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Variations in symptoms may may depend on:. People with celiac disease may be at higher risk of neuropathy , according to a study published in JAMA Neurology. Stress and anxiety may bring on symptoms. In children and infants, there may be intestinal problems, such as diarrhea, irritability, and a failure to thrive, or delayed development. In time, children may experience weight loss, damage to tooth enamel, and delayed puberty. The doctor will examine the patient and ask about signs and symptoms, and they may request some tests.

A small intestinal biopsy is considered the most accurate test for celiac disease. The doctor uses endoscopy to take samples of the intestinal lining. Usually, several samples are obtained to increase the accuracy of the diagnosis. With strict observance of the diet, the intestines will normally heal and symptoms disappear, but eating gluten again can cause a relapse. Patients need to be aware which foods contain gluten and which do not, but this may be difficult, as many products contain hidden gluten. A wide range of products are available labelled gluten-free. These include gluten-free breads, pasta, cookies and so on.

Manufacturers are required to provide information about the ingredients used to make their food products, but individuals must check the label carefully before buying or consuming any product. Regulations about the use of labelling on gluten-free products vary between countries, so patients should use caution. Some oat preparations can be contaminated with wheat.

In some cases, small quantities of oats are allowed into the diet under medical supervision. Care should be taken with some food products that are produced in facilities that manufacture products containing gluten. People with celiac disease often have a lactose intolerance , so avoiding lactose may help.

Anyone with celiac disease should read food labels carefully and check which restaurant foods are gluten-free. Some restaurants have a gluten-free menu. Those who do not have celiac disease or a diagnosed gluten intolerance should speak to their doctor if they are thinking of "going gluten free.

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Non-cereals such as amaranth, quinoa , or buckwheat are also harmless, as are potatoes and bananas , tapioca, and garbanzo beans. They do not contain gluten and do not trigger symptoms. A person with celiac disease may need to take vitamin and mineral supplements to reduce the risk of deficiencies caused by the disorder. Recipes can be made gluten free by substituting ingredients and adjusting the time and temperature used for baking. Scientists are investigating medications that work directly in the intestines, treatments that affect the immune system, and vaccinations to treat celiac disease.

If the individual continues to consume gluten, this can affect their quality of life, and it may increase the risk of some medical conditions. Hair loss , anemia, and osteoporosis can occur because the body does not absorb nutrients effectively. Small bowel ulcers may develop. Celiac disease has been linked to certain types of cancer , including intestinal lymphoma and adenocarcinoma of the small intestine, of the pharynx, and of the esophagus. In rare cases, refractory disease may occur, if action is not taken to manage celiac disease.

This most commonly happens because it is difficult to maintain a fully gluten-free diet. In people with refractory disease, the condition has been present for so long that the intestines are no longer able to heal on diet alone, and a gluten-free diet will not help. Left untreated, childhood celiac disease can result in small height in adulthood, but a child with celiac disease who switches to a gluten-free diet often starts to grow in height and recover any delay caused by the disorder.

Intestinal damage begins to heal within weeks of removing gluten from the diet. As time goes by, children may experience spontaneous remissions and remain free of the signs and symptoms of celiac disease until later in life, but symptoms can later reappear. Celiac disease is an immune disorder. When a person with celiac disease eats gluten, their cells and immune systems are activated and attack and damage the small intestine. In celiac disease, the immune system mistakenly attacks the villi in the small intestine.

These become inflamed and impacted, and they may disappear. The small intestine is no longer able to absorb nutrients effectively. This can lead to a number of health risks and complications. Having a family member with celiac disease increases a person's chance of having it to 1 in Article last updated by Yvette Brazier on Fri 15 December Visit our Food Intolerance category page for the latest news on this subject, or sign up to our newsletter to receive the latest updates on Food Intolerance. All references are available in the References tab.

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Privacy Terms Ad policy Careers. Visit www. All rights reserved. More Sign up for our newsletter Discover in-depth, condition specific articles written by our in-house team. My portions got smaller and smaller. I went to my regular Dr. If I hit , I was going to feel defeated by my disease and my catch 22 exercise issues. I felt desperate. So, I started scouring Amazon and the internet for diets, mindful that my afib would not let me do boot camp exercise programs, etc. I have managed to walk on my treadmill, carefully only TWICE, but in spite of the lack of exercise, I have lost 12 lbs.

