New Pill Lets Celiacs Eat Gluten – Popsugar
‘Gluten Pill’ Developed To Help Celiac Sufferers Enjoy More Off-Limit Foods – Huffington Post
New Pill Will Let People With Celiac Disease Eat Gluten-Filled Meals of Their Dreams – Popular Science
Celiacs rejoice! There’s now a pill that lets people with celiac disease eat gluten – AOL
Pill May Help People with Celiac Disease Eat Gluten – Youth Health
Canada Just Developed a Miracle Pill for the Gluten Intolerant – Munchies
What do all of the above articles from the past few days have in common?
- They all discuss a new drug being developed for those with celiac disease.
- They are all flat out wrong.
- They are all dangerous and misleading.
- They are all written by people who troll for headlines but don’t spend the time to read the facts.
Speaking of FACTS, here are some facts regarding the new “miracle drug”, as some are sadly calling it:
Fact: The pill is still about 3 years away from being available; if then.
Fact: The pill has proven to be safe in early stages of testing, but has not been proven to be effective yet.
Fact: The pill isn’t a cure for celiac disease.
Fact: The pill is designed to trick the intestinal tract so it does not react to gluten.
Now note that nowhere in these FACTS does it state that celiacs will safely be able to eat gluten. But that does not stop a major publication from posting this beauty in their article:
Seriously? I’ll say that again. Seriously??
Look…I always rail at the media and deservedly so. For the most part, they look for the shiny object that will garner clicks, regardless of the facts. Of course, every time I say this, I am reminded that I too am part of the media. But that causes me uncomfortable internal conflict, so I just ignore it.
What’s my opinion of a drug for celiacs? I am against it…100%. Our bodies are telling us gluten is poison and you want me to take a pill so I can do what exactly? Eat food that I KNOW by body rejects? I’m good…thanks.
And I get the argument that many have stated about taking it before going out to help with cross-contamination. I really do. But I see a few issues with this.
- Side effects. What are they and will they be worth it?
- Celiacs will cheat. I’ve seen it over and over and over again on Twitter the past week that many feel this will be a license to eat gluten.
- Which leads to celiacs being taken less seriously by restaurants.
- Which will lead to more celiacs getting sick.
Lather. Rinse. Repeat.
I’m not personally knocking Hoon Sunwoo, the professor of pharmaceutical sciences who is developing this pill. He has friends who have celiac disease and his intentions are most likely very pure. But do you know what one of his main motivations was? Here’s his quote: “My friend is celiac. We haven’t had any entertaining with beers. This is not treating the celiac disease or curing celiac disease. It’s just to try to help them improve their quality of life so when they want to socialize with peers or friends.”
Personally, I don’t need to drink a beer with my friends to feel normal. And if I did, Glutenberg works just fine for me, thank you. Along with vodka, or tequila, or…you get the picture. (Is it happy hour yet?)
I love what Jennifer Esposito had to say about the drug:
Yet another band aid over a problem to make money. I personally don’t want to be with “friends” who would make me feel uncomfortable because I couldn’t have a beer with them to feel “normal” over my pesky little inconvenient disease. Furthermore, to take a pill that would allow me to eat or drink something for two hours that my body just does not want? What happens after that two hrs? No thank you. My advice: EAT CLEAN and get better friends.
So ignore the headlines folks. There is not, nor will there be anytime soon, a drug that will allow those will celiac disease to safely consume gluten.
And even if there were, would you take it?