Why Is This Such A Popular Condition For People To Self Diagnose With? in Publications & Publicity Posted January 12, 2010 · Report to Admin Honestly, I don't know how I can really add much to this amazing topic. I am self diagnosed. I have no insurance. Doctors are expensive. Experienced doctors are hard to find. Specialists are even more expensive. When you have skin issues related to gluten, you go to a dermatologist. When you're having GI symptoms, you go to a GI specialist. When you're having reactions to other foods, you go to an Allergist. Problems with joint pain, Rheumatologist. All those doctors add up faster than I can even begin to tell you. As do their costs. Weigh that with just giving a Gluten free diet a chance... try the diet, get better... no expensive tests, doctors or specialists doing invasive procedures... I'm sold!!! My take on WHY gluten intolerances and Celiac Disease is so prominent in our society today.... We started eating more grains *particularly wheat*, processed foods than ever before. And found cheap, efficient ways to package, store and make additives out of it. It's now in everything! Next, scientists, in an effort to make our food better, started genetically modifying the grains *especially wheat, corn and soy **technically soy is a legume, but that's beside the point*. Wheat is modified so that the grain is bigger, stronger and has more protein. That protein is mostly gluten. So, we're not just eating more gluten grains, but gluten grains with more gluten in them. So, if you're genetically predisposed toward having issues with gluten and you eat more of it. *FDA recommends grains to be somewhere around 60% of your daily caloric intake* And the grain itself has more gluten than EVER in human history due to genetic modification... Well you can see where that can lead to issues. Yes?