ON YOUR SIDE GETS ANSWERS: government shutdown funding and special diets

WICHITA, Kan. (KAKE) -

Calls about government funding through the shutdown, and special diets: KAKE On Your Side Gets Answers for viewers across KAKEland.

Tom asked about a call he received from someone claiming to be with the Social Security Administration, saying his account was going to be suspended.

Tom was suspicious and hung up.

Our answer: Tom did the right thing. Here's what the Consumer Protection Assistant DA with Sedgwick County told KAKE News:

"Government agencies do not reach out to you by phone. They correspond with you by mail. It will always be very official. There's typically, depending on the government agency, there's also layers of security. They may not send you all the information in one envelope, particularly Social Security. They'll send you part of it in one envelope and the other part in another envelope. And that's for your safety."

Kevin wanted to know why, when the government is shut down, are congress and the president still paid?

Our answer: According to the Washington Post, which breaks down the funding, a shutdown impacts employees funded through annual appropriations.

The salaries for congress members are written into law, so that's why they still get their paychecks.

There are many representatives and senators who are refusing their pay, as long as federal employees are not paid.

And Jim had a question about the gluten-free diet.

He said, "I read some things recently that say, unless you have celiac disease, a gluten-free diet is actually unhealthy."

KAKE News talked with a nutritionist who specializes in food sensitivities, and she explains a gluten-free diet is really only best if you do have Celiac Disease.

"There's a lot of controversy about going gluten-free. I don't think a person should go gluten-free unless medically necessary. You're missing out on so many foods. You set yourself up, even, for being nutritionally deficient in nutrients," says Alissa Ogburn, with Nutrition That's Right For You.

Ogburn does say you can be sensitive to gluten without having Celiac Disease, but there's no way to test for that. Your best bet is trial and error. Try to rule out foods that make you feel bad. The best advice she has is to stick to natural foods.

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