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Gluten free holiday travel guide to Mallorca (by someone who lives there!)

By Carmen Barcelo

Let me first introduce myself, I’m Carmen, I live in Mallorca, and my son suffers from coealic diasease. This guide is for you, visitors, travellers and tourists who want to visit Mallorca and need help to eat gluten free on the island, where I live gluten free all the year.

Keep in mind that the dates in this guide could be change easily, always check or phone the shops/restaurants, etc.

How are things in Spain? Basically, a lot of things are done, a lot of things still to do. In the past the coeliacs association has done a lot of things to communicate and request our rights, but we still are on the way to achieve them.

Usually people don’t know much about the coeliac disease, it is still somethiny completely unkown for doctors and paediatrics. The average time for a diagnostic is 2 years for children and 7 years for adults. Imagine the suffering of our coealics and the cost for the insurance companies and National health Security.

We don’t have laws to have a correct label, or to have gluten free menus in the nursery, school, hospital, etc…

The gluten free products are unbelievable expensive, we don’t have economical help or discounts or tax reduction for having a chronical disease.

We don’t have health assistance to keep in control the coaliac disease, no help from doctors ( they send you to the association to know your diet), no help from psychologist to cope with a chronicle disease or to know how to raise a child with a chronical disease,and no help from nutritionists. If you are lucky and live in Barcelona or Madrid, the association tries to overcome this misfunctions from the national health system, but if you live in other areas your association doesn’t work that well.

Ah, and we have to pay for a book (made by the association FACE or SMAP) which tells you which products are gluten free. The inner information for us, and you have to pay for it.

If you want to know what we are asking for:
http://manifiestoceliaco.wordpress.com/manifiesto-celiaco/ (only Spanish)

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