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What does a famous Hollywood actress.
-- -- And a woman who grew up in the 1930s.
Have in common.
They're all in the center of the medical mystery which may -- three million people in the United States we begin with Jennifer Esposito story.
So you are and New York girl -- -- -- I am born in Brooklyn and then written Staten Island I wanted to come into the city -- -- -- -- -- Growing up in a middle class family actress Jennifer Esposito caught everyone's attention with television shows like Spin City.
To award winning films like crash.
And her most recent work on CBS's blue bloods but while her Hollywood star was rising.
She was suffering from an illness that was slowly debilitating her.
When did you realize or did your family realized that something was wrong.
When I was.
Teenage here had problems with.
Getting colds and infections sinus infections all the time.
And so much so that I was hospitalized.
She would suffer.
And as a family -- say -- Sick again.
Suzanne -- though is Jennifer's older sister.
At a young age he was suffering with stomach issues she had mood swings.
So how many tests comedy doctors' visits -- -- talking about hundreds thousands.
Community naming them to test between call and I -- the -- When you were growing up and Jen -- you color -- that sister who.
Was saying something is wrong with me -- -- hole and you and your family yes and we didn't have an understanding -- -- because.
None of the doctors that she had gone to came up was -- proper diagnosis the money I have spent.
In trying to make people listen and I sit with that this over and over.
But every time they keep me prozac.
-- and next.
And I say that he had something else going on.
As her career soared to Jennifer -- struggled with her health.
It was after nineteen long agonizing years a doctor finally gave her an accurate diagnosis.
-- Iowa ends.
-- -- I could barely walk in there and I think she really saw something two days after that she'd call.
And says he's an excellent disease and you have the heist case I had ever seen -- do not know how -- insisting that this.
I had no idea what she's talking about around.
Here's the question.
What is Celia disease it is an -- -- diseases like to have diabetes and multiple sclerosis or rumor terrorists -- this.
Fox -- sat down with doctor Alessio Fasano -- at the forefront of civilian research.
He's the director of -- coastal biology research and the center for -- -- research at the University of Maryland.
-- -- Their study showed that 1% of the population we were one and 133 people in the United States have the disease.
Yet only a small fraction know they had.
We don't know what.
Make people -- would that -- console and -- But he's golden history sporting some greens and understandable.
Is -- one extreme or the other -- process in people -- disease.
What is gluten that's all we hear about these days more than anything -- is the most abundant proving.
In specific greens like weeks.
-- -- -- We're not able to completely digests.
When -- silly disease.
The gluten has damaged or killed the Villa.
The -- -- surrounds the small intestine and it's what is used to take the nutrients from the from.
So when they get damaged -- dying.
It's like -- having something on absorbing nutrients and now it's also led to me he got which is basically to put it.
Since Blaine is like small holes in the -- where Wayne you and I eat and -- and chest.
Anything that slips through those holes and goes into the bloodstream my -- underneath it says exactly it feels like it's it's getting attacked so would attack it.
Where does the biggest source of gluten in our diet comes from the -- -- -- Pasta pizza and beer cookies.
But these -- the obvious.
The other thing that makes this story even more complicated is that going Denise used as a fielder.
He's a wonderful natural fielder that you can meets in -- packed food.
Question is what -- these acute combined together we couldn't it's great stuff.
What's your body can't tolerate.
The baby didn't have -- he had -- doesn't.
There besides Celia disease there are two other forms of -- reactions one is -- gluten wheat allergy and the other is newer.
And known as gluten sensitivity.
This also causes your immune system to react and create problems.
Proceeding disease in whom we dollar G.
There's about us it's a simple screening tests they're very good in having to fight this to with a -- we don't have a task.
Do you think doctor they Jennifer's he's got to that point because we're -- spent years trying to find a diagnosis even when she was -- -- Brewing within feet.
It took much longer than expected to go back to.
In more acceptable life but you know her body -- -- major it's.
Here she is the successful.
Actress and in terms of stereotyping.
They weigh stations difficult mighty need to eat -- why are you feeling faint note the woman's body is collapsing from the inside out that's right -- fortunately he had he had experienced people with serious very successful young woman.