But there is more! I have had a goiter on my thyroid for 20 years. It was so pronounced, my Dr. The goiter, which was biopsied two years ago, was hard like a rock, calcified, but controlled by synthroid, which I have taken for 20 years. Often, I would absent mindedly rub my neck to feel the goiter, I kind of self check to see if it is getting bigger. I am not ready to say it is gone, but it is much smaller — there is no other explanation for this after 20 years of remaining constant in size than the lack of wheat in my diet.

Other benefits of this diet are becoming more and more apparent; I have suffered from arm and especially leg aches my entire life, since I was tiny. I would wake up in the night and take a pain reliever. I feel so great aside for the afib — which I am working on with my cardiologist. I no longer snack at work. After lunch, I used to feel desperate for a snack by every day — and I usually succumbed. I have not felt, sleepy or hungry in between meals for weeks.

My husband has diabetes and he has also lost weight and his blood sugar has been perfect! I had stopped baking completely due to the weight gain and the depression that went with it, which made me terribly sad. But, now, we are experimenting with cakes, cookies, pancakes, breads — all full of healthy almond flour and coconut flour and flax meal. We eat delicious blueberry muffins with 1. I suggest that the author of this article and the article of the Time Magazine article try this for one month. I suggest they do the same research all of those who have gone off wheat have done.

Could you please post a response to Dr. Davis please? After all, people would like points and counter-points to get answered and hopefully you will agree that taking the time to do this with Dr. Davis is not time ill spent. Gluten free food is much better for everyone. I have had experience with my son who develops an allergy to gluten. Thanks for this article. Holly and Dr. Leffler, this is a very good article by Dr. Mark Hyman MD which summarizes the problems with modern wheat for everyone, beyond just those with celiac disease.

When I share this information, such as the article above or information from Dr. Somebody has to be absolutely kidding! This is NOT the mid sixties. Who is sponsoring the writing of this kind of misleading information? Just one point: there are at least 3 million of celiacs. I was not diagnosed until I developed severe ataxia. This is a setback for science and medicine, sadly.

This article is a form of representation of this. How hard is it for people to eat whole, healthy food, instead processed, refined, starchy, modern wheat-filled stuff? Why do B vitamins and fiber have to be found in fortified bread? Please look more broadly at this situation. There is so much more science and information available about the problems with modern wheat…not just for celiacs. We know whole wheat bread has a higher GI index than table sugar and that is just one small example of the problems with modern wheat.

This is the type of medical advice that the big brains at Harvard Medical School are dispensing now. So what, I should be embarassed that I gave up up Raisin Bran? Stay in the closet over the fact that I no longer eat Kraft dinner? Screw that. Why have all your skin conditions vanished?

I will also tell them to stop listening to idiots like Strawbridge and Leffler and start taking control of your health and well being. You said…. With over ,, people in the USA, there would be over 2,, people with celiac disease. I hope that Harvard faculty know how to check their facts, or correct their errors once pointed out.

Its propelled me into a healthy weight range and made several annoying conditions simply disappear. Im shouting it from the roof tops. The reason you suggest that i should is equally so and certainly makes one wonder what your real reason could be. More anecdotal evidence- I know, I know, statistically annoying but nevertheless, true. My skin looks fabulous. Correction of hair loss. Correction of irregularity. More energy. Noticeable reduction in appetite.

Better sleep. Improved ability to pay attention. We eat whole foods. So the savings in the school lunches, headache medicine, and TUMS, not to mention the improved quality of life, means following this way of life is not hard at all. Ditto for us…we eliminated grains. Dropped 20 pounds in 30 days. Eating fresh whole unadulterated real food. Processed food is just evil. Please give us links to the research you used to write this article. We would like to analyze that research ourselves.

We may or may not arrive at the same conclusions you do. Great day in the morning!! How did our species manage to produce viable offspring before the agricultural revolution?! This article is not only wrong, it is blatant misinformation! Harvard Health had some degree of my trust until now! Glidens are the culprit and are in every bite since the Green Food Movement altered wheat in the 60s in order to increase wheat crop yields tenfold!

Yield increased along with the glidens and thus the inflammation that goes along with the glycemic spike. The answer is not to switch to gluten free bread and pasta, the answer is to switch to healthier grains like quinoa and eat less processed foods! Part of your misinformation is the scare that eating healthier costs more! To me, the most telling thing about this blog post is not the misinformation it hands out — it is the complete lack of rebuttal to all the criticism it has received.

