I am taking a one-day reprieve from our wonderful Gluten-Free Love Stories series because today…I am not feeling the love.
Once again, I feel the need to go into celiac defense mode. I am so friggin’ sick of this.
Dr. Davis wrote a book called Wheat Belly. I assume most of you have heard of it as it is a NY Times bestseller.
I have not read the book and this blog post is not about whether wheat is inherently good or bad for the general population. I’ll let the farmers, the food companies, the scientists and the medical community fight that one out.
Yesterday, Dr.Davis wrote an article on his website titled “Celiac is not a disease”.
That’s right. Celiac…is…not….a…disease.
His arguments? I’m not even sure.
Here’s the article. Let me know if you can figure it out.
The gist of it is that celiac is not a disease. The disease is wheat.
Forget the fact that celiac is an autoimmune disease where the body actually attacks itself.
Forget the fact that celiacs cannot ingest other grains besides wheat (rye, barley, etc.)
Forget the fact that he says that his “point was partly to piss off the celiac community.”
Why have we become punching bags? So Dr. Davis can sell more books?
What other disease comes under constant attack about its legitimacy and its affect on the human body?
There were two other articles online yesterday that caught my attention.
One was titled “Is Going Gluten-Free the New Anorexia?”
It made some decent points but the title is damaging enough to us and our continued battle to be taken seriously.
The second article was from Psychology Today and was titled “Gluten Sensitivity as Eating Disorder”.
While I didn’t appreciate how it questioned the significance of non-celiac gluten sensitivity, I loved this sentence: Gluten-free has become the latest clarion call to those who fear food, advertised wherever food is, announced from labels in the aisles of supermarkets, and making us think that gluten-free is a necessary part of life.
You see folks…fear sells. And gluten has become the new face of evil.
And the marketing companies, food manufacturers and those peddling their best-selling books will do anything it takes to put more money in their pockets.
And the next time you get glutened because the restaurant didn’t take your gluten-free request seriously, you know who to blame.
Like I said…just not feeling the love.