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(Huffington Post)   The good news is that you probably don't have celiac disease. The bad news is you're a hypochondriac   (huffingtonpost.com) divider line 175
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2014-07-27 01:58:33 PM  

ReverendJynxed: Felgraf: ... Uh?
Preettyyy sure my mom has it, given they did A) A blood test, and then B) a *Gut biopsy*.

Not really sure how being a hypochondriac could alter those tests.

Subby said you, not your mom.


Ah. I don't have it yet, though I am keeping an eye out, since she developed it in her forty's. We have CRAZY strong immune systems in my family, but they seem to come with a price. (She also no longer has a thyroid).

mongbiohazard: Felgraf: ... Uh?
Preettyyy sure my mom has it, given they did A) A blood test, and then B) a *Gut biopsy*.

Not really sure how being a hypochondriac could alter those tests.

It wouldn't and the article isn't about that. You COULD read it before just creating a whole fictional narrative in your head about what it says, you know.


Perhaps I am reacting to the headline, and not the article?
(Since you know DAMN WELL there are people on this site that are all "LOL celiac's fake lol."
 
2014-07-27 01:58:34 PM  
Yeah, the University of Chicago has a Celiac Disease Center, but, who are you going to believe Chef Boy-Ar-Dee or the University of Chicago.
 
2014-07-27 02:00:35 PM  

Farking Canuck: Great. More comments from people who do not have a condition claiming the condition is fake. AKA dicks.


If you had Celiacs, you'd know it. It isn't "mild discomfort", it is a life threatening condition. Having dated a girl for a couple years (lived with her for a while as well) and learned how to cook for someone with Celiacs, you appreciate how hard life is for them, how every little decision they make when it comes to food and drink can either allow them to feel normal, or send them to the hospital.

For others who heard about gluten from some shiat for brains asshole like Doctor Oz and think it is trendy to play make believe and they have Celiacs also, makes me want to remove their ability to procreate. I've met too many assholes who claim to have "gluten intolerance" and play the "I'm a precious snowflake" card at restaurants to seem hip and trendy, but they have a kitchen and pantry full of gluten-containing food products. When called out on it, they claim they didn't know those foods had gluten in them. They pretty much live a public life of "gluten intolerance" to make the lives of others more difficult and to draw attention to themselves, plain and simple.

It's like people not saying they have cancer, but say they have cells that are  "non-malignant intolerant", so they shave their heads and get chemotherapy because they're attention whores.
 
2014-07-27 02:05:00 PM  
I caught hypochondria once from a carnie. Worst year of my life.
 
2014-07-27 02:05:26 PM  
So people who have this condition get mad at people who have experience with people they know who make up the fact that they have the condition? And they lash out at people talking about the fakers?

Whatever.
 
2014-07-27 02:06:05 PM  

zimbomba63: but, who are you going to believe Chef Boy-Ar-Dee or the University of Chicago.


Only trust the Gorton's Fisherman.
 
2014-07-27 02:06:43 PM  

Felgraf: ... Uh?
Preettyyy sure my mom has it, given they did A) A blood test, and then B) a *Gut biopsy*.

Not really sure how being a hypochondriac could alter those tests.


"Gut biopsy" is just what we call it when I put it in her pooper.

/Hey, Farkers, you're slipping, that was way too obvious to let it go that long.
 
2014-07-27 02:06:57 PM  

HalfOffOffer: In related news, fibromyalgia isn't real.  I know this because I don't have it.  Everyone who claims to have it is just making it up.


Most people are just fat and lazy and want an excuse to be. Like gluten intolerance, the real cases are few. G.I. is like what lactose intolerance was like in the 90s. Everyone wanted to be in the hip lactose intolerant club until it was no longer a fad, now no one seems to be lactose intolerant any more (save for the very few who actually ARE).

I predict eggs will be the evil of the next decade. People will claim to be ova-sensitive.
 
2014-07-27 02:07:28 PM  
cwolf20: Mein Fuhrer I Can Walk: cwolf20: TanHamster: Celiac: The Trendy Disease For Rich White People

I'll tell that to the full blooded Italian daughter of an Italian couple. After she finishes giving me injuries painful enough to duplicate her 3 day stint in the ER last week from accidentally ingesting something with gluten in it, maybe we'll have a chat about what is white and what isn't.



