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GLUTEN PROBLEMS: TEST OR CHALLENGE?

There are some tests you can have for celiac disease and gluten sensitivity. I've listed them in the Resources section on my website so you can ask your doctor about them if you want, but you don't have to go through all of those tests. The simplest way you can check for gluten sensitivity and celiac disease is to not eat it. Pull it out 100 percent, just as we are doing in Cycle 1 of the Virgin Diet. Then, as we are doing in Cycle 2, challenge it back. Then, see how you feel.

I see people all the time who look fine on every single test there is, but they still feel bad. We pull out gluten, and they feel a lot better. Maybe they feel better because they're eating fewer grains (for more on grain problems, see the Lectins and Phytates: The Bad News Twins section later in this chapter). If you don't want to get tested, don't worry. I'll walk you through Cycle 1 and Cycle 2, and that is probably all you need.

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