Chemistry Professor, Dr. James Kabrhel will address the topic, “Cool to be Gluten Free” on Tuesday, March 7 at the UW-Sheboygan campus. The lecture will cover the basics of celiac disease and gluten intolerance as well as the symptoms and possible causes. Dr. Kabrhel will also explain how pseudoscience and misinformation have led to a huge gluten-free product industry. With the increase in these gluten-free products, he recommends that any diet changes are made “in concert with a doctor and nutritionist.”
He notes that consumers “making the decision to exclude gluten from the diet based on self-diagnosis is fool hardy, because of how expensive gluten-free products are.” As an educator, his goal is to encourage citizens to make informed choices, based on all available scientifically supported information.
Kabrhel who teaches general as well as organic chemistry at the campus, completed his undergraduate degree at Juniata College in Pennsylvania and his Ph.D. in Organic Chemistry at the University of Minnesota. In addition to organic chemistry, pseudoscience and its use in media and consumer products is an area of strong interest and expertise.
The one-hour lecture takes place in the Wombat Room (Room 2114) on the UW-Sheboygan campus, located at One University Drive in Sheboygan. The Speaker’s Series presents a new topic each month (September – May) that is discussed in an open forum format. Admission and parking are free. For directions to the campus or more information, visit www.sheboygan.uwc.edu
IN A NUTSHELL:
What: Lecture: Cool to be Gluten Free
Who: Dr. James Kabrhel, UW-Sheboygan Chemistry Professor
When: Tuesday, March 7, 2017, 7pm
Where: UW-Sheboygan, One University Drive, Sheboygan – Wombat Room