREAS, Awareness for celiac disease has grown
2significantly in recent years; and

3WHEREAS, The development of new gluten-free food products
4has made it much easier for people with celiac disease to expand
5their dietary options; and

6WHEREAS, Labeling of gluten-free products makes shopping
7easier for people with celiac disease; and

8WHEREAS, Gluten-free restaurants, gluten-free menus, and
9the education of food handlers regarding celiac disease have given
10people living with celiac disease safer options for dining out; and

11WHEREAS, Much progress has been made in recent years to
12educate people about celiac disease and identify ways to improve
13their quality of life; now, therefore, be it

14Resolved by the Assembly of the State of California, the Senate
15thereof concurring,
That May 2016 be recognized as Celiac Disease
16Awareness Month; and be it further

17Resolved, That the Chief Clerk of the Assembly transmit copies
18of this resolution to the author for appropriate distribution.