Celiac Disease? Gluten-Free? Gluten Sensitivity? What’s the Difference?

by Dr. Daniel J. Heller November 27, 2014
In our first gluten-free post, I introduced to you a few ideas about wheat and gluten allergy and sensitivity: That wheat is probably a much bigger problem that gluten That people who feel better going off gluten have probably benefitted, inadvertently, from cutting out all wheat; And that the food marketing industry is partially responsible for the popularity of the gluten-free concept, as they’re quick to jump on fads and trends, even when (as is the case here) science and medicine may not support them. There is a tricky concept to try to tease apart here. Celiac Disease is a serious and destructive illness. In the past, it frequently went undiagnosed, and the medical profession—dubious as always about any claims that food and diet could cause actual symptoms—minimized and pooh-poohed it. This story may be familiar to women who’ve found the medical profession unsympathetic to their request for help when their hormonal fluctuations are causing premenstrual s... [More]

What’s the Deal With Gluten-Free?

by Dr. Daniel J. Heller November 25, 2014
You must have heard by now about eating gluten-free, whether it’s in a restaurant or on a TV show or from a friend or relative. So what’s the deal with gluten? And being gluten-free? It seems like gluten-free food is everywhere now, whereas you never heard about it just a few short years ago.  What is gluten, and why is it so bad for you?To answer the second question first, gluten probably isn’t bad for you. It may be kind of bad for some people, and it’s positively toxic to a very small group of people with a condition called Celiac Disease. In Celiac Disease, an autoimmune condition triggers a highly destructive reaction in your body when you eat gluten-containing foods and grains. Here’s the problem. Only a very small—indeed, it’s tiny—fraction of people in most parts of the world has Celiac Disease, or will ever develop it. However, the idea that gluten-free is good for you, and that gluten is bad, has caught on like wildfire. Th... [More]

The Problems with the Paleo Diet

by Dr. Daniel J. Heller November 23, 2014
By now, you’ve probably heard about Paleo Diet. As diet fads go, Paleo Diet is right up there with gluten-free and raw-food-veganism in terms of trendiness. And, all three are neck and neck for making claims they can’t verify.Before I go any further, though, and give too many people too much ammunition to find fault with my position here, I’ll say this: Paleo Diet has some very helpful concepts that are worthwhile for your health. In a similar way, gluten-free diets  can help a lot of people feel better, even when the popular conception of gluten-free is a big misunderstanding. (Gluten free diets are an absolute necessity for those with the serious condition, Celiac Disease.) Even raw food veganism, an extreme food fad, can be a seemingly miraculous cure for people with life-threatening or crippling conditions like cancer, advanced heart disease, and autoimmune disease.Now, back to the problems with Paleo. Paleo diet is based on the idea that we should be eating ... [More]

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