The Extraordinary Popular Delusion Over Gluten

Gluten Free  Nonsense

Only 1% of the population has coeliac disease and must avoid gluten. Nearly 40 times that many think gluten should be avoided by everyone. They are willing to pay more to avoid gluten. This is nothing less than mass ignorance on parade. It’s not healthy either.

Gluten Phobia, along with climate hysteria, will someday by the subject of the book with a title something like, “Extraordinary Popular Delusions and the Madness of Crowds.” Oh wait, that book has already been written, by Charles Mackay in 1843. (Still in print, beware of incomplete editions of this book, it should have almost 500 pages if it’s authentic). The book asks and tries to answer the question of why otherwise intelligent people sometimes collectively form seething masses of idiocy.

Some Lose, Others Enriched

Mass hysteria harms the people who fall for it, but it greatly enriches a whole group of other people who find ways to capitalize and make lots of money supplying the maniacs with vacuous bromides which temporarily give them comfort and psychic satisfaction. Think Al Gore on climate hysteria, climate scientists who obtain large salaries financed by government grants, advertising and food service and manufacturing concerns who can charge more for their products by labeling them “gluten free.”

The Dutch Tulip Mania of 1636-1637 saw sky high prices for certain tulip bulbs until the price collapsed in February, 1637. Many people lost money, and many other people gained. Bitcoin, along with gluten and climate change, is the modern Tulip Mania.

For a more common sense approach to gluten, check this out: Avoiding Gluten Isn’t Healthy if you don’t have Coeliac Disease.

 

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