Dr. Weil introduces himself and discusses whether people without celiac disease can benefit from a gluten-free diet.
Hi, I am Dr. Andrew Weil, Founder and Director of the Arizona Center for Integrative Medicine at the University of Arizona College of Medicine.
I am the author of “Eight Weeks to Optimum Health,” “Healthy Aging” and other books.
Well, you know, we used to think that the gluten-intolerant people were, people with celiac disease, that was mostly a diagnosis made in children.
We are now seeing many adults and many other people who have gluten sensitivity without full-blown celiac disease. Why so many people are turning gluten sensitive we don’t know.
There are tests that can determine gluten sensitivity. Often when people present with complicated symptoms, multisystem disease, doctors don’t think that test for gluten sensitivity.
I think that’s becoming more common now but if people are gluten sensitive removing gluten from the diet can cause great benefit.
For somebody who is not gluten sensitive I don’t think there’s any reason to go on a gluten-free diet.
About Dr. Weil, M.D.:
Dr. Andrew Weil, M.D., was born in Philadelphia in 1942, received an A.B. degree in biology (botany) from Harvard in 1964 and an M.D. from Harvard Medical School in 1968. After completing a medical internship at Mt. Zion Hospital in San Francisco, he worked a year with the National Institute of Mental Health before writing his first book, The Natural Mind. From 1971-75, as a Fellow of the Institute of Current World Affairs, Dr. Weil traveled widely in North and South America and Africa collecting information on drug use in other cultures, medicinal plants, and alternative methods of treating disease. From 1971-84 he was on the research staff of the Harvard Botanical Museum and conducted investigations of medicinal and psychoactive plants.