Saturday, May 16, 2009

The Early Show Boosts Awareness

Yesterday on The Early Show, Harry Smith and nutritionist/TV host Emma Buckley discussed celiac disease and its treatment—a gluten-free diet. Here's the segment. (I removed the embedded video due to technical difficulties.) It's good coverage, though Buckley (who recently interviewed NFCA spokesperson Heidi Collins of CNN) overrates the efficacy of FDA oversight. Also, the accompanying PDF probably should have omitted mentions of stamp and envelope adhesives due to lack of evidence that the gum includes gluten. (I also question the warning about distilled alcohol—as the Canadian Celiac Association (CCA) put it, "Distilled alcoholic beverages such as gin, vodka, scotch whisky and rye whiskey are made from the fermentation of wheat, barley or rye. Since they are distilled, they do not contain prolamins and are allowed unless otherwise contraindicated.")

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