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Having a Laugh About Gluten
Townhall.com ^ | July 6, 2014 | Bruce Bialosky

Posted on 07/06/2014 8:45:50 AM PDT by Kaslin

It all started while we were on vacation and watched a video on the Daily Caller from the Jimmy Kimmel show. Jimmy likes to continue a tradition of the “Man on the Street” interviews started by the original late night guy – Steve Allen. This time Jimmy was on a mission to show that anti-gluten is fueled mainly by ignorance. Four saps were lured into telling the world that they would never let gluten touch their lips or enter their body. Then when asked to describe what gluten is they were left on the clown pile of life helplessly babbling.

Personally, I was a naysayer on the subject of gluten as the California crazies hopped on the bandwagon of the mania. That was until my endocrinologist told me that avoiding gluten would help me control my blood sugar level while I was losing weight which aided my avoiding diabetes. Mr. Kimmel sent me to the internet to research the subject to avoid the pratfalls of other health-crazed Californians.

What I found was that gluten is a protein found in grains – particularly wheat, rye and barley. Gluten causes dough to rise and gives it a chewy texture. It is true that some people have intolerance to gluten, but it is not an allergy – it is just an intolerance. That is estimated to be one person out of every 133. Here is where the fun starts – there has never (yes, never) been a study that has shown that avoiding gluten for the other 132 people without an intolerance has any beneficial effect. But don’t try to convince the crazed people who have sworn off gluten as if it were a deadly poison.

Then I found out that corn, rice, and potatoes have no gluten. Being the cynical person I am, it occurs to me who might be behind this entire fad. Certainly there is no science behind it, but there sure is plenty of push to avoid gluten. Could it be corn, rice, and potato growers have banded together to convince the American public to eat their product and avoid those other foods? No that would never happen – would it? We never been told something was good for us and then later experienced an Emily Litella (Gilda Radner) moment – Never Mind.

Then I read about Peter Gibson, a professor from Melbourne, Australia, who did a study in 2011 that found gluten intolerance is a genuine condition. The study was widely accepted and accelerated the concern about gluten launching an increase of 50 percent in the sale of gluten-free products in the United States. However, Gibson did not have the “settled science” lobby breathing down his neck and redid his testing. He discovered that the reactions found in the first tests were not actually related to gluten. As stated in the article in Real Clear Science, “The rise in non-celiac gluten sensitivity seems predominantly driven by consumers and commercial interests, not quality scientific research.”

Concurrent with the world realizing that gluten-mania was driven by both false science and irrational exuberance, we have found out that the entire basis of our diet has been founded on bad science. The original research was done by a man named Ancel Keys and then accepted unflinchingly by the establishment that embraces these issues, like the American Heart Association, Centers for Disease Control and the Agriculture Dept. Some have questioned Keys’ work over the past 50 years, but we have been told that the consumption of animal fat in our diet was too high and we needed to avoid it. It has become “settled science.”

Then the Annals of Internal Medicine actually did an extensive study and found out animal fat is not the leading cause for heart disease, diabetes and obesity. So butter that corn and down that steak because that is not what is causing heart disease. Just do it in moderation.

Now the entire food world has turned over the essence of what is a good diet except – the American Heart Association (AHA). For good fun we read a column in that radical, right-wing publication—The Daily Beast – telling of the AHA’s refusal to alter their guidelines regarding consumption of saturated fats. Wow, nothing more amusing than seeing the left go after the left. But the doctor who wrote the column blamed “commercial interests.” Excuse me! The AHA is part of the left-of-center, East Coast intelligentsia. Don’t try and hang this one on us – the Republicans. We still eat our meat and baby backs. We didn’t fall for all this malarkey. But accepting blame for their errors has never been a big feature of the left – (note their blame of GWB for the last decade).

The reality is that food fads are food fads, science is never settled, and eating a well-balanced diet which includes fruits, vegetables, grains, meats, and yes some fats, will keep you in good stead unless you indulge in gluttony. Also, what you eat is your choice and if you want to die with a cheeseburger hanging from your lips God bless you. But watching the left genuflect to the latest food fad or any other unscientific craze is always great entertainment.

So this 4th of July weekend eat those hot dogs and burgers and enjoy yourself with reckless abandon while you celebrate your freedom from the food police.


