After last week’s major media fail, it’s oh so nice when it’s done right. In the video above, Dr. Sanjay Gupta discusses the facts about gluten and celiac disease (yeah, I know, facts…what a concept) and talks about why the wrong people are going gluten-free. This is music to my ears.
Here are some highlights:
– He starts if off by saying that 1/3 of all Americans are now trying to avoid gluten. I still find that number stunning.
– He then says a lot of people who are on a gluten-free diet shouldn’t be and many people who should be avoiding gluten aren’t. How did things get so backwards??
– They actually spelled the word “celiac” correctly. Sorry…I couldn’t resist.
– While many stories of celiac pooh-pooh the symptoms, they treat it with the seriousness it deserves. See the pic to the right.
– Even crumbs can do damage. Amen Sanjay.
– He brings in an MD from the Mayo Clinic. That’s right…they actually bring in an expert to talk about celiac disease; not an author, not a celebrity. Are you listening Today Show?
– 1.8 million people have celiac disease. But 1.4 million don’t know it. That is frustratingly sad that many are needlessly suffering.
– Sanjay says that’s because the gluten-free message is reaching the wrong people. This is what I’ve always said. The food manufacturers and marketing companies are profiting at people’s expense. Because it’s become such a fad, the people who NEED to hear the message aren’t getting it.
– He calls out Hollywood celebrities for sending the wrong message. I smiled.
– 1.6 million people are on a gluten-free diet who don’t need to be. This is almost the same number that are not on the diet but do need to be. We’re living in Bizarro World (a Seinfeld reference for those under who are much younger than me.)
– He correctly points out that there are those who have gluten intolerance/sensitivity and not celiac disease, but would still benefit being on a gluten-free diet. He could have given this a bit more weight, as I know many suffer without an official celiac diagnosis.
– He finishes it off by saying if you think you have a gluten problem, get tested.
Thanks Dr. Gupta for this common sense approach. May others follow your lead.