I recently received the following link to a study about gluten (don't worry, this blog is not about gluten)

 http://www.businessinsider.com/gluten-sensitivity-and-study-replication-2014-5

One person who actually bothered to read the study responded to the article brilliantly: 
The media has the study all wrong...  
Headline: No such thing as gluten intolerance!
Article conclusion: It may actually be a different chemical in the wheat, we don't know. 
Actual study conclusion: "Recent randomized controlled re-challenge trials have suggested that gluten may worsen gastrointestinal symptoms, but failed to confirm patients with self-perceived NCGS have specific gluten sensitivity. Furthermore, mechanisms by which gluten triggers symptoms have yet to be identified. “

This response is a stark reminder of something far more important than the role of gluten in our health.  Tread carefully when reading information online.  Websites, even credible ’news sources’ online have never felt more pressure to put out new content. With that comes less fact checking.  Put another way, it’s never been easier to publish, and never been more important to be skeptical and independently fact check . Why? Because the more we as consumers consume information, the less we have the ability to differentiate between true and false.  We lose our capacity to accurately analyze the data, making us victims of dependency on the ideas written in the newest article we read, one that incidentally has never been less trustworthy.  

Don't be the fool.   Just because you read it on HBR, Forbes, Fortune, Huffington Post, or Buzzfeed, doesn’t mean it’s true.  On the other hand, you can trust me. My blog is safe. These are not the droids you are looking for. 

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Jill Hannah

 

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