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In my clinic I see many people with autoimmune conditions, gastrointestinal problems, neurological and cutaneous (skin) diseases. A remarkably high percentage of them are intolerant to wheat, gluten or other grains. In some cases they have found no improvement with a gluten-free diet, or have been told by their doctor that they are not coeliac, but once they eliminate all or nearly all grains they have show remarkable improvements.

Articles in this section look at the emerging evidence. You can find our grain free recipes here.


Gluten-free diet MAY be unhealthy and MAY increase risk of heart attack (or not) (12/May/17) - Fake news; alternative facts; plus a dose of healthy skepticism. We take a look behind the recent gluten headlines. Continue reading
Gluten Update April 2017 (28/Apr/17) - Gluten disrupts microbiome; Relatives of coeliacs often gluten sensitive; NCGS persists after 8 years on gluten-free diet + more Continue reading
Gluten – what we learned in 2016 (part 2) – the Great Imitator (7/Feb/17) - In part 2 of our gluten update we look at 20+ conditions that were linked to gluten in 2016. Essential reading for understanding this multifaceted toxin. Continue reading
Gluten – what we learned in 2016 (part 1) (22/Jan/17) - A summary of key developments in our understanding of grain related disorders. Continue reading
Why no one should eat grains. Part 3: Ten more reasons to avoid wheat (30/Oct/15) - Beyond coeliac disease and NCGS – we look at the many ways that wheat can affect everyone. Includes new groundbreaking research. Continue reading
More Evidence William Davis Was Right: Wheat Does Increase Obesity According to New Study (12/Oct/15) - SCOOP: new trial demonstrates that gluten increases weight gain via suppression of thermogenesis Continue reading
Why no one should eat grains. Part 2 – The definitive guide to Non Coeliac Gluten Sensitivity (27/Aug/15) - A detailed examination of the current science on this recently recognised gluten pathology. Includes new videos from world class researchers. Continue reading
Why no one should eat grains. Part 1 – The tip of the Iceberg (23/Jun/15) - Understand coeliac disease and you will know why eating gluten is playing Russian roulette with your health. Continue reading
The chemical warfare on your plate (7/Jun/15) - The fascinating story of how natural insecticides in plants can be good for us, but how wheat has evolved the ability to turn an insect's immune system against itself... oh, and us. Continue reading
NY Times: “Can Celiac Disease Affect the Brain?” (17/Oct/14) - This is a great article looking at the links between gluten and brain disorders. Recommended! Continue reading
Gluten and Schizophrenia – does it all start in the womb? (12/Oct/14) - Research is now identifying how schizophrenia starts in the womb Maternal infections and dietary antigens such as gluten are implicated A key immune molecule C1q has been identified which links schizophrenia, gluten and neuronal development in the unborn child Evidence … Continue reading
New Study Vindicates William Davis: Modern Wheat is more Toxic than Ancient Varieties (16/Feb/14) - Study shows modern wheat aggravates IBS more than ancient strains. Continue reading
Grain-free diets (20/Jan/13) - Removal of grains and all refined foods is one of the hallmarks of the “Paleolithic” diet, a modern way of eating that attempts to approximate the characteristics of ancestral diets. Although the literature of clinical studies of this dietary pattern … Continue reading
Third Food and Health Group Meeting – Grains (20/Jan/13) - Our third meeting was on the topic of cereal grains, such as wheat, rye, oats, rice, corn and barley. Unfortunately, due to a mix up with the room booking we ended up in the smaller upstairs room. To make matters even more … Continue reading

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Thinking of going vegan or avoiding red meat? Read this first…

Influential celebrity promotion is fuelling a rise in vegan diets, but can this ideologically driven movement really be healthy? Above: Keeping up with the Kardashians star Kylie Jenner, and footballer Jermain Defoe, both champion the vegan diet. Perhaps they should stick to what they’re good at.

This article was originally going to be part of the July 2017 News Round-Up, but there were so many news items about veganism that month that I decided to give it it’s own post and include more commentary.

Vegan diets are suddenly being promoted by every celebrity and her dog. Another major recruiting factor is a sensational documentary out on Netflix “What the Health” which is pumping the anti-meat message hard. Fortunately, Vox (Jul 26th) takes the film’s twisted message to task and untangles the facts brilliantly (Thank you Julia Belluz for doing such a good job – now I don’t have to!) “Debunking What the Health, the buzzy new documentary that wants you to be vegan” Julia Belluz, Vox – Highly recommended. Others are challenging the films objectivity too:

“films like this are sensationalised pieces of idealism, minus the practical strategies”

Susie Burrell, Nutritionist, news.com.au (Jul 26th)

Closer to home, a UK nutrition professor caused an angry twitter storm for her comments on live TV. “It’s really hard work to make a vegan diet healthy,” said Sophie Medlin, RD, a lecturer in nutrition and dietetics at King’s College in London, during a BBC segment on the rise of veganism. (Health.com Jul 27th)

“You have to think very carefully about what you’re eating all the time. I have never recommended any of my patients follow a vegan diet; I can’t see myself ever changing that. It’s very complicated to make sure your diet is safe and gives you all the nutrition you need.”

