I like watching Clayton and his wife Natali on TWiT. I appreciate the free download. This ebook reads like a religious tract. He makes a lot of statements with very little to back it up. Clayton obviously has benefited from his choice to be gluten free and is convinced that his point of view is the correct one, as a true believer would. It doesn't account for the thousands of years mankind has been eating wheat. Gluten isn't an additive, it is a protein that is found in wheat (barley and rye), it is what makes bread - bread. He calls it a poison and wonders why the FDA isn't doing something about it. Really - you want the FDA to list wheat as a dangerous substance? If it works for you great - but wanting everyone else to see food the way you do really reminds me of cultish behavior. This is written in a very dogmatic fashion, this is truth and everyone else is mis-guided. He makes statements about diseases that are related to gluten (chapter 10), and says "according to research"- what research? He says gluten is in cosmetics, soap and other everyday items but never says why, how it got there. Wheat = Poison.
I know 1 percent of the population is diagnosed with celiac disease, and many are undiagnosed. Others have a sensitivity to outright gluten allergy. The best thing that Clayton says is try the diet for 2 weeks and see how you feel, that makes sense. Obviously if you have a sensitivity you find out everything you can. This rest of this ebook is written from a broad brush that gluten affects everyone and is poison.
I am not saying he is totally wrong about wheat, for that matter sugar or carbs in general. We eat way to many empty calories in this country. I have been on low carb diets where I abstained from wheat and sugar, all white starches. I lost weight, rather quickly. That said rice and potatoes are gluten free and if you just ate these instead of wheat you would still be eating tons of carbs. A Paleo type diet makes more sense, get rid of all cultivated food if you are worried about GMO's, processed food etc. This pamphlet seems to promote his website more than anything - Chapter 14.
Just saying gluten is poison to everyone, doesn't take into account how it is eaten in every culture in the world, since we started raising crops, like 10,000 years. There are NO gluten free nations on earth, never have been, they all eat wheat. He wants the FDA to regulate it? I have a difficult time with people who want to regulate what everyone else does, just because they are convinced they are right. This is written with an affluent, first-world outlook. Lots of starving people in the world would love to have some bread or pasta to eat.