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Gluten-free Glutton: Don't take advice from Miley Cyrus - Florida Times-Union
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Gluten-free Glutton: Don't take advice from Miley Cyrus

Florida Times-Union

I was forced into a gluten-free diet when I was diagnosed with celiac disease, a condition that causes damage to the intestines when ingesting gluten. The only treatment for the disease is a diet without gluten, a protein found in wheat, rye and barley ...

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I am sorry the author finds the diet "quite depressing at times" :(

and I have no kind comments regarding "Miley and Kim" (because really? who gives a rat's butt what they are doing?)

but more importantly, what's wrong with trying a gluten-free diet if you have serious symptoms? There are no adverse health effects (and maybe some positive benefits).

I do not think it helps our cause that celebs use it as a "fad diet" but there are people who try it because the have troubling symptoms, yet doctors do not think it is a "medical necessity."

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Wow Irish,

I had a total different take on this article.

I thought it was stressing the fact that the gluten free diet is not a fad weight loss diet. If you need it for health purposes, wait until you have your testing done or you'll negate your results. Gluten free in a restaurant is totally different for someone who needs it medically than for someone who's using it as a weight loss diet (as we have seen being hammered out in the Domino's Pizza thread.)

He has one line

Actually, I find the diet quite depressing at times when I think about foods I love that I can’t eat anymore.

which I think comes across as honest but not a death sentence. My daughter has been on this diet for 5 years . . . she still gets sad about a couple of her favorite foods (particularly Panera Bread cinnamon crunch bagels).

I did not find it to be a negative article at all.

Just my opinion.

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Upon rereading it, J-- I do see what you are saying.

I thought he sounded negative.

You're right; maybe he is still mourning those foods.

I also thought he suggested a gluten free diet was only for those with a "medical condition" and many people on here can't seem to get any doctor to agree their symptoms ARE a "medical necessity" and so, they remain ill, even after negative testing.

I'll edit my more "grouchy-sounding" comments. :huh: It's not like me to be so irritable. I am probably still pissy about the Domino's fiasco.

I view being gluten-free differently, I think because I was very sick for so long and I welcomed it as an answer. I do not miss any gluteny foods at all.( That's just me, though)

I DO miss the convenience of walking into any eating establishment and ordering off a menu without fear I will suffer drastic consequences.

Thanks for getting me to take another look at it, J. :)

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Unfortunately, any kind of diet that makes a person pay attention to what they are eating can promote weight loss. I think a lot of people unnecessarily go gluten-free, stop eating donuts and cheeseburgers and bagels (even though you can get gluten-free versions of those anyways) and lose weight. You could probably invent a diet where people can't eat foods containing the letters A,B, and C and someone would lose weight on it, just because they are paying attention to what they are eating.

The author says not to go gluten-free if you don't have a medical condition requiring it, but as diagnosing the condition isn't possible for everyone, I'd say that if you do the diet and it helps with your stomach, fatigue, joints, ADHD, migraines or whatever, then good for you. Is it really solving your problems? Maybe, maybe only indirectly by having a better overall diet. But I guess if you get results, you can't really argue the process, at least on an individual basis.

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I think he wrote an excellent article. In terms of him being depressed about the gluten-free diet, at least he's being truthful! I'm sure many of us (me, included) feel pretty depressed at times about this diet. Or having Celiac Disease. He's just being honest and talking about his real feelings, although I'm sure many of us can relate.

However, I think that is secondary to the main message that he's trying to convey: celebrities who go on the gluten-free diet because it's the latest "trend" and who use it as a vehicle for weight loss and other outcomes, therefore trivializing it for those of us who are really sick. They are hopping on the gluten-free bandwagon and it's making the whole thing look like a "fad" diet. Just yesterday on the Today Show, Dr. Keri Peterson said that Celiac Disease is "trendy" and "easy to address." Since when is a disease "trendy"?

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Just yesterday on the Today Show, Dr. Keri Peterson said that Celiac Disease is "trendy" and "easy to address." Since when is a disease "trendy"?

A doctor calling it "trendy" and "easy to address" is exactly what's wrong with the way celiac disease is perceived by the medical community at large. I hope she was inundated with irate letters from celiacs.

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contact Dr. Keri Peterson (the "doctor" who made the "trendy" comments) and bombard her:

https://www.facebook.com/Dr.KeriPeterson

Twitter: @DrKeriPeterson

http://www.kerimd.com/about

contact:

Keri Peterson, MD

110 East 59th St.

(between Park and Lexington)

Ste. 9C

New York, NY 10022

Phone: 212-583-2962

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