When I click on the above link here http://news.medill.n....aspx?id=215364
I get this: "Cutting Out Gluten is Not for Everyone" from the Medill School at Northwestern University
Experts, however, caution that it is not a healthier diet for those who do not medically need it.
“It is absolutely not healthier,” said Carol Shilson, executive director of the University of Chicago Celiac Disease Center. “In most cases, it is a deficiency of nutrients.”
Many gluten-free substitute foods are not fortified. For example, whole grains can be fortified with calcium and vitamins, whereas gluten-free foods cannot. Also, many of the gluten-free substitutes are higher in fat, sugar and calories. Instead of a weight-loss mechanism, people end up with a diet low in iron, zinc and B vitamins, Shilson said.
“There is no scientific proof that a gluten-free diet is healthy for people without medical cause,” Shilson said. “There is actually proof of the opposite.”
Do you ever read something erroneous in the media which gets quoted again and again, and wonder where the original source is ?
Gluten free foods can't be fortified ?!!!
Here is Carol Shilson's biography from that website (scroll down). Staff Bios - http://www.curecelia...-are/staff-bios
Is anyone else here feeling appalled that the Executive Director, Shilson, of the "University of Chicago Celiac Disease Center," a non profit which runs on donations, with a VERY similar name to the actual Medical Hospital, "University of Chicago Medical Center," is pushing the "Gluten Free Diet Is Unhealthy" meme to the media ?
What happens if the celiac children read it ? Will they then feel justified in blowing off their medically necessary diet ?
Now look at this link from the same "cure celiac disease.org" which is the site of the University of Chicago Celiac Disease Centerhttp://www.curecelia...luten-free-diet
Why do I need a cure when I can simply eat a gluten free diet ?"
It ain't the FOOD I'm afraid of, at this point. With "advocates" like this.... The Medill article also quotes a "Licensed Dietician and Nutritionist" named Judy Manisco, who says the gluten free diet must be "compensated with supplementation" and she means.... fiber supplements. Because the gluten free diet does not have enough fiber. Where do they FIND these people to make such CRAZY, ill - informed statements ?
Why do I need a cure when I can simply eat a gluten-free diet?
A gluten-free diet is only a treatment for celiac disease. There are many reasons to find a cure:
- Fails to heal intestinal damage in more than half of cases
- Failure increases cancers and osteoporosis.
- Food labels are complicated.
- It’s difficult to eat totally gluten-free, 1/100th of slice of bread is toxic.
- Acute food poisoning can occur after gluten exposure.
- Gluten-free food is expensive.
- A “fear of food” remains.
- Processed gluten-free products are often high in fats and low in fiber.
The Nutritionist's Directory. Illinois, Cook County, Chicagohttp://nutritionists...Illinois_529409Judy E. Manisco, LDN, About, voted one of the "Best Nutritionist and Weight Loss Programs" in City Search - Chicago 2010, and is a frequent guest host on Health Radio, WYLL - Chicago. Is this non profit organization, Univ of Chi Disease Center, which operates in tandem with the University of Chicago's Dr. Stefano Guandalini (who is the host medical center on that world Celiac Disease Symposium in Chicago later this year) REALLY claiming that a gluten free diet "fails to heal intestinal damage in more than half of cases ?! While its Executive director is giving media quotes claiming the diet is unhealthier, and even HARMFUL to both celiacs and normal people ?! While a Chicago Licensed Nutritionist tells us we all need fiber supplements ?! Do you remember what the so-called "proof" of the "opposite" was, since the source was not cited ? Was it the bogus study by the "doctor" who turned out to be a PhD of exercise (not a medical doctor) at the University of Arizona, which in turn was paid for by.... THE WHEAT LOBBY ?Remember when the "Wheat Belly" guy was recently catching all the flack for criticizing Dr. Guandalini ? Maybe he deserves an apology. What he's claiming doesn't really sound any crazier than the stuff I have just found. We (gluten free eaters of the world) do our best to remove the trigger of our physical reactions- gluten. They ("The Experts in Chicago") tell us this is harmful ?!I think I'm starting to comprehend why he took that tactic ! There are other medical researchers studying athletes responding to a Paleo diet (that's a grain free one) are claiming that all humans react somewhat negatively to wheat family grains, there are just degrees of sensitivity to it, from almost no reaction, to gluten intolerance, to full blown celiac disease. Here is the Univ of Chicago spokesperson claiming the lack of wheat is dangerous. It seems to be implied that restoring a celiac to a wheat containing diet is a health benefit. Wait.... half of them supposedly don't respond to a gluten free diet to the point of full healing? So the goal is to get them eating wheat again ?Would some one, any one, get these people a course in logic and deduction, STAT ?!