Columbia Journalism School


Velasquez-Manoff '06 writes opinion piece for the New York Times

February 25, 2013

Moises Velasquez Manoff M.A. ’06 had an opinion piece in the New York Times Week in Review. The story, “Who has the Guts for Gluten?” poses the question of why the prevalence of celiac disease, an autoimmune condition that damages the lining of the small intestine and prevents absorption of foods needed to maintain healthiness, has quadrupled in the last 50 years.

Velasquez writes about current scientific theories involving the rising gluten allergic population in the world, which has now reached between .6 and one percent worldwide. 


“Scientists are pursuing some intriguing possibilities. One is that breast-feeding may protect against the disease,” he wrote.  “Another is that we have neglected the teeming ecosystem of microbes in the gut — bacteria that may determine whether the immune system treats gluten as food or as a deadly invader.”

Velasquez, a graduate of the M.A. program with a specialization in science writing, has written extensively about health, and is the author of “An Epidemic of Absence: A New Way of Understanding Allergies and Autoimmune Diseases.”

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