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Science Says Gluten Sensitivity Isn’t Always Real – Some People Are Just Whiners Science Says Gluten Sensitivity Isn’t Always Real – Some People Are Just Whiners

Science Says Gluten Sensitivity Isn’t Always Real – Some People Are Just Whiners

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That may be a snarky way of saying it, but it is true in certain cases. Scientific studies have concluded that sensitivity to gluten for people who do not have Celiac disease may only be psychological.

It is especially relevant in a country where 17 million people may unnecessarily believe that they are gluten sensitive (source: A Mayo Clinic survey in 2012, cited in a NY Times article.)

It is especially shocking in a planet that spent $10.5 billion last year on gluten-free products (source: Mintel, a market research company, cited in the NY Times article.)

It is especially important because a psychological disease can spread as fast as any virus.

Finally, it is especially lucrative for all the food companies making tons of money off of people who are not really gluten sensitive.

The same scientist who gave strong proof for gluten sensitivity a few years ago now says it might only be in your head.

Let’s start with some facts. Gluten is a protein found in grains. Celiac disease is very real. Gluten triggers really bad symptoms in people with Celiac disease. These symptoms include “depression, ADHD-like behavior, abdominal pain, bloating, diarrhea, constipation, headaches, bone or joint pain, and chronic fatigue” (source: Celiac Disease Foundation).

That is not a pretty list, and it’s hard not to feel any sympathy for those who suffer from these symptoms. But some people get these gluten-triggered symptoms without having Celiac; the term is non-Celiac gluten sensitivity (NCGS). But this condition is largely self-diagnosed. Professor and scientist Peter Gibson is no stranger when it comes to studying gluten; he did a study in 2011 that gave a lot of credit to the belief in (non-Celiac) gluten sensitivity. Seeing that NCGS had become a worldwide phenomenon, he revisited the topic in 2013 with a critical look at the original assumptions. These are the measures he took to validate his results:

  • Subjects were given every single meal for the duration of the study.
  • Any other potential causes of bad stomach symptoms were removed from the diet (lactose from milk, for example).
  • Peter collected nine days worth of urine and fecal matter for analysis purpose.

The results were pretty shocking. They concluded that gluten couldn’t have caused any of the negative symptoms the subjects were suffering from.

NOCEBO might sound like the name of the latest trendy NYC neighborhood, but is actually a term used to denote an inert substance that creates harmful effects in a patient (opposite of placebo). Gluten was proven as a NOCEBO by the researchers of this medical study. People who did not take gluten but had thought they were, began to experience a list of symptoms that no one would wish his or her enemies. In the study’s own terms, “we found no evidence of specific or dose-dependent effects of gluten in patients with NCGS” (source: No effects of gluten in patients with self-reported non-Celiac gluten sensitivity.). Gibson then took the research one step further.

Gibson’s team became less interested in studying gluten itself and more interested in studying people who believed they were gluten-sensitive. He wanted to better understand adults who diagnosed themselves with this condition. According to its results, “GFD was self-initiated in 44% of respondents; in other respondents it was prescribed by alternative health professionals (21%), dietitians (19%), and general practitioners (16%).” If you have a friend with “gluten sensitivity,” there is a 44% chance they self-diagnosed. There is only a 16% chance that a gluten-free diet was recommended by a medical doctor.

Jessica Biesiekierski, a member of Gibson’s team, is focused on doing more experiments to prove whether or not non-Celiac gluten sensitivity truly exists. Gibson and Biesiekierski’s have said:

“Non-Celiac gluten sensitivity (NCGS), occurring in patients without Celiac disease yet whose gastrointestinal symptoms improve on a gluten-free diet (GFD), is largely a self-reported diagnosis and would appear to be very common.”

“There is definitely something going on,” Biesiekierski told RCS, “but true NCGS may only affect a very small number of people and may affect more extra-intestinal symptoms than first thought. This will only be confirmed with an understanding of its mechanism.”

Currently, Biesiekierski is focused on refining the experimental methods used to determine whether or not non-Celiac gluten sensitivity truly exists. In the meantime, the gluten-free movement keeps storming on, backed up by some celebrities:

Just how big could this be?

Marketers are milking consumers and treating this trend like it will never go away. Just look at the numbers… (the following surveys and marketing studies were originally cited in this NY Times article about the non-gluten big bucks.) A fast growing trend: 11% of all households purchased gluten-free foods in 2013. They were 5% in 2010 (source: Nielsen Survey). These household customers ring up as much as $100 of gluten-free products in their average grocery basket. This is 3 times more than the average grocery bill of $33 (source: Catalina Marketing). Annual sales of gluten-free products were estimated to be $10.5 billion in 2013 and are expected to be $15 billion by 2016 (source: Mintel). To quote Harry Balzer, VP of market research at NPD Group: “About 30 percent of the public says it would like to cut back on the amount of gluten it’s eating, and if you find 30 percent of the public doing anything, you’ll find a lot of marketers right there, too.” Here is the craziest part of all – a 2012 Mayo Clinic survey concluded that only 1.8 million Americans have Celiac disease. In the same time, it’s actually 18 million people who consider themselves “gluten sensitive”, participating in the increase of this explosive trend.

The chart below shows the volume of Google searches with the keywords: organic, gluten, GMO and antioxidant. All of these health trends have made it onto the labels of tens of thousands of products you find at the grocery store:

http://www.google.com/trends/explore?hl=en-US#q=antioxidant,+gluten,+gmo,+organic&geo=US&cmpt=q&

People care more about gluten than about antioxidant rich and non-GMO products. Gluten is a very specific protein affecting 0.6% of the American population that actually has Celiac disease, whereas 5.7% of the population believes to be gluten-sensitive. It has recently become more interesting for people than organic food, something on the contrary relevant to just about 100% of the population. According to the Google search volume, the only over-diagnosed illness that tops the gluten-free craze is ADHD.

To sum up…

  1. Scientist who studied gluten inside and out has shown gluten sensitivity might be in your head.

  2. Celiac disease is a fact. Non-Celiac gluten sensitivity (NCGS) may not exist.

  3. A large part of the population falls into the NCGS camp.

  4. The business of gluten-free products was $10.5 billion last year.

  5. Some trends come from a marriage of health concerns and marketing.

If you want to find out more about how to get tested:

http://celiac.org/celiac-disease/diagnosing-celiac-disease/screening/

* This article was updated on September 23 2014 in response to the complaint(s) that we did not provide enough detail within the original.
** The opinions expressed are those of the author. Buzzworthy is more than happy to post a counter opinion if reliable sources and a strong case are provided.

  • hmschoolheidi

    oh boy, some folks won’t like this 😉

  • olivia

    celiac disease is incredibly serious…my grandfather has had to be taken to the hospital multiple times from it…. this is just offensive.

  • Lee Ann Taylor

    And who were the scientists working for? Did you even research the FOUR autoimmune diseases also counting gluten ALLERGY as a symptom? One almost killed my husband. Look it up you irresponsible hack. “Dermatitis Herpetiformis”

    • frankrizzo

      Sounds like he had herpes from your snatch

    • Joseph Miceli

      Dermatitis Herpetiformis is aggravated by gluten intake. Your husband has a real problem. The man you are calling a “hack” is not saying your husband doesn’t. He is saying that your husband’s REAL problems are being trivialized by faddish hypochondriacs who are claiming the same gluten intolerance as your husband. Why aren’t you mad at the hipster morons running around telling everyone they are gluten intolerant so they can get attention?

      • Typical Trash

        How are the fad fans trivializing the disease? If anything, their hypochondriac-level demands for the products are HELPING the people with real medical issues, because these foods were never before produced in such high quantities nor readily available.

        • Joseph Miceli

          Actually a good point…to a point. Good results sometimes come from bad things. How do they trivialize suffering? That’s like a kid shaving his head and pretending to have cancer so that he can get attention. It’s like a gay person pretending discrimination so they can get attention. It makes it harder for those who actually suffer to have their disease or issue taken seriously. Remember “The Boy Who Cried Wolf?”

          • Jennifer R.

            Children shave their heads in solidarity with cancer patients, it’s actually a thing. Your other remark, “a gay person pretending discrimination ..” – well, we know now how much of an idiot you are. Gay people do experience discrimination all the time. It’s not pretending when your own family disowns you, your landlord evicts you, your employer passes over you for a promotion, all for being gay.

          • Joseph Miceli

            Jennifer, you are obviously intellectually challenged. Your post makes points that address statements that I did not make. I suggest you work on your reading comprehension and try not to embarrass yourself with this verbal drivel in the future.

          • Jennifer R.

            I copied and pasted what was posted, so if you say you didn’t type it, maybe someone else using your profile did.

          • Joseph Miceli

            No Jennifer, you did not copy and paste. You created a red herring argument and distorted what I wrote, so now that means you lied. You aren’t very good at it either. My comment is right above yours in this thread and anyone reading it can see how you lied. I guess that makes you a liar, but more accurately it makes YOU a troll.
            Go back under your bridge now, Dear. Any further comment from you will simply show your lack of comprehension, ethical challenges and intellectual dishonesty.

          • Jennifer R.

            Please stop insulting me. I literally copied and pasted your remark about gay people pretending to be discriminated against! The part about children shaving their heads was not copied because I was responding that the purpose in shaving heads is to support the cancer patients (which you may not know about). How could you pretend that you didn’t type that? Anyone can see that the only words in quotes in my reply are there. If you can’t see that, you are the one who has a problem. You are clearly nothing but a troll.

          • Joseph Miceli

            Because you didn’t copy and past. You lied. Jennifer, it is RIGHT THERE! You lied. You are a liar. The point I made using examples of people who trivialize disease by faking it, you turned into an attack on disease supporters. The words are there, yes indeed. The words YOU distorted you troll. The words YOU lied about. Shame on you!

          • Jennifer R.

            You have no idea who is “faking it” and who is honestly trying to improve their health through diet. You have no idea who has real gluten intolerance but does not really understand a gluten free diet (since there is so little information about it given by most doctors or nutritionists). You simply assume that the majority of people are pretending to get attention – with no reason to believe this other than your hatred of their behavior. Who are you to assume you know better than others what their motivations are? Who are you to assume that all behavior that does not meet with your high standards is attention-seeking? People attempt to meet their needs, sometimes in ways that harm themselves or others. Why do you assume the negative of so many people? How does one person going on a gluten-free diet trivialize someone who is a celiac or allergic? Who do you think you are protecting? Are you a celiac or allergy sufferer? If you think you are advocating for those who truly need to avoid gluten, well, we don’t need your kind of negative advocacy.

          • Joseph Miceli

            Blah blah lbah, Jennifer. You state what I “assume” as if that were reality. Go back to your dishonest, distorting trolling based on your “victim status.” You lack of integrity and muddled thinking makes you completely unworthy of my time or the dignity of any further response. Shame on you, Troll!

          • Jennifer R.

            Again, resorting to personal attacks (this time on me instead of gays, children, or gluten intolerant people), simply to find someone to make you feel better about your negative views. F*** you. I am done with you as I have better things to do with my time than respond to constant attacks by a hateful jerk.

          • Harper33

            Jennifer I’ll jump in as a third party on this discussion you’re having with Joseph. You did misconstrue his words and present them differently than how he said them. He didn’t say “all gays pretend to get discriminated” he said a single gay person pretending they got discriminated ruins it for the majority of gay people who actually have been discriminated. He didn’t say “all people who shave their heads do it for attention” he said a single person who does that for attention ruins it for the majority who shave to be in solidarity with cancer patients like you stated. He didn’t attack gays or cancer patients so again you are misrepresenting his words. I don’t agree with the manner of how he responded but I get that he’d be a little mad when you are claiming things he said that he didnt.

            Basically, people who do not have an issue with gluten but say they do, can ruin it for the people who actually have issues with it because people take them less seriously. My sister has celiacs and when she goes out to dinner(rarely) she needs to specify how ingesting gluten is harmful in great detail because she isn’t always taken seriously, due to people who have no issues ruining it for her.

          • Jennifer R.

            Where did he say one gay person pretending to be discriminated against? How common is it for a gay person not to be discriminated against, outside the gay community? He said gay people, which could easily be interpreted to mean that he means that gay people aren’t being discriminated against (he didn’t say who they were ruining it for, either). When he mentioned the kids’ shaving their heads, he didn’t specify one kid – I have never honestly heard of any child shaving their head for attention, only of the ones who did it to support kids with cancer. The point is, though, he spends a lot of time talking about how people with “imagined” or “fake” gluten intolerance are mocking those with a medical need. Why? Why spend so much time and energy calling out whoever these people are in the comments section of a poorly written article about a poorly designed study? Who benefits from this kind of attitude? The bread industry? Celiacs?

          • Harper33

            no if you read it in the context he was clearly talking about an outlier ruining it for the majority. they are ruining it for the majority who go through that. I’m not sure how else to explain it to you but I thought it was pretty clear. People with fake gluten intolerances are mocking those with medical needs in a way. They make those with medical issues less likely to be taken seriously because of it. I don’t know how else to explain it. It seems you feel personally attacked because you eat gluten-free so you are taking it personal, but you shouldn’t.

          • Joseph Miceli

            Dear, I sincerely think you mean well, but your constant harping on your victim status combined with your distortions (just reading your above post maligning my character makes my blood pressure skyrocket!) and your complete refusal to admit to any viewpoint other than your own renders you incapable of reasoned debate. So stop it with the posts to me. As Carl Sagan is my co-pilot, I do not think you and I will ever see eye to eye. Let’s just leave each other alone.

          • Joseph Miceli

            Yes, I was a jerk to her and to YOU I’ll say I’m sorry. I really shouldn’t have been so mean to her but she makes me so angry! So many people suffer from REAL disease and people who ape that behavior for attention make their lives tougher than they have to be. Jennifer distorted my words, called my integrity into question and then slandered me. I will not heap more abuse on her because it doesn’t do any good and it is Troll-ish of me. I will just ignore her in the future.

          • Harper33

            I agree with you. It does ruin it for the people who have a real disease because they aren’t taken as seriously. I tried explaining it to her but she still didn’t get it so it’s a lost cause.

          • Joseph Miceli

            God you are so stupid. I’m gay so your whole “you are anti gay schtick is crap. Honestly, in addition to being a distortionist with the ethics of a weasel in heat apparently you can’t pass a Turing test either. Go away, Troll.

          • Jennifer R.

            Bit of the pot calling the kettle black there. Go back and re-read your posts and then maybe you will understand that your post could easily be interpreted to mean that people with gluten intolerance, along with gays and children without cancer who shave their heads, are attention-seekers. Where do you find these people, anyway? Children shaving their heads and pretending to have cancer? Really? Gays (I’m assuming white male) who pretend to have been discriminated against for some reason to get attention? Why? Why did you pick gays, anyway, not say, Christians, or some other group that is rarely discriminated against? And why are you so angry with those with intolerance and why are you so angry with me?
            Oh, I see: http://www.slate.com/articles/health_and_science/climate_desk/2014/02/internet_troll_personality_study_machiavellianism_narcissism_psychopathy.html

          • Joseph Miceli

            Why Jennifer! Once again you are proven wrong so you resort to a personal attack. Oh, and I have read that article already. Reminds me of you. Goodbye, little lying troll!

          • Joseph Miceli

            Yet another person agrees with me that you lied. Isn’t it time you admitted your lack of integrity?

          • Jennifer R.

            I don’t know what the hell you are talking about, why are you being such a jerk? Why are you so angry? I may have misread slightly what you wrote, but I did not lie. You are blowing things way out of proportion. When you say something like “a gay person pretending to be discriminated against” as a comparison to someone who is on a gluten free diet whom you think does not need to be on it you are a) making a huge assumption about why someone is on a gluten free diet and b) implying that gay people have no reason to be discriminated against. You may have *meant* that a gay person may pretend they are being discriminated when they are not in a specific circumstance (you didn’t say what that case was – dunno do you mean someone who is kicked out of a place for a non-discriminatory reason, such as breaking a set of rules), you didn’t say that. You just said pretending to be discriminated against without giving any context. Do you not see how that could be interpreted that gays are never discriminated against, or even that there is no such thing as discrimination (because many think that)?

          • Joseph Miceli

            That post was from weeks ago. We have already established what a liar you are and how you’ve distorted everything I wrote. Piss off, I have nothing more to say to you.

          • Jennifer R.

            Then why do you keep responding? Why do you keep calling me names? I can think of a few names to call you, too. The point is, you are the one who made up stuff in the first place — this article is not even discussing anyone faking gluten intolerance, it’s contending that people on a low FODMAPs diet who don’t have an officially diagnosed case of celiac may have a psychosomatic cause – despite the fact that the studies it references do not even conclude that! Instead they conclude that those who have self-diagnosed non-celiac gluten intolerance may in fact respond equally well to a low FODMAPs diet as to a gluten free diet. Nothing in it about faking it or attention-seeking. Why you chose to go off about people faking it to get attention is anyone’s guess.

          • Joseph Miceli

            Lord you are a stupid hystrionic attention whore. Go away, lying distortionist. I have a life. You should get one.

          • Joseph Miceli

            In other words, please read my preceding post. Wash, rinse and repeat.

      • Yashendwirh

        You know what is psychological? Narcissism, and it’s a huge fad. Because people who think or do really have gluten problems cannot think outside of themselves, they see anyone questioning the idea THEY might be part of the problem and think you are talking about /them./ They can’t help themselves, they have to defend themSELVES.

        Whats the problem with fadders saturating the market if it brings more awareness to the problem?

        Are these people that self-obsessed they can’t see the immediate problem is imbedded in this shit article at all? The net result is people thinking celiac is fake, that servers see fakeasses come in and the one noob that doesn’t take them serious can lead to the death of someone who is genuinely ill, it’s the fact that research becames HARDER because you have to filter through crowds of self-important fakes. THAT is the constitution of integrity; those that don’t have it aren’t helping you by giving you lip service. If you care about yourself and others, don’t forgive the people that are fake just because they are on “your side” this time. They are never on your side, they aren’t even on their own side, they are antithema to the “cause.”

        The only reason we “need” icebucket challenges and people “shaving their heads for solidarity” is clearly because it’s a substitute for the real compassion. Sure, it’s a means to an end, but it’s a bare minimum bedded in navel-gazing. How does it feel to know the only segnificant way your classmates or whatever can say they care about you is to shave their OWN heads to say “Hey, look at me, I care enough to do something that garners attention to myself so long as I SAY it’s for someone else in the meantime.” Really? The 12 dollar haircut and the following product purchases on making the grow-out process look good is for your friend?

        And meanwhile producers and advertisers only perpetuate the problem by running to the bank making alternatives and convincing everyone it’s better for them, whether or not they are ill. Gluten intolerance is real, but how many people can you trust in that kind of society to tell you the truth; it’s a problem when the sufferers are “eager” for a fakes if it appears to make their life easier.

        • Joseph Miceli

          Thank you! You said everything I wish I was eloquent enough to say. You get it!

          • Yashendwirh

            I was just blown away at how eager people are to acquiesce to superficial benefits that gullible consumers offer to legit sick people. Really? Here’s a guy that’s saying: “hey, this illness is real and it sucks people want to latch onto it for who-cares-what-reason when it’s not medically sound. It makes my life and job hard, unnecessarily, and hijacks the pain of others.” The lip service is nice and all but when the caveat is articles like this and a lack of good, and I mean REALLY good reference material because of the swath of bogus self-purported reporters and snake-oil salesmen drowning out studies with their opinion-pieces? “Well, there are more gluten free OPTIONS now!” There’s always been gluten free options, just like their are peanut-free options, and shellfish-free options. And the assholes whining about going to a restaurant that isn’t accommodating to their diet needs? “I have a peanut allergy but you know, lets go to the Reese’s factory for dinner.” The least we can hope for is that the hypochondria types Darwin award themselves out of the breeding pool, because it’s not bad enough they make their own lives tough, they have to offset that on service industry workers and regard them like they’re their own personal buttmonkies.

            Gobbling up material on formation of public opinion and postmodernist morals tends to delineate the self-obsession is that permeates so many of these social media articles; whether or not people are honest gets lost in all the dishonesty in a world where surface reigns supreme and everything is a commodity, right down to people and their illnesses.

  • Zack Smith

    37 is not statistically significant. Need to test those diagnosed with celiac

    • Toby Hunter

      Sounds like the wheat industry wrote this propaganda.

      • Richard Parker

        This study was done by the same person who published the original study that proposed the idea of gluten sensitivity. He went back and rechecked his data and came to the conclusion that his original hypothesis was not correct based on the evidence.

        • Lee Ann Taylor

          Sadly, you apparently do not know how to do research. My husband’s disease is one of 4, besides Celiac, that is a recognized autoimmune disease (in the lupus family) that has gluten ALLERGY among it’s symptoms. He is not gluten SENSITIVE…. he is allergic. And you blindly believe the research without knowing WHO commissioned the research? After all, science is now a bought and paid for agenda machine. Not objective as it should be. This headline and some of the contents make it sound like people who MUST live gluten free are full of it….but only the FAD FREAKS are…….NOT the people who TRULY have an allergy. By the way, I see NO footnotes or source information about where and HOW he did the research. Where is the link to the science involved?

        • Peyton Creadick

          The article makes it clear it’s not addressing gluten allergies but gluten sensitivities. Now, having said that, you’re just as guilty as the author of assuming that these people are about a “fad.” Millions of people have IBS (as I do), and we spend a lot of time trying to identify our triggers. Bread and cake do tend to worsen IBS. I think the mistake these people are making is assuming the problem is gluten. The study specifically says they can’t really rule out gluten, but they think the problem is likely something else that is often high in products that are high in gluten (like FODMAPS). In my case, as with many, the problem started after surgery. There’s a frightening percentage of people who develop some form of IBS after abdominal surgery. IBS worsens with stress. IBS worsens with dietary changes. We can’t be dismissing these people as hypochondriacs or as following a “fad.” In many cases, they’re just IBS sufferers who have discovered that gluten free helps. It often does. On the up side, people like your husband now have a ton of food options they didn’t have before this “fad.”

          • Shane

            I understand your point Peyton – IBS (unfortunately) is the bottomless pit of GI problems. It almost feels like a catch all for things the doctors can’t concretely diagnose. While it’s totally possible cutting out wheat helps in some cases, the real problem is that by making assumptions its “gluten” we can sometimes stop looking at other potential triggers in favor of something that might very well be placebo based.

            Gluten-free as a “trend” has come on so strong for the last 6 years in particular — don’t you think we should be asking the question as to whether there is any actual merit in it? That the guy posing the question is also the person who’s initial findings were used as the fuel for the fire makes me thinks questioning the scope of it’s actual reach (especially when considering the problems with self diagnosis) is a good thing

          • Joseph Miceli

            Peyton I really do understand and sympathize with you. Let me tell you a story, though. I am a waiter. I had 6 young women in their early 20’s come into the restaurant and all of them asked for the gluten free menu. There really are people trivializing your REAL suffering so they can either garner attention or because your REAL, UNDENIABLE problem has become fashionable for them to emulate. I think this trivializes real suffering. Please, do not stretch my credulity by telling me all six had some sort of gluten intolerance or that they all met at a gluten free support group. They certainly had no problems snarfing down cheesecake.

          • Jennifer R.

            Just because they aren’t celiac doesn’t mean that ordering off the gluten free menu is being done for attention. Maybe they think it’s healthier, which only makes them misguided. Your presumption that everyone is attention-seeking who asks for any variation makes you seem like a misanthrope.

          • Joseph Miceli

            Yes, because that is easier to judge me as a misanthrope than to admit the faddish nature of these people’s foolishness. Besides, your bias is evident in your deliberate mis-statement that I presume “that everyone is attention-seeking who asks for any variation(.)” I did not say that and …as rhetorical tricks go… that little red herring is the oldest one in the book as well as being dishonest.

          • Jennifer R.

            Your statements keep reiterating that everyone you see is as attention-seeking as those who claim to be abducted by aliens, cutting themselves, etc. – you make no statements that show that you believe any of your clientele has any real health concerns. Maybe you are just burnt out? Funny thing is, I have a verified (by mainstream doctors) condition that requires a strict elimination of a number of foods (per my mainstream allergist and nutritionist), and never eat out myself, at least in part because of attitudes like yours, and stories from my fellow sufferers of being contaminated by servers who disbelieve them and roll their eyes.

        • Cambel

          Sadly you apparently can’t read. The article stated clearly that people with Celiac and autoimmune issues with Gluten were not the people tested. The people tested were the millions who CLAIM a gluten allergy without having an auto-immune issue.

          • Lee Ann Taylor

            My problem is the sensational HEADLINE and a few sentences that make it SEEM as if he is talking about anyone who is gluten free. Apparently you can’t read ALL my comments….

          • Donna

            Exactly! Not everyone will read the entire article and understand the difference.

          • ReginaG

            Sadly, you must not have read the study. One woman, who did not have Celiac Disease by biopsy, but did have the genes, reacted to the gluten arm of the study and dropped out.

            She “beat the odds,” given that the prevalence of CD is 1/100. This shows that 1/38 (if you look at study participants) or 1/147 (If you take all potential participants) can have NCGS.

            The others are, as stated, self-reports. They were not scientifically shown to have CD.

            The study ALSO says that there is the possibility that another component of wheat may be the culprit. If it’s a FODMAP, this particular FODMAP is also present in garlic, onions, and other fruits and vegetables, that might have been present in the foods used in the study. You can reduce FODMAPs, but total elimination is nigh to impossible. Therefore, they may have reacted to those compounds, rather than gluten.

            That doesn’t “prove” that NCGS is a figment of anyone’s imagination.

          • ReginaG

            Oops, typo: I meant 1/37.

        • Mike Low

          I hate to be the dick but with all your bitching you do on here, I am sure your husband is ready to die just so he don’t have to hear your self righteous cunt lips smacking up and down looking for your next fight to pick. If I ever figure out who your husband is I am going to ask him how come he hasn’t either killed you yet or just ate a bullet and end his misery.

        • Did you read his third study, putting more weight behind the original thesis, but with psychological rather than digestive symptoms? I doubt it, because you’re still reading the press releases for the bakery-funded second study.

        • Jeff B

          Hmm, okay, so just how many people have this celiac disease? Only about one percent according to experts, whereas around 18% of adults are now buying gluten-free products to cope with their “sensitivity.”

          If you’re going to whine about research. At least read what you’re trying to refute. He not only didn’t suggest the disease didn’t exist, he included how frequently it occurs. The article suggests 17/18 people claiming a gluten allergy do not have one. That’s roughly 94% of people claiming a gluten allergy. You’re not making a valid point when you say “but 6% are being honest!!”

        • JG

          Well it is a good thing you know how to read. This is about gluten sensitivity, and makes no claim on allergies to gluten. If it had, he would have killed 37 people by forcefeeding them gluten, you dumbshit.

    • Cambel

      No because they already stipulate that people with Celiac actually DO have a sensitivity to Gluten, they were testing all of the people that claim they have a gluten allergy but don’t have Celiac

    • Shane

      You clearly don’t understand the point of this thing Zach – what is the value in testing someone with Celiac – we already know they will have a reaction haha. They are part of the statistically small number of people where sensitivity is not in debate. No one is challenging whether Celiac is a real condition or how awful it is (which is what I find so odd about the comments in this thread)

      The question here is to test effectiveness in people who are blindly (and somewhat ignorantly) self-diagnosing in response to what has become a much broader “health” trend. In real life this represents a very large share of the population – and that these people aren’t getting tested explicitly when tests exist makes it even more of a problem.

      Keep in mind, this “diet” is supported by a booming food business that has made millions marketing the same research as the person questioning it’s scope & reach now. The issues are self diagnosis + placebo effect + scope of reach + actual effectiveness of treatment in regards to general population. Not the 1% of people who are without question affected by it.

    • Joseph Miceli

      You did not understand the study. People with Celiac have a real, documented problem. These are people with “non-celiac sensitivity” to gluten. This study showed that non-celiac sensitivity is about as real as hysterical blindness, alien abduction, anorexia and cutting. Those things are all real, but the cause isn’t physical. It is all in their heads.

      • Rhonda

        I’m sorry did you just compare the realness of anorexia and cutting with alien abductions ? Wow. Now whose trivializing REAL suffering? As it was asked above, how are the people that order gluten free items trivializing REAL sufferers? They are creating a demand for a product that historically has been hard to find. It’s because of these fad chasers that your restaurant even has a gluten free menu.

        • AL

          What’s wrong with that ? Are you trying to say alien abduction isn’t real ? HOW DARE YOU !!!

        • Joseph Miceli

          Yes I did and I’ll tell you why. Anorexia and cutting are real disorders that were glamorized in the media and then adopted by teenage girls to garner attention. Rhonda, I am not a terrible person and neither are you. Look at the history of these things. They go in waves from one decade to the next. 10 years ago cutting was all over. 15 years ago everyone seemed anorexic. 30 years ago we were discovering scores of people with suppressed memories of childhood abuse. Right now we have real sufferers of Crohn’s and Celiac and it has been glamorized by the media and we have another wave of attention seekers.
          Yes, they are creating demand for a product. The absence of a product. I work in a steak house. The gluten free menu consists of the few items that are safe on our menu for real disease sufferers. This is an important service to provide disease sufferers but certainly doesn’t benefit us.
          Let’s cut to the chase here. People simply don’t like it when you call them on their self-delusion. Deists don’t like it, climate deniers don’t like it and gluten fakers don’t like it. That is what all this blow back is all about.

  • Kahler Nygard

    North Korea is a mainly rice diet, so yes your not going to find people eating gluten there….

  • Toby Hunter

    Where is the data? Who are wrote this? There is no science here!

    • Cambel

      Why are you lying? The link took you to a report on the Study from Business Insider Magazine.

      • Kristine S

        No that is a badly written article that has been passed around about a study that involved 37 people which you can hardly call a study. They were also people NOT diagnosed with gluten sensitivity and only self reporting. In addition they did find the ones that are not ARE allergic to something that is almost always present when gluten is present.

        I had gluten intolerance and all my cousins are celiac. I have been diagnosed by a doctor.

        But the easiest test to know it is NOT BS — because if I get gluten by accident I know it within less than a minute and then have symptoms for days.

        Irresponsible reporting is what this is about, not the lack of an intolerance.

    • Adam Roger Kearley

      Yeah, I similarly call bullshit. Nice “monsantoland” profile picture by the way, clearly you’re not delusional at all.

  • Kay Morgan

    I don’t care. I know I feel better than I have in a decade after taking Gluten out of my diet. Maybe it is something else, but so far, this has been the “miracle pill” I have been looking for for my Fibromyalgia. Less pain, less fatigue, less brain fog, and almost 20 pounds less, too.

    • MoreScienceHigh

      AKA, the placebo effect.

      • Smoking Hamster

        Nocebo to pick nits.

        • David Vaughn

          This is actually the placebo effect. The nocebo effect refers to adverse outcomes from otherwise harmless stimuli…I think. I have never heard the term, so I had to look up the difference. lol

    • Shannon Prendergast

      You have “fibromyalgia too, and gluten sensitivity. That says a lot since the 2 diseases are claimed to be psychological.

    • Kay, check out Candida over growth. It could be that you aren’t sensitive to gluten but that those foods feed the candida in your gut which causes the issues with Fibromyalgia. Candida is known to be a main culprit with brain fog.

    • Smooth Joe

      Im 24 with Multiple sclerosis and when I cut gluten out of my diet I feel 10x better. 🙂

    • So… you’re describing celiac symptoms. Have you been tested for it? Because if you have celiac disease, that would explain the improvement. Plus, fibro and celiac disease often go hand in hand.

  • Frank Spencer

    I can eat a certain amount of gluten after that I feel like I’m being stabbed by a hot poker in my stomach and get so sick all I can do is curl up in the fetal position… I’m so glad according to these people it’s all in my head… guess I should make an appointment with a shink now to fix it.

    • Beth

      My friend had those same symptoms. It was her gallbladder, which needed to be removed, not a gluten sensitivity.

    • I am the same. It turns out, if I pay enough attention, I get the same reaction from broccoli, cabbage, and other veggies. It turns out that I react to FODMAPs. It isn’t in your head. Whether it is gluten, FODMAPs, or some auto-immune condition, something is not right.

  • rohrwerk

    Not enough info in this study, and no documentation/links. 37 people is not enough for a final conclusion.

  • Athena

    Gluten allergies and celiacs are very real and very present. You may want to check your sources. Celiacs almost killed my stepdad because the doctors couldn’t diagnose him.

  • Kristine S

    No that is a badly written article that has been passed around about a study that involved 37 people which you can hardly call a study. They were also people NOT diagnosed with gluten sensitivity and only self reporting. In addition they did find the ones that are not ARE allergic to something that is almost always present when gluten is present.

    I had gluten intolerance and all my cousins are celiac. I have been diagnosed by a doctor.

    But the easiest test to know it is NOT BS — because if I get gluten by accident I know it within less than a minute and then have symptoms for days.

    Irresponsible reporting is what this is about, not the lack of an intolerance.
    Shame on you Buzzworthy!

  • Heather

    I think it’s fair to say that a majority of people who cut out gluten from their diet have positive reactions because they are generally more conscious of what they are putting in their mouths. When you have to think about your food THAT much, it becomes harder (though not impossible) to make as bad of choices as you used to. If you have your choice of hunting all over town/the internet to find one gluten free version of a junk food, you’ll probably skip it and eat something that is naturally gluten free, which is likely to be more healthful.

    While the SAD (Standard American Diet) recommends MANY servings a day of whole grains/cereals, there really is no dietary benefit to it. They claim fiber and certain different nutrients, but if you substituted ever serving of wheat/rice/potato/etc you eat in a day for a vegetable or fruit alternative, you’ll feel better. Can you eat those things and still be healthy? Of course. Do you NEED to eat those things in order to be healthy? Not at all. You can completely avoid all grains and still be extremely healthy. If it makes it easier to avoid grains by thinking that gluten is a problem, go for it. But if you’re just eating junk food made with DIFFERENT grains what good does it do?

  • Shane

    I don’t think your really grasping the point of the study Kristine. You were diagnosed
    by a doctor, and as such are part of what is a statistically small
    group of people who actually do have adverse reaction to it. No one is
    debating whether gluten allergy or Celiacs Disease exists (or how serious it is)….in your case,
    I’m sure it’s quite real, which also explains your sensitivity to the
    topic. But just because it’s real to you doesn’t mean self-diagnosed
    driven demand for these products is a good thing.

    The author of the study isn’t some random hack…it’s the same person who authored the
    original piece bringing “gluten free” into the spotlight in
    the first place. Looking further into this topic on the back of what
    has been an extraordinarily large marketing push from the food industry
    is hardly a bad thing.

    Mentioning the fact that this is “bogus” because they are testing “self-reported” cases instead of people who have
    been diagnosed is sort of laughable because that’s the whole
    point of the conversation. You don’t have to prove the effects of wheat
    on people who have Celiacs….that would be a bit pointless as the
    condition is not in debate. This is to interpret the need for
    these products (and the diet) from a placebo/trend perspective vs the actual benefit
    (when looking at empirical data) – what’s true for you isn’t universally so.

    • What about Gibson’s third study? What about the other dozens of studies on non-Celiac gluten sensitivity? What about the studies comparing the self-diagnosis rate of Celiac to the diagnosis rates of doctors?

      Somehow, though, the blogs have decided that the one study that goes against all the other research – the one study funded by a major Australian bread company – is the one that finally solves this years-old scientific mystery.

      And that’s how this website runs without ads, apparently. The whole story is an ad.

      • Shane

        A mysteriously unnamed Australian bread company teaming up with this site to shake up the gluten industry haha…seems legit. Get a grip (there are three ads on this page alone) To your second point – “Dozens” of contrasting opinion studies (with absolutely not ONE reference provided) – You’ll forgive me if I don’t just take your word for it John

        I’m happy to debate the merits of my comment and my opinion (as I have def been proven wrong before) – but I think your letting paranoia steer the argument away from the point. Let me frame this in more simple terms – people should get an antibody test and stop self diagnosing when faced with broad GI issues – That’s the whole point, and the third larger study supports the argument that a vast number of people are likely receiving limited success in avoiding formal diagnosis in favor of simply cutting out wheat – you might want to read back over the study or provide a link to where your getting your info. Heads up, if its from a site called something like scienceforhealthylivingdaily.net I’m not likely going to buy it as proof to your point.

        • The “mysterious unnamed bread company” is named right in the funding and conflicts of interest section of the study being misrepresented here, on BusinessInsider, and HuffPo. Somehow, all these major blogs mis-reported this study in the exact same way, and in a way that strongly favors the study sponsor’s financial interests.

          Don’t take my word for it, though… I’d definitely prefer it if more people read the actual studies.instead of listening to random people on the internet (marketing platform) and calling that science.

  • Can’t you get in trouble with Google if you don’t disclose pay-for-post blogging? Or… are you just regurgitating the press release Business Insider got paid for? (Content jacking paid posts?! I mean, I knew the internet content farms were running on fumes, but give me a break…)

  • Donna

    As someone who has Celiac Disease, an autoimmune disease, I take great exception to this article. Agreed there are those that have used a Gluten Free Diet to just try and be healthy. But folks like me – and there are a lot more than 1% of us out there – it is life or an early death if I eat Gluten. I have the results of the endoscopy showing the damage done to my intestines (along with teeth, bone, heart, cancer). So before you believe articles like this, please do your own homework and learn the truth. I need GF food like a Diabetic needs insulin. So Buzzworthy do your homework before you publish articles such as your Gluten one!

  • Sydne DiGia
  • SimSimmaa

    Thank god the author of this article is not a physician. Ignorance is not curable.

  • Sunshine

    Says the “internet blogger.” Go to med school and then write me an article. This is lame at best.

  • Morgan

    I don’t know who these scientists are, but gluten sensitivity and a little thing called CELIAC DISEASE is very real. Especially since I have it. I had blood test and my DOCTOR diagnosed me. Look it up. And maybe before you post things like this, you should do more research. I have spent many nights in the ER because of this disease. Bless your heart that you are so misinformed. And thanks for making it harder for us who really have this horrible autoimmune disease to get recognized. You are a horrible person and an idiot.

  • Cole

    My wife has celiac, and we use the term “severe allergy” because it’s the only way to be taken seriously. Thank you for harming what little credibility we have. Not sure whether you know how serious celiac is (and estimates range from 1%-3% of people having it – no surprise you grabbed the low estimate), but your approach only serves to make things even more dangerous. You’re also cherry picking data because there is data out there to affirm non-Celiac gluten sensitivity. Not a ton of work has been done on this yet, so it’s pretty early to take cheap shots of people dealing with real pain.

  • boogie

    the science is “settled” kinda like global warming

  • Steve

    Wow. Way to throw the people under the bus that actually have CELIAC DISEASE. Articles like this are what cause countless people to call out folks with this disease as “made up” or “fake”. Whoever wrote this is a total asshat.

    • Glenn Styles

      Or you could actually read the article before making a fool of yourself. Up to you though.

      • Steve

        I did read the article fool. If you didn’t get the point what I was trying to make because of your lack of education, that is not my fault. The author does a real great job of indicating that majority of folks with Gluten Sensitivity are just whiners and it is all made up. The fact is just because a very select few have Celiac Disease, it doesn’t give folks the right to just dismiss Gluten Free eating as a fad, which in this article he does. Should we dismiss the countless other diseases folks have just because hypochondriacs are walking around thinking they have them?

        Just by the title of the article the author goes out of his way to take a group of people that have a medical condition…and lops them together with a select few that he is annoyed at for dietary reasons. If he had maybe focused a good portion on the actual disease and how it is serious, as well as put a title that didn’t sucker the majority of folks that read it to think it’s a fad…. then maybe he would have come across as less than an idiot. I’ve seen first hand people call out my spouses disease as just made up and it is wrong.

        Hope you learned something.

      • If you read this article, and think it has any merit – you’ll be making a fool of yourself the next time you repeat its baseless claims.

    • Stacie Ermis

      Um, he didn’t call out people who have celiacs… he called out fad dieters who claim to have a gluten “sensitivity”…

  • Andrew Matamoros

    It appears I am better at reading the authors own sources. First off, I have heard plenty of people bitch about other people who have gluten sensitivity, having no idea that the woman I love suffers from this. I usually just keep my mouth shut, because, fuck them. After this article though, I’m feeling pretty saucy. The sources that this guy cites have very interesting and scientific findings that he just skips over to make gluten sensitivity sound bogus. Take a look at this from the Biesiekierski et al. (2013) paper, “In all participants, gastrointestinal symptoms consistently and significantly improved during reduced FODMAP intake, but significantly worsened to a similar degree when their diets included gluten or whey protein. Gluten-specific effects were observed in only 8% of participants. There were no diet-specific changes in any biomarker. During the 3-day rechallenge, participants’ symptoms increased by similar levels among groups. Gluten-specific gastrointestinal effects were not reproduced. An order effect was observed.” By the way only 37 people… cute. What this means is that the people were originally placed on a reduced FODMAP diet. FODMAP is an acronym for Fermentable, Oligo-, Di-, Mono-saccharides and Polyols which are foods that are poorly absorbed by the small intestine. When these foods make it to the large intestine they are osmotically active and fermented by intestinal bacteria, thus leading to luminal distention that people with IBS and gluten sensitivity abhor. So.. ok.. the study found that when people were placed back onto high-gluten, low-gluten, or gluten-free diets that they all became equally worse. This indicates that “gluten” in and of itself may not be the main culprit of people’s discomfort, however (and this is a big however), gluten free food is often low in FODMAPs. Therefore, when people are switching to a gluten free diet they are reducing their intake of FODMAPs. Significant sources of FODMAPs include fructans (WHEAT, rye, barley, onions, asparagus, broccoli, brussel sprouts, cabbage, chocolate), galactans (beans, tofu), and polyols (apples, apricots, avocados, blackberries, cherries, peaches, pears, plums, watermelon), fructose, and lactose. It is understandable that people who go gluten free are going to likewise reduce their FODMAP intake. The same sources that this asshole cites also stress the point that MORE RESEARCH IS NEEDED. Look at the final paragraph, “Well, this has to be a little bit embarrassing for all the gluten sensitive of you out there. Your body CAN handle that pizza crust, it’s just your mind that can’t take all that baked doughy goodness. Now that science has spoken, please stop complicating dinner plans for all of your friends.” What a jerk! Again, from one of the authors sources, “Reduction of FODMAPs in their diets uniformly reduced gastrointestinal symptoms and fatigue in the run-in period, after which they were minimally symptomatic.
    Coincidentally, some of the largest dietary sources of FODMAPs — specifically bread products — are removed when adopting a gluten-free diet, which could explain why the millions of people worldwide who swear by gluten-free diets feel better after going gluten-free.”

    SO instead of writing some snarky buzzfeed post about people who are suffering, it would have been better if this author took the time to include this fascinating research into FODMAPs and how they may play a part. Clearly this research isn’t complete and I’m sick of these upworthy titles saying that science has PROVED something. This kind of shit is what fuels climate change and evolution deniers…. Science. Takes. Time. You need multiple peer-reviewed studies with various controls to finally reach anything close to “PROVING” something. For example evolution, it used to be thought that traditional reproduction (sexual or asexual) was the only means of transferring genes in mammals, but recently it has been shown that horizontal gene transfer can occur! No this doesn’t leave room for the earth being only 6,000 years old and man not evolving from monkey’s, but it does shed light on an incredible means for new DNA being introduced into mammals! Again, this is an example of how science itself evolves over time, even some of our most sound theories! Einstein died scoffing at quantum theory! NEVER EVER EVER take one article to be THE holy grail. One paper is exactly that, one paper. Science is a collective. IFLS is guilty of this shit too sometimes. Like the headline that reads “Direct Braint-To-Brain Communication Used in Humans.” That sounds like some shit out of Star Trek, but actually, it isn’t. In fact it is just a fancy way of reading brain waves and encoding them into some other signal. It really isn’t as fancy as the title makes it sound. So here, we have Buzzfeed publishing a blog piece with NO AUTHOR, and snarky assholes all around the world are going to parade around using it as PROOF that gluten sensitivity isn’t real. I understand people don’t like trends and hipsters, but if you could see the pain that my girlfriend is in after she eats something that disagrees with her stomach, you would know that this is no laughing matter. So if you are one of those people who reads this article and says, “I KNEW IT!” all I have to say to you is… fuck you

    • Richard ellis

      Fuck me? No, fuck you you prick. Just because your girlfriend suffers from ibs gives you no special insight here. Your like people who think that “as a parent” makes an argument more valid. Yeah, it was wrong to say proved, but then everyone should be reading this stuff withthe same scepticism you would treat any Internet material with. Think it thru tho, some people deffinatly have psychosomatic ncgs, that is pretty uncontrovercial. Nothing in the original source here denies non-psychosomatic ncgs, just suggests that ncgs as an actual dietary condition is less prevalent than a lot of people believe. In the food service industry we call this bandwagon hopping faddy hipster twats, and we are glad to see some evidence to deny our sneaking suspicion we might have been wrong about this matter. It’s got exactly fuck all to do with your Missus lower intestine. We are not talking about individual cases here, but trends and patterns.

    • Zebee A’Court

      fuck what a whiner haha

    • T

      I love you man… a “scientist” says gluten sensitivity “may” have never existed. Red flags right there. No validity at all. FODMAPS are very interesting. For one, I can’t eat onions anymore unless I want to feel like I have a cold. The real whiners are the ones that don’t believe, yeah it’s real hard hearing advice from people who are trying to help. Smh. Pathetic.

    • LLP2112

      The author of the article made it clear that Celiac disease is very real and people who have it go through very real suffering. I don’t know what your problem is but get some anger management or go decaf or whatever it takes.

  • Amanda Dufries

    This author should explain this ridiculous fodder to my daughter. She had terrible headaches for years that had gotten worse. We were at our last option of what it could be. We tried everything, TMJ suspicion, eyeglasses, etc. A friend who has Celiac suggested we eliminate gluten. We took her off of gluten and her headaches resolved. She has been off of it since February 2013. She has been accidentally exposed to gluten a handful of times never knowing about it until after she has gotten migraine headache, stomach cramps, flu-like symptoms, and bedridden. The last time she was exposed, it was my own fault. I bought cream cheese, a new brand I hadn’t bought before that did not state “wheat” or gluten in the ingredients. At first I thought she had a virus because I didn’t think she could have eaten gluten. She told me, know mom this is how I feel when I have gluten. I got some somewhere. So I researched the new brand of cream cheese and sure enough the stabilizers were made of “wheat”. It is not all in her head. Not only that, but she has circulation problems where her limbs go numb easily from a B12 deficiency. I just found out recently that this results when your body cannot process gluten so you don’t get the nutrients it needs for circulation. Recently she has had issues with her spleen enlarging. We’ve researched and what a “coincidence” I guess this author of this article would say. The spleen enlargement is connected to gluten intolerance as well. YOU CANNOT TELL ME THIS IS ALL IN HER HEAD!!!! Especially since we realize the gluten exposure AFTER she gets sick, NOT BEFORE! We know a LOT of people with this condition, and it is not frivolous or mental. As far as the Celiac statistics, they are way off base. There are many people with full blown Celiac disease that get a false negative rest result. She has a friend who has tested negative for Celiac, but she practically has to go to the hospital when she accidentally consumes gluten. There would also be more people actually diagnosed with celiac if unintelligent articles like this weren’t written, so that the medical community would actually take it seriously. If this article were actually printed, you could line your birdcage with it.

    • Terry J. Wood

      Nobody does a strict gluten free diet if it doesn’t produce results. The diet ruins your social life — you can’t eat at parties or go to just any restaurant — it can be expensive to do since you can’t eat cheap pasta and bread — and it takes away all your favorite foods — until you find suitable substitutes.

