Italians are now moving to the rhythm of Celiac Rock thanks to Alessandro Palazzo, an Italian from the city of Modena, Italy. Palazzo, a celiac himself, has composed a song in Italian to create more awareness about celiac disease in Italy.
I happen to stumble upon Celiac Rock as I perused a celiac group discussion board on Facebook. I was so impressed and moved by Alessandro’s music and enthusiasm, that I contacted him and asked if I could publish the lyrics of his song on my blog.
Music has long been a vehicle to educate the public and create awareness about issues that impact our society. Palazzo has utilized his musical skill to get the word out about celiac disease in a country where there is no shortage of glutinous dishes being served.
As a North American who recently just returned from Italy, my impression was that Italy is much further ahead of the United States with regards to celiac disease awareness and education. I joked with my Italian friends that Italy seemed to be like a paradise compared to the United States. I am certain that celiacs living Italy wouldn’t agree with me, but I am sure they would be surprised at the lack of awareness that exists in this country compared to their own. I hope the United States can catch up with Italy someday. We have significant work ahead of us.
Of course, being ahead of the rest of the countries doesn’t mean that Italy should rest on its laurels. Italy should continue with their campaign to educate the public and set an example for other countries that need to advocate for celiac disease research and awareness.
I congratulate Alessandro for his effort and creativity. May Celiac Rock travel throughout Italy building a stronger celiac community and heightening awareness about this disease.
Below is a translation of a few lines from the song:
“I am affected by a food intolerance, but I already have on my boxing gloves for the struggle, against: orzo, wheat, rye, oats I don’t tolerate them anymore.
But how many friends I have, and if I don’t have your love, I will sing Celiac Rock! But how many friends I have, and if I don’t have your love, I will sing Celiac Rock!
…because this song won’t be a solution but it will have its importance to beat ignorance, in the end gluten, it’s not that it’s something of substance, it’s enough to know what it is and that’s enough.”