Avoiding Gluten Is Getting Easier, But For Many People Doing So May Not Be Smart

The Washington Post

Washington Post columnist Carolyn Butler examines gluten-free facts versus the latest health-fad hype. Butler interviews Gary Kaplan of the Kaplan Center for Integrative Medicine in McLean, VA who sees a growing number of people having problems digesting gluten.  This number includes children with wheat allergies to an estimated 1% of Americans who have celiac disease.  New research has also identified some with less serious gluten sensitivities who don’t test positive for a wheat allergy and who don’t meet the full criteria for having celiac disease.   Kaplan generally recommends a full medical work-up for patients with any one of many associated conditions, including irritable bowel syndrome, Type 1 diabetes, thyroid disease, infertility and chronic fatigue syndrome, or a family history of celiac.