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May 9, 2023

What does the body of evidence say on the topic of gluten, celiac disease, and non-celiac gluten sensitivity? Plus: a puzzling finding in nutritional epidemiology is painted as a conspiracy, and the FDA is getting sued by people who claim the abortion drug mifepristone was wrongly approved… twenty years ago.

Block 1:

(2:26) Gluten: what gluten is, what celiac disease is, whether or not it’s an allergy, the genetic cause, the solution, and how to test for it

Block 2:

(10:04) Gluten: gluten sensitivity (NCGS) and other explanations for its symptoms, including FODMAPs

Block 3:

(26:12) A mystery for the ages: is ice cream… good for you?

Block 4:

(43:53) The lawsuit against the abortion drug mifepristone


* Jingle by Joseph Hackl

* Theme music: “Fall of the Ocean Queen“ by Joseph Hackl

* Assistant researcher: Nicholas Koziris


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Jingle Lyrics:

FODMAPs! Woo-oo!

It’s not gluten, it really is

FODMAPs! Woo-oo!

Unless you have celiac, it’s really

FODMAPs! Woo-oo!


F-f-f fructose, lactose, fructans

Found in bread and dairy and fruits

If you feel ill, just avoid these


FODMAPs! Woo-oo!

Some foods have a lot of them, it’s 

FODMAPs! Woo-oo!

Other foods are low in them, it’s

FODMAPs! Woo-oo!



1) Alan Levinovitz’s The Gluten Lie:

2) Cancer incidence in people with celiac disease:

3) Testing for gluten-related disorders:

4) Trends in gluten avoidance:

5) First gluten sensitivity trial mentioned:

6) Second gluten sensitivity trial mentioned, with FODMAPs:

7) Crossover trial of non-celiac gluten sensitivity in children:

8) The Atlantic article on the ice cream problem:

9) Scientific American’s write-up on the legal case surrounding mifepristone:


It’s Not Twitter, But It’ll Do:

1) Jonathan’s interview in the Tribune:

2) Dr. Jonathan Howard’s book, We Want Them Infected:

3) Chris’ article on the misguided use of honey to treat allergies:


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