FOR THE LOVE OF FOOD: Ignorance motivates gluten science, how to build a reliable exercise habit, and how much you need to lose to prevent diabetes

by | May 26, 2017

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This week ignorance motivates gluten science, how to build a reliable exercise habit, and how much you need to lose to prevent diabetes.

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5 Responses to “FOR THE LOVE OF FOOD: Ignorance motivates gluten science, how to build a reliable exercise habit, and how much you need to lose to prevent diabetes”

  1. Meggy Grijalva says:

    The gluten article was super interesting, in how it looked at the disconnect between patients, doctors, and science. I live in a hippie capital of the world, where people are constantly taking alternative health ideas to the extreme. I can’t tell you how often that I am the only one at the table WITHOUT a dietary restriction (although I do prefer to eat plenty of vegetables at every meal). I think it’s important that doctors come to realize the influences on their patients, and learn how to speak to them in a language they can relAte to (rather than just brushing off some theory, listening and taking seriously the concern, and giving them real, scientifically-informed feedback).
    It’s also important that doctors recognize where their knowledge is lacking. Given all we are learning about the connection between diet and genetics, and given that most chronic disease is, at least, related to diet (as in the food we eat) and exercise, it’s crazy how little time is spent on nutrition (which I suppose could be pretty simple: eat REAL food) and behavioral change in medical training.
    Thanks for sharing, Darya! And welcome back to California!

  2. Justine says:

    I suspect part of the reason gluten-free diets are so popular now is the American approach to healthcare. Speaking as a Canadian who’s lived in the US for the last 6 years, it seems like a lot of Americans are suspicious of doctors and have the mindset that they need to take charge of their medical issues on their own. Lacking medical degrees, junk science promoting fad diets is an easy answer for their health problems. This isn’t necessarily their fault- in Canada, I felt like doctors were a lot more interested in helping me and providing preventive care than doctors here in the US. (I listen to doctors here too, of course- they went to medical school, duh.) I also noticed that unlike doctors in Canada, doctor’s offices here advertise a lot of expensive services (supplements, etc.) and the overall relationship feels more like client-business than patient-doctor.

    Mind, this is assuming that gluten-free diets haven’t taken off in Canada the they have here, which I have no idea about.

    Wish I could read the Wall Street Journal article, but it’s behind a paywall. :(

  3. Good info Darya,I agree with the electronic feedback devices like calorie counters and pedometers. They don’t seem overly accurate. Accountability may be its best asset.:)

    Cheers

  4. Raquel says:

    I love the gluten-free article. I honestly struggle to understand certain food hypes, I feel a bit lost certain times.

    “In fact, not only does gluten not cause heart disease in the general population, but people who go gluten-free seem to actually be putting themselves at an increased risk of heart disease” – I will share this one will all my friends who do not have a celiac disease and just eat gluten-free because it’s “healthier”.

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