Join the Club! 1 in 3 Of You Are A Part Of It And You Don’t Even Know It
Today was a TOTAL eye opener. I went to a doctor specializing in functional medicine, meaning, he specializes in finding the root of the problem and fixing it; rather than throwing drugs at some symptoms and dealing with the side effects. I never knew this practice existed but then again, this is Boulder so it really should come as no surprise.
I went there for my “stomach issues.” My “loyal” readers (all 6 of you, shout out!) know that my “stomach issues” have plagued me for my entire life, but have picked up in ferocity in the past 11 years. I have had the gamut of tests run with tubes put in places they just DO NOT belong, scopes, and blood tests. At 27 I was put on medicine typically administered to geriatric patients (but they soon after pulled it off the market because it caused heart attacks, or strokes…or something, but it wasn’t good and so no more drugs. I didn’t like being on them in the first place.) I have been tested for Celiac (negative) and allergies (oh so positive) and have years of internet research and books* and felt that I had a good handle on my “stomach issues”. Which was “diagnosed” as IBS which is really just some bullshit label they give you so can kind of have some piece of mind because they can’t figure out what the huck the problem is.
That is until today. Today, after approximately 3 and a half minutes of talking with this brilliant, genius of a doctor and telling him my issues, he laid it out on the table. He said those two words that I have been dreading to hear all these years, with every bite of toast I take. “Gluten-Free”.
I started crying. (I am particularly weepy lately due to sleep deprivation.)
Whatever you do, PLEASE DO NOT TAKE MY CARBS FROM ME! I will beat you with that loaf of french bread.
“It is the best decision you will ever make.” the doctor said and went on to tell me that about a year ago, he himself thought he was pre-Alzheimers, about to sell his practice, couldn’t remember ANYTHING, had to take his wife along with him to remember what he went out for, etc. His wife went gluten-free due to her fibromylagia and he joined her. Within two weeks his brain function was back and his chronic back pain (of 35 years) was gone.
Ok, that’s great for you guys…but seriously, this is not it.
“You had the stomach flu in your household how many times in a 6 month time span?” he asks. 15
Most likely because myself and the boys are probably gluten-intolerant which is weakening our immune systems and hence….puke. (an aside, I am currently recovering from a bout of stomach flu from last week.)
“People with gluten sensitivity often are run down.” brilliant, genius doctor says. And I just thought it was kids.
“A lot of gluten sensitive folk also have dairy sensitivity or allergy” brilliant, genius doctor says. My eyes welled up more, I grabbed another tissue as the realization s l o w l y started to seep into my thick skull.
Back in 2006 when I overhauled my diet to to the fine, restricted list it stands at today, I noticed that artificial sweetners and high fructose corn syrup were total gut bombