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Dr. G's Response To "wheat Belly" Discussion On Cbs

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This was on the Univ of Chicago Celiac Center's Facebook page in response to Dr.Davis talking about his Wheat Belly book on CBS:

I was quite surprised to see that CBS news would provide unquestioned credibility to Dr. Davis, the author of Wheat Belly, on CBS This Morning on September 3rd, with no knowledgeable physician on the program to present a more accurate, balanced viewpoint on such an important issue as the role of wheat in nutrition and disease.

The assertions made by Dr. Davis (a cardiologist, not a nutritionist nor a gastroenterologist) are not grounded in fact, let alone any evidence-based research. Gliadin a new protein? Gliadin proteins are major components of gluten and their existence has been known since Dicke and Van de Kamer studied wheat in the 1940s. It is not a new protein created by genetic modifications; and it is indeed a poison, but only for those with celiac disease. Gliadin an opioid that binds to the brain? Sure this is a stunning statement. What is the evidence? Aside from an obscure article that appeared almost 30 years ago reporting an opioid-like activity for some gliadin fractions, nothing else is available in the literature and certainly no data are there to show any binding to the brain.

There is enough confusion around celiac disease, non-celiac gluten sensitivity and the issue of who benefits from a gluten-free diet (only those with wheat allergy, celiac disease or non- celiac gluten sensitivity, I might add). Regrettably, CBS This Morning has added to the confusion and did a disservice to its viewership to allow such questionable information be portrayed as fact.

I have no ties at all to the wheat industry, nor do I have any interest in “protecting” it. My interest, as a physician and specialist in celiac disease lies only in protecting my patients and the public from those who would perpetuate unsubstantiated health claims as fact.

Stefano Guandalini, MD

Professor and Chief, Section of Pediatric Gastroenterology

University of Chicago

Founder and Medical Director, Celiac Disease Center"

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Yep, I saw Dr. G's letter also. I thought there were more recent research articles about the gliaden - opiate link than that though.

Evidence for gliadin antibodies as causative agents in schizophrenia. by Chris Carter

I think I posted some in the past in fact. Oh well, he is a doctor and a celiac expert, so he must be right.

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Ah, it sounds like the Rogue Cardiologist vs. Baby Gastro Doctor media wrestling smackdown over disease & diet is just warming up ! ;):rolleyes:

If we could only get the doctors to comment on the problem of insertion of genes from one type of protein into plants with another type of protein, and the increased risk of contaminating the world's non gluten free food supply with these potentially higher allergenic and auto immune reaction provoking GMO's being created willy -nilly.

They're going to try to start growing, for example, more potatoes not as a food crop, but as a biofuel source with different types of starches - but animals are going to get to eat the leftovers. This stuff could very easily work its way into the human food chain as well.

Note how the GMO industry isn't telling us what sorts of things they are attempting to splice into existing foods, willingly, and they're really fighting the labeling laws.

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