      So anyone strictly following the diet must be seeing results. It must be giving them something. Something like their LIFE and their HEALTH back if they’re doing the diet year after year!

      So don’t sweat these “all in your head” articles. You know what it’s doing for your daughter. If she’s willing to make the sacrifice and eat totally gluten free it must be working for her. And that’s what’s important!

  • Joseph Miceli

    Frankly, I have a lot of sympathy for REAL sufferers of Celiac’s and Chrone’s and other diseases. The rest of you hipster latte-swilling over-entitled hypochondriacs can kiss my nether regions. I am making my 5 layer lasagna for tomorrow’s dinner party followed by lemon curd shortbread topped with home made vanilla bean ice cream and a nice bottle of Ripaso. Too bad you can’t have any due to your neurotic foolishness. Nyaa nyaa nyaa nyaa nyaaaaaaaaaa! Sucks to be you!

    • Papa Miceli

      you’re just a fucking idiot, son.

      • Joseph Miceli

        Thank you so much for your erudite commentary. Fuck you very much to you too!

    • Terry J. Wood

      I can make gluten free equivalents of almost anything. Gluten free doesn’t mean “can’t have” or “tastes bad” any longer.

      I use Jules Shepard’s gluten free flour and I want for nothing…

      http://www.gfjules.com/category/recipes/

      • Joseph Miceli

        Well, good for you and I am very sorry that you suffer from Celiac’s or Crohn’s or another disease that makes you go to all that extra trouble and expense and support the “gluten free” industry that is capitalizing on this fad. If, however, you have “non-celiac sensitivity” then I would have to question your gullibility. Not saying you are gullible, as you didn’t say why you avoid gluten, just saying that if you are not a disease sufferer then you are wasting time and money on something needless.

        • “I read a blog post, so now I’m an expert and I can insult people!” That’s what you sound like.

          • Joseph Miceli

            Well, John, I am sorry you feel that way. I have written over and over again about my sympathy for true sufferers of disease while I have shown my utter contempt for fad dieters who are simply seeking attention while mimicking and trivializing the real sufferers of disease. If you haven’t gotten it by now, then I won’t be losing any sleep over your desire to troll. Oh, and to all those people pretending to have a gluten allergy, stop insulting real sufferers of disease!

          • Terry J. Wood

            The guy who wrote “Nyaa nyaa nyaa nyaa nyaaaaaaaaaa! Sucks to be you!” calls us trolls! That’s rich!

          • Joseph Miceli

            Terry, you guys just have persecution complexes or you just love being the victim or you just can’t comprehend what you read. If you honestly go back and re-read that post, REALLY read it and be honest, you do see that I have sympathy for real sufferers of the disease. I did not call you a troll. In the end you will believe what you want.

          • Terry J. Wood

            I’m putting accurate information here to help those who might be suffering with NCGS. I’m sure my experience as a patient with NCGS can’t match your experience as a waiter, but that’s life. I do what I can to help people.

          • Joseph Miceli

            Yes, by misrepresenting my words and ignoring what I wrote. Terry, I sympathize with your suffering from the disease, but your intellectual dishonesty coupled with your sheer snobbish assholery is something I can’t condone. I am through being nice to you. You obviously don’t deserve it.

          • Terry J. Wood

            ” I am through being nice to you.”

            Don’t be silly! You’ve NEVER been nice to me! 😛

          • Joseph Miceli

            “Well, good for you and I am very sorry that you suffer from Celiac’s or Crohn’s or another disease that makes you go to all that extra trouble and expense”

            Face it Terry, you were looking for a fight from the beginning because you don’t like having your delusions challenged. Not everyone who says they have your disorder really suffers like you do. Some people are just looking for attention. You, however, are just a snobbish asshole willing to bear false witness to prop up your belief system. That sort of lack of integrity should make you ashamed of yourself. I doubt you are capable of that emotion, though.

          • Terry J. Wood

            Go have a look at your collective replies and see how they read to you. If these things were said to you, how would you feel? There’s no need to call people names. Look how often you do this.

          • Joseph Miceli

            Go look at what I wrote and the evil, mean spirited replies that I got for challenging their self delusions. Then read my response to them. THAT is where I get nasty, after being attacked. You are picking and choosing your evidence to fit your narrative. I stand behind everything I’ve written and you are just as much a part of the problem as they are. You think ANY attack on the fad of “gluten-free” is an attack on you, even though you really suffer from a diagnosed disease. You can’t help yourself, even though you are not being addressed and my first comment on this thread EXPLICITLY stated that.
            You people need to use your brains and critical faculties for a change.

          • aleksthegreat

            That’s how people with gluten sensitivity sound. I read an article in 2011 and now I’m a fucking medical doctor!

        • Sigbab

          I have (biopsy-diagnosed) Celiac’s Disease. I have to disagree that my diet (or anyone who makes a personal choice to be on this diet for whatever reason — who for some reason you feel the need to ridicule, as if it affects you in any way) costs me time or money over an above a diet with gluten. If anything, it SAVES me a lot of money. I have to pack my lunches out of necessity and I don’t have the opportunity to go out to eat very much. As for what I eat at home, I buy very few items that are the more expensive “gluten alternative” version of a food item. I just buy and eat foods that are naturally gluten-free (meat, veggies, fruits, rice, corn, potatoes, etc.). Thus, instead of making sandwiches with bread, I use rice cakes or corn tortillas (depending on what kind of sandwich), both of which last A LOT longer and are MUCH cheaper than bread.

          The diet has forced me to eat fresh food, as well; no more pre-packaged junk food which, while I DO miss it occasionally (I am human), was never good for me in the first place, so it’s a win-win.

          Please, enjoy your lasagna. But try to figure out why someone else’s dietary *choices* (meaning someone who is not required to eat the way I do but chooses to) annoy you so much; we’re not annoyed by your lasagna.

          • Joseph Miceli

            Because I’m a waiter. As I wrote to another sufferer, I had one table come in of six women, all who ordered off the gluten menu and then proceeded to special order off of that. Yes, it is my job to serve but that doesn’t mean they aren’t being over entitled pains in the ass while pretending to be disease sufferers to excuse their petty behavior…all while trivializing YOUR suffering. Their dietary choices don’t annoy me, their attention grabbing antics and sense of entitlement morally offend me. If someone decides to shave their head and starve themselves because they like the “chemo look” am I supposed to respect that?

          • Sigbab

            They are being over-entitled by ordering available items off of your employer’s menu? Again, I don’t see why you’re so annoyed. You are entering food items into a POS system or writing them down and giving a piece of paper to the kitchen. What difference does it make to you what’s on it? Is it more difficult to deliver a gluten-free cheeseburger and a regular one to a “petty” table than it is to deliver two regular ones?

            There comes a point in the hospitality industry where we are ready to move on to something else. It seems to me like your time is imminent.

          • Joseph Miceli

            I knew it was useless to try to explain to a hostile audience. You lived down to my lowest expectations. You completely ignored the part about the trivializing of real suffering, like you all always do. Thank you for the personal attacks, by the way. Guess what? I am one of the most successful and skilled waiters in New Orleans. I have an encyclopedic knowledge of wine, food and beverages. I have studied for years and trained thousands of other waiters. I am not going anywhere. What will change is that you non-celiac fakers are going to move on to the next fad within 5 years, just like you did from Atkins and the Paleo diet. Stick that in your petty, over -entitled gluten free cheeseburger.

          • jean

            So, Joseph, YOU get to make the call whether or not these women have celiac or not because…..? I am not celiac, but I do order off the gluten free menu because I have a thyroid condition that is exacerbated by the gluten protein. The gluten protein mimics the thyroid hormone, so if my body is attacking my thyroid and I eat gluten, then it will attack the gluten protein, as well causing a chain reaction in my body. Having been grain free for a year, I have been able to reverse my Hashimoto’s disease, but not as yet, my entire thyroid condition. You’re not a medical Dr., you’re a waiter. You don’t get to decide who’s “faking” it and who isn’t.

          • Joseph Miceli

            Oh for God’s sake, will you idiots stop with the whining? I love the way you snobby dicks say “waiter” like I’m a lower life form with no critical faculties. Frankly, that says more about YOU than about ME. It is a fact that some people fake the disease for attention. Maybe you are, maybe you aren’t, but you probably are because you are so sensitive about it. Do what you want, it is a free country, and I do, indeed, get to decide whose ‘faking’ it and who isn’t. I just did you bufoon.

        • Terry J. Wood

          I’ve been diagnosed by physicians and professors of medicine at the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine as having non-celiac gluten sensitivity (NCGS). They put me on a GF diet and it not only controlled my NCGS but it’s kept my ulcerative colitis from flaring for the past 9 years.

          I’m not gullible. I’m cured. Being healthy is not a waste of my money. I do feel sorry for those people who seems to be frustrated that I am once again healthy, but that’s their problem, not mine. I couldn’t be happier with the results of my gluten free diet. It has given me my life back!

          • Joseph Miceli

            I am glad you are healthy and living a whole life. I am sick of responding the same thing over and over again because you all can’t seem to read with comprehension, though. Have a good day and a good life.

          • Terry J. Wood

            Thank you for sharing!

          • Drew Clark

            Maybe that’s because you were an unapologetic asshole. I too have been diagnosed by a physician for NCGS. And that was years ago, if it was a trend then, I was unaware. So to put it succinctly: go fuck yourself.

          • aleksthegreat

            Does it feel good to be a moron?

          • Joseph Miceli

            Drew, you are a touchy little bitch boy, aren’t you? I’d tell YOU to go fuck yourself, but I’d rather that you do something you won’t like.

            Here, just for you:

            http://www.amazon.com/Manners-Excruciatingly-Correct-Behavior-Freshly/dp/0393058743/ref=sr_1_1?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1411659600&sr=1-1&keywords=miss+manners+guide+to+excruciatingly+correct+behavior

          • aleksthegreat

            Hey, he’s a professor of computer science. We all need to just stop arguing.

          • Joseph Miceli

            I thought that was what I just did. 😉

          • Brent

            It’s like arguing politics or religion. I’ve been reading all of these ridiculous comments and you have said the you sympathize with people who truly do suffer, yet many many many people just attack you for not buying the hype many do.

            How about this people; starting eating whole foods, organic or not. Quit relying on restaurants to cater every illness and not just look at but REAL both sides of a debate.

            I think many people’s problems stem from eating years and years worth of processed convenience foods. Yes, medicine has come a long ways, but this IBS, NCGS and countless other food “problems” have surfaced the last two decades. Im willing to bet previous eating habits are a contributor.

            Now people will “flame” me after reading only what they want:)

          • Joseph Miceli

            Processed food, artificial additives, chemical packaging…heck, even your refrigerator’s ice maker has water sitting in plastic tubing for God know’s how long, leaching God know’s what into your ice.
            You are right. Eating real, minimally to not at all processed food just makes good health sense.

          • aleksthegreat

            Because professors have never been wrong before. Perhaps they should do a study, or is that not part of their budget?

  • Zoller Coaster

    I work in a brewery restaurant and love watching people order, telling a server that they NEED to have gluten free stuff, and then order a beer. Our servers are very nice when they say, Ummm… well beer has gluten in it. Customers usually look at them in shock and rattle off something like my favorite one, “well that is ok, the alcohol makes it so I can consume the gluten.”
    Sure sure it does.

    • ReginaG

      Yes, those would be the fad dieters. A person with a true sensitivity would never risk it. The heartburn-from-hell, alone, would punish them plenty more than your snide remarks behind the scenes ever could.

      • aleksthegreat

        :'(

    • Terry J. Wood

      You have have a customer who has a wheat allergy, not gluten sensitivity. People with wheat allergies often order gluten free meals, but know which products containing rye or barley that they can consume. And some main stream beers have tested at less than 20 ppm of gluten (and theoretically may be safe — I say “theoretically” because I’d never take that chance!)

      For example, Corona tests less than 20 ppm according to this article: http://glutendude.com/alcohol/is-corona-gluten-free/

      What they may be telling you is the distillation process of some beers may indeed make them safe to drink. Again, I’d not risk it, but those with wheat allergies may be able to enjoy them.

      (I stick with something safe, such as Strongbow Hard Cider).

      • Hard alcohol is almost always safe, as the distillation process removes the gluten protein. But beers rarely are, unless they’re rice beers.

      • aleksthegreat

        Man, you’re a computer scientist not a dietitian.

        • Terry J. Wood

          I am a computer scientist. I hold a bachelor of science degree from Penn State and a MS in CS from the University of Pittsburgh. I credit my degree from the college of Science at Penn State with helping me to be able to find the doctors who were able to cure me. I never understood, until then, why Penn State wants its graduates to be well rounded in the Sciences. That degree from Penn State was the best money I ever invested.

    • You might be surprised – some beers have nearly indetectable amounts of gluten in them, even though gluten-containing grains are the primary (non-water) ingredient. Coors Light, specifically, tests under 10ppm, which means that if they wanted to, they could slap a big GLUTEN-FREE! label on it and not get sued by the FDA. Heineken tests around 20-30ppm so it is a little bit too high to be “gluten free” in a legal sense, but it is pretty damn close. About half of Celiacs can have that much (with a meal) and not feel any effects.

      It’s actually a pretty interesting avenue of research, because it points to the effects of microbial metabolic activity (such as brewer’s yeast devouring sugars and proteins to create alcohol) in denaturing the protein into relatively harmless peptides. It also turns out that people reacting to wheat have very different microbial profiles inside their digestive systems, so we may just be calling on you beer guys to solve this thing for once and for all…

      • Terry J. Wood

        It is quite surprising that some beers have so little gluten in them. I don’t like beer enough to take that risk, however. In fact, for most of the past 9 years I haven’t had any alcohol at all because I simply didn’t think it was a good idea. I did try a gluten free beer once and it was very sweet tasting. It was OK, but that’s not how I remember beer as being.

        I did discover Strongbow Hard Cider, which is naturally gluten free, upon the recommendation of a waiter at Walt Disney World’s Rose and Crown pub in EPCOT. I gave him a 30% tip on our meal for that! (And for his help in getting me a gluten free meal too!)

        What a great cider it is. It’s not really sweet. It’s great on a hot day! I still don’t drink very often, but it’s nice to know there are safe things to have now and then.

      • Terry J. Wood

        I’ve recently learned that the tests for gluten simply do not work on beer. Because of this the Alcohol Tax and Trade Board will not allow any barley based beer to make a claim of being gluten free no matter what the tests say. This is because the tests don’t work on beer.

  • Craig

    This is the most ridiculous article I ever saw. I had been researching this issue for years not only does gluten effect your gut and cause inflammation through out the body is causes glucose spikes and chemical imbalances in the brain. In some cases even schizophrenia. Even if this article was accurate the comparison of us grains to any other country is erroneous. All our grains are GMO (genetically modified organisms) proven to cause autoimmune diseases. Other countries have banned them.

  • Beverly Blair

    All I can say is *Bite Me* … They know nothing and have proved nothing, because you haven’t tested enough people and went to a hospital and seen the pain people are in! I was so effected that my colon was BLACK! I spent a month (yes a whole month) getting back to normal, but the doctor still couldn’t tell me what caused it. I was only allowed to eat blan food, LOL … oh my, you talk about starving! So I was right back to where I started over and over again. Walk in the shoes, that are on my feet …. all the doctors, all the testing, all the hospital stays and all the ER visits … oh and don’t forget the thousands of pills that were shoved down my throat over the years by doctor after doctor and just more testing and a new pill .. oh that should fix it! WRONG! Doctors know nothing and don’t pay attention to this Gluten, they push pills so they can get a little green out of it. Oh by the way remember you have to spend hours in the pubic restrooms and your bathroom at home and don’t go out anywhere with friends, you will be sick and in pain. Still got my shoes on, that I have worn for nine years and then tell me after being GF for six months if you would go back to eating Gluten again. I would say you need your head examined and see if it is all fake in your brain!

    • Terry J. Wood

      The best advice I’ve ever had from a doctor is this: “If some food makes you sick, DON’T EAT IT!” That was simple straight forward advice. Even if there is not yet a test for non-celiac gluten sensitivity and you can’t “prove” you have it, you know how you feel. If you feel better not eating gluten, then by all means don’t eat it! It’s not as if humans need gluten to live. Millions of people in Asia have never eaten wheat and are perfectly healthy eating rice.

      I’m glad you’ve found something that works for you. I’ve been in your shoes and I don’t regret going gluten free 9 years ago. It gave me my life back!

      • ThePlatypus

        Terry and Beverly, well said. I am a restaurant owner and while it does irk me a little bit. I swallow my pride and put gluten free, and I mean researched gluten free dishes on my menu. I will continue to do so even if its only a fad, and even if it cant be proven. If that is what makes you feel better, and that is what my patrons need, then god damn I am sure as hell going to provide it. Seriously it doesn’t take much effort to take the ingredients that would have been in a sandwich and put them in Bibb lettuce cups. I must also admit I do not take it as seriously as nut and shellfish allergies. I will provide gluten free options, but when someone with nut allergies orders we switch out all the cutting boards. I believe gluten sensitivity to exist in at least someway, but gluten sensitivity wont cause you to die on the floor of my restaurant like nut allergies will.

        • Terry J. Wood

          Celiac disease is an auto immune disorder, not an allergy. You’re quite right about that. Peanut and shellfish and wheat allergies are TRUE allergies that can cause people to DIE from anaphylactic shock. That’s why people with those allergies may carry an epipen. It can save their lives.

          Many people will say they have a gluten “allergy” only because the public understands that term better. It is true that there is no such thing as a gluten “allergy” — but that doesn’t mean if celiacs or the NCGS consume gluten they won’t become ill. I become ill with 30 minutes of eating gluten for example.

          I passed out after eating a Panera sandwich made with their 9 grain bread! My legs and arms and scalp started to “tingle” (like your foot does when you’ve been sitting too long) and then I lost consciousness. But fortunately I didn’t die from it. Some celiacs get this feeling in their extremities and it never goes away! So it’s still serious business, even if it isn’t an “allergy”. It’s just a word we use to communicate with the public.

          NCGS on the other hand is probably not an auto immune disorder. It is thought to be a reaction of the innate immune system — an older and more simple part of the immune system. But that’s still just speculation. NCGS is still poorly understood, although research is on going.

          Personally I never ask any restaurant to make me a gluten free meal. I only eat at restaurants that already have a gluten free menu. There are lots of them today. Almost any type of venue you could ask for. It is harder to find when I’m traveling, but that’s what Google is for! 🙂

          If a restaurant doesn’t offer the GF menu they probably don’t feel comfortable with trying to make the items and I respect that.

  • Shane

    Do you have any clue how hard it was for Celiacs to get food before the fad. I think that the fad is just that, but I am thankful because now there are all kinds of choices for food and even restaurants that weren’t there even 10 years ago that Celiacs can eat at. Thank gawd for the fad.

  • Kathy

    This article is full of shi… I couldn’t believe the change in how my. joints felt after just 3 weeks off gluten. Inflammation I didn’t know I even had, gone.

    • Glenn Styles

      And this article just proved that you’re a hypochondriac.

      • Or that people ignorant about science love to judge other people. Congratulations?

  • Alex

    To all the commentators going on about gluten allergy and Ceilac Disease I am more concerned your lack of basic reading and comprehension skills will be what kills you. This article and its references clearly delineate between these real medical conditions and ‘sensitivity’ which is the most self diagnosed condition on the planet today. People believing this information should be ignored because of funding by the wheat industry should also take note that the gluten free food industry is worth around $5B. I think the real concern here is the growing trend of self diagnosis and quackery in the media. At least a few people on here appear to have the ability to read and analyse information.

    • Topher

      Celiac is definitionally a sensitivity to gluten. And right there, giant letters, right at the top. That’s the bullet-point message this blogger is sending out into the world, and it is a lie. Want a better response form the afflicted commenters? Write a better, more accurate, less intentionally clickbait headline.

      • Shane

        No “Celiac” is the actual medical condition diagnosed by doctors. Being “sensitive” to something by self-diagnosing yourself isn’t really the same thing at all. I do agree with you about clickbait(y) headlines, but this is hardly the first time that’s been used to draw people in….apparently including both of us

      • Marie

        I can assure you, as someone who was diagnosed with Celiac, that it is more than a “sensitivity” it’s a straight up intolerance. Eating even a small amount of gluten leaves me tied to a toilet for hours almost immediately after with awful stomach pains and horrible diarrhea. In the years before I was diagnosed I was always under weight, weighing only 95lbs at 5 foot 2, because my body was not retaining any nutrition from what I ate due to constant diarrhea and damage to my intestine. I had to have my gallbladder removed when I was 20 as a result of Celiac.

        Celiac disease is not just a “sensitivity”. It’s an autoimmune disease that causes sever intolerance, lots of pain, and irreversible damage to many parts of a sufferers body.

    • This article is crap. If you take it as authority, you’re going to be wrong and sound dumb every time the topic comes up. This has nothing to do with reading comprehension and everything to do with following up on the sources. Because, if you actually had the reading comprehension to crack open an actual scientific study, you’d understand how pathetic this kind of misinformation really is – and exactly who is funding it.

  • Patrick O’Donnell

    Yeah Gluten intolerance is real that is for sure. My wife gets chronic discomfort and pain after eating anything with Gluten in it. I think its real and this study is a load of horse shit (which does contain gluten because it has used Barley and oats in it!).

  • Hilary

    It’s an* autoimmune, not a. Sorry if I don’t buy a study with only 37 people and an article written by someone who lacks basic English skills.

  • Emily Valensi

    This article lost any sort of legitimacy after all the simple errors in grammar the author made. GG. #learntoproofread

  • Terry J. Wood

    Who should I believe? My doctors, MDs and professors of medicine at the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine, or a blogger on buzzworthy? That’s a hard choice indeed.

    Let’s see. I had bleeding ulcers in my gut (ulcerative colitis) which could not be brought under control with the usual medications, inflammation of my joints and muscles, brain fog so thick I had to really, REALLY think hard just to walk down the hall and immediate stomach upset and fatigue every time I ate something that contained gluten. My knees hurt so much I couldn’t walk down steps (but oddly I could walk UP steps!)

    My doctors and I discovered what the culprit was after I kept a daily food diary of every last thing I ate for about 6 months. My doctors eliminated celiac disease, crohn’s disease and many other testable illnesses before Dr. Nash, an allergist at Children’s Hospital of Pittsburgh, diagnosed me as having gluten sensitivity and suggested that I try a gluten free diet.

    The diet brought results within 3 days — the brain fog lifted and I could think once again. The fatigue and stomach upset lifted too. Within a month my joints and muscles were no longer inflamed and my knee pain was gone. The ulcerative colitis medicine now healed my ulcers! In short, giving up gluten (wheat, rye and barley) gave me my life back.

    The only time I’ve had a relapse has been when I’ve been accidentally fed wheat, rye, or barley in a restaurant. I become ill within minutes of eating it. Since I believed I was getting a gluten free meal at these restaurants but the server made a mistake and gave me a “regular” meal, this rather disproves any suggestions that “it’s all in my head”. I am an amazing gluten detector.

    I’m afraid that I’ll have to go with my medical doctors’ recommendation and not take the word of a blogger. Non-Celiac Gluten Sensitivity exists and I have it.

    I may have a very rare form of ulcerative colitis where wheat, rye and barley are the trigger foods which bring it on. That’s entirely possible. Or I may have a unique, not-yet-discovered disease (I hereby call it “Wood’s Disease”!) Or it’s just non-celiac gluten sensitivity and I also have ulcerative colitis. (UC).

    But whatever it is, going gluten free has controlled it. I haven’t had a UC flare since going gluten free. I have been totally healthy for the last 9 years. I couldn’t be happier with the results.

    I’d like to also note that this blogger may not understand what can and can not be “proven”. It is extremely difficult to prove a negative. That is, it’s impossible to PROVE, for example, that flying green polka dotted elephants do not exist. The best one can say is that no one has ever been able to find such an elephant. The same is true of the assertion that it’s been PROVEN that gluten sensitivity does not exist. At best one could say there are no examples of it.

    Oh wait. I have it. I exist. My doctors and I can demonstrate it.

    Sorry, blogger. You lose.

    Check and mate.

    • Jeremy James

      The blogger didn’t make the statement. There’s a valid study on SagePub done by professionals. Maybe you should go back and reread the article.

      • Topher

        Except, yes the blogger did make this statement. In the headline. One sentence, giant letters, right at the top. Which is all most people are going to read of it. Egregious, hyperbolic, deceptive clickbait.

        • Jeremy James

          There are multiple links cited in the article. If clickbait is what it takes to get people to read the studies then so be it.

          • Topher

            Except most people who see the headline take it “as proven by science,” apparently, and don’t read the article. According to the headline’s method of summarizing small populations of people, Literally Nobody Goes On To Read The Article, Science Proves.
            Also, you give false dichotomy. Lying clickbait isn’t, in fact, the only way to make people read; therefore no, it shouldn’t be given a pass.

      • Terry J. Wood

        You may want to actually read the studies he sites. They’re the wrong studies. As one friend of mine wrote “That PubMed article ISN’T EVEN THE RIGHT ONE; all it suggests is that reducing FODMAPS doesn’t help people with gluten sensitivity.”

        I very much doubt that any scientist has ever made the claim that NCGS doesn’t exist. That claim is impossible to prove, even if it were true. And to prove that NCGS does exist all anyone else needs is ONE case, ONE data point. Well, here I am. I have it. I am that data point. There are lots more just like me.

        If any MD wishes to speak with my physicians at the University of Pittsburgh about this, I’ll be more than happy to put her/him in touch with my doctors.

        NCGS is very, very real. Anyone who believes that they may have it should seek professional medical advice. They may want to seek help at the Mayo Clinic if they can’t find a local physician who can treat them.

        There is no test for gluten sensitivity — the diagnosis is one of exclusion. Everything else (celiac disease, wheat allergy, etc.) must be excluded before a diagnosis of NCGS can be made.

        http://newsnetwork.mayoclinic.org/discussion/no-test-to-diagnose-wheat-or-gluten-sensitivity/

        • ThePlatypus

          I replied to an early post of your Terry but you are right on all counts. The only counterpoint I will make is that Gluten Sensitivity is an easy road for doctors to take because it is an umbrella term. Gluten Sensitivity really represents a host of different and potential unrelated sensitivities. It is sad to me that all of these potential problem are written off as gluten sensitivity, and I believe much more research must be done in this area to help people better understand what they are sensitive to. Cutting Gluten from a diet can be a life changer, but it is a hard choice and giving up loved foods can really hurt. So if through further testing you learned that sourdough bread was the only kind of bread you could eat. That would be a life changing revelation as well. We should seek to better understand not the problem as a whole, but the problem in its individual parts. In doing so we will have wheat sensitivity and Rye sensitivity and so on and so forth.

          • Terry J. Wood

            My doctors weren’t taking any easy routes. When they said NCGS was a “diagnosis of exclusion” they meant it. They ruled out EVERYTHING else before they said i had NCGS. That meant test after test.

            I had 2 colonoscopies and they took samples every 2.5 centimeters looking for flattened villi. I drank barium and was x-rayed. It was not pleasant! But I wanted to be healthy again. So I did what they asked.

            They said to keep a food diary of every last things I ate. So I did. For six months. All the foods that made me sick ended up containing wheat, rye or barley. My allergist saw that right away.

            But on the upside, once I knew what to avoid, I could eat safely and recover. Yes, giving up spaghetti was tough. Then I discovered that brown rice pasta tasted just as good. It’s really the Ragu that I loved and that was gluten free. So you learn to make due and find new favorites.

  • patrick quinn

    Global Alarming…

  • Topher

    Such good writing and truthful headlines. “Gluten sensitivity isn’t real” and then article clearly elaborates on how it is, in fact, real for about one percent of the population. That’s only a few hundred million people on the planet.
    Similarly truthful headlines, because it’s only a small percent of the population anyway:
    Albinos are fake, people are just painting themselves white!
    Sociopaths aren’t real, people are just mean!
    Rhode Island doesn’t actually exist, it’s just extra New York!
    People taller than 6’5″ or shorter than 4′ don’t exist, people are just wearing costumes!
    Children under the age of one week old proven not to be real, they’re just lying about their age and forging their birth certificates!
    …Invoking “science” and then making a false claim for a clickbait headline is irresponsible and idiotic writing, particularly because à la this article, “No actual people will read this article any further than the headline.”
    Gosh, I just can’t figure out a way to give an actual true statement as a headline for this. Hmmm… nope…. let’s see… no….
    Oh wait, how about “for most?” Or, “many?”

  • Topher

    In the footnote: “Your probably right.” Good work, someone who writes for a living.

    • Topher

      Plus, at just a skim, at least two sentences that end with no punctuation, a space before a colon, and an unnecessary hyphen!

      • Topher

        Quick! Find these and fix them too!
        Proofread before posting. Just a tip.
        Also, possibly consider removing the outright lie from your b.s. clickbait headline.

  • Angela Marie

    Yeah, which makes me mad because I really wanted to share this on Facebook!!

  • Terry J. Wood

    You’re the MAN, Andy! Well said!

  • Terry J. Wood

    Actually, ignorance IS very curable with years and years of study. However, many with the “disease” of ignorance do not want to be “cured”.

    • ThePlatypus

      Ignorance is easier. The truth is often difficult to swallow. (horrible pun intended)

  • Real Name

    Wow that’s stupid. Do you know what ignorance means? Of course it’s curable. Also the author of this article cites sources, where are yours to disprove what he has said?

  • EddieMac

    It was always my understanding that the issue with not with glutens causing direct problems, but instead that glutens get in the way of the body’s self-cleaning apparatus. Instead of removing toxins, glutens plug up the “sockets” of that apparatus that would otherwise have been filled by unhealthy toxins and subsequently removed. I get what this article is saying, but again, the issue as I understood it hasn’t really been addressed. Perhaps that’s been the whole problem all along…

  • I completely disagree. Many years ago, before this whole gluten free awareness came around, I had sudden violent puking fits after eating. But it only happened about once every couple of months. My Dr blood tested me for celiac disease which came back very positive. However, after a stomach biopsy, I tested negative for celiac and was determined I just had a gluten sensitivity. Taking it mostly out of my diet, I never had the violent puking attacks ever again. My Dr determined that my stomach cannot digest gluten fast enough and it builds up on the tiny hairs in our stomachs that digest our food. Once it was too built up, I threw everything up because my stomach couldn’t digest.

    There is such thing as a gluten sensitivity.

  • Barbara Whitley

    Takes 7 days to cleanse for a test for any test for sensitivity to food… so this test has inherent bias. Gluten sensitive is sometimes confused with yeast overgrowth. This study seemingly is not sensitive to the rule out diagnosis for celiacs. Verses other grain related issues and allergies.

  • Mick D

    Any chance Monsanto pushed for this with $$$ influence? I know exactly how my body reacts after eating many standard baked bread items. It is not an imaginary response, it is physical and real. Believe what you know and experience in life, not the propaganda you find on a facebook posts and web sites.

  • balloonmind

    The author (whoever it is) has a very poor understanding of science research and human biology, and my advice would be to refrain from writing about topics one is not familiar about. Calling something an “imagined disease” and referring to people claiming to have gluten sensitivity as “whiners” is extremely ignorant, since psychogenic and psychosomatic problems can have very real physiological manifestations (assuming NCGS is psychogenic in nature, which is not yet known). I’m not sure what the point of condescendingly attacking someone’s condition (or dietary choice) is and I generally find the article to be very poorly written.

    Moreover, as mentioned by others, the sample size in the referenced study is too small to provide a reliable conclusion. Keep in mind that scientific research is often based on statistical findings, which either support or go against hypotheses rather than providing infallible truths. The author could use a crash-course in science literacy to learn how to properly interpret science methodologies. data, and findings rather than misinterpreting implications and spewing click bait.

  • J

    This is a beautiful response I applaud you! I didn’t read a single blip about the fact that actually getting a true Celiac diagnosis is difficult and medically, underdiagnosed. There are blood tests, that aren’t accurate. The only true blue way to get a real confirmed diagnosis to celiac is through biopsy. My wife suffers from celiac, it’s terrible. Articles like this don’t help spread awareness to a very serious and underdiagnosed disease. If your girl is that affectected, go with what you know. Be aware that gluten is in a lot more than just food as well. Good luck buddy, not going to share this turd of an article.

    • Ursa Da Bear

      I dated a woman who was mis-diagnosed with polycystic kidney fibrosis and told that her kidneys would fail by the time she was 30 and there was nothing she could do about it except get ready for dialysis. She was passing three kidney stones a week at the time and in constant pain. Unsatisfied with what the medical experts had to say, she did her own research and discovered that she actually had all of the symptoms of Celiac’s, (plus her aunt happened to suffer from the same thing). She went gluten free, and within a week stopped passing kidney stones and started to feel much better. This was back in 2007. I had never heard of such a thing as gluten intolerance at the time. Trying to cook dinner for her, or buy groceries, was nearly impossible at the time because the “diet-fad” whatever hadn’t happened yet. Luckily for her, the fad did happen, and with it came a much wider selection of food. Suddenly we could go out to restaurants and she could eat more than a salad. What I’m getting at I guess is the “Its just a fad – make fun of the hipsters” thing pisses me off because without it turning in to a fad, she and another 0.6% of the population wouldn’t have the options they have now. I’m glad for her sake it became a fad. Yeah. To hell with this article.

      • aleksthegreat

        omg its a jesus miracle.

      • Mikey John

        You keep telling it like it is. Facts are bullet proof.

    • aleksthegreat

      People are misdiagnosed or undisagnosed all the time. Its not going to shoot the rate of Celiac Disease up to 17 million people.

  • DMoney

    My autoimmune antibodies went from 2000 (normal is under 34) to 100 in 9 months. The only thing I did was go gluten free. This study did not touch on any of that. How long was this study for? The people with my autoimmune disease are diagnosed with a million other things before being correctly diagnosed. If they are even diagnosed at all. They go on antidepressants because they are told it is all in their head. They go on stomach medication, thyroid meds, and a number of other things that make them sicker when all they have to do is go gluten free.

  • Ursa Da Bear

    I wrote this as a reply further down, but whatever, just going to repost it: I dated a woman who was mis-diagnosed with polycystic kidney fibrosis and told that her kidneys would fail by the time she was 30 and there was nothing she could do about it except get ready for dialysis. She was passing three kidney stones a week at the time and in constant pain. Unsatisfied with what the medical experts had to say, she did her own research and discovered that she actually had all of the symptoms of Celiac’s, (plus her aunt happened to suffer from the same thing). She went gluten free, and within a week stopped passing kidney stones and started to feel much better. This was back in 2007. I had never heard of such a thing as gluten intolerance at the time. Trying to cook dinner for her, or buy groceries, was nearly impossible at the time because the “diet-fad” whatever hadn’t happened yet. Luckily for her, the fad did happen, and with it came a much wider selection of food. Suddenly we could go out to restaurants and she could eat more than a salad. What I’m getting at I guess is the “Its just a fad – make fun of the hipsters” thing pisses me off because without it turning in to a fad, she and another 0.6% of the population wouldn’t have the options they have now. I’m glad for her sake it became a fad. Yeah. To hell with this article.

    • ThePlatypus

      I work as a chef and sympathize with your situation. I have created numerous gluten free dishes most of the components to these dishes can be found in your local grocery store. So if you want to do something cool for the lady reply to this and I will send you some easy and good GF recipes

  • glutenlover69

    I have never in my life commented on one of these inane articles until now, but this pissed me off just enough to want an immediate outlet. This person has absolutely no idea what he’s writing about. I didn’t just decide to psychologically train my body into radically malfunctioning when I eat things I FUCKING LOVE. If it was all in my head, I would pay for therapy for the rest of my life to be able to eat a croissant and drink a beer without becoming constipated as shit. The world of science is not summated by a 37-person study that took place fucking yesterday. This guy probably committed his entire “work” week scouring gluten studies in between Tinder cruises to win a bet he made when he was day-drunk, then celebrated his new reign over the bro kingdom with craft IPA and shitty pizza while beaming at the last-minute decision not to include his name. (I would have those things too, if they didn’t make me pee out of my ass later.) Oh, and learn how to fucking write. No one is going to believe your piece of shit article “proving” that a single study just ended a decade-long debate when you’re forgetting to put a period at the end of your sentence because you wrote it while you were hungover. Go fuck yourself, and then come hang out with me and my shit after I eat a baguette and don’t forget a fucking microscope.

  • Shane Michaels

    When you’ve worked in the restaurant industry for as long as I have, you see a lot of trends. One of those trends is people who supposedly have “gluten sensitivity” will specifically NOT order mainstream items that contain gluten (WHEAT, rye, barley), but will proceed to order other items that are high in FODMAPs (onions, asparagus, broccoli, brussel sprouts, cabbage, chocolate), galactans (beans, tofu), and polyols (apples, apricots, avocados, blackberries, cherries, peaches, pears, plums, watermelon), fructose, and lactose). Yes, I copied and pasted your own words, because you’re an idiot who got on his soapbox and needs to be put in his place. You’re guilty of just the thing you claim that the author of this article is guilty of: you don’t do enough research. I’ve not only done the reading, but my years and years of real life experience in the restaurant industry, working with people who order/don’t order, eat/don’t eat varying combinations of items, tells me that you’re full of it.

    • A lot of people don’t know what FODMAPs are. I doubt over the several years you have been working in the food industry Also, an individual can have a reaction to one type of FODMAP and not another. I doubt in your life experience you have actually served many people who knew of and followed a FODMAP diet. It was created in 1999 and has remained virtually in obscurity until this study came out and went viral. If you are still in the restaurant industry, you will likely find more IBS sufferers coming in and requesting low FODMAP foods.

      • Shane Michaels

        Having a reaction to one type of FODMAP and not another is an exception that people may not be aware of, this is true. However, if it’s that obscure, then it’s likely that the vast majority of individuals who claim to have a “gluten sensitivity” have not cut any of those items out of their diet. You can’t have your cake and eat it too with this argument. I’ve served in/managed restaurants in a very trendy, liberal, large, hipster, college city for just about 10 years now, and have had exactly zero guests inform me of suffering from IBS and request low FODMAP foods. In fact, what I generally have, is someone ordering a spinach and artichoke dip appetizer, a veggie burger made with a gluten-free bun, a side of mixed fruit to replace their side of fries, and a soda. This person is all about the “gluten free” aspect of their diet, and has zero knowledge or concern for FODMAPs, and this is very, very common.

      • Shane Michaels

        This also means that these individuals, as the article and science behind the article report, do NOT have a sensitivity to gluten, but would instead have a sensitivity or reaction to one or two FODMAPs. Either scenario means that the “gluten sensitivity” trend is baseless.

      • Chatmal

        I still don’t think FODMAP is mainstream. And I’d think anyone following it would NOT eat out at a restaurant! They’d be stuck cooking at home. I’m glad it’s helpful for some people, but it seems damn near impossible to me. I don’t even know that I could manage to eliminate one FODMAP food at a time… And unless my new GI doc or an RD tells me to, I’m not going to complicate my life further. I’m already free of red meat, gluten in food, most grains, and I’ve reduced corn and dairy. If I avoid corn most of the time, I can have some corn chips or candy (with corn syrup) at a party on occasion. Sometimes it feels as if I have nothing to eat, certainly nothing easy to grab and not need to cook.
        I’m still looking for answers, I’m just so tired.

        • Jeff Kelly

          Well, since the Gastro dept. at a major university-based medical center first presented a FODMAP diet to me, it’s probably considered sufficiently mainstream by now. Whether and to what extent it’s worth much of anything is another and separate question and issue….

    • Andrew Matamoros

      “You’re guilty of just the thing you claim that the author of this article is guilty of: you don’t do enough research.”

      I’m not so sure I understand what you’re accusing me of. First off the only research I see in your comment is what you cut and paste from me along with anecdotal evidence. So I repeat, what exactly are you accusing me of getting wrong?

      My guess is you are upset that I don’t share the disgust that you and this author feel towards people suffering from something that no one really understands and might be all sorts of things. You sound frustrated because you have to serve people who are just going out to eat with friends, family, by themselves, whatever, and the act of eating in and of itself is stressful to them because they don’t know how they are going to feel afterwards. People are constantly breaking their diets and struggling to find ones that work. Are you really that jaded that you can’t have some sympathy for these people? You don’t agree that there is a great deal of misinformation out there about diets and rather than attacking gluten free diets this author could have taken a moment to actually write a thoughtful piece on why these people maybe are putting too much emphasis on the gluten free and need to remember there are many other foods that can contribute to dietary distress. You are speaking about FODMAPs like they are some amazingly well known thing. Your experience with customers is evidence for that lack of knowledge in the general public. You are an n = 1 congratulations!

      I also worked in the service industry and I remember seeing all sorts of people. I’ve experienced the callus from interacting with many people day in and day out. I hear you. I understand your frustration, I just don’t share it with you and I think it is a generally shitty perspective.

      • Shane Michaels

        Self-diagnosis is the bane of medical professionals. When you’re suffering from symptoms of an as-of-yet undiagnosed condition, the one thing doctors will tell you absolutely NOT to do is to go on the internet, and research all of those symptoms via Google. Doing so leads do the inevitable: you’ll have cancer, kidney failure, gluten sensitivity, or all of the above. Self-diagnosis is very rarely correct outside the realm of the common cold, the flu, heart attacks, strokes, insect bites, or trial-by-fire allergies.
        I kicked off my collegiate undertaking as an English/Kinesiology double major, after playing 8 years of competitive soccer with highly paid trainers. I know better than most how misinformed the general public is regarding dietary information; that being said, this information is constantly evolving, and dietary self-diagnosis is almost impossible because of it. Do you know why there are thousands of diets out there, and why there are millions of people who have tried an incalculable number of them and failed to achieve their goals? These people didn’t seek professional help to find out what kind of diet they need to be on to optimize results. They simply self-diagnosed, tried to make “educated” guesses, and went from diet, to diet, to diet, hoping to eventually find the one that worked.
        For the vast majority of people, gluten sensitivity is identical. People do not seek out medical or dietary professionals to run necessary lab work, and simply go about self-diagnosing for years.
        “You are speaking about FODMAPs like they are some amazingly well known thing.”
        That statement right there proves my point completely. People don’t know because they don’t ask, and when people don’t ask, they simply go on believing the same incorrect train of thought that they’ve convinced themselves to be true for years.
        Get off your high horse. My request is very simple: if you suspect a dietary issue (or any health issue), seek information and assistance from healthcare professionals. Do not self-diagnose. You’ll save years of suffering, and your wallet will thank you in the long run.

        • Natalie Bliesener

          I’ve spent my entire LIFE trying to find out what’s wrong with my digestive system. I’ve been hospitalized more times than I can count, have had every test done (all negative), and have spent countless hours with dieticians trying to work out a diet I can live on. I’ve never heard of FODMAPS until today. So give the average public a break, because the info you seem to think is so readily available by getting a blood test and asking a few questions ISN’T readily available. You get a 30 minute consultation with a dietician, a few handouts, maybe a pamphlet with the nutritional breakdown of fast food menus, a couple of coupons for stuff like Gluercerna (whether or not you’re diabetic doesn’t matter) and a diagram of a plate with color shading indicating how space your protein, carbs, and veggies should take up. If you’re lucky you get a breakdown of how many calories, carbs, and sodium you should eat at each meal and snack. I’ve only gotten that breakdown ONCE in all the years I’ve been staggering into the pro’s offices. I stick to it like glue, and am finally getting some small results in my weight and digestive issues.

          • Shane Michaels

            A few notes. First of all, if that’s the kind of treatment you’ve been receiving for years, file a lawsuit immediately for damages. A personal trainer at your local gym with a Bachelor’s in Kinesiology or Sports Medicine and a NASM (National Academy of Sports Medicine) certification could have given you more dietary information in your first session. Some of the larger gym chains even hire on their own dietitians, at every branch. I worked at Life Time Fitness while I was studying Kinesiology, so I know this from, again, personal experience.
            Second, not only did you define a consultation, you admitted that’s what you received. A 30 minute consultation really sounds like that was a free, preliminary consultation for you to meet your new dietitian, have a basic check-up, provide you with information to begin making informed decisions, and find out what you want to achieve with your dietitian BEYOND that 30 minute consultation. From there, you may seek specialized dietitians, or even be sent to a specialized physician who can take more care in your specific, individual needs based on initial findings. It sounds like either you’ve always, for years, just been poorly matched with healthcare professionals, haven’t asked the right questions, or perhaps walked into each of their offices having already self-diagnosed, refused to listen to advice… or, all of the above.
            I just Google’d “FODMAP” and “IBS” to compare results. On the first page alone, there are plenty of results dating back to 2011, providing complete FODMAP lists and acknowledging that eliminating FODMAPs from your diet is a good way to help with IBS. In fact, the only results on the first page of my Google search for IBS that doesn’t mention FODMAPs is the NIH page, and the Mayo Clinic page. Imagine that! The two most notorious self-diagnosing websites on the internet.
            Look, I do feel bad for you, as I think your case is a tremendous exception to the rule. You didn’t get the help you needed for years. However, some of that does boil down to personal responsibility, particularly if the first time you’ve heard of FODMAPs is today through a buzzfeed article. The information has been out there, and there are countless professionals who could have (and should have) helped you to find it. The same can be said for millions of others, who, instead of going to the doctor or really, REALLY striving for great search results on the internet, pose their questions to their Facebook friends, asking “Hey guys, I think I might have IBS, what can I do?” I see it all. The. Time.

          • That’s very typical, and if it were something we could sue over, we’d clog the courts. The median time to diagnosis for Celiac is several years, and that’s if you’re among the lucky minority to ever get diagnosed. Expensive biopsies fail to meet the published guidelines more often than not. Sad fact is, self-diagnosis is way more effective than placebo until you filter out all of the subjects who have the at-risk genetics for Celiac (as Gibson’s group did in their second study, but not their first)

          • Shane Michaels

            There was a touch of hyperbole to my comment about filing a lawsuit. It was meant to display outrage at the situation, because I do have high expectations for medical and dietary/fitness professionals.
            Several years to diagnose Celiac? From a couple of friends who have been diagnosed since I’ve known them, that’s hard to believe. Perhaps it’s true, I’m admittedly no expert on the disease, but it’s just hard to believe, as both of my friends had complete Celiac’s panels and lab work run within two weeks, and an endoscopy completed within the month to confirm. What is the cause of this “median time to diagnosis” running at several years? Can you link me to anything that could offer some insight?

          • Yeah… way too much faith in medical professionals.

            When I self-diagnosed by elimination diet nine years ago, only 3% of statistically-expected Celiac cases were properly diagnosed in America. The median time to diagnosis from first medical complaint of symptoms was fourteen years. Here’s an old PDF from U Chicago that was relevent back then: http://www.uchospitals.edu/pdf/uch_007937.pdf

            Those numbers are plummeting thanks to this “trend” of increased awareness, but the numbers are still bad. 83% of statistically expected Celiac cases are not diagnosed, and the average time to diagnosis among the “lucky” 17% is still 6 to 10 years. http://www.celiaccentral.org/celiac-disease/facts-and-figures/ The reason why it is rarely diagnosed properly is because the symptoms are incredibly varied. IBS, CFS, headaches, joint pain, anxiety, depression, nausea, the list goes on and on and…

            In fact, the diagnosis rate is so bad that it makes identifying non-Celiac gluten sensitivity (NCGS) almost impossible. When someone comes in and says cutting out gluten made them better, we can’t go back and test for Celiac retroactively, so we don’t know if it is a new condition or a successful self-diagnosis of a known condition. Gibson’s first study said that these self-diagnoses where much more effective than placebo, but when they took out the people who had the at-risk Celiac genes and no proper diagnosis, they couldn’t reproduce digestive symptoms. In the next study, that same group did express psychological symptoms.

