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Does Gluten Deserve to be on the Public Health Enemies List? - Forbes

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Posted 02 October 2012 - 06:35 PM


Does Gluten Deserve to be on the Public Health Enemies List?
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Posted 03 October 2012 - 07:48 PM

I cannot figure out why this person (DiSalvo) wrote this article, unless some investor is reading Forbes and wants to know if the long term trend for gluten free products is for real, or the result of a sort of mass hysteria that is just waiting for the "science blogging" community to debunk so things can get back to "normal."

Yeah, that's sarcasm.

It starts out very well, and then seems to draw the opposite conclusion from what was previously presented.

Studies have linked gluten exposure in celiac patients with higher incidences of migraines, brain lesions, epilepsy, dementia, and learning disorders. The effects are most severe in children, but the studies identify neurological issues in virtually every age group. According to the Center for Peripheral Neuropathy, about 10 percent of celiac patients develop neurological symptoms.


But, for what itís worth, hereís my take on the evidence thus far:

Is there ample evidence that a percentage of the population can suffer extremely serious health issues from gluten exposure? Yes, definitely.

If you are not one of these people, does this evidence warrant nuking all gluten-containing products in your house and trying on a gluten-free lifestyle? Probably not.

Iím also confident in concluding that itís worth keeping an eye out for what new research is revealing about the effects of gluten on the body and brain. I donít think this story is over yet, and in the next 3-5 years we may have a new picture that justifies a different outlook. Until then, donít expect many solid answers from the hype machine.

For one thing, he's ignoring that he doesn't really know how may people suffer the neurological effects, because it is an extrapolation from the very narrow sample of people who have actually been diagnosed. And secondly, like most glutenoids, he's oblivious to the dangers of cross contamination. Thirdly, he's dismissive because he's declared the number of people affected is too small for him to consider a significant amount, so he's calling it a ....

Some of us still have a lot of educating to do.
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