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I Don’t Choose to Be Gluten-Free — I Have to Be

My disease has become a national joke. That's a weird thing to digest, isn't it? I have a disease that more often than not is a punchline, especially with late night TV hosts. In 1996, on winter break from Hampshire College, I started feeling sick.

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Dr. Sears Comments:

Dr. Barry Sears

If you are a true celiac patient (about 1% of the population), then you have an auto-immune disease and must avoid gluten.  On the other hand, if you “gluten sensitive,”  it is more likely that you are FODMAP (fermentable oligo, di, monosacharide and polyalcohol) sensitive.  It has been shown that gluten-sensitive subjects are really FODMAP sensitive.   The gastric results are the same, but the molecular cause is different.

 

 

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