            The WHO actually recommends universal blood testing.. but then no one knows what to do about the patients who show elevated antibodies without villous atrophy. Ever since Gibson’s team got that large grant from a bread company, they seem hell-bent on downplaying the existence of these patients. Despite what the blogs seem to think, they’re not the only research group studying NCGS: http://www.biomedcentral.com/1471-230X/14/26

          • Shane Michaels

            I didn’t say faith. I said high expectations. However, I have more faith in a medical professional to diagnose than I do the average person.

            A single source identifies the wait as 6-10 years to be diagnosed. Not that I’m refuting Dr. Daniel Leffler’s claim or knowledge, not at all, but I’d like to know the circumstances surrounding the wait for so many people. As I’ve stated, I have two friends who have been diagnosed while I’ve known them, and both diagnoses took a month tops. Once might have been an accident, but two times? They also had different primary care physicians, as they lived in different cities. So, two different people, in different cities, with different primary care physicians, under different networks. What did all of these people do right, that so many others are doing wrong?
            I’ve also read that it takes much less time to diagnose in youth than it does during adulthood, namely because of concerns with low growth rates. Perhaps parents are becoming more educated now, and asking the right questions of doctors?

          • http://journals.lww.com/jcge/Abstract/1996/07000/How_Many_Hospital_Visits_Does_it_Take_Before.7.aspx

            It’s a little older, but it describes the typical experience. “14 patients were referred to the hospital a total of 30 times, and none of these visits resulted in a diagnosis.”

            Personally, I started missing a lot of school around age 12, and eventually my parents would drag me to a doctor. Usually, the worst symptoms were eye infection, upset stomach and nausea, or sore throat (with inflamed lymph nodes). The doctors would test for bacterial infections, prescribe antibiotics as indicated, or conclude an “unknown viral infection,” if a bacterial infection couldn’t be found. I would lose my appetite for a couple of days, then start to feel a little better again.

            I ended up in the hospital a few times as well, dangerously dehydrated and exhausted. After about two days on the saline drip (instead of gluten-containing foods) I’d make a strong recovery and they would discharge me with the familiar conclusion of “unknown digestive infection, probably of viral origin.”

          • Shane Michaels

            I personally have known many great doctors. My mother was a RN for 20 years before her own health problems prevented her from continuing her career. I’ve also known many terrible doctors; my grandparents presently have a few of those, and my mother is always having to travel out of state to assist with their doctors’ visits/medical conditions as a result. People are imperfect, and modern medicine is making leaps and bounds every day. The availability of the internet to the general public is only at +/- 20 years, and the link that you just posted is 18 years of age. Online forums, the spreading of information, and technological advancements have helped to increase quality of care and accountability. Younger doctors who have more recently been exposed to a newage train of thought, modern philosophies, and technological advancements are replacing older, more careless and callous doctors at an increasing rate. Things are changing for the better, though they’re by no means perfect.

            Thank you for sharing your personal story and providing me with informative links. While your situation, and those links, are both a bit dated (as is presently the case, more costly, deadly, and hindering diseases/conditions were being studied and more appropriately funded; http://meps.ahrq.gov/mepsweb/data_files/publications/st248/stat248.pdf ), they do highlight both the concern for people with dietary issues, and the advancements modern medicine is making to combat them.

          • And all that discussion is really just an aside, because blog posts like these are extremely irresponsible when they claim to represent strong scientific conclusions that frankly, don’t exist.

            We really don’t know if non-Celiac gluten sensitivity exists, or what forms it can take on. The issue has been studied and debated for years, but there is no strong scientific consensus, and a lot of seemingly conflicting data.

            This is one of the most recent literature reviews I can find on the topic, and it does include the study being referenced here – just, in the context of all of the other evidence: http://www.tandfonline.com/doi/abs/10.1080/07315724.2014.869996

          • Brian

            Man guys… I just like the show. But I’ve learned a check of a lot just from you two and I thank the both of you for that…

          • Dave

            I second your statement. Garbage article but great discussion/comments.

          • I cannot disagree largely.

            When all is said and done we are all on our own merits or demerits as the case may be, regarding our own health ?

          • RDoom

            Of interesting note. My mother purchases gluten free products often. Not because she has a sensitivity to gluten, but an alergy to wheat.

          • George

            RDoom, you make a good point. I think gluten free foods may help people for reasons other than being gluten free. It’s good for NCGS individuals to explore those reasons.

          • FaintCryofFreedom

            May I ask, what were the health problems your mother experienced which ultimately prevented her from continuing her career as a registered nurse?

          • Shane Michaels

            Fibromyalgia, another illness that some people make up because they’re tired, have aches and pains, and headaches. Which is how I know that psychologically speaking, self-diagnosing and claiming to have one problem when it’s actually another hurts a cause. She’s spent the past 15 years of her life getting poked and prodded, tested, blood analysis, having her gallbladder removed, diagnosed with a hypothyroid condition, so on and so forth. You think Celiac is debilitating? She’s 55, and for the past 7-8 years, has had trouble even getting out of bed. She can’t get to sleep before 4:00 in the morning, gets up around 2:00 in the afternoon, and stumbles throughout her day. It’s like having the flu 24/7, with excessive weight gain, muscle spasms, and random bouts of sharp pains in multiple places on her body. She has the labwork, the thousands of doctors visits, the insurance fights and battles, the specialists, the surgeries, and the attempted recoveries to back it all up, unlike so many gluten-free advocates.

          • Jennifer R.

            Hmm, you’d think seeing how badly the medical world has failed your mom would make you a bit more likely to understand why people do turn to self-diagnosing. My father had fibromyalgia back in the 40s-80s, and it wasn’t until he was almost dead from self-medicating the pain with alcohol (as recommended to him by a doctor, ironically), that he finally received a diagnosis (but no relief). Also, how do you know that some of the people on gluten-free diets haven’t already been to multiple doctors without relief?

          • Shane Michaels

            I’m sorry, but again, the harder you fight, the more inclined I am to believe you or sympathize with you.
            It’s kinda like anyone who says “This country has gone to hell! We need change!” but then doesn’t go out and vote, canvass, rally, protest, write senators, write representatives, call news agencies, attend public forums, start a blog, or run for an office. They utter a handful of complaints, and then they’re done.
            Fight! I grew up witnessing my mother doing it, and as an adult now, I’ve helped her take up the fight when she couldn’t. If something is THAT debilitating, you don’t just say “Ugh, doctors don’t know what they’re talking about, they’re the enemy. I’ve diagnosed myself, and I can treat it just fine.”
            You find the doctors who CAN help you, and you do everything in your power to promote, raise awareness, and make future battles for you and everyone with your debilitating, life threatening, debt inducing and “sleep-with-one-eye-open-to-food-labels” illness easier to win.
            That’s what people with true debilitating illnesses do. That’s what my mother did, and still does.
            Cancer patients and victims are a PRIME example.
            I don’t want to hear about this illness taking years and years to diagnose, because if that’s the case, personal brains and brawn were not cohesive enough to overpower and fight any obstacles prior to that 10 year diagnosis.
            Sorry, it’s just the not-so-politically correct truth, from someone who is privy to the war on under-diagnosed illnesses.

          • Jennifer R.

            You have your perspective, and I have mine. I actually, personally, have found multiple doctors for myself to help me treat my illness (that was only finally officially diagnosed when I was 44), but it is very hard – people shouldn’t have to fight and hustle, and risk being kicked out of their insurance plan, simply to get a diagnosis. Also, ironically, I might say, writing letters to congress and protesting is something my mother did for my father’s illness (he was to ill to do so), and it did did diddly squat.

          • Beth

            Has your mother been tested for celiac? EVERY single symptom you described, I have gone through. I had my inactive gallbladder and appendix removed, a fibromyalgia diagnosis, a thyroid condition and migraines for the last 30 years ( I should note I haven’t had a migraine in six months just from removing gluten from my diet and I have had them 4 a week for years). I have been through exactly what your mother has and more, and only 37 years old. Up until 8 months ago I was working a full time job and now I am on my way to disability. Arthritis is the big one for me, in my spine, hips and knees. I KNOW CELIAC IS DEBILITATING. Maybe if your mom did some self diagnosis of her own, she might figure out that gluten is the source of her issues.

          • Ken Kam

            And all that faith in modern doctors and labwork has resulted in what? gallbladder removed (appears unnecessarily as it does not seem to have helped her), poked, prodded, tested to death, and yet getting worse. Do the doctors know what they are doing? If not, they should adhere to the Hippocrates oath: First do no harm. If they don’t know what is happening in the patient’s body, allow the body to at least try to heal itself. Fyi some recent research shows links between wheat and a host of nerve + immune related disorders, this could be one of them. Check out the book Wheat Belly and also the related blog. Doctors don’t know much, but they are reluctant to admit it.

          • Shane Michaels

            And despite all of this, and despite people (including a few general practice doctors) who have claimed she’s faking it (again, specialists and labwork have proven she most definitely is not), she still tries new medications and therapies, fights with insurance to cover newer treatments that they haven’t heard of yet, and even writes back and forth with our state/national senators/representatives to try to bring more awareness and funding/insurance coverage to the cause. Again, unlike most gluten-free advocates.

          • Jennifer R.

            Doctors’ choices to claim that she’s lying have nothing to do with gluten-free advocates. Those choices are entirely theirs, and are a part of what’s wrong with the medical system. My late father had fibromylagia, too, and was also treated like a faker or a hypochondriac by many doctors. This tends to happen when symptoms don’t fit into a well-established disease. I have a good friend who has multiple symptoms, including randomly going into anaphylactic shock (despite testing negative to all allergens). Many doctors and emergency rooms have treated her like she was making it up – but finally she found an allergist who had seen it before and knew what it was (a mast cell disorder along with something else that hasn’t been named). She now carries a letter written by him in case she goes into shock and needs to go to the ER.

          • Tylynn Haddow

            That is mainly because people who go gluten-free are helping themselves and have found that is the best way to treat their issues. Obviously the same method cannot be taken with other illnesses

          • Anna

            Then you’re incredibly lucky-to have known many great doctors, I mean. Finding a doctor who will listen and pay attention to you for more than five minutes is almost impossible these days. I just worked two weeks with hepatitis from mono because the doctors didn’t listen when I said I was in pain and waited to do the full blood testing until the problem was pretty much gone.

            And I’ll agree; self-diagnosis can be a problem. But for someone like me, it’s incredibly helpful. I know my body, I listen to it, and I try to help the doctors do their jobs by giving them as much info as I can. But three years ago, when I asked to be sent to a GI because I did not believe IBS was my diagnosis but a symptom, that doctor refused to send me. Rather than spending more money to find a doctor who would take my barely being able to get out of bed just to eat seriously, I did something about it. I eliminated wheat and gluten first, and I would have kept eliminating things, but after two months, for the first time in 21 years, I was able to control my emotions, something I had never been able to do. And I had the first solid poop I could remember.

            When I told my last doctor this, he actually agreed that the only definitive way to tell that a person has Celiac’s is proof that the diet works. He also agreed that many people who are written off as gluten “sensitive” may have a Celiac strain that doctors have not yet picked up on.

            The thing is, in this society, doctors don’t have the time to focus on the individual that they should. So people actually do need to learn to responsibly (that being the key word) do some self-diagnosis from time to time.

          • Isa

            Your doctor is wrong. Coeliac disease can easily be diagnosed with an endoscopy and a biopsy. Gluten causes the small intestine to have an inflammatory reaction which destroys the velvet-like surface of the intestine responsible of the absorption of nutrients – which causes the long-term effects of coeliac’s like anemia and weight-loss – and practically makes the inside of the intestine to look like it’s cracking, “stripey” or wrinkly, when it should be smooth.

            A biopsy from the intestine (or the skin, if you happen to be a “skin-coeliac”), is practically 100% sure, and if you don’t feel like swallowing a feet of tube, blood test is a good replacement. Thing is, none of these tests work if you have already started your gluten-free diet because the body fixes itself, destroying the evidence. Practically half of coeliacs are without symptoms, causing serious long-term damage to themselves without knowing it (for example, non-treated coeliacs can seriously increase the risk to miscarriage).

            The problem is U.S.A. which fails to actually take care of its citizens and its horrible, expensive health care. When I told the doctor I suspected coeliac, they took blood samples the same day, the results came a week later and my antibodies were high, it took about three weeks of waiting before I had my endoscopy, which already showed clear signs of damaged small intestine, and the positive results from the biopsy came a week after that. This cost me about 20$ and all I had to do was ask.

          • Tylynn Haddow

            But how celiac disease is treated in Canda is just by totally removing gluten from the diet. If someone is already doing this then they are not putting themselves at risk for those long term effects as much as any diagnosed patient would be.

          • Jeff Kelly

            I’m sorry, but the reliability of blood tests is officially under serious question for a number of reasons. The intestinal biopsy can also miss areas of pathology(just as well as it can make an affirmative diagnosis too). I don’t know what you are talking about in terms of a biopsy under the skin, but perhaps you can enlighten us on this? Thanks!

          • Jeff Kelly

            Agree completely–excellent post!

          • Jeff Kelly

            I find only one myth in your assertions here, which is that the newer physicians are necessarily more caring than the older crop of educated ignoramuses. I doubt it.

          • FaintCryofFreedom

            I do hope that you are now more in control of what you put in your body & are making good choices, reaping the rewards which can come with dietary/lifestyle adjustments.

          • Cathy Lowe Bogle

            Perhaps they had their blood work and endoscopies quickly, but how long did they have symptoms before being diagnosed? I think that is probably what is meant by a long wait for diagnosis. I had symptoms for many years but doctors never knew what was wrong and were very dismissive, probably because I wasn’t malnourished. Doctors still are not open to considering celiac disease as a diagnosis if a person is overweight. The only reason I finally had a blood test was because my sister (who was extremely thin by this point) was diagnosed with celiac disease, and I had an unexplained rash that was stumping the dermatologist. Then I had to wait 6 months for my upper endoscopy for the confirmatory biopsy. Total time from beginning of symptoms to diagnosis – 8 or 9 years.

          • Jeff Kelly

            And that’s LUCKY compared to 45 years.

          • DE

            My mother suffered increasing pain and exhaustion for decades until she finally got diagnosed in the early 90s. Her unchecked celiac in the meantime wreaked havoc on her immune system, and she now has multiple autoimmune problems as well. She was aggressive about trying to find out what was wrong with her, but people just didn’t know or think about it back then. Several doctors told her that it was just in her head. I was a kid when she was diagnosed, so I only knew the vague facts, like what was relevant to me (“oh, mom can’t have gluten”) and not much else. About 3 years ago when I was 24 I started getting really bad stomach pains. My mom pointed out that I might have inherited her celiac disorder. It took me a while to stop being in denial hehe.. but I finally gave it a shot and cut the gluten. Five months later, I had lost 100 pounds (had always been overweight despite eating relatively healthy and being very physically active), stopped getting UTIs which I had been getting with increasing severity and frequency ever since mid-college, and stopped having my once-or-twice-a-week killer migraines which had begun when I was 12. I haven’t had a single UTI since I quit gluten, and I have had a migraine maybe 2 or 3 times a year, outside of the rare accidental glutening. I had been on ADHD meds since mid-college, and was able to cut my dosage by almost half. All of that within less than half a year. And it’s all been that way ever since. I can tell when I’ve accidentally gotten some gluten because of the pain’s location and particular feel, the unpleasant specifics about the “results” so to speak, and the resulting day and a half of crankiness, brain fog, possibly a headache, and fatigue. I have good reason to trust in my own self-diagnosis, because I have a confirmed diagnosis in my mom. But I can totally see why people self-diagnose based on solely the results – I wouldn’t give a crap what the real root culprit was so long as the change in diet worked to heal the pain and so much else. I certainly don’t have the ability to pay for testing, nor would I feel obligated to go through with that often incredibly miserable process after already seeing great change for the better on my own.
            I think that in terms of statistics, it’s more common for older folks to have a longer wait for diagnosis because they were ill before it was widely known and understood. And combined with that, you have a whole lot of people who have understandable reasons for not wanting to go through the diagnosis process after already testing a successful elimination diet. I would also guess that there are plenty of kids with celiac who have normal growth rate and plenty who are overweight/obese, it’s just that concerned parents are much much much more likely to pursue a diagnosis if they see visible lack of growth. I do think there is an increased level of awareness across the board – parents and doctors, not to mention general public knowledge. And I think it’s important for new discoveries – like the possibility that NCGS is frequently misdiagnosed IBS or some altogether different root cause – to be shared, but I agree with the OP that the article’s tone and the way it miscasts the study are totally inappropriate.

          • Sis

            Your mom and I seem to have a bit in common. I also am gluten sensitive and have a few autoimmune problems. Everyone thinks you’re faking it because they can’t see something physically wrong with you. If my hair was spontaneously changing color every 5 seconds and I grew a third arm, then they might believe me.

          • Cryptic Omega

            Boy, you nailed it.

          • Reality Knocking

            Two friends does not a study make. I have a spouse and a child who it took both 8 years and repeated visits to primary care physicians/specialists/ etc to diagnose. So if that’s 20 years between 4 people, that’s an average of 5 years! Holy crap! Purty darn close to 6-10…

          • Shane Michaels

            Never said it made a study. Why must people insist on putting words in the mouths of others? When you do that, it immediately invalidates your point.
            My question is simple: if I have two friends who were diagnosed by medical professionals in 1/100 of the time as everyone else seems to be, what is it that this group of people (my friends, doctors, specialists, insurance, lab technicians, dietitians) did correctly? Did my friends ask the right questions? Were my friends’ doctors more receptive to questioning? They all did something that you, your family, and your doctors did not do.

          • Anna

            Well, let’s see, Shane; they knew about Celiac’s and gluten sensitivity because it is now recognized as a thing. They probably asked for the tests…or maybe their symptoms were just so bad by the time they went. The worse the symptoms, the quicker the doctors figure it out.

          • FaintCryofFreedom

            To which I repeat, it’s because many doctors are diagnostically-challenged. They spend how many years in medical school, learning about our anatomy & physiology, only to seemingly forget it once they enter private practice. They simply want to see as many patients in one day as possible without doing the work of actual doctoring. Oh, and prescribe drugs.
            How many people could have been saved from having parts of their intestines removed after years of suffering from IBS, or ulcerative colitis -if only their doctors looked at the first point of interest whenever someone presents with dis-ease??? What is this word, “disease”?? It is “lack or absence of ease”. I’m not a doctor, but it seems elementary & obvious that modern medicine is failing, diagnostically, until it’s too late. Symptoms are allowed to persist to such an unbelievable degree when it’s clear -if dietary adjustments had been prescribed (not suggested), much suffering could have been alleviated.

          • Cathy

            Faint, I have read just about all of the comments from the top of this page and down to your comment here and I have to say, you are absolutely right! For myself, I have suffered since childhood with stomach upset mostly during early age whenever I drank milk…. undiagnosed at that time as Lactose intolerance. The aftermath was like I had eaten boulders and the cramps and pains as the milk went through my digestive system was over whelming. As I aged and went on to early adulthood, more foods bothered me…Ulcers after ulcers as was diagnosed by GPs’ and Specialists, became an every day occurrence for me. I was fed everything from Zantac to Pink Ladys’ and who knows what including motilium drugs that would aid in my digestion. As time went on and under the care of doctors I only suffered more until I was under the knife having a Hiatal Hernia repair because the esophagus was burned to pieces from regurgitation and I also had to have a Vagotomy & Pyloroplasty surgery. After that surgery I would spend my time trying to get food past the plastic rings that were planted in the esophagus in order to repair the damage. My next surgery was to remove 10 inches of decayed small intestine and cut many of the nerves in my stomach because they secreted too much acid or so I was told by the professionals. Life was not going to be much better having had the surgeries. As time went on, I continued to suffer with cramps, ulcers,blood in the bowel and so it went on and on. Eventually I was sent back to the hospital and this trip cost me 14 inches of the left side of my bowel due to diverticulosis and a bowel resection was done. I should stop here to also add that from an early age, It was discovered I was allergic to Penicillin & sulfa drugs and as time went on, I was found to be allergic to all Mycin Drugs, Keflex, Tetrex and all Penicillin based drugs along with many more. What some people do not realize is Celiac is a disorder that is attached to the autoimmune system: Our inability to break down such things as man made drugs, proteins, sugars and the list goes on and on. Today, I am 64 years old and I have JUST RECENTLY (6 Yrs ago) been diagnosed with Celiac disease.I stay totally away from wheats, barleys etc in my plight to attain a half decent life style without pain. I prefer to eat at home as I am then the controller but at times I eat out and for the most part, unlike the restaurant worker who posted above, I have had awesome service and much help while ordering my dinners; whomever she is, she should get another occupation because in my opinion the food industry is NOT where she belongs! Should I fail to check and double check the ingredients found in specific foods and ingest glutens; trust me, it is a very sad day/s for me. Recently, my hubby & I attended the Tattoo in Halifax, NS and after asking twice if a food had gluten in it and was told it did not, I ate it and had a 21 day flare up of Celiac! That was the worse flare up I have had to date. For me, flare up usually last anywhere form 5 to 9 days depending on how much gluten I ingest. I was forced to live on pain medications for the entire time and I am not one to take pain meds as I am fearful of any and all such medication. For me, during a flare up and with the duodenal part of my bowel removed, a flare up causes trapped nerve endings along the small intestines and the pain is excruciating if I try to sit or stand. I trust Shane Michaels will know what I am saying since his girlfriend also suffers from Celiac.
            It is NOT about self-diagnosis! It is NOT about who is right or wrong! It is simply about individuals trying to find some semblance in pain relief during a celiac flare up. It saddens me when I think about the researchers who jump on a band wagon after experimenting with a handful of people who may or may not suffer from this disease and then lay claim to the problem as being that of a physiological nature! That is totally nonsensical to me! I have a degree in both Sociology, Psychology and Statistics and when I read the nonsense that has been written here by someone who has no clue as to what he/she/they is/are stating as a TRUE finding is almost laughable to me. Statistics are, for the most part blatant BULL SHIT ; as it is set up in a manner to attain the finding that are sought by the researchers in an isolated environmental setting…Surely WE all know that if we do not know anything.
            The bottom line is simply this: Celiac is very REAL! It is a debilitating disease and it is still in the incubator stage whereby even the Specialists do not know enough about it to lay true claims to the why or wherefores of it or how it has come to be…. From what has been told to me is Celiac is the canopy that hovers over the other bowel & intestinal disorders and diseases. My four year old grandson has recently been diagnosed with Celiac…His father; my son, has crohn’s disease…My daughter has been diagnosed with IBS for years and now has found through blood and colonoscopy she is Gluten SENSITIVE but she has not be diagnosed with Celiac….Genetic? Perhaps! All I will say is: IF anyone is bothered with digestive problems of any kind, become your own Doctor and start eliminating certain foods from your diet and see how you feel because no matter what it is called or why, as long as you feel well that is all that should matter…isn’t it? The rest is simply people playing with their art of semantics and sentence structure in order to sound educated in certain fields…I am so not impressed by any of that. All I know for fact is, now that I have FINALLY been diagnosed, I am feeling so much better providing I watch myself and have no screw ups! 🙂 CHEERS!

          • Chatmal

            You’ve been through so much! Sounds like you are a heck of a fighter. Glad you finally got your diagnosis but sad it took so many awful years!
            Seems Celiac is one autoimmune disease that likes the company of others — Crohn’s, Diabetes, RA, psoriasis, Parkinson’s, etc. perhaps the main difference is what parts of the body get attacked by the immune system!
            Maybe this is why people with other autoimmune diseases as well as chronic illnesses may find some relief removing gluten from their diets, even if not Celiac.

          • FaintCryofFreedom

            I believe a very good argument can be made for (some) doctors NOT addressing health -presence or lack thereof- from a primary point ->LIFESTYLE. Until it’s too late. Until patients are experiencing acute symptoms, especially where heart disease/ttack, diabetes, stroke, and cancer are concerned. They’re more concerned with dispensing drugs. They have forgotten their hipocratic oath: First, do no harm.
            I’ve watched so many suffer, being given drugs which do NOT CURE. They only mask, so symptoms persist. Regrettably, many prescription drugs have contraindications which far outweigh any benefit one might derive from taking them. Just listen to TV commercials for same sometime. Unbelievable. It’s appalling to see so many being prescribed drugs which have the potential to further degrade their health while purporting to alleviate symptoms of some surface issue.
            Truthfully, there are many who will choose to not adjust their diets so they can live better lives. I don’t understand this, but then again -I can’t expect anyone else to do what I’ve done unless & until they perceive an overwhelming benefit & better quality of life as a result.
            We seem preoccupied with what will lengthen our lives without considering what could possibly improve the quality while we’re still breathing. If being a gluten-free eater is what does it for some, let them. Believe me, we’re not starving ourselves or becoming malnourished. We are, however, living with better quality.

          • somesome11

            Well you’re still talking anecdotal evidence. Since you seem to be wanting to keep this as scientific as possible, you should know that anecdotal evidence isn’t worth shit. Even most of these studies have sample sizes far too small to ‘conclude’ on anything, only enough to suggest with further research.

            There’s also a lot of confusion about self-diagnosis. Its a bad thing to have a completely closed-loop self diagnosis, where a medical professional is never consulted, but the average doctor spends less than 15 minutes per checkup with an individual, if you aren’t going in there with a list of symptoms and possible causes (self-diagnosis…), then you probably aren’t going to get anywhere.

            But that’s besides the point, what I don’t understand is why you, apparently a far over-educated cook, seem to be so upset over something that hurts nobody. If people want to eat gluten-free shit, so what? Make up a ‘gluten free’ dish, jack up the margins on the dish as a middle-finger to them, and be done with it. If anything, it’s concerning that so many foods contain so many of the same ingredients (wheat, corn, soy) that being gluten-free is/was so difficult. And quite frankly, if going gluten-free causes the mass public to wake up to how much of their diet consists of refined grains, then I only see it as a good thing.

            Plus, articles like this with click-bait headlines do the public a massive disservice, its obvious that at the very least, gluten ‘allergies’, aka Celiac’s disease, is very very very real, that’s not even up for debate, and many people will run with the headline and criticize those with very real issues.

          • Jeff Kelly

            Well for the 3 million Americans with Celiac, “anecdotal” is worth a whole helluva lot more than the shit doctors believe in.

          • Annalisa

            It took me 10 YEARS to get diagnosed…countless doctors, emergency room visits, misdiagnosis for stomach cancer, Chrohn’s and IBS. The ONLY way I solved this mystery was by an elimination diet to identify that it was, in fact, a food that was causing my pain and suffering. Once I added wheat back and had a poor reaction…I started my research. I found Celiac in online medical journals and had to argue with my doctor for him to do a simple blood test for it. Positive for celiac, then i had the endoscopy, also positive. I have been GF for 5 years now. No more pain, no more hospitals. I am now fighting with my daughter’s doctor for tests that have come back postive but they have shrugged it off. YOU MUST BE YOUR OWN ADVOCATE. Doctors are turning and burning and do not listen to you. If they cant give you drugs for it…they just don’t care.

          • Jeff Kelly

            Correctamundo.

          • juliajayne1

            Allopathic medical practitioners know squat about nutrition. I would be aging rapidly and wouldn’t have my vertigo under control had I not gone to a naturopath who diagnosed me with gluten sensitivity. I can eat it but it makes me sick. I knew this already, but needed someonewho really understood it to tell me what was happening when I ate wheat. Same for dairy. In fact most people who have gluten sensitivity are also lactose intolerant.

            There ARE lots of diets out there, but the one that works best for me is a diet based on eating for my blood type (O). When the consumer press was telling people not to eat beef, I knew it was my best source for protein. In fact I feel good when I consume beef 5-7 times per week. I had already tried to be a vegetarian (natural for Type A), and it made me gain weight and feel awful all the time.

            I now eat mainly organic beef, chicken and lamb. I eat a little seafood, but not much because of the mercury in fish. I eat hardly any grains, no potatoes, very little corn and enjoy a wide variety of fruits and vegetables. I eat nuts sparingly and try to consume good oils. And I enjoy dark chocolate once in a while. This works for me. I don’t worry about weight gain and I’ve de-aged a LOT!!

            You know, it’s a pain to eat like this, but once you get used to it and make a commitment to it, it gets easier. And now that restaurants offer a lot more healthy alternatives, I can usually find something at almost all dining establishments, although they sneak gluten into even spices!

            Wheat, corn and soy have been pushed on us and are subsidized by the government. Big agri-business does not have our best interests at heart, I’d advise people to eat little to no processed foods. You have to rely on yourself and your own good sense and listen to your body to seek answers. The medical profession knows a lot less about your machine (body) than you do. And my body talks loudly to me if I’m not taking good care of it. Self-awareness and seeking answers from alternative sources are best practice when it comes to fueling your body appropriately. Allopathic medicine is good for acute problems, but doesn’t concentrate (or even know enough about) much about nutrition and preventitive nutrition. A holistic approach is best and the people who practice western style medicine don’t approach you as a whole. They’re great at what they CAN do, but if you get sick of being sick and having a lot of low-level stuff which will eventually be large level stuff, consult a naturopath or even some chiropractors who are really knowledgeable about nutrition.

          • Medical professionals , Hey ? Now thats a misnomer of ever there was one. I far prefer my own diagnosis by any measure. And again , I am living proof .

          • Tylynn Haddow

            Celiac is only one of many possible immune reactions the body has to a gluten allergy. Many others are just classed into a general ‘IBS’ category, which cannot be blood tested for. I have been tested negative for celiac and have just been grouped into an ‘IBS’ group where its really hard to do anything to treat except go on diets that are super hard to stick to.

          • Jeff Kelly

            The affirmative diagnoses cannot be proven either, that is the explanation there, because it is just a guess, and this time the doctors, instead of relying on highly unreliable tests, just make an affirmative educated guess. It’s no more scientific than declaring patients do not have Celiac based on a lack of understanding of the inherent limits of the current testing regiemen usually available.

          • Teresa Gemellaro

            So they had no problems before that? Then suddenly they had a problem and were diagnosed within a month? That actually sounds unlikely, as if they were coeliac, they have likely had chronic long term problems. Maybe you did not know about that though.

          • Much of it, if not most of it, is all a serious bad joke on the masses ? HA HA HA HA HA I am living proof !

          • Jeff Kelly

            Yah, the percentage affirmatively diagnosed are still bad–horrific would be a better adjective. “Bad” connotes doctors on vacation. Their education on this has been on vacation forever–and that has still not come back into the office!!

          • Terry J. Wood

            Here’s a good guide for Shane: http://www.celiaccentral.org/SiteData/docs/WhatisCeli/ae0ffadee96f2523/What%20is%20Celiac%20Disease.htm

            “6-10 years is the average time a person waits to be correctly diagnosed in the United States”

          • Chelsea Poole

            Doctors are not quick to jump on allergies as cause for issues. My grandmother went to 5 hospitals with major digestive problems so bad her organs were shutting down. No one tested her for ANY allergy or intolerance until the 5th hospital, when she was almost dead. Luckily, thats where she found out she was Celiac. Several years very well could be true if its not such a drastic thing like her sudden, onset horrific symptoms. Testing different things, living different lifestyles until finally coming to Celiac Disease.

            I agree, this author is a douche bag. As a person who has major digestive problems that has been bounced around as IBS, “gluten sensitivity”, all in my head, finding something that WORKS is not only helpful…its LIFE-CHANGING. Cutting out gluten and dairy has been that for me. Basically, completely wiped out my issues. And no, taking out dairy did not do it on its own.

            Yes, gluten-free is a trend. That pisses off no one more than ME, us…the people living with these issues that really want to figure out what the hell is wrong with us.

            Sorry, I meant to inform you while also bitch at the author at the same time and talk to the original commenter. Any confrontational language was NOT meant for you. Haha.

          • Shane Michaels

            And to you, as with everyone else who is legitimately dealing with health problems as a result of allergies and sensitivities, I apologize for terrible, unforgivable experiences you’ve had in dealing with our imperfect healthcare system. I’m not saying it’s right, I’m saying it’s what we have right now, and modern medicine is still exceptionally new when compared to standards 50-60 years ago and before.
            The point of this article, and of my comments, is to inform people to jump off of the trend, as they’re only hurting those who are truly suffering while exponentially growing an industry that is capitalizing on this scare.
            It’s wrong on both counts. A gluten-free diet is meant for those who truly have physiological repercussions from consuming gluten. Gluten is not harmful to anyone else, as it’s an element of one of our most basic and oldest crops. We were biologically engineered to consume it, which is why the inability to do so is a health problem that can be and should be diagnosed. Trendy foodies who adopt the gluten-free diet on the premise that gluten is just plain harmful to everyone are who this article is directed at.

          • Candice

            I remember reading a few studies about how wheat was hybridized quite a bit in the last century. They did this to yield different varieties that were more hardy, etc. Supposedly the gluten protein content was increased tremendously. You should look into it. This may be why gluten is an issue now.

          • Nope, you’re dumb, please go away.

          • Candice

            Based on…..? Go eat a pie, fat ass.

          • Dusty Ayres

            He’s got a point, as has the writer of this article and StratosWraithe: take care of your own health.

          • Mikey John

            Uh, no. Wheat sends blood sugar higher than table sugar. The gluten free substitute flours of corn, potato, rice, and tapioca are even worse than wheat and sugar on the Glycemic Index. I know. I tried gluten free brownies and had nasty acne on my face in hours. I don’t do any wheat either. Been doing so for three years. Skin improves by being off wheat. Obese people are usually able to drop unwanted pounds. Type 2 Diabetes can reverse. Type 1 Diabetes becomes easier to manage without wheat. Energy levels improve and so does concentration. Stop calling this a fad. A permanent lifestyle change is not a diet. I can’t handle wheat and it’s a diet to avoid foods that disagree with you. If you suffer from peanut allergies, it’s not a diet when you avoid peanuts. Life expectancy of doctors is very poor. Conventional doctors aren’t reversing people’s conditions. How’s that working for ya?

          • Sheryl Hart

            I have been a Type I diabetic for 27 years and have always had blood sugar control issues. FINALLY I went completely grain free September 1, 2014 and my blood sugars are almost perfect. So unbelievably perfect that I think my doctor will wonder if I am fixing my numbers (except you can’t because it is all recorded on the blood sugar machine and automatically fed to my insulin pump). I am allergic to a lot of things and am guessing that grain has been a big undiagnosed allergy for 27 years.

          • FaintCryofFreedom

            Sheryl Hart, how very interesting! Do you know how many people I’ve known or met who have lifestyle-acquired diabetes (type II)? I’ve tried convincing them that they need to adjust their diets & eliminate certain food substances, but they are stubborn people. So we invariably ALL bear the burden of their inability to make better choices which may tend to improve their health and thus their lives. How, you ask? Thru higher insurance & medical costs.
            Glad to hear you’re having success with diet adjustments!

          • Sheryl Hart

            I feel your pain on that. The Type II’s that whine about getting diabetes won’t listen to reason no matter what diet adjustments are suggested. Just asking them to cut back on carbs is practically sacrilegious.

          • Jaq

            Type II diabetes is not “lifestyle acquired.” I find that statement offensive. Just because a certain lifestyle increases your risk doesn’t mean all those who get it are making poor diet choices. There are genetic and other factors that definitely contribute. Certainly all people who get type II diabetes should make dietary changes before going on medication, but their condition is not necessary caused by a poor diet. If a poor diet alone caused type II diabetes, there’d be a heck of a lot more people with diabetes.

          • gliadin free

            Jaq…Type II Diabetes is primarily diet related and that’s a fact. I have sold donuts several times this past year for a fund raisers. About 1 in 6 people that came by the table, out of say around 100, told me they couldn’t eat them bc they were diabetic. Diabetes is rampant in America. Just bc people don’t choose to recognize how diet plays a role, does not make it any less true. Type I is genetic, nothing you can do about it. Type II is diet related and many times can be controlled by diet without medication, if someone is tempered, and self controlled.

          • gliadin free

            It’s not just gluten that is the problem, it is gliadin that permeates the leaky gut, and binds with opiate receptors to make a person feel hungry again soon after eating, so you never feel full. This effect causes Wheat Belly. Just go to the mall and watch the people who walk by and have bellies hanging over their belts. It’s an epidemic. Nay sayers and doubters can’t make this any less true. We are, as a nation, one of the most obese in the world.

          • Jeff Kelly

            Definitional memo:”gluten” is an umbrella term which encompasses the wheat protein “gliadin.” Your other conclusions appear spurious at best.

          • Jaq

            You just stated something is fact, and then followed it with anecdotal evidence which proves absolutely nothing. I take it you didn’t actually bother reading my comment. I didn’t say it wasn’t related to diet, I said it isn’t “lifestyle-acquired” and I followed that up by saying that if it really was caused simply by lifestyle, many more people would have it.
            This is not the case. My aunt has type II diabetes and she’s controlling it without medication. However, even before she was diagnosed she was a relatively healthy eater- never really had a sweet tooth or anything, didn’t eat white bread or lots of simple carbs, and didn’t drink soda or much sugary juice. And yet she still got diabetes.
            I think you all need to grab a dictionary and learn the difference between “CAUSES” and “CONTRIBUTES TO”

          • Youre an idiot, you really think diet has an impact on skin conditions?

          • Jaq

            Yes. You’re never seen someone get a rash from eating something they’re allergic to?

          • gliadin free

            Brian, you are the ignorant…yes. Anytime I eat bread, things made with flour that turn into sugar in the body, I get topical yeast rashes. I hope this never happens to you. I wouldn’t wish this on my worst enemy. When I stay away from not just gluten, but grains, I don’t have these problems. Don’t be judgemental if you don’t know what you are talking about and have no personal experience.

          • Hill

            I’m glad there are people who are into this trend- because it makes it where there is gluten free food more widely available for people with celiac’s.

          • Reality Knocking

            Amen Hill!

          • Missy Beth

            Lets just humor the author for a moment.

            In the study and the article, those who believed they were gluten sensitive truly did suffer a host of real symptoms. If, as author suggests, the gluten itself didnt cause the symptoms, and it wasn’t caused by something else in the study,then they were caused by the brain of the sufferer- and most importantly: the suffering was still real.

            If our brains are so powerful to produce real physiological symptoms from a strongly held belief, they can also produce the relief of those symptoms when the proper steps of the belief are taken to salve the pain. In other words – those who believe they are gluten sensitive truly suffer, and when they eat a gluten free diet, they feel better

            Which is totally fine – the goal is feeling better, right? However, If this is true – and there is not yet enough evidence to be able to say it with any confidence – but if it is – it is somewhat unethical that a million dollar industry would benefit off of this dynamic, and it sure is more expensive for those suffering.

            .

          • Jennifer R.

            Except that nobody in the medical field likes to think of the psychological as being legitimate.

          • Skyeblu

            Except the actual research doesn’t suggest it’s psychological – only the author of this article does that. I read the research and my interpretation was that the symptoms worsened with the stress of having to change their diet and be part of a scientific experiment.

            Stress is not purely psychological. In saying this, I agree that if eating GF products lowers someone’s stress of encountering a food their intolerant to, then why not eat it.

            Personally I prefer to Just Eat Real Food. GF alternatives are usually still filled with junk.

          • That’s a good point, which is why we should still use leaches to treat blood disorders…

          • Jeff Kelly

            That would be “leeches.”

          • oldcarman

            This is called the placebo effect, & is real. I really enjoy hearing about why gluten is so bad for you because the “root of the word is GLUE!

          • Jennifer R.

            The study in fact did not say that the subjects were imagining the symptoms (that was the conclusion of the one writing this badly written article). It said their symptoms could be due to FODMAPs intolerance. Which is still a dietary trigger, just a different one.

          • Jennifer R.

            We were not biologically engineered to consume wheat! It’s been in the human diet only around 10,000 years (shorter for Native Americans and Pacific Islanders, among others). Our hunter-gatherer ancestors centered their diet around other starchy foods, such as tubers, not wheat.

          • Joseph Miceli

            Well, since we are off and running….no one is “biologically engineered” to consume anything. We EVOLVE to fit provided ecological niches, even the ones we create our selves. Humans did not evolve to consume wheat. Wheat became available through our efforts and those with the ability to utilize it lived longer and bred more than those who did not. Those same hunter-gatherers you laud were selected against and eventually were subsumed by those who farmed.

            For a thought provoking article that has real data and a forum that is not nearly as filled with disinformation, drama and neurosis as this one, I suggest

            http://wholehealthsource.blogspot.com/2008/07/grains-and-human-evolution.html

          • Jennifer R.

            You are mixing up biological evolution with social/political changes. Hunter-gatherers were/are the same genetically as farmers and city dwellers. That their social and economic structure was (in some cases still is) different has nothing to do with evolution.

          • Joseph Miceli

            Jennifer, you just showed how you do NOT understand evolution. The hunter-gatherers of 10,000 years ago were NOT genetically the same as we are today. The doubling of genes that produce amylase in human saliva is a recent mutation favored by selection in people who eat wheat products and is only one of many small adaptations humans have made to our agrarian environment. Again, you have introduced an argument with no basis, cited no source and gotten facts wrong. You keep coming to a gun fight with a knife and you really need to stop embarrassing yourself.

          • Jennifer R.

            I did add a link (that you probably didn’t click), but you yourself have cited no sources for what you have posted. Amylase is not for digesting wheat, it is for digesting starches, such as tubers. You might as well say that since humans are social animals, we are biologically engineered to live in cities.
            http://blogs.scientificamerican.com/guest-blog/2012/07/23/human-ancestors-were-nearly-all-vegetarians/
            http://www.nature.com/nature/journal/v505/n7484/full/nature12820.html

          • Joseph Miceli

            Again with the red herrings and the utter lack of comprehension you bring to reading any argument. I did not address the PURPOSE of amylase, I addressed the MUTATION leading to the doubling of amylase production.
            Oh, and you lied again. Your previous remark that I replied to does not contain any link. The one to National Geographic, while very interesting, has no information about genetic changes over time in agrarian societies to adapt to wheat production vs. the genetic adaptations of hunter-gatherer societies. Of course, that was a complex sentence so no doubt you will pick something in it out of context and then argue against it.

          • rms1

            Let’s remember, however, that just because our hunter-gatherer ancestors did things a certain way doesn’t mean that we must follow their blueprint without deviation. They didn’t do a lot of things we do now. That doesn’t mean I’d rather live their lifestyle.

          • Jennifer R.

            I was simply stating that we are not biologically engineered to eat wheat. Nowhere did I say that we should eat the way our ancestors ate, only that wheat is not necessarily part of our natural diet any more than corn, chicken, or any specific plant or animal species, and that while many people may be able to consume it without any issues, that doesn’t mean that our bodies were designed specifically to survive on it. Our bodies are usually fairly flexible as far as what we can eat, unless we have allergies, intolerances, or other immune-modulated food reactions. It is interesting how many people are finding that eliminating wheat helps them.

          • memorious

            Do you hate all science, or just science that doesn’t confirm your previously held beliefs?

          • Jennifer R.

            I hate it when people make up facts to back up their hatred of others.

          • Joseph Miceli

            She lies a lot, too. Honestly, I really need to ignore her worthless posts.

          • Jennifer R.

            You are obsessed, aren’t you?

          • Joseph Miceli

            Troll.

          • Joseph Miceli

            Troll

          • Joseph Miceli

            Troll.

          • FaintCryofFreedom

            Shane, how is ANYONE being hurt with this “trend”? So what if there is an industry capitalizing on “this scare”! Who cares? I fail to see how your comments are relevant, except that you are excoriating people for seeking alternatives to conventional thinking & methods. YOU don’t have to quit gluten, but I can tell you that if you are experiencing digestive issues, unless you CHANGE what you put in your mouth, your digestive issues will persist. It’s a no-brainer.
            You completely ignore the fact that the wheat we consume today is NOT the same grain our parents ate prior to say, the 1960s. It’s a hybrid grain, genetically engineered for higher yield. It’s also majority (in America anyway) GMO. It was genetically modified because the pests which invade the wheat fields have become resistant to pesticides, specifically Round-Up. Those genetic modifications created a grain which causes the stomachs of the pests which consume it to explode. Who knows what it does to us humans, who eat a lot more of it than those pests!
            Pull your head out & stop arguing a point which you have no business arguing about.

          • Jeff Kelly

            A mix of the untrue and the unproven.

          • FaintCryofFreedom

            Yes, you know better than my body does. How…..egotistical & arrogant of you.

          • Jennifer R.

            The study was not saying that people are jumping on a trend. Re-read the actual study, not the poorly written article. The study explains the symptoms as being caused by FODMAPs intolerance, not a fake disorder.

          • Dusty Ayres

            Trendy foodies who adopt the gluten-free diet on the premise that gluten is just plain harmful to everyone are who this article is directed at.

            And these kinds of people are also pissing off restaurant staff when they insist on having food that isn’t gluten, as in this review:

            https://www.tripadvisor.ca/ShowUserReviews-g155019-d707131-r122125214-Mr_Greenjeans_Restaurant-Toronto_Ontario.html#or144

          • IDConstitutionist

            Do you know why taking out just dairy didn’t do it for you? What are cows or goats fed? Gluten feed: oats, barley mainly, some wheat and rye. What they eat passes thru their milk.

            My ped doctor in the 70s wanted me to feed formula to my 2 children and wouldn’t help me to breastfeed (my mother did all 7 of us) my first child. He just told me to watch what I ate as it would pass thru to my son….so no beans, chocolate and a number of other foods that I don’t remember any more. Makes sense. However, most people don’t know that dairy cows and dairy goats are generally fed those grains. I raise dairy goats and have my permit to sell unpasteurized (REAL) milk. I have changed their feed to milo, a little corn, peas and a protein pellet and customers no longer have issues with dairy.

          • Destiny Powers

            I don’t have celiac disease but I do have sensitivity to it I have all symptoms but got tested and was negative I get so sick every time I have any gluten products so people can think what thay want to think and I will go with what I think and what my doctor says don’t believe everything u read online……

          • FaintCryofFreedom

            Chelsea Poole, it’s a “trend” we can live with, isn’t it? Never allow anyone else to redefine what you have discovered works for you. Douche-bag articles like this notwithstanding. Seriously, who is really whining here? I don’t whine about my dietary limitations. I just eat cleaner & feel better. That’s good enough for me.

          • Darkrider

            Come on. Let’s not reduce ourselves to name-calling.

          • Jeff Kelly

            What the hell is wrong in Celiac? Answers have come from research at U Maryland. Gluten hits a specific receptor in sufferers, triggers a cascade of biologic events that opens tight junctions to “leaky gut” status, large molecules such as gluten proteins are absorbed, triggering an autoimmune reaction which takes out large portions of the villi of the small intestine in the genetically preprogrammed who also have the biologic brake removed from autoimmune disease prevention. How’s that? If you believe in The Devil, it sounds like something of Devilish design. The antibodies released are IgA, which are the autoimmune ones. IgE antibodies define ALLERGY–and Celiac is NOT allergy.

          • Ltate

            People don’t get diagnosed for so long because of stupid articles like this that accuse sufferers of “making it all up in their heads”

          • flamesrock

            Well said! Agree 100%.

          • Jennifer R.

            This goes to show for pretty much all rare disorders – most doctors have no clue until an acute even happens, and even then they may call you a faker.