This is very similar to what happened when the grain lobby reviewed Wheatbelly; normally, the posts on their blog get about, say, six comments. That one got Perhaps if they ignore the comments hard enough they will simply disappear, LOL. Anyway, this post does the same thing. Holly, if you have something to back up your claims, show it to us.

Otherwise, your silence speaks for itself. The AMA generates hundreds of billions of dollars on the fact that we are ill, and it is in their best interest to keep us that way. An FDA application is currently pending for such an application of naltrexone. A serum test for the zonulin protein will be commercially available near-future. Fasano tells me. This all comes to a head in our time because agribusiness and agricultural geneticists have been busy changing the genetics of wheat, e. The quadrupling of celiac disease, for instance, is largely explained by the enrichment of the Glia-alpha 9 gene in modern wheat, virtually absent from the wheat of This is just ONE of the thousands of changes introduced into the genome of modern wheat in the cause of increased yield-per acre.

To argue that wheat products are necessary for B vitamins and fiber and to ignore all the other issues that now surround modern wheat is, well, ignorant. Unfortunately, the readership of this Harvard publication and the patients of physicians like Dr. Leffler will be deprived of real insights into this phenomenon of agribusiness-altered wheat. People like Ms. Strawbridge help perpetuate the ignorance that prevails among healthcare providers. When my daughter was 4 years old she had various digestive problems.

My doctor did a full range of blood tests including a celiac panel. Everything was negative so she was treated with meds. Eventually she needed more and more and more meds and had more and more and more problems, but still no diagnosis0. We had previously eliminated various foods with no improvements so I decided to eliminate wheat and gluten even though the famously unreliable celiac panel was negative.

Within a week we had stopped all meds for reflux, constipation, and the undiagnosed skin problems on her bottom. Other problems she just lived with. Within 6 weeks everything had cleared. She has had trial amounts since then so that the doctor could have another celiac panel done. She wound up with bleeding skin lessions and in the ER for severe constipation. So thank you to all who have spoken up. Please continue to spread your message and inform other people.

Again thank you to all who spoke up. And maybe I should thank the author of this article too because it sure has gotten people talking about their experiences. Yet, it has been life changing for me too. Apart from that, we are seeing what happens when a grass-roots no grain pun intended revolution occurs when people take back the responsibility for their health and the health of the dear innocents like your daughter.

Tough doughy pizza for them!! Wow… where do you begin… this condescending, patronizing superiority is so off-putting, I want to spit! So she thinks her readers are children?!? I, personally, told my husband of my dietary choice reduce carbs and eliminate all wheat which he decided to follow as well. Assorted skin rashes visibly improved. These are my facts. The only difference was the diet and I now take Vitamin D3 capsules. Thank you. This article is ridiculous! Honestly, the only benefit of wheat described in this article can be corrected with a multivitamin.

Way to go, Holly! Just who paid for you to produce this joke of an article anyways? By getting all the cheap filler grains out of my diet and replacing them with unprocessed protein, non-starchy vegetables and fat I have never felt better in my life. I am so tired of writers babbling about matters they do not understand and have never tried for themselves.

The article is nonsense, with one exception: gluten-free processed foods are,indeed, expensive. They are also completely unnecessary, like all other processed foods. Loads of research about gluten related, non-celiac diseases that never made it to your curriculum, apparently. The last time I heard a similar comment they were trying to keep gay people from coming out of the closet.

Get real. We have a winner! This article is sadly misinformed. We do not need genetically modified wheat!

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I do not have celiac disease, but I went wheat-free in order to lose weight and feel better. The first week was tough, but I quickly lost ten pounds and lost my cravings for wheat products. I now enjoy fruits and vegetables more than ever, and I feel great! Do not let those with a vested financial interest—such as the writer, apparently—convince you that wheat is healthy for you. It is quite the opposite. Holly the suppermarket is full of gluten free foods like all the vegetables, fruit and meats and seafood! Fresh and nutritious-delicious!

As someone in the middle of this range, I test negative for celiac disease, and yet I experienced many positive health benefits when I stopped eating wheat. A wheat-free diet cured my IBS, and I also had improvements in sleep, allergy symptoms, energy levels throughout the day, as well as a decrease in appetite and an effortless weight loss of 20 lbs.

