Cambridge, MA- Researchers from the Department of Materials Science and Engineering at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology held a press conference today to discuss the development and possible applications of gluten free medical examination gloves.
"Gluten intolerance is a serious and increasingly common problem, and for years medical practitioners have been forced to wear examination gloves that put patient health at risk," lead researcher Pauline Aliana explained. "Ten years and half a billion dollars later, we can say with pride that these gloves contain absolutely no wheat, no barley, no rye and no oats!"
Unlike patients with Celiac disease, an autoimmune condition where exposure to gluten causes inflammation of the small intestine and specific symptoms in about one percent of the population, a growing number of people are blaming gluten on a host of vague physical and psychological complaints. Irritable bowels, headaches, fibromyalgia, chronic irritability and fatigue are common complaints of people who are worried about gluten. Physicians who care for them, and gluten intolerance advocate groups, have long been waiting for the development of gluten free medical products to complement the growing number of gluten free foods such as pizza, bottled water and chicken.
Mort Fishman, Director of Questionable Illnesses at the nearby Marino Integrative Health Center, was pleased but also encouraged researchers to look to the future. "It is nice to have options when working with patients who are cutting gluten out of their lives, but what about WiFi and electromagnetic radiation sensitivity? What about my patients with adrenal fatigue or chronic Lyme? Where are the gloves for them?"