Putting aside whether Italians are "white" or not (they are btw), they are certainly European. celiac is mainly a Indo-European disease, meaning it is common only in Europe and in North India (the "Indo" means India). Basically these are people who speak the same languages, had the same religions (norse and hindu holy books are both called '(v)eddas', etc) and are all descended from steppe roamers.

Italy has so many people with celiac, that it is a standard genetic birth test these days over there from what I hear.
 
2014-07-27 02:07:50 PM  

unfarkingbelievable: Ha. I am actually in the midst of writing a feature article about gluten-free beverages.


Can you mention that "gluten free free beverages can kiss my ass?"
Thanks in advance

/all I ever drink is beer
 
2014-07-27 02:07:57 PM  

Jaden Smith First of His Name: So we're allowed to be intolerant towards gluten, but not gay marriage?

I see how it is, libs.


Nicely done.
 
2014-07-27 02:09:17 PM  

zimbomba63: Yeah, the University of Chicago has a Celiac Disease Center, but, who are you going to believe Chef Boy-Ar-Dee or the University of Chicago.


You forgot the /DNRTFA part of your post.
 
2014-07-27 02:09:34 PM  

PanicMan: Mein Fuhrer I Can Walk: "Gluten Intolerance" pretty much appeared out of nowhere a couple years ago. What's afoot are buzzwords and the placebo effect.

Or maybe people were having a reaction and didn't know the term to describe it.  Or what foods to consider avoiding.


Celiac is a real thing... but so are the placebo and nocebo effects. In a large population you will always have a certain percentage who are susceptible to suggestion and irrationality.

Carl Sagan's Demon Haunted World he has a whole chapter which talks about how every time something airs on TV about aliens people in the region it aired suddenly have a spike in alien reports. And when something about aliens is popularized suddenly those reports change in detail to match what was aired on TV also. Like people used to report "little green men" but after the Roswell myths with grey, elongated, skinny aliens came out all of a sudden people's reports mysteriously and suddenly changed to match that new, popularized fictional vision.

It isn't that there were so many aliens flying around out there abducting people that no one had the words to describe them all, it's that there's a percentage of the population who is now going to make up shiat that matches the stuff they saw on TV. That's just a fact when you live in a society.

So celiac disease is real, and it sucks to have it, but that's not why a lot of other low information people are going to claim they have it. Gluten has been demonized by a lot of folks out to make a buck, and now a lot of people have convinced themselves they have an intolerance to it not because they actually do, or even have any idea what they're talking about, but instead because they are susceptible to suggestion. Hence him noting that the woman drinks beer, which has gluten in it, and wouldn't eat risotto which doesn't. If she really had Celiac she would have known better... THAT'S how you can tell without being a doctor... Like in the tales of King Soloman, sometimes the guilty parties sort themselves out.
 
2014-07-27 02:11:20 PM  

Farking Canuck: Great. More comments from people who do not have a condition claiming the condition is fake. AKA dicks.


Actually, the dicks are the people who claim they have a condition that is fake.
 
2014-07-27 02:13:33 PM  

pstudent12: cwolf20: Mein Fuhrer I Can Walk: cwolf20: TanHamster: Celiac: The Trendy Disease For Rich White People

I'll tell that to the full blooded Italian daughter of an Italian couple. After she finishes giving me injuries painful enough to duplicate her 3 day stint in the ER last week from accidentally ingesting something with gluten in it, maybe we'll have a chat about what is white and what isn't.


Putting aside whether Italians are "white" or not (they are btw), they are certainly European. celiac is mainly a Indo-European disease, meaning it is common only in Europe and in North India (the "Indo" means India). Basically these are people who speak the same languages, had the same religions (norse and hindu holy books are both called '(v)eddas', etc) and are all descended from steppe roamers.

Italy has so many people with celiac, that it is a standard genetic birth test these days over there from what I hear.


I go by what the italian family thinks. Saves time. They joke about how non-white they are. As does their "brother from a different mother" black friend (His words, and their words) who has helped them through a lot of shiatty times.
 
