I wish I could introduce you to my sister.
Sadly, she would prefer to follow the doctor's advice and control all of her various AI diseases through medications. She watched me go downhill for 3 years and almost die from celiac disease, yet it is not enough to persuade her to even be tested. I said "At least mention it to your doctor that I have celiac disease, please?" She said "He made a note of it in my chart."
I have said many times that INFLAMMATION underlies all of this, and sent her articles on AI diseases, specifically diabetes and celiac, but it falls on deaf ears. I am terrified her kidneys will go next. But I do not wear a white coat or have a stethiscope around my neck to give me enough credence.
And as Diane points out, she is reluctant to adjust enough to give up her gluteny foods. I feel so bad about it and I cry sometimes, thinking, I KNOW she has celiac and I know she would feel so much better off gluten.
But, we can't make anyone see the light. They have to be as sick as we were and pushed to the wall to " get it."
I KNOW! I totally hear ya! I have run into the SAME things that have been shared on this thread with my family and docs. My mom's doc said he'd put her on a gluten-free diet the next time she had uncontrollable Diareah. Actually he won't even do that. He said once he "didn't want to do that to her" meaning put her on a gluten-free diet. Oh, OK so you just want to let her die of colon cancer instead! I'd sue his a** off if I could but I can't. I've cried but I can't live in that kind of emotional place so I've moved on. I've gotta take care of me and the next generation.