Nutritional deficiencies? I eat vegetables, well-raised meat, and healthy fats with every meal. I also lost edemas and a slight depression at the same time. I would like to respectfully request that the author of this article read the well-researched and documented book by cardiologist, Dr. Davis has discovered in his research and clinical practice …. On another topic, the type of crowd-sourcing that is going on as a result of this article is one of the more interesting consequences of a growing and broadening internet.

So I would ask her if she feels she is justified in quickly dismissing the testimony and experiential information provided by so many who actually now live with and who have so clearly benefitted from these changes. I would like to know how she plans to present her hypothesis and scientifically test her own claims?

I love being wheat free! Shopping is easy. I just stick to the inside walls of the supermarket. I have lost a lot of weight in the past seven months and have never felt better. I never thought I could do without pasta, but I can. I use a lot of almonds for making pancakes and waffles. I grind them myself for almond meal. Who needs wheat? My husband and I went grain and rice free back in Our blood tests are perfect as is our blood pressure. Doctors always say you must eat low fat, whole grains and get lots of exercise- and boy are they weirded out when I say, NO, entirely the opposite!

We tell everyone who will listen about our grain-free food choices and encourage folks to try the same. Not to mention feeling like you can go without eating for more than twenty minutes once you get into burning fat, not sugar, for your fuel! I suggest, oh, deluded writers, that you try out a grain-free diet for yourselves rather than just listen to us. The proof is in the pudding. Strawbridge, I am both appalled and saddened by your promotion of the nutritional myths in your article…..

We have become a nation of sick, fat people listening to the rhetoric you spout……. I wake up every day and thank God for Dr. Davis……because of his message, my husband and I are living our golden years in much healthier and happier bodies! I wish I could show this lady how wrong she is. I go out to restaurants with my non-paleo friends and family and easily find things on the menu that work for me.

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Would you argue that my avoidance of sugar will offend diabetics? No way. Have you really done your research? Do you realize what wheat does to every person who eats it? I am not allergic to wheat but I have stopped eating it. My entire family which includes myself, my husband, and two children under 12 are not eating wheat.

We are doing fine. Is this difficult? I have been living wheat free since November It is now March of What has changed?


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My eczema, dry skin, and allergies are gone. My afternoon sleepiness is gone. My cholesterol, in spite of eating lots of meat and eggs,is normal. My triglycerides are lower than they were in November of My carpal tunnel symptoms in my hands are gone. My thyroid medicine synthroid has been lowered for the first time in 10 years. I have lost 20 lbs. I eat meat, eggs, vegetables, fruit, dairy, and nuts. In fact, I think I am a better cook now.

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You want more information? They will show you why wheat and other grains are not good for you. Passing fad? Just wait. This way of eating wheat free, low carb is not going away. For your health, try it. I shared your comments with a friend in trouble; I hope she can read your joy of healthy eating and wheat free lifestyle! Experience is based on the senses. Taste, touch, smell, sight, hear…What I see, smell, taste, touch and hear as well as my perceptive intuition is all I have. You know, that thing called the 6th sense. In fact my intuition tells me that this author should be banned from cyberspace and any other form of communication around this issue until or unless she has experienced the gluten free life.

Watch what you put out there. It is known to come back tenfold. The more I think about this article the more I think it has to be some kind of high brow satire piece about the current state of affairs in mainstream medicine and nutrition. I have a better idea. You keep your opinions to yourself. Cereal grains have no legitimate place in the human diet. What a silly theory. How about treating—perhaps curing—progressive neurological diseases like MS?

See Dr. Terry Wahls. I am appalled at this article, as I am many other published opinions by medical doctors and registered dieticians who somehow imply that giving up gluten and grain products is dangerous. It does not have to cost more. Because of blood glucose excursions caused by the carbohydrates in grain products, people find they have to eat as often as every two hours to avoid gnawing hunger and hypoglycemia. Off grains, blood glucose is stabilized, three meals of lower carbohydrate content are fully satisfying, and between meal hunger disappears.

All it takes is a little self-experimentation.

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Eliminate grain products for one month. Do you hear me Ms. This is life changing for me and you are being dismissive. She seems completely oblivious to or ignorant of the effects of insulin on human metabolism. My experience, exactly, as well. On high-fat, no-grains, low-carbohydrate, I often go 12 hours without eating and never even think about food. I have biked for 75 miles on no breakfast and had incredible energy and no hunger. I am saddened at the position the writer of this article has taken; it is simply, indefensible.