2014-07-27 02:14:19 PM  

BATMANATEE: mongbiohazard: Felgraf: ... Uh?
Preettyyy sure my mom has it, given they did A) A blood test, and then B) a *Gut biopsy*.

Not really sure how being a hypochondriac could alter those tests.

It wouldn't and the article isn't about that. You COULD read it before just creating a whole fictional narrative in your head about what it says, you know.

Why are you complaining about not reading articles when you didn't even read the headline?


I read it just fine, but maybe you should take a second run at it. It didn't make a your mom joke. The headline didn't say "no one" has Celibacy disease, you know.

Beam from your own eye, and somesuch...
 
2014-07-27 02:15:03 PM  
FART!
 
2014-07-27 02:15:11 PM  
Damn you auto-correct...
 
2014-07-27 02:15:43 PM  

cwolf20: Mein Fuhrer I Can Walk: cwolf20: TanHamster: Celiac: The Trendy Disease For Rich White People

I'll tell that to the full blooded Italian daughter of an Italian couple. After she finishes giving me injuries painful enough to duplicate her 3 day stint in the ER last week from accidentally ingesting something with gluten in it, maybe we'll have a chat about what is white and what isn't.

Please, Italians have been White since Hispanics became the new Blacks.

On another note. A friend of mine was born with the recessive Italian gene that makes him pasty white. He's the only white Italian at periodic holiday vacations and family reunions with rooms full of Italians.  In his words, he's the token white man. Also as he put it  "Italian skin, italian skin, oh look it's James, Italian skin, italian skin.."


A recessive Italian gene you say?
s28.postimg.org
 
2014-07-27 02:16:33 PM  

mongbiohazard: So celiac disease is real, and it sucks to have it, but that's not why a lot of other low information people are going to claim they have it. Gluten has been demonized by a lot of folks out to make a buck, and now a lot of people have convinced themselves they have an intolerance to it not because they actually do, or even have any idea what they're talking about, but instead because they are susceptible to suggestion. Hence him noting that the woman drinks beer, which has gluten in it, and wouldn't eat risotto which doesn't. If she really had Celiac she would have known better... THAT'S how you can tell without being a doctor... Like in the tales of King Soloman, sometimes the guilty parties sort themselves out.


Nobody is claiming that celiac disease is fake.

Only that non-celiac gluten intolerance is fake.  Because it's fake.
 
2014-07-27 02:16:38 PM  

Felgraf: ReverendJynxed: Felgraf: ... Uh?
Preettyyy sure my mom has it, given they did A) A blood test, and then B) a *Gut biopsy*.

Not really sure how being a hypochondriac could alter those tests.

Subby said you, not your mom.

Ah. I don't have it yet, though I am keeping an eye out, since she developed it in her forty's. We have CRAZY strong immune systems in my family, but they seem to come with a price. (She also no longer has a thyroid).

mongbiohazard: Felgraf: ... Uh?
Preettyyy sure my mom has it, given they did A) A blood test, and then B) a *Gut biopsy*.

Not really sure how being a hypochondriac could alter those tests.

It wouldn't and the article isn't about that. You COULD read it before just creating a whole fictional narrative in your head about what it says, you know.

Perhaps I am reacting to the headline, and not the article?
(Since you know DAMN WELL there are people on this site that are all "LOL celiac's fake lol."


Well then you were doing a piss-poor job of it if that's the case. The headline didn't make a your mom joke, and it didn't say "no one" has it.
 
2014-07-27 02:16:55 PM  
From: Nutrition Action Health Letter, a division of the center for science in the public interest:

"In 2013  Australian researchers put 37 patients without celiacs disease on a diet that was low in FODMAPS (fermentable oligosaccharides, disaccharides, monosaccharides, and polyols) fructose, lactose, sorbitol, and other short chained carbohydrates that are poorly absorbed. The diet was low in gluten but not gluten free. While their symptoms improved, adding back gluten patients had no more, or fewer symptoms than adding back a placebo (Whey)....The whole premise that there is a disorder called non-celiac gluten sensitivity has no scientific evidence to support it."

