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Continued: Readers Write: (July 9): Accent Signage, sand mining, gas prices, Detroit's debt, gluten

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Some civilizations, in the distant past, are known only by their art. In the future, Detroit will have no art to distinguish itself.

NORMAN HOLEN, Richfield

GLUTEN

Personal experience shows middle ground

Regarding “The Gluten Trap” (July 8), we have found over the last year there are many people like my husband who do not have celiac disease but who are significantly affected by eating modern wheat. My husband was getting progressively sicker over the last five years, and many doctors could not find anything significant and kept suggesting over-the-counter medications to treat the symptoms without knowing the underlying cause. Since we own a small flour mill and sell at farmers markets, he started thinking about all the people who said they couldn’t eat our products since they were affected by gluten. He then went gluten-free and within two months was symptom-free. That’s when we discovered the difference between heritage wheat and modern wheat. We switched our product line to heritage flour and have found that many customers can once again eat wheat as long as it is a heritage variety. Life for those who do not have celiac disease doesn’t necessarily fall into two groups — gluten or gluten-free. There is a vast middle ground for heritage gluten.

MARTY GLANVILLE, North Branch, Minn.

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It’s beyond me why anyone would unnecessarily give up real beer, bread and brownies for tasteless, expensive gluten-free substitutes. I went gluten-free when a “gold standard” intestinal biopsy showed celiac disease caused my sudden 25-pound weight loss. But I doubted my digestive system could fail so abruptly after 72 trouble-free years. I found a genetic test that conclusively shows susceptibility to the disease, so I signed on. Two months into the gluten-free regime, the test results came back negative — I could not have celiac disease. I quit gluten-free cold-turkey (on Thanksgiving Day!) and never looked back.

Now, six years into a normal diet and still a healthy 25 pounds lighter, I no longer require a daily statin dose to control my LDL cholesterol. In fact, I suspect the statin caused the problem, as digestive trouble is a possible side-effect of the drug.

I encourage anyone with a celiac disease diagnosis to get the genetic test and to question side effects of statins and other drugs as a possible cause that could be eliminated. World travelers should also rule out tropical sprue, curable with antibiotics.

Bon appétit!

RON CARLSON, Lake St. Croix Beach

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