I’m not sure if I should laugh at this one or cry.
There is a doctor…yes an actual doctor…who has written an article titled “The Home Cure for Celiac Disease”. Here is the link.
The doctor’s name is Scott Saunders. He sounds quite educated but ungodly misinformed.
The sad/pathetic thing is that he appears like he knows what he’s talking about for a good part of the article, but then he jumps on the crazy train.
Let’s take a look at some of the tidbits from his article, shall we?
The Good Doctor: In studies done on Celiac disease, it seems that about 1 percent of every population that eats wheat has gluten intolerance.
Gluten Dude: Celiac disease is not the same as gluten intolerance and gluten is in more than just wheat. Ok…perhaps I’m being picky. Let’s move on.
The Good Doctor: The blood test for gluten sensitivity is quite accurate, around 90 percent compared with a biopsy of the intestine. However, you don’t need a doctor because you can do a very effective test at home called the elimination diet.
Gluten Dude: I get his point, but the idea is to be tested for a serious autoimmune disease. And once you’re off gluten, the test will no longer be accurate. Find yourself a good doctor and get tested BEFORE going off gluten.
The Good Doctor: While the gluten-free diet can keep the problem in check, what you really want is a cure for the reaction so you can eat “normal” food again.
Gluten Dude: Sigh. Here we go. Using the word “normal” like we are some freaks of society because we can’t eat what everyone else is eating. Hey doc…I’m ok not being “normal”. I don’t need to eat what everyone else is eating. I need to eat what will keep my alive and kicking.
The Good Doctor: If you digest gluten in the stomach, it won’t go into the intestines and cause a reaction so the cure for the problem is to fix the stomach where the initial breakdown of gluten is supposed to occur.
Gluten Dude: There is that word “cure” again. Where is his medical proof that one person has ever been cured of celiac disease?
The Good Doctor: The following list is a guide; you may employ some or all of these to improve the function of your stomach: eat less, eat lots of fiber, avoid high-calorie foods, avoid processed sugars, avoid alcohol, blah, blah, blah.
Gluten Dude: These are all great pieces of advice for anybody to be as healthy as possible. Again, how the heck does this “cure” celiac disease?
The Good Doctor: The secret that most doctors won’t tell you is that just because you reacted to gluten in the past doesn’t mean you will always have this problem. It is curable — at home by improving the digestion of the stomach. This will improve your life in more ways than simply going on a gluten-free diet. The diet is necessary for a time (usually six months or more) while you work on the stomach, but most eventually become “normal” again.
Gluten Dude: Oh…I get it. It’s a big secret that doctors are keeping to themselves. Now it all makes sense.
This stuff just infuriates me. Why sell false hope without any scientific or medical claims to back it up? What purpose are you serving?
I called the good doctor a few weeks ago after reading his article. Got his voice mail of course. I left him a nice message regarding my feelings for his article and asked him to call me back. If I did not hear from him, I would write a blog post about his misleading BS and leave his contact information.
Dr. Scott Saunders
The Integrative Medical Center of Santa Barbara