          • Chatmal

            Doctors are generally unfamiliar with Celiac and often in medical school are told it is rare and get perhaps a couple paragraphs of info. They don’t think of it, don’t understand it and don’t test for it. Plus, so many Celiac symptoms are not strictly GI and rather vague. It’s well known to take an average of about 7 years of complaints to doctors to confirm diagnosis. Even a negative blood test is not proof. I’ve personally had “IBS” symptoms for 16 years to varying degrees and I’m finally going to get an endoscopy & colonoscopy to see what the heck is going on inside. Most patients aren’t very proactive with their doctors either. I’ve had to push and tell doctors “this is not normal!”

            Even if there is damage to the intestinal villi, a doctor may conclude it’s not ENOUGH damage to qualify. My aunt’s extensive testing was “inconclusive.” Some doctors seem to want us on our death beds with malnutrition, permanent intestinal damage, and possibly cancer before a diagnosis can be made.

            Many people feel that if gluten is a problem, why go through hell to get an “official” diagnosis when the treatment is exactly the same: GLUTEN FREE DIET. Celiac is the only auto-immune disease that is cured with a strict dietary change.

            And I’ve heard tales of doctors giving horrible or no advice on going gluten free. You can’t just remove the bun off a burger. Cross-contamination makes eating out or at friends’ houses stressful. One crumb of bread can create inflammation and illness. Don’t even get me started on gluten in non-food products like cosmetics! There are no labels and you have to ask each manufacturer about each product: cleanser, moisturizer, lipstick, lip balm, sunscreen, body lotion, toothpaste, mouthwash – anything that can end up in your mouth.

            If you really want expert info, see more info here: http://www.cureceliacdisease.org/faqs

          • FaintCryofFreedom

            For someone like you, endoscopy or colonoscopy is great to seek -if you’re worried about cancer. If it turns out that you do not have cancer, you still have IBS. For ANYONE with IBS, ulcerative colitis, diverticulitis (which is simply the acute version of diverticulosis), before you allow doctors to prescribe drugs to you, check your diet. Could be gluten is an issue for you, but you may be at a crossroads of so much damage to your intestines, that now you should probably go off gluten, meat and dairy.
            Those three are huge culprits, very indigestible under the best of circumstances! Think about how our grain sources have become adulterated (GMOs, pesticides). What about meats? We cook them primarily because of parasites & to kill naturally-occurring bacteria/fungi which begin to grow on the surface of the meats as soon as it’s slaughtered. We also inject most of our livestock with antibiotics & growth hormones. Who knows what sort of issues these are causing to people who eat those animals! What do we feed that livestock? GMO grains & corn. Do you see the conundrum here?
            Add to it that many meats are treated with various chemicals which were NEVER intended for human consumption. Look at the issues with milk products. It’s not just general lactose-intolerance. How about what’s injected into those dairy cows to get them to over-produce? The lists are seemingly endless, we’ve created a veritable minefield of health concerns with our food sources.

          • Chatmal

            I’ve actually been gluten free for more than two years and omitted red meat years ago. I still eat poultry on occasion, but I’m mostly vegetarian. I’ve been avoiding corn and corn syrup too. Recently my inflammation has increased (sciatica, back and belly pain), so I’m re-examining my cosmetics and medications for hidden gluten. Currently, I’m avoiding dairy but it’s so hard! I love my cheese and greek yogurt. I’m trying to increase my antioxidant-rich foods and juices as well and watch sugar. Sad to say I’m looking forward to my next GI appt!

          • disheartened coeliac

            Try 12 years for diagnoses!
            First symptomatic at 13 diagnosed at 26. Apparently I didn’t look like a coeliac. Ie..underweight, failing to thrive, constant diarrhea. The bullshit that goes with the symptoms of coeliac disease.
            I suggest you get your head out your computer and go visit the coeliac society who can give you more the 2 real life stories. OUR story’s are the real ones. YEARS for diagnosis….oh and that fantastic blood test that is in the process of being redeveloped has a high probability of producing a false negative like my 5 year old who is iga deficient…He will not get a positive result through a blood test thus a big argument with medical practitioners to do a biopsy on a 5 year old. It’s not as easy as you think!!!!!
            I have been to the Monash, RCH and multiple ‘specialists’ who all say he shows the symptoms of coeliac and has the genetic marker but fail to see the need to put him through a biopsy. I want it to shove under the nose of synical bastards like you who say I’m self diagnosing my son because I don’t have the documented back up.
            AS I SAID. ..REALLY LIFE STORYS!

          • Yeah, I was diagnosed within three months of a resoundingly positive preliminary anti-tTg IGA blood test, so I don’t really know what John’s talking about. Maybe some thoroughly incompetent doctors? Maybe people not consuming normal amounts of gluten prior to their colonoscopy/endoscopy for the small biopsy?

          • flamesrock

            You’re right, you’re not an expert. It took over 2 years to properly diagnose my 8 year old daughter with Celiac disease. Our physician treated her rash as Eczema until we finally were able to get a referral to a dermatologist and then it was several months of more treatment before he started to think of other causes. Then there was the blood test, then another appt with the dematologist, then the surgeon, then scheduling the endoscopy which was several more months. I know you may find it hard to believe you’re not as smart as you think you are but believe it, its true.

          • Beth

            Look at Celic.com’s forum and read what people go through if you would like some insight. Most people wait years and years for a diagnosis all the while being labeled as hypochondriac. The same things people with NCGS go through.

          • Margaux

            I have had issues that are definitely traits of Celiac my whole life and most doctors aren’t educated about the disease. I had to basically lose my job from missing too much work and DEMAND blood tests, colonoscopy and endoscopy to be properly diagnosed. Also this IS NOT FREE. You’re friends probably got diagnosed recently because there is more awareness of the disease due to the DIET FAD.

          • Andrea Lynn

            I have a friend whose daughter has Celiac disease. She was diagnosed via a blood test. That was all they needed to make a definitive diagnosis, a dx upheld by two of the preeminent medical facilities in the world. I had another friend years back who had (has) Celiac, and she, too, was diagnosed with a blood test. So I have no idea why it would take “years” to get a dx. Some people with Celiac can become very, very ill with just a small amount of offending foods, so I cannot imagine it would take years to diagnose people with this disease.

          • Crystal Stewart

            Blood tests provide a very high number of false negatives. They will use the blood test in conjunction with biopsies for a diagnosis. Which also has a high number of false negatives because they take spiral biopsies and can miss the damage all together:)

          • Blood test and no biopsy? There are people in the medical profession who do not consider that to be a sufficient diagnosis of Celiac Disease. Celiac is not defined by a presence of antibodies, it is defined by villous atrophy that can only be proved by biopsy. Some would call elevated antibodies proof of a sensitivity, and then others, citing blogs like this, would claim it’s all in her head.

            And because of how extreme and varied the symptoms are, doctors tend to initially suspect things that are much worse than a food-based reaction.

          • Jeff Kelly

            Doesn’t matter what who considers “sufficient” in terms of a diagnostic workup. Too many limitations on current testing regimen relied upon–simple as that.

          • Jennifer R.

            Not everyone with celiac has obvious symptoms, not everyone with symptoms has a doctor who will order the blood test, and not everyone tests positive until their guts have been damaged for years first. There are also other diseases that look like celiac, including eosinophilic disorders and cystic fibrosis (not everyone with CF has lung issues as their major symptoms, some are mostly affected in their digestion).

          • Beth

            Years for a diagnosis meaning from the start of symptoms to the date of someone saying ” you have celiac disease”. I highly doubt your friend’s daughter got the shits one day so her mom took her in and they instantly tested her for celiac and the next day she was diagnosed. People have a variety of symptoms for years before a doctor even thinks celiac, most people don’t realize that all their ailments are due to one disease so they don’t connect the dots. Migraines was my primary symptom of celiac for years, 30 to be exact. Since finding out I was a celiac 6 months ago, I have not had a migraine since changing my diet. I have NEVER in the last 30 years went six months without a migraine. I didn’t start getting stomach issues until three years ago, and then it still took them three more years to figure it out. Three years of slowly starving, three years of multiple concerns brought to the attention of multiple doctors, being given tons of differential diagnosis, different medications thrown at me, but never the correct ones. It wasn’t until I had severe vitamin deficiencies and severe anorexia ( not self induced, my intestines are shot due to celiac) before the parade of dumbass doctors figured it out. My daughter started fainting a little over a year ago and was sent to multiple heart specialist and such trying to figure out why. When I asked my doctor to test my children for celiac after my diagnosis, he declined. I asked him why he would send her for all those specialty testing but not do a simple blood test? He finally agreed, surprise, surprise, my daughter is a celiac. Took over a year for her diagnosis from the initial onset of symptoms. That, my delusional friend, is why it takes years for a diagnosis. It isn’t as simple as a blood draw.

          • Andrea Lynn

            Wow, aggressive much? My friend’s daughter had been suffering from myriad symptoms for years, and was finally diagnosed with a blood test.

          • Jeff Kelly

            Because the blood tests are not very reliable, nor are any tests commonly used today to test for Celiac. Imagine 45 years of suffering, and then you have a history of my life. Oh come on, you CAN imagine it…use your IMAGINATION….

          • jazfae

            I agree. My husband got “kinda” diagnosis with celiac disease. We went to the doctor, he preformed blood work and a biopsy, told us he’s most likely a celiac but adhear to the celiac diet for six months then come back, six months later we come back, he runs more tests and tells us it still looks like he’s a celiac but due to some autoimmune disease he has, results are still in conclusive, keep to the diet and come back in 6 months. Yes, it takes a long time.

          • so you are saying getting the diagnosis is some kind of solution ? there is a much better way !

          • Tom Opie

            It’s called a bloodtest.

          • Jeff Kelly

            My “median time” proved to be 45 years. Yah, that’s “several years alright.” LMAO

          • Bob

            So, you should never search the internet and self-diagnose, but at the same time, you should be searching the internet and finding out about these things?

          • Shane Michaels

            Do you know what it means to diagnose?
            Definition: “identify the nature of (an illness or other problem) by examination of the symptoms.”
            Generally speaking, the next step after diagnosing an illness is to begin treating it.
            There’s a tremendous difference between looking up symptoms and information so that you can better communicate your symptoms to/ask more educated questions of your doctor, and self-diagnosing then beginning treatment on your findings.

          • Jeff Kelly

            After 45 years and successfully having done that for the past 13 with Celiac(and several related pathologies), I can testify that it is not necessarily as “dangerous” as the “wise Gastroenterologists of this world” insist it is!!!

          • learn2concede

            First you say don’t self diagnose, then you say it’s this person’s fault for not self diagnosing essentially.

          • Shane Michaels

            No no, that’s not what I said. You know, there’s a reason newspapers are written at a 6th grade reading level.
            I said that doctors hate it when people spend hours looking up potentially unrelated illnesses instead of seeking professional medical assistance to help determine what’s going on. I then said that it helps to look things up and NOT self-diagnose, so that you can ask educated questions and provide more detailed information when you do visit with your doctor.
            Big, big difference.

          • Ivy Clinger

            Maybe if it didn’t cost $150 for an office visit that you wait 30 minutes for, even though you had an appointment, and then you only get 15 minutes at the most to describe your ailments, get diagnosed and then possibly receive treatment that will likely include some kind of prescription drug, THEN people might start going to their doctors to ask them why their stomachs or heads or joints hurt so bad all the time.
            See, most of of us do actually have experience with doctors, and that experience typically includes several visits over the course of months or years only to still not have answers, even after trying many different methods of treatment, and so now feel like it is easier, less expensive, and less of a disappointment or let down just to do it ourselves.
            The pediatrician we use is an excellent doctor. Not just because of all his experience and credentials, but because he usually asks US FIRST what we think is going on with our children, and 9/10 we are right. Why even go see him then? Because if I’ve actually taken the time to get my sick or injured child out of bed, dressed, in the car and to the doctor, you can bet your buttons that child is truly sick and needs a prescription that is actually needed.
            Doctors are not omniscient.

          • Joseph Miceli

            Shane, you seem to be very level headed and you make a lot of sense. Here’s some advice: Don’t bother. The attention seeking morons pretending to gluten sensitivity for the attention will not let go of their self delusion and will vociferously attack you. That’s understandable. No one likes their self-delusions challenged. What has been the real surprise is the amount of blow back from REAL sufferers of diseases like Crohn’s and Celiac’s. They mistakenly believe any criticism of anyone claiming the disease to be an attack on THEM. The do not see how all the fakers trivialize their plight nor do they recognize the harm it brings to real sufferers to have someone pretend to their disease. They just perceive a threat. Some of them are also intellectually incapable of making the distinction between your condemnation of fakers and your sympathy and support of real sufferers and lash out wholesale.
            You will find very little real information on this blog and very little interest in facts. These people simply like to regurgitate the latest fad science that reinforces their delusions. Go find something else to do and have a nice Celiac Faker-Free life. I certainly am going to try to.

          • Jeff Kelly

            And so if then you visit a doctor who has as much practical education on the diagnosis of Celiac Sprue as a 6th grader has in bookkeeping, then you might ask yourself and reasonably so if your time could be better spent. I did. And thank GOD I did!!

          • FaintCryofFreedom

            Gee, sorry that some of us don’t come by information as quickly as you & then put it into action. We’re only given a small bit of insight as to how our bodies work & they are intricate. I had never heard anyone -doctor or other healthcare professional- inform me, the patient/complainant that DIET is such a huge part of what ails us. And that by adjusting mine, I could possibly reduce or eliminate the inflammation that kicked off so many other symptoms -for me anyway.
            “Irritable bowel syndrome” is a catch-all. Rarely have I heard anyone say, “My doctors gave me a road map for adjusting my lifestyle, and today I no longer suffer from Crohn’s, or general IBS”. However -and this a big caveat- people ultimately bear responsibility for their own healthcare. Most people absolutely DO NOT want to adjust what they eat, when & how much until they are given a horrible prognosis: Change, or suffer, then die.
            For me, once I made the connection to diet, there was no going back. I had to change because my life had become horrible. I hid the pain, but was exhausted from it & not a very happy person. Today, my body moves like I want it to.
            I hope other people reading here realize yes, YOU have within you the power to make changes & reap the benefits. You don’t have to take endless drugs which do little more than mask problems, and poorly at that. You can cure yourself thru diet.

          • Jared A

            The end all be all…know it all. Shane. You should apply to be the wizard in Oz.

            Agreed people can jump on a bandwagon. Just as you have, to categorically strip people of their own ability to listen to their body.

            Get off your pseudo sophisticated high horse of medicine…when you aren’t ‘qualified’ either.

          • Jennifer R.

            Here’s the thing: what does Kinesiology have to do with diet? Also, why are you so angry at people? If people are trying to help themselves, and making mistakes, that makes them human, not something worthy of so much hatred.

          • Beth

            I was just diagnosed with celiac six months ago. I had never heard of it or gluten before that day. What I know now, six months later is more than most doctors know about celiac. There is a reason why it takes so long to be diagnosed, there is little actually known about celiac and all the problems it causes, most doctors never look in that direction, don’t connect the dots. If I would have been more proactive and looked online into my issues, I might have been diagnosed before I had a lot of unresolved health issues, some that will never resolve due to the damage celiac has done to my body, 37 years worth of damage and symptoms, symptoms every single doctor I have seen over the coarse of 37 years, missed. Most people diagnosed with celiac have had to self diagnose. Doctors also don’t always order the necessary testing, or people haven’t started producing enough antibodies for the test to become positive and most doctors wont retest if the first testing was negative. Not every person with celiac produces a large amount of antibodies and if endoscopy with biopsy isn’t done, they are told they are negative or they have NCGS. Most people who are labeled with NCGS are unable to get a celiac diagnosis and have had positive results with a gluten free diet. Some with NCGS are really celiac but can’t finish the testing due to severe reactions to gluten. To say it’s all in someone’s head when you haven’t gone through what we do when gluten is introduced into the body, is utter and complete bullshit. Celiac affects a person from head to toe, not just digestive function. A glutening for me sets me on my ass for weeks, non functioning, can’t move more than five feet from my toilet or a bucket ( it comes out both ends), don’t know my name – stupid from brain fog, severe mood swings, muscle aches and pains, nerve pain, and the list goes on and on. I feel bad for people with NCGS, they don’t get the support that they need because of people with ideas such as the author of this article has, and everyone that agrees with this bullshit. None of this article is based on scientific fact, it’s someone’s views of scientific evidence, how they interpret it whether it’s written that way or not. Don’t believe everything you see and hear. And really, why should the average gluten eating person care why or why not someone else isn’t eating it? I praise all the ” it makes my hair shine, and I have more energy” fad dieters, there is more gluten free food now than ever thanks to them. I sympathize with the NCGS, because they are stuck not feeling well and getting shit from close minded people who think it’s all in their heads. I usually wouldn’t wish anything ill on anyone, but who ever believes the shit in this article needs a little gluten poisoning for a few weeks, get a little taste of what celiacs and NCGS’ers alike have to deal with.

          • Melissa RLewis

            I disagree. I am a researcher by nature, and google a LOT, daily. Never came across the word “FODMAPS”.

          • T

            The doctors don’t know, they just go by what they’ve been told, just like everyone else.

          • Tylynn Haddow

            You did say that seeing a medical professional would save your wallet. However, anything further from your family doctors or walk-ins comes at a huge expense. If people can help themselves for free, why not? Not all of us who research on the internet are complete idiots, thank you very much.

          • z

            It’s because modern medicine is part of the problem. Your problems are possibly due to GMOs in your foods, chemicals in your foods in all forms from artificial colors and flavors to preservatives and addititives to pesticides and herbicides used in growing. Try eating all REAL ORGANIC food that has none of that for a span and see if there isn’t a huge difference in your digestive issues and your weight.

          • Guest

            I’m really sorry you didn’t hear about FODMAPS and seem to be getting inadequate information regarding your digestive system and problems. I know what these problems are like and they’re miserable. If you can, I’d seek out different doctors to help you. The first time I saw my GI doctor they put me on a FODMAP diet, prescribed me medication, and put me on VSL#3 probiotic, and it’s all been really helpful!

            The information is out there definitely, you just have to know what to search for and ask. So hopefully you start getting better information!

          • PG

            Sadly, insurance doesn’t cover much regarding nutrition however, there are people lobbying in Washington on behalf of our field of expertise to make it a better future for patients and dietitians alike and help patients to be healed through diet. Hang in there and feel better.

          • Not being a smart ass , but the amount of time and effort you have spent at the doctors is your problem? There is a much better way !

          • Melissa RLewis

            My GI Dr. gave me the FODMAPS diet a couple weeks ago. They are calling it IBS, but when I’ve eaten things that wreak havoc on me, I look to see that it’s a gluten related issue. Things I’m SUPPOSED to be sensitive to, if I have IBS, often don’t bother me at all. I never really invested myself in the DR’s info because often it’s not helpful. On my own, I’m discovering gluten issues and suspicious of possible candida overgrowth since things went out of control after a round of antibiotics following surgery.

          • pandamystery

            I’m so sorry for your experiences, unfortunately you are only one of many. You know, some people think they have all the answers to other people’s problems, especially when it comes to suffering from an undiagnosed disease. It’s so terrifying for healthy people that it’s possible to be deathly sick and have no one be able to help you and that’s that. Or that you could just suffer your whole life, the end. It must be your fault, you must not be doing something right because if they were sick surely they would find a way out of it. They’re just trying to make themselves feel better because admitting medical science is still very much in its early stages is not acceptable. Those of us who’ve lived often going decades without diagnosis or proper treatment see right through all that, but they won’t give up because this is about them, not you.

          • Jeff Kelly

            This is just my definitely biased opinion, but to me this FODMAPS stuff is yet another means of the medical profession to “explain things” that in all cases, are not explainable by sensitivity to FODMAPS either.

        • Terry J. Wood

          That’s not true. Google and the forums on celiac.com were an enormous help to me. What I learned there helped me to seek out the which doctors at the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center could help me. It cut months, if not years, off of my search for a cure.

          The reason people self diagnose is that many doctors have never seen a case of celiac disease, let alone NCGS. Many don’t even consider it a possibility, thinking that it’s a disease of children in the third world. They think this because that’s what they’ve been taught. Frustrated at being given an incorrect diagnosis time after time, people eventually realize that they don’t need a doctor’s permission to try a gluten free diet. When it works for them they stay on it. That’s how a self diagnosis occurs.

          The difference between those people and myself was a minor one. My health insurance didn’t require me to get a referral from my PCP to see a specialist. When my PCP told me that I couldn’t possibly have a problem with wheat, rye and barley, I just scheduled an appointment with the best allergist at Children’s Hospital. He put my doctors on the right track in no time at all. But if one doesn’t have that option, they may suffer for years.

          It is not uncommon for patients with celiac disease to go as long as 10 years until they get a proper diagnosis. People who informed have a much better chance of getting proper medical help than those who are ignorant.

        • highlydubious

          Im sorry Shane Michaels but you just come off as an insensitive dick, speaking in generalizations from your own subjective experience in restaurant industry.

          • Candice

            Don’t forget that he has two friends with celiac. You’d think he’d have more compassion!

          • Mikey John

            Let’s also remember we as a human species can survive just fine without wheat. Fruits, vegetables, meats, fish, and eggs will suffice. Dairy is optional.

          • Ryan

            I manage, own and run restaurants for 6 years. It is insane, the ‘gluten-free’ request trends right now. over half of our items are gluten free on the menu. I added quinoa to the menu 5 years ago, before 90% of the population could even pronounce it. 🙂 75% of ‘glutards’ couldn’t tell me what gluten is when asked. It is self diagnosed… and I just keep wanting to tell them to research FODMAPs, and get a nutritionist or see a gastroenterologist. My personal experience is with my daughter, who has fructose intolerance, diagnosed at 8 years old onset at 8 years old. It took 3 months for a gastroenterologist to diagnose it… that’s it, from deathly ill, to diagnosis, eliminate Celiacs and fibro as an option, and confirm FI. Now, we as parents refused to accept our initial family Dr’s thinking that it was ~ Anxiety, Giardia, 5ths disease, IBS, etc (we actually heard it all, and Shane is right, the Doctors practically quoted from the mayo clinic website when trying to figure it out, I would read along, seeing if they offered anything new, furious at them for being so obtuse)… and so we pushed… but shouldn’t anyone? 6 years to diagnose Celiac’s! The patient needs to take responsibility for that. My Dr (also certified as a naturopathic Dr) had never even heard of Fructose Intolerance when we went back to let them know… combine that with the changes to our food industry, there will be more allergies, sensitivities and issues moving forward.
            I’m sorry, but compare the ingredient list of a gluten free substitute to an original, natural food item, and it is not even close. Why would you choose to cut out gluten, but add hydrogenated oils and corn syrups, and MSG for flavor, of course…. I am opening a bakery in a few months, and all I hear is ‘make gluten free’ bread…. Bread should have 4 ingredients: Flour, water, salt, yeast.. that’s it. Next time you’re in the grocery store, look at the ingredient list of their ‘fresh baked’ bread… over 30 ingredients. And somehow everyone thinks its ‘gluten’ that makes us sick. here’s a typical list of ‘fresh baked’ bread: enriched flour, partially hydrogenated oil, HFCS, cellulose, soy lecithin, NATURAL FLAVORS (you don’t want to know), sodium stearoyl lactyate, potassium iodate, brown sugar, and several more (preservatives, dough conditioners, whatever)….

            I would imagine eliminating any of that crap, would make me feel better too.
            For anyone who truly has gluten sensitivity, you should be worried about all the bandwagon self diagnosers, who are getting it wrong, choosing a diet with no idea what gluten is or how the body works, but their friend said, or a commercial said, or a dr on a daytime TV show said….because over the top articles like this are the result, and you get discounted as have a ‘real’ issue.. Yes, 0.6% of the pop is Celiacs, and maybe a few more % are NCGS… the other 10 million people, fools.
            Latest research suggests that up to 20% of the population may have fructose malabsorption, or FODMAP issues… start there!

          • Jaq

            Very true. I live in Korea where it’s near impossible to find good bread, so I bought an oven and make my own. Much healthier. Technically, my diet in Korea is very low gluten before I bought my oven. I didn’t feel better. Constantly eating white rice is very unhealthy. Going gluten-free or reducing gluten isn’t the magic answer to make everyone feel better. Everyone is different.

        • Candice

          You do realize that medical professionals misdiagnose millions of people every year, don’t you? I was told years ago that I have asthma, which later ended up being wrong. Doctors aren’t perfect and sometimes neither is medical science. This subject is still being strongly studied and neither side has true proof on the sensitivity issue yet.

          Also, the reason many people do self diagnose is that to properly diagnose celiac, you have to receive an invasive procedure. Many people don’t have the means to get it.

        • Poops McGee

          I’m sorry, I’m still failing to see how people eating what they want to eat is any of your problem.

        • Jess

          Do you want to see the videos from the cameras that were shoved down my dad’s throat and up his ass to diagnose his celiac disease, or will the biopsy results be enough?

          YOU DO NOT KNOW IF SOMEONE HAS BEEN MEDICALLY DIAGNOSED WITH CELIAC DISEASE WHEN THEY COME INTO YOUR RESTAURANT. YOU ARE NOT A DOCTOR, AND IT IS NOT YOUR PLACE TO QUESTION OR CONTRADICT WHEN THEY ASK FOR FOOD TO BE PREPARED A CERTAIN WAY. IT IS YOUR PLACE TO PREPARE THE FOOD EXACTLY HOW THEY ASK FOR IT, AND THAT’S IT.

          QUIT BEING A LAZY PIECE OF SHIT AND DO YOUR FUCKING JOB.

        • Amber

          Provided you can drop a few hundred seeing a doctor to refer you to a specialist (another bill), as well as a $250 (this is what I was quoted from a Gastroenterology office) for a blood test to tell you yes or no.

          • Jennifer R.

            And also the $400 a dietician charges for a 45 minute consultation to give you lists of foods that are allowed on a gluten free diet that you could have found yourself for free on the internet or in books at the library.

        • Nodrama

          Celiac disease is real. Gluten sensitivity in people without Celiac disease has yet to be proven. Plain & simple. Here’s an idea…stop making restaurants responsible for your ailments! If you have a “gluten issue” stay at home and eat what you want or go to a restaurant that specifically advertise gluten-free foods. If your allergic to shell fish…don’t go to red lobster to eat! Plain and simple! People have different sensitivities…that doesn’t make it a diagnosis! A few years back MSG was the hot food topic.It is ridiculous to walk into a deli and order msg free meat! Should we have created a MSG-free diet snd deman that we cteate a name for our new Diagnosis because 5 million people agree they suffer from it? It’s time we accept we are unique…made individual….with no two being alike, and responsible for our own bodies and what we put in it! Maybe YOU should get off your lazy ass and cook your own food, instead of insisting that you be waited on hand and foot, expecting restaurants and people to cater to your body’s personal needs! Small businesses sometimes struggle to make ends meet, yet people such as yourself demand this & that be changed to suit YOUR wants and needs, then ridicule places that are unable to produce your snobby requests. Go to a restaurant that advertises the type of food you want!! Or…. keep your boo hoo dramatic ass at home!

          • Jennifer R.

            How sensitive and kind of you to say that. You are essentially saying that if you have allergies or sensitivities, you have to keep yourself separated off from the rest of the “normal” people so as not to inconvenience anyone. You are essentially saying that special dietary needs are not important or worthy of consideration. I sure hope you don’t end up with a food sensitivity.

          • Jaq

            What he’s saying is, stop blaming the restaurants. If you have a severe gluten allergy, you should be aware of how difficult it is to prepare gluten-free options in the same kitchen as non-gluten-free options. Not every restaurant is capable of accommodating you! That is not their fault!
            I used to work at a bakery and a mother brought her child in. It was his birthday and she wanted to buy him a treat, but he had a peanut allergy. I had to turn them away. I felt terrible about it, but our bakery was too small to have a separate prep area. Everything we made had to be labeled “May contain traces of peanuts” because it was all made on the same equipment in a really small space. I didn’t want to be held responsible for making the kid sick.
            The mom was understanding. Why can’t people with gluten intolerance be understanding of the fact that not every restaurant has the resources to accommodate you?

          • Jennifer R.

            I didn’t interpret his words to mean that someone with allergies should not expect all restaurants to accommodate them, what he said was that if you have special dietary needs you should not expect ANY restaurants to accommodate your needs. I think a lot of those who are new to allergies don’t realize the extent to which allergens are all over the place in a food preparation area. Even a lot of places with allergen-free menus have warnings on them. Maybe they aren’t used to having to prepare all their food themselves for every meal every day (unless they grew up really poor). It’s really a drag, especially if you have to travel for business.

          • Jaq

            Jennifer R

            “Go to a restaurant that advertises the type of food you want” that’s what Nodrama said.

            And then you said “what he said was that if you have special dietary needs you should not expect ANY restaurants to accommodate your needs.”

            No, that is very clearly NOT what he said.

            “Even a lot of places with allergen-free menus have warnings on them. Maybe they aren’t used to having to prepare all their food themselves for every meal every day (unless they grew up really poor).”

            See you still have this attitude that it’s the restaurant’s fault. The restaurants have to serve a multitude of people that DON’T have the same allergy concerns you do. You think preparing your own meals is difficult? How about preparing your meal in a busy, fast-paced kitchen, full of all kinds of things that you are allergic and somehow keeping any and all allergens out of your meal? This simply is not possible in most restaurant kitchens. It has nothing to do with them not understanding or sympathizing with your condition. It is simply not always possible.

          • Caelie

            Gee wiz… Nobody’s forcing anyone to eat at their restaurants. And nobody’s forcing the restaurant to offer wheat-free diets. Why are you so grumpy?

          • Jaq

            Or just nicely going into the restaurant and ask what their gluten free options are before being seated. And don’t get upset if they don’t have gluten-free options.

          • Jeff Kelly

            You make a good point!!

        • practicalfool

          I find the average ‘eater’ is very clueless about how food actually cooks, has next to no idea of how flavours develop and drown (chemically and the rudimentary processes to achieve this).

          They do however have very strong opinions about what they cannot eat. In more cases than not I’ve found these people to be spoilt grown up brats who now have excuses to avoid altogether healthy food because they can’t comprehend it.

          I’ve got a friend with real Celiac disease, isn’t no laughing matter. However I won’t credit the average punter with enough smarts to diagnose food related issues, especially not those naturopath quacks.

        • Crystal Stewart

          Hey, Shane. I’ve seen several specialists. I have been ruled out for everything. They can’t explain my condition. Without my diet change, I have tendinitis and arthritis in all of my joints. It comes and goes in waves, sometimes effecting one joint, sometimes all. On top of it was bouts of diarrhea that made me feel like I was going to die from the pain, but alternatively I’ve only been constipated when extremely ill and dehydrated (3 or 4 times in my life). It never goes back and forth. It is debilitating when you are a mom to 3 young children with one on the way. The ONLY thing that eradicated it from my life was a completely gluten free diet. I was SO careful on it. Even the slightest cross contamination and I’d suffer immediately. Life got in the way at one point and I went off my diet. I have felt horrible since but took the opportunity to get tested. The last specialist I seen told me that she seen damage to my intestinal tract “but not enough to diagnose Celiac”. Well, what about the fact that I had been gluten free for so long? I heal beautifully, and I hadn’t been eating “normal” for that long. I do not have RA, I’ve been ruled out for other auto immune disorders, and my history does not line up with just IBS. Honestly? If eating a certain way helps get rid of the problems I am having, I’d much rather that than spending years going back and forth to specialists and professionals. I had no idea about FODMAPs so I may try reducing those as well (however, I feel fantastic just getting rid of gluten). It just makes it difficult when food allergies leave you with very little to eat that is not FODMAPs.

          So, before you assume that those of us requiring gluten free are just part of a trend.. maybe think that science and the medical field can’t always figure out the problem and the person in front of you just might actually do better eating that way.

          • Shane Michaels

            Both this article, and my comments, are not directed towards anyone who actually has a medical reason for going gluten-free. Quite the contrary, this article, and my comments, are directed towards people who think and/or claim that they do, but actually don’t.
            Ask anyone with cancer how they would feel if another individual claimed to have cancer, but didn’t.
            It’s been done.
            http://www.bnd.com/2014/06/03/3239102/belleville-police-say-healthy.html
            http://abcnews.go.com/US/york-bride-faked-cancer-score-dream-wedding-honeymoon/story?id=16108726

            How does it make you feel when you read those articles?
            You should feel the exact same way towards people who claim to have these extreme dietary issues, but do not, as I guarantee you, many of them are the same people who, a few years back, would eat nothing but wheat instead of white bread, and whole grain pasta instead of regular pasta.
            It may or may not be making them feel better. These studies show that it can strictly be in someone’s head (placebo/nocebo effect), which is extremely dangerous both to the individual, and the cause.
            If you legitimately have a medical condition, stop taking it personally! This article is not directed toward you, but instead to people like the two women in the articles I just linked you to.

          • Jennifer R.

            These studies don’t actually show the symptoms are all in people’s heads, they are explaining them as being caused by FODMAPs intolerance. Go back and read the actual studies, rather than the poorly written newsy articles.

        • Monty

          Thank You…..I dont eat out because of their ignorance, if I dont prep/cook it I dont eat it

        • FaintCryofFreedom

          And again, you’re bullying Andrew to make some point that’s lost on those of us who are telling you the proof, sir, is in the pudding. This is not a “diet” per se. It’s not a “fad” for those of us who’ve discovered relief from many seemingly unrelated health issues by adjusting what we put in our mouths.
          As for the ignorance of the self-diagnosed: FOR YEARS I went to doctors & chiropractors, seeking relief from arthritis which got so bad, by Spring/2010 I was all but crippled by it. I hadn’t even reached the age of 50 & could barely stand long enough to shop for groceries. I was in constant pain, exhausted all the time. Think the doctors had any feedback on it -other than to prescribe me anti-inflammatories which further compromised my digestive system? Nope. It was quite by accident that for one week in 2010, I didn’t eat any wheat-containing foods (had a housemate who was a gluten-free eater). I realized by the end of that one week that the pain I’d been experiencing had abated -I’d say by 80%.
          All in my head. That’s rich. And you make yourself out to be some kind of expert when you’re not Andrew’s wife. You don’t live in MY body. Do us all a favor and listen. I don’t care one way or another what you think about g-f diets. Whatever works for you may not work for me, or for others, for that matter.

        • Jennifer R.

          You say that as someone who probably has never suffered from a mystery disease or rare disease, because most of the times, if you have symptoms that don’t fit into anything that most doctors are familiar with, you will be treated as either a hypochondriac or a depressed person if you go to your doctor about the symptoms, or told to take over the counter medications. Running medical tests is expensive, and most doctors, especially primary care physicians, are given incentives not to request them unless it’s a life threatening situation. How do I know this? I have a rare condition called eosinophilic esophagitis that plagued me with unexplained symptoms most of my life, until finally at the age of 44 a piece of food got stuck and totally blocked my esophagus. I called my insurance company advice line, and they told me to go to the hospital, where I was given an emergency endoscopy. The eosinophilic esophagitis was finally found. All those years I’d been talking about difficulty swallowing, chest and stomach pain, etc. and being given zantac, prozac, and told to take antacids were completely not helping.

        • XX

          And YOU do not have the right to decide for yourself your customers have been self-diagnosed or not. You *should* take every request as if they *have* been diagnosed.

          You would be very surprised at the number of people who do not know what goes into their food. I would expect someone with gluten sensitivity to know not to order the bun. But I would not necessarily expect them to ask if the fries are fried in the same oil as the breaded fish sticks, or if the ketsup has modified wheat starch, or if the chicken and rice soup has been thickened with flour. (Even more surprising, some people don’t even know that regular flour is wheat flour.) They don’t know how your kitchen is run; they don’t know all of the ingredients in your food.

          You *could* choose to inform those that order a bunless burger but gluten-fried french fries that they aren’t safe… you know… help them instead of being snarky. I believe it’s called good customer service. They certainly won’t eat at your restaurant again if they continue to get sick there.

          So YOU get off YOUR high horse thinking you know everything there is to know about your customers.

        • Jaq

          This is the attitude that causes people to have negative views of those with Gluten intolerance. NOT EVERY RESTAURANT CAN PREPARE GLUTEN-FREE ITEMS FOR YOU. It’s not a question of doing their job. The world doesn’t revolve around you and your allergy. Not every restaurant is set up to be able to correctly prepare gluten-free foods. Not every restaurant can neglect their other customers in order to cater to you and your special needs. And, most importantly, not every restaurant wants to take the responsibility of labeling foods gluten-free and risking anything going wrong and getting sued by the customer.

          • Jennifer R.

            Some restaurants label their foods gluten free even when they aren’t. It would be nice if they would at least add a disclaimer that they might be cross-contaminated.

        • Kylee

          I don’t place too much value on modern trained doctors anymore, not for this kind of thing. Sure, if I require surgery, they’re my peeps. But after 20 years of having chronic anemia, chronic sinusitis and polyps, gaining weight, feeling like I might rather die than drag my sorry self around for another day, I found a naturopath was my angel on earth. She was able to diagnose in one session what my medical doctors couldn’t in 2 decades. I did go back to the dr after seeing her, to get the diagnosis verified, but will not take antiquated advice from doctors who often don’t know enough about nutrition to help people. I had to ‘self diagnose’ in order to realise that I needed answers from other sources. And using all the information from various sites, I was able to trial a few things for myself and help myself. There is nothing wrong with people conducting their own research and making some decisions for themselves, as long as they are taking the information from genuine sources. But sometimes, comments from people who are living through similar conditions is equally of value. My doctor wasn’t too fussed when he finally had the answer. 20 YEARS of my life wasted in ill-health whilst trying to let the medical professionals do their job!

        • Lisa

          So what about the people who have had colonoscopies, x-rays and have asked the doctor for a referral to a dietician and was told by the physician that they don’t know of one for me to go to. If I had diabetes and/or heart disease, they would have one for me to go to. Until I got rid of wheat and other food products out of my system, I was able to repair my digestive tract. All because I researched on the internet by myself. And yes, I can tell a difference when I add wheat back in my diet and have been tested negative for celiac. I can use my brain and figure out what to eat or not eat without a doctor or dietician. And all the information on the internet was less money than all the negative tests my doctor put me through.

        • Jessi N.

          What you call self-diagnosis, I call figuring out how to make it through my day without getting violently ill.

        • Tammy Allin

          As for your comments. I have never tried to self diagnose. I had never even heard of gluten insensitivity until years after I had been unknowingly gluten free, by going low carb. I did however watch my psoriasis and stomach problems miraculously disappear because of it. I did go to a doctor for these problems for years, putting money in his pocket so he could tell me that there is no cure for psoriasis oh and that my stomach problems were caused by eating a high fat diet. Interesting don’t you think?

        • Ken Kam

          ” … seek information and assistance from healthcare professionals…” I strongly disagree with this advice. The poor quality of healthcare science practised in the US in the past 60 years is the cause of the misery of obesity, CHD, metabolic syndrome, etc. today. I am an engineer by training, well trained in the hard sciences, so when I read the ‘science’ behind many of the health claims, I am shocked. I can’t believe that even the most highly regarded professionals in the field make the most elementary blunders in jumping from inadequate observations to firm conclusions. They don’t seem to want to admit that ‘We don’t know’. The starting position of scientists in physics / astronomy, etc, is that ‘we don’t know, we may be wrong’. In the face of such poor science practised by health and food scientists, I am not sure that we should treat medical and health practitioners with all that much respect. They lead you into one disaster after another. If you are an objective, clear-thinking, analytical person you may be better off trusting your own observations, reading the scientific research out there and form your own logical conclusions. You can’t do worse than what the fake scientists in the health sector have done for us.

          • Jeff Kelly

            I admire your dedication to science and the scientific method, logic, and reason. Kudos!!

        • Ken Kam

          The doctors will tell you not to do your own research because that undermines their credibility, devalues their profession. They want to maintain that aura of mystery, the authority of their degrees as in the ancient days the priests prevented the lay people from learning the alphabet as that would undermine their authority over the masses. Same happening here, the doctors are desperately trying to maintain their mystique in the face of the knowledge explosion which is exposing so many of them as charlatans. The doctor is not necessarily smarter than the rest of us. If a doctor cannot or does not wish to discuss the scientific basis of his conclusions with me as an intellectual equal, I have no respect for him.

          • Jeff Kelly

            This is very true.

        • wow

          Actually Jess if you want food prepared exactly how you want it, prepare it yourself. A restaurant provides you with a service, which is not to be your own personal chef. It’s the chef’s place to prepare the food the way the menu was designed. Now please stay at home, make no further contact with the outside world. Your self righteous, self entitled attitude may spread further. Please don’t become a mentor or mother or take any sort of leadership role.

        • C

          There is a reason why people are “self-diagnosing”. The medical community is grossly ignorant about Celiac Disease and Non-Celiac Gluten Sensitivity. On average it takes 6 years for a person to get diagnosed from their first visit to a medical professional with complaints related to Celiac Disease, and that is exactly how long it took for my son to be diagnosed. It took until I was 37 for me to be diagnosed, and I had symptoms my whole life. 95% of people with Celiac Disease have not been diagnosed. Millions of Americans walk around every day suffering from illnesses due to Celiac Disease because most doctors do not know anything about it. This is something that Celiac experts discuss on a regular basis. If you do a Google search on Celiac diagnosis rates, or rates of Celiac Disease you can find some information there. This article is one of about a handful of articles that misunderstood that small study of 37 people, and I have had personal conversations with Celiac experts about this study. Since I work and volunteer in the Celiac community I frequently meet Celiac researchers and doctors who specialize in Celiac Disease. NCGS is real, and they actually have studies showing what the percentage of the population is. They estimate 30% of the population has it. The same doctor who did this study has done more studies NCGS. One study shows a marked increase in depression for NCGS sufferers.

        • I completely disagree with nearly everything you said and here is the proof, my photograph. I am almost 67 and have the body and stamina/strength of a fit 25 year old. I have spent many years learning about healing one self and I imagine this photo might prove I am certainly doing something quite right. And yes I have found what might be called a fountain of youth/strength.

          All the info is at my site and am NOT a Paleo geek at all , but I do limit white carbs accordingly. There is a sort of ratio one can develop for athletes and I have been one my entire life.

        • Lauren

          I spent years and thousands of dollars going to doctors to get a diagnosis. After all of it they came up empty and just told me I had 6 months to live. I took matters into my own hands, got an allergy test and went gluten free. This one change saved my life. For me gluten is not always an instant reaction but also a build up over time. The more in my system the more I suffer. I don’t have issues with FODMAPs. I was tested for celiac twice but came up negative both times. That is something this article didn’t address either. You can get a false negative result on the test, so many people go undiagnosed. It’s best to follow what your body tells you

        • Madeline Marie

          Shane, I have a question for you. If you were working in a restaurant and someone came in and ordered gluten free food, would you immediately judge them? Without knowing if they are Celiac or if a doctor recommended being gluten free? It’s true that most of the American public is a painfully misinformed group, but not everyone is some stupid person trying a new fad diet because they won’t go to the doctor.

        • Tylynn Haddow

          Doctors are the absolute worse for this kind of thing and I myself as well as many people I know have gone to doctors time and time again to be told…. nothing! It is not self-diagnosing as much as looking to find a diet that works. Finally after years of going back to my two family doctors with the same issues, one of them finally said that IBS is the culprit. All that means is that I need to go on a Low fodmap diet. For this, I had to do a lot of research on the internet, and am still working on it. For people with intolerances rather than allergies regular doctors cannot help whatsoever. The best thing to do is go on an elimination and low-fodmap diet for an extended period of time until the issues are solved before trying t reintroduce things like gluten, corn, etc.

        • Jeff Kelly

          Well I did seek out such information from medical professionals and for the first 45 years of my life, ALL OF THEM GOT IT WRONG. ALL. As in 100%. My bones thinned and I had so much lack of energy on a daily basis I could barely function period. My nickname in high school was “Biafra”. I was underweight ALL those years and the explanation for that was “you have a fast metabolism.” No. The IGNORANCE in this nation among medical professional over Celiac Sprue including the failure to understand the limitations of the tools available to make a supposedly objective affirmative diagnosis is HORRIFIC. HORRIFIC. Thus, if folks want to drive the gluten free foods industry from now until I croak–well, neither am I going to nitpick over that nor will I accept the cheesy, ignorant, knee-jerk attitudes still seen in these medical professionals, these keepers of the gate of chaos of the healthcare system, are with Celiac Sprue. I always said, by the way, that the invention by medical professionals of the concept of gluten sensitivity didn’t ring true, but hey, JFK had “Addison’s Disease” too(except he had Celiac Sprue, but let’s not talk about thaaat…s-h-h-h-h-h-h-h-h-h-h-h-h-h-h-h-h!)@!

      • YOu’reafuckinidiot

        Are you fucking retarded? Humans literally cannot digest gluten. You sound like a fucking twat rofl.

        • you’reafuckingiidot

          Yeah i meant to reply to SHANE not you Andrew.

        • George

          Lol. Yes it can be digested by anyone who does not have celiac disease. The whole reason you have celiac disease is because your body can’t break down the gluten normally, so it attacks it. Your post would have made just as much sense if you said that humans can’t walk.

          • Jeff Kelly

            You’re both wrong. It is that large molecules that define the proteins under the umbrella term “gluten” pass into the body during a leaky gut or abnormal condition and then an autoimmune attack on your absorptive structures called villi occurs. Try learning the facts first–this tends to help in not having ignorant people such as physicians attacking the ignorance and thus by extension they get over on people or think they do.

          • George

            Umm seriously? A leaky gut or abnormal condition is hazardous no matter what passes through. People die from that all the time. That is like saying air is bad for you because if you inject it directly into your blood stream it will kill you. Maybe we should require physicians to go to some kind of school before they become doctors. Maybe call it something like medical school. Perhaps they wouldn’t be so ignorant and could be enlightened by someone such as yourself to the dangers of gluten and a leaky gut.

          • Jeff Kelly

            Ok know-it-all…Google Alessio Fasano, MD and U Maryland Center for Celiac Research, read some papers Dr. Fasano and his team put out on this subject, THEN come on here with your ignoramus remarks. Fair enough?

          • Jeff Kelly

            I totally agree. But they never got the right information in medical school, so you can’t blame them. The research I cited wasn’t done until 2004, so those who graduated from medical school before that time would not have been aware of it. Oh, of course, some MD from Italy can’t be trusted to have conducted such research–must be from the Sicilian Mafia or something on some international disinformation campaign. LMAO

        • Mikey John

          That is true. Humans don’t have the stomach for it.

        • Peter S.

          Thank you!! Finally someone has stated the one all important detail being missed in this discussion, and one of the major contributing factors to celiac and NCGS. No human can digest it, Shane. It’s why so many of us struggle with the conditions.

          • Jaq

            You guys are just as crazy as the ones telling me I can’t digest milk or eggs. Just because you can’t doesn’t mean I can’t. I went gluten free for a while. Living in Asia, you can do that without really putting much effort into it. Didn’t change a thing. In fact, I think all the rice has a negative impact on my health. I’ve felt better since switching to eating more bread again.

    • Joseph Miceli

      Lord, remember Atkins? I work in a steak house and we put butter on everything, but sure…I’ll find you a frikken loaf of wheat bread because it is healthier than white bread.
      Yes, these things go in cycles. God knows what the next diet fad will be. Maybe the sheeple will all go retro and resort back to hysterical blindness, anorexia or cutting. Ooh! Maybe some repressed memories of childhood abuse or alien abduction. Then there’s always bulimia….