Paraphrased a bit but you get the gist.

/celiacs can't absorb food well and are skinny.
//Cutting gluten doesn't help you loose weight
///Dr. Oz is a schill
 
2014-07-27 02:17:48 PM  

Farking Canuck: Great. More comments from people who do not have a condition claiming the condition is fake. AKA dicks.


No one is saying that Celiac itself is fake. What we are saying is that since only 1% actually have it, yet 25% (or more) of all Americans claim to have it, 24 out of every 25 people who claim to be "gluten-intolerant" are faking it.
 
2014-07-27 02:19:36 PM  

PanicMan: Mein Fuhrer I Can Walk: "Gluten Intolerance" pretty much appeared out of nowhere a couple years ago. What's afoot are buzzwords and the placebo effect.

Or maybe people were having a reaction and didn't know the term to describe it.  Or what foods to consider avoiding.



Case in point: For years, stomach ulcers were considered to be a dietary (alcohol) and/or stress related issue until a doctor hypothesized they were actually caused by bacteria.  His paper was ridiculed until he performed tests and started treating people with proper medication.
 
2014-07-27 02:20:38 PM  

alternaloser: the bad news is i actually have it.
/the good news is after my diagnosis i lost 40 pounds in 3 months
//feel a lot better too


I didn't know that Celiacs absorbed food well enough to get overweight.

/learn something new every day
 
2014-07-27 02:20:53 PM  
My Father and my sister have both lost over 70 pounds each in a little over a year by doing nothing different but going gluten free.

/anecdotal
 
2014-07-27 02:21:50 PM  

DarkVader: mongbiohazard: So celiac disease is real, and it sucks to have it, but that's not why a lot of other low information people are going to claim they have it. Gluten has been demonized by a lot of folks out to make a buck, and now a lot of people have convinced themselves they have an intolerance to it not because they actually do, or even have any idea what they're talking about, but instead because they are susceptible to suggestion. Hence him noting that the woman drinks beer, which has gluten in it, and wouldn't eat risotto which doesn't. If she really had Celiac she would have known better... THAT'S how you can tell without being a doctor... Like in the tales of King Soloman, sometimes the guilty parties sort themselves out.

Nobody is claiming that celiac disease is fake.

Only that non-celiac gluten intolerance is fake.  Because it's fake.


I'm willing to go ahead and grant that some people out there could possibly have a non-celiac allergy/reaction to gluten... but TFA is not talking about people who have a real problem. It's talking about people who either just falsely assume that gluten free = more healthy or those who think they have a disorder that they don't for hypochondria reasons (like the lady in TFA who exposed herself as one of those without knowing it).
 
2014-07-27 02:22:31 PM  

cwolf20: Mein Fuhrer I Can Walk: cwolf20: TanHamster: Celiac: The Trendy Disease For Rich White People

I'll tell that to the full blooded Italian daughter of an Italian couple. After she finishes giving me injuries painful enough to duplicate her 3 day stint in the ER last week from accidentally ingesting something with gluten in it, maybe we'll have a chat about what is white and what isn't.

Please, Italians have been White since Hispanics became the new Blacks.

Tell that to the rednecks in Tennessee who confused her uncle with a "damn farking muslim farker. get the fark back to your farking shiat country"


At the same time, consider that those Tennessee rednecks were likely descended from a bunch of manky Scots and Limey Bastards.

/cuts both ways
 
2014-07-27 02:23:08 PM  
I think I was into my 20's when I first heard about people who were allergic to peanuts. I thought who the heck is allergic to peanuts? When I was a kid, every kid in the neighborhood practically lived off peanut butter, PBJs were every kids staple. I don't recall anyone who couldn't eat it. Now a lot more years later I hear about people who can't eat gluten. Had to look it up, I didn't know what the heck it was. Wheat? Really? Look, if you are never exposed to anything, how do you develop a tolerance for anything? Didn't Mom give you a cracker or a biscuit when you were Teething? People these days use disinfectant wipes for everything. Hell, when I was a kid, sometimes I came home so dirty from out playing all day, Mom said I was too dirty to use the tub in the bathroom so I had to take a bath in the cement stationary tub in the basement! "Mom, the washing machine hoses pour out in there!" Lemmee tell you, I still remember my little bare butt on the concrete in that tub, it wasn't pleasant! I always thought well, you have to get a little Dirt under your fingernails from time to time. It keeps you Honest. Apparently it helps in other ways as well. As far as I know, I'm not allergic to Anything!
 
