Deconstructing Nonsense Asthma Claims About Food: Gluten Edition
Having studied health-related things in school, I have a long of strong opinions on this topic. Shocker, right? Diet is one of those things, and here’s why: I don’t believe that any specific diet or supplement is going to cure or even treat my asthma. With the exception of people with legitimate food allergies who need to avoid certain foods (which may or may not cause asthma symptoms), those actual Celiac disease who need to avoid gluten to halt symptoms caused by the autoimmune response to gluten, people with other food intolerances (lactose, for instance), or in the cases of vitamin or mineral deficiencies, I do not believe that an array of supplements or dietary changes will improve my asthma.
For those who need a briefing on gluten, here’s what I know: gluten is present in wheat, oats, rye and barley (and contains two proteins, which Google had to tell me)1. By the way, the use of the word “gluten” has gone up steadily since 1996 or so, though we’re nowhere near the peak in 1847, interestingly (Google Word Trends is da bomb, guys).
So of course, one of my old YouTube videos about asthma got this comment which was promptly deleted—but not before I copied it here ;).
“I HAVE A CURE FOR ASTHMA - stop eating gluten. Asthmatics are allergic to gluten. Only takes 1 week on a gluten-free diet to start feeling good. It worked for me."
Nope. Let’s deconstruct this okay?
I HAVE A CURE FOR ASTHMA!
- Stop yelling, to start.
- Last I checked, asthma was still incurable. Per Google, on February 13, Medical News Today, Scientific American and even Deepak Chopra acknowledge this.
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