      • aleksthegreat

        At least Alien Abduction was awesome. Gluten intolerance is the epitome of lame.

        • Joseph Miceli

          OOOOOHHHH! Someone got offended. My post is now “Pending.”

          • a

            You can pretty much bet that any post with the word “sheeple” in it is gonna get flagged. Just sayin’.

          • Joseph Miceli

            True…and the word isn’t exactly clever. I can and will do better.

      • Jennifer R.

        Atkins did not even allow wheat bread – no bread was allowed. Someone who wanted wheat bread was actually following the current USDA dietary recommendations. Not exactly a fad.

        • Joseph Miceli

          You are absolutely correct! I’ve sat though so many stupid fad diets that I’m getting them mixed up. You people will believe anything (except eating sensibly, eating less and exercising.)

        • Joseph Miceli

          Oh, and just for you, Dear Heart,

          Scarsdale, Beverly Hills, Cabbage Soup, Macrobiotic, Food Balancing, Atkins, South Beach, Dr. Phil’s Ultimate Weight loss solution, low carb, Weight Watchers, Mediterranean, The Zone, Paleo, Volumetrics, Raw Food, Nutrisystem, Hacker’s diet, Gluten free, Dukan, ITG, Stillman…….
          …..but hey, I bet I write for big Ag!
          Maybe you people should ask yourselves who’s writing for the diet industry on these blogs. But you’d never do that. You people are WAY too gullible.
          Now, go mess with your food intake some more so you can pretend that you are taking control of your bleak little life.

          • Jennifer R.

            Whatever, troll.

      • Nathan

        For diabetics whole grain bread (not just wheat) is what they need. They were probably on Atkins to lower their carb intake for diabetes.

      • Jaq

        I prefer the taste of wheat bread? Not only is it healthier, it actually has flavor, unlike the tasteless white foam stuff some people like to call bread.

        • Joseph Miceli

          That’s nice, but unless you do it as a part of a fad diet my comment was not directed at you…and I prefer wheat bread too.

    • Terry J. Wood

      My doctors at the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine have diagnosed me as having non-celiac gluten sensitivity. They put me on a gluten free diet and it’s completely controlled not only the NCGS but the ulcerative colitis as well. However, I have no problem eating things high in FODMAPs. I digest them just fine. I don’t have IBS, like the people in the studies. I have ulcerative colitis and it appears that wheat, rye and barley are the trigger foods that cause it to flare.

      Thanks for sharing your experience, but my years and years of experience dealing with this illness tell me that I’ll take the advice of my doctors, who are also professors of medicine, over the advice of a waiter.

      Gluten sensitivity is very, very real. A gluten free diet controls it.

      I’d urge anyone who thinks they might have an issue with gluten to seek a doctor familiar with celiac diease, such as Dr. Alessio Fasano at Mass. General Hospital in Boston or specialists at the Mayo Clinic. There is help out there and you can be healthy again. I so lucky to work at a University with a major medical center and to have health insurance that allowed me to see any doctor within it. If not for that I might still be suffering with this disease.

      http://www.massgeneral.org/children/doctors/doctor.aspx?id=19184

      • aleksthegreat

        Are they sure you’re just not fat? Fatness causes a lot of digestive problems.

        • Guest

          Thanks, troll. GTFO.

        • Chelsea Poole

          GTFO, troll.

        • saskadan

          best comment

        • Terry J. Wood

          I lost about 40 pounds when I became NCGS. I couldn’t maintain my weight no matter how much I ate. It was terrifying to think that I was slowly starving. You don’t know what that fear is like until you’ve experienced it.

          • Jeff Kelly

            Sorry to inform you this does not prove the existence of non celiac gluten sensitivity. Indeed, you seem to have Celiac.

          • Terry J. Wood

            I could have celiac disease or NCGS or even both. There’s nothing to say that the two diseases are mutually exclusive. However, I’ve had and endoscopy and many colonosocopies and blood tests looking for the antibodies associated with celiac disease and no sign of celiac disease was found. That, along with all the other disease that they ruled out, left us with a diagnosis of NCGS. Currently it’s a diagnosis of exclusion.

            However, we are getting closer to having a biomarker to diagnose NCGS however. In the npr.org article below, it says: “A study from Giovanni Barbara
            and his team at the University of Bologna, Italy, suggests that
            gluten-sensitive individuals may harbor high levels of a molecule called
            zonulin that is linked to inflammation.”

            There may be a lot of similarity between NCGS and celiac disease. If could be that NCGS happens when only the innate immune system is triggered and that celiacs experience a response of the innate and adaptive immune systems.

            Time will tell. Research is on going and we’re getting answers far faster than I ever expected.

            http://www.npr.org/sections/thesalt/2015/12/09/459061317/a-protein-in-the-gut-may-explain-why-some-cant-stomach-gluten

      • Nathan

        Ok I have to ask. Why do you think that your colitis is separate from just having gluten intolerance? Did I read your post wrong? Because you say it right in your post that grains cause flare ups. This is coming from someone that had colitis (and had the entire colectomy done to cure it) and grains were my enemy. Not to mention salad.

        • Terry J. Wood

          I’m not sure that my NCGS isn’t just part of my colitis. However, the NCGS has symptoms that colitis does not have, such as the “brain fog”, muscle and joint pain, and loss of sensation (“pins and needles”) in my arms, legs and scalp that I experienced after eating whole wheat breads.

          Most people with colitis don’t have a problem eating wheat. In fact, many of them eat it to increase the fiber in their diet which helps with their disease.

          My doctor told me that removing my gut and colon (colostomy) was in my future if we could not get this under control. Much to my surprise, a gluten free diet has brought the colitis into remission and I haven’t had a flare in ten years.

          There is some speculation that over use of NSAIDs can cause non-celiac gluten sensitivity. That would fit with my experience as well. I used ibuprofen extensively in the late 90s to control the pain of exercise.

          Here’s an interview with Dr. Alessio Fasano, a researcher of NCGS and celiac disease at Umass General Hospital and Harvard where he discusses this possibility:

          http://www.msnbc.com/newsnation/watch/ibuprofen-may-contribute-to-celiac-disease-234049091796

        • Terry J. Wood

          Only wheat, rye and barley cause me issues. I can (and do) eat rice, corn, quinoa, etc. with no problem at all. Lucky for me that I love rice!

          I also eat a fair amount of salads as well. My UC is in remission and has been for many years now.

    • Drew Clark

      Your anecdotes don’t mean shit. The studies (cited by this very article) say otherwise. They’re more concerned with clickbait headline.

      People cutting out one harmful (to them) food doesn’t mean they’re going to know well enough to remove the others. And that ignorance doesn’t make their condition non-existent.

    • Alyssatey Suzuki

      As a person having celiac. I hope in your restaurant that you still take this seriously. Because there are people who are allergic to gluten, like me. Just because this type of food allergy isn’t like say a nut allergy. The damage is still being done. And to those who think they have gluten sensitivity get
      an endoscopy with biopsies. That is the only 100% way to tell. 🙂

    • DKB

      I’m not a doctor and have no advanced degrees, but I work in a restaurant and know everything! LOL. Isn’t it time for your shift at Burger King? Please leave this discussion to the adults.

      • Shane Michaels

        Poor little keyboard warrior, offering zero content to the conversation like an adult actually should. Go eat your dinner and go to bed, sweetie. You have school in the morning.

    • MsD

      You nitwit, fodmaps is a guide and it is edited per person under doctor supervision with an elimination diet and blood tests, it isn’t set in stone, it is edited yPER PERSON

    • Jess

      When you’ve nearly lost a parent to celiac disease, you see a lot of assholes like you in restaurants who sneak shit into their food and then act smug and self-satisfied when they don’t immediately go into anaphylactic shock… never realizing that you just drilled a hole in their stomach or intestine and assured them a week or more of misery.

      Basically, fuck you, you piece of shit. If you can’t take your customers’ food requests seriously, you should NOT be working in a restaurant, your ass deserves to be fired.

      • Shane Michaels

        You know, I’ve pretty much stopped replying to people who disagree with me, because it’s been pointless. However, I will reply to you, because your perception of some non-existent unethical behavior and attitude on my part is absurd and ridiculous.
        If you have a Gluten allergy, do what every other motherfucker does with an allergy, and tell your goddamn server, or call in to the restaurant in advance and TELL THEM. You want to know what I do when someone tells me that they have an allergy?
        I reassure my guests that I will make absolutely sure that there is zero cross-contamination with their food. I inform them that we use separate cutting boards, knives, utensils, and oils/oven racks to prepare their dishes.
        I use my system to put in big, bold red letters that there is an allergy to a specific food on the line ticket so that cooks, expos, and kitchen managers can see it.
        I walk up to the cooks, expos, and kitchen managers and verbally inform them of the ticket, that there is an allergy, and visually confirm that they see it.
        When that ticket comes out, and the food is prepared, no matter what else I’m doing, I inspect that ticket to make sure to the best of my ability that the dish has not come into contact with the allergen.
        I take GREAT care in making sure that my guests have the best experience possible in my establishments.
        All it took from them was letting me know that they HAD AN ALLERGY.
        Out of the thousands and thousands of guests I’ve served, I can count on one hand how many people have told me that they have a gluten allergy so that I could accommodate them in just the way that I described.
        If it’s an allergy, start TREATING IT LIKE ONE. COMMUNICATE IT.

        • Brent

          This well written comment will now go by the wayside and you will just continue to get beaten down for other previous comments. I too work in the food service business and have seen this craze of NCGS. In 1997 as a young line cook, I never once heard the term “gluten-free”. Maybe folks that have celiacs didn’t go out to eat, or there were less inflicted folks back then. I take care of gluten-free orders responsibly and don’t wish anyone to get sick, but it’s hard not to laugh when the diner is given a GF option and decides that the foods containing gluten are just too tasty to pass up..

          And if you’re a sufferer, it is not the restaurants responsibility to cater to everyone’s dietary needs. It is unfortunate that you can’t enjoy the same things your friends can, eating out is a choice and a luxury.

          • Jennifer R.

            “And if you’re a sufferer, it is not the restaurants responsibility to
            cater to everyone’s dietary needs. It is unfortunate that you can’t
            enjoy the same things your friends can, eating out is a choice and a
            luxury.” – So what you’re saying is, that you don’t care, and that anyone who asks for special treatment should just shut up and go home?

          • Brent

            What I am saying is, restaurants are a business, have menus that are planned, costed and executed to hopefully make the owner (s) money. Every order that differs from that menu affects the possibility of forecasted profits. You may see only yourself ordering with special needs, but we(food service workers) see orders from 20 “sufferers” a night. After so long, one begins to wonder what the hell is going on, not that many people can have this ailment.

            I sympathize with those that suffer, but I do not believe for one minute that the numbers of people claiming to have issues with gluten are for real.

            If I were to develop some sort of allergy or disease limiting my intake of certain foods, I would not eat out very often. There is no guarantee food will be prepared 100% free of gluten. Establishments would have to have totally separate kitchens for that to work.

          • Jennifer R.

            I don’t actually eat out very much. You are absolutely right, there is no way a restaurant that isn’t 100% gluten free can guarantee that there is no cross-contamination, though perhaps they could try a tiny bit. I hate to be a trouble, myself, so do tend to eat at home. With the condition I have, some of my fellow sufferers can’t even do that — they have to consume a special liquid diet called elemental formula, that has absolutely no food proteins in it (and some still react to that!).

          • Jaq

            “though perhaps they could try a tiny bit”
            Look, we do try, but what happens if we fail? The restaurants risk getting sued or red-flagged by health inspector.
            In any case, have you see just how SMALL more restaurant kitchens are? It is simply not feasible to offer gluten-free food in most places.

          • Jennifer R.

            Yeah, you’re right. Send them to PF Chang’s

          • Jaq

            We’re saying we can’t make the world perfect for every person with an allergy. If can’t accommodate you, you should be grateful that we’re doing the best for your health by informing you that any food we prepare might contain gluten; not every restaurant is capable of providing a safe option for you.

          • Jennifer R.

            Most restaurants don’t want to bother with it, which is fine, as long as they are honest about it and say that. Many times, they will sell an item as gluten-free when it’s been prepared on the same surface as gluten containing items (because they only have one grill, for example). They should note that. It’s better than it was, though.

    • disheartened coeliac

      So your one of the bastards that ‘poison’ me and my son’s when we go out to a restaurant and trust you to feed us a gluten free meal…Which we trust you have prepared with your ‘extensive’ knowledge of coeliac disease but that you have most definitely contaminated because you ‘think’ the person ordering it is a gf yuppy. Well duck you!!!!!
      You make my son’s and I sick! Literally.
      Next time he gets diarrhea I should come slam his nappy on your contaminated bench.
      It’s nice and juicy too. Let alone what I’m going through in the bathroom.
      You synical bastard!!!!!!
      There are genuine people out there who ‘trust’ you to do the right thing. You are a disgrace to your profession.
      I don’t go out often with my friends….inconveniencing them with my selfish food choices. I opt out and eat at home because I find it highly embarrassing that when I’ve been ‘poisoned’ I have to make excuses mid meal as to why I’m running for the toilet…but they all know and they look at me with pity while I’m sure they thank god they can eat their meal.
      You are a disgrace and should find another job that you can take your synical attitude with you. Your not paid to have an ‘opionon’ on the food being ordered but to provide the meal AS ordered!!!!!
      I hope that no one you love ever gets coeliac disease cause then you will look like the true arse that you are oh and P.s don’t try the reply that “I never said I contaminate(and you know what I mean) peoples meal, your comments screamed it!

      • Shane Michaels

        This is the same reply I gave to someone else, but I feel that it’s appropriate for someone like you to see it.
        “You know, I’ve pretty much stopped replying to people who disagree with me, because it’s been pointless. However, I will reply to you, because your perception of some non-existent unethical behavior and attitude on my part is absurd and ridiculous.If you have a Gluten allergy, do what every other motherfucker does with an allergy, and tell your goddamn server, or call in to the restaurant in advance and TELL THEM. You want to know what I do when someone tells me that they have an allergy?
        I reassure my guests that I will make absolutely sure that there is zero cross-contamination with their food. I inform them that we use separate cutting boards, knives, utensils, and oils/oven racks to prepare their dishes.
        I use my system to put in big, bold red letters that there is an allergy to a specific food on the line ticket so that cooks, expos, and kitchen managers can see it.
        I walk up to the cooks, expos, and kitchen managers and verbally inform them of the ticket, that there is an allergy, and visually confirm that they see it.
        When that ticket comes out, and the food is prepared, no matter what else I’m doing, I inspect that ticket to make sure to the best of my ability that the dish has not come into contact with the allergen.
        I take GREAT care in making sure that my guests have the best experience possible in my establishments.
        All it took from them was letting me know that they HAD AN ALLERGY.
        Out of the thousands and thousands of guests I’ve served, I can count on one hand how many people have told me that they have a gluten allergy so that I could accommodate them in just the way that I described.
        If it’s an allergy, start TREATING IT LIKE ONE. COMMUNICATE IT.”

        • Jaq

          Exactly, I have a mild nut allergy, so I will request something be served without the nuts, but assure the server it is a mild allergy (cross contamination or ingesting small amounts won’t hurt me). It is important to communicate to your server not only that you have an allergy, but whether it is a severe allergy. Not every restaurant has a kitchen set up to keep your food perfectly separate from whatever it is you’re allergic to.

      • Shane Michaels

        I’m going to FURTHER add that on top of having so very few people mention anything of a gluten allergy, people order a gluten free crust on their pizza, or a gluten free bun on their sandwich, and then proceed to order BEER! Do I need to educate you on what the vast, vast majority of beer is made of?

        • Terry J. Wood

          Do you know those people have celiac disease or NCGS. Perhaps they have a wheat allergy. That would explain why they can have beers that are made from barley. And some beers have tested less than 20 ppm of gluten in any case.

          This is why a waiter shouldn’t be making assumptions about why people are ordering gluten free meals. Not everyone who orders it is doing so because celiac disease.

          Here’s an article you may want to read: http://glutendude.com/alcohol/is-corona-gluten-free/

          • Shane Michaels

            That’s my point. Communicate it to me! I’m there to serve you. I can BEST serve you if you communicate your allergies. If you do not communicate with me, I can not guarantee no cross-contamination of your food, or perhaps educate you that the beer you are about to consume contains your allergen. The place I presently work at has about 40 beers on tap, plus a rotating seasonal selection, plus cans and bottles, plus rotating seasonals of those. People should always communicate their allergies to staff when dining out. It’s just common sense. If you do not, I have to assume that you have no allergies, and are ok with risk of cross-contamination, which means it’s JUST not that important to you.

          • Shane Michaels

            We also serve Omission Pale Ale as a gluten-free beer. I’ve served it exactly twice.

          • Terry J. Wood

            In the celiac/NCGS community it’s not clear that Omission is safe.

            It’s not made from sorghum, for example, as Redbridge is. It’s made from barley and then is processed to remove the gluten. This is why many of us are unsure if we’ll react to it. Many celiacs believe that they react to gluten even at levels below 20 ppm. When you have this illness you really have to trust how you feel to keep yourself healthy.

            While I enjoyed beer immensely in my pre-NCGS days, it’s not worth the risk now. There are so many other clearly safe options. So I’d never order it either. It could be perfectly safe. They may have a great beer. But for me it’s just not worth taking a chance. I’ll stick with Strongbow Hard Cider or Angry Orchard.

            See this article for more: http://glutendude.com/alcohol/is-omission-beer-really-risk-free-for-celiacs/

          • Terry J. Wood

            Omission is not a gluten free beer. Some celiacs report becoming ill after drinking it. If your employer lists it as a gluten free beer you should give them a heads up that it’s not gluten free at all.

    • FaintCryofFreedom

      From me to you, me being gluten-sensitive & you being the restaurant server with anecdotes: I’ve found that combinations of foods were problems before I became a g-f eater.
      Wheat or wheat gluten-containing foods caused me A LOT of problems, which, when combined with FODMAPs, made everything pretty much indigestible. It’s not unusual for people who are now gluten-free eaters to be able to tolerate -oh, and enjoy- foods which traditionally had given them problems prior to going off gluten.
      So, it’s not about who’s right or wrong. It’s more about -you have your take, which bears no resemblance whatsoever to the real experiences of those who were sick & have seemingly cured themselves of digestion issues (just to name one) when they went off gluten.

    • XX

      I have Celiac disease. It’s real. this anti-gluten crap–as well as the gluten-free fad–has made things both better and worse for those with Celiac at the same time.

      For example… while I have seen more gluten-free options available to me at restaurants, the servers and cooks don’t take it seriously when they see posts like this. Then, I end up very very sick… for days. Unable to do anything much… for days. Pain… for days. Autoimmune disease ≠ a whiner. STFU.

      • Nathan

        Yeah, because the gluten intolerant people don’t get sick from MICROSCOPIC amounts of gluten from cross contamination in the same kitchen.

        • Jeff Kelly

          Gluten COMES in microscopic amounts(I dare you to identify any with the naked eye!), so guess what? Your post is LAME.

    • Clara Vaughn

      watch this interview then tell me what you think.. http://digestionsessions.com/is-gluten-free-a-fad/

    • Adrian

      Now working at a restaurant makes people nutritional experts…. right???

    • davessworks

      Just wondering after reading a number of your comments what your science or medical qualifications are. Your mother being an RN doesn’t count. Cheers.

    • Kelsey

      As a previous dancer (similar to your soccer, I know about nutrition), somebody who is currently working in the restaurant industry, and as somebody who has multiple family members in the medical business and with multiple family members who did not self diagnose, but did indeed get professional diagnoses from internal specialists… You’re forgetting something, Shane.

      When you are sensitive to FODMAPs, you don’t have to exclude all FODMAPs from your diet; you have to reduce them. Gluten is found in wheat, barley, rye… FODMAPs are found in wheat, barley, rye…

      You know how doctors help you find your FODMAP limit? They have you keep a food diary. They have you first eliminate ALL FODMAPS from your diet, and then have you slowly add more FODMAPs until you find how far you can go, which specific foods you can tolerate and which you cannot.

      In your restaurant experience, you may have noticed people ordering no bun, or gluten free bread, noodles, etc. But they have onions, or other foods with FODMAPs. It could be that they’re following the fad. Or it could be that they know and are following their FODMAP limit.

      They can’t say “I have to watch my FODMAP intake” to their waiter/order taker because nobody’s heard of FODMAPs, they’ll likely say they’re gluten free (everybody’s heard of that). Just like before GFree was the fad, saying “I’m allergic to wheat” was a lot easier than saying “I’m gluten free.”

      It sounds like you’ve tried to do your research (which is good) but don’t have first-hand experience with the subject, either for yourself or a close loved one. You can’t lecture people about something you’ve never experienced yourself. You can read all the tutorials you want on how to fold an origami crane, but unless you’ve actually done it you can’t really teach it.

    • just say in…

      Research can be home based. My child does not have diagnosed celiac however, upon eating any form of gluten will vomit for 8 to 12 hours. Doctors actually recommended for me to put her in gluten again because they accused me of exaggerating her situation. I did in fact try it though. Immediate puking. I also eliminated every other common food allergy food along the way. I know that it is real because of the strong and violent reaction that gluten does to her fragile body. Does this mean I need to make a huge public display? No. But I also need to protect her health. Please don’t accuse those of us who have actually done our research of being band wagoner’s of dietary fads. I assure you my 4 year old cares nothing about that.

    • Kylee

      It doesn’t take a genius to appreciate that most of this research, especially regarding FODMAPS is new to most people. Not only does the poor guy/gal on the street living with digestive issues not even know about FODMAP food, most general practitioners aren’t up to date in this field either. I have coeliac disease, but my family suffer from non-coeliac gluten sensivity. Their pain is real and extremely debilitating. Whilst going gluten-free did help them in a large part, it didn’t completely alleviate symptoms. We are trying the FODMAPS now, but most of the general public would assume that forgoing gluten and ordering ‘good wholesome food’ like asparagus and onion, garlic etc couldn’t possibly be a problem. Because we all assume every single fruit and vegetable must be good for us. With further research and time, no doubt more answers will come. But sadly it is people like you with your limited and judgmental beliefs that make those of us who suffer feel isolated and embarrassed about your conditions. Everyone’s situation is unique, and the information that is out there is hugely conflicting, even among FODMAP sites. Brussel sprouts is a no no on most, but an acceptable vegetable on others. http://www.ibsdiets.org/fodmap-diet/fodmap-food-list/ for example. Just because you are lucky enough not to experience problems, and because you see a change in the way people are ordering, doesn’t mean it’s a crock of bullshit. And why would I take seriously the viewpoint of a scientist who has done such an about face on his research in 3 years, whilst only testing people for 9 days! If you’re looking for some up to date research, feel free to read Dr Perlmutter’s Grain Brain. It’s a great read for everyone. Most people shouldn’t be eating gluten or sugar in it’s form today as it is contributing to major brain deterioration. If you’re into equal and fair research and debate, I implore you to read it, then to continue with your current beliefs.

    • Kellie Zach

      People can be sensitive to some and not others

    • Cryptic Omega

      Do you know what IBS is? Doctors don’t, it seems. I was told I have it because the specialists I saw had no idea what was wrong with me. They admitted IBS was a catch-all for the cases they couldn’t figure out. So I’ve been forced to experiment with every single food. Marshmallows give me panic attacks. That one sucked to find out. Some dairy is okay, but in small amounts. Regular wheat bread, pita bread, flour tortillas..all out. Also most citrus except for pineapple. All nuts are fine, as are fruits and veggies – for the most part. So, yeah, doctors don’t represent any sort of guarantee you’ll figure out what’s wrong with you. Sometimes they’ll just lump you in with IBS and you spend the rest of your life guessing and order strange things at restaurants. Things like, “Sorry, (waiter’s name), but can you make sure they don’t use butter, or citrus, or add spice?”

      So it kind of pisses me off that people this doesn’t really effect, those who aren’t choosing the fad or don’t have to have a special diet, are even speaking up about it. Gee, I’m so sorry my medical condition, that the doctors don’t understand, is causing you to take a longer order as a waitress or to bypass some items in the grocery store. That was sarcasm because I have to live with this. So stfu.

    • Kelly

      You clearly know nothing about FODMAPs because if you did, you would know that not everyone is sensitive to all of those foods. I was put on a low FODMAPs diet and you’re supposed to reintroduce foods back into your diet to see what hurts you and what doesn’t. There are different sugars so someone who’s sensitive to fructose isn’t necessarily going to be sensitive to lactose, etc. etc.

      Also, since the gluten-free diet is so mainstream, people hear about it and think “oh maybe that’s my problem” and they cut out gluten and start to feel better. They may in fact be sensitive to other foods on the FODMAPs list, but when was the last time you saw a FODMAP-free food label? Yeah, no one talks about it so they very likely are unaware.

      So basically, don’t call someone an idiot if you’re making claims about something you know nothing about. Being a waiter doesn’t make you a nutritionist or a gastroenterologist.

      • Jeff Kelly

        Yeah, and don’t forget that no one opens up a FODMAP from their vehicle’s glove compartment any more. LOL

    • Casey Houlihan

      Are you there when the customers shit out the food too? Or are you just talking out of your ass… Because unless you were there, you don’t know whether or not it really made them ill, you just know that you don’t like being mildly inconvenienced.

    • pandamystery

      9 months too late but: People with Mast Cell diseases can be very reactive to gluten and onions for example, but tolerate watermelon or asparagus just fine. Also cooked vs raw onion or apple is two totally different things. Mast Cell diseases will very likely prove to be familial as well as somewhat common once there are more doctors aware of them. Every single person has different sensitives which also means whatever will trigger an allergic reaction can change daily. Some of what you listed would cause anaphylaxis for me, but the rest is stuff I eat in rotation so I don’t die from only eating potatoes 24-7. I still get sick, I just don’t get *as* sick. Oh, but potatoes have sugar too- should we all get feeding tube ports in our abdomens instead so we don’t annoy you? Am I not allowed to decide for myself if a rare scoop of ice cream when out for dinner is worth the stomach ache later even though I don’t want lemons in my water because they could make me black out or suffocate? You shouldn’t judge because you don’t even understand what you’re judging. FODMAP is a general guide, not exact science applicable to every person! As others have said, FODMAP is about reintroducing all those foods one by one, not eliminating them forever. LOL Should I say to the server well, I’m picking the food that will give me diarrhea over the food that will make me itchy and constipated because I have plans tomorrow and the itchy symptoms last twice as long, blah blah blah, TMI.

      I’m not saying trendy assholes aren’t pains in the ass, they make it harder for people like me. I’m just saying you would obviously not take me seriously and count me among the full of shit people, which would make me worry about a snarky pinch of white flour into my food just to prove your point, which it wouldn’t. People with Mast Cell diseases are everywhere, usually undiagnosed, told they are “healthy” for decades, and what randomly works for their diet might not even make sense to them or their doctor, so why would it make sense to you? Two things can be true at once and if someone wants to eat something that will make them sick, that’s none of your business. Just like it’s none or your business if someone who is overweight orders a bunch of fried food. There is far more nuance to allergic reactions than you realize, but you are not an allergy-immunologist so that’s fine, but it’s usually a bad idea to critique something so minutely without knowing what it’s like. I understand that it’s really hard psychologically to accept that medical science is very much in its infancy, that you could fall deathly ill and have no one help you, but it’s just a fact of life for the foreseeable future. Those of us who live it understand, you think it would be different for you- I’m sorry, but it wouldn’t be. Especially if you are dubious about online research (how I got my MCAS diagnosis after 15 agonizing years of nonstop trial and error) and put that much faith in doctors. Go see 20 or 30 for a chronic debilitation and then let’s hear your truly informed ideas.

    • Nikki Minervino

      I have coeliac disease and let me tell you I don’t cut out gluten cos i’m on some fad diet I DO IT BECAUSE FOR MY HEALTH I HAVE TOO!!!!!!! and there are millions like me out there, so I don’t care how long you worked in the restaurant industry get your facts right. Oh and for the record I didn’t self diagnose

    • Tylynn Haddow

      a low fodmaps diet is generally used as an elimination diet to figure out which specific things are causing inflammation for you specifically. Although most people are not rigorous enough to complete this, it is better to avoid the biggest cause then to not avoid anything at all. When the intestines are fully healed it is possible to reintroduce foods such as blackberries, etc. and possibly *sprouted wheat* but don’t judge people for trying.

  • FinalVoice

    Ha ha! I love how this guy’s rant ends with a dig about about people who deny climate change and evolution and tries to sound intellingent. Those two things are the lamest, most hairbrained, unsubstatiated claims in the world world of imaginary politically motiviated science I’ve ever heard and he is positive of them. People have gotten so stupid in the last couple of centuries. Oh, by the way, being someone who does whole 30 (Paleo) type of eating off and on my opinion is that when you eat less of that crap it makes you feel better. When I reintroduce those things in very small quantities and spaced out more than if they were a central part of my diet I don’t notice any change. I think it’s just better to eat less grains because it’s a very dense carb usually and that makes you feel like crap and plays havoc with your hormonal balances. I don’t think it has anything to do with gluten specifically unless you are sensitive to that (celiac). That’s just an opinion…like evolution or climate change.

  • David
  • Celebrate Gluten Free

    My only concern is who funded these “scientists” to say this. My gastroenterologist prescribed me a $400.00 a month COPAY RX that contains GLUTEN he wanted to keep me sick. He would not test me or biospy my esophagus/small intestine when I had my endoscopy for Celiac’s.. I had to go to a ND to get the tTG-IgA Test, in 2 days I knew what I had been suffering from for 48 years. NO WAY is Gluten sensitivity in peoples minds. Off my soapbox for now!!!!

    • Gibson’s department at Monash University had just received a huge grant from George Weston Foods, Australia’s top bread manufacturer.

  • gluten sensitive

    So how do you explain reactions when you didn’t know you were eating gluten? For example, eating something someone else prepared that appears to be gluten free, then having a horrible reaction (sick, bloated, joint pain that brings me to tears) then discovering the dish you ate was made with cream of whatever soup or something. If it’s in my head, why would I be reacting when I didn’t know?

    • gluten sensitive

      Anybody? I’m legitimately curious. I “self diagnosed”. Didn’t jump on any band wagons, but was tired of feeling less than 100% ALL the time so thought I’d give it a try. Went gluten free and felt an improvement. Ate a slice of pizza one day a month or 2 later and suddenly felt like I was dieing. I had to look up gluten reactions to see if that’s what was happening or if I had suddenly gotten some horrible flu. I don’t react to small amounts of gluten. (Cross contamination and stuff. I never knowingly eat gluten). I don’t understand how it’s all in my head when I react to things I didn’t know had gluten. And I don’t believe I have celiacs. I feel like I’m not sensitive enough to have celiacs.

      • ThePlatypus

        if it makes you feel better than whatever. regardless of any tolerances or intolerances, naturally speaking humans without agriculture advancements would never have been able to acquire processed grain. Hunter gatherers would have lived of other foods. So the majority of people having some kind of reaction to it after cutting it from their diet for awhile is not surprising. Stop eating meat for a month and that get a classic triple from Wendy’s. You will swear you are dying

  • Stephanie H

    The real problem with this article is the grammar.

  • Kiera

    I having been diagnosed with Celiac disease agree with the fact that this gluten free ‘fad’ has become more popular by the year. Nevertheless, friends and family of mine who have cleaned their diets of gluten all felt more energized and experienced minimal stomach issues in comparison to before going gluten-free. To question if this possible false diagnosis is dangerous is in my opinion, preposterous. The only thing it may be dangerous for is your wallet due to the expensive gluten free items on the market. Other than that, living a gluten free lifestyle has done nothing but benefit the health and vitality of those who follow the gluten free way of life.

  • Natalie Bliesener

    I’m not totally convinced there is such a thing as gluten sensitivity, but people who thing they have it certainly aren’t hurting anyone by eating a special diet. If they want to pay more for gluten free, that’s their business. And it could be that it ISN’T the gluten, but something else that is in the same foods that gluten is in that’s bothering them. Diagnosing digestive ailments is not a quick or easy process, and all too often docs just run out of illnesses to test for or your insurance cuts the process short. Doesn’t mean there’s nothing wrong, just means they don’t know what it is. I’ve struggled my entire life with digestive problems and the one thing I’ve learned is that people don’t cut out foods they like for no reason. And for those people in the restaurant industry, sometimes people can eat a small amount of something provided they cut most of it out of their diet on a regular basis. I’m guilty of doing that. I can’t eat many onions, and I’ll pick them out of my entire meal, so I can have a few onion rings on the side. Yes, the waitress rolls her eyes, but there is a method to my madness and as long as I tip, it’s really none of her concern. And, yes, even those few bites of onion give me unpleasant side effects later, but sometimes it’s just worth it!

  • Blythe Dolores

    I bloat immediately after AND then I can’t poop for a week after eating it. So… I don’t really give a hoot if science says there is no such thing as gluten sensitivity. My colon disagrees. I also think the idea that gluten free is a fad is stupid. No one in their right mind would choose gluten free. It is a pain and limits joys in life. But not as much as being constipated.

  • Blythe Dolores

    Why do people care about this? If I don’t eat gluten, how is that affecting you? And good for the product makers for recognizing there is a lucrative market – it isn’t as if they are trying to pass manipulated food products off as organic. People who choose to eat GF alternatives choose that. Many people just opt out of the alternatives in favor of lower grain options. But non of this matters really. It is not newsworthy. It is a first world issue that doesn’t impact the common good in any way shape or form. Let people be gluten free regardless of their reason. The fact that it offends people would be enough for me to be loud and proud about being gluten free. I would LOVE to eat bread and pasta but I love pooping more. so….

  • Rob V

    Look at the bright side.. people spending extra money at the grocery store and restaurants are helping keep the economy solid with increased spending. Don’t tell too many people they’re being played for fools or you may be personally responsible for the next recession.

  • jake

    It greatly amuses me that grown adults can get so worked up about a simple article they disagree with and then fight amongst each other about who is more informed about gluten nutrition than the other to the point they call each other brainless poorly – chosen insulting names. I came across this article and was interested because I have thought maybe I might be sensitive and that could be the cause of a lot of symptoms. No, this article does not really give sufficient evidence for me to totally rule out the idea of changing to a gluten – free diet. But I am also blessed with common sense and am aware that not everything I read on “buzzworthy” is true 😉 . Anyways I came here seeking some intelligent discussion but I can clearly see that won’t be the case today. Like seriously! Where did did you people learn to speak to one another like this?!?! Your 15 – year – olds Facebook page???? Sorry I just had to comment on the ridiculousness of some of these comments and the little dramatic spats all of your grown – ups are having. I pray for our future youth and that they learn to communicate with one another with respect and intelligence.

    • Di Another Day

      But, you know, who has time for respect and intelligence when someone on the internet is wrong??

      Seriously, though, this is probably the best post I’ll read anywhere today.

  • That guy

    im glad some people in comment sections understand how science works and that a single study doesnt “prove” anything.
    thanks for the comment, it was interesting to read.

    • aleksthegreat

      How many studies prove otherwise? One? The same one the same guy did in 2011? Hah.

  • Bree

    This article is just spreading ignorance.. Anyone who knows the ins and outs of gluten would then definitely know that gluten stays in the body causing all sorts of reactions for a long period of time. MUCH longer than 9 lousy days.. Try a few months! American wheat is much different than wheat was many years ago due to genetically altering and experimenting over time. Our bodies now don’t know how to respond to the science experiment we call “wheat” and it treats it like a foreign invader. On top of that, it sets the body up to become sensitive to foods it wouldn’t normally be sensitive to. This happens because the genetically modified wheat (and other foods as well that are GMOs) causes the barrier of plant DNA and bacterial DNA (found in our guts) to become a “blurred line” allowing the DNA to cross. This is not natural!! Non-GMOs would normally digest without any sort of DNA crossing, because the two different sets of DNA are not normally compatible. Not only is this happening in humans, but also the animals we consume, so even if you THINK you’re eating gluten-free, you very well could be consuming it and it’s affects, not to mention the affects of other GMOs AND all the chemicals and toxins poured on the crops. With all of the complexity of this problem, there is hardly any way to REALLY test the true nature of gluten in a tiny little 9 day experiment.. Obviously performed by people who don’t truly understand the true extent of this problem.
    Now, I’m sure there are companies out there taking advantage of this new market of “gluten-free” products, however, it doesn’t make the product any sort of healthy. Being made of organic, non-GMO, whole natural ingredients make a product healthy. Not having chemicals whipped up in a lab used in the products make it healthy. And then there are companies who ARE trying to do the healthy thing and make products that are gluten-free, but also truly organic, and not made with GMOs and chemicals whipped up by scientists and greedy business owners.
    The American diet is so screwed up, almost everyone in the country has some sort of illness or disease. Most things can be reversed or made better by diet. The problem is that people are either unaware or don’t know the next step.. And ignorant articles such as this one, make it even harder and more confusing for people to heal themselves.
    Spread knowledge, not ignorance. If you’re gonna spread something around, at least do a more thorough job of researching it before sending it to the eyes of the public and claiming it to be such a final conclusion. -.-

  • homeworld

    I should just tell my 13 month son who is allergic to wheat to man up and stop whining. It’s all on his head after all.

  • Scupperer

    Some research the unnamed author didn’t bother to do:

    http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC3458511/ – Intestinal permeability regulated by zonulin, an enzyme produced in reaction to gluten.
    http://www.diabetesresearchclinicalpractice.com/article/S0168-8227(14)00380-5/abstract?cc=y – Newly diagnosed Type 2 Diabetics have increased Zonulin levels.
    Gluten creates amyloids:
    http://pubs.acs.org/doi/abs/10.1021/bm201005k
    http://pubs.acs.org/doi/abs/10.1021/bm401815u
    Gluten amyloids in pancreas linked to Type 1 Diabetes: http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/24016298
    Amyloids cause Type 2 Diabetes: http://www.jci.org/articles/view/69625
    Paleolithic Diet (Also Gluten-Free) reverses Type 2 diabetes, 5 studies (~75 people): http://authoritynutrition.com/5-studies-on-the-paleo-diet/

    Some gluten-free case studies:
    Parkinson’s Reversal: http://www.greenmedinfo.com/blog/dramatic-recovery-parkinson-s-patient-gluten-free-diet
    Epilepsy & Parkinsons: http://www.examiner.com/article/ketogenic-low-carb-and-gluten-free-diets-help-epilepsy-and-parkinson-s-disease?cid=rss
    Neuropathy: http://www.hindawi.com/journals/grp/2014/293206/
    Meta-Study of Schizophrenics studies in the 50’s: http://www.fabresearch.org/viewItem.php?id=9156

  • Amanda Joy

    Plain ignorance and on top of that people shouldn’t judge others for their
    health choices and how they feel eating certain things affects their
    body….if a bar or restaurant doesn’t want to deal with the so called
    whiners then they should say that they can’t accommodate those special
    needs, end of story…and if they do want the business and to be able to
    say they can accommodate those guests then they should be educated
    about the allergy/intolerance and do so responsibly.

    Also, if it is in fact fodmaps that are the culprit (like the newest study
    suggests) for people with NCGS, you can’t exactly expect them to be able
    to walk into a restaurant and ask for a fodmap free meal…

    There’s a reason that people with autoimmune diseases, autism and a wide range
    of health issues choose to eat gluten free and it’s not up to the rest
    of the world to judge.

    As someone who has Celiac Disease I don’t deserve to be questioned or
    forced to deal with scrutinizing looks from others when I announce my
    need to eat gluten free. Articles like this hurt the community. You
    don’t find this BS is other countries like you do int he US. In fact,
    Italy, a country where wheat is a major staple of the diet is also a
    country where gluten sensitivity it taken extremely seriously and with
    the utmost caution. They even sell gluten free items in the pharmacies
    because gluten free food IS OUR MEDICINE.

    Sorry everyone for the rant but I have no patience for people being judgy and
    intolerant of others, there’s no need and no excuse for it….

    • ThePlatypus

      As a restaurant owner and chef I agree. I will cater to my guest…because they are my guests. end of story. putting a few GF dishes on a menu is not that hard, and to be honest my food cost on them is low. I have a 48 dollar steak on my menu. it costs me 40 dollars to plate it up (roughly) my gluten free options are all between 11-24 dollars and they still have some of my highest profit margins.

  • Jeffrey McKee

    Lol. This article is a load of crap. I personally know someone who, if she eats gluten, she will be curled up in pain with digestive problems. My doctor told me that he has a patient that jogs every morning. if she eats gluten, she can’t even walk. Before believing this article, consult with your physician. Probably most of what you read online is a load of junk.

  • give me a blindfold

    my doctor prescribed diet avoids short chain carbohydrates (oligosaccharides), disaccharides, monosaccharides and related alcohols that are poorly absorbed in the small intestine. These include short chain (oligo-) saccharide polymers of fructose (fructans) and galactose (galactans), disaccharides (lactose), monosaccharides (fructose), and sugar alcohols (polyols) such as sorbitol, mannitol, xylitol and maltitol.

    one of the major carbohydrates that i cannot process properly is in wheat grain/flour, barley and rye – which also are considered “gluten” foods. So gluten sensitivity specifically may not be real, but wheat sensitivity absolutely IS real, and scientifically proven. Food is labeled as gluten free, not “carbohydrates (oligosaccharides), disaccharides, monosaccharides and related alcohols that are poorly absorbed in the small intestine free” so I am forced by society to eat “gluten free” and get shamed by people who think the article they read about gluten being fake gives them the medical expertise to “help” me

    hey buzzworthy, thanks for giving ammo to these people, i love getting another round of insults, skepticisms and belittlings due to ignorant internet rhetoric.

    • ThePlatypus

      first of all. here is a blindfold for you. secondly that post hit home, and needed to be said in a big way. Gluten Free is an umbrella term that is overused to describe an astronomical amount of intolerances that are not necessarily related to one another in the slightest

  • commonsensebeliever

    I wish the author would have noted that, though gluten allergies may not be as common as folks think, a person CAN have an allergy to WHEAT! If not eating wheat helps, maybe it is not gluten, but it still can be the wheat. That needs to be added to the discussion. People have real sensitivities/allergies to many foods and wheat is one of the biggest offenders along with corn and nuts.

    • ThePlatypus

      agreed. wheat gluten is fundamentally different from other types. Corn is another big one, and if you have a corn allergy I pity you more than anyone else in the world, because corn syrup is in practically every packaged food product.

  • TLDA

    Typo — Should be: You can see with your very own eyes how this gluten CRAZE has grown in popularity over the last few years.

  • MD

    Do you proofread before publishing? Might want to try it.

  • David

    Lolz, but for real…Why are you idiots taking any stock in a scientific article on buzzworthy.com presumably written by some jackass with a degree in gender studies.

  • So_kal

    Lmao Andrew Matamoros I effing love you! Well said.

  • Caroline

    This is the worst thing I’ve ever read. After struggling for years with digestive problems my doctor said to cut out gluten. The results have been amazing. All of my symptoms are gone, and on top of the digestive problems, I have more energy, no headaches, and muscle pain is gone. When I think I can sneak a “slice of pizza” I pay for it dearly the next day. Giving up the food i love is nearly impossible, but when I have to deal with the repercussions of eating gluten I remember how good I feel and work harder to stay away from gluten.

    I was not self diagnosed. Interesting that I should be one of, what was it, 16 percent.

    • Horpermorfper

      So you have Celiac’s, not a “gluten sensitivity”. The article and the study more than readily admit that Celiac’s is a thing.

  • Nikki

    Facts are that there are people, and I’m going to guess a lot of people, that are actually suffering simply because they believe they have an issue. Our minds are strong, and can cause our bodies to do amazing things that we wouldn’t think is possible. All the article is stating, from what I read, is that there ARE people with a real issue with gluten, but there are also those that just believe they have a problem! If a study is done where people are given something they only believe has gluten, and react to it like someone with CD, wouldn’t that mean that there is, in fact, a problem? If you’ve gone through all other routes to deal with your symptoms, and gluten free is the only one that works for you, then that’s great! You found your treatment/cure. If you feel tired one day, look this up on the internet, and suddenly have a gluten allergy/sensitivity without having seen a doctor…maybe it’s in your head. There’s no point in getting offended if you actually have an issue, because the article says that there ARE real diseases that require a gluten free diet.

  • Dave

    I’ve long suspected this gluten nonsense was complete BS. Now I’m convinced.

    • Hurray for confirmation bias!

      • ThePlatypus

        John. your awesome…and I mean that. LOL

  • Skycrime

    You don’t know how science works.

    I’m often annoyed by people who want to tell everyone how bad gluten is, even when I don’t want to hear it. I had that happen while I waited in line for a burrito yesterday. Clearly the woman just wanted me to hear her bitch. However, I’m also a physicist, and have some experience with the concept of science. First, the word ‘prove’ and its variations should never be used to report on any kind of study. It can’t even effectively be used for the things we call laws of physics. Studies do not exist to prove things- they exist to provide evidence towards logical and likely conclusions, so that we can better predict and understand how reality works. We’re never expecting to be 100% right.

    Even if that weren’t the case, studies need quite a few things before we can consider them fully valid. First, a good, representative sample size. As other comments said, this study doesn’t have it. The reference to collections of nine days of urine and feces- as though that’s a huge amount- actually provides evidence of insufficient sampling. Nine days is nothing. It also needs to be repeatable and repeated. It hasn’t been. All this does is provide some evidence. While I agree personally that most gluten sensitivity is no different than the hippies I grew up around demanding unpasteurized milk, I cannot agree that this study provides the necessary evidence.

    More importantly, even if we assumed that gluten did not cause any of these symptoms, it’s extremely dangerous to say that because a person can’t prove that one particular thing causes their problem, they must be fine. This is the same as telling a person with fatigue and a lack of motivation that they don’t have thyroid disease, so they must be fine. When they kill themselves due to the depression they were actually suffering from, one may want to rethink not offering them help. There are quite a few historical examples of conditions that have been not understood and that we did not have the means to test for (sarcoid comes to mind) , meaning the patient must not have a real problem. That’s not how the world works, and just because people may not have a gluten sensitivity doesn’t mean they don’t have something. And those people who say they have something aren’t always the same as that woman getting on my nerves when I just wanted a burrito.

    It’s unfortunate that science and statistics seems to be lost on most people. I certainly hope we can start teaching critical thinking at the high school level to help alleviate these non-stop flawed reports.

  • Johnnieh

    If people want to eat a gluten free diet then let them. Who gives a sh*t?? I don’t like Brussels sprouts. Big deal. There is food that everyone chooses not to consume. Let it go people!! And to all you service industry people with with a customer intolerance… It’s your job to serve people what they choose to eat. They are paying your salaries. If you hate your job that much then find a new one.

  • Ryan Martin

    show me the link to the trial and I will disprove your article

  • Anna Kosieradzka

    “37 subjects” – enough said

  • Typical Trash

    Why is the end conclusion “OMG THE BIG BAD CORPORATIONS ARE TAKING ADVANTAGE OF THE PUBLIC.” So what there’s a placebo affect for others? At the end of the day, only one line in your article matters: “Celiac Disease is real.”

    And trying to get an industry shut down because they make too much money for your liking due to morons that can’t be bothered to do their own due diligence is doing a MASSIVE disservice to people who have a real disease and are finally able to eat food that doesn’t taste like shit.

  • Actiondonkey

    100% horse sh!t. I don’t have Celiac but gluten makes me break out in hives and my throat swells shut. I can eat one bite of bread and not have a reaction because the PPM is low enough for me to process, but eat the whole piece and I’m dead without an epinephrine pen.

