Hello to everyone,
This is a very difficult message to post. Even more so due to the fact that it is my very first one here. But I believe that it is very important and that it is
worthy of serious discussion. It is my hope that everyone will read it very carefully, in its entirety, and really think about it. And I am hoping for thoughtful
and very carefully considered responses, because this is something that may not only affect all of us with celiac disease, but potentially all humans on the
First, a bit of personal info: I am a 43 year old male and I just found out, about a month and a half ago, that I have celiac disease. I had to find it out on my
own. Up to that point, I had been living with something that defied explanation. On November 2, 1992, I went to the local hospital's emergency room with
severe back pain. I had no idea at that point that it was severe gas. I had never had gas before to such an extent. I was not even aware that gas could cause
such extreme pain. In the course of the next two weeks, my weight dropped from 195 to 148. I had diarrhea, constipation, eye pain, tooth and gum pain,
reduced body temperature, extreme weakness, etc. I was an absolute wreck. I was checked for everything from cancer to AIDS and all tests came back
negative. The most that any doctor could suggest was irritable bowel syndrome, lactose intolerance, or a combination thereof. I went through all kinds of
experiments with my diet. I went to a gastroenterologist. He stuck to the IBS diagnosis. Celiac disease was never mentioned to me by anyone. I struggled
extremely hard for year after year just to keep my weight hovering around 160 or so, and to keep the worst of the symptoms at a minimum. The strangest
thing was that nothing was ever consistent. I could eat the same thing 2 days in a row and have entirely different reactions. I did find out, on my own
(because in spite of the severity of my symptoms, none of the ridiculous doctors thought that IBS was a serious problem...to the extent that I could not even
convince the gastroenterologist that I had a big problem absorbing any fat from the food I ate) that my fluid consumption (especially plain water) was too
low, as was my daily dietary fiber intake. And my fat consumption was too high. But correcting all of that only achieved a kind of 'uneasy truce' with my
digestion. The floodgates of information finally opened up about six weeks ago. I had for years been concerned with consuming enough dietary fiber each
day. Well, I started eating honey wheat bagels. And then I started to notice that I had to eat more and more. I could eat a dozen of the things a day and still
be hungry. With all of the protein that each one was supposed to have, something was radically wrong. And my weight was dropping again. The uneasy
truce was over and done. My weight slipped away to 138. For someone who is 6'2" that is starting to get into the category of emaciated, rather than just thin.
I read the ingredients on the bagel package. High-gluten wheat flour. What the heck was gluten? So then I did some research....
Okay....so I immediately cut out all wheat, rye, barley and associated products out of my diet. As well as oats, because I read too much back and forth
argument about that and whether it was safe or not. But the information said that corn and rice were gluten-free and safe. So, I am cruising along seeming to
feel significantly better and still enjoying my corn tortilla chips, etc. About a week goes by and I happen to pick up the bag from our dog's food and idly sit
and read the label. And find something on there called corn gluten. What the hell? So, I go to an ordinary dictionary to check it out, all the while thinking that
the pet food manufacturer must have added gluten to the corn from some other source. Nope. Corn gluten is in the dictionary! Corn is just as bad as wheat
for celiac sufferers, because it DOES contain gluten! I decided to research all grains in detail. Because I noticed problems from eating rice, too.
This is what my research suggests: All human beings might be better off to stay entirely away from ALL plants in the family of GRASSES. That includes
corn, rice, buckwheat, and even sugar cane!! Consider this: What if, when you eliminate some of the grasses from your diet but not all, it throws you into the
'silent' form of the disease, where you don't notice symptoms? What if this entire problem is not even limited to gluten itself but is some fundamental
element shared by all of the grasses that science has not discovered yet, but which causes an inherent allergic reaction in the human body? Here is a fact: As
of right now, 70% of all of the food crops raised in the entire world are grasses. Animals that are used for food by humans also consume grasses....
Further, consider what human history has been like in the past and what it is like now. Wars, conflict, destructive behavior, selfishness. A vast range of
mental problems of varying degrees. Celiac is linked to 256 or more different side effects and associated afflictions. Including diabetes. Blood sugar levels
Food manufacturers are making grass-based foods ever more attractive to the taste buds all the time. Food and flavors are as addictive these days as any
drugs that you can name. More so, I believe.
So, let's see....grass-based foods that are extremely enticing are flooding the market more and more. And at the same time, the world's population is
becoming more moody and mean-spirited, as evidenced in everything from terrorism to road rage to impatience at the checkout counter to get that food.
That leaves the question: Did we, as human beings, take a wrong turn a long time ago by starting to consume grass-based foods? Is that what has been the
underlying and elusive explanation all down through history as to why humans have acted the way they have and why there have been and continue to be
accelerating problems? If it is, what will it lead to for us as a species if we don't stop?
I hope that everyone who reads this will think long and hard about it and not just dismiss it as alarmist thinking.
I don't believe that it is an outlandish theory that an inherent human allergy to the grasses might just be the silent culprit at work behind the scenes in human
history that has and is still causing a vast amount of misery.