July 2015

Celiac and pesticides

I’ve gotten a few emails in response to the NYT “gluten myth” piece asking how I could ignore pesticides in the celiac question. Interesting you should ask (and it’s something I want to look into) While reporting, one scientist did in fact mention pesticide residues in food as a possible explanation for the rise of celiac. When I asked for evidence in support of the idea, however, he said that
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Notes on the Gluten Myths

I have a piece on “gluten myths” in the NYT Sun Review. It’s received a fair amount of attention. And I’ve received a few unhappy emails. So a few clarifications: The piece in no way argues that people who have problems with gluten shouldn’t go on a gluten free diet. In fact, it acknowledges the robust evidence of a real increase over time in celiac disease. And although this isn’t
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The Myth of Big, Bad Gluten

AS many as one in three Americans tries to avoid gluten, a protein found in wheat, barley and rye. Gluten-free menus, gluten-free labels and gluten-free guests at summer dinners have proliferated. Some of the anti-glutenists argue that we haven’t eaten wheat for long enough to adapt to it as a species. Agriculture began just 12,000 years ago, not enough time for our bodies, which evolved over millions of years, prima
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Can We Spot Soldiers at Risk for PTSD?

The bomb that shattered Travis Adams’s peace of mind never actually exploded. Its timer went off, but the bomb malfunctioned. Still, the 25-year-old U.S. marine remained haunted by the memory of an explosive device diabolically concealed beneath a tempting array of cookies and candies. Whoever had set it that day in Iraq must have planned to blow up children. “People are evil if they’re willing to do that
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