Gluten Intolerance May Not Exist

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A lot of talk has been going around the last few days about gluten intolerance not existing. Or, to better put it –

It’s all in your head. It doesn’t exist. Being gluten-free is dumb. Etc…

Now, it is an interesting topic in the fact that the doctor who said it does exist in the first place tried to replicate his research and could not.

But it is amazing to me how many articles jumped straight to, “It does not exist and it’s all in your head, etc…”

They all made concessions for those with Celiac Disease right at the beginning of the article to cover their @$$, but…most were pretty mean about it.

While confirmation bias was stated, many times, as the reason people were self diagnosing as gluten intolerant, I think confirmation bias was at play in the articles.

You see, I found an article on Forbes that was originally on Real Clear Science. It was much better written, stating the methods used in the new research. And, it even gave the possibility that gluten may still be a problem for some, just not they way it was studied before.

Biesiekierski recognizes that gluten may very well be the stomach irritant we’ve been looking for. “There is definitely something going on,” she told RCS, “but true NCGS may only affect a very small number of people and may affect more extraintestinal symptoms than first thought. This will only be confirmed with an understanding of its mechanism.”

So, I am more apt to trust the writing in the Forbes article than the supposed reporting done by others. One article was so bad, the meta title (the one you see in the Google search headline, not the one actually written at the top of the page you look at.) said  “Being gluten free is dumb because gluten intolerance may not exist.”

Notice the “because” to get you to click. Well, when you get to the actual page, the title is, “Being gluten free is dumb – and gluten intolerance may not exist.” A bit different, eh?

Hmmm. I think someone has a bias that needed confirming, don’t you?

Until later, here’s to…Living Better, Easily!™

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2 Responses to “Gluten Intolerance May Not Exist”

  1. Good points here, Tia. I’ve been seeing a lot of articles lately stating that gluten intolerance doesn’t exist. I believe it exists for far more people than current rates of diagnosis can reveal. I tell my patients to try a completely gluten free diet for a month or two. If when you reintroduce gluten, you feel sick, you’re likely intolerant to it. Mild forms of gluten intolerance often do not show up on laboratory tests. Untreated, gluten intolerance can lead to a host of autoimmune and chronic pain conditions.