Celiac Disease in the News - Elisabeth Hasselbeck's New Book
Posted May 08 2009 11:38pm
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:
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.
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.
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.