In that kind of you know business and people -- in -- -- in your mind story -- -- we need to finish here or that you -- surgery -- and so on and so -- What are the symptoms if someone has XYZ.
And that's where you go it sorted Billy almost demand your doctor -- me for Celia disease this symptoms honestly can go from bloating to.
You know no stomach issues which is -- for most people I say any time that you're feeling.
-- feeling of exhaustion there's something going on if you.
Think that there's a possibility that you haven't.
You want to be safer brands are you need to get a proper diagnosis -- this left undiagnosed.
Like I've been three years creates -- The place -- -- Today with more people being diagnosed with -- -- disease.
The market for gluten free products has exploded if you look at the markets.
In North America.
In 2003 the market was then -- it.
Was roughly a hundred million dollars and this year alone is valued at four point two billion dollars.
A gluten free lifestyle.
Isn't -- I do not believe the health food market with under a hundred dollars.
And I proudly Cologne.
Food shopping 34 times a week and that's just for you that's just for me.
That's just from me that's fresh fruit and vegetables I was -- buy organic but this is expensive.
Coming up -- -- with -- when Jennifer's battle with Celia disease made headlines.
Also what do this hockey player and banana baby from the 1930s have in common.
It was like somebody took a veil off my face -- mask came off like while.
-- -- there's a whole world here.
There is no stranger to -- he won two Stanley cups playing for the Montreal Canadians.
And ended his career as a topical score for the Detroit Red Wings the -- really put a lot of pressure on Edmonton.
He's also the voice of red wings hockey for fox sports Detroit.
And has been a broadcaster for 33 years when where you finally -- -- -- silly but I remember going to.
Many many different doctors.
And at the time -- -- in the early seventies.
They would say you've got this this or this.
Or this over here I should -- what is this over here and that was we don't know and as it turns out twenty years later.
And around 1994.
I got diagnosed with -- like -- back to when you were younger and -- -- your twenties thinking you said that you had symptoms specifically what was going on.
Is -- the lifestyle we lead.
As professional athletes in those days wasn't exactly.
A lifestyle that would be copied by a lot of people are should be.
There was cigarettes involved and you know few Beers -- you're not supposed to feel real good when you do stuff like that.
And as a result you get used to just feeling poorly.
What clued you win though it is that you know -- -- -- John oh sure and I'm a hockey players who were drinking -- cigarettes disease began two.
Two really take a hold of me -- broke out.
Very badly and that was the later stages of it when you get really bad and very sensitive to it.
I was sleep and a lot.
As -- experienced early on gluten is also found in many other products besides food.
With -- -- of everything that is in your mouth and your suggested course.
Is potentially dangerous for you have to worry about both -- toothpaste.
All those things and I'm every six months later in the bathroom.
Still getting sick now Warner and it's unclear as it was eating and I grabbed a bottle of might have been Listerine or something like that was good and I went.
-- and then.
If all the alcohol whoever's in -- I mean depends on the on the source -- all it.
And just like -- Jennifer is always careful with what she -- which for -- is even more challenging.
Fox files the company Jennifer on a visit with her doctor.
So today Jennifer we're gonna go over your other allergies in addition to these Celia gluten and dairy and I hate to tell you that.
We have -- beef chocolates.
Eight jokes bananas broccoli peanuts onions cod fish soybean.
And chicken in addition.
To the usual Barley rye oats and -- and -- the other gluten graves.
It's just ridiculous.
As a result Jennifer is constantly creating her own gluten free recipes.
Here -- babies is the test any planning and Jennifer's cookies your chocolate chip cookies or visit I love these cookies and swearing.
Well done they appeal to you the chance.
The thing about.
Someone -- -- you gonna have this for the rest and I.
Never let me down.
In a weird twist of fate little did Jennifer or -- know they had something in common with this woman.
I was born in 1936.
And I came to the hospital when I was nine months old.
Meet Barbara Hudson also known as a banana -- during the 1930s he was one of the first reported cases.