2014-07-27 02:23:50 PM  

BeerLion: My Father and my sister have both lost over 70 pounds each in a little over a year by doing nothing different but going gluten free.

/anecdotal


Cutting food out of one's diet might help weight loss? No farkin' way!
 
2014-07-27 02:24:00 PM  

mongbiohazard: HalfOffOffer: In related news, fibromyalgia isn't real.  I know this because I don't have it.  Everyone who claims to have it is just making it up.

Same thing for you. The article isn't about that. You could try reading it rather than just making up a whole fictional article in your head and replying to that.


FTA:  Why not just say, "I can't eat wheat," or, "I'm allergic to wheat." I'm guessing it's because many people aren't necessarily allergic to wheat--they just think they are.

A similar article comes out every week.  Some douche writing an article about how celiac only makes up 1% of the population and the rest are ill-informed hypochondriacs (this time wrapped in a delightful article about how being a chef means dealing with stupid people)... once again completely missing the point that wheat intolerance is not the same thing as celiac and yes lots of people have a wheat intolerance due to the GMO frankenwheat that is in everything.   Although I read the article, I don't need to. I already know what it's about.  Then everyone jumps on the suck-each-others-dick bandwagon and denigrate people who think they have a gluten problem.  And although there is a misunderstanding, many of these people truly do have a dietary issue... more often, though, to wheat not gluten.  My point is... just because people are stupid (and they are), and just because you don't suffer from something, and just because you don't completely understand something, and just because the person suffering doesn't completely understand, doesn't mean it is not a real thing.
 
2014-07-27 02:24:34 PM  

HalfOffOffer: In related news, fibromyalgia isn't real.  I know this because I don't have it.  Everyone who claims to have it is just making it up.


My wife has it. I'm pretty sure she is just making it up
 
2014-07-27 02:26:57 PM  

BeerLion: My Father and my sister have both lost over 70 pounds each in a little over a year by doing nothing different but going gluten free.

/anecdotal


Did they stop eating junk food all the time and start preparing their own healthy meals to go gluten free?
 
2014-07-27 02:27:32 PM  

BeerLion: My Father and my sister have both lost over 70 pounds each in a little over a year by doing nothing different but going gluten free.

/anecdotal


And I bet you that it wasn't just nothing but going gluten free. To do that they must have necessarily changed a lot of their eating habits and paid a lot more attention to what they were consuming.

I lost about 30 lbs or so back in the day by not drinking sodas any more, and switching to only drinking water... but in doing so I also was hydrating myself more, and eating less fast food as well. Going gluten free for the average American on an average American diet would mean a pretty sizeable shift in consumption patterns and habits in general. They'd have to pay more attention to what they were eating, and that could make a big difference.
 
2014-07-27 02:27:48 PM  
It's not you that is not right. It's the wheat.
 
2014-07-27 02:27:56 PM  

elysive: BeerLion: My Father and my sister have both lost over 70 pounds each in a little over a year by doing nothing different but going gluten free.

/anecdotal

Cutting food out of one's diet might help weight loss? No farkin' way!


It doesn't even have to be the food, just that one's making sure their diet is balanced, counting calories, etc.  Amazingly, paying attention to your diet can help you lose weight.
 
2014-07-27 02:30:05 PM  
Lapdance: ...Look, if you are never exposed to anything, how do you develop a tolerance for anything? Didn't Mom give you a cracker or a biscuit when you were Teething? People these days use disinfectant wipes for everything. Hell, when I was a kid, sometimes I came home so dirty from out playing all day, Mom said I was too dirty to use the tub in the bathroom so I had to take a bath in the cement stationary tub in the basement! "Mom, the washing machine hoses pour out in there!" Lemmee tell you, I still remember my little bare butt on the concrete in that tub, it wasn't pleasant! I always thought well, you have to get a little Dirt under your fingernails from time to time. It keeps you Honest. Apparently it helps in other ways as well. As far as I know, I'm not allergic to Anything!


