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Dr. Hyman Discusses Gluten on the Dr. Oz Show

Dr. Hyman Discusses Gluten on the Dr. Oz Show

IS GLUTEN THE DIETARY DEMON many today think it is? If you eat cheeseburgers or French fries all the time or drink six sodas a day, you likely know you are shortening your life. But eating a nice dark, crunchy slice of whole wheat bread–how could that be bad for you? Well, bread contains gluten, a protein found in wheat, barley, rye, spelt, kamut, and oats. It is hidden in pizza, pasta, bread, wraps, rolls, and most processed foods. Clearly, gluten is a staple of the American diet. What most people don’t know is that gluten can cause serious health complications for many. You may be at risk even if you don’t have full blown celiac disease.

In my most recent appearance on the Dr. Oz Show I explained why gluten is a problem for up to 20 million Americans, even though 99 percent of those affected don’t realize it. Interested in learning more about gluten, its effects, why so many are sensitive, and how to determine if you have a problem? Check out my interview with Dr. Oz and then use the resources below for further study.

The Dangers of Gluten

A recent large study in the Journal of the American Medical Association found that people with diagnosed, undiagnosed, and “latent” celiac disease or gluten sensitivity had a higher risk of death, mostly from heart disease and cancer.

This study looked at almost 30,000 patients from 1969 to 2008 and examined deaths in three groups: Those with full-blown celiac disease, those with inflammation of their intestine but not full-blown celiac disease, and those with latent celiac disease or gluten sensitivity (elevated gluten antibodies but negative intestinal biopsy). To get the full story and learn about the results of this study, see my most recent blog on gluten.

How Do I Know if I Have a Problem?

The wonderful thing about gluten sensitivity is that is a completely curable problem. The answer? Just stay off gluten or eat it in limited quantities.

But how do you know if you’re sensitive in the first place? You can go to a functional medicine or integrative health practitioner and get expensive IgG antibody tests done to identify whether or not this protein is a problem for you. For some this kind of testing may be useful. However, for the majority of people interested in identifying gluten sensitivity, there is an easier and less expensive way. It’s called an elimination diet, and it’s simple. All you have to do is eliminate gluten from your diet for two to six weeks. If you lose weight and your symptoms (even vague symptoms like nasal congestion, joint pain, and digestive problems) disappear, it’s likely gluten is a problem for you. To verify this finding, all you have to do is reintroduce gluten into your diet systematically. If your symptoms reappear, you’ve verified that you have a gluten sensitivity.

The Gluten-Elimination Diet

For a complete six-week, gluten-free meal plan simply enter your name and email address below. When you do, you will automatically be subscribed to my weekly newsletter and you will receive a free copy of The UltraMind 6-Week Meal Plan–a gluten-free way of eating designed to optimize your mind and body and help you lose weight and feel great.

Mark Hyman MD is the Medical Director at Cleveland Clinic’s Center for Functional Medicine, the Founder of The UltraWellness Center, and a ten-time #1 New York Times Bestselling author.

Comments (57)

  • I would like to get the free 6 week gluten free meal plan diet emailed to my address above to test to see if I have a problem with gluten.

    • I do not have celiac but have many health problems including fibromyalgia,osteoarthritis,chronic allergy/sinus,depressioin.

  • I was just diagnosed with celiac disease, please send me the 6 wk plan….
    I need help starting my new life.
    Thanking you for “all” that you do!

    • Hi Dottie,

      It has recently been posted so please check it out under our articles. Thank you for your interest and best of luck!

      In good health!
      Nutrition Coaching Program

  • I would love a copy of the 6 week gluten free diet plan. I was diagnosed with Celiac 4 years ago and finding new healthy ideas is hard!!

    • Thank You Cynthia, Stay Tuned!

      In good health!
      Nutrition Coaching Program

    • Thank You Erin, Stay Tuned!

      In good health!
      Nutrition Coaching Program

  • I would like a copyof the 6 week gluten free meal plan emailed to my email above please.


    • Hi Cindy,

      A copy of the meal plan has beenn forwarded. Thank you for your interest in Dr. Hyman’s work.

      In good health!
      Nutrition Coaching Program

  • Please send me more informaiton on gluten-free lifestyle and free copy of The UltraMind 6-Week Meal Plan–a gluten-free way of eating

    • Thank You Joanne, Stay Tuned!

      In good health!
      Nutrition Coaching Program

  • I would like to get the meal plan forwarded please. My 5 year has some issues and the doctor believes she is either gluten intolerant or celiac. Thank you.

    • Thank You Gina, Stay Tuned!

      In good health!
      Nutrition Coaching Program

  • HI, I was able to get the gluten free diet, but it is only showing me up to week 2. Where will I find week 3, 4, 5, and 6.

    Thank you !

    • Hi Julee,

      Please see this link:

      The idea is to follow it as written for the first 2 weeks, then mix it up for the next two weeks and the final 2 weeks you can take it and be creative as you personalize it. Of course, if playing around with recipes or making them up yourself is too much, simply use those provided!

      In good health!
      Nutrition Coaching Program


  • Dear Dr, Hyman and team,

    I am 20 years old and am lactose intolerant, have acid reflux, IBS, chronic kidney disease, eczema and am on medication for ADHD. I knew I needed a change in diet and went gluten free a few months ago, however, I was still a bit lost and in need of guidance. After reading your articles, just two days ago, I went out and bought all the ingredients for the 6 week eating plan.
    Going gluten free and buying healthy organic foods can be quite expensive, but many of your ingredients are things I already have in my house. Your recipes are simple, easy to follow and the ingredients are things that I am already familiar with or can easily be found at my local store. Your information made me realize how I was poisoning my body and has helped me explore foods that I never even knew existed. I now have bok choy in my fridge, something I never heard of until your articles. You have taught me that by making changes in diet many health issues can be controlled or even eliminated.
    Today was my first day and I just ate the Sweet Potato Hash with Eggs. Not only was it delicious but it was satisfying. I recommend this plan to everyone. I am very excited to try the next recipe and am eager to see the positive changes in my body that hopefully this lifestyle change will bring.
    Thank you Dr. Hyman and your team for helping me get on track to restoring my health and vitality. I will never go back to my processed, hydrogenated, toxic ways again. Thank you, thank you, thank you.

