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Lisa December 13, 2013 at 11:14 am
"However, a gluten-free lifestyle is a medical necessity for a fraction of itsRead More participants." This statement is very wrong. There are many studies that support a gluten free diet not only for celiacs, including those with wheat allergy and gluten sensitivity. Here are just a few experts: "In 2003, a SPECT study was performed to determine if eliminating problem foods could affect brain function. The study tested cerebral blood flow in 30 people with celiac disease (an intolerance for wheat and wheat products). Half of them had been following a gluten-free diet for almost one year while the other half had not eliminated gluten from their diet. Twenty-four healthy individuals were also tested as a control group. Researchers concluded that the celiac patients who followed a gluten-free diet were significantly less likely to experience decreased cerebral blood flow than those who continued to eat gluten. Only 7 percent of the patients who eliminated gluten from their diet experienced lower blood flow in at least one area of the brain compared to 73 percent of those who continued to eat gluten showed reduced blood flow in at least one area of the brain. Once again, this shows that the foods you eat directly affect your brain." This research applies not only to celiacs but to people in general, as most of us have brains! Here is a youtube video by Dr. Tom O'Bryan about this subject: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7wYbdcEOVeo For those wanting to know much more click on this link: http://theglutensummit.com/?inf_contact_key=000138fe2509221b61e265287d5e2f30218d3e129e5f2721b6e9299364e18764 The summit has passed but they are selling the recordings from the various speakers. They will be having another free seminar on December 19th-22nd, if you register soon. Fantastic information. and more: "In my practice, I've found that many adults and children with emotional, learning, or behavioral problems improve when they eliminate specific foods or food additives from their diets. In particular, I work with a lot of children who have autism or Asperger's Syndrome. When I put these kids on a diet free of gluten (wheat, barley, rye, oats, and any products made from these grains) and casein (milk protein and all dairy products), I've noticed that some of their behavioral problems diminish and their language tends to improve." From: http://www.danielplan.com/healthyhabits/foodallergies/ and this: Dr. Fasano estimated that gluten sensitivity may affect 6% to 7% of the population -- far higher than celiac disease's estimated 1% or so -- in a paper published last year describing the potential molecular basis for the condition (see my posts on that research here and here). From: http://celiacdisease.about.com/b/2012/02/06/gluten-sensitivity-diagnosis-method-proposed-by-group-of-experts.htm There is much more to learn about this subject. But, this idea that gluten free diets are only for a small portion of the population is incorrect! It is NOT a fad! And people like myself that must eat gluten free should not be treated like they are eating the latest fad IF it makes them feel better! And if the food is more expensive, which it is, then it's not the fault of those choosing to eat it! The food industry is taking advantage of us! The more common eating GF food becomes the less likely it will be treated as odd behavior and a fad. The more this type of food becomes available the cheaper it SHOULD be! WE will see.