Major media organs like the New York Times hate it that a growing movement is afoot wherein Americans are becoming self-aware and taking charge of their own health matters. This article, “Gluten-Free, Whether You Need It or Not,” is yet another piece from a writer who is horrified that any person should dare to not consult the established medical “experts” and instead deploy self-experimentation as a direct result of education. The author of this piece on gluten-free diets refers to going gluten-free as following a “draconian commandment” and pursuing a “fad.”
Many advocates of gluten-free diets warn that non-celiac gluten sensitivity is a wide, unseen epidemic undermining the health of millions of people. They believe that avoiding gluten — a composite of starch and proteins found in certain grassy grains like wheat, barley and rye — gives them added energy and alleviates chronic ills. Oats, while gluten-free, are also avoided, because they are often contaminated with gluten-containing grains.
Others see the popularity of gluten-free foods as just the latest fad, destined to fade like the Atkins diet and avoidance of carbohydrates a decade ago.
The author seeks out people who have improved myriad health issues by giving up gluten, and then he makes fun of them and their “anecdotal” reports of improvement. The author repeatedly points to the lack of scientific evidence on the part of people who improve health markers after quitting grains, yet he has no problem writing the following:
It does not make obvious sense, for example, that someone would lose weight on a gluten-free diet. In fact, the opposite often happens for celiac patients as their malfunctioning intestines recover.
That sounds pretty anecdotal to me, and in fact there are numerous studies on grain-free diets and weight loss and/or improved health markers. The author’s knee-jerk contention throughout the piece is to not take matters into your own hands and see a doctor. Dependency upon the state and its established medical gatekeepers is an expectation in the era of robotic subservience to one’s Masters. Anything else is deemed reckless and irresponsible.3:38 pm on March 10, 2013 Email Karen De Coster