Eat Gluten-Free AND Eat Well. Yep, it’s Possible!

Does gluten cause you stomach distress? You may have celiac disease—a genetic, autoimmune disorder . For celiac sufferers, ingesting gluten causes the body to release antibodies that attack the small intestines. But not everybody who reacts to gluten has celiac. In fact, just 1 percent of the U.S. population is estimated to have celiac. Others, though, may have a “non-celiac gluten sensitivity.” This condition is believed to affect about 18 million Americans—hence the proliferation of gluten-free foods.

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If gluten makes you sick, check with your doctor. A blood test can help detect the disease. If you test negative and decide to go gluten-free, you can still eat well.  Check out this website for a listing of the top 50 gluten-free blogs: and also have gluten-free recipe sections that can help you eat well and feel good, too.

Gluten insensitivity is a relatively new and little-understood phenomenon, but some treatments (such as sublingual immunotherapy) have proven effective in minimizing its effects.

About The Author

Stuart H. Agren, M.D.

Stuart H. Agren, M.D. completed his undergraduate studies at the University of Utah and went on to earn his Doctor of Medicine from Tulane University School of Medicine in 1974. He completed additional training at L.D.S. Hospital in Salt Lake City, Utah and then established his private medical practice starting in 1975. Dr. Agren completed a mini-residency in Industrial Medicine at the Robert Johnson School of Medicine at Rutgers University and also completed training to become a certified Medical Review Officer.

Dr. Agren was the Medical Director at TRW and McDonnell Douglas in Mesa, Arizona and at Stauffer Chemical and Kennecott Copper in Salt Lake City, Utah. He also served as an adjunct faculty member at Arizona State University.

In his private medical practice, Dr. Agren specialized in family practice and allergy. In his work as a private practice allergist, he was one of the first doctors in the country to prescribe sublingual immunotherapy to his patients as an alternative to subcutaneous immunotherapy (allergy shots). He has also been a trailblazer in the field of food allergy treatment and research, developing a program to treat multiple food allergies simultaneously using sublingual immunotherapy. Dr. Agren has been featured on local CBS, NBC, and ABC news affiliates and won the peer-nominated “Top Doc” award from Phoenix Magazine.

After 20 years in private practice, Dr. Agren became the Founder and President of AllergyEasy, which helps primary care physicians around the country offer allergy testing and sublingual immunotherapy treatment to their patients. Over 200 physicians in over 32 states use the AllergyEasy program to help their patients overcome environmental and food allergies and asthma.