Disease of Civilization? Or disease only properly diagnosed by civilization?

 "This whole gluten intolerance thing is just a Western upper middle class fad. People are just orthorexic. Why would gluten intolerance increase all the sudden?"

Well, actually it's not a Western upper middle class fad. People in poor countries can be celiac, but they just die and people think it's from something else. When you are a refugee wasting away from chronic diarrhea, that's not so abnormal unfortunately. When you are in Central Illinois and suffering from the same, it is abnormal and you see a doctor and hopefully get a diagnosis. 

Good Things Around Town

Tis the season of sanity in the paleorealfoodblogosphere? 

Healthy at any size?

What involves the exposure of government health conspiracies, the realization that exercise doesn't make you thin, restricting calories doesn't work very well, and a take-down of low-fat diet foods?

If you are thinking Good Calories, Bad Calories you are right, but there is another community that accepts these things that's not really on the low-carb/paleo radar.

Reader Questions: Terrible bread, meetup organizers, ulcers

And now for some reader questions:

Q: Dru from Idaho asks "Is this paleo?" sending along this attached picture:

A: No. You got Dim Sum and got a bunch of bread? Dude, where are the writhing sea creatures drenched in various rich possibly-alcoholic sauces? Do they even have Dim Sum in Idaho anyway? 

WTF Files: Gluten, essential food

Apparently if you give up gluten without actually being celiac you'll get fat and have headaches. Well, at least according to idiotic dietitian (two words that go together often) Tanya Thomas. I can't believe newspapers give industry shills a platform for their nonsense, but it's almost hilarious given the stupidity of the arguments.

Diet Delusions

 I meet them all the time- people who tell me that they would never try the paleo diet because their diet makes them feel awesome. Maybe they don't realize that a face covered with acne and a spare tire around their waist aren't exactly markers of feeling awesome. 

I thought of that when reading this NYT article about Alicia Silverstone where she eats a meal presumably loaded with inflammatory omega-6 fatty acids

Is your food intolerance a "fad"?

 An article in the Telegraph says that we are in the midst of an epidemic of fake faddish food allergies