At the University of Maryland where they treat children at the mysterious symptoms that.
We now know as Celia disease do you remember that.
Symptoms where your mother told you what's happening -- -- yes.
Evidently I had diarrhea.
I was not gaining weight.
They told my mother to bring me down to the university hospital to drop me off.
Don't come see her for six weeks but I stayed for over nine months.
And the hospital became my home after you left the hospital Wednesday released you and what.
Their diet and bananas and Bulgarian buttermilk.
-- -- The routine was my mother would make three bananas that day.
And I would eat one banana for practice one man a lot and one banana for dinner how long did you stay on this banana diet.
-- about two years and then a pediatrician says he thought we could add.
Other foods to my diet and he would add a different food each week and finally at the age of six.
I had my first ice cream and milk.
-- do you think I thought it was wonderful.
One minutes because.
All of the -- The nutrients.
And some proteins -- allow you to supply.
Jennifer Mickey and Barbara has each shed light on the mystery of Celia disease.
I tell -- my day has been consumed with.
Bringing information between a block Jennifer's -- or -- the foundation generously foundation science education.
Everything I can do.
To bring awareness.
I do spend.
A lot of time talking to people on the form -- they get asked to speak to people about it.
And I'm more than happy to do that to help them get through that the early stages of this thing especially younger -- If there's a good gluten free recipe I will pass that on to somebody else who -- -- act disease so that they can have something that's fun to eat.
As well as being good for them.
Jennifer's battle with blue bloods made headlines -- exclusive with Jennifer Esposito continues.
-- -- standing night's outcome was my website.
That's not a crime it's ironic moronic.
That's Jennifer as -- -- played Jackie portola alongside her costar Donnie Wahlberg on the hit CBS show blue bloods.
Little did we know back in September when fox -- interview Jennifer about Celia disease and there was turmoil behind the scenes.
In October CBS put out this statement.
Jennifer has informed us that she is only available to work and a very limited part time schedule.
As a result she's unable to perform the demands of her -- And we regretfully had to put her character on a leave of absence she is a wonderfully talented actress and we hope that you will be able to return at some point in the future.
Jennifer sat down exclusively with fox files to give us her side of the story.
It went blue book goes on Friday night where it's going crazy -- released pictures of him and a new partner.
They don't like that people don't like change especially with Johnny.
And what had happened.
It was such a surge like where's -- actually go Jackie was -- One night not blue -- go Jackie was trending CBS the next -- on Saturday.
At five put out a statement.
Some went to that and I sought an immediate is like -- really.
This -- -- -- saying they have -- unity that let me and I content and let me work or pay me what you call me now.
Jennifer and then took to Twitter with her response.
-- CBS news.
Put me on unpaid leave and has blocked you from working anywhere else after my -- that you -- -- -- perhaps -- They have a job -- they need done.
I get it.
And -- and -- that I am offering -- that in networks pay an eight day.
And nine getting you have to replace but that's not what -- What -- and one ugly tell me.
They do you can collapsed on.
-- -- What happened gotten -- then and I fell asleep on the way to set.
And I just -- my head spinning.
And I got out it took two steps.
And my -- just wouldn't -- towns -- Florida caught myself on offense they brought me in to the makeup room again I found her sticky humans and I'll get the manic.
And we like.
Is not they -- computer army it's -- leg is seen it since we've been trying Italian.
And -- method -- medic right now we had to carry me into the kind.
And bring me to the doctor where I went and I was there -- now it's Jennifer where does -- stand with you.
And CBS right now as we speak last week heavily it's told is on suspension with men and -- contract.
Okay but that's suspension -- -- they legally paint.
And I am not able to work on any other TV show on network.
I can do a film on Broadway lacked something on cable that doesn't go on the time 10 o'clock time academy my contract without pay and yes it's completely illegal but they -- view and I have the money with the means to send them.
-- -- business for twenty years.
-- told -- things.
Of injustice that happens in this business it's what -- -- -- alliant.
It is what it is this.
It's something that.
It's not about me -- isn't about a disease that people don't understand and what went on actor.
It makes me sick.
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