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    Did Wade Miley's Refusal to go Gluten-Free Spur Diamondbacks Trade?

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    Celiac.com 12/19/2014 - News that the Arizona Diamondbacks have traded starting pitcher Wade Miley to the Boston Redsox has been met with rumors that Miley’s trade was fueled, at least partly, by his refusal to adopt a gluten-free diet.

    Photo: Wikimedia Commons--SA 2.0So what’s the deal? Did gobbling gluten cost Wade Miley his job with the Diamondbacks?

    For his part, Miley, who was picked up by Boston last week, says he had butted heads this year with the Diamondbacks organization about not being gluten-free.

    "After a while, they left me alone," he said. "But it was always that elephant in the room."

    Without getting into specifics, Miley said that a gluten-free diet “might work for some people, but I didn't feel like it worked for me.”

    So, according to Miley, his refusal to go gluten-free was an issue. But, was it an issue that got him traded? Diamondbacks GM Dave Stewart says that Miley’s diet was “never once discussed” by the team in the run up to the trade.

    So, we may never know for sure just how much Miley’s refusal to give up gluten, or his attitudes about it, impacted his trade to Boston.

    What many may wonder is whether right-handers Rubby De La Rosa and Allen Webst, whom the Diamondbacks acquired in the trade, will be giving up their taste for those famously delicious toasted Boston-style subs when they come to Phoenix. Will they be going gluten-free?

    What do you think? Should a sports team be able to make its players eat a certain way? Is it healthier for athletes to eat gluten-free? 


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    Nobody should be made to eat a certain way if they are not required to for health reasons. Gluten free is not a fad...it is a life necessity for a select group of people. Gluten free as a 'diet' is not safe for those who do not need it.

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    That is really ridiculous. Who wants to go gluten free if they don't have to? I certainly would love to enjoy a great pizza or some real good crusty bread - if I only could. He is better off out of that organization - I thought this was America?

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    If he has been DNA testing and is positive, he is sure to have greater risk of developing and auto-immune disease in the future. These diseases radically effect your life and your ability to exercise and remain healthy. I tend to think he must not be refraining from gluten 100%. Otherwise, there is no reason to exempt the diet. Also, I can take up to one month or so, to even begin to see changes. And beyond that, it is vitally important to remove the gluten just for the inflammation that it causes.

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    This article was interesting but left me with wanting to know more. Is the entire Diamond Back team required to eat gluten free. Who determines that requirement. Why is the team required to eat gluten free. When did the team go gluten free. How do the players feel about being required to eat gluten free. Fascinating. Would love to know more. Thanks.

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    What is the big deal going gluten free? With gluten free you can still eat everything, you just have to be aware of what brand and cross contamination. I've been gluten free since 2003. I can eat steak and lobster and drink Patron! That is not all bad.

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    It is not clear here...did the management declare that all team members were to eat gluten-free ... or was there a reason that Miley was supposed to? If it is team wide, they are nuts... the team will get fat on the gluten-free breads, etc. What is the rational here?

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    The 'nanny state' is taking over our lives!! I can see them being against smoking/drinking excessively for athletes but going gluten-free even without Celiac disease??!! Give me a break!!

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    Has Mr. Miley been diagnosed with celiac disease? If not, *why* would he be expected/required to go gluten-free? I sure as heck wouldn't be gluten-free if it weren't for celiac disease!

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    No they should not be forced to eat a gluten free diet if they don't have a problem with gluten. It is their choice to eat gluten free and not because it is forced on them. There are people that do go gluten free because it hurts them. As some one that does have problems with gluten I do not feel that they should be forced to eat the way I have to eat.

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    Nobody should be made to eat a certain way if they are not required to for health reasons. Gluten free is not a fad...it is a life necessity for a select group of people. Gluten free as a 'diet' is not safe for those who do not need it.

    Right. All of these instances of society misunderstanding the gluten free diet just make things harder for those who truly have celiac disease, an allergy, or an intolerance. It is not a diet that makes people instantly thinner, happier, a better athlete, etc. It is a diet that some of us have to be on for medical reasons. I know some celiacs are very content with their diet and even call it easy. But there are those of us who really miss gluten some days. It is a restrictive, at times hard to cope with, diet. No one should be forced into it without valid reason!

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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 2,000 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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