Journal, Summer 2006, Celiac Disease

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Wise Traditions, Volume 7, Number 2


  • Modern Diseases:
  • Health Issues: The Town of Allopath, What happens when modern medical science leads us astray


President’s Message: Grains

by Sally Fallon

Certain nutritional subjects elicit strong feelings. . . milk is one of them, often bringing proponents and detractors close to blows. Add grains to the list of topics that evoke firmly held opinions: from the view that grains should form the basis of our diet to warnings that grains are the source of all our ills. With the rise in grain allergies and celiac disease, the debate has taken on renewed fervor. . . and pressing urgency.

This issue of Wise Traditions takes on this controversial topic, not so much to provide definitive answers on the origins of celiac disease, but to cast light on a medical mystery: why it is that grains, especially gluten-containing grains, are contributing to so many serious medical problems today when they have been a part of human diets (including several diets described by Dr. Price) for thousands of years. We raise the possibility that the increasing incidence of celiac disease is due not so much to bad genes (which the baking industry would prefer us to believe) but to bad bread.

Always with a view to solutions, we have included a protocol for recovery from celiac disease and suggestions on what we can do to safely incorporate bread and other grain-based foods into our diet. We also provide suggestions for those unable to consume gluten grains in any form. Most importantly, we offer ways to prevent celiac disease and gluten intolerance in future generations.

We are also focusing on children in this issue, with an article on diapers in our Growing Wise Kids series as well as a look at treating and preventing sunburn. If you have any topics concerning children you’d like us to explore in future issues, please let us know.

Speaking of children, congratulations and thank you to Alexandria, Virginia chapter leader Janice Curtin, who succeeded in having a letter published in the Washington Post, April 4. “You have really gone too far this time!” wrote Janice, commenting on an article endorsing the serving of diet sodas, soy milk and nonfat milk in our schools.

Plans for our 7th annual conference are coming together nicely. Conference fees will be the same price as last year if you register before September 15. After that, prices go up. Early registration really helps us in our conference planning, so we are offering this incentive to our members.

We have actually considerably lowered the price for CEUs to encourage more participation. And something new this year–poster presentations by health professionals. Those professional members who would like to present case histories and observations on the use and benefits of WAPF dietary principles are strongly urged to participate. See our website for details.

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