Robb Wolf on gluten sensitivity, culprits, and self-care

May 16, 2014

There’s some new research that suggests that “non celiac gluten sensitivity” (not the same thing as the autoimmune Celiac disease) might not actually be related to gluten, but rather FODMAPs. We find these in a lot of bread-related products, which might explain the confusion behind the true culprit here.

Robb Wolf’s commentary, however, takes a different approach:

If people have a health problem, should they wait until “all the research” is in?

An emerging model of healthcare, one that I am growing fond of, is catching our problems early, instead of waiting until lagging indicators catch up to us and we need a doctor to fix it for us.

Yes we have some great treatment interventions that save lives, but the current model is so expensive it will likely bankrupt westernized countries.

And furthermore, from a new paper on cardiovascular disease:

We do not need to wait for huge randomized double blind prospective outcome studies to prove such a platform will be superior. We have no choice. We have proven that the current platform leads to insolvency.

The takeaway, at least to me, is that it doesn’t ultimately matter whether its Celiac, NCGS, or FODMAPs; if removing gluten from your diet makes you feel better, improves your blood chemistry, or whatever, then do it. The science—for now—can only tell us so much.

Relatedly, I’ve been about 75% gluten-free for a month or so now. It’s too early to report any serious changes, but I plan on keeping it up and coming to my own conclusions—because why not?