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    (of a person with coeliac disease) to be exposed to gluten and subsequently fall ill from consuming gluten

    For the first time in years, I got glutened last weekend. I prepare almost all of my food myself, rarely eat out, and take great care in situations that pose potential risk for cross contamination. So how did I get glutened? Simple: I got lazy.

    Submitted by Naja from Belgium on 21/12/2015
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an unregulated form of capitalism that features financial deregulation, privatisation and low tax for high earners

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