Humans survive, not thrive, eating grains, as proven by the fossil record and by the rampant vitamin deficiencies and health issues experienced by agricultural people the world over. I have been grain-free for over 2 years and specifically wheat free, no cheats, for the last year: I have an overall weight loss now of 70 lbs; my depression has lifted; my skin cleared up; no more gas or bloating; and every day I wake up energetic and happy, ready to face the day. I no longer binge eat, or eat compulsively, mindlessly. I eat only meats, veggies, nuts, seeds and healthy fats and have experienced first hand the benefit of eating as fits our genome as the organisms we are.

Dr Davis is a practicing medical doctor and scientist, who observed improvements in his patients when they quit wheat; curious, he investigated. Please do not let any outside lobbies influence how you conduct your science. To a layperson like me, this advice is logical, sensible, and based on my personal experience, WORKS. There ARE open-minded doctors, nurses, practitioners and knowledgeable dietitians around who know why wheat is poison and are taking their clients off it.

I started a wheat free diet having suffered from gastrointestinal problems most of my life. After a couple of weeks I noticed a difference. Now several months into it I know wheat has been my problem. Because the few times I slip and eat a piece of bread my gastro problems come back and with full force as a reminder of why I should not eat wheat. My exercise regiment has not changed at all. Going wheat free is not expensive.

A poorly written article with a devastating conclusion with an agenda. I would like you to explain dear madam how I shed three meds BP,Cholesterol, pre Diabetes in 6 months all from one simple change in my lifestyle……. And, along the way lost 25 pounds. As a lifetime athlete my Docs just kept shrugging their shoulders about my worsening condition……2 of them are Harvard grads. Wheat free is a liberation.

It only makes you fat and sick. All the things you need are in other food. I tell it to everybody. Because everybody should know it. I suffered from severe bowel problems since childhood and saw many doctors but nothing they did helped. They told me their was nothing they could do and i had to live with it. In I got a computer and searched the internet with my symptoms.

I found a discussion group where a man related the extreme symptoms he had when eating ice cream with a bit of cookie in it. He attributed these symptoms to the wheat. I decided to try going wheat free as I had done everything suggested to me to alleviate my symptons except for ingesting wormwood. I just buy my own food and do my own cooking and consider it a delight and not a burden. Why would I consider it a burden? Gluten free is no fad. Thank you Doctor Davis, you are saving children from the years of misery I had to go through.

I wish I had you for a doctor instead of the knuckleheads I had to go to. Poorly researched article — Last expected from Harvard. If Harvard wants their reputation maintained, they should review such flippant drivel from some uninformed serf. The hundreds of comments above and thousands of experiences of real people will not substitute the poor advice offered. This article is a shame… Harvard! I have celiacs and have never been offend by people eating gluten free because they want too. I realize that it is their body and the food they choose to put into it is more then likely the diet that makes them feel good.

I would never count others money or tell them to stop eating a certain way just because they do not have a diagnose as celiacs. If it helps god bless and happy health, the real food will make sure of that. This article is so off base, and the warning for pregnant women is so sad. I am from New Zealand and have no axe to grind with you or anyone associated with Havard Medical School. I had a reason to stop eating wheat…. Over the years I came to realise I feel better when wheat free and I have fewer muscle and joint aches.

In fact they disappear completely after a week free of wheat. I usually get severe stomach pain within hours of eating my first slice of bread after a period of abstinence. I was sliding heavily into the morbidly obese group. Cutting out wheat dramatically reduced starches and I automatically began to feel better. The results speak for themselves. Without counting calories or practising any other dietary restriction I lost 60 pounds in 12 months and am maintaining it with ease.

Three months into my wheat free lifestyle I read Dr. For the first time in my life, and I am now 74 years old, I understood why had felt so unwell mentally and physically for much of my adult life. Without wheat in my diet I no longer feel as though food rules my life. I do not have food cravings, and I eat well. You say being gluten free is expensive and restrictive. I have found it to be the exact opposite. There is a huge variety of food I enjoy and can eat until I feel satisfied and I stay satisfied for hours on end. After seeing the change in me my husband is now wheat free.

We look at our children, all adults, and wonder how different their lives might have been had known some of the consequences of eating a grain based diet when they were small. This is not a stand alone book. There are many other advocates of living a wheat fee lifestyle and they have good scientific research backing them up.