  • Please send me an e-mail of the 6 week gluten free meal plan. I need to lose weight 🙁 the healthy way..

  • My daughter is adopted she is not aduilt & married We have to watch out for things with cinnamon in them She starts turning very flushed, mouth area starts to burn, she can’t breath should we be on gaurd for any thing else she is some what over weight mostly a flabby over weight what can we do to help her She is the most special person i ever been around she is a blessing

    • Your question and constellation of symptoms represents a complex medical condition. Questions regarding conditions like these cannot be answered in a responsible manner via the Internet.

      Wishing You the Best of Health!
      Dr. Hyman Staff

  • I don’t know where to start=== I weigh only 98 #. I’m 68 yrs. old= female. My thyroid, just tested, was 13.89, 3 times the
    normal. I’m cold all the time, foggy brain, memory problems, can’t gain weight, have osteoporosis, tired all the time.
    I took thyroid medicine yrs. ago and broke out in a very bad rash…. I do not take any other medicine then or now.
    The research I have done says that the medicine for thyroid has never changed and isn’t even FDA approved. Mainly
    because it is not reliable. Even nurses I know say they are tired then ok for just awhile then back to the same old
    problems. Could Celiac Diease or Gluten be the cause of all my problems???? I have seen many drs. and all tell
    me the same thing. NO ONE can be allergic to Thyroid medicine. The rash was tested by the demotologists by taking a sample of the rash… It came back drug eruption.. Since I was on no other medicine of any
    kind– it had to be the thyroid meds. I sent an e-mail to DR. Oz about this but have not heard anything back.
    That was over a yr. ago. Have sent some more off and on, even sending one to the producer of the show. Just had
    cataract surgery on my eyes, dr. said thyroid can even effect my eyes.
    Can you help me????? I am willing to try anything. I am now taking and have been for a year Raw Natural thyroid
    gland and Raw Adrenal gland from natural source–Swanson Co. It comes from cattle in New Zealand and has no chemicals on the ground, grass, feed or water. All natural, so they are telling me. Please who can help? I do not eat Pork of any kind as it is against my religion, so Armor Brand of thyroid was not an option.. Thank you for listening (reading) about my problems. Sincerely, Mrs. Susan Petersen [email protected]

    • Thank you for your message and your interest in Dr. Hyman’s work. Your question and constellation of symptoms represents a complex medical condition. Questions regarding conditions like these cannot be answered in a responsible manner via the Internet.

      Wishing You the Best of Health!

      Dr. Hyman Staff

      • I am on day 2 of my Gluten free journey. For over 8 years I have been feeling “strange.” For over 20 years I have had irritable bowel, acid reflux, sinus problems, progressing to a floating sensation, jerking head movements that make my left hand tingle, extreme joint pain with bulging discs and degenerating cervical spine discs, bloating at night to the point I look pregnant, and now eye problems. My mother read an article about Gluten and with more research I do believe I have Gluten Ataxia. No more MRI’s and epidural injections to my spine. I will continue with my chiropractor and the gluten free diet and put everything else on hold!

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  • I have look through the 2 week meal plan and have found several times that Cashews are on the menu. I cannot eat cashews because it causes my mouth to break out with cold sores. What can I substitute for the cashews in order to still get the full benefits of this meal plan?

    • Hi Karen,
      Feel free to substitute any nut that you can eat: almonds, pecans, walnuts, pistachios, macadamia nuts, or hazelnuts.
      Wishing you the best of health!
      Dr. Hyman Staff

  • I would appreciate a copy of your Gluten Free meal plan. i am sure there are beneficial food choices that I may never heard of, and would therefore be interested to purchase in place of the same old same old picks; adding to my problem. i also have Barrets asophagous; any suggestions for that.

  • Ive been on a gluten/dairy free diet for over a month. Nothing processed all natural only fresh fruit no other sugar, but i am gaining weight instead of losing help?

  • I wanted to know if the time estimates for the recipes are accurate. I would like to follow the plan with my family, but I have a toddler and this looks like it could be a big undertaking each week.

  • I have Gluten Ataxia, the neurological manifestation of gluten intolerance, and while I agree that eliminating gluten is the main way to figure out whether the brain damage of this disorder is from an intolerance to gluten, a two week commitment won’t be enough to help figure that out.

    You need to commit to 6-12 months in order to see if any of the neuro symptoms will reverse by going gluten free. It’s difficult, annoying and there’s no room at all for making mistakes, as some of the brain damage can become irreversible..

    In my case, (and in 80 % of cases) the celiac marker test doesn’t show up as positive, and for me and the damage already incurred, it took 4 months of hard core commitment to see the first improvements in my MS-like and other neurological symptoms. It’s not easy, but necessary, if you don’t want to end up in a wheelchair, blind or with gse related dementia. Not to mention incontinent, overwhelmed with painful neuropathy and so much more.

  • How long after eating a gluten product would you expect symptoms to reappear if you do have a gluten sensitivity? I was having almost constant cold symptoms and congestion so I decided to go gluten-free. It was going really well, for probably five weeks, and then I ate some regular oatmeal. About 5 to 7 days later my nasal congestion is back. Is that too long of a lag time to blame it on the gluten?