The Confusing World of Gluten

Given all we know about gluten’s effect on those affected by the celiac disease, how likely is it that gluten is harmless to everybody else?

What’s Bugging the Gluten Blamers?

Kansas Summer Wheat and Storm Panorama

In November, Dr. Tom O’Bryan of gathered 29 researchers, clinicians and nutritionists to pool their intellectual and experiential resources for a Gluten Summit. Rye and barley also contain the protein they deem toxic, but wheat is by far the most consumed food product of the genre. One of the interesting features of the gluten […]

What’s So Bad About Gluten?

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What’s so bad about gluten? Well, nothing, according to mainstream medicine and Dr. Pretlow. The idea that gluten has particularly harmful qualities is not universally accepted. The majority opinion is that obesity results from eating too much food, i.e. consuming too many calories, and then not doing enough physical activity to work them off. And […]

Gluten: Not Addictive or the Problem, Says Dr. Pretlow

Dr. Robert A. Pretlow

Hi Childhood Obesity News Readers, I need to jump in on the gluten posts series. [Editor’s Note: “Dr. Mark Hyman Indicts Gluten,” “Dr. Daniel Amen Identifies 5 Brain Patterns of Overeaters,” “9 Ways Gluten Goes Undercover” and “Dr. William Davis Warns of Gluten“] I have a problem with the incrimination of gluten as a major cause of […]

9 Ways Gluten Goes Undercover

Gluten Free Aisle

In the science of forensics, transfer theory holds that a criminal will always leave trace evidence at the crime scene. A person with celiac disease has to be as suspicious and hyper-vigilant as a detective dusting for fingerprints. If the grocery store has bulk bins, the scoop you use to measure out some safe food […]

Dr. William Davis Warns of Gluten

staff of life

In 2011, William Davis, M.D., published the book Wheat Belly, whose message is that “over-consumption of wheat is the main cause of the obesity and diabetes crisis in the United States.” Some of his medical peers are uncomfortable with assigning so much blame to the fabled Staff of Life, and they all have different reasons. For […]

Dr. Mark Hyman Indicts Gluten

Bread Loaf

The best way to avoid foods that are bad for you is to stay away from foods with health claims on the label. They are usually hiding something bad. What a powerful quotation! These are the words of Dr. Mark Hyman, who, like Dr. Pretlow, has written and talked about food addiction. In Dr. Hyman’s […]

Is Gluten a Childhood Obesity Villain?


As a childhood obesity villain, gluten is one of the “usual suspects” and Childhood Obesity News has looked at the case against it before. takes an especially dim view of gluten: As many as 75% of overweight and obese people in the U.S. may be addicted … to either carbohydrates or the protein called […]

Many Find Gluten Addictive

Chocolate Cupcake at Meyerbeer's

Although “7 Worst Supermarket Rip-Offs” was first published by Men’s Health, authors David Zinczenko and Matt Goulding make it clear that they are passing along wisdom found in Eat This, Not That! Supermarket Survival Guide and Cook This, Not That! What wisdom might that be? The lowdown on a popular snack and an energy drink, […]

Still Hooked

It has been a while since addiction was discussed here, so the object of the next few posts is to catch up with ideas that people have had about the subject.