What would it take for Havard Medical School to take a lead and work on producing some research that is believable? This is not a fad, Holly. Agribusiness better start thinking about what to do with all the wheat—maybe use it for fuel or building material? And stop giving corn to livestock. Eliminating wheat and dairy has turned my life around.

Only one spot is left and very tiny. The Dr. FBS was 87 now Wheat has many interesting properties that would be excellent in industrial applications. No reason at all that we have to eat this grass. The medical industry needs to get with the times, because the ignorance and desire to stay in the past is making them obsolete. My mom reversed borderline high blood pressure and pre-diabetes by giving up gluten.

I found that it makes me cramp and bloat so I avoid it too. Within three weeks felt amazing. Never looked back. But the reason such products are fortified is because processed wheat products are deficient without them! Meats and vegetables are a far better source.

Holly Strawbridge and Dr. Leffler need to be educated regarding the benefits of a gluten-free lifestyle. After perusing the numerous posts regarding this article, I can see that many people have benefited enormously from being gluten-free, including myself. As Dr. Davidson has explained so well, there are numerous autoimmune conditions that arise with consumption of mutant wheat and gluten-containing grains.

It has been chemically treated and so becomes immune reactive. One does not need to buy expensive gluten-free foods, when regular food will suffice. Is Dr. Leffler suggesting that meat, fish, vegetables, nuts, fruit are somehow not as healthy a choice as wheat and grains? Harvard Publications…please educate yourselves before making statements that are misleading and untrue.

Going gluten free is not a fad, it is a movement! Gluten free is not more expensive and is not less nutritious, collar greens, broccoli, spinach, sweet potatoes, beet, carrots…what are you doctors from Harvard are talking about? I had to go gluten free for medical reasons, then my whole family followed me after seeing the side effects of GF: no headaches, no allergies, no joint pains, no depression, no fat around our bellies, no acid reflux, no asthma,no fatigue, no cravings, beautiful youthful skin….

I think you need to do some more research…. My family eats the same types of foods my mother fed our family and her mother fed hers. A typical dinner would be roast beef, roasted potatoes and green beans or carrots. Not expensive or restrictive but wholesome and delicious. I think that is where some folks steer themselves wrong. I like Dr. To say Dr. Cooked, boiled, drained, without salt will give you 5 grams of dietary fiber 21 percent RDA. Many other leafy greens offer similar fiber amounts.

I would say it is the exact opposite. Eliminate wheat and you have to go out of your way to NOT get fiber. A whopping 38 percent more than 2 slices of whole wheat bread. They need vitamin B9, more commonly known as folate or folic acid, to prevent birth defects. Which do you think is more feasible and healthy? Overall the entire article is humorous. If this is the best rebuttal the wheat shills can provide they should just give up now while they are behind.

Source: nutritiondata. You fail to mention that wheat has a nutrient blocker called phytic acid, which blocks minerals such as magnesium, iron, calcium and zinc. People are dying out here and you are helping it happen. Do you know how many other sources of folate there are in the plant kingdom? And vegetables are chock FULL of the fiber that you seem to insinuate is only available in whole grains. The wheat-laden junk sold to us as food is the real danger. This is a very disappointing article.

It needs much fact checking. Your wheat addiction is showing. Yeah, shhhhhh. Elaine, Holly was saying people who are gluten-sensitive not intolerant should not brag about how wonderful they feel on a gluten-free diet to people who have celiac disease. The perspective of the person with celiac disease is much different than that of a person who is merely gluten-sensitive. They are not trying to cure acne or eliminate bloating.

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They are trying to stay alive. Please do actual research before dismissing the health consequences of this GM castrophy to those of us who do not have Celiac dz. The myriad of proteins that did not exist in grains until lab experiments were involved have consequences. This is so misguided, and I am not surprised.

Essentially what I just heard from the read was eat whole wheat because it will deliver to you essential vitamins, which the industry adds to your favorite wheat products i. How about going right to the source instead? Essentially it makes real food more convenient to eat, especially with your hands. So, Ms. Strawbridge: Read your article and sooo offended by not only the misinformation, but your level of incompetence.

I only have one question for you and your Harvard colleagues: How much of a grant will you be getting from the big wheat producers of this country Kraft, BASF, etc to write such an unbelievabley misleading article? And, telling people to keep their dietary choices to themselves: you guys should be really afraid as people are talking, blogging, writing books—your article is going over like a lead balloon. Also, your point that going gluten free is a burden??? Strawbidge: you and your article are prime examples why people are so sick and obese in this country. It really adds up to one word: incompetence!