  • Victoria

    I’m in the food service industry, drives me nuts when people come up and raise a big stink over us not have gluten free options. Look, not every place is going to cater to 1% of the population. I’ve had people swear at me over this. I’ve got a couple people in my life that are legit celiacs, they are so careful and thorough when eating anything. they find out pretty quickly what they can and can’t have, so they rarely go out to eat because of this. I’ve cooked for them so whenever someone comes along and asks for gluten free I check the labels on everything, if I go to great lengths for you, you better know what you can and can’t have, I’m not about to get sued because dumb dumb didn’t know that modified corn starch can also have wheat in it, as well as most deli meats! I have a regular customer who is also gluten free, he told me the brand he likes the best, so I went out and paid out of my own pocket for it (my company told me I can’t order it because of cost). People that realize you’re trying to help them appreciate it and let you know your hard work means a lot. I find people that make it up have no clue what they’re really talking about and think the world should accommodate them. News flash, the restaurant industry caters to the majority not the minority. If you don’t know what you can and can’t eat don’t expect strangers to know either!

    • ThePlatypus

      well said. people should know what they can and cannot have before walking into a restaurant. My restaurant is a steakhouse, and people get mad at me for not having enough vegetarian options. I really do try to Cater to people needs, but going into a Steakhouse and complaining that there aren’t enough vegetarian options forces me to blacklist people. You are disturbing everyone else because you walked into the wrong kind of restaurant, So from now on if you call to make a reservation I’m going to tell you I’m booked solid

  • tophat

    I just don’t understand the folks on here who seemed to be super angry at anyone who chooses to be gluten free. Calling them sheeple, or hypochondriacs, entitled hipsters. Geez. Y’all are are bunch of shit-talking douche nozzles. Talk about angry for no f’ing reason.

  • sh

    As a person who is allergic to gluten, I call BS on the scientists! I was diagnosed through a blood test as being positive for a gluten allergy. It is very easy for people who don’t have to go through it to judge. Yes there are some people that may “self diagnose” and be incorrect, but I was actually tested so…… As far as the comments about people being gluten free then ordering a beer or other items containing gluten, someone who is truly intolerant or allergic wouldn’t do that. If I eat anything with even a trace amount of gluten I am sick within a few minutes. Despite what these scientists say, gluten intolerance/allergies are real.

  • daveschillaxin

    This is a trend while at the same time it’s real. I fully agree a lot of actual scientific evidence had been skipped here. Which symptoms are we grouping together as “not real” How about someone in my case. No celiac, but if I eat gluten (started 5 years ago with my hands) I would be covered in blister-like rashes that would NEVER go away. Only spread, spread, spread and itch and burn. I started going to the doctor for years of misdiagnosis. They tossed scabies at me, dermatitis from dust mites. I heard it all. Nothing worked though and I gave their “live in a bubble” a try. Which is an exaggeration of course. But really I had to buy hundreds of dollars worth of industrial style and multi-staged filters, hypodermic bed sheets and completely changing my lifestyle Ie becoming a loner who never leaves the comfort of my “bubble” etc etc. After giving all that a shot, and throwing away more and more money for doctors who cut corners. I decided to, as a self sustaining and easily solvable intelligent person I am. Came across gluten intolerance. The signs all pointed to yes, I got excited and stopped eating gluten (at the time I was maybe eating mounds of Mcdonalds chicken nuggets — may need a control here and I also have many other food allergies). Week went by and my rash began to disappear. Can they explain this? No. A few years later my own diagnosis and they still have no answer. Nor do they show any care to find out. They prove nothing but degrade out ability to move forward and help people. Why has no one claimed anaphylaxis as another culprit to this wave of misdiagnosis around gluten and it’s effect on people.. It just seems this is a huge mess and no one cares. Until it becomes “popular” and people get sick of hearing it and start calling shenanigans because lets face it, clearly most doctors right now have no clue how to properly find the underlying issue here.

  • Kirsty

    I was sick for almost seven years, had a gastroscopy and colonoscopy and saw dozens of doctors who said they couldn’t figure out why I was constantly having digestive issues, and was bloated and nauseous. I tested negative for celiac, and eventually lost a lot of weight because I could barely eat without feeling sick. In the end, it was a process of elimination. When I limit bread and milk, I feel much better (and yes, I have tried limiting one and not the other). I do not want to be one of ‘those’ people, but it’s the only thing that works for me. Maybe the reason so few people have been advised to go gluten free by doctors is because they barely have any training in that area and they admit it! I did see a nutritionist who advised a low FODMAP diet, but she suggested lactose free milk, which still makes me feel ill. I push the boundaries as much as I can all the time, but if I eat several bready meals in a row, I will suffer for a couple of days. I don’t know how this can be psychological.

    • ThePlatypus

      it probably is not psychological, and if it makes you feel better than who cares? reading your post though about lactose free milk not solving the problem. You might want to take a look at Casein proteins which are also found in milk. Sensitivities to Casein are also quite common and can lead to many of these same symptoms

  • flickerKuu

    Why is there a stupid Miley Cyrus tweet in the middle of the text so I can’t read the article?

    • ThePlatypus

      People Trust Miley dude….didn’t you know?……….

  • Emfourty Gasmask

    this should be renamed to, “Science proves that people are stupid”

    • ThePlatypus

      Hell Yeah

  • chris mueller

    The problem with his “study” is that he did not take in account if the person has an issue like leaky gut syndrome or something else related to that persons gut. In the case of leaky gut, there are a lot of food and food products that will cause stomach issues/sensitivity.
    He has to remedy the current issue. Once the person is healthy, redo his study and he will get different results.
    It is kind of like, oh that person walks with a limp. Well the type of shoes matter, let me study how they walk with these types of shoes. No matter what kind of shoe the person wears they still walk with a limp. Oh and they also have a broken leg!!!!

  • Eric Veritas Blair


    The same scientist that gave strong proof for gluten sensitivity in 2011 now says that it might in your head”

    For me this is powerful evidence knowing people’s propensity for holding on to their preconceptions no matter what evidence is presented to them. It is a sign of intelligence to be willing to change your mind when the evidence supports it.

  • DrivingTilDawn

    I find it hilarious how people are even putting an ounce of trust in an website whose legitimacy can be best summed up by the pretentious click-bait drivel that’s marketed towards those who wish to support their counter-culturist views reeking of intellectual snobbery.

  • Elizabeth

    As a celiac, I’m not bothered by people who chose to go gluten free. It’s actually a bonus for me because now there is more selection for me in grocery stores AND many restaurants are offering gluten free (prepared with no cross contamination) meal choices!

  • TheAdnama

    These articles always bother me. The articles themselves
    always seem to be written by someone who did not even read the actual
    study, but get off on telling people that something is all in their
    head. Secondly, the comments are always full of wait staff who get
    annoyed with people ordering off their gluten free menu. I think those
    people annoy me just as much as the writers of these articles.

    Did
    any of you realize that quite a few people ordering off your gluten
    free menu actually have illnesses that were not involved in this
    study… say maybe a neurological auto-immune disease? WE
    do not fit into the category of “gluten caused my stomach problems, so I
    avoid it”. We also do not fit into the category of people who were told
    by their doctor to avoid gluten or grains. The health care industry is
    very far behind on their dietary recommendations (just ask the American
    Heart Association about fat / cholesterol). Doctors are slowly changing
    their perspectives on how diet can be used to manage symptoms of
    severely debilitating diseases, but until then WE have to be our own
    advocates.

    We are people who rarely eat out. Our diets at home
    are very strictly controlled and most likely are not just gluten free
    but completely grain free as well as free of many other inflammatory
    items. However, we can, on occasion, get away with eating at trusted
    restaurants with gluten free menus.

    By the way, I CAN tolerate
    FODMAPS. It is not up to you to decide what I can and cannot eat. It is
    not your place to show me any disrespect because, in your ignorance, you
    assume I am faking my need for your gluten free menu.

    Before
    you complain about someone in your restaurant ordering off your gluten
    free menu, consider the possibility that they might not be a trend
    seeking hipster, but might be one of the millions (+) with a
    neurological disease, auto-immune disease, or other rare disease that
    are turning to dietary and lifestyle modifications to manage their
    disease.

    • ThePlatypus

      I have gluten free options on my menu, and it really didn’t take that much effort. Quinoa prepared risotto style with tons of Veg and a 5 minute egg on top. Simple recipe and if anyone would like it I am more than happy to share any of my gluten free recipes or vegetarian ones. (although I don’t have as many of those) I strive to create delicious food without gluten, and I make that distinction because a lot of GF products try to replace Gluten. I have never eaten a gluten free cupcake that I did not despise in its entirety. Its like people that replace Turkey with Tofu that is flavored to be like Turkey. The solution is not a replacement. its either eating less of or none of a certain food. I can make Parmesan crisps GF really easily with tons of fresh of herbs. So there is no need for me to serve GF crackers with my soup of the day. I will continue to make food that forces you to forget gluten in its entirety. I will not replace gluten with products designed to duplicate the foods made with gluten. I will simply challenge myself to do better

      • TheAdnama

        That is wonderful! Where is your restaurant!?

      • Terry J. Wood

        If you want to make really delicious gluten free cupcakes, you need to use Jules Shepard’s flour! She has come up with a wonderful mix of flours that you can substitute, cup for cup, for wheat flour into your standard recipes.

        Jules is a celiac and loved to bake before she was diagnosed. She spent years perfecting this flour because she wasn’t going to give up on her love of baking!

        I use her flour all the time. Tonight, in fact, I’m baking banana bread. People can’t even guess that it’s gluten free, unless I tell them them!

        Check out her web site and all the recipes on it: http://www.gfjules.com/category/recipes/

        I think Jules has done more for the celiac/NCGS community than any doctor. She’s given us a lot of quality of life back. She’s really the best!

  • Dan Feidt~hongpong

    gluten is not “a protein”. It’s an unwieldy label for a huge array of proteins that share some similar properties and origins. That’s a pretty weak foundation around the rest of this, tho it may have merits.

    • Scupperer

      The two primary proteins in gluten are glutenin and gliadin. Gliadin is the one primarily linked with problems in celiacs and diabetics, and is a likely candidate in all other non-familial amyloid related illnesses.

  • Rena23442

    What I think is hilarious is that a lot of these people who are ‘sensitive’ to Gluten don’t even really know what it is.

    The way I see it, unless you genuinely have Celiac’s Disease, you’re just buying into a fad that companies are pushing to sell more expensive food for absolutely no reason. In order to maintain flavour and consistency most gluten-free foods are actually higher in sugar and fat.

    I don’t know about you guys but if I recall correctly Sugar is more harmful than Gluten ever will be.

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AdJFE1sp4Fw

    • ThePlatypus

      Sugar does kill. no argument there.

  • Kieryn

    *DISCLAIMER* I am no expert on the matter of gluten sensitivity and Celiac’s all that. However, it is just crazy how GF products are becoming SO prevalent SO quickly. There are dedicated GF sections in grocery stores now. Where was that a year ago – two years ago, etc? What did people with Celiacs eat before the GF bandwagon began? I’m just saying – there are many people who ARE gluten sensitive who DON’T have Celiacs – but I am a firm believer in that people in this day in age LOVE to create things in their minds… such as they think they are sensitive to gluten… and then go completely GF…. but are really doing it for no reason. I don’t really care because I do not follow a GF diet. Just observing and sharing my opinion. I believe going GF is a trend right now for people who do not have Celiacs and that, in due time, the trend will magically disappear. Maybe everyone will become Lactose Intolerant.

  • d t

    There are much more interesting things to do to get attention- like be interesting… Gluten intolerant intolerant.

  • aleksthegreat

    Nigga, shut the fuck up. Your beloved wife is like many other humans: a nutjob.

    • Ursa Da Bear

      Why does it matter to you what other people eat or don’t eat? Take a deep breath and calm down.

    • WimsThePhoenix

      wanker.

  • aleksthegreat

    What this society needs is LESS sensitivity. It’s gone too far to snowlfakeville.

  • AlliLala

    This article is (A) so poorly written (B) fucking ridiculous. I have a severe gluten sensitivity but I am not celiac. When I consume gluten, three hours later my intestine swells and it feels like I am trying to digest a tennis ball. I would LOVE the asshole who wrote this condescending article about all the gluten-crazies to experience such pain and then reevaluate their standing on this supposed pseudoscience. If gluten sensitivity is not a thing, then WHY do people see beneficial results cutting it out of their diet. Sure, gluten-free foods are not as healthy as the public may think and I think it’s stupid when someone goes gluten-free to lose weight. That’s dumb. But as someone with actual painful VISIBLE symptoms and as someone who WAS recommended by a doctor to try gluten-free, this article is insensitive and presents the facts in an unprofessional way. Blaming the masses of gluten-free people is not the solution. You’re a bitch.

  • ThePlatypus

    We can debate this until the cows come home, but one point that has not been made are the different types of Gluten. While all gluten are chemically related by no means are they chemically identical. Rye Gluten on a molecular level is different than wheat gluten and so on and so forth. This Gluten free trend reminds of when the 5th taste Umami was discovered. What a hit that was, and most people have no idea that Umami is quite literally MSG.
    These days people get way to hung up on data analysis and proving correlation between would could be arbitrary points. I work as a chef and honestly it may grind my gears a bit, but I work to provide people with the dishes they want. If that means no gluten, then I will offer a few gluten free dishes on my menu. If removing gluten from your diet makes you feel better, then do it. Even if it is a purely mental condition, and even if there is no real correlation between gluten intake and the symptoms people associate with it. DO WHAT MAKES YOU FEEL BETTER. Game Over
    by the way assuming you are smarter than everyone else on the internet leads to perpetual stupidity.
    You keep arguing here, and I will keep doing what I do best. I will Cater to the desires of my patrons, not because I’m a sell out and not because I having a burning desire to support the gluten free industry, but because I actually give a shit about what people want to eat and how I can deliver it to them.

    • Jennifer R.

      I wish there were more restaurant owners and employees who agreed with you. Mostly we hear from them when they call people with special dietary needs whiners.

  • Chelsea Castonguay

    This is without a doubt one of the most disturbing, insulting and poorly written “articles” I have read regarding gluten sensitivity. This study has not been empirically tested, but rather was done on a very small test group, and therefore is ONE researcher’s opinion on a subject that is extremely difficult to test. It is very difficult to test for Celiac disease (which the author failed to note). Gluten sensitivity is a real thing and it’s not a mental disorder or something that is made up. The way that foods, the additives and preservatives and other substances we are faced with daily and how each interact with a person’s body are unique. There was absolutely no basis in fact or truth in this article and such a declaration is distressing, offensive and not even remotely close to appropriate reporting.

  • lance

    Whether or not it is in their mind or not if you go without gluten for so long it actually gives you celiac my wife has had it for ten years its not something to be fucked with its serious pain and serious problems, if you get celiacs then your stomach wont digest gluten or anything with a shell or artificial food to say that its all fake means you are completely inconsiderate and just makes you look like an ass and whoever did all this makes me sick cause they are pathetic and have no empathy for other people.

  • Roy Davis

    Why you no fix grammar?

  • Michael Calvano

    So I’m only imagining these intensely itchy bumps that appear if i eat gluten? Guess I imagined those 2 years and multiple dermatologists that tried everything from steroids to anti-fungal drugs to cure them and then I imagined that they only go away when I quit eating gluten? It must be because I hated eating normal food at any restaurant. I guess I didn’t like paying normal prices and not worrying about ingredients. Glad to know this was all just a figment of my imagination and that I should quit whining and imagine my dermatitis away.

  • Valerie Martin

    hmmm…Very interesting….

    1. I was finally accurately diagnosed, when I gave birth to a healthy infant girl who was “just colic-y.” At 9 mos. of age she was dying and exploratory surgery revealed a positive biopsy diagnosed diagnosis of Celiac Disease. The degree of atrophy of the intestinal lining was SO severe, we were told that they had only seen that severity in adults 40+yr or older adults who had suffered for decades. As a genetic autoimmune disorder, and gene testing, MY doctors where finally “educated” as to what they previously has been telling me for years, “I am sorry mam, but we are academically challenged with you.” My daughter is now 12 years old and our whole family has lived gluten-free ever since.

    2. As one who has had to deal with doctor/biopsy diagnosed Celiac Disease for the last 12 years…I am SO thankful for the many, many, many people who have brought awareness to this “REAL” disease and all its dietary restrictions, which we will deal with for the rest of our lives. If there has been an increase of people who have self-diagnosed, then those of us with Celiac Disease have benefited GREATLY from the demand on Gluten-Free products. The choices we have today are FAR MORE plentiful, FAR BETTER tasting, and SIGNIFICANTLY cheaper because of that demand. I am thankful to reap the benefits of those who have self-diagnosed themselves.

    3. Again, as one who had dealt with the very restrictive Gluten-Free diet for over a decade, it is NOT fun. I do not understand how anyone would “WANT” and “CHOOSE” to be on this diet if they did not have a medical need to. If this is some sort of “FAD DIET” then people are a sucker for torture…this diet STINKS!

    4. Especially if you are a child and in school. Kids are cruel! Think about…birthday parties that you never get invited to, sleepovers that you only hear about on Monday morning when the girls in the class taunt you about how much fun THEY had. What about the Halloween, Christmas, and Valentine’s Day parties that you get left out of b/c everything contains gluten except the juice boxes. (Not a big deal when you are an adult, however, when you are 6 yrs, 8 yrs, 10 yrs old it is a BIG DEAL and has lead to emotional issues) Schools will NOT allow any homemade edible item to be brought into the schools. Everything must be store bought so that the ingredient list can be seen and made known. This was our districts response to “food allergies” in the school. It is ironic b/c, kids with “food allergies” have to have things homemade. SO they are preventing the “allergic” kids from bringing what THEY CAN have! Of course I can make/bring ONE cupcake for my own child, but everything else has to be store bought…Yea, I get to whip up a BIG ‘OL BATCH of cupcake batter just so I can make 1 cupcake. Then I get to go to the store and purchase ready made cupcakes for the 2 dozen or so class mates.

    5. I personally know WAY too many people who have “self-diagnosed” gluten sensitivity and have felt significant changes (for the better) when gluten was eliminated from their diet (even in just one day)

    6. I honestly do not care if one has self-diagnosed, or if it is “in their head” or if a doctor has biopsy diagnosed them with Celiac Disease. So be it. If they feel better…they FEEL better. Who am I to judge if they are “making it up” or not? I am WAY too busy worrying about myself and my family to worry much about what others eat or don’t eat, think or don’t think. I do know that many people have come to me and have ask questions, or want to know “how I found out,” or just need some advice or suggestions. I am always more than willing to share our story and the journey we have made. Hopefully, the tiny little bit of knowledge they have gained, may be just enough to ask their doctors the right questions.

  • Starscream

    This article is so full of shit.

  • Christine

    This article is not only snarky, but poorly researched. The sample sizes quoted in these studies are incredibly small–not enough to reverse any previous findings. And I’m sorry, but coming from someone who IS self-diagnosed as gluten-sensitve and has done extensive research and food logging to determine that gluten affects my acid reflux issues: dear waiter, it’s none of your business what I’m ordering. If I want my meal gluten-free, dairy-free, or onion-free, GTF over it. If I ask for something to be excluded from my meal, it’s not your business to question whether it’s due to an allergy or medical condition, or whether I just prefer to eat that way.

    • Jennifer R.

      It could be a difference in that for some, even cross-contamination is an issue, while for others it’s not.

  • Kat Aclysm

    Your article ignores the fact that wheat products can be high Fructan sources, and part of the Low FODMaP diet is to eliminate fructans, and therefore wheat.

    While there is no Gluten Sensitivity, people sure as HELL do have Small Intesinal Malabsorption issues. When the Fructans from wheat are not digested in the small intestine, they move onto the large intestine, causing common IBS Symptoms in sufferers.

    These people who do experience better GI-tract performance from eliminating wheat should best hop off to their GP and get a referral to a Gastroenterologist for proper diagnosis.

  • Morgan Tate

    This seriously is the biggest joke of an article I’ve came across that keeps showing up on my timeline. Having Celiac’s myself is a struggle everyday, I honestly can’t consume anything thats even touched by bread, flour, gluten products etc. Until you have lived through the hell that comes with having celiacs then don’t even think about having your “word” on it. Try living gluten free… you won’t be able to eat out anywhere, family gatherings/parties you practically can’t eat anything, make all your food, make sure no gluten is in any of your sauces (even the great syrups from starbucks) I wouldn’t go through the amount of work that goes into this for almost 2 years now if I wasn’t practically dealing with symptoms of a bad FLU and hangover mixed. Maybe some people need to be “sensitive” to what they post.

  • Jennifer Hartmann

    Just wanted to through out there, that no where in this article does it mention anything about the naturopathic practioners that do tests, even blood tests, for intolerances. When that kind of testing is conducted, and a child is diagnosed… how do you explain those symptoms? The toddler made that up all in their head? Just something to consider.

  • Lesa

    As for being a mother of a medical diagnosed celiac son (blood test and EGD biopsy confirming it) I can say that it is was a fight to get it diagnosed. There are so many people out there that do go to doctor after doctor complaining of symptoms that no definite diagnosis for after having a multitude of negative test…..whether it be biopsy, blood, exploratory, scans. It was frustrating to get someone to listen to me b/c I believe that doctors where thinking I was was of those complainers. Doctors thought my son was just being a ‘whiner’. Finally a blood test was done and it was one of the highest seen by UNC Chapel Hill pediatric GI TOP physicians. Validated, yes! But I believe it is because people go to the doctor for every little ache and pain, and waste a lot of time for nothing when all test are negative that docs tend to sometimes not take things seriously. They are used to seeing patients that are there unnecessarily. Sometimes it is hard to weed out the patients with the real issues. Unless you have a positive test ( with whatever one is ‘suffering’ from), it should make you think whether or not you are going at diagnosing in the wrong manner, or you just don’t have a problem and it may your head. NOW, with that being said, I am a nurse and have seen both sides of the spectrum. There are times I do have patients and all tests come back clean or negative, and they still have symptoms. I am not saying that there symptoms or pain is not real to them, but truly we cannot treat something that is not there. I just suggest another route to take to find out what it may be. And I can tell you I have had a fair share of patients that are just doing it for the attention or drugs. All in all, everyone has issues and individually we all must do what we must do for ourselves or loved ones. If staying away from gluten in non-celiac patient helps, then go for it. It certainly won’t hurt. But some people need to be told plain and simple when enough is enough and stop whining. As a mother and nurse, I have told my kids and some patients that. I guess I see things from a perspective of life threatening vs non-life threatening. My kids know my favorite saying…. You’re gonna live. And celiac is some that can be dealt with. Bleeding out or asthma attack…… There we have a problem. So yeah, some people do need to suck it up and be very thankful that if they have a stomach ache for whatever the reason, it can be taken care by a GF diet.

  • Dude

    This guy is a fuuuucking idiot.

  • Shane

    Because they wanted to dumb it down to your level

  • Missy Moo

    Makes me wonder if it might be yeast in bread rather than gluten that causes sensitivity. Most folks in the US have a yeast overgrowth in their digestive system.

  • AK

    I almost flipped my shit when I read the title of this article. My dad has coeliac and if you saw him when he was getting inexplicably and quite horrifically ill before diagnosis then you would have almost flipped yours too.

    This is a very convenient fad for my father because it means he can enjoy certain foods that he hasn’t been able to eat in a decade. I don’t think anyone would confuse my dad for a hipster because he’s a mid-50s biomedical scientist, but some people have odd reactions to requests for gluten-free options in restaurants.

  • GetReal

    Kind of reminds me of global warming!

  • Kathy

    Your reply is noteworthy and bears an impressive knowledge of real biochemistry. I appreciate you calling the author of the article out. I know so many who are no longer suffering and it is ridiculous to even try to argue away their fought for improved health.

  • Christopher Salihe Payne

    The internet = giving hipster hypochondriacs validation since…well…whenever WebMD came out.

    • Internet User: “I have a stomach ache and some back pain. I wonder what that means?”
      WebMD: “You have three different types of cancer. The worst types.”

  • WithReason7

    Not having the severe symptoms associated with Celiac disease does not mean Gluten is healthy. Many people choose not to eat gluten because of growing research linking high gluten diets to more serious but less symptomatic illnesses like heart disease.

  • Phillip

    Anyone else notice that for both of the dark skinned interviewees the audience immediately assumed that they would not know what gluten is, however when asked the same question of the two lighter skinned interviewees the audience leaned more towards the ‘yes’ side. Just an observation, but the color of their skin is the only difference that I could see between them, suggesting that the audience made their decisions based on color/race. That’s pretty sad.

  • a celiac with a PhD in science

    This is not buzz worthy – congratulations for writing such nonsense. You need to hire a scientist to write these articles because this article did not even come close to accurate reporting. I am never reading your crappy blog again. By the way the four food groups were invented to sell dairy, meat and wheat – why not write about the buzzworthy food conspiracy. Sincerely, a Celiac with a PhD in science.

  • Marian Hood

    Try these links for real scientific evidence and then re-write the article for the third time, preferably with some truth in it.

  • ashbhorn

    I appreciate the article, but I think the snide comment about ADHD was unnecessary. People with ADHD deal with a terrible stigma that makes it extremely difficult to get their medication or have it covered by insurance. That stigma manifests from the general opinion that it isn’t a real diagnosis, or that it can be overcome by “trying harder”.
    Let’s stay on topic and avoid conclusions that aren’t supported by the evidence you are presenting, ok? It undermines your credibility.
    Thank you.

  • miss_msry

    If it doesn’t agree with your body then don’t eat it. And why would anybody else care if your are or are not gluten sensitive?

    • Thomas

      Thank you! If I eat Taco Bell, it gives me the squirts. Too much information? Um, yeah.

    • Jaq

      If you are eating out it is good to be clear to the server. If you say “I don’t eat gluten” the server is going offer products that are made without gluten, but if you say “I’m allergic to gluten” they have to clean all the cutting boards utensils, prep areas, cooking areas, etc. It’s good to tell the server. If you just want to eat gluten-free that’s fine, but it it necessary to put the kitchen through all that work? Tell them you aren’t eating gluten, but traces of gluten are ok. They’ll be grateful for your honesty.

  • Galhalla

    Sorry, but I’m a diagnosed nonsecretor with bona fide celiac disease, and since the age of 15 whenever I eat any significant amount of wheat product, I’m having an allergic fit, my skin cracks and burns everywhere, and whatever’s in my bowels rushes for the exit door… Every. Single. Time.

    I can remember, starting in tenth grade, in high school at 7:20 in the morning for my evil witch Algebra 2 teacher’s class, I was frequently late because, after having my “healthy” morning meal which naturally included some “healthy” whole grain wheat product like whole wheat pancakes or waffles, my bowels would be gurgling and pulsing with pain, and I’d either have to rush to the toilet before her class, or ask the hateful fascist hag if I could go to the bathroom, at which time she would glare at me with the utmost of hate-filled stares of contempt… Every. Single. Time.

    Welcome to Celiac Land. And from the age of 15 to the age of 36, when I was actually diagnosed with this, it was 21 years of inexplicable, unpredictable hell as I tried to live my life, never knowing when a “shart” would happen. (Google it.)

    Before that, as a child, it was endless sinus and ear infections, not to mention food allergies, and I’ve also been a “wolf biter” since about the age of ten, due to the endless cracking around my fingernails and on my fingertips. And when I go off wheat or stay on antihistamines, the problem is virtually eliminated.

    Yes, there are self-absorbed Shirley MacLaine and Portlandia hipster types out there who are so addicted to the endless pursuit of their own preciousness that gluten sensitivity is yet another narcissistic pretense for them. And, as always, those types tend to give everything legitimate a bad name for the bona fide percentage of the population who really does have the genuine problem article.

  • American Kafir

    The issue isn’t the gluten. The issue is the mycotoxins which live on the grain and then are incorporated into food product. All gluten free means is that it doesn’t contain the grain which could be harmful if you are sensitive to the organism which lives ON the grain/gluten.

    http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC164220/

    • Terry J. Wood

      That’s interesting. Indeed it many not be gluten. But something in wheat, rye and barley makes me sick. That much I do know.

      • American Kafir
      • American Kafir
        • Terry J. Wood

          That’s the thing, corn never bothered me. I can eat it and anything forbidden on the FODMAP diet is just fine for me. But wheat (any kind), rye and barley make me sick within minutes. Yet, I don’t have celiac disease.

          It’s a mystery.

  • Casper12

    So, you are upset that someone called your wife a whiner. Perhaps she is a whiner, perhaps not. However, your last two words in this post clearly prove that you are, and completely made me disregard most if not all of what you said prior to that. Just saying.

  • Paul Sileika

    I suffer from Rheumatoid Arthritis. I tried going paleo (which is gluten-free) for six months with my family just for fun to see what it would be like. The symptoms of my arthritis greatly diminished. I told my doctor and he said that a few of his patients who tried a gluten-free diet saw some reduced symptoms. Rheumatoid arthritis is an immunological disorder as is celiac’s disease. We don’t have the full picture of why these things affect some people as of yet.

    So when I tell people I have to adhere to a gluten-free diet but I don’t have celiac’s, they get snarky and make fun of me. You must all think you’re heroes for debunking gluten-free diets. But we don’t know the whole picture yet. If eating gluten free means that my body will succumb to arthritis (which will eventually cripple me) later instead of sooner I am happy to experiment with any sort of method that may reduce my suffering.

    • Terry J. Wood

      If the diet makes you feel better, why not do it? Nobody needs to eat gluten to be healthy. You’re doctor seems to be OK with it. Who cares what other people think. Do this for yourself! And, BTW, I have friends diagnosed with RA who have come to the same conclusion you have. They’re doing the diet and it’s worked wonders for them. That’s the bottom line. If it works, why NOT do it?

  • Thomas

    Best article I’ve read in months!

  • LA_Mom

    I have an auto-immune disease and wheat (worst offender) as well as other grains put me in a world of pain. I’d be happy kick the crap out of the author of this article so he can see how gluten makes me feel. I mean, in the interest of science and all. And I’m serious. I’d be GLAD to do it.

  • Armon Enoidammahom

    Whoever the author of this “article” is, did a very poor job of objectively using their sources. The sequence of presentation and the formatting are hard to follow, and this piece subjectively discusses the idea of gluten-intolerance, while simultaneously erroneously citing research sources improperly. After I read the introductory paragraph/sentence I gave my first deep frown of the day. Without citing directly, you say that researchers CONCLUDED that people without Celiac disease, who claim gluten-intolerance, MAY be imagining it psychologically. An equivalent way to say this would be to note a research conclusion that non-Celiacs who claim gluten-intolerance MAY NOT be imagining it. Look, author, whoever you are, you should not be writing on a website where people can see your trash, publicly. Especially a site that is known for ease of reading easily-absorbed ideas. Also, never cite scientific sources again. You are embarrassing those who actually asked questions in the correct way, and worked hard to publish results, as it would be shameful to have been cited by such a garbage piece of media trash. I have regretted fewer things more so than I do now, for having read your article and subsequently wasting more of my time writing this. Didn’t any of your teachers/professors (hopefully) tell you that you have no ability to write, you hapless plebian?

  • MsD

    This author is a poorly read idiot who can’t comprehend the studies refererred to and who makes wild, unfounded claims. Yet a million fools will share this deliberate click bait and it could cause serious medical harm.I have a medical condition that is aggravated by grains and legumes along a host of other foods and there are many similar. That it is too complex to explain means I roll with gluten sensitive if that is what people can grasp but that isn’t the specific source, this article is so destructive because the research merely proved the PART of the grain they thought was causing problems was misunderstood, not in any way that the grains themselves did not cause trouble and not remotely that symptoms were false-that part was a gross leap of brainless assumption by the manipulative click baiting author. It is like saying one out of twenty three parts of a substance did not react as expected in testing, it does not infer a damn thing about the effects of the other untested twenty two.

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    • Jennifer R.

      You do have a responsibility to write articles that aren’t lies, though. The study NEVER SAID that people’s sensitivity to gluten was “all in their heads.” It said that their symptoms were caused by FODMAPs, and wheat is one of them.

      • justsaying

        No the title says that. The article then says “let me clarify” and states that some research is leaning that way but not that there is definitive proof either way.

        • Jennifer R.

          Um, no, the next paragraph reads, “That may be a snarky way of saying it, but it’s true in some cases.
          Scientific studies have concluded that sensitivity to gluten for people
          who do not have Celiac disease may be completely psychological.” And again, let me repeat, none of the research points to the symptoms being psychological, instead a small amount of it points to the symptoms being caused by another physiological issue, FODMAPs intolerance. The people were not put on a normal, standard diet containing wheat – they were put on a low FODMAPs with added gluten. Also, 37 people is a rather small sample size, isn’t it?

          • lmao

            u mad?

            listen lady, just cause you think you’re allergic to gluten doesn’t mean you should get all riled up when someone thinks differently from you

          • bigrobtheactor

            No, you see? It’s like “climate change”. They don’t just disagree or engage in civilized debate. They freak. Exhibit B.

          • Elyse Nicole Carson

            No…no no….this isn’t made up. This isn’t something you say “everyone has an opinion” bc this is real. Narrow minded. You don’t know her struggle so don’t sit there and act like it’s no big deal.

          • Casey Houlihan

            Stupid.

          • chileno

            What part of “…in some cases” is not understandable?
            I understand you are sick and have this problem, but that does not meanit isn’t a psychological problem on others. I understand the article and I agree wholeheartedly with it. You see, in late seventies and early eighties there was this new notion that caffeine was bad for your system, so caffeine free and decaffenated coffee marketing began to inundate television. Pne in particular would claim that this coffee was 97% caffeine free and just as the actor in the tv spot would claim, people began to feel the soothing and abatement of their tormented nerves. People swore up and down they really felt well after a couple of weeks of taking this coffee. Thing is that after some months later an article was published stating that all of those coffees claiming to be decaf etc. Was not true. Although the claim that it was 97% caffeine was true. It was revealed by the article that a coffee bean has a content of 3% of caffeine in it, so the rest (97%) was obviously free of caffeine. Just the power of mind made those people feel so good with regular coffee, thinking it was decaf coffee. So, I understand this article pretty well.

          • Casey Houlihan

            This is a stupid analysis. The title of this article is stupid, and there isn’t a way to intelligently read it and agree. ‘Proves’ and ‘may’ are very different.

          • Daniel Ros

            Yeah so just ignore the overwhelming body of research confirming gluten intolerance over a study that didn’t even do what the author claimed. This is what happens when you don’t know what the f your talking about when you open your ignorant mouth.

          • Tylynn Haddow

            It’s pretty hard to ‘understand’ when it contradicts itself and its sources time and time again. What you should be saying is that ‘in some cases it is physcological’ but in the vast majority there are other culprits such as high FODMAPS

        • Joseph Miceli

          Buddy, this woman will twist anything and everything to mean whatever she wants it to mean. Don’t even bother.

      • Mark Anderson

        the conclusion is you are an idiot..

    • chris1jt

      An “article” that contains three blatant type-os (one that’s even in a sub head) is pretty hard to take seriously. If you don’t have the time to proof your own work, then I’d bet you also don’t have the time to understand the work of others who are clearly much smarter than you.

    • Chris G

      What is a “type-o”? Oh you mean typo… The irony.

    • Julie V

      That being said, you could expect better of your contributers and articles, where they dont make snarky and demeaning comments about people suffering from what they are claiming against, and who dont state things as proven fact – this person has zero idea if it really is in every single one of our heads, and you shouldnt perpetuate a comment like that is said as fact when it is not. Your failure here, is that you allow this behavior on you site, I would assume to get more hits – pathetic. And do it while giving BS ammo to people who harass those of us who really do suffer from eating wheat, whatever the cause. Poor show BuzzFeed.. it doesnt require you to be a news organization to expect contributors not to be demeaning.

    • janet444

      So true. It’s a lot easier to be open to hearing about the results if you’re not being called a “whiner.” But that’s the kind of headline that gets clicks and clicks get money.

  • Mitch

    you’re a complete idiot to believe this…. psychological disorders are things like you think you may be sick and feel a little woozy, not you think you are sick and get depression, ADHD, diarrhea, abdominal pain, bloating, constipation, headaches, chronic fatigue and/or joint pain….. I’m seriously wondering which high school chemistry dropout did this research.

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  • Glybirdy

    Very glad I read your post, specifically for your sincerity throughout. Very informative, honest post. Thank you!

  • FK

    Well, considering gluten can stay in your system for anywhere from 3 to 6 months, this study is incomplete if he didn’t give the subjects enough time to expel it from their bodies completely.

  • lilo

    Thank you, I wanted to say many of the same things. When you watch someone you love suffering you know it’s not in their heads. In addition, Celiac some times doesn’t show up in the blood tests they give even when a person IS Celiac. And yes, fuck off to naysayers.

  • Ralphire

    Really well Dr. Peter Gibson also did a recent study this Year May of 2014 and found people who had Gluten Intolerance who ate Gluten Free suffered from LESS DEPRESSION http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/?term=gibson+gluten+depression & http://www.abc.net.au/worldtoday/content/2014/s4012012.htm The study the author quotes was done in May of 2013. Much study as been done and has proved Gluten Free with

    inflammatory bowel diseases http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/24865778 & even in Asia for people suffering from irritable bowel syndrome Gluten Free helps much http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/24865778

    Recently another study came out in regard to Dr. Peter Gibson’s LOW FODMAP diet. The diet has been proven **UNSAFE** unless you have Irritable bowel syndrome http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/25016597/ For those of you who cannot understand the link I have posted. Low FODMAP could cause unwanted changes to faecal microbiota structures and in addition, the low FODMAP diet was associated with higher faecal pH. Gluten Free works as studies have shown http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/25225467 By the way the study about Gluten Free being bull was funded by a bread company named George Weston Foods who is losing money because of Gluten Free http://www.gastrojournal.org/article/S0016-5085(13)00702-6/abstract Scroll to the bottom, where it says **Funding This study was supported by George Weston Foods ** the study is BULL. http://www.iflmadscientist.com/2014/05/18/non-celiac-gluten-sensitivity-and-bad-studies-promoted-by-ifls/

  • Rally Jones

    Low FODMAP is only meant for people who have Irritable Bowel Syndrome. This recent study suggest for the rest of America Low FODMAP is unhealthy http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/25016597/ You people want to give problems to people by telling them to go on the low FODMAP diet without Irritable Bowel Syndrome. Studies say Low FODMAP is unhealthy unless you have IBS. Peter Gibson study also shows a link to Gluten Intolerance and depression http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/?term=gibson+gluten+depression

  • JayWilson

    Sounds like the wheat interests are getting worried. I wonder how much it would take to bribe a scientist?

  • Paul Powers

    Well Gluten Free helps many elements, especially Leaky Gut Syndrome http://www.glutenfreesociety.org/gluten-free-society-blog/dr-fasano-on-leaky-gut-syndrome-and-gluten-sensitivity/ So this buzzworthy article truly needs some retuning because much of what is being said about Gluten Free being bull was done last year and there are NEW reports Gluten Free is helping people in bad situations http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/25225467 even the American Diabetes Association says 1 in 10 Type 1 Diabetics has Celiac Disease and Gluten Free is a great way to stop someone from getting Type 1 Diabetes http://www.diabetes.org/food-and-fitness/food/planning-meals/gluten-free-diets/ Take a loot at this recent study that shows Gluten Free helped Rats in a study avoid Type 1 Diabetes http://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2014/05/140508095836.htm
    There are plenty of benefits to Gluten Free.

  • Cassandra Diane Quist

    I am celiac, I was diagnosed when I was eighteen. After years of pain, sickness, and hospital visits. I had literally never felt healthy for one day in my entire life before I went off of gluten. I have to say that one of the most irritating things to me is when someone, finding out I’m celiac says ‘Oh I understand, I have gluten sensitivity’ and then proceed to eat gluten in front of me. I’m not necessarily saying such a thing doesn’t exist, but people need to stop self diagnosing. Before you ever go off of gluten talk to your doctor about it first and make sure that they’re a doctor that actually believe that celiac disease exists. My childhood doctor didn’t and I believe that’s one of the reasons that I suffered for so long.

  • Drake

    This article title is unacceptable. As a person who is in the science field, the first thing that you learn as a science student is that you cannot PROVE anything. You can have a strong correlation or evidence to back up your claim. The title of this should be changed to “Science displays…” or something similar to that. With the title you have you are falsely informing the public on what science can and cannot do. When writing something one must ensure they are providing facts, not fallacy.

  • Glutin FREE

    I have an autoimmune disease and glutin is not good for me. It is not a fad! This is a bunch of cap you don’t know what you are talking about. It causes inflammation in the body along with pesticides and GMO

    • Evan

      First, it is spelled gluten. Secondly, where has there been any viable or legitimate evidence (scientific literature or journals) of GMO’s or pesticides being harmful to the body? You seem to be the one that may not be sure what you are talking about.

  • Mike

    I hope people understand that what the author is saying is that people self-diagnose themselves with NCGS. There are MILLIONS of people who do CHOOSE to not eat gluten simple because “they don’t want to be fat”. And you can’t tell me you haven’t heard someone tell that to your face. It’s the same thing with carbs… people assume carbs make you fat so they try to stay away from them, when in reality people just don’t get any activity and that’s why they’re fat so they look for the easiest thing to get rid of their problem rather than going for a 2 hour walk or a 30-60 minute jog. People are lazy and will do ANYTHING to find a “quick fix”, and that is exactly why gluten is blowing up right now. By no means am I saying every person who avoids eating gluten is doing it just to lose/maintain weight. I understand it is a painful experience for those who are legitimately gluten intolerant. But for the people who don’t eat it just because they heard not to… it’s ridiculous. Make an informed decision. That it, that’s all.

    • Terry J. Wood

      A gluten free diet won’t help you lose weight. You might be able to lose weight on a subset of the diet — a grain free diet — because it can be low carb. But a gluten free diet many times causes people to gain weight. And that’s a good thing. Many celiacs need to gain back the weight they’ve lost due to their illness.

  • Mike

    Well, maybe you need to understand that as a journalist, the only way to get attention is to make an outlandish title. I mean, we all know you can’t just say that, but people are going to click on it and read it and debate. In the end, isn’t that what it’s all about? Debate and discussion? The man isn’t a scientist, he’s a blogger. He can write exactly what he wants to write. Hell, for all we know he could even think he’s full of shit too. Sometimes people just like to stir the pot.

    • Alex

      So true Mike – sometimes the only way to get people to actually debate with each other is to provoke them into it. People are kind of kidding themselves if they think the headline “Fascinating research into FODMAPs and how they may play a part in Gluten sensitivities” will generate any meaningful debate or traction. With all the people complaining and debating in this conversation…the headline kinda worked.

    • Drake

      So, you are contending that providing inaccurate information to potentially millions of people is appropriate simply because the author is a journalist/blogger? Journalists still must provide information that is factually truthful. The fact that “the man isn’t a scientist” is negligible. He is writing a piece about science and thus should write in accordance with its rules. You also assert that this is simply for debate and discussion. This may be a claim you would like to make; however, and unfortunately, hundreds of thousands of people read this and contend it to be truth. As stated prior, providing inaccurate information to potentially millions of people is not acceptable. Your claim is one that is quite preposterous and holds no weight.

  • One flow to no joe.

    Funny, last time I checked science doesn’t prove anything (Unless it’s is a law). Science is the molding of ideas that can be tasted and repeated. If the theory is repeated in several studies than it’s a fact(or scientific law ex: Newton gravity).

    So to be scientifically “proven” has this study been repeated(?) and if so by whom. If the original work was only done by one doctor then it wasn’t a reliable study to begin with.

  • heidioftherockies

    I lived in Europe for over 2 decades, but traveled frequently back to the States on biz. I never really paid much attention to bellyache since I attributed it to lots of long haul travel, big biz meals and the like. When I started spending more time in the States 10 years ago, I noticed I had bellyache when I was in the States, but not in Europe. I was advised to “go GF” and I did. I noticed change in the States, but still didn’t feel as good as when I was home. When I went back to eating bread, pasta and the like in Europe, I had zippo issues. Once I moved back full-time to America, I started using high quality flour (usually Italian) and staying away from processed breads and industrialized pasta. I felt fine. I find I get bloated if I eat any sort of industrialized cakes and breads, but in Europe I can eat all the bread, fresh pasta and cakes I want with no issues.

    Bottom line and which no one mentions – what impact do all the chemicals in processed foods have on our digestive tracts and could GMO wheat be contributing to the high frequency of self-reported “gluten sensitivity?”

    I am incredibly cynical when it comes to food companies. When a food company and supermarket label juice as “Gluten Free” one has to ask, “what was gluten doing in there in the first place?” I don’t trust them.

    From the restaurant biz side of things, we see a great deal of chi chi food trends one chef dubbed “food hypochondria.” Diners often demand dishes be deconstructed – at no additional cost – and have no idea what it does to the kitchen flow, particularly at large fundraising dinners where I’ve seen people state they have an allergy to something only because they don’t like it. I witnessed such a brazen lie recently.

    I have a dear friend who suffered until he was diagnosed with celiac, so I’m delighted to see so many options available to him, but I worry this NCGS trend is going to have some major unintended consequences on the F&B industry if the Feds decide they need to jump in and regulate it, demanding that restaurant kitchens have an entirely separate kitchen for gluten free meal production. It is not so far-fetched and a worry many chefs I work with have.

    Can I ask one favor? Can we have adult discussions and not refer to people with differing ideas as “idiots” and the like? It’s bad enough in government. Can we be respectful. You never know, you might learn something.

    • Terry J. Wood

      I really doubt that the Feds will ever require spearate kitchens because of non-celiac gluten sensitivity or even celiac disease. It took them many years just to follow through with regulations as to what “gluten free” should mean — with those regs only going into effect this past August. They’re not aggressive in this area at all.

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  • the_lorax

    This is bullshit. I’m fucking sick of people looking down on others for their dietary choices. Who cares if someone tries to experiment with their diet? If they find themselves feeling healthier afterwards, how can you hate on that?

    Why the hell does this author have a vendetta against people with allergies? Celiacs are incredibly grateful for the gluten-free “fad” because it has allowed them to actually have dietary choices when they go out to eat or shop at the grocery store. Until just the past year or two, there were no choices. They just had to eat a salad at a restaurant.

    Shit, the author can’t even get his own facts straight. He says gluten-sensitivity doesn’t exist, and then he quotes a scientists saying
    it does in fact exist, it just doesn’t affect as SELF-diagnosed people as was previously believed. Key word there, it doesn’t affect as many SELF-diagnosed people. That in no way says it doesn’t exist. All it says is people self-diagnosing themselves are not diagnosing themselves accurately!

    I’ll be the first to admit I’m self diagnosed and believe I have an intolerance. But this has been through years of trial and error. I
    have found that barley does not bother me. So when I drink beer, and I accidentally drink a wheat beer, I instantly have issues. If I eat at a restaurant and forget to ask if they used wheat flower in the meal and the next day out of the blue I have a really bad rash on my skin, I can trace it back to that meal which I unknowingly ingested wheat. If I unknowingly ingested it, how are it’s effects on my body all in my head?

  • the_lorax

    Also, you cannot use ONE science experiment to prove an opinion. Science doe not work like that. The studies need to be replicated with the same results and SCIENTIFICALLY peer reviewed. Not peer reviewed by some author on buzzworthy who doesn’t know jack shit about the scientific process.

  • K

    Irresponsible headline. Allergies, food sensitivities and celiac are serious conditions. I think it’s irresponsible to encourage people not to take these issues seriously.