You and George Carlin


HalfOffOffer: ...once again completely missing the point that wheat intolerance is not the same thing as celiac and yes lots of people have a wheat intolerance due to the GMO frankenwheat that is in everything.

i.chzbgr.com
 
2014-07-27 02:31:39 PM  

Gary-L: PanicMan: Mein Fuhrer I Can Walk: "Gluten Intolerance" pretty much appeared out of nowhere a couple years ago. What's afoot are buzzwords and the placebo effect.

Or maybe people were having a reaction and didn't know the term to describe it.  Or what foods to consider avoiding.


Case in point: For years, stomach ulcers were considered to be a dietary (alcohol) and/or stress related issue until a doctor hypothesized they were actually caused by bacteria.  His paper was ridiculed until he performed tests and started treating people with proper medication.


And won the 2005 Noble Prize for Medicine for his troubles.
 
2014-07-27 02:32:29 PM  

elysive: BeerLion: My Father and my sister have both lost over 70 pounds each in a little over a year by doing nothing different but going gluten free.

/anecdotal

Cutting food out of one's diet might help weight loss? No farkin' way!


Close minded is close minded.  Another FARK expert.  Rice Pasta instead of traditional, corn tortillas instead of wheat, a gluten free pizza crust instead of normal etc.  It's easy enough to do and there is no downside I can think of. I have tried it but I like my breads more than I liked losing weight.

/I lost 8 pounds for the month I did it.
//Didn't change exercise habits or portions
 
2014-07-27 02:32:46 PM  

cwolf20: I go by what the italian family thinks. Saves time. They joke about how non-white they are.


I bet they real street. They be keepin it real bra

3.bp.blogspot.com
 
2014-07-27 02:35:37 PM  
Poop thread?
 
2014-07-27 02:36:13 PM  

HalfOffOffer: mongbiohazard: HalfOffOffer: In related news, fibromyalgia isn't real.  I know this because I don't have it.  Everyone who claims to have it is just making it up.

Same thing for you. The article isn't about that. You could try reading it rather than just making up a whole fictional article in your head and replying to that.

FTA:  Why not just say, "I can't eat wheat," or, "I'm allergic to wheat." I'm guessing it's because many people aren't necessarily allergic to wheat--they just think they are.

A similar article comes out every week.  Some douche writing an article about how celiac only makes up 1% of the population and the rest are ill-informed hypochondriacs (this time wrapped in a delightful article about how being a chef means dealing with stupid people)... once again completely missing the point that wheat intolerance is not the same thing as celiac and yes lots of people have a wheat intolerance due to the GMO frankenwheat that is in everything.   Although I read the article, I don't need to. I already know what it's about.  Then everyone jumps on the suck-each-others-dick bandwagon and denigrate people who think they have a gluten problem.  And although there is a misunderstanding, many of these people truly do have a dietary issue... more often, though, to wheat not gluten.  My point is... just because people are stupid (and they are), and just because you don't suffer from something, and just because you don't completely understand something, and just because the person suffering doesn't completely understand, doesn't mean it is not a real thing.


Indeed... and once again TFA isn't claiming it's not a real thing. You just wrote your rant about people making knee jerk reactions, but your rant itself was a knee jerk reaction.

RTFA. If you really had, you'd know you were mischaracterizing it. Hint: the woman thought rissoto (which is rice) had the evil gluten she was intolerant of and would not be persuaded otherwise and was perfectly happy drinking beer which is loaded with it. If she really had what she says she has - and isn't just subconsciously following a trend - then she'd know the difference.
 
2014-07-27 02:36:47 PM  
HalfOffOffer:   Some douche writing an article about how celiac only makes up 1% of the population and the rest are ill-informed hypochondriacs (this time wrapped in a delightful article about how being a chef means dealing with stupid people)...

In the interests of fairness, the author is correct about celiac disease only making up 1% of the general population.

