Elisabeth Hasselbeck was on the Dr. Oz show (www.doctoroz.com) this week talking about how she finally figured out she was gluten intolerant and had celiac disease after being on the reality tv show “Survivor” and she had no food except the occasional fish and rice and she realized she felt better than she ever had. (I thought to myself that’s how I started wondering years ago if gluten/wheat was a problem for me because I felt better when I wasn’t eating and then started to watch what happened, if anything, if I did eat wheat/gluten. I have not gone in to be diagnosed with celiac. I’ve just gone by how I feel. Years ago, I’d think that it was more like just general malaise–I just don’t feel well. Or wonder how do I have a headache out of nowhere? Or I must be fighting a cold or something. Often it was what is my problem- why am I so tired. Then there was hmm that dinner must have been too rich for my stomach to handle.)
Elisabeth has two books–The G-Free Diet and Deliciously G-Free which is a cookbook. On her website, www.gfreediet.com she states that “Celiac disease is an autoimmune disorder that affects 1 in every 133 people in the U.S. 97% of those with Celiac disease go undiagnosed.” I think that it’s probably because the symptoms aren’t consciously linked to what we’re eating since many of the symptoms are delayed. I heard that symptoms can still occur within a few days after eating something. At the bottom of the http://www.gfreediet.com page there is a box that says “gluten cheat sheet” and if you click on it it lists many symptoms of gluten intolerance (that many people are probably discounting). Some of the symptoms are fatigue, anemia, mouth sores (canker sores) inside the mouth, joint pain, arthritis, IBS, infertility, headaches (my sister-in-law reduced her migraines by going gluten-free), and seizures.
Anyway, I just think that there are so many people out there who do not feel well and are trudging through their life and what if it is gluten intolerance is the source of their body malaise and depression. Let’s face it, no one is very happy when they continuously don’t feel well. What if it is that simple.
Yesterday my doctor told me in a surprised voice that a blood test showed that I did have a slight allergy to wheat. Hmmm…