Elaine Monarch, Founder and Executive Director of the Celiac Disease Foundation, just released this open letter concerning some of the inaccuracies in Elisabeth Hasselbeck's book, "The G-Free Diet." You can read the letter here, and I've also included the full text below.
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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 Hassselbeck, 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.
Elisabeth will be interviewed on Larry King Live this evening on CNN. PLEASE take the time to call in to the show or send an email to Larry King Live to help correct some of this misinformation.
Email Larry King Live at: http://www.cnn.com/feedback/forms/form5.lkl.html. The phone number for call-ins to the show is 1-800-676-2100.
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I haven't bought "The G-Free Diet" and, after reading this, I'm not sure that I intend to do so. From what I've read, the book seems to be supporting the gluten-free lifestyle as a diet for everybody. It also seems to have left out "malt" as one of the foods prohibited from a gluten free diet, as she did in the interview I posted between her and Hannity.
If you're still interested in checking out Hasselbeck's book, it is available for purchase here.