by Alejandra "Alex" Ruani — Get free science updates here.
Gluten seems to be the dietary terror du jour.
Bread, pasta, breakfast cereals, even some hams. They all contain gluten.
This sticky-chewy protein compound seems glued to the food industry AND our fearful minds.
Gluten has been blamed for every health problem we most hate and fear, from obesity to memory loss, to inflammation and even cancer.
Whilst coeliac disease and non-coeliac gluten sensitivity exist, and some people legitimately suffer from these conditions, could bloggers, book authors and the media be taking the whole gluten issue too far?
Could a substance that is innocent for most of us cause us harm because we believe it will?
Grab “Gluten: A Psychological Nocebo? ” below:
Conveniently download this 26-page science report. Contains links to extra reading materials and scientific references.
Topics covered in this report:
- The dietary terror du jour
- Blame the substance, or the belief?
- When words are painful
- The nocebo phenomenon
- The power of suggestibility
- The 3 main nocebo triggers
- Negative messages around us
- Victimisation and the victory illusion
- The hidden cost
- The biology of expectations
- The gluten-free experiment
- The second experiment
- A psychological sensitivity?
- Online health scares
- Fear-mongering and sensationalism
- So, how can we protect ourselves?
- Your key takeaways
- Learn more
- References and resources
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Once you've had the chance to read, I'd love to know...
Are you afraid of eating gluten? If so, why? Have you been diagnosed with a gluten sensitivity? Or is it because you've heard somewhere that it's bad for you?
Leave a comment with your answers. I look forward to seeing what you share!
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