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Celiac Disease in the News - Elisabeth Hasselbeck's New Book

Posted May 08 2009 11:38pm

Elisabeth Hasselbeck

If you are tied into the gluten free community, you know there is a lot of buzz right now about Elisabeth Hasselbeck's new book The G-Free Diet: A Gluten-Free Survival Guide  .  I have not had a chance to read the book yet, but apparently it includes some misperceptions about celiac disease. Wednesday night on the Celiac List Serv  Elaine Monarch of the Celiac Disease Foundation posted this letter in response to Elisabeth's new book:

Celiac Colleagues:

I am writing to call your attention to the current publicity surrounding the
new book, The G-free Diet, A Gluten-Free Survival Guide by Elisabeth
Hasselbeck, co-host of The View. While it is important to call attention
to celiac disease, the information must be accurate - the inaccuracies in
this book are potentially dangerous and detrimental to celiacs and to those
yet to be diagnosed if people self diagnose and start eating GF. Our mission
is to assist in getting people accurately diagnosed and the message in this
book could defeat this mission. It appears that this book is being marketed
as a fitness diet - eat g-free and feel so much better. Celiac is
incorrectly referred to as an allergy not an autoimmune disease.

The GF diet is the medically mediated prescription that controls the
condition for a diagnosed celiac. Several items in the book are misleading
and inaccurate and place further limitations on the GF diet. The
gluten-free lifestyle is a lifelong commitment for the diagnosed celiac, not
an option, not a fad diet - adhering to the GF lifestyle requires patience
and persistence. This lifestyle can not be trivialized.

Thank you.

Elaine Monarch

Celiac Disease Foundation
Founder & Executive Director
13251 Ventura Blvd. Suite 1
Studio City, CA 91604

Like I said, I have not read the book but I did watch the interview of Elisabeth on Larry King Live last night.  I thought she did a good job, but you can click here  to watch the interview yourself and reach your own conclusions.  She begins talking about celiac disease 12:55 into the interview.

Martha Stewart Magazine:

On a less controversial note, Martha Stewart Magazine also had an article on gluten free living which includes recipes for a delicious looking chocolate cake.  Thanks to the Internet you do not have to buy the magazine to read the article.  Just click here and it will take you to Martha's website.

Health Magazine

I was waiting for my daughter flipping through a Health Magazine and ran across an article on addressing causes of tiredness in women.  Guess what?  Celiac disease was mentioned as one of the causes.  Sorry I could not find this article on line. 

What about in your area?

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