I was thinking it might be good to have a section of the forum for non-celiacs who are following the gluten-free diet. There lots of people interested in eating gluten-free these days for various reasons. Celiac disease is one very important reason to eat gluten-free. But other people might want to eat gluten-free because they have health issues that might be improved even though they don't test positive for celiac disease. Some examples would be people with NCGI (non-celiac gluten intolerance) which there are no standard medical tests for right now. Another might be people with Crohn's disease, who sometimes follow the gluten-free diet and find it helps their Crohn's symptoms. Another group would be diabetics, who might sometimes follow a very low carb diet to control their glucose levels, which means they end up essentially following a gluten-free whole foods diet. Then there are a large number of people who just want to try gluten-free to see if it helps their symptoms that haven't got an official doctor's diagnosis yet.
There is a pre-diagnosis section of the forum that fits some of these categories, but it doesn't fit them all. It seems to me the best place for people to get information on eating gluten-free effectively is right here on this forum. Opening it up to non-celiacs and making it more welcome to people without an official doctor's blessing seems like it would make it easier for them to find information. Many people these days want to try eating gluten-free for a while to see if they feel better. While the forum is geared towards supporting celiacs, it seems like it could be used to help support other people also. Some have a clear medical condition that is benefited by eating gluten-free, others may have a less clear medical situation but want to try gluten-free as a test.
Many of us have experienced years of trying to get a medical diagnosis for our celiac disease, so we know it can be hard to get a real answer from the medical establishment. Medicine seems to be advancing at a rapid pace, but it is not at the point where we know everything about the effects of gluten and wheat etc on the human body.
What I suggest would be nice, is to have a section of the forum for people who want to try eating gluten-free to see if they feel better, for whatever reason. There doesn't seem to be a better informed group of people on eating gluten-free than right here on this forum. So many people could benefit from asking questions here and not feeling like they aren't accepted just because they aren't celiacs IMHO. I think this forum is pretty accepting of non-celicas, including those with NCGI, but an actual section set aside for non-celiacs might be good to set up. Hopefully it could be made clear that people posting in that section are not celiacs and are not asking for celiac advice so much as gluten-free eating advice. There is plenty of confusion in the public about eating gluten-free, and there is plenty of knowledge here to share.
There are some obvious issues that could arise. Like celiac members getting irritated about non-celiacs taking the gluten-free diet less seriously than them. And people with Crohn's or diabetes not understanding the strict avoidance of gluten that celiacs have to do. And people giving advice will have to remember that it is non-celiacs they are talking to and trying to help.
It seems to me that there is a concentration of knowledgte on this forum about eating gluten-free, and many people wanting to learn the same. But they may not feel welcome because the forum is so geared to celiacs and NCGI only. Or it may appear that way to an outsider at least.
So, what do the other peeps think? How about the Scott-head who is the admin and chief honcho? Personally, I think eating gluten-free and whole foods is good for many people, even non-celiacs. Can we share the hard learned rules and help some other peeps?