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    Anthony Bourdain Scoffs at Fad Gluten-free Dieters

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    Celiac.com 06/09/2016 - If you're a fad gluten-free dieter, especially one who hasn't been diagnosed with celiac disease, then definitely don't plan on preaching your gospel to Anthony Bourdain.

    AdWeek recently spoke with the celebrity chef, writer and host of CNN's Emmy Award-winning series Parts Unknown.



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    Adweek talked to Bourdain about everything from Chick-fil-A to Frito pie, to, yes, gluten-free dieters. During the interview, Anthony Bourdain let loose with a few doses vitriol regarding trendy subjects of gluten-free diets, and juicing.

    Of gluten-free proselytizers, he says: "Look, before you start boring me to death at a party about how you got gluten-free, you know, if you think you have a disease as serious as celiac disease, shouldn't you see a f#&$^%# doctor before you make this big move?"

    Honestly, he says, "I don't think half of these people even understand what they're talking about."

    Bourdain has one thing right. If you suspect you have celiac disease, then definitely consult a doctor. Otherwise, if he is around, maybe just quietly eat your quinoa.

    Read the full interview at AdWeek.



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    Someday he may be diagnosed, or someone close to him, and his whole attitude will change miraculously overnight. Until you have suffered the effects of eating gluten or see a love one go through it, when intolerant or diagnosed with celiac, is a terrible thing to dismiss or made into a joke . Sorry, Anthony, but you are becoming a closed cynical old man and need to open your mind and heart.

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    Agree entirely with Mary I am in the same position and would not eat gluten again even for a couple of days. Who is this Bourdain guy anyway, never heard of him, (I'm in Europe), so can't be that special just another self made celeb, in a couple of years time no one will remember him!

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    I find is sad that this is Anthony's response to the gluten free diet. I have had digestive and skin issues my whole life. It wasn't until I went gluten free that this problem sorted itself out. I cannot afford an invasive biopsy to test for something that may or may not be proven. I know what my body tells me and if that means no gluten to feel good, then no gluten it is.

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    Anthony Bourdain obviously does not suffer from celiac or non celiac gluten sensitivity. Our doctors here have no clue. I went gluten free because my doctor couldn't figure out what was wrong with me so I was trying to save my life. Then many months later she decided to check for celiac...which if already gluten free does not show up in the test. Since going gluten free the arthritis in my fingers and in my elbow is gone. No more stomach meds or psoriasis or eczema and no more celiac rash that I had almost all my life. Not wishing this on anyone. Does he really think that a person would change from eating wonderful tasting food to bland clean eating for no reason for the rest of their lives....he has no clue.

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    Testing is not very expensive . On a scale of 1-100 I was diagnosed as an 85. My esophagus was already damaged because I had waited. Had I not been diagnosed as celiac and tried to deal with my symptoms instead, I could easily have shortened my life. I object to manufacturers such as jello and mayonnaise who proudly proclaim on their labels that they are gluten free. Let the so called trend setters give up gluten, but let them shut up about it. God help them if they ever have to give up bone marrow or broth and duck fat fries. P.S. Anthony, I am a great fan of yours and always have been.

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    Testing is not very expensive . On a scale of 1-100 I was diagnosed as an 85. My esophagus was already damaged because I had waited. Had I not been diagnosed as celiac and tried to deal with my symptoms instead, I could easily have shortened my life. I object to manufacturers such as jello and mayonnaise who proudly proclaim on their labels that they are gluten free. Let the so called trend setters give up gluten, but let them shut up about it. God help them if they ever have to give up bone marrow or broth and duck fat fries. P.S. Anthony, I am a great fan of yours and always have been.

    Bette thank goodness for your comments. This was all Anthony was saying -- trends!!! It's not something to impose on everyone else, just offer dairy free, gluten free, vegetarian... options when having guests over!

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    I now tell people, "so your going to drive me to the emergency room and pay the bill tomorrow if I eat that"?

    Fed Up!!! To give the benefit of doubt to most people, they don't know that's it's a medical issue for those of us having to live this way or suffer severe consequences.

    I just discovered, the hard way, that I have to be careful using NSAIDs. I developed problems, stomach aches, stopped up, & really foggy brain (general confusion), after taking ibuprofen for tennis elbow for a couple of weeks. It took a long time to find the gluten-free version, had to order it on Amazon, a standard medication people pop for headaches etc. That's d…n scary!

    This is NOT A FAD for us!

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