Episode 40

Published on:

14th Mar 2023

Is Gluten Bad for Me? (with Alessio Fasano, MD)

GLUTEN. It's everywhere. Millions of people each year remove gluten from their diets, for various reasons. Some people try a gluten-free diet because they have GI symptoms. Some try it to lose weight. Some people are just looking to potentially increase their health and longevity. Is it legit? Who should really go gluten-free??

Thankfully we have a WORLD-RENOWNED EXPERT in all things gluten, celiac, and gut microbiome to guide us today! Dr. Alessio Fasano is a pediatric gastroenterologist, research scientist, and entrepreneur. He is the Chief of Pediatric Gastroenterology and Nutrition at Mass General Hospital for Children. He authored the groundbreaking study in 2003 that established the US rate of celiac disease in 1 in 133 Americans.

He is a HUGE DEAL, and we are SO HONORED to have him as our guest! Be sure to DIGEST this episode! It's DELICIOUS!

Topics in this episode include:

What's the difference between celiac disease and gluten sensitivity?

How many people have celiac disease?

How do we test for celiac disease? How can we make a true diagnosis?

Who should be screened for celiac disease?

Do we actually need gluten in our diets?

Are there downsides to removing gluten from our diet?

Can someone with celiac disease have a little bit of gluten in their diet?

Learn more about Dr. Fasano and his research about celiac disease, gluten sensitivity, and the microbiome here.

Link to information on Dr. Fasano's book "Gluten Freedom".

Link to information on Dr. Fasano's NEWEST book (with co-author Susie Flaherty) "Gut Feelings: The Microbiome and Our Health".

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About the Podcast

Your Doctor Friends
The show that teaches you to sniff out the garbage and answers all the questions you wish you could call or text your doctor friend. Don't get caught in endless web search spirals and stop scouring social media for health answers. Let us be your doctor friends!

About your hosts

Jeremy Alland

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Dr. Jeremy Alland is a sports medicine physician at Midwest Orthopaedics at RUSH, a renowned, consistently top-10 nationally-ranked orthopedic practice in Chicago, IL. In addition to a busy clinical practice, he serves as the head primary care team physician for the Chicago Bulls and Chicago Dogs, as well as a team physician for the Chicago White Sox and Chicago Fire Soccer Club. An avid athlete, Dr. Alland played collegiate baseball for DePauw University before pursuing medicine and enjoys golfing, basketball and stand-up paddleboarding. He lives in a suburb of Chicago with his wife, Katie, two children, Olive and Logan, and their goldendoodle, Archie. He never thought he would have a podcast, but has found it insanely fun and is excited to bring fun and approachability to the most common questions we hear as doctors.

"Work Hard + be kind" -The Alland Kitchen Wall

Julie Bruene

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Dr. Julie (Julia if we’re being formal, Julia Rose if she’s in trouble) Bruene is a sports medicine physician at Midwest Orthopaedics at RUSH, a renowned, nationally-ranked orthopedic practice in Chicago. She serves as a team physician for the Chicago White Sox, Chicago Bulls, and DePaul University. Aside from her obvious interests in sports and medicine, she is a true crime obsessive and is a total sucker for rescued cats. She lives in Chicago with her husband and partner-in-crime, Adam, and with several of the aforementioned rescued cats. We don’t need to get into specifics about the exact number here. She likes when people are kind to one another and when animals dress up like other animals. Rock over London, rock on Chicago.