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Amy O'Connell

Amy O'Connell is a medical doctor and researcher who was diagnosed with celiac disease in 2003. She began writing professionally in 2010. Dr. O'Connell is working toward becoming a pediatric allergist/immunologist. When not working, Amy enjoys baking and trying out new gluten free recipes. You can check out Dr. O'Connell's blog "Dr. Gluten Free" at

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Some rumors have been circulating in the health foods community that gluten-free eating can encourage weight loss. Unfortunately, this theory is completely unfounded. Wendy Marcason, a registered dietician, published an article in the Journal of the American Dietetic Association in November that reviews some of the theories and controversy surrounding this issue. The article concludes that there is no scientific evidence to support a connection between eating gluten-free and losing weight.

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A discussion of the article "Identification of rothia bacteria as gluten-degrading natural colonizers of the upper gastro-intestinal tract," and its implications for the development of celiac disease.