TOPICS: Culture/Society; Editorial
KEYWORDS: food; gluten; glutenfree; grainlobby; july4th; junkscience; science
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1 posted on 07/06/2014 8:45:50 AM PDT by Kaslin
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To: Kaslin

I have a friend who has decided that all the evils that befall her body are cause by.....gluten.
I just laugh and eat what I want.


2 posted on 07/06/2014 8:49:15 AM PDT by sheana
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To: Kaslin

avoiding carbs is a good thing for most people no matter in what form they come.


3 posted on 07/06/2014 8:49:50 AM PDT by morphing libertarian ( On to impeachment and removal (IRS, Taliban, Fast and furious, VA, Benghazi)!!!)
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To: sheana

Well, I’ve been called a glutton before.


4 posted on 07/06/2014 8:51:06 AM PDT by rktman (Ethnicity: Nascarian. Race: Daytonafivehundrian)
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To: sheana

Good for you.


5 posted on 07/06/2014 8:53:21 AM PDT by Kaslin (He needed the ignorant to reelect him, and he got them. Now we all have to pay the consequenses)
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To: Kaslin

Nice article, thanks.


6 posted on 07/06/2014 8:53:46 AM PDT by Fungi
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To: morphing libertarian

Definitely!

As for gluten, we ditched gluten as a family 2 years ago to see what would happen and several family members improved certain areas of their health dramatically. One example is that 2 weeks into it my son’s daily headaches just stopped.

There are many in-depth scientific studies done showing the adverse effect of gluten on the average Joe. So, not sure what this Bruce guy is talking about.


7 posted on 07/06/2014 8:55:18 AM PDT by MiddleEarth (With hope or without hope we'll follow the trail of our enemies. Woe to them, if we prove the faster)
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To: morphing libertarian
I watch people who think they are gluten free eating all sorts of gluten. Gluten is in damn near everything. Salad dressings, condiments, etc. It is very difficult to go truly gluten free.

I tried it some years ago, before it was trendy. I was down to about 25 foods I could eat. I think I lasted about 90 days. I don't remember if I felt better.

8 posted on 07/06/2014 8:56:29 AM PDT by riri (Plannedopolis-look it up. It's how the elites plan for US to live.)
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To: sheana
Here's what I think the problem is....over processed gluten sources. The gluten in 100% whole grain wheat or other grains is fine and it's healthy. The body digests it no problem. But with the processing that's done, some systems can't properly digest the glop that's passed off as food. Another problem is added "gluten" as an ingredient. It messes up the balance of the food. It's a cute trick the food manufacturers use to up the protein content which was destroyed in processing.

What I find hilarious is people who will insist on "gluten free" meals and then eat a donut as a snack.

9 posted on 07/06/2014 8:57:44 AM PDT by grania
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To: MiddleEarth; riri

It’s hard to go 100% carb free. Maybe 30-34 grams per day.

That’s all I’m counting. I lose weight and inches and it’s good for me to be low sugar.

Nor sure all the foods that have gluten, but haven’t had bread or dough for 3 weeks.

Type 2 diabetes


10 posted on 07/06/2014 8:59:26 AM PDT by morphing libertarian ( On to impeachment and removal (IRS, Taliban, Fast and furious, VA, Benghazi)!!!)
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To: morphing libertarian

30-40 grams


11 posted on 07/06/2014 8:59:47 AM PDT by morphing libertarian ( On to impeachment and removal (IRS, Taliban, Fast and furious, VA, Benghazi)!!!)
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To: morphing libertarian

ignorant making that statement.

“To meet the body’s daily nutritional needs while minimizing risk for chronic disease, adults should get 45% to 65% of their calories from carbohydrates, 20% to 35% from fat, and 10% to 35% from protein.

There is only one way to get fiber — eat plant foods. Plants such as fruits and vegetables are quality carbohydrates that are loaded with fiber. Studies show an increased risk for heart disease with low-fiber diets. There is also some evidence to suggest that fiber in the diet may also help to prevent colon cancer and promote weight control.”

http://www.webmd.com/food-recipes/features/carbohydrates


12 posted on 07/06/2014 8:59:49 AM PDT by UB355 (Slower traffic keep right)
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To: UB355

Yeah after reading 10-12 books and going through it and having diabetes, I’m more and more ignorant every day.

