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Washington Post: Backlash Has Begun Against Gluten-Free Dieters

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You have heard the criticism: gluten free is a fad. While it is true that some people choosing to eat gluten free are doing so for reasons other than real medical problems, that shouldn’t cause us to stop supporting those who really do have medical reasons for avoiding gluten. Excerpt from The Washington Post: People […]

Celiac Disease, Gluten Intolerance and Common Wheat Allergies

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For a much more detailed examination of celiac disease, wheat allergies, and non-celiac gluten intolerance, please take a look at Dr.Wangen’s latest book, “Healthier Without Wheat.” This article reviews the relationship between celiac disease and gluten intolerance (an allergy to grains containing gluten such as wheat allergy). What Is Celiac Disease?
 Celiac disease is a […]

More Confusion Amongst Conventional Doctors Over Gluten Sensitivity and Celiac

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In this week’s Digestive Health Smartbrief, self proclaimed experts on gluten sensitivity are acknowledging that there is a lot more gluten sensitivity than there is celiac disease. That is good news. But…they are still confused… I (Dr. Stephen Wangen) have been writing about and studying gluten sensitivity for over a decade, however I was not […]

Gluten Intolerance and Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS)

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Like many people who have been diagnosed with Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS), you may have discovered that you are gluten intolerant. Or maybe you have IBS symptoms and are wondering if you are gluten intolerant. The diagnosis of IBS of course is (or was) of no real help to you, and it really is of […]

Exploring the Risks of a Gluten-Free Diet

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Your health is still about what you do eat, even if you don’t eat gluten. A recent article titled “Gluten-free is not a worry-free diet” states that “overeating, and loss of vital nutrients are common.” Though perhaps the problem is going gluten free by eating rice flour based foods that are processed and not good […]

Article Asks if Gluten-Free is a Fad

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Our position is that going gluten free can help a significant portion of the population.  However, simply substituting gluten free versions of foods that are common in the Western diet may not be very nutritious.  We recommend that people eat more vegetables and concentrate on whole foods, rather than processed foods.  The gluten free diet […]

NYTimes.com: Gluten-Free, Whether You Need It or Not

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This article from the New York Times brings out some good points, but unfortunately starts out with the draconian nature of avoiding gluten. This might be good marketing for the writer, but it’s the typical way of criticizing anything that is really healthy for you. You can’t possibly do those things because most people don’t […]

Understanding Non-Celiac Forms of Gluten Intolerance (Part 1)

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  What do we mean by non-celiac forms of gluten intolerance? As a reminder, gluten is a protein found in wheat, rye, spelt, kamut, barley and other grains. Many people find that they cannot tolerate gluten, but they do not test positive on any of the tests used to diagnose celiac disease. These tests include […]

Study Asks, ‘Is a Wheat Free of Gluten Possible?”

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Scientists at WSU are trying to find wheat plants that lack gluten or that can be genetically engineered to lack gluten.  Wheat is not meant to be the dietary staple that we’ve turned it into. This research is simply a marketing tactic. It’s about finding artificial shortcuts for problems that already have real answers instead […]

Review: Celiac Disease and Other Forms of Gluten Intolerance

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Gluten is a protein found in wheat, barley, and rye, and is responsible for the springiness and stretchiness of bread. Allergies and intolerances to gluten have been the subject of intensive research over the past decade. Much of this research has focused on celiac disease, which is a special form of gluten intolerance. It is […]

What is Celiac Disease?

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  What is celiac disease? You may have never heard of celiac disease, but it is actually a fairly common problem. In fact, 1 out of every 133 people has it. That is over 2 million people in this country. It is really more of an allergy than a disease, although it is typically called […]

FDA Stalls on ‘Gluten-Free’ Food Labeling

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This article describes the FDA’s proposal for regulation of the gluten free label, among other things. The comment period has been closed for a long time.  The FDA proposed regulation of the label “gluten free” back in 2007, and reopened the comment period in August of 2011 for 60 days.  The proposed rules will be […]