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Skepchick Sundaylies! Ideal Gases, Digital Footprints, and a Defense of Going Gluten Free

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The Physics Philes, lesson 126: Kinetic-Molecular Model of Ideal Gases, Part 1
Mindy learns how to apply Newton’s laws of motion to a bunch of gas molecules.

School of Doubt

On the Market II: Digital Footprints
Dan is skeptical of advice suggesting that academics consolidate and curate their online presence.

Grounded Parents

In Defense of Gluten Free
Jenny makes some good points when talking to people who are choosing to avoid gluten, whether it’s based on celiac disease or a perceived sensitivity. From her article, “If you stop eating gluten, and physical symptoms improve, have you proven some significant scientific correlation? Of course not. But let’s be realistic. If you’re suffering from something for which doctors have given you no cure, and you find something that seems to work, why wouldn’t you just stick with it? At some point it becomes obnoxious to demand to see the scientific evidence behind every lifestyle choice an individual makes. None of us live in some sort of perfect evidence-based world. Sometimes we all wing it.”

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Mindy is an attorney and Managing Editor of Teen Skepchick. She hates the law and loves stars. You can follow her on Twitter and on Google+.

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  1. On going gluten free; if you don’t have an actual medical issue with gluten (Celiac’s or a provable intolerance) then I would liken going gluten free to prayer. Fine on a personal level as long as you don’t expect miracles, it might even make you feel better for any number of reasons, but completely irresponsible to recommend to others which is what I see happen all the time.

    I have a family member who have benefited from the no gluten craze as it’s allowed them to manage their Celiac’s with the myriad produces that have become available but it comes at a price, they have had to become extra vigilant when they eat out since there are some (a very small number I’m sure) that see any request for gluten-free as just another annoying fad and not the life threatening necessity that it is and do not take it seriously, they’ve ended up with a very painful and expensive doctors visits as a result.

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