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    Danielle Lloyd Pilloried on Social Media for Making Son Eat Gluten-Free Based on Home Allergy Test

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      British celebrity Danielle Lloyd is catching social media heat for testing her son, Harry, with a home food allergy kit, and putting him on a gluten-free diet based on the results.


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    Celiac.com 02/06/2019 - People with celiac disease and gluten-sensitivities can have strong opinions on topics from testing and diagnosis to various aspects of the gluten-free diet. Combine that fact with an explosive rise in gluten-free dieting as a lifestyle choice, rather than medical necessity, and we’re just one celebrity Instagram from a three-alarm social media fire.

    The former model and Miss England, Danielle Lloyd is the latest celebrity to feel the fire from her social media audience. Lloyd’s offense, according to fans, was testing her seven-year old son Harry at home for food allergies, and putting him on a gluten-free diet based on the results. Lloyd’s Instagram posts touted the results of the home food allergen tests and her decision to make her son eat gluten-free.



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    In the post, the former Lloyd said in one post that she’s "starting the new year feeling great after finding out what was causing me bloating and pain after eating food, with @Lifelabtests at-home intolerance and allergy testing kit."

    The test kits, from Lifelabtesting.com, measure sensitivity to more than 40 common allergens, such as grains, eggs and meat. In another post, Lloyd adds that “The results were so good that my son Harry did a test, too, and since changing his diet to gluten free, he hasn’t been in any pain." Fans on her Instagram feed warned her of the possible dangers of cutting out entire food groups for young children.

    Home Allergy Tests are Just a Starting Point

    As numerous commenters pointed out, home allergy tests, including tests meant to detect food allergens, are just a starting point. If you get a positive result, please consult a doctor before making a major dietary change. Switching to a gluten-free diet before seeing a doctor can cause confusion in diagnosis, and may be unnecessary. Another commenter agreed, writing: "A child should not be put on a gluten-free diet unless prescribed by a specialist."

    The proliferation of home allergy test kits can be useful as a guideline for understanding your health, but it’s important to double check the results with a physician before making major health or dietary changes, especially for children.
     

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    Good for her.   I have Celiac and once I stopped eating gluten my stomach stopped hurting.  But, if I accidently ingest gluten the problem returns immediately.

    As far as most doctors are concerned, they know nothing or very little about gluten period... I was fortunate to find a doctor who was a licensed M.D and N.P.  After listening to me for some time, he ordered the test for me.

    But, all Celiacs should be on a good multi-Vitamin, mineral supplement, since our system does not digest and absorb nutrients as it should.  I use one from "Let's Talk Health" that is liquid, so easier to digest and absorb.  My health has continued to improve over the past few years.

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    Thank goodness for all the social media gluten-free diet fad hype. My real  intolerant children can eat at many restaurants and have a great choice of products in many countries that were not available when my sister was diagnosed with Celiac 15 years ago. I now live in Switzerland and we rarely to never have any bakery/ restaurant options to give my 2 kids as a special treat out. Even the basic flour selection is minimal and any healthy grains, aka ,oat flour is extremely expensive and even harder to get compared to Australia, Germany, Uk, and USA!

    I’m grateful there is celebrity endorsement. I’ve been told in Switzerland by a few people, that ANY Gluten issue doesn’t exist! It’s made up. Cross the boarder to Italy and it’s a whole different story. We need the social media! We need the endorsement even if it’s just for the fad dieters. It gives us real gluten-free patients - options! 

    As far as her child, she should get a proper second opinion from a gastroenterologist and then make her decision. After all, when it’s real - it’s serious and not as easy or cool as most outsiders think. 

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    Lloyd is a caring parent.  I spoke to my physician about his view on gluten intolerance and he stated that the medical industry does not treat celiac & related diseases with the same veracity as other diseases and some physicians believe it to be imaginary.  I believe that resistance toward accepting gluten intolerance by the medical field, restauranteurs, and the public at large come out of fear & financial loss.

    For instance: If I recognize this disease I too might have to forgo my beloved chewy breads, pizza and favorite pastries.  I too will be a social outcast.  It may be difficult & costly to make certain manufactured foods from the more expensive gluten-free flours & ancient grains. Then there is the problem with cross-reactors, preservatives, toxic heat processed oils that negatively affect the celiac patients and that alone can be a nightmare for product manufacturers.

    The most shocking remark in the article is; "dangers of cutting out entire food groups for young children." This is hilarious!  People are feeding some of the non-nutritious, if not dangerous, foods to their youngsters & are ignorant regarding the harm caused by those food selections. 

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    Jefferson Adams is Celiac.com's senior writer and Digital Content Director. He earned his B.A. and M.F.A. at Arizona State University, and has authored more than 2,500 articles on celiac disease. His coursework includes studies in science, scientific methodology, biology, anatomy, medicine, logic, and advanced research. He previously served as SF Health News Examiner for Examiner.com, and devised health and medical content for Sharecare.com. Jefferson has spoken about celiac disease to the media, including an appearance on the KQED radio show Forum, and is the editor of the book "Cereal Killers" by Scott Adams and Ron Hoggan, Ed.D.


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