Do what works for you and allow all of us ignorant people our bliss.


13 posted on 07/06/2014 9:01:52 AM PDT by morphing libertarian ( On to impeachment and removal (IRS, Open Borders, pro-terrorist, Fast and furious, VA, Benghazi)!!!)
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To: UB355

being low carb does not preclude all vegetables.

Your ignorant friend


14 posted on 07/06/2014 9:02:42 AM PDT by morphing libertarian ( On to impeachment and removal (IRS, Open Borders, pro-terrorist, Fast and furious, VA, Benghazi)!!!)
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To: Kaslin
Then I found out that corn, rice, and potatoes have no gluten. Being the cynical person I am, it occurs to me who might be behind this entire fad. Certainly there is no science behind it, but there sure is plenty of push to avoid gluten. Could it be corn, rice, and potato growers have banded together to convince the American public to eat their product and avoid those other foods?

BINGO


15 posted on 07/06/2014 9:04:46 AM PDT by a fool in paradise (The new witchhunt: "Do you NOW, . . . or have you EVER , . . supported traditional marriage?")
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To: morphing libertarian

Yes, it is but that’s pretty low, which is good. I’m around 20 grams a meal.

If you’re interested, I recommend George Stella’s Complete Low-Carb cookbook. You can find it on Amazon. George Stella was a chef so his recipes are always delicious...and usually pretty easy. Now, they are all gluten-free as well.


16 posted on 07/06/2014 9:04:48 AM PDT by MiddleEarth (With hope or without hope we'll follow the trail of our enemies. Woe to them, if we prove the faster)
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To: All
Sounds like a cue for a gluten-free recipe (snix).

These are a good BBQ alternative for those who are gluten-free.

Brush cooked baked potatoes shells halved lngthwise with garlic butter. Crisp on grill 4-4-1/2 min per side. SPOON sliced grilled franks into potato shells; drizzle with BBQ sauce, and top with cheese. Grill/melt. Serve topped with sour cream and chives.

You can even fool yourself: leave grilled franks whole and slip into potato skins---like you would a bun---add fave toppings.

17 posted on 07/06/2014 9:04:51 AM PDT by Liz (Another Clinton administration? Are you nuts?)
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To: Kaslin

Several years ago, I read a glowing article about the agriculture department at a major east coast university earning money by planting several thousand acres of broccoli.

Several months later, I read a glowing article from the science department at that same east coast university extolling the health benefits of — guess what veggy.


18 posted on 07/06/2014 9:05:30 AM PDT by TomGuy
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To: morphing libertarian

LOL! “no matter in what form they come”. We talkin’ the people or the glue-ton?


19 posted on 07/06/2014 9:05:50 AM PDT by rktman (Ethnicity: Nascarian. Race: Daytonafivehundrian)
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To: MiddleEarth

Thanx. I’ll check it out.


20 posted on 07/06/2014 9:06:13 AM PDT by morphing libertarian ( On to impeachment and removal (IRS, Open Borders, pro-terrorist, Fast and furious, VA, Benghazi)!!!)
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To: Kaslin

I live by one dietary rule.

If it tastes good, I eat it.


21 posted on 07/06/2014 9:06:19 AM PDT by Graybeard58 ( What? came the word of God out from you? or came it unto you only? 1 Cor. 13, V.36)
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To: rktman

I’m no one to brag about human form, unless you’re fond of pears. LOL


22 posted on 07/06/2014 9:07:04 AM PDT by morphing libertarian ( On to impeachment and removal (IRS, Open Borders, pro-terrorist, Fast and furious, VA, Benghazi)!!!)
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To: Kaslin

was at dinner with 2 other couples recently. It took 45 minutes to order - “Is this gluten free?”, “I’m a lacto-ovo vegetarian so do you use any ...?”, “I have a nut allergy....”


23 posted on 07/06/2014 9:07:30 AM PDT by llevrok (Straight. Since 1950.)
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To: grania

I really enjoy watching her eat a ‘hamburger’ with no bun. rofl


24 posted on 07/06/2014 9:07:46 AM PDT by sheana
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To: rktman
Wrap sandwiches with bacon stead of using bread.

