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Liberty, Equality, Fraternity, Gluten-Free

Gluten-free chips, gluten-free dips, and gluten-free soups, pretzels, beer, and bread, not to mention gluten-free cheese sticks, fish sticks, bread sticks and soy sticks. These were just a few of the thousands of products on display at the most lavish annual gluten-free trade-fair that traversed the U.S. last Fall, according to a report in The New Yorker.

This edenic profusion was not melancholic testimony to a sudden upsurge in the number of cases of celiac disease, generally about 1% of the population, a seriously debilitating and potentially perilous auto-immune disease involving intestinal deterioration and absorption blockages that can only by treated by a strict avoidance of gluten in any form, but by an astonishing proliferation, largely self-diagnosed and medically undocumented, of intol [...]

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