It was the college dream—pizza, Buffalo wings, and sandwiches washed down with a cold brew or soda; but it was followed by debilitating pain, fatigue, abdominal pain, and uncomfortable bowel movements. After multiple trips to physicians around the country, I remained undiagnosed and frustrated with the system. How could no one determine what was happening to my body? It was like my stomach was trying to tell me there was a stop sign lodged in my system, but I didn’t know what it was telling me to stop.

The Beginning
At the age of 25, I was diagnosed with celiac disease. I had hoped that determining what was making me sick would make life easier. As it turns out, it did the opposite. For years, products were not clearly labeled. It was a constant struggle to determine if a food or product would worsen my symptoms and ruin a family outing, gathering with friends or a date night. Struggling with celiac disease meant adhering to a stringent diet in every part of my life and making sure I was not worsening my condition. Even those close to me did not understand the huge impact this diagnosis had made on my life and how much more limited my choices had become. I reached out to forums, celiac groups, Facebook groups and others for guidance, advice, and products. I soon learned that they, too, shared the constant and frustrating struggle.

The Realization
Slowly but surely, increased numbers of people began to identify as celiac disease sufferers, gluten intolerant or suffering from gluten sensitivity. Mega-food companies began to catch on and the grocery aisle—formerly a war zone filled with land mines for celiac sufferers—was suddenly packed with gluten-free labels. Soon, there was even a gluten-free section in the store. In 2014, the FDA implemented regulations for the labeling of gluten-free foods. Some began to assume “gluten-free” was just a buzzword, but for me, and many others just like me, it was a lifestyle and necessity.

But there was still one area of the grocery store that refused to make a gluten-free label prominent on its shelves. I could pick up every product and examine the labels and still be confused about whether or not the product would exacerbate my celiac symptoms. The pharmaceutical aisle can be a confusing and convoluted place for anyone with a gluten sensitivity or intolerance, with many over-the-counter products failing to identify the starch used in a medication’s formula. Even after reaching out to several companies about a product and whether or not it could be considered certifiably gluten-free, the answers were vague and inconclusive.

The Fight for a Solution
Representative Tim Ryan (D-Ohio) is re-introducing legislation that will require strict gluten-free regulations and labeling requirements on all medications, both prescription and over-the-counter. Several major celiac organizations are redoubling efforts to support the legislation and ensure the safety of any celiac disease sufferers who are hesitantly navigating the pharmaceutical aisle.

But while they continue to fight the large pharmaceutical companies refusing to clearly label the products safe for those with celiac, gluten intolerances or sensitivities, my father decided to make a change. As an experienced pharmaceutical expert, he saw the struggles I was experiencing and wanted to create an option for me and anyone else in the celiac or gluten-free community.

But he didn’t want to stop there. He asked a sincere and real question:

“Why do over-the-counter formulas have unnecessary ingredients that are potentially harmful to thousands of Americans with intolerances and sensitivities?”

What a question! Why hasn’t someone asked this before?

So he did it. He created an OTC formula that removed all of the things we don’t need but kept the things we do. The completely clear formula removes gluten, acetaminophen, sugar, alcohol, artificial flavoring and artificial dye. It’s the first over-the-counter product line to remove all of these ingredients in order to protect the consumer.

The Answer
As a celiac disease sufferer, I can take any of the DayClear formulas (Allergy, Sinus, or Cough, Cold & Flu) and know that I will get immediate relief without any harsh adverse effects. I also know thousands of other people with alcohol intolerances, diabetes and dye sensitivities can take this product without having to worry about what will happen. And I’m ecstatic that there is finally a liquid formula that works quickly to treat my symptoms without filling my body with acetaminophen, a dangerous ingredient that results in thousands of hospitalizations a year due to overdose.

If you’re like me—a celiac disease sufferer searching for a gluten-free label in the OTC aisle—then you’ve finally got an option.

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