I couldn’t agree more, and find it a little surprising that other nutritionists took issue with this statement (for example, Abby Langer in Flare, July 27th). After all, there is no reason to think that a vegan diet is healthier per-se, unless you buy into the kind of pseudo scientific propaganda portrayed in What the Health. Unfortunately most vegans do.

Perhaps we should look to India – a country with a tradition of vegetarianism – to see what is happening there. This month, the Indian Dietetics Association has warned that vegetarian diets are failing to meet protein requirements for no less than 90% of the population! (India TV, Jul 19th).

“Proteins from different sources complement each other. Even with a ratio of 5:1 cereals and pulses combination, the protein quality in terms of digestibility and bio-availability is only around 65 per cent when compared to milk protein,”

B. Sesikeran, pathologist,,India TV, Jul 19th

Another Indian news outlet, ran the story of a vegetarian who returned to meat eating after 6 years (The Times of India, Jul 7th), using bone broth and chicken to correct deficiencies in B12, calcium and Vitamin D.

Back in June this year, newspapers ran a story about a remote Indian tribe that had been studied for two years. Despite having no access to junk food, living a very active lifestyle, and consuming a vegetarian diet they suffered from high blood pressure. (Daily Mail, Jun 30th) Contrast that with the report in March, about an Amazonian tribe that had the healthiest cardiovascular system ever studied, yet their diet contains 14% animal protein. (Treehugger.com, Mar 27th). With all of this evidence stacking up against it, the vegan theory of health has got some explaining to do.

Stories like these support Sophie Medlins statement that vegan diets are hard to get right. However, that does not deter the vegan adherents who took to twitter to condemn her, and seem not be interested in the facts about nutrition. Fundamentally, the raison d’être of veganism is an absolute belief in animal rights, which is an ethical or political ideology first, and merely co-opts nutrition as an attempt at justification. Vegan dogma comes with a kind of spiritual superiority, as anyone will tell you who has met a vegan proselytiser (and let’s be honest, have you met a vegan who isn’t one?)

Such ideological thinking can lead to even more extreme positions such as a fruitarian diets in which only fruit is eaten. Such diets lead to many health problems, including reduced growth, mineral and vitamin deficiencies, dental erosion, pancreatic and kidney problems, mental instability and diabetes. (See Dr Axe, Fruitarian Diet: Are All-Fruit Diets Dangerous to Your Health?) One blogger, in The Metro (Jul 24th) warns how her obsession with a semi-raw food /  fruitarian / vegan diet wrecked her health. She is now sounding the warnings about the fanatical aspects of veganism.

Vegan junk food

As far as health goes it’s possible to eat junk whichever dietary path you choose. So, as The Independent (Jul 17th) reported this month, a recent study that found that some vegetarian diets can increase the risk of heart disease, especially if they are high in sugar, crisps, chips, alcohol and refined carbs – all of which are plant based, and thus ostensibly vegan.

Interestingly, in this analysis of the Nurses Health Study data, even those who ate a significant proportion of their diet from the ‘vegetarian’ category also ate meat regularly, so they were not vegetarian in the accepted sense of the term, even though these data are used by some to promote such a diet pattern.

Meanwhile scientists in the UK are recommending women eat more, not less, red meat to prevent iron deficiency anaemia. This comes on the back of the latest UK National Diet and Nutrition Survey which found that more than a quarter of women (27%) aged 19 to 64 don’t get enough iron. To make things worse this vulnerable group is the one most likely to have reduced their meat consumption, and the one most likely to be influenced by celebrity endorsements for the vegan lifestyle. The issues around this are laid out very well in Net Doctor, Jul 11th.

Vegan diets are not better for the planet

Vegan politics finds much support from the Greens: “BUT A VEGAN DIET IS MORE SUSTAINABLE FOR THE PLANET?” sympathisers cry in desperation, as they wave their fists at meat eaters.

Well, no. Not according to a new study which found that the carrying capacity—the size of the population that can be supported indefinitely by the resources of an ecosystem—for the vegan diet is lower than both versions of a vegetarian diets (dairy/egg) and two out of the four omnivorous diets they studied. (Health Freedom Alliance, Jul 26th), because it failed to use areas of land that are only suitable for rearing animals and not crops.

For more on this topic: See our posts showing that neither UK nor Australian vegetarians actually live longer, and that dairy is the most sustainable farming system in temperate countries, yes really!

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