And, I am personally offended by telling readers to keep what they eat to themselves and that it is a bother to go gluten free. Let me tell YOU what a bother really is: It is living with a disease for over 10 years and NOT one doctor during that time correctly diagnosed me. If someone has a serious bowel function problem, and nothing is helping, then what harm could there be in suggesting that they make an experiment of eliminating wheat and see if it helps?

So not only did you not research this well, you did not even bother to proofread. See stats form the National Institutes of Health and the Univ. This HAS to be the most incompetent person with a degree from Harvard! The of people in this country with the disease is NOT ,—apparently a degree from Harvard is useless. I have celiac disease and have done my own research in this area. I have NO respect for the medical profession as I have suffered with this disease for over 14 years—being told all sorts of different things.

Been wheat free for 28 days, have lost over 20 pounds, and feel amazing. What do you have to say about that, ignorant Ms. Lorie, I am so glad you finally found help. Its so much better now. Many of us commenting owe our well being to the book Wheat Belly by Dr. William Davis. I find Paleo cook books help too. All the best for your recovery. Christine: I am sooo happy for you too!

So, we suffer for years. Stay wheat free and you will continue to have a blessed life! Too many people who have gone gluten free are saying the same things with regards to how they feel! And this after being told I would need to take this for the rest of my life, as I watched both the price and my dosage escalate for the past 9 years. How and why could a person doubt something so measurable and so clear? Much better, much cheaper that way. Not one but two adults in my household have gone Wheat free since November We have each lost weight, shaped up, have more energy, rest really well, and have gotten rid of aches and pains, inflammation, and a long list of issues from digestive trouble to cholesterol.

Is it a bother? Not in the least! We are eating a greater variety of healthy single ingredient foods than ever before! We cook from Dr. Getting off the poisons of Agribusiness is not a problem, it is the solution! All you have to do is choose to eat something wonderful each time you are hungry! And by all means share this information! Share it with everyone you talk with, whenever you meet someone new who is struggling with the harm that is caused by wheat! What a loving thing to do!

Modern wheat is addictive, just like sugar. That being said, if the author did some serious research she would find plenty of evidence that going wheat and grain-free improves health in most people. Organic whole wheat may actually be good for you. Unfortunately, the genetically engineered wheat the American public is exposed to has been changed into a intestinal nightmare that leads to lack of absorption of nutrients, intestinal villi inflammation, increased cravings, obesity, diabetes and total body inflammation, possibly leading to many of the autoimmune disorders we are seeing on the rise.

Please do your research for , not A lot of changes have occurred since then. I advise my patients on diet so that we can get all their nutrients. Please revisit nutrition education. Based on years of careful research, I am convinced that having given up sugars, starches, and grains 14 years ago saved my life. I have tweaked my diet over the yeas, and have found that I do best on a very-low carb, high-fat, ketogenic diet. Many of my family members have had the same success with elimination of grains and sugar and we have collectively resolved issues with weight, ADHD, depression, eating disorders, anxiety, and staved off the Type II Diabetes that destroyed my father and grandfather.

We are not celiacs, but are, like the vast majority of people, very insulin-resistant and unable to process the heavy carbohydrate glut of the modern diet. I recommend the excellent work of Drs. Phinney and Volek, who have credentials I am sure you would admire. We deserve to hear the truth of how eliminating wheat, sugar, and all processed, packaged food will reverse most of the health problems plaguing our society and bankrupting our country.

To close,I will celebrate my 60th birthday tomorrow, feeling better than I did at age 30 when I followed the USDA recommended high-grain diet. This summer, I will put in over miles on my bicycle as I did last summer with energy to spare. Clearly, you have chosen to follow the very ignorant conventional dogma and thinking regarding grain especially wheat and disregard all of the scientific evidence that abounds. This is sadly the reason why our country is in an obesity and health crisis. Not only did my cholesterol drop 30 points but the rest of my labs have also improved.

