It’s interesting but there are a variety of people who have joined the gluten free club who don’t have celiac disease – who aren’t technically gluten intolerant. Actually a lot of research is ongoing studying the effects of gluten on the body and the findings are interesting and can be very useful to a lot of people.
I follow a gluten free diet because I have to in order to avoid getting sick. But there are those of you out there who could benefit just as much as I do, but for different reasons.
For example, people with the skin rash called Dermatitis Herpetformis are having an allergic reaction. At least 75% of these people have a sensitivity to gluten. They are not intolerant and can eat gluten without injuring their intestines, but the gluten appears to have some relation to the appearance of the rash. Therefore, if you stop eating gluten, your rash may very well heal. Wouldn’t that be nice! It may take a while – maybe even a year – but it would be worth the wait if your skin heals up. In the meantime, think of all the fattening calories you won’t be eating (have to look at the bright side).
Another skin problem that may be improved by not eating gluten is psoriasis. The research is not definitive on this yet, but it is certainly worth a try if you suffer with psoriasis. I would change my diet in a heartbeat, if by doing so, I healed myself.
There are also ongoing studies to determine if there is a relationship between gluten and rheumatoid arthritis. Actually, there are many different allergic reactions possible if a person is merely sensitive to gluten. I’ve read on the forum, and people have written emails to me saying that because many families of Celiacs end up eating gluten free diets (especially if the Celiac is the household cook), they discovered they felt better in many ways. For example, one woman said her husband was plagued by joint pain. They thought he might have fibromyalgia, but it was ruled out. He was tested for rheumatoid arthritis and that was ruled out also. After a year on an almost gluten free diet, his joint pain had virtually disappeared! She called it an “almost gluten free diet”, because he did not follow the diet as strictly as her.
Other sensitivity symptoms that people in the group mentioned included unexplained skin rashes, abdomen cramping every time they ate, anxiety attacks, and frequent bouts of diarrhea. There are probably plenty of other symptoms that people have and don’t know are related to eating gluten. Gluten is not particular about who it makes sick. It can affect anyone of any age, gender, or ethnicity.
If you or anyone in your family has unusual and unexplainable symptoms, consider trying a gluten free diet. The way I see it – what do you have to lose except poor health? My guess is even if a particular symptom doesn’t disappear, you will feel much better in general after jut 30 days on a gluten free diet. Just set a time period you will stick with the diet and then evaluate the results at the end.
Go on! Try it! Be brave! I promise you will thank me later.