UC Celiac Disease Center

Also:

"Large-scale studies of wheat allergy in the U.S. have not been conducted, but it's estimated that approximately 0.4 percent of children and 0.5 percent of adults are allergic to wheat. "

American College of Allergy, Asthma, and Immunology
 
2014-07-27 02:37:16 PM  

sprgrss: snocone: I am not ready to dismiss the "intolerance" out of hand. True, "real" celiac disease is very rare. With SEVERE malnutrition as the problem, not "Gee, I don't feel good."
But, medically, we have no "real" investigation of intolerance. Unless you are willing to accept the Monsanto agenda laden "stuff". Humans usually display a spectrum of sensitivity and intolerance (mild to severe) rather than black/white reactions.
I find far too many patients with anecdotal reports of improvement in quality of life. We have dealt with hypochondria since decent record keeping began. Some of the alarm is due to hypochondria.
But there is something new afoot.

Celiac is about 1 in every 117 Americans.  That's not exactly rare.

As for gluten intolerance.  It's bullshiat.

The reason why you feel like shiat is because you eat shiatty food.


I dunno. I've cut some items out of my diet altogether and have strictly limited others, and found a remarkable improvement in my digestive function, as well as how I generally feel. Wheat is not one of these items, by the way. Dairy is a big one, and while I wouldn't say I'm "intolerant," there's definitely a sensitivity.

I don't find it hard to believe that there are lots of people out there that have been having digestive issues and discovered a sensitivity to wheat products, whether it is actually the gluten or something else.

I dated a girl that claimed a gluten sensitivity, and I know that she genuinely missed eating breads and pasta. I don't think she cut those things out of her diet over a fad, or that she would have continued with it unless she felt leaps and bounds better.
 
2014-07-27 02:37:44 PM  

mongbiohazard: BeerLion: My Father and my sister have both lost over 70 pounds each in a little over a year by doing nothing different but going gluten free.

/anecdotal

And I bet you that it wasn't just nothing but going gluten free. To do that they must have necessarily changed a lot of their eating habits and paid a lot more attention to what they were consuming.

I lost about 30 lbs or so back in the day by not drinking sodas any more, and switching to only drinking water... but in doing so I also was hydrating myself more, and eating less fast food as well. Going gluten free for the average American on an average American diet would mean a pretty sizeable shift in consumption patterns and habits in general. They'd have to pay more attention to what they were eating, and that could make a big difference.


"I lost 30lbs when I stopped eating pizza and donuts every day! It's amazing!"
 
2014-07-27 02:38:19 PM  

MrHappyRotter: I probably don't, because I literally do.


Scooby Doo can doo doo, but Jimmy Carter is smarter.
 
2014-07-27 02:39:30 PM  
BeerLion:

Close minded is close minded.  Another FARK expert.   Rice Pasta instead of traditional, corn tortillas instead of wheat, a gluten free pizza crust instead of normal etc.  It's easy enough to do and there is no downside I can think of. I have tried it but I like my breads more than I liked losing weight.

I can think of a downside. Rice pasta is friggin' awful, compared to wheat-based pasta. Same goes for gluten-free breads.
 
2014-07-27 02:41:33 PM  
I think I'm a hypochondriac, but I'm not to worried about it.
 
2014-07-27 02:41:34 PM  

BeerLion: elysive: BeerLion: My Father and my sister have both lost over 70 pounds each in a little over a year by doing nothing different but going gluten free.

/anecdotal

Cutting food out of one's diet might help weight loss? No farkin' way!

Close minded is close minded.  Another FARK expert.  Rice Pasta instead of traditional, corn tortillas instead of wheat, a gluten free pizza crust instead of normal etc.  It's easy enough to do and there is no downside I can think of. I have tried it but I like my breads more than I liked losing weight.

/I lost 8 pounds for the month I did it.
//Didn't change exercise habits or portions


I lost 40 lb in high school on a mostly gluten diet (well it was junk food heavy with wheat ingredients...mmm red vines). There are lots of ways to lose weight on diets (few of them sustainable) but removing a food group from your diet is one really easy way.
 
2014-07-27 02:42:06 PM  
My mom is allergic to wheat. She was happy at first when they started making all these gluten free things. Then she figured out it's all junk food. She doesn't see the the point to it anymore.
 
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