So even though my personal testimonial is very persuasive in and of itself, the proof is in the lab work! Ill stay thin and healthy and you can keep your GMO grain. What a bunch of nonsense. It is misinformation like this that is the root-cause of many of our health problems. There is no such thing as a wheat deficiency. But, by avoiding wheat, I can come off my asthma medications and breathe through my nose. I sleep through the night. I have much less arthritis pain in my hips and back. My digestion is normal. My elderly dad gave up wheat for a few weeks before his last doctor appointment and his cholesterol came down enough that he could go off statins.

So, no, not going to shut up about it. My celiac friend, by the way, is happy that I am activist about finding restaurants where we can eat, and that increased demand for wheat free options is improving options for celiacs. Celiac disease tests have documented false negative and it is impossible to really know how accurate these tests are. There is no valid scientific research that can truly determine how wide spread gluten intolerance, celiac, and many other diseases caused by other wheat proteins Gliadin.

We can either wait 20 years for further research to be done that identifies how widespread wheat-caused diseases are while people are becoming extremely sick and dying from wheat, or we can tell people to go wheat free today and save lives. Why does wheat have to be fortified with synthetic vitamins anyways? Is it because wheat is so deficient in vitamins that it cannot naturally come close to the levels of Vitamin B9 to Spinach, or other greens? It is rather unfortunate that you need to refer to the typical banter regarding the value of wheat.

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Strawbridge if you cannot connect the dots you deserve the heart disease, cancer, kidney disease, and diabesity that affects nearly every common person. The irony is that you are at Harvard. Please come into the 21st century! I am extremely disappointed that Harvard has backed such a poor article by someone who obviously has no idea what she is talking about!

I went gluten free just over a year ago and had over 30 symptoms completely disappear that were in my life for up to 25 years. Some of these symptoms included acid reflux, intense itchy inner ears, eczema which was later confirmed as dermatitis herpetiformis , chronic fatigue, knee pain, brain focus, etc. It is sad the limited amount of nutritional training doctors receive, but what is worse is an article full of ignorance. Shame on Harvard! Strawbridge, you have clearly missed the mark. As a health coach, I have seen first-hand the improvements of my clients health by taking gluten out of many of their diets.

Not everyone needs to go GF but for those that suffer from stomach issues, distended bellies, joint pain, etc — it has been key to getting them on the right track. I do believe that eating the gluten free, packaged foods is not a wise choice. They can be packed with sugar and higher in calories.

My motto is to just keep the flour off the plate — with or without gluten. A well balanced meal of lean protein, whole grains gluten free for some and a plethora of fruits and vegetables is key to better health. I hope Harvard does not stand behind your opinions… my biggest concern is your closing paragraph.

A chicken breast, salad and a veggie can cost less than buying packaged foods! I gave up eating all forms of wheat last April and the symptoms that had been plaguing me for years IBS, heartburn, bad digestion, foggy head and quite a few more all disappeared within DAYS! My blood pressure has also dropped to normal and I have been able to halve my medication for same. I lost 5 kgs and my bloated belly went right down. Was this commissioned, Holly? Because it certainly seems that way. Get your facts right, please. There is something wrong with our wheat.

That is why so many people have quit eating it. Just too many good effects to ignore. The Gluten is not the problem, IMO. I am another one whose IBS went into full remission upon going gluten-free, and it only took a few days. When will nutritional science realize that gluten grains are not only unhealthy, they are definitely not a necessary part of the human diet? Only testimonials!? I got off all grain except rice and my IBS went into remission, no hives and itchy skin during allergy season, my asthma is almost nonexistant.

My fibromyalgia is so much better, I can do workouts on my treadmill I have never been able to handle before. Holly Strawbridge, Please do your research. No human should consume grain. My health problems, costing me thousands of dollars, were all resolved within weeks upon simply stopping grain. I think you should pay attention. Your career and health, is in grave jeopardy. This is a whole lot of bull crap! I went wheat free 8 months ago. I am going on 64, but feel more like And just to test this out I was invited out for a spaghetti feed just last night.

I enjoyed the meal, but this morning I feel bloated, hungover, and I have a gut ache. Modern wheat is toxic to our bodies. How about removing the toxins from your food and being able to feel good about what you do? Instead of contributing to the increase of disease and death in our society. This is one of the most unintelligent articles that I have ever read.

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I guess keeping people sick is a great moneymaker for these giants. Lets just give pills to people….. This just makes me so angry. Seek the truth and promote it. Courageous leadership is lacking everywhere. Very well said. I feel the same way. I think of bread and grains as my garage floor now:full of antifreeze drips, oil stains and just plain crap.