It’s true! Let’s stop this silly charade and get on with our lives.
No more searching for birthday cake recipes for a whiny Celiac spouse.
Forget struggling to locate the perfect recipe for Gluten Free Casein Free Pizza Crust so our Autistic child can feel just a tiny bit “normal”.
We can even, thankfully, stop spending all that extra money on alternative flours and mixes – whew!
Heck, now that I think about it, you won’t even need all my gluten free recipes now that we know this is all one big fat gluten free sham.
Of course, you’re wondering how I know this is true. It’s because of information like this floating around the web:
“I bet all those hypochondriacs who vainly attempt to purge gluten from their diet don’t even understand why. They were probably just told by their voodoo holistic armchair doctor that it is a ‘toxin’ and needs to be ‘flushed’ in order to feel at one with the Buddha.” ~ Author of an extremist blog. (I refuse to promote it with a link, but if you want to read the entire disturbing post and comment thread, Google “cooking for * gluten free breakfast”. The asterisk stands for an expletive… You can’t miss it! And remember, I warned you… there are expletives!)
Even otherwise educated individuals make comments like this one…
“There certainly may be a ‘fad factor’ in regards to requests for gluten-free products reminiscent of the ‘low carb’ or Atkins craze.” ~Registered Dietician for a major US supermarket
Even real-live reputable doctors get in on the action…
“For people with a gluten-sensitivity who don’t have celiac disease, [Dr.] Rajapaksa doesn’t recommend going for the restrictive gluten-free diet which can also be quite expensive, but suggests cutting out wheat products.” ~ a quote from a CBS News article referring to Dr. Roshini Rajapaksa, a gastroenterologist at NYU Langone Medical Center in New York City
But before you we let out a collective sigh of relief because we can all go back to “normal” eating, I found some other stuff on the internet, too. This is the information we can really use…reliable scientific research.
Outstanding research institutes such as the Mayo Clinic publish information like this…
The most recent figures from leading gastroenterologists specializing in Celiac disease (CD) indicate prevalence of the disease is on the rise. New data suggests CD affects 1 in 100 individuals in the US. (Discovery’s Egde: Mayo Clinic’s Online Research Magazine; 2010).
Leading research scientists report findings like…
The gluten free lifestyle is not a fad. Groundbreaking research from the University of Maryland School of Medicine’s Center for Celiac Research discovered gluten sensitivity is a distinct medical condition. (BioMed Central Medicine, 2011).
Even trained research scientists (like me!) with a medical need to live gluten free get in on the action writing articles supported by solid evidence confirming the connection between CD and various other autoimmune disorders like Infertility, Thyroid disease, and Type I Diabetes.
It’s interesting, really, all the info available to us on the sometimes tangled web. It can get tricky out there, sifting through all the hype to find golden nuggets of truth.
That’s why I’m here. I like sifting through it all and sharing what I find with you. My desire is that you find it useful in your everyday life and let me be one of your most trusted resources as your journey along the path to optimal health.
I know food allergies, intolerances, and special diets are not a fad. I live it every day, just like you.
I also know it gets better each day once you find reputable, reliable resources… Welcome aboard!
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