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Are Small Studies Helpful?

Monday, September 21st, 2015

Two new studies are currently making news in the media.  One from Europe and the other from Australia.  The first study is noting that some individuals who test negative for Celiac Disease, still have the same symptoms that Celiac individuals have.  While the other study notes that gluten sensitive individuals are not sensitive to gluten but to FODMAPs, a group of poorly digested carbohydrates that may be the problem.  Both studies had a very small group of participants.  The Australian study did not have a control group or a blind test for each group.  Plus the FODMAPs study was funded by a large company that produces breads, pastas, and cakes.  I find this very suspect.  It saddens me that the media pick up on the second study and not the first.  It seems these days the reporters (I can’t call them journalists), are not doing their research.  The public at large are getting information that has not been tested properly, yet still being promoted by the media. Both these small studies are interesting but more studies are needed.