I posted the below comment on the New York Times website tonight after reading this appalling, uninformed op-ed. Had I been given a longer character count, it would have been much longer. Cohen's assumptions about those of us who don't eat gluten and about our society as a whole is truly sickening.

Mr. Cohen,

I am a 28 year old female. I teach power yoga, I'm a manager at a Fortune 500 company, and I've traveled the world. Like you, I am successful, adventurous and educated. However, unlike you, I have rheumatoid arthritis. Like Celiac, it is an autoimmune disease. My once perfectly healthy joints in my hands and feet can become so inflamed I can't walk without crying or open my toothpaste without a deep breathe. 

After my own research and on the advice of my naturopath and rheumatologist, I no longer eat gluten despite testing negative for a traditional food allergy. Now, 3 years later, I take less than a fourth of the medicine I was originally prescribed and I have no symptoms. My feet and hands no longer hurt. They don't turn big or blue or cause so much pain that I cannot function as I should... unless I eat gluten. And then what do you know? All the symptoms come back.

I made the choice to be gluten-free for my health and sanity, not for my vanity or beauty or because I am narcissistic. 

I do not understand what credentials you have to warrant your opinion on this topic. Do some research on GMOs, pesticides, gluten's impact on autoimmune disorders. Get some facts from somewhere other than la Mamma (who can serve all the gluten she wants) before insulting and belittling others' life choices.

Because if you were given the choice to change your diet or watch your body crumble 60 years before it's meant to, which would you choose?

Catherine Gignac

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