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Friday, May 8, 2009
Celiac Disease Foundation on Hasselbeck's Book
Although I got this information a little late in terms of being able to call into Larry King, I feel that it is an interesting take on Elisabeth Hasselbeck's new book "The G-Free Diet".

Celiac Colleagues:

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.

Thank you.

Elaine Monarch
Founder & Executive Director

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4 Comments:

Anonymous Suezboss said...

omg! that's bad. You would think she would have had a medical expert on Celiac at least "on staff" to help her write it. (has anyone read it?)... I will not be spending my money on it, but would love to know what misleading information is in it to help spread the word and un-do some of her damage!- and I don't mean to her villi!) ha ha

Blogger NFCA said...

I've been getting a bit of information about this on the NFCA's various social media accounts. Though she did shine light on some great gluten-free products while doing her media tours the misinformation is sure to do her sales some damage. Check out the celiac princess blog about this if you are confused about what misinformation she had released.

Anonymous Anonymous said...

Another recent book, the BabyCakes cookbook, has stirred up its own controversy by saying the recipes are gluten-free while mixing in spelt recipes.

Anonymous Anonymous said...

I saw Elizabeth on the Mike Huckabee Show speaking about her book. She was vague in many of her answers. I was diagnosed in 2007 with Celiac after almost 2 years of illness, misdiagnosis, going into a full immune disorder and near dying. If you have the disease, you will research it and you will know all about it.

I like Elizabeth and I am sorry about all of this controversy.

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