A poll of registered dietitians found gluten free diets are predicted to be the “most popular approach to weight loss” in 2013 – proving just how gaga Americans go for food fads. Gluten-free eating may be a good idea for some, but in general there’s no reason to think going gluten-free will lead to weight loss. More
I’ll be so glad when the paleo diet and its ilk go out of vogue, though if the Atkins diet is any indication these sort of fad diet ideas have a way of hanging around for a while. The most recent round of anti-grain grumblings comes from cardiologist William Davis, who calls modern wheat “a perfect, chronic poison” that causes diabetes, inflammation, hypertension and heart disease. More
In 2007, a grad-school classmate of mine, Erin Christman, was diagnosed with a gluten intolerance. These days, gluten-free is becoming just another category of specialty food, like low-sodium, sugar-free or vegan. But just a few years ago, the term ‘gluten intolerance’ was frequently met with a blank stare. I interviewed Erin about her gluten sensitivity and how attitudes toward gluten intolerance (including her own) have changed in the five years since her diagnosis. More
Wheat allergy? Gluten sensitivity? Celiac’s diseases? Hypochondria? As awareness of gluten’s potential ill effects grows, so do the number of people who think they might benefit from a gluten-free diet. To help clear up individual confusion, and help doctors with diagnoses, an international group of experts is proposing a new system for classifying gluten-related disorders, from gluten sensitivity to autoimmune disorders like Celiac’s disease. More
When is gluten-free not gluten-free? A lot more often than you might realize. The U.S. Food and Drug Administration has never formally established guidelines for the term, meaning manufacturers have been able to decide for themselves how much gluten is acceptable in ‘gluten-free’ products. (Gee, what could go wrong with that?) More
Blisstree’s no enemy of prescripion meds when you need them; in fact, some of us are of the opinion that the demise of talk therapy might be good for depressed patients, who seriously just need a psychiatrist to meet their needs. But proponents of functional medicine, like Dr. Mark Hyman, say that attitude isn’t the best approach. Instead of treating depression like a Prozac deficiency, he says, we need to figure out what’s causing our mood shifts (and other chronic symptoms) in the first place.
“Just knowing you have depression isn’t helpful,” he said at a recent event hosted by New York City’s Urbanzen Foundation. He and other proponents of functional medicine say that diagnosing patients with a disease doesn’t bring them any closer to a cure. Instead of racing to a diagnosis and prescription meds, we should be searching for the source of our symptoms, which he says is often easy to cure without prescriptions or extreme treatment measures. More
Is there really a difference between white and brown rice? You bet. The only thing these two grains have in common is their initial seed-milling process. After that, they part ways. White rice requires several additional steps in its formulation, … More