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Thursday, December 18, 2008

Jean Duane GFCF Videos

Jean Duane bills herself as the Alternative Cook. Her latest discovery is that some people are gluten intolerant and dairy allergic.

The press release said:

The Alternative Cook helps those who have been diagnosed with Celiac Disease, Autism, Crohn's Disease, IBS, ADD, ADHD, gluten and dairy intolerance. Children with Autism reportedly improve on the Spectrum when following a gluten-free, casein-free diet. Nursing mothers can reduce colic in their babies when following this type of diet.

Sounds good. Unfortunately, there's more that I'm not so enamored of:
Casein is a protein found in dairy products. People who think they are lactose intolerant may actually be reacting to the protein rather than the sugar (lactose) in dairy products. Protein reactions can be severe and can cause long-term health problems.

It's true that some people mix up lactose intolerance and milk protein allergy, but that's probably a very small percentage of the whole. GFCF is the latest fad diet and is probably unnecessary for many people. Her intolerance quiz is one of those pseudoscience compilations that ascribe all sorts of common, everyday complaints - low energy, aches and pains, an "unclear" mind - to whatever ailment they're purporting to clear. And it doesn't matter what the doctors say:
Even people who pass all of the doctor’s tests report that they feel significantly better and loose [sic] weight on a gluten-free and/or dairy-free diet.

Heads, you go on my diet. Tales, you go on my diet.

However much nonsense the rest of the site might be, I suppose it's worth presenting to you because it's certainly helpful to have more good milk alternative and substitute recipes available. Check out her Alternative Cook website and the video streams page for the recipes and cooking instructions.

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