  • Chef Deb

    Fine for all those who have problems with their digestive systems. But if you have a problem please do try to go to a restaurant and order pizza or a coffee shop and order a danish. I can’t eat any citrus but as a chef I don’t go to a restaurant and order the dish with lemons in it. You have the problem deal with it and stop trying to tell the world of all your ills. You end up sounding like a five year old who is trying to be special. There are usually things on most menus that have no wheat product in it.

    • Terry J. Wood

      I only go to restaurants that have gluten free menus as it’s just not safe to try to eat at restaurants that aren’t prepared to serve gluten free food. In non-celiac friendly restaurants even if you find something on the menu that doesn’t contain wheat, rye or barley, you’ll probably have an issue with cross-contamination. It’s just so much easier and safer to eat at a restaurant with a gluten free menu.

  • Reality Knocking

    Do some research on Wheat itself and you’ll find that it has been bred to be extremely high in gluten. There’s some scary studies out there regarding this fact. While my wife and daughter are GF because of CD, my other daughter and I are not, but as someone mentioned below, fad or not it has made easier for people with CD to find GF restaurant menu items, and food in the corner grocery store. The only thing that stinks is people thinking that they are just ‘going along with the fad.’

    Additionally, SHAME on the food industry people here! When we’re out, we order a hamburger w/o a bun for our daughter, and we don’t expect any reduced rate for the savings we’re giving you by not having to give us a bun, lettuce, tomato, etc. If we’re inconveniencing you *SO* much to only fry the patty and slap it on a plate, then please let us know and we’ll take our business elsewhere. Do you get just as pissy when someone requests ‘no pickles?’

    Finally, In the cosmic scheme, who cares one way or another? Do coffee drinkers have this much bile towards tea drinkers? What does it matter if someone wants to cut gluten out of their diet because real or not they feel better? It’s their body, are they somehow affecting you? It reminds of all the idiots up in arms about ‘sodomy’ with homosexual males when 1/2 those senators are butt-slamming their interns or wives.

  • Jenny

    You only need to spend 5 minutes scanning pubmed to realise this is a load of crap! Coeliac disease and noncoeliac gluten intolerance are connected to a plethora of diseases!

  • Terry J. Wood

    You should consider getting tested for celiac disease. It’s a simple blood test at your doctor’s office. SInce you’re still eating barley the test should still work on you. If you were to be completely gluten free it would not.

    • the_lorax

      Thanks, I’ve been planning on it but last time I tried to get tested for allergies, the allergy doctor denied me because I had leukemia as a child and they were “afraid” to test me because nobody knows what causes leukemia (cop out, I know).

      • Terry J. Wood

        The other test is the “gold standard” of celiac disease: It’s a colonoscopy. They do a biopsy and they look for flattened villi. If you’re nearing age 40 your doctor will want you to have one anyway. At that time ask her/him to be sure and look for those flattened villi. It’s better to know if you have celiac disease because of all the other issues that go with it.

  • Alex

    This article is so poor, irresponsible and offensive, that I don’t think I will be reading anymore Buzzworthy at all. I know it’s not news, but there has to be some standards. Cannot pass something that’s at best an opinion piece off as a piece of news…

  • Jesse Soko

    I READ THE ACTUAL STUDY! THIS GUY IS PURPOSEFULLY GIVING YOU MISINFORMATION.
    I don’t understand why people go to such a dramatic extent to combat the idea of gluten sensitivity that they would leave out or misinterpret information. If you really want to understand why so many people in North America are sensitive to gluten, look up the differences between North American produced and European produced wheat. Look up what is done to our wheat here in North America. Trust me when I say you will find some fucked up shit. And you will understand why a normal human being would not be able to process it properly. Also I just read the real study, take a gander at this article, and then go read the actual study. SCIENCE PROVES WHAT BITCH!? Fucking idiot

  • Aldous Huxley

    Maybe this gluten thing would resolve itself if we just let the genetically inferior people die off…How can genes that automatically put the individual at a disadvantage be something that we should socially, medically and economically responsible for? In nature, the weak and the sick die off so that the healthy members of the species may successfully pass their genes on to the next generation; it is called natural selection. I’m not trying to revive the notion of eugenics, but seriously if our society continues to coddle those who could not otherwise flourish without medical intervention and allows them to pass on these “faulty” genes to the next generation, where will that eventually leave us as a species? Oh, and Andrew Matamoros, there is lots and lots of empirical evidence proving that the earth is far more than 6000 years old. I’d like to know how you would then explain carbon-14 dating, dinosaurs, genetic similarities between humans and apes, vestigial limbs, the various ice ages, continental drift, etc, and I’d also like to see your “sources” since you are clearly an enlightened and revolutionary thinker who has not at all been indoctrinated by religion….

    • Jennifer R.

      Eugenics – the answer Hitler had! Wow, this is horrible. Also, most people with NCGC are able to reproduce (though some with celiac are not), thus your theory is bunk.

  • Tim Haigh

    I feel much better when I avoid Wheat products. I loose weight, sleep better, clear mind no fogginess in the mornings and I am not a Celiac sufferer.

  • Chk Yoself B4 You Wreck Yoself

    I agree with Andrew Matamoros, and having celiac sprue myself, I could really care less if there is more hype behind being gluten free tha n necessary. There are more places for me to eat at and more products for me to buy.

    The author’s sources are rather poor, and it feels like they wrote this just to be an asshat. In my opinion, people can eat what they want to eat. No one really has a say over what someone else puts into their body. As long as you are happy, comfortable, and healthy… It. Doesn’t. Matter.

    If anyone wants to read a well written article on the same subject, check out a post by Shauna Ahem: http://glutenfreegirl.com/2014/05/gluten-sensitivity-is-real/

  • Krystalee Krey

    The headline and these types of articles really put a negative connotation on people that truly do suffer from Celiacs or Gluten sensitivity. For me its been a very difficult struggle to discover this year for a girl that has always loved grains and just junk food in general. I already hate to burden people or ask for special treatment when eating at someone’s house or a restaurant and it hurts even more now to see disbelieving eyes or a waiter telling me its just a fake disease, psychological, or even my date saying its not that big of a deal. When I eat gluten, not only do I get GI problems but I become disabled and can’t use my wrists, especially my right. If anyone said this to me 1 year ago I wouldn’t have believed them. But going from a healthy sporty lifestyle to waking up with pain, frequent dislocations, and being in a brace for almost a year and seeing numerous doctors, the diet is the only thing that has helped. It is very very annoying and I absolutely hate it because I love breads and pasta and hate burdening people BUT I’m not wearing my brace anymore. When someone suggested it for me, I was denial for 6+ months but finally gave in when I was at my wit’s end. Not everyone is gluten sensitive and needs to be on it, but it can work wonders for those that do need it. It definitely doesn’t hurt to try, especially if you’ve exhausted all other solutions. I hope that these articles will stop so we will stop discouraging people from trying the diet as well as discouraging negative reactions and treatment towards people that are trying really hard to stay healthy. 🙂

  • Andy

    I love how the article is titled “science PROVES”, then starts off by saying that science has CONCLUDED that gluten sensitivity MAY be psychological. “MAY/MIGHT” IS NOT “CONCLUSIVE”! The rest of this article constantly states “might have”, “may have”, etc. Stupid, horribly written, worthless article with questionable sources.

  • Peter Walker

    There is, however, a beneficial side-effect of nocebo effect, and people bandwagoning on the gluten-free fad: the market these dupes have created has created more options than ever for actual Celiac sufferers. On the other hand, the downside is that Celiac sufferers may also be hit by the cultural backlash against the silly gluten-is-bad fad.

  • Chippy the wrestling addict…

    Working with peoples have found getting them to switch from westernized diet to natural organic foods amazing results health wise, personally went through stage 3 stomach cancer and altering diet 180 degrees literally has been a life saver, also feel each person has the intuitive abilities to feel what foods are right for them, if only they meditate and become more grounded, Love and Light to all…

  • Tim

    Crohn’s Disease is very real, involves Gluten-Sensitivity, and is certainly not psychological. While traveling in Mexico I became bloated and exhausted. Soon a huge lump formed in my lower abdomen, like the kind you see in commercials of starving children with flies all around them. I was in extreme pain. Since I was concerned with the quality of care in the hospitals there, I rode a bus 15 hours to Texas where was told I was lucky to be alive. The doctors said my body rejected gluten and refused to digest it- so it just stays in my gut, accumulating and causing pain. It had leaked out of my gut because I was too full, polluting my body and creating a very dangerous environment for internal infection. The only option was to operate. The accumulation was removed as well as a section of my lower bowel that was damaged. Crohn’s makes me look very old, very skinny, tired, and moody. There are many other symptoms I will not go into. I have cannot have ANY gluten. I found this out the hard way- when several years after the first surgery there was a second rupture and again I had lower bowel surgery.
    This article is just another source that is exploiting a buzzword to get hits, but unsurprisingly with incomplete reporting. Yes, there are people who use gluten-sensitivity as a way to talk about themselves and even feel special which is kind of pathetic, but that is not the whole picture. The attitude of this article is insulting to folks whose lives are acutely effected by this.

  • Kimberly Cook

    This is a terrible article. This writer should be fired.

  • Michael Sainz

    What everyone is missing is that ‘stomach’ issues are only part of the symptoms of gluten intolerance. People really need to get educated before making assumptions.

  • SDabell

    I have seen way to many sick people go off gluten and it completely turn their lives around. My daughter is one of them. She has had chronic diarrhea since she was one, asthma, and had belly aches everyday. She hasn’t had an asthma attack since we started her diet. Anytime she has anything with gluten the digestive problems come right back…she is seven so it can’t be “in her head”. Not only has her digestive health improved but her behavior is SO much better. She can focus is much nicer. She does have sensitivities to more things than gluten. If people are feeling better going off gluten who are we to judge? I have spent the last six years having her tested for different things from medical doctors with absolutely no answers, it wasn’t until we went to a nature path that has the same problems that we have found help and solutions. That is my two cents on the matter. 🙂

  • FaintCryofFreedom

    “What makes this a special case: this trend may be making more self-diagnosing people sick.” This is a patently false statement, unless the gluten-sensitive person is starving themselves, not eating a well-rounded diet. NCGS may or may not exist, as you say, but the proof is in the pudding, NOT in our heads. This is a simplistic take on a multi-faceted subject with larger implications. It deserves a lot more than what you’re going to give it here.
    I don’t care whether it’s gluten or some other culprit, but something definitely is causing health problems. So, think about wheat. Think about the American variety vs say, European. How do they differ? What is great about wheat? How it binds. Think about the American diet & how gluten-heavy & processed it is. Think about reading labels & discovering how ubiquitous wheat & gluten is in packaged foods.
    It could simply be that packaged foods are the culprits & we, as consumers, are experiencing myriad health issues related to same. Which should lead us to conclude that we should stop eating packaged foods. Think about why. Think about what “food” manufacturers are doing to those consumables. One great case in point: diet soda containing aspartame. This one product alone should give everyone pause to consider that what you think is convenient is actually making you sick while enriching a giant corporation.
    Food corporations don’t give a hoot about how adversely their product may affect people’s health. Want a glimpse into just how little they care? Read up on Sara Lee & how one of their meat buyers shipped what he KNEW was tainted meat off to a processing plant. People ate those tainted Sara Lee products and died.
    Corporations want to make money, period & they don’t care how many additives or preservatives they have to use to achieve those higher profits. So the next question is, as we’ve become more lazy & less discerning about what we eat & where it came from, are WE really the culprits here?
    Convenience is most likely the biggest culprit in this equation, and ultimately we are responsible.

  • Fancy’s_Pants

    Yeah, but what do I care? That’s 17 million more people who drove demand up in the market, which pushed it to expand and improve access to GF foods, so that my partner with Celiac Disease could eat more than just salads!

  • Jennifer R.

    The writers of this article are just trying to grab attention. The researcher did not in fact conclude that non-celiac gluten sensitivity was psychological, he concluded that the ones who have it are in fact suffering from a different sensitivity, one called FODMAPS intolerance, and guess what? Wheat is one of the foods high in FODMAPS! He merely stated that pure gluten is not a problem for these people, because the part of the wheat that they are sensitive to is the sugars in it. Also, there are people who are actually allergic to wheat protein (I am one of them), something that this article, and the research, does not address.

  • Tammy

    Maybe the reason the “gluten sensitive” people “feel” better eating a gluten free diet, is because they are making better food choices. Instead of picking up a cheeseburger at their local fast food place, they might choose a “gluten free” salad instead. Maybe its just an easier way to control their Carb intake, increasing their fruits and veggies, and thus their weight, and/or just have a general better feeling of well being, because they are not over dosing on pre-made manufactured gluten tainted food and bread. I don’t think it really matters it its all in their heads, if they generally feel better, and are eating a fully well balanced diet, then I think its a good thing, not a bad thing.

  • Caelie

    The title of this article is extremely insensitive as is much of the rhetoric. Perhaps if they were to postulate Celiac’s as a possible co-diagnosis or proper diagnosis of gluten allergies they would get less death threats.

    Also, whatever the cause, there are many people who get relief from very real symptoms by cutting out gluten. They’re not doing it for fun. They’re doing it because it’s the only thing that gives them results. Some have been tested. Some can’t afford the doctors and the tests needed for diagnoses the doctors didn’t even suggest. You’re being a massively insensitive jerk but telling them they’re imagining thing. Tthe problem is very real and they work with the solutions they have.

  • Tamara

    Question: does it really TRULY matter? If the people are educated in what they’re doing then let them do it. Unfortunately, many are not. They choose not to educate themselves on what it is they’re trying to remove from their diet ( glucose-fructose, CARAMEL COLORING, among other little things that many people don’t think about). They simply see wheat, barely, or other grains and assume they can’t have it but if you’re truly dedicated to the cause of being gluten free (be it for personal or medical reasons) you’ll do the research. So again, does it really matter that some people are trying to cut something out of their diet? If it wasn’t for so many people starting to choose to do so, finding gluten free products in certain areas (northern Canada for example) would be MUCH more difficult. Education is the most important thing a person can do before changing anything in their diet for any reason. Other than that, have at it.

  • Hashimoto’s Girl

    Gluten sensitivity IS NOT about gastrointestinal problems!

    It is about antibodies to the protein. It’s very easy to find out if you are truly sensitive. There is a blood test available that will tell you so. If you are producing antibodies to gluten or gliadin it will show up on your labs.

    The FODMAP study was totally flawed, but that is besides the point. also how did Gibson actually rule out non celiac sensitivity? Were any of these people giving blood test? Analyzing 9 days of feces IS NOT going to give you that answer because the antibodies are in blood. Gluten test FAIL. Sure there may be hypochondriacs out there who will jump on any bandwagon, but for those who have been diagnosed via lab tests with non celiac gluten sensitivity this article is a huge disservice.

  • jay

    F u buzzunworthy you are disgusting

  • Clara Vaughn

    Lets bring the real scientists in on this discussion… this interview barely skims the surface of the problem at hand, but it is a good introduction and if you go to the website sited you can get more information.
    is-gluten-free-a-fad

  • Chels

    Eat a minimum of gluten or eliminate it completely and just see how much better you feel.

  • SS

    I agree with some
    of the whiner stuff, but many do have clear symptoms.

    However, the article is misleading. The issue is not whether
    people have fake celiac disease symptoms or not, the real issue
    is that the non-celiac people are damaging their villi and
    microvilli by eating gluten. And that damage causes other
    symptoms not mentioned, like impaired digestion, leaky gut,
    immune conditions, more longer term issues, etc.

    The whole article is biased and slanted. Funny how they
    suddenly deem these people as having a “psychological
    disease” for trying to improve their health.

  • Dove

    These studies only looked at patients with bowel issues. It ignores the fact that gluten is linked to autoimmune disorders, especially adult onset. It completely changes your microbiome balance. Scientific evidence: http://journals.plos.org/plosone/article?id=10.1371/journal.pone.0078687

  • Keesha

    Gluten (for the most part) is present in carb- based products. i.e. breads, yummy pastries, etc. Cut out this deliciousness and you have someone who is now reaching for more fruits, veggies, and healthy alternatives while eating less carbs and sugar. We don’t need science and a bunch of researchers to tell us that self-diagnosed gluten sensitive people are not “gluten-sensitive,” but rather inadvertently making healthy choices and eating less shit. Oh and about the so-called symptoms that miraculously disappear after self-diagnosed gluten-senstive people stop eating gluten- ya that is your body thanking you for substituting pizza for a salad.

    • Suzanne

      Anything glutenous, you can find gluten free too. You think there aren’t gluten free pizzas, breads, cakes, cinnamon buns, and cookies out there? It’s a huge industry. You can eat just as crappy food on a gluten free diet. So that’s a pretty poor argument.

      • Nathan

        You don’t seem to understand the issue. With Celiac disease you cannot have ANY gluten at all. Not even the most microscopic amount. For instance, if you run some peanut butter across some bread, and put that knife back into the peanut butter jar to get more, you have contaminated it and no person with celiac disease will be able to use it. Usually that person has to have their own jars of condiments where they use utensils if they live in the same house as those that eat gluten food.

        The same goes for factory made products that make both gluten based, and gluten free based products in the machinery.

        And finally, restaurants usually have to have a completely separate kitchen to properly prepare gluten free products for people with celiac. Most restaurants don’t bother with this

        The result is a number of things. Celiac isn’t just a problematic disease. It’s a deadly one too. (in rare cases)

    • Yeah… that’s not actually true. Wheat is used in a thickener and binding agent in all sorts of things, from soup to sauces to pill capsules to shampoo. As someone with celiac, when I walk into a grocery store a good 75% of things are off-limits to me, and that list goes well beyond just carb-based foods. Additionally, gluten-free foods that would normally rely on gluten often load up with things that are terrible for you as a substitute. In fact, I’d say that on average a gluten-free diet is actually more unhealthy than a normal diet, especially since a ton of vitamins and minerals – in a Western diet, at least – come from foods containing gluten.

      There are options out there, and I’ve never eaten more meat and vegetables than I have now that I’m forcibly gluten-free, but I assure you that there’s nothing inherently healthier about it.

      • Keesha

        You totally missed my point. My rant, and issue on the topic, is targeted toward self-diagnosed gluten-sensitive people, not those who have been diagnosed by a licensed, medical professional to have the gluten- intolerant Celiac disease, so you don’t even qualify in the population I am angry with. Of course I am more than aware that for all the unhealthy gluten foods out there, there are also the equally unhealthy gluten-free substitutes that marketers are putting on the shelves in grocery stores in hopes of fooling the public that these alternatives are better than their gluten-containing counterparts. I am specifically saying that FOR THE MOST PART, people who are self-diagnosed and decide to go on a gluten-free diet DO IN FACT choose healthier food options because they feel they are so limited in what they can eat now. In my experience, this portion of the population are also way too ignorant to do their own research and barely know what gluten is, just that its “bad for you” and “it must be the reason for all of my headaches and bloating because Dr. Oz said so.” If I were to eat a whole loaf of bread and/or a box of cookies I would probably be bloated and have a headache too.

  • MisterMoustache

    Democrats are stupid. This study proves it.

  • rms1

    A lot of the gluten free buzz, frankly, comes from naturalistic or “integrative” medical practices that (no surprise) often don’t support health claims with empirical peer reviewed evidence.

  • Jessica

    Well said!!

  • zaneequunox

    G.A.P.S. Google that, bitches…

  • Lauren

    People are just butt hurt because they’re being called out for being whiny hypochondriacs.

  • Adrian

    Interesting how people go on defending their perspective based on this findings or that scientist. For me what matters is direct experience. So you think this is bull shit?? why dont you give it a try for at least 3 months and then u can speak out of YOUR experience. Scientist??? they are always contradicting themselves , one another etc. and peopl,e just want to be tol,d whats good for them. Do your own explorations, wont kill you and you will find interesting things. I do know that ALL who I know had tried gluten free benefited in one way or another and I actually never heard from them, but one, that they were giving themselves a diagnose, that one has actual celiac disease.

  • Suzanne

    Yes, that is a very snarky headline. Live and let live I say. A person is having health problems that are coming and going, and they aren’t sure what’s doing it to them. Anything a doctor offers, does nothing. So they do an elimination diet (where you only consume foods you know you have no problem with, and then slowly introduce others). In this person’s case, when gluten is introduced, the symptoms return. This is not something anyone would want, because gluten free food is harder to find and more expensive. They take it away again, and the symptoms recede. Bring it back, the symptoms come back. Since they have a brain of their own, to avoid the symptoms, this person doesn’t consume gluten anymore. Case closed. Is that so difficult to understand?

  • Joan Dresback

    I have Celiac. When I stopped eating products containing gluten many symptoms disappeared from arthritic symptoms to gastric. For me, it is a real thing. For many, it’s just another band-wagon to jump on and be part of the “in” crowd to order gluten free or go on a gluten free diet.

  • Anna

    I barely read the article, but the title is plenty to be angry about. Articles like these turn many people into “scientists” who now feel the need to let their friends know that it’s all “in their heads,” when it probably isn’t. It makes people more likely to ignore something that may be causing real issues for their friends and family simply because they could be “making it all up.”

    I don’t know if I have Celiac’s or gluten intolerance. The ONLY way to find out is for me to eat gluten for a month and then get my intestines checked for dead villi.

    I DO know that when I eat gluten (not just wheat), I suffer from severe depression and even suicidal tendencies, which, when bad enough, require round the clock check-ins with the few friends who get it (the main reason that I refuse to ever get tested), everything I eat runs through me within two hours, my stomach bloats until I look like I’m pregnant, and my body has such a hard time processing vitamins and minerals that I collapse from lack of potassium (literally, the legs in my muscles just give out) and I become anemic and so lethargic I can barely move.

    So please, anybody, try telling me about science’s latest discovery about how I might be faking it. Just don’t expect to walk away unscathed.

  • Nathan

    As a type 2 diabetic, I know what it feels like to eat cheap processed bread vs. eating good whole grain non-enriched bread. They are roughly the same amount of carbs, but they have different effects. I feel those that claim gluten intolerance have several things that are happening other than simply gluten intolerance. 1. Approaching diabetes 2. Approaching celiac disease (which is very likely as it doesn’t start full force) 3. Approaching a digestive disorder such as IBS or even IBD, as grains causes a lot of issues in your digestive system if you have, or are getting IBS or IBD.

  • Megan Wickersham

    So, to better put this, the same scientists that came up with strong proof helped out the gluten free product making companies, and the same scientists are mad because hey don’t make near as much money as the companies and are jealous, so they now say it’s “psychological”. Got it.

  • Nicole Grinnell

    Well heck! If I can control blood tests with my mind, you know – the ones that say I have gluten sensitivity – think of all the shenanigans I can get into now… I didn’t know I was a freaking magician AND had super powers!!!

  • Marie Aanse

    Can you please clarify? My husband has Colitis, and one of my friend’s has Crohn’s disease. They are not celiac, but neither of them respond remotely well to gluten. These are gentlemen who love to eat anything and everything and had no idea what on earth was happening to them when their bodies began to react. Gluten, lactose, etc: all of these trigger symptoms in them. Please do not generalize against all ‘non-celiac’ individuals. There are other reasons to avoid Gluten. However, I do agree with this article. My goodness people…do your research!

    • lolplayer

      I would recommend them to stop eating bs immediately, otherwise they will suffer even more. Colitis/Crohn is not for playing. My brother had it and it was a real struggle. He suddenly lost 30kg in one month (disease advanced so far he couldn’t eat from all that pain he felt 24/7) and he almost died (only bones and skin), because doctors couldn’t find the problem. He was operated one day before it could be too late. Actually, he was so bad it was an urgent operation, and then they realised it was a Crohn, last stadium… Thank God he is healty today, but he C.A.N.T. eat gluten, lactose, even fresh prepared parsley from which he always end up in emergency. They can’t eat so many things and you need to know exactly what they are.

      Wish you and them all the best. 🙂
      Pardon my bad english.

  • Shawn

    Gibson and Biesiekierski, as quoted by the author of this article, are NOT saying that non-celiac gluten insensitivity doesn’t exist, just that the majority of people who self-diagnose don’t actually have it. The author didn’t seem to have understood the quotation he used.

  • lolplayer

    I spent more than 7 years of my life thinking “what’s going on with my health?” (I’m 24.) I was telling everyone something is wrong, but no one would listen. There were days when I would get 4kg per day (YEAH, FOUR!) and I could easily lose the same amount next day. These oscillations were terrible and unexplainable. I had blackouts almost everyday, I couldn’t do any workout for my body, because I was constantly tired and exhausted. There were also fluctuations in my mood and behavior in general.
    All of this was bothering me, but I was never worried too much. It’s just not in my nature as much as whining, because when things got serious I wasn’t telling anyone. I didn’t want anyone to force me to go to the doctor, it would be defeating for me, ’cause I know everything about myself and my body – I am myself a doctor, I always used to be. I just believe in a quote that “food is medicine” and I was always right, but in this particular thing such as gluten, I didn’t know a single thing. I started researching while in the meantime first pain showed up in…

    …2011. I started to feel small pain in my stomach. Pain gradually grew until it literally hit me very hard in 2013. I was in pain whole 365 days and my, always flat, stomach was growing constantly, so much I couldn’t even breathe properly and all of the, above mentioned, problems were getting worse. That’s was the first time I really started to worry, I didn’t know what to do. I felt I have solution but I couldn’t reach it, something was missing. And then I read a book that talks about all this stuff and it changed my life for real!

    Random day in May, 2014. – I choosed to eat GF food and I felt, for the first time in so many god damn years, what being healthy means. I could run after the meal, I was sooo full of energy, my pain vanished in first day of my diet, every single thing I mentioned above dissapeared! I was finally myself. That feeling… I will never forget it, I cried from happiness.

    NOTE: Just to prove that I’m right, I went back on eating gluten again and my problems appeared again. So yes, now I live 100% healthy life and everytime I smell pizza and take a bite problems come back. And no, I don’t have celiac disease. 😉

    Cheers!

    • Harper33

      glad you are feeling better. It does sound like you maybe do have celiacs disease based on those symptoms you described. How do you know you do not have celiacs if you haven’t been to a doctor?

      • lolplayer

        Thanks! 🙂

        I did go to a doctor to prove my point and I was right. I didn’t want to go before realising myself. 😀

    • Valerie Martin

      I am so glad that you are feeling much better! I do wonder about your negative diagnosis for Celiac. The distended abdomen is a CLASSIC symptom of Celiac. I am curious if your diagnosis was based on blood testing or actual biopsy testing. I had several negative blood tests that were all negative. Because my infant daughter was diagnosed and my gene testing proved positive. I fought to have the biopsy done. (Because of the negative blood tests, insurance would not pay for the procedure or the pathology report.) Not only did I have a biopsy done, I requested for my biopsy to be sent to Prometheus Labs in California. This was that Lab that (at the time) was on the leading edge of Celiac testing. My doctors were VERY SHOCKED that a strong positive result came back. There is still a high percentage of both false negatives and false positives in both blood work and pathology in “local lab” offices.

  • David Pawson

    Gluten-free doesn’t really work, anyway. I have tried a gluten-free diet, and it still all went straight to my gluteus.

  • Seriously??

    Terrible headline. “Science” hasn’t proven anything. It’s one study. I’ll wait for the peer review.

  • stalo

    I’m self diagnosed and proud of it. Why? Because 7 years ago, after months of testing, my doctors told me I had IBS. And my treatment? Medication. I did a food elimination test and discovered I felt sick after eating bread or pasta or anything with wheat or barley. The fact is there is much about the human body we don’t know and articles like this encourage people to negatively judge others.

  • gd
  • sw33tbay

    I don’t trust any scientific studies or internet sources. I trust my own body.

  • Jaq

    Quite honestly, this negative perception of those on gluten-free diets could be changed by the gluten-free community. Those in the restaurant business can tell all kinds of stories of people with gluten-sensitivity who think the world revolves around them. I myself worked in a bakery. A very tiny bakery about 700sq ft. Several times I had people walk in and say “I don’t eat gluten. What do you have for me to eat?” Well, the that’s kind of a rude way to phrase the question to begin with- more of demand then a question. My bakery had a grand total of one product made without gluten, and we were not allowed to advertise it as “gluten-free” because, if you’re ever been in a 700 sq ft bakery, you know that every square inch is constantly being covered with flour. There is just flour in the air and it floats around and gets in everything. So I before I gave it to the customer I had to explain that this might contain traces of gluten, so if their allergy was severe, they shouldn’t eat it. I had some customers buy it anyway, but I also had customers freak out and even yell at me for not being able to provide them with food they can eat.
    Most waiters and waitresses can also tell you similar stories. Of course it’s great if the place provides gluten-free items for their customers, but it would be nice if those on gluten free diets would be understanding. Cooking or baking legally gluten-free products is tremendously difficult, and not every establishment has the space or equipment to do it. Don’t take it as a personal insult if not every place you go has food you can eat.
    Now, I know this isn’t how everyone behaves, I know a family who all, unfortunately, have Celiacs. They are very nice about it. They always carried snacks like fruit or veggies or rice crackers, and if they couldn’t eat what was available they ate their own snacks and didn’t make a fuss. Of course, if they were invited to a dinner party, they’d have to inform their friends about their dietary issues, but they did so politely.
    My encouragement here- if you do go out to eat, just be polite to the servers and kitchen staff, if it’s a new place, ask about the gluten-free options before you’re seated so you don’t have to make a scene leaving if they can’t provide you with the right food. If they don’t have gluten free options- be understanding. You don’t know what the kitchen is like in back- they probably don’t have the space for a separate prep area.
    If you don’t go out to eat- try it! Places are starting to provide more gluten free options, and if you ask around you can probably find some places where you can eat out. If you eat out a occasionally, inform people politely about your allergy, and support places that provide gluten-free options then maybe perceptions about those with gluten allergies, or even those who simply choose a gluten-free diet, will change.

    • Jennifer R.

      It might be better to write a list of restaurants to call, and phone ahead rather than walk in and put a waiter on the spot. It is hard to travel with allergies or celiac, but it can be done. Having a room with a kitchenette is very helpful.

      Here is a link to help find places that are allergy-friendly: http://www.allergyeats.com/

  • Thadias Batiatus

    Whenever you use an acronym, FODMAP, please use the whole meaning in a sentence first. Always present your words as if a person whom is not an expert is your audience.

  • rayzzor

    Over 23 percent of Americans are currently being treated for low thyroid (hypothyroid). The molecular structure of gliadin, the protein portion of gluten,
    closely resembles that of the thyroid gland. When gliadin breaches the
    protective barrier of the gut, and enters the bloodstream, the immune
    system tags it for destruction. These antibodies to gliadin also cause
    the body to attack thyroid tissue. This means if you have hypothyroidism and you
    eat foods containing gluten, your immune system will attack your
    thyroid.

  • Tchanels

    Does it matter if the effect is placebo or not? Are these people doing some sort of damage to them or you by avoiding gluten or is this all just about making one person feel foolish and another superior? There are millions of people who claim vegetarianism is the cure all to everything that ails humanity, is it true? Doubtful. Do certain people seem to feel better when they become vegetarian? Most certainly. That is because well being is subjective, if someone stops eating gluten or meat, or fruit or whatever and they feel better then that is their choice. If your not doing harm to yourself or another person, why do we care?

  • Isabelle Daoust

    All I know is that for 13/14 years I lived with all those symptoms, getting every type of exam to figure out what might be the problem… When your laying there and it feels like your insides are getting turn to shreds and you’re close to calling the ambulance, I’m sorry but it’s not in my head. A family member had told me that it could be an intolerance to gluten and after I eliminated it from my diet, it all went away. And I know it’s that bc whenever I fall of ‘the wagon’ and have, let’s say 2 meals containing gluten in a row, you’ll lose me to the bathroom for hours… So, no I was not diagnosed by the doctor and when I did the test, I had already changed my diet and it had come back negative. But I know that it’s definitely that, knew it way before it started being a fade and people started taking it out of their daily menu just bc a celebrity said so…. So no, sorry, it’s not in my head!

  • MR

    misinformation… there are multiple causes that produce gluten sensitivity symptoms … celiac is only one of them… weak digestion is another, as modern wheat varieties are notoriously difficult for the body to break down in the gut. unfermented grains are more difficult to digest, that is why ruminant animals have a rumen. most traditional cultures fermented their grains, which predigests them. yet in our culture we eat primarily highly processed wheat…. see phytic acid seed coating, which is undigestable by humans.

    in TCM it is widely recognized that wheat is considered ‘damp forming’, which, to folks that study TCM, means that fluids block, stagnate and accumulate in the body tissues, the way cheese blocks the holes of a strainer… Foods known to cause dampness include: milk products (except fermented), sugar and sweets, white-wheat flour, refined starch and highly processed starch products… does that sound like the standard american diet?

    So why are we demonizing people that find alternatives to this out-of-balance standard american diet?

    What i find disgusting is that our culture exists on a monoculture of bread…. almost all bread is made from processed, unfermented wheat. Why, when there are so many starchy grains, nuts and seeds in the world, and when there are so many delicious ways to improve the flavor and variety of bread?

    Consider pizza… it’s processed white wheat flour and cheese… cheese which is probably conventionally made, with loads of antibiotics in cow feed, while cows suffer genital infections… so pizza lovers are essentially eating nutritionally void gluey starch with sticky pus on top. sounds like a good way to keep the pipes clean.

    and this article is calling folks whiners for taking care of their health… so disrespectful

  • emersonushc13

    I’ve been gluten free for a year. I did it to see if it would help with a neurological problem. It didn’t but three months in I had regular pasta and my head exploded with pain. I doubt it was psychological because I’ve been trying everything for 8 years to resolve my problem and nothing makes me feel different either way and I’m generally skeptical anything will. I continue mostly to stop eating candy, cookies, and bread starches. All things considered with what I buy and don’t buy it doesn’t cost me anything more to be gluten free. Rice pasta is good. Gluten free bread is horrible.

  • SuperLongview

    Way to downplay everybody’s gluten allergy Buzzworthy

  • Amy

    Silver lining: this explosion in popularity helps, in a small way, those who suffer from Celiac disease – now, all of a sudden, gluten-free products are much easier to find and in greater variety!

  • Jenn

    Ok, I never comment on these things but I am today! I have been diagnosed with Celiac’s but one thing this article does NOT mention, since author and “scientist” knows ALL, is that they [gov, monsanta, etc..] have screwed with the food!?? The wheat crop is NOT what is was many years ago!! They continue to genetically modify food and our bodies to the point where our bodies don’t recognize it anymore. It’s foreign now. I encourage readers to research the food and what they are putting in their bodies! An allergy is a hypersensitivity disorder of the immune system. This means if your body doesn’t recognize it, it will reject it and cause many side effects. So whether you want to “label” someone with a food sensitivity a “whiner,” consider this: is gluten/wheat products, dairy, corn, etc.. even real anymore? Could it be our bodies be not used to this change in food? I know people who had dairy their entire lives and found their bodies reject it now. They add hormones, antibiotics, and more to our foods these days and that can trigger many problems. Read and educate yourself before jumping to conclusions or reading such nonsense.

  • Cindi Walker

    This is just another trend driven by marketing and needing to be perceived as ” at the top of trends”. When products that don’t have and never have had any possible gluten in them, and companies start advertising on their packaging that they are Gluten Free, it’s a marketing dream come true. Those who have to be perceived as being “in the know” will snap all those products up. I know two actual people out of hundreds who have actually been diagnosed with this problem. And it has been difficult for them to buy what they need to be healthy, so they are happy with the trend.

    • Jennifer R.

      The thing is, there are foods that were not labeled as containing gluten that actually had hidden gluten in them, so the label is actually helpful. Things like french fries, hot dogs, lunch meats, spices, bleu cheese, salad dressings,

  • gluten free 1 year

    Umm… I did not go to the doctor but it was quite clear gluten was the source of my issues. I thought my symptoms were thyroid related (I had been recently diagnosed with Hashimotos). After much research, I tried going gluten. Just a week in I began to feel better but had gluten and felt like sh*t all over again for days. Aftr5 that I never went back. Since going gluten free, I am free of the horrible fatigue, foot pain, horrible brain fog and memory issues, sluggishness…. I felt like a zombie and now I feel like a new person! I’ve also lost 23 lbs and am at a healthy weight. It’s one of the best things I’ve ever done. I really don’t care what anyone else says. I know gluten was my problem.

  • Max Stacks

    Whey protein doesn’t seem like the best placebo when so many people also complain of whey sensitivity with similar symptoms. Do they use sugar pills as the placebo in diabetic studies?

  • Kellie Zach

    You obviously have not heard of eosinophilic egads. Gluten allergies as well as other food allergies are very real

  • Melissa Nance

    thank you! totally agree. f those nay-sayers.

  • Apple10

    Wow!! Human beings just seem to become more inhumane with each passing day. Every time I attempt to peruse the comments section of an article that interests me, I think “Wow!! It can’t get any worse.” Unfortunately, it always does and this article has filled my arrogant ignorance quota for the next ten years. To think that there are so many food service industry workers with God complexes. Better yet, I had no idea that God himself worked at my local Red Lobster. Since when do you as a server, manager, etc. get to decide who should eat what and why. Then you justify your disdain for so-called hippy, fad-driven, spoiled brats by telling yourself that he or she doesn’t really need such food, but is seeking attention. Sounds like a severe case of projection to me. You then further insult our intelligence by saying that you are really on our side since such people make it harder for those of us with true illnesses. I hate to inform you, but the only one foolish enough to believe such drivel is you. It really is no one’s business what someone else chooses to eat. If your establishment offers gluten-free options, your only job is to serve it. If you have some sort of grudge against these patrons, you should seek employment elsewhere.

    I have been poisoned before at various eating establishments before the general public knew that MSG was harmful. Many food court employees thought nothing of lying to me and my mother (I was a child at the time), telling us their food did not contain MSG. Unfortunately for them, I always knew within 15 minutes, which is how long it took for me to curl up in the fetal position on the floor and start screaming at the top of my lungs in pain, much to the horror of the other patrons. I guess I was just an attention-seeking demon child who didn’t mind vomiting all over myself in public, just as long as someone took pity. Tell that to my gallbladder, which was finally removed at the age of 12 after many years of misery. I have no patience for smug know-it-alls who think they were somehow blessed with the gift of omniscience not meant for the rest of us mortals.

  • CrypticOmega

    THANK YOU to Andrew Matamoros. One flour tortilla, one pita sandwich, one wheat bread sandwich and I’m in trouble for a whole day or night. It’s not a fad for some of us. It’s a lifestyle we must maintain to have a chance at a quality life. It must be nice to eat whatever you want without concern for how your digestive system might fail and then write slanderous posts you’re too much of a troll to even take credit for, like the jerk who made this Buzzfeed article! What’s next? Domestic Violence is just in our heads, too?

  • Abby A

    One thing I find interesting in this article is the tone that food companies and marketers are “taking advantage” of people with self-diagnosed gluten intolerance and that so many more people are buying gluten-free food products when they may not be necessary for their diet. I just want to point out one good thing that has come from this… Celiac disease is not only terrible to live with physically but it can change a person’s whole life. Simple tasks like buying groceries can be so difficult since gluten is in EVERYTHING. Only a few short years ago it was extremely difficult to find gluten-free products in an average grocery store chain. Even if some people are self-diagnosing unnecessarily, because more of the population is “gluten conscious” and buying gluten-free products, it has made food companies more willing to invest in gluten-free research and making their products without gluten. Not to mention grocery stores are stocking their shelves with gluten-free foods because more than just the “0.6% of the population that actually has Celiac disease” are buying gluten-free products. When gluten-free foods are more readily available, grocery shopping can be much more manageable for those people who suffer from Celiac disease.

    I am not arguing that corporate food companies and marketers are not possibly making the problem worse like the article suggests. I am only saying that at least the awareness and concern that they are spreading has helped the portion of the population with Celiac disease with more readily available gluten-free foods.

  • mfp2waoe13

    The multibillion-dollar organic/health/natural food industry is the biggest scam in the history of food production, preying on irrational, ignorant people who can’t understand basic scientific concepts.

    • Jennifer R.

      Most mainstream food companies also make gluten-free foods, and in fact, it’s actually quite difficult to find foods that are both organic and gluten free, unless you are talking about whole foods like fruits and vegetables.

  • Dick Richards

    if Celiac’s disease isn’t gluten sensitivity, then I’m not sensitive to radioactive waste. Work on your titles.

  • VuDu

    This day and age it’s “trendy” to have some kind of “disorder”..

  • Thomas DeGrandchamp

    i kinda read the article but just by reading the headline can anyone explain to me why when i eat gluten or maybe its from wheat or yeast i break out with horrible acne? and when i dont eat the crap my skin is clear as day. .. i did get tested and i score 3 out of 4 on bakers yeast and brewers yeast.although i do not have a known reaction to brewers yeast. also i am not celiac. ………oh thats right its “in my head”

  • Tammy Allin

    I don’t have any scientific studies to prove what I’m going to tell you but here it is. I went low carb to lose weight. When eating low carb to lose weight, wheat as an example has too many carbs to keep in your diet. I ate real food, vegetables, berries, proteins, dairy and nuts. While doing low carb and you know, eating food that wasn’t processed all to hell. I slowly lost weight, felt great, needed less sleep, had more energy, did not have cravings for the garbage that is causing people innumerable diseases today, had no more heartburn and stomach problems including ridiculous bloating and abdominal pain. The topper however is that not eating wheat allowed me to get rid of an incurable disease that I had had for 25 years. Psoriasis which is apparently incurable, just went away. Go ahead and explain that one away you pompous ass. It sure as hell didn’t happen because I was eating wheat now did it? My psoriasis was not in my head and most certainly was not beyond my family doctors ability to diagnose correctly. I know that people like you do your best to try to explain away these square pegs that do not fit into your round holes with statements like “it’s all in your head” but I’m telling you that that will not fly here. I don’t take medication, I don’t have high blood pressure, I don’t have diabetes I am disease free and I’m not a moron. As for your pet food slam, 2 years ago my veterinarian said that if I did not brush my cats teeth regularly he would develop infections and have to have his teeth removed due to a serious amount of tartar that was building at the gum line. My intention was never to cure his dental problem by making him wheat free. I decided that he would be wheat free because I love him dearly and will do anything I can to keep him healthy and with out disease. I certainly felt better so I wanted him to as well. It kind of made sense to me considering I don’t see too many cats eating wheat in the wild and didn’t figure he needed it in his diet to survive. The fact that his deep yellow line of tartar has completely disappeared was an amazing bonus. Who pays you to make intelligent people looking for a better way of life to look like a bunch of idiots? Is it the government who subsidizes the wheat farmers or is it the pharmaceutical companies that need us all to be a just a little sick so that they can continue to make their billions? Mostly I resent the fact that you infer that myself and people like me are just too stupid to know when something we are doing makes us healthier or just plain feel better. You should be ashamed of yourself!

  • Happier without you

    Yes, you are right that you are NOT a news organization, Buzzworthy. I recently saw some turd on YouTube, questioning the “study design” of folks who opt to avoid gluten. REALLY? It’s really not your business, or anyone else’s, if a person arrives at the conclusion that gluten is making them sick. After all, I’ve seen no one question someone who thinks lactose is a problem? My “study design” was going to the gastro doc,
    who was proposing all sorts of interesting medical interventions because
    of the 50 thousand stool and blood tests medical trolling for problems
    took. But, it was the Christmas holiday season, and only the lower level
    guys were at the office when I showed up. Some (soon to be, I hope)
    brain surgeon guy in training asked me if I’d eaten that day. After
    three weeks of barfing my brains out after eating in the morning,
    I replied “No, I didn’t think it would be a good idea to start hurling
    on I-25 at 75 MPH” (yeah, I speed. Least of my problems….) He had a
    whole mess of other leeching procedures for me to go through all lined up
    with the leech place, but suggested that I not eat anything with wheat,
    rye, or barley that day, since I had an empty stomach, and just in case I
    was one of those damn gluten posers. I have not thrown up again for the last
    22 months. One of the leech procedures proved that I am not celiac. What of it? I’m not barfing or…the other thing. One way or the other, the critics can go to hell, and perhaps spend their time on more worthy pursuits, less insulting to completely normal individuals they don’t know. Yes, and your headline did suck. Fortunately, I can just unlike you. No biggie, there….

  • life is art

    Bread with Potassium Bromate is illegal- but NOT in the US.

    I believe this is the cause of the sensitivity and I believe that it can lead to Celiac…. dont be ignorant people.

    “You might not be aware of this, but nearly every time you eat bread in a restaurant or consume a hamburger or hotdog bun you are consuming bromide, as it is commonly used in flours. The use of potassium bromate as an additive to commercial breads and baked goods has been a huge contributor to bromide overload in Western cultures.

    Where it’s banned: Canada, China and the EU

    Bromated flour is “enriched” with potassium bromate. Commercial baking companies claim it makes the dough more elastic and better able to stand up to bread hooks. However, Pepperidge Farm and other successful companies manage to use only unbromated flour without any of these so-called “structural problems.” Studies have linked potassium bromate to kidney and nervous system damage, thyroid problems, gastrointestinal discomfort, and cancer. The International Agency for Research on Cancer classifies potassium bromate as a possible carcinogen”.

    http://eatlocalgrown.com/article/11944-banned-foods.html

  • Bri

    Thank you! This is the exact comment I was going to take the time to write.

  • Savanna

    Being someone who has gluten sensitivity, I am strongly offended by this article. I would gladly give you my painful stomach aches that cause me to miss sports practices or sleepovers at my friends houses. I would gladly hand you the embarrasment of stinking up the public restroom. I would be grateful to give up the torture of watching my friends eat whatever they want at school while I’m eating vegetables. I am generally a very nice and considerate person when people don’t understand why I have to do this diet. I know they don’t know what it feels like so I let it go. But maybe next time you could use ALL the facts instead of only using the negative ones. You’re entitled to your opinion, I’m not going to take that away. But why don’t you walk a mile in my shoes before you make it sound like it’s all in our heads. Tell me then that it’s psychological after you’ve felt what I feel.

    • Jennifer R.

      The one who posted this was misled by the original inaccurate headline, and rather than actually reading the studies with a critical eye, just regurgitated the click-bait headline. It’s clear if you read the study that it’s 1) an attempt by a researcher to get more funding for his pet theory, that most people with non-celiac gluten intolerance are actually just intolerant to foods high in FODMAPs and 2) not stating that it’s psychological.

  • Cari Wynne Gnam

    The best point made here is this: Compared to gluten, no one cares about antioxidant rich and non-GMO products. Gluten is a very specific protein affecting 0.6% of the US population that actually has Celiac disease and 5.7% of the population that believes itself to be gluten-sensitive. Yet, it has recently become more interesting to people than organic food, something relevant to just about 100% of the population.

  • Dennis M

    This article is incredibly wrong. Its click bait that plays off people who are sensitive to gluten and to the people who are for whatever reason offended by having to live in a society that is sensitive to certain foods. Some people will respond harshly and will be offended, the others will spread this out with their “I know more than you” noses in the air. Either way it gets hits. Win win.

  • Rolando Monzón

    Perhaps your girlfriend is just another whiner.

  • JB

    This article is a farce. Within minutes of eating food that has gluten in it, my body’s immune system goes haywire and attacks my injected insulin. As a Type I diabetic, there is no alternative to injecting insulin. Diabetic coma would follow soon after. Posting such an article is simply not a responsible thing to do.