#FARFRUMGLUTEN

25 posted on 07/06/2014 9:09:04 AM PDT by a fool in paradise (The new witchhunt: "Do you NOW, . . . or have you EVER , . . supported traditional marriage?")
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To: morphing libertarian

LOL! Apples? Sometimes I feel like Mr. Potato Head.


26 posted on 07/06/2014 9:09:13 AM PDT by rktman (Ethnicity: Nascarian. Race: Daytonafivehundrian)
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To: morphing libertarian

There’s nothing wrong with carbs. It’s what you do WITH the carbs. Carbs are engery, eat em and sit on your couch and bad things happen; eat em on a hike or before hitting the bike trail and they’ll help you finish the trip safely.


27 posted on 07/06/2014 9:09:41 AM PDT by discostu (Ladies and gentlemen watch Ruth!)
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To: Kaslin

Here is another new ‘urban legend’ debunked, this time about low salt diets.

If you have heart problems, better read and consider the evidence. Low salt can kill you.

http://www.nytimes.com/2012/06/03/opinion/sunday/we-only-think-we-know-the-truth-about-salt.html?_r=0


28 posted on 07/06/2014 9:10:19 AM PDT by Balding_Eagle (I am a citizen of an idea called America.)
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To: a fool in paradise

Careful. I got slam-hammered on here once after making reference about bacon by someone who is alergic to pork products. (Other than a mus-slime)


29 posted on 07/06/2014 9:10:45 AM PDT by rktman (Ethnicity: Nascarian. Race: Daytonafivehundrian)
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To: morphing libertarian

Sure.

He does call for Splenda in the dessert section which I personally don’t really use anymore (not sure of it’s safety) but you can just substitute whatever sweetener you do use.


30 posted on 07/06/2014 9:10:58 AM PDT by MiddleEarth (With hope or without hope we'll follow the trail of our enemies. Woe to them, if we prove the faster)
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To: UB355
To meet the body’s daily nutritional needs while minimizing risk for chronic disease, adults should get 45% to 65% of their calories from carbohydrates

Sugar?

31 posted on 07/06/2014 9:11:25 AM PDT by ROCKLOBSTER (Celebrate "Republicans Freed the Slaves" Month.)
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To: riri

I tried one of those all the veggies one could eat, but little meat, bread, etc, diet.

I noticed no matter how much lettuce salad I consumed, I always had a gnawing hungry feeling.

Finally, I said heck with this, and fixed some steak. The hunger dissipated almost immediately. Conclusion: Veggies are okay to supplement, but we are meat eaters.

==

The main culprit seems to be carbs, because the body changes those into sugar.


32 posted on 07/06/2014 9:11:45 AM PDT by TomGuy
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To: sheana

I can tell you gluten sensitivity/allergy is real. My older son has very definite reactions. A specialized blood test showed antibodies to gluten. The key offender is a seven amino acid peptide. In the string, in the fourth position, is a “misplaced” amino acid.

The theory is that the resulting misbinding to neural receptors results in what is called “synapse clipping”.

The behavioral changes are striking and disturbing.

So long as he avoids gluten containing foods he is relatively fine.


33 posted on 07/06/2014 9:13:48 AM PDT by bioqubit
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To: Graybeard58

I myself am on the seafood diet - if I see food, I eat it.


34 posted on 07/06/2014 9:15:12 AM PDT by sima_yi ( Reporting live from the far North)
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To: discostu
eat em and sit on your couch and bad things happen

Everybody in America does that.

eat em on a hike or before hitting the bike trail

Nobody does that.

35 posted on 07/06/2014 9:16:09 AM PDT by ROCKLOBSTER (Celebrate "Republicans Freed the Slaves" Month.)
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To: MiddleEarth

I’m a big fan of sugar-free banana pudding and chocolate whipped cream


36 posted on 07/06/2014 9:17:12 AM PDT by morphing libertarian ( On to impeachment and removal (IRS, Open Borders, pro-terrorist, Fast and furious, VA, Benghazi)!!!)
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To: Kaslin

I don’t think that it’s nice to make fun of glutens. Glutens are people too! Some of my best friends are glutens. I dated a gluten once in college. I think our society suffers from an intolerance towards glutens.
Look at the University of Massachusetts......The Fighting Glutens. Where is their tolerance?


