First and most important, is the lack of knowledge that the general public and many doctors have about diseases and disorders directly affected by consuming gluten. Even a few people with Celiac Disease have responded by saying it is hurting those with Celiac Disease when so many people use the GF diet in order to lose weight, etc. This remark excludes those of us who also have diseases, disorders or health issues that are affected by eating gluten.
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Yes, there are those people eating a GF diet because it is the newest fad or weight lose idea.
So what, the truth is that wheat in its current form is very difficult to digest. Even if a person does not need to be on a GF diet ,they may receive health benefits by eliminating gluten.
Yes, people on a so called GF diet sometimes do not even know what gluten is.
It sounds ridiculous but maybe these people will start to learn what it is and will help educate others.
Yes, the media is all over the gluten-free way of life.
It was the media that started to shine attention on Celiac Disease and Non Celiac Gluten Sensitivity (NCGS). Because of this attention, more research about a gluten diet is now being funded. I guess we have to take the good with the bad.
I know what I know and I will not let others belittle it or make me doubt myself. I don't have Celiac disease. I have an autoimmune thyroid disease called Hashimoto's and Leaky Gut. Some doctors do not think gluten affects Hashimoto's, others do. I have met many people with Hashimoto's or another autoimmune disease that feels much better after eliminating gluten. That can not be questioned.
I know what I know
Eating gluten makes me sick.
Cross Contamination of gluten, makes it difficult for me to swallow and my skin gets rashes.
Since I stopped eating gluten:
- I no longer have difficulty swallowing
- My digestive issues are gone
- My eczema is gone
- No more brain fog
- No more arthritis pain
- the list goes on and on.
Check out July/August issue of Simply Gluten Free magazine.
Dr. Alexander Shikhman, founder of the Institute for Specialized Medicine and board certified in internal medicine and rheumatology, is the author of the article called, Gluten Intolerance and Rheumatoid Arthritis. In Dr. Shikhman addresses how gluten can affect the body and may be directly related to other autoimmune diseases, especially Rheumatoid Arthritis. I enjoyed reading his ideas and theories.
Dr. Alexander Shikhman has a self assessment Gluten Intolerance test on his site.
Please stay true to what you know works for you!