Gluten Sensitivity

Daphne Oz Is Gluten-Free!

10 Comments 30 September 2009

The other day I found a detailed 10 page article titled, "Gluten-Free: Is It For Me?" on written by Daphne Oz.

"Who the heck is Daphne Oz?", was my first reaction.

Well, a little Google investigation led to photos of her with her famous dad Dr. Oz! Yes, the  doctor that visits the Oprah show regularly and now has his own show.

In the article she relates her personal experience with gluten and it sounds like she has a "gluten sensitivity" and not full blown celiac disease. Celiac disease is never defined as an autoimmune disease, although it is explained as setting off an autoimmune reaction.

I wish she would have clarified earlier on in the article the importance of getting tested for celiac disease before trying a gluten-free diet. Who knows, though, maybe the editors didn't want to scare people and thought it better to put the "warning" and "caveat" snuggled within the article so as not to scare people by mentioning it too soon? 

It was very interesting to see the actual figure of 15% attached to gluten sensitivity within the population. Does anyone know the source of this figure?

I also wish that the importance of not ever cheating had been mentioned. Those with celiac disease especially can't risk the heightened chance of developing additional auto-immune diseases, cancer, depression, etc. Is it really worth it to cheat on special occasions? Even those with only gluten sensitivity may want to re-think cheating after the recent study showing that they too have an increased risk of death compared to the general population. Along with that the study shows most patients now are asymptomatic, meaning without symptoms. Then again, I guess cheating is a personal choice each of us is entitled to make.

Even though there were a few things I wish she would have worded a little different, overall I think it's awesome that the gluten-free snowball is rolling closer and closer towards the Oprah Empire and I'd like to thank Daphne for helping out with celiac disease/gluten sensitivity awareness. Who knows? Maybe this will be a topic on Dr. Oz's new TV show someday. I hope so!

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    Karen says:

    My personal opinion on cheating is that you are the only person who will be hurt by it. I NEVER cheat, because I don’t like the way I feel for days after getting gluten in my system. it is bad enough when it is an accidental glutening. Why would I want to do that to myself intentionally?

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    Many institutions limit access to their online information. Making this information available will be an asset to all.

  3. 3

    I am so glad that Celiac is becoming more mainstream. It makes our lives easier!

    Can you explain the difference between gluten sensitivity and full blown Celiac? Also, I’m one of those who is self diagnosed. Why is it important to get a diagnosis?

    I never, ever cheat because of the extreme pain and reaction that follows.

    Thanks for the info!

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    People who are gluten sensitive don’t have the damage done to their intestines like those of us with CD. I had a positive blood test but a negative biopsy because I had been GF for over 6 months. I refuse to eat gluten for 6 months just to get a positive result. Now you are able to get a DNA test to see if you have the marker or not. I would never recommend eating gluten again just to see if the result is a positive. That would be a miserable time for most. If the DNA test says you are negative then you can’t have CD but you can still be sensitive to gluten. Hope this helps clarify.

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    Iris says:

    I get really frustrated when people tell me it’s okay to eat something with gluten every once in a while. I know how bad I feel (and I know the health risks) and no food is worth that!

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    Alecia says:

    I just found out I have gluten intolerance after going on an anti-inflammatory diet prescribed by my naturopath. My husband is gluten intolerant (he tested negative for Celiac even though his sister has it) and I didn’t think I was because we don’t share the same symptoms. I was put on the anti-inflammatory diet because of chronic fatigue, female issues/failure to conceive. I’ve been on the diet for 6 weeks now and when I introduced wheat, I felt awful! I accidentally ate some gluten over the weekend and I have a taste of how I was feeling 6 weeks ago. Ugh! At least I already have all the resources at my fingertips because of my husband. I was already eating 80-90% gluten free, but of course even a little will get you!

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    Erin S. says:

    With the pending Dr. Oz show about Celiac Disease to be aired on December 10th, I am curious to see if Dr. Oz will clear up any of the misunderstandings and discrepancies between Celiac Disease and gluten sensitivity. I also wonder if Daphne will be on the show.

    Gluten-Free Fun

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    Jenny says:

    I have written letters to the Oprah show, asking if they would do a show on celiac/gluten sensitivity. I’m still waiting…I hope that the topic does hit one of those shows, either Oprah or Dr. Oz. I’m surprised Dr. Oz hasn’t done a show yet, considering his daughter has gluten issues. Thanks for your post!

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    Kimberly says:

    I have been gluten-free for a little over a year now and I will not cheat! My elbows and the back of my neck break out in a rash (eczema-ish) and I feel foggy-minded and “off” plus the stomach-aches are just not worth it. I was gluten free for 5 weeks when I went to get tested. My physician told me to start eating gluten/wheat for a month and then get tested! I refused. I did get tested about six months ago and the test came back negative, which was to be expected considering I had been GF for some time. I do not need a test result to prove that I have a gluten intolerance. My body knows and that is all that matters.

    Quick question: Are gluten intolerance and gluten sensitivity interchangeable? If not, what is the difference?

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    i found your blog via google and it is exactly about my research topic i want some more interesting posts here hope you will keep me up to date.

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