  • I’d suggest considering some actual science (such as the link provided here) before putting blind faith into this research.

    http://sustainablepulse.com/2014/02/19/roundup-linked-global-boom-celiac-disease-gluten-intolerance/#.VCttIEsXUjM

  • Chaoticblu

    It sounds like Non Celiac Gluten Sensitivity is real and it isn’t. Isn’t as in your body wouldn’t have an adverse reaction if you’re brain wasn’t telling it too, and real in that that’s what’s going on. It sounds like it is indeed a psychological disorder that needs treatment. I wouldn’t call people suffering from a mental illness “whiners” then if they are experiencing real symptoms. Just because they are not actually triggered by gluten doesn’t make them less real. The brain is a very powerful organ. I can understand being annoyed still-especially if the person’s mental condition negatively impacts you directly (such as them demanding you purchase/cook with gluten free products) and I wouldn’t say encourage it, but try and have patience and support them in getting help. Clearly more research on all this is needed and I hope it leads to ways to help treat both Celiac and NCGS.

  • Don Talenti

    COMPLETE bullshit. As a researcher, I see SO many problems with this it’s not funny. First, gluten sensitivity is SPECIFICALLY different than celiac – no one purports the sensitivity is an immune problem like celiac. Also, remember that before they found anti-gliaden antibody, celiac disease was considered a mental illness.

    But just look at their shitty study:

    “We performed a double-blind cross-over trial of 37 subjects (aged 24-61 y, 6 men) with NCGS and irritable bowel syndrome (based on Rome III criteria), but not celiac disease. Participants were randomly assigned to groups given a 2-week diet of reduced FODMAPs, and were then placed on high-gluten (16 g gluten/d), low-gluten (2 g gluten/d and 14 g whey protein/d), or control (16 g whey protein/d) diets for 1 week, followed by a washout period of at least 2 weeks. We assessed serum and fecal markers of intestinal inflammation/injury and immune activation, and indices of fatigue. Twenty-two participants then crossed over to groups given gluten (16 g/d), whey (16 g/d), or control (no additional protein) diets for 3 days. Symptoms were evaluated by visual analogue scales.”

    • Only 37 subjects?!

    • Only 22 crossed over? WHY? A 40.5% drop out rate?! This is a study?

    • Wait – they all had irritable bowel syndrome also?! What the hell?! So HOW do you control for that with the symptom measures for the 22 who crossed over? How about normal folks who claim gluten sensitivity but have no IBS? Gluten sensitivity is primarily manifested by GI symptoms – bloating, early satiety, nausea, diarrhea, etc, and also joint discomfort. But they didn’t assess for those! Even if they did, you have people with IBS – so you are GUARANTEED to not have a difference between the groups! They ALL have chronic abdominal issues!!! This “study” is a setup.

    • They measured inflammation markers and fatigue. FATIGUE? THIS was the “symptom” measured on a visual analogue scale?! How about symptoms of intestinal distress?!?! It’s like me measuring lipase in an acute cardiac patient, and when it’s not changed, conclude they don’t have heart disease. WHO SAID gluten sensitivity elevates inflammation markers? Who said FATIGUE is the primary symptom?!

    • How about measuring IgA, or intraepithelial lymphocyte counts?

    • so they set it up with reduced FODMAP diet first? WHY? To game the study. That’s why. Gluten sensitivity and carbohydrate sensitivity often co-exist. How about set it up with 2 months or more of a no gluten diet, then re-introduce gluten and see what happens.

    • So 12 people in each arm initially, and SEVEN in each arm for the crossover. Really? This is a definitive study?

    • Who said 2 WEEKS on a baseline diet is sufficient? Who said a ONE WEEK “washout” is sufficient? SHOW ME THE DATA! Even with a disease such as celiac, with KNOWN markers, those time periods WOULD NOT CHANGE anything!! This is utter nonsense and voodoo science. Junk science.

    • Oh, and they had a 16 g gluten diet as a “high-gluten” diet. Give me a break. That’s three and a half slices of bread. THREE AND A HALF SLICES OF BREAD. I’m gluten sensitive, and I can get away with about that much if I choose. Such bullshit.

    They then say this:

    “Gluten-specific effects were observed in only 8% of participants. There were no diet-specific changes in any biomarker. During the 3-day rechallenge, participants’ symptoms increased by similar levels among groups. Gluten-specific gastrointestinal effects were not reproduced. An order effect was observed.”

    WAIT! They observed gluten-specific effects in 8%. Then one sentence later state “Gluten-specific gastrointestinal effects were not reproduced”. What?

    Yet in the study design they didn’t say they MEASURED these effects as an outcome. How does that work? You don’t measure it, but 8% have a noticeable effect, so you conclude there is no effect. I’m confused.

    Also, “an order effect was observed”. What’s an order effect? It’s where the order of treatment effects the outcome!!! So maybe you give a something with a lot of adverse effects or symptoms, and that makes you more sensitive to adverse effects with the next substance given.

    BUT WAIT – I thought there was no evidence for any effect of gluten on the outcome…so how could there be an order effect?!?!

    The icing on the cake? Their conclusion:

    “In a placebo-controlled, cross-over rechallenge study, we found no evidence of specific or dose-dependent effects of gluten in patients with NCGS placed diets low in FODMAPs.”

    FODMAP.. fermentable, poorly absorbed, short-chain carbohydrates. But not specifically gluten or gliaden.

    I mean, if your study title starts out with “No effects of gluten”, shouldn’t you control for gluten, not FODMAPs? And if in your results you found order effects, and further, 8% of people in the study had an observed gluten specific effect, how do you conclude there is no evidence of an effect?

    If I crash a car into a wall, and only 8% of the participants die, does that mean the crash showed no evidence of an effect on mortality? Again, I’m confused. Oh, statistically speaking, given the LOW numbers in the study, that might not be STATISTICALLY significant. But the study LACKED POWER to show a difference. But I’ll guarantee that the 8% who died felt an effect.

    This is a spectacular FAIL of an article. Disgusting junk science which will bilk the majority of the populace, and damn near 100% of the media.

  • Laura

    This is a good answer to this article: http://chriskresser.com/is-gluten-sensitivity-real I for one have been tested and have an inflammatory reaction to wheat, rye and barley (and some other foods). I stay away from these foods. I stay away from “gluten free” foods as they are usually heavily processed just like their gluten containing counterparts. For those trying to weed through symptoms that have not been diagnosed, I recommend seeking a Functional Medicine MD.

  • Roger Clemens

    If 1-3% of people are sensitive to gluten then why is the title “gluten isn’t real” if 3% of websites are rip offs of other websites does that mean those websites are not real? We can only dream.

  • amelia

    I think it is important to note that even if gastrointestinal problems are a psychological manifestation it is still important to treat the symptoms, as they are causing people a lot of unnecessary pain and discomfort. I’d rather cut out gluten than start popping pills – which I’m sure will be the next thing to hit the market if NCGS really doesn’t exist. Also, you can cut out products containing gluten without substituting them for the high-priced ‘gluten free alternatives’, people can live without pasta! It is not a fad to lead a healthy lifestyle.

  • Peter

    If celiac disease has taught me anything, it is that people can have very, very strong opinions about things they know little about.
    Wheat. The forbidden fruit. Did you really believe that it was an apple?

  • theo

    this is complete junk. My wife had been sick most of her life. She was tested for Celiac disease multiple times and it came back negative each time. However, three years ago when we took gluten out of her diet the change was amazing. My wife was no longer hunched over in a ball in the evening after eating a sandwich or pizza. This is junk.

  • Chloe

    Could not have said it better then Andrew Matamoros !!! I suffer servilely if i consume any product/food with gluten in it. Yes im self diagnosed, however if i do come into contact with any gluten product/food i am more than happy for someone else to have that sharp pain in my stomach and cleaning up the mess later when my body can not process it. I recently accidentally pick up normal bread as it was bought from the local markets and i honestly thought it was gluten free bread. I had two slices of this bread. I was vomiting throughout the next day for over 12 hours. Clearly this is not a “mental”/ “all in your head” because i believed it was gluten free to start with. For me, it is definitely not a lifestyle choice, its for my health. People who dont suffer from this, or doesnt know anyone who does suffer – they will never understand.

  • Peter Brylinski

    If celiac disease has taught me anything, it is that people can have very, very strong opinions about things they know little about.
    Wheat. The forbidden fruit. Did you really believe that it was an apple?

  • Peter Brylinski

    If celiac disease has taught me anything, it is that people can have very, very strong opinions about things they know little about.
    Wheat. The forbidden fruit. Did you really believe that it was an apple?

  • Peter Brylinski

    If celiac disease has taught me anything, it is that people can have very, very strong opinions about things they know little about.
    Wheat. The forbidden fruit. Did you really believe that it was an apple?

  • ArandomRD

    Yeah, I recently read another sensationalist piece claiming “sugar!” is the cause of the problems people with NCGS experience, citing this same research but again, oversimplifying it to stuff it in a preconceived mold. Not helpful.

  • knowitallRN

    This is so bogus! How DARE that doctor tell me based on that crapping” research” that there is no such thing. And Buzz Worthy is pretty ignorant to print something like this.
    …even the NIH recognizes NCGS and also non celiac wheat sensitivity. Since I had a burst appendix a couple years ago and almost died I realize that I probably had a leaky gut ….including my appendix and it finally couldn’t take it anymore. Since going gluten free almost a year ago I’ve had no digestive problems but its way more than that …my skin/eczema cleared up…. I have had no brain fog …my fibromyalgia is better… I don’t have respiratory infections and my asthma is better and I lost 15 lbs. Read “the Grain Brain”… there is a doctor that KNOWS his stuff.
    I am ECSTATIC that all sorts companies are offering GF instead of genetically modified wheat , flour laden pesticide covered grains. If I want to eat GF it’s none of their damn business!!!
    Besides that…there are TWO addictive proteins in wheat… gluten and GLIODIN…which is more addictive than heroin. Now wonder there are so many fatso’s…
    The obesity epidemic is out if control.this article helps Monsanto sell their monoculture …bee killing GMO crap that occupies at least two-thirds of grocery stores. Smarten up!!!°••°••○▪¤▪☆○○□•○°••○•°¤¤○•°•○□¤¤▪●○°.

  • Bandimore Fox

    There are chemicals in our food, pesticides, and the pollution in the air contributes to the nasty side effects of food that is technically no longer edible. But we are a stubborn creature, we do not wish to give up that which is truly killing us, paper mills, cement plants, plastics, carbons and whatever chemicals we use to enchance our sad lives. So even if gluten free is a hoax, maybe people should rethink Monsanto and processed foods.

    • Sterling Ericsson

      Your comment was such a gish gallop, I wonder where to start. How about this: organic food, if you’re concerned about things like pesticides, is far, far worse in that regard, as organic farming uses copper-based herbicides that cause heavy metal buildup in the soil and the fact that they are using organic pesticides that don’t last as long, they have to re-apply more more often, resulting in a higher usage of herbicides than in conventional or GM crop farming.

  • foodnerd

    What about the fact that the wheat that we now consume is genetically modified? Many health experts say that “wheat” has been so modified that it is now indigestable in varying degrees by everyone. Also I don’t understand why someone deciding to cut wheat out of their diet would upset anyone. Maybe it makes that Person’s body feel better, and what is wrong with that? I think we should focus more on how are bodies feel when we consume different foods vs focusing on diagnosing ourselves.

  • Miss Laura

    Until you have suffered with this disease, I suggest you educate yourself on it or STFU …. It’s not a fad, it’s serious and harmful …. Gluten is horrible for you period and if the government actually cared about healthcare it would be banned!

  • dylan

    if you’re all so damn sure you have the disease then why do you care that people don’t think it’s real?

    you can eat gluten-free all you want, but if you self-diagnosed, people aren’t going to believe you really have a problem.

    • Jennifer R.

      The fact that people don’t believe it isn’t the problem, it’s when they try to “prove” they are right by slipping in hidden gluten (or just don’t bother trying to accommodate and then pretend they are) that gets people with gluten intolerance into trouble. This goes for food allergies, too. I know it’s hard to believe that a food that most people can eat without issue is like a poison for some, but it’s true.

  • celiacmv

    OMG!!!!!! No more pizza??????? sorry can’t do that …….

  • bohomoth

    I love you xo

  • wickers

    I don’t get it. How can it be in my head. For years i suffered with digestive issues, muscle and joint pain, fatigue abdominal pain. I didn’t want to be gluten intolerant. It didn’t even occur to be until my doctor recommend dietry elimination. When my coeliac tests came back negative i was relieved because it meant i could eat normally if it wasn’t that. But when i started eating it again i felt crappy again, so i was told to cut it out of my diet. If anything it’s worth not eating gluten just because it reduces my period pains. Before i would take neproxin and cocodamol and still be on the verge if tears with pain. Now i don’t even have to take ibuprofen. Also the coeliac test isn’t fool proof, i had a friend who had it 3 times before her internal scarring was discovered. I’ve had it recommend to work gluten back into my diet for a few months in order to run the tests again but frankly it’s not worth the pain.

  • bigrobtheactor

    Pretty much what I always suspected. Almost every person I ever met claiming to be “gluten sensitive” was a white, middle-class, young-middle-aged, female and they were all kooks. To me it seemed like some sort of routine undifferentiated anxiety disorder landing on a particular food or eating habit. Thanks for the numbers and citations buzzworthy.

  • Perla

    Whether I read the article completely and then all the resources and supporting links fully or not, the title of this post simply reads like propaganda. Who would most benefit from propaganda like this? Long-standing wheat and bread companies that’s who.

  • John Nursall

    bunch of moron writing this unless you have to live with being a coeliac you have no idea the discomfort have gluten in your food with cause even not knowing you eat it at the time you suffer for days after , if you have IBS you may have smiler pain but food production company’s have damaged food to make it last longer on the shelf, try a low carb diet with no Gluten almost impossible , it far from a state of mind its pain , before i was diagnosed and trust me to get diagnosed is lost of tests camera and biopsy and the fear of Cancer as the systems are very smiler – the food industry are just cashing in on this and should not be allowed to higher the price when they remove Gluten Coeliacs Uk do a Great book that give you list of food that’s Free from and not marked as such at half the price

  • Katarzyna Banaszewski

    The scientist that first said that gluten is bad now sais it is good???? It tells me all about the scientist… Gluten sensitivity does not manifest itself only by gastrointestinal discomfort. And it is real… It causes RA symptoms in my case. It’s all in my head??? What idiot wrote this. And just FYI, Mayo Clinic is not a medical bible. Often times you will find things doctors don’t agree with. To the author… Experience first, then speak. Otherwise, shut up!

  • Melodie Payne

    Not
    all ppl are whiners with this. I was diganoised by a doctor with this
    problem due to not only stomach pain, but sinus issues and breathing
    issues. Believe if I could eat food with gluten in it I would be a
    happy camper (no matter what ppl say – certain things that are gluten
    free suck!). Plus if I could go back to buying the cheap stuff I would
    in a heart beat. I was skeptial when my doctor suggested it but the
    fact that I no longer use a puffer daily actually tells me that it was
    affecting me in some way. I do agree there are some ppl out there who
    self diganois themselves and eat gluten free because the think it
    ‘better’ for them. In the long run you are taking something that is
    meant to be in your diet out, and if you truly are not sensative to
    gluten it could be detremential to your health. My father is not one to
    jump on the biggest fads in the world and say let’s try it, but even he
    is a believer of this due to the fact my asthma has gotten so much
    better since I went off gluten. People can believe what they want but
    gluten sensativity is a part of some peoples lives and not just ‘in
    their heads’.

  • Anonymous

    Here’s a question; why do people give so much of a shit about what other people personally choose to eat? I know for a fact that I experience gluten sensitivity. And I don’t understand why so many people feel compelled to persecute this specific diet. Does it really offend people *that* much that I don’t eat bread? Why do you care?

  • brch2

    I don’t know whether or not there are people that are gluten insensitive outside of legitimately having Celiac disease or not, but it is obvious by now that the majority of the people that eat gluten-free do so because of the trend, not actual gluten issues. Somehow it become a trendy thing to do, and like other dieting and dieting type fads, spiraled out of control. However, that may not be a bad thing… it means that the people that truly can not eat gluten can now way more easily find and buy gluten free foods, and more cheaply than they otherwise would if there wasn’t so many people caught onto the trend of it. Let the fad turn into a a more permanent trend so that this benefit will continue for those that actually need it.

  • Bruce Brown

    You don’t get it. Its trendy to be gluten sensitive. You can call attention to yourself at restaurants and at friends houses. It makes you ‘special” How about churches not offering gluten free communion wafers for the 1.3 % of the entire US population who are Celiacs. Its the new vegetarian for people who don’t want to stop eating meat but still want to be trendy.

  • Dustin Koslowsky

    A rather declaratory statement based on one study.

    Andrew pretty much covers what I have to say about this article. My wife has Celiac (not “Celiac’s”) and went undiagnosed for 11 years. It irresponsible to proclaim that if you think you have a sensitivity that it is all in your head. How about a recommendation that you ask your doctor to be tested. Contributing to the idea that a person that is suffering is just making it up, it is all in their head, and/or only want attention is tantamount to bullying and only serves to contribute to the isolation, self-doubt, and torment of that individual. This is inherently dangerous. I highly recommend Celiac Disease, A Hidden Epidemic, by Peter H. R. Green, MD (Director of the Celiac Disease Center at Columbia University). Jump to page 42 for their take on gluten sensitivity if you want, but I recommend you read the entire thing for a full understanding of the scope of Celiac and gluten sensitivity.

  • GQP

    LMFAO science proves that it “may be” psychological.

  • sara

    Amen! Thank you! Someone with a brain around here 🙂

  • Patrick Devine

    Yes its true many MANY people claiming to be gluten intolerant or sensitive are just morons.
    But their trend is making those who legitimately cannot eat gluten products lives harder, people take you less seriously especially restaurants my wife has been poisoned several times by lazy restaurants who didn’t take proper care with her food and make sure gluten products stayed away from it.

    We have tried to get a diagnosis, the issue is there is NO TEST for gluten intolerance, its not an allergy and its not coeliacs,
    Those who say “oh i’m gluten intolerant i feel so bloated and sluggish afterwards” are just stupid.

    But my wife had her issues arise after having a severe thyroid problem associated with having her first child, this brought about a number of health issues, but mainly her intolerance to gluten, if she eats anything that contains anything more then the tiniest of traces, she will be bed ridden for up to 2 weeks, with nausea, vomiting, all over body cramping and muscle aches, gastric distress and migraines that no amounts of full strength codeine will get rid of.

    These symptoms where worked down to gluten via some painful trial and error, trust me she would much rather be able to eat gluten then not, we took these findings to a doctor who was unable to place a diagnosis purely due to there being no test.
    There are thousands of people out there with similar issues to what she has and they are all quite angry that being “gluten intolerant” has become trendy, this puts issues on those who are legitimately sick, and making life hard.

    What this article fails to mention is there is actually proof that there is a disease associated with the thyroid and gluten sensitivity,
    and it has been classified as an autoimmune disease, what happens is, the gluten protein is very similar to one of the key proteins out thyroid produces, and in some cases the body panics when it sees these “alien” proteins and triggers an immune system reaction to destroy them, the issue here is, in some cases the immune system cannot tell the difference to the gluten proteins and the proteins our thyroid is producing, so the immune system attacks the thyroid too causing the range of symptoms those who have this disease get. unfortunately these studies and evidence are quite new so many health professionals ignore it, or even haven’t heard it before, and no real test for it has been made of even some way of preventing or curing it.

    Its shit like the above article that is hindering important work spreading misinformation about something that is very real, purely because of 2 reasons,
    1. stupid people telling people they cannot eat gluten when they can but they don’t either to be trendy or just because they are stupid.
    and
    2. inflammatory articles like this one spreading lies and misinformation either because they cannot investigate their information properly or they are purely making click bait to get more hits and make more money.

  • Hypochondriac Anonymous

    Ah Phooey!!!!

  • Hannah

    I guess what I’ve never understood, is why do so many people hate things because they are “trendy”? And is that not a “trend” in itself? People seem to hate things just because it is popular. It doesn’t affect me if people decide to shop in the gluten-free aisle, and as far as hosting a dinner party, gluten is really quite easy to avoid, and shouldn’t be too much of a hassle. If I’m having gluten-free friends round, I’ll just do meat and veg with other side items with gluten that my gluten-free friends don’t have to eat, but I can still enjoy. I just don’t understand why it bothers so many people when it doesn’t actually affect them.

    Obviously, as pointed out in other comments, there are a lot of issues with the validity of this article, so I won’t really get into that, but my sister-in-law is one of the 16% of people who isn’t Celiac but was told by a doctor to stop eating gluten for the digestive problems she was having. She stuck by that, and she no longer has digestive problems. Whether or not gluten is actually the problem isn’t the point. She shouldn’t be scoffed at when she orders something from the gluten-free menu at a restaurant.

    My aunt has been a Celiac for as long as I’ve been alive. It’s the only reason I had heard of gluten when I was younger. Back in the 70s/80s, “gluten-free”-specific foods were awful, so she had to completely eliminate almost any baked good. Now, thanks to this “trend” she has an abundance of tasty things she can eat. Is that not a good thing for the people with true gluten allergies/sensitivities?

    I work at a steakhouse, and VERY rarely do people tell me they are gluten-free (maybe 1 in 100?). When they do say something, they tell me it is an allergy and I take it very seriously. There’s a very good chance that I serve a lot of other gluten-free people, but they don’t say anything because they don’t think it’s necessary, as they are only ordering steak and potoatoes/veggies which are naturally gluten-free. So I’m not sure that “most” of the people who are gluten-free do it just to feel special, as others claim is the case.

    TLDR: Regardless of the reasons for a gluten-free diet, why are so many people so angry about it? To the point that they delight in sensational, poorly-researched, click-baity articles like this? Putting down people who might actually have real gluten-related problems?

  • MSNutritionstudent

    Non-celiac gluten sensitivity exists, just do a search on PubMed and look at primary resources for yourself. There’s also non-celiac wheat sensitivity- people get sensitivities to lots of things, similar to allergies but not so severe. Now research is being done to investigate how food sensitivities effect mental conditions. (It’s all really fascinating- currently working on my masters in Nutrition). Anyway here’s an intriguing abstracts: http://www.nature.com/ajg/journal/v107/n12/full/ajg2012236a.htm

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  • Allure Nobell

    It’s one of those food fads. In a few years it will be something else. I haven’t met one person who complains about these intolerances that did not suffer some kind of early childhood abuse, and they have suppressed immune systems as a result. It’s not that it is not physical, but the physical ailment has roots in psychological trauma.

  • happygirl

    its all in your head people. but its not your fault. time and time again the placebo effect has been shown to be very real. for instance, I tell myself i’m awesome everyday. and I feel awesome!

  • Bronwen Cavallo

    As a FODMAP intolerance sufferer I eat gluten free foods not because they are gluten free but because they are wheat free. How many of the so-called “gluten-sensitive” sufferers are in fact fructan-sensitive and it is wheat and rye that they need to avoid, not gluten as such. I just wish someone would produce a way of putting gluten into some of those “gluten-free” flours so that they would behave in baking like wheat flour. I miss the texture of “proper” bread and cakes!

  • Mark

    For those who have never experienced the gas, bloating and other painful effects of gluten–are f-ing clueless.
    Even the scientists who did this article, are ignorant to the reality of our situation.
    I would be happy to give you my pain and then watch your seminly intelligent self, tell me it’s in your mind!!!

  • Shaun

    I know one thing. When I eat anything with gluten my face and back breaks out. When I stop eating gluten I become free of acne. When I start eating it again I break out again. I stop eating gluten and miraculously I stop breaking out. Now I’m not saying I have celiac or that I’m even sensitive to gluten, but something is going on. Not mad at Buzzworthy for posting this though. For all I know this article could be a clever advertisement from a wheat lobbyist to buy more bread.

  • Springazure

    I’m late to this party, but see this article:

    http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/25701700

    I found the Buzzworthy article to be completely ridiculous.

  • WimsThePhoenix

    Science PROVES that (a) one proof is often as quickly disproved and (b) you talk bollocks.

    http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/25701700

    Small Amounts of Gluten in Subjects with Suspected Nonceliac Gluten Sensitivity: a Randomized, Double-Blind, Placebo-Controlled, Cross-Over Trial.

  • John

    IS it possible gluten sensitivity has to do with candida overgrowth? Antibiotics are in everything and Mayo got to where it is today marketing antibiotics as the cure all for EVERYTHING like the snake oil that kills. SUperbugs are the largest threat to Big pharma now hushed by the media. I dont think mayo clinic would want to acknowledge this since it would be malpractice since they treat the symptoms of that routinely and indicates numerous trashcan diagnosis’s everywhere; a mass exodus of customers.

  • sjmusic61

    I’m extremely thankful so many people want to avoid gluten. It makes my life as a celiac patient so much easier and enjoyable. When I was diagnosed thirteen years ago, gluten-free food was rare to find unless you went to a health food store, and even then I wasted a lot of money trying gluten free food that wasn’t edible. (I won’t even mention all the times I would ask a waiter/ waitress if something contained wheat and instead of checking they would make up an answer, and I would pay for it for days afterward. ) Now it’s easy to eat gluten free, and the gluten-free foods are great. I hope a whole lot of people choose to continue eating gluten-free!

  • Khepfer Ḥāru

    Gluten was never the issue… Dough conditioners and bleached flour, on the other hand, leads to the symptoms in the gut, stomach, and pancreas blamed on ‘gluten allergy’.

  • Bo Jangles

    I like the statement in the title “proves” and the scientists doing the “proving” uses the word “might”. Solid responsible journalism there buddy.

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  • Terry J. Wood

    Mmmmm. Yummy, yummy CROW. I hope the author of this buzzworthy article enjoys eating it! 🙂

    “Research shows gluten intolerance is real—and “science journalists” are clueless.”

    http://chriskresser.com/when-gluten-free-is-not-a-fad

  • Kay’s Naturals

    There are hundreds of peer reviewed articles that discuss the validity of non-celiac gluten sensitivity. As a media agent, you do have a responsibility to fact check such outrageous claims. If you “not a news organization & we don’t claim to be an authority of anything” stop posting articles and making authoritative claims. There are ethics in reporting, writing, and even blogging. Live up to them, or stop posting.

  • Letsbe Frank

    Kay – “hundreds” but too lazy to include even ONE in that pious little rant? Only slightly hypocritical there! The writer clearly did reference one of those peer reviewed articles…you know, as the basis for the whole thing. I guess if that doesn’t fit in with your obvious confirmation bias, its unethical? The site you get your info from…something like “enlightened-science-for-geniuses.net”? Yea, that doesn’t necessarily count as proof either. Just because you don’t agree with an opinion doesn’t make it unethical, but I guess we’ll all stand aside and give you a chance to preach in that transparent attempt to seem smarter than everyone else.

  • Daisy

    What idiot wrote this? The “in my head” concept doesn’t explain how sick it made me. and the struggle. And the fact that I had a gluten allergy before I knew what gluten was… Kinda hard to think that up. Take this down and get some respect

  • Veronica Mai Hughes

    It’s interesting that this article only cites research by a nobody in the scene of gluten allergy. I have just translated the official diagnostic and treatment standards (to be published by Reed Elsevier) agreed upon by the European and American professional bodies which research and treat celiac disease. They both estimate that non-celiac gluten sensitivity is suffered by ten percent of the population, the majority of whom do not even realise it.
    Anyone who wants reliable information on this should read research by Drs. Carrocio and Brusca, the two world leaders in this field
    http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/22825366
    In the professional field Biesiekierski has no respect of clout whatsoever so I would caution members of the public against being influenced by this pop science which is disproven by the leaders in the field.

  • Rhonda

    This article is for people who over eat junk food and want to justify it.

  • Cynthia

    The author should proofread. I stopped reading, as well as giving it any credibility at all, after, “…a list of symptoms that no one would not want to wish on his or her enemies.” Good Grief.

  • Amy

    I can only wish that the scientist putting together this BS research encounters the same symptoms I get from gluten. And of course is given no sympathetic response when he is doubled over in pain for 4 days following consumption… And considered a whiner.

  • You are all very silly. Good evening.

  • Mike

    Tell that to my friend with an auto immune deficiency!

    Maybe you could also tell me the Nutritional Value of Gluten?

  • Margaux

    I don’t know why it’s everyone’s business to decide what people should eat. If not eating gluten makes you feel better, go for it. it’s no one’s business. I was diagnosed with Celiac and let me tell you, it’s not fun. I miss bread. I appreciate the fad dieters because they have increased the amount of tasty food available! For people who know nothing about the wheat they eat, I commend reading “Wheat Belly.”

  • Daniel Aldrete

    This article was rather interesting and seemed to be backed by credible sources. After looking into the sources cited by this article, it seems as though the author picked bits and pieces that were relevant to their point without considering the sources as a whole. Regardless of the information used by the author, it did not take away from the overall point that the sensitivity that some people (excluding people with celiac disease) have towards gluten may be unfounded.

  • Christina Boone

    The gentleman who conducted this study did NOT take into account people with allergies. My daughter is gluten free because she is allergic to wheat. Perhaps some of those people who are claiming they are sensitive to gluten actually have a undiagnosed wheat allergy. I’m not saying gluten sensitivity doesn’t exist I’m just wondering if there might be another cause for it.

  • Jstalilred

    As usual, 99% of everything everyone suffers is in their heads! Everyone can be a little sensitive to something but does it have to go so far as to require a name. My only training is life experience of bicthers and whiners who always have some “medical condition” to preach about. If you exercise and eat a balanced meal, drink plenty of water and avoid a lot sugars then I’ll bet most sick will not be sick any more. I saw someone said how they will yell “gluten free” but turn around and eat other items just as bad. Yeah, I’ve seen that as well. Was that the same customer who ordered an extra large fries with gravy, chilli and cheese and a diet coke because they are “trying real hard to loose weight” ? lol Or how her fat 400 lb ass sat there complaining about how she has tried “everything” and has actually gained weight. Could it have been the 3 complete meals she had just consumed??? People always looking to put the blame somewhere else. Same with the gluten free craze. It’s not the pound of cheese making them constipated, it’s gluten. It’s not the 6 extra spicy burritos giving them cramps and diarrhea, it’s just the gluten in the bread. lol I’ve actually both of those stories in person. lol

    • Jstalilred

      This is the “don’t eat bread” times. We’ve already had the “don’t drink coffee”, “don’t eat eggs”, “don’t drink soda”, “don’t eat meat” and “don’t eat carbs” for long enough. I guess we needed something else to bitch about. lol

  • Genia K Stevens

    There are a lot of people here who keep going to see doctors about all kinds of ailments – but don’t trust them, think they don’t know what they’re doing and believe, well, they’re pretty much idiots. I see a career in medicine in all of you people’s future. You’re all so smart! Ready. Set. Go!

  • BigFatLoserDude .

    I was diagnosed with Celiac Sprue through a blood test a couple years ago. it’s nothing to mock. i have suffered all sorts of bowl damage, hearing loss and vision issues and a host of other neurological damages over the years. in addition a damaged liver even though i am not a drinker or a smoker However I personally DO believe the condition of Wheat sensitivity does exist. Wheat today is so very overly refined these days and the pesticides are refined right along with it. It’s no doubt to me that people can be sensitive to it.

  • BigFatLoserDude .

    Good point, as a young person i saw others along with myself, who suffered ill effects of certain wheat products. AND back then there was no internet, and very few people understood what gluten was.

    The was no “trend” back then and people were still sick.

  • Mark William Derewicz

    I’m sure this has been mentioned somewhere in the comments, but just in case: science doesn’t ever “prove” anything. It provides evidence. That’s it. So, the evidence suggests that non-celiac gluten sensitivities might have a psychological basis. And now that I’ve written that, it might be good to point out that many things fall into this category because, you know, our brains.

  • Lavender

    Really, BuzzWorthy?! That headline does NOT help those of us, who really do have a problem.

  • Jon

    I fail to see how this is such a terrible thing. Even if gluten sensitivity isn’t real, the placebo effect very much is, and if individuals think that eating gluten free foods helps them feel better, more power to them. And, it’s not like this increase in gluten sensitivity adversely affects those with Celiac’s disease. To the contrary, the higher the demand for gluten free foods, the greater the supply. Celiac’s patients now have a greater variety of foods to choose from the ever before.

  • Niggle

    You defined Nocebo incorrectly. “It is a term used to denote something perceived as HARMLESS, but actually has harmful effects to people who take it.”

    A Nocebo is basically the opposite of a placebo. You anticipate a bad reaction and your body makes it so. That’s why people in drug trials can get the listed bad side effects even though they’re not actually on the drug.

  • spider

    I was hopeing for proof not just a under done study. I’ve been having digestive health problems since I was 12. I’m now 28 and have tried every diet under the sun. I am not over weight or under weight. I have seen a few doctors in my time about it and non would look further than ibs, due to and lack of insurance to cover the lab costs. So self diagnosis was and still is my only course. I have spend up to two months on and liquid diet because of the inability to eat solid foods without extreme pain, gas, boating, sensitivity to touch on the abdomen and watery stool. I have had this happen many times. It can take months for my body to bounce back. I tried cutting out dairy, eggs, pork anything that i thought i might have an acute reaction to. A nurse friend of mine asked one question that no doctor ever did.
    What was i eating with the dairy and eggs. Well cereal, toast, rice. Bland foods that had been recomended by my doctors for digestive upset. Then he recommended the gf diet no gain at all. He explained that the lasting effects of essentially continually poisoning myself would begin to take longer and longer for my body to heal. It worked. I’m no longer afraid of food for the most part unless it is something I didn’t prepare myself. If changing a person diet makes the symptoms dissappear then why criticize it? I would say most antidepressants are non essential however they still “help” the people who take them. For those out there who have tried so much to feel better I know how you feel. It can be discouraging to hear it’s all in you head again and again. But keep trying, don’t let bad articles stop your search for answers.

  • Lois Elizabeth Ward

    Okay…gluten allergies are not real and people are just whiners? My uncle, a physician, became progressively sicker. This went on until he could no longer do surgery and he closed his office. He went to the Mayo Clinic and they could not discover the cause of his debilitating illness. By this time, he could barely walk. His wife, a dietician, believed that many illnesses were food allergies. She systematically removed items from his diet. When gluten was eliminated (he was a big bread eater) he became healthy once again and was able to work. So, it was all in his imagination and he was a whiner???

  • Herself

    I personally do not care what any “scientist” who has never dealt with gluten sensitivity has to say or report.

    I am living proof that gluten sensitivity does exist and for me it was a neurological nightmare.

    I had/have NONE of the GO symptoms but ALL of the neurological ones.

    When I do not eat gluten I feel amazing. I feel like a person who is alive.

    When I eat gluten, I get dizzy, foggy, ataxia, migraines, confused, lethargic, etc.

    Not eating gluten has made me feel human for the first time in my life!

    49 years of neurological struggles that I thought were due to my thyroid turned out to be from gluten.

    I wish I would have known this when I was younger so I wouldn’t have “wasted” so many years of feeling neurologically impaired.

  • Krista Vogt

    Gluten sensitivity IS bogus, it’s a cover ~~wake the hell up people, we’re being poisoned!!!

    “Common wheat harvest protocol in
    the United States is to drench the wheat fields with Roundup several
    days before the combine harvesters work through the fields as the
    practice allows for an earlier, easier and bigger harvest ”

    THE REAL REASON WHEAT IS TOXIC (IT’S NOT THE GLUTEN)

    http://www.thehealthyhomeeconomist.com/real-reason-for-toxic-wheat-its-not-gluten/

  • pandamystery

    Unfortunately most medical doctors aren’t yet familiar with Mast Cell diseases or Dysautonomia, or such incorrect blanket statements like this would never be made. I have Mast Cell Activation Syndrome and gluten can absolutely cause anaphylaxis, ulcers, IBS, fainting, inflammation, etc. The only difference between MCAS and Celiac is that MCAS isn’t solely defined by an allergic reaction to gluten. This gluten allergy/ intolerance very often includes those whose Mast Cell diseases are yet undiagnosed but who also suffer from *diagnosed* comorbid conditions such Dysautonomia/ Postural Orthostatic Tachycardia Syndrome aka POTS, Ehlers-Danlos Syndrome aka EDS, Lyme disease, Lupus, Endometriosis, Raynaud’s Syndrome, Asthma, hyper mobility, anxiety, OCD, depression, severe allergies, chronic migraines, and others.

    As patients with Mast Cell diseases we are forced to organize and do research in order to teach our own doctors who have usually not studied Mast Cell diseases. Kind of hard to do when the bulk of research only began less than 10 years ago. Even the doctors who are familiar most likely have no idea how to properly test for it. So really, this “fact” about gluten will change, especially once up to date information about these “new” diseases is finally disseminated. None of this could’ve happened without patients taking the initiative themselves, they are the ones deciphering medical journals, connecting the dots, and helping doctors to teach each other. It’s no surprise most of us first spend decades being called whiney hypochondriacs, they don’t know any better.

  • Cathi S.

    I really don’t give a sh*t if the author believes gluten sensitivity is a real disorder or not. I was diagnosed with Celiac over a year ago after numerous tests and procedures. I can’t eat gluten, end of story. I am delighted that there is a “gluten-free trend” because it makes my life much more tolerable due to the number of gf products that are now on the market. The author is a selfish fool for even entertaining the thought that the food industry is making a mistake by creating new gluten free items. I miss bread and pizza, I miss the occasional cupcake. So kudos to those who eat gluten free regardless of why they do.

  • Madeline Marie

    The number of time this article says “may” or “might” alone should make you question what they’re saying, because they if science had “proved” something, there would no need for uncertainty and qualification. It says only 16% of people who believe they are gluten sensitive are recommended a gluten free diet by their doctor. But 16% is not nothing. After a specialist put a camera down my throat to see why I was sick, recommended that I cut gluten out of my diet. Reiterating what my general practitioner had been telling me for a long time. But at first I didn’t want to listen. Who wants to give up pizza? Cake? A LOT of delicious food. But when I took the plunge, I realized I didn’t have to give those things up. Thanks to this huge marketing craze, there are tons of gluten free foods that are more appetizing, available faster and yes, actually cheaper than were available 5 years ago. I can buy food at Walmart or Food Lion or wherever I want instead of making a long drive out to a healthfood store and paying through the nose when I get there. I do feel much better when I eat them compared to their gluten counterparts. It’s true that more people buy gluten free food that need it, but that’s alright with me. When this article says “A 2012 Mayo Clinic survey concluded that only 1.8 million Americans have Celiac disease. Only 1.8 million people should be on a non-gluten diet.” because only some instead of all people who believe they have NCGS are diagnosed by a doctor, nothing could make me angrier. Celiac disease is a very real problem, but so is Gluten Sensitivity. Trying to make people feel bad for making the choice to try and be healthier is mean spirited. My doctor told me to stop eating gluten, and I listened. No one will make me feel bad about following my doctor’s advice and taking care of my body.

  • No idea about gluten or what the science says but – I was suffering terrible gall stone attacks, the pain was unbelievable – I was hospitalsed when I had the last one. I gave up bread. Just bread. No more gall stone attacks – two years now. Who care what the scientists say? not me for sure!!

  • StuckAtHomeMom

    My daughter was diagnosed by an MD with Gluten Sensitivity. She would wake up in horrible pain every night and scream for hours and when she was 3 she started vomiting every night, but be perfectly fine in the morning. The DR told me to remove gluten from her diet. The next day it was worse, but after 3 days she was over it and she hasn’t had the symptoms since (5 years) except when she has gluten. HOWEVER, I don’t think the problem is gluten, but instead how the wheat is processed. My daughter has the same reaction to chlorine when she swims in a pool. We have a salt water pool, she doesn’t have the reaction.
    I don’t know how to test this, but I think it has more to do with bleached white flour and less to do with the gluten itself.

  • Gluten Ataxia
    The best-characterized neurologic complication related to gluten sensitivity
    is ataxia, now termed “gluten ataxia”. Gluten ataxia is characterized
    by positive anti-gliadin antibodies, changes in the cerebellum, and
    ataxic symptoms including upper or lower limb ataxia, gait ataxia, and
    dysarthria [11].
    One study showed that 41% of 143 patients with sporadic idiopathic
    ataxia had anti-gliadin antibodies compared to only 12% of control
    subjects [10] (more in this paper)
    http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC3641836/

  • AdamKW33

    Yeah, the whole gluten thing is likely wrong, but people are getting sick from wheat, because it is sprayed with RoundUp right before harvest.
    Here is the NIH study, clearly suggesting a link.
    http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC3945755/

    Organic wheat should not have any issues.

  • Tylynn Haddow

    Sources cannot really be provided for a counter-opinion since there are so many possible causes for gastro-intestinal inflammation. This article puts a negative skew on something that is affecting the lives of a ton of people, and though I agree that eating gluten-free replacement products is not the answer, the truth is many people do have to remove gluten and other high-fodmap culprit foods from their diets. These include corn grains, lactose and milk-proteins, and many others. While this may be the author’s opinion, the people suffering are NOT just ‘whiners’ as it was so rudely stated, and have a real problem. The science is just questioning whether the problem is in fact gluten itself. When I was a kid I had no idea that gluten could be what is causing my stomach problems. Along with many other people who also had these issues as kids, I ignored them. This means the problems are obviously not just psychological, as the article suggests. I have now realized that ignoring these problems has made things 100x worse and I need to deal with them as soon as possible. It is further notable that when the intestines are damaged this can take up to 6 months of a gluten-free, milk free and low-fodmap diet to fix, and total repair might not be seen for many months even after. So a two or three week period in between tests is not really representative of the damage. Please in the future do not use your ‘opinion’ to insult others.

  • Justin

    I got here from facebook but even tried the link on android chrome. You have shitty code that makes it impossible to goddamned read anything. In android chrome you block me from zooming out and half goddamn text is off screen. You also block horizontal scrolling. Jesus. Hate u

  • WiccanMama72

    *sigh* I don’t know what it is about foods made with wheat that contribute to me having wrenching intestinal cramps and explosive diarrhea. I really don’t care. If I can avoid those consequences by NOT EATING WHEAT, then, y’know, I’m gonna avoid eating things made with wheat. And corn starch, ’cause that’s even worse and more immediate.

  • diegoSH

    There are lots of articles like this from people who can’t stand it that other people don’t want to eat the same things they do. It reminds me of when people were writing that Lyme disease and Chronic Fatigue Syndrome were fake. In my college textbook from 45 years ago it said that Autism was caused by bad parenting by the mother. And then there were non-diseases like being gay that were also caused by the mother. Anything that we don’t understand yet seems to be put in the made-up, psychological category. Even migraines used to be considered a made-up disease of women needing attention.

  • B.A. Veritas

    Where can we find the source who funded this study please?

  • 02Dave12345

    When the medical professions can’t figure something out they often dismiss it as hereditary, stress or placebo, they can’t just say ‘we don’t know’, this would threaten their authority, often displayed as a god complex. Maybe people would demand their money back if a doctor can’t figure something out. No doubt some people with gluten sensitivity have imagined it but they probably have some gastrointestinal problem that doctors can’t figure out. I did at one time, they told me my IBS was caused by stress and sent me home, even though I hadn’t complained of stress and had no symptoms of stress. They couldn’t just say, ‘we don’t know’. I had to trust my instincts, remove things from my diet for awhile to rule out sensitivity, eventually I figured out it was dairy so I use it in moderation and I feel a lot better. I removed wheat for awhile and it had no effect. Had I taken the doctor’s advice, I would have signed up for yoga and not even considered a dairy sensitivity. If people feel better removing wheat from their diet, more power to them. Why do people want to tell them they’re nuts because of some study that is inconclusive? Often times a person knows far more about their own body than society’s professionals. We’re much better off taking control of our health when a doctor simply doesn’t know.

    I have no problem with the study, eventually we’ll know more about gastrointestinal problems and our toxic food supply, but I do have a problem with the angle of this article. Using this study as evidence that people claiming gluten intolerance should be humiliated.

  • Matthew Rizzo

    It’s an interesting study, but doesn’t actually PROVE anything. Of course the title is misleading – it’s what sucks people into reading it. However, I think that the bottom line is that there are correlations that cannot be overlooked when it comes to self-diagnosing a physical issue that might be psychologically induced. The thing is, that doesn’t make it any less real of an issue, it just makes it a DIFFERENT issue. And, as with all science, there is always more research needed to help support the findings. This is just a “baby-step” in what could turn out to be completely bogus or completely true.

    Anyone who has spent any time reading actual scientific journals knows that.

  • Tupelo

    Well said, sir. *slow clap*

  • Catherine Jones

    So here is the deal in my house. As I was growing up I was exposed to anything and everything. I ran the creek, I climbed trees, I ate mud pies on a dare, I stepped in dog poop, I cut myself on glass poking through the trash, I ate pizza that was left out all night long, I drank warm milk and ate cheese with mold on it (I cut the mold part off first) and I am just fine and not allergic to anything. I don’t have dietary sensitivities and even with not having a gallbladder, due to any accident, I eat all the dairy I want. When I had my kids, I exposed them to everything possible. they didn’t stay inside playing video games, they got dirty. We played in the rain, ran through the snow, jumped in creeks, climbed trees, got cuts, bruises, had pets that licked and I didn’t mind them getting dirty. My son, due to me given penicillin when I was pregnant, became allergic to the drug. But that is the ONLY thing he is allergic to, and my daughter is not sensitive to anything either. All these parents raising their children in these clean environments and constantly washing hands and all that stuff is truly harming their systems and their ability to fight off germs. My kids don’t get colds or the flu. They are 24 and 22 and have NEVER had the stomach flu or a cold or ear aches and both have their tonsils. I am a firm believer in letting your kids get exposed to anything and everything they can then they won’t be sensitive to anything.

  • Kristen

    Please change the title of this article. The results of the research cited in this article do not definitively prove anything. I can appreciate the content of the article but I feel insulted by the title. I have celiac disease and I know many people who actually are sensitive to gluten. The title of this article helps to perpetuate the stigma that this whole “gluten free movement” is a dietary fad followed by annoying and ignorant people.

  • LLP2112

    If anyone wants to know if they’re REALLY sensitive to gluten or not – ok let’s use the scientific term, gliadin, because “gluten” really irritates me – spend a few days eating bread and pasta then go get the damn blood tests done. There are 4 tests in a gluten panel to measure for antibodies. 3 are conclusive, one is not (the Gliadin Deaminated Ab, IgA test which gives plenty of false positives).

    I thought I might have been gluten sensitive since every website and book about hypothyroidism, which I have, tells you to cut gluten and that will be some kind of miracle cure. So I loaded up on wheat products for a week, got the bloodwork done, and proceeded to go on a very strict gluten-free diet for 5 weeks. That’s how long it lasted until I began feeling absolutely miserable, no energy, no motivation. I googled it and sure enough, this is a common side effect of gluten-free diets, and the charlatans and fear mongers who want to sell you their cookbooks and supplements all say it’s part of “healing” even when people have endured it for years!!!! Needless to say, after I went off the diet, I returned to normal. And the bloodwork came back confirming that I have no gliadin antibodies whatsoever, meaning NO gluten “sensitivity.”

    For anyone who wants to try this it only cost me $100 and that was through my doctor. You can get it done cheaper through an independent lab and you don’t need a doctor to get the test done. It will put your mind to rest since you’ll know that you either are or are not “gluten sensitive.” And then you can investigate the REAL cause of your health problems, whether it’s hypothyroid like me (which BTW is the most under diagnosed condition in the US), adrenal problems, etc etc. Just do the blood test and don’t try to self-diagnose or jump to conclusions based on what you read on the internet from people who want your money.

  • Teresa Gemellaro

    This study was poorly done. The subjects cycled through the various challenges with gluten or not being challenged in just a nine day period. Given that many gluten intolerant people take a lot longer than nine days to get over one small amount of gluten ingested, no wonder the results were inconclusive.