37 posted on 07/06/2014 9:18:01 AM PDT by blueunicorn6 ("A crack shot and a good dancer")
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To: TomGuy
The main culprit seems to be carbs, because the body changes those into sugar.

The body starts converting starch into sugar, the instant it contacts saliva in your mouth.

38 posted on 07/06/2014 9:19:16 AM PDT by ROCKLOBSTER (Celebrate "Republicans Freed the Slaves" Month.)
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To: sheana

What works for one person may not another. Personally I wouldn’t keep a friend that made fun of me.


39 posted on 07/06/2014 9:19:16 AM PDT by driftdiver (I could eat it raw, but why do that when I have a fire.)
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To: Kaslin
Ever since I was a small boy, I have heard others proclaim "Eat this, don't eat that." Everybody's an expert on what is good to eat and what isn't and they never hesitate to proffer their opinion.

Eat margarine, not butter. No wait, eat butter instead.

Don't eat egg yolks, eat the whites only. No, wait...

Don't eat bacon. Don't eat red meat. Don't eat bread. Don't eat peanut butter. Don't eat fish, it's high in mercury. Don't eat cheese, it's high in fat. Don't eat potatoes. Don't eat white rice, eat brown rice instead. Eat shrimp, no wait, nevermind.

40 posted on 07/06/2014 9:20:27 AM PDT by SamAdams76
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To: blueunicorn6

LOL


41 posted on 07/06/2014 9:21:42 AM PDT by Kaslin (He needed the ignorant to reelect him, and he got them. Now we all have to pay the consequenses)
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To: Graybeard58

We’ve been eating gluten all these years and now we should be alarmed? NOT.....eat a balanced diet whenever possible and maintain some level of physical activity.
I could care less if my carbs have gluten so long as I’m not OD’ing on them. But that’s just IMO.


42 posted on 07/06/2014 9:22:59 AM PDT by tflabo (Truth or tryranny)
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To: driftdiver

Oh so sensitive. She can eat what she wants and I’ll eat what I want. No one said I make fun of her.


43 posted on 07/06/2014 9:23:02 AM PDT by sheana
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To: Kaslin

If there is such a thing as gluten intolerance, it’s probably caused by the contemporary mania for vaccination. Vaccination is not a harmless thing, as the veterinary profession has of late discovered, much to its distress, since vaccination is the bread-and-butter of veterinary revenue.


44 posted on 07/06/2014 9:23:37 AM PDT by Mr Ramsbotham (Laws against sodomy are honored in the breech.)
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To: ROCKLOBSTER

I do. I know plenty of people that do. Maybe you need a more active and interesting crowd.


45 posted on 07/06/2014 9:26:14 AM PDT by discostu (Ladies and gentlemen watch Ruth!)
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To: bioqubit
gluten sensitivity/allergy is real

>> That is estimated to be one person out of every 133. << (from the article)

46 posted on 07/06/2014 9:26:23 AM PDT by ROCKLOBSTER (Celebrate "Republicans Freed the Slaves" Month.)
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To: morphing libertarian
avoiding carbs is a good thing for most people no matter in what form they come.

Complex carbs (starches), good; simple carbs (sugars with no nutrients), bad.

47 posted on 07/06/2014 9:28:32 AM PDT by jeffc (The U.S. media are our enemy)
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To: TomGuy

When I grew up, my family had one day in the week that was totally meatless. I wished I had kept the tradition


48 posted on 07/06/2014 9:29:04 AM PDT by Kaslin (He needed the ignorant to reelect him, and he got them. Now we all have to pay the consequenses)
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To: riri

Meat, fish, vegetables, fruits, cheese/most dairy, nuts, oils... These are all whole, unprocessed foods. They’re generally very healthy for you, and are all gluten free. There are hundreds of options within these types of foods alone. Not sure how you ended up with only 25.


49 posted on 07/06/2014 9:31:02 AM PDT by coop71
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To: Kaslin

I have discovered over the last 2 or 3 years that wheat causes problems in my gut, colitis, etc. The doctor did a blood test for gluten sensitivity and I came out negative according to the test BUT if I eat something made out of wheat more than once a week................ I am very sorry that I did.


50 posted on 07/06/2014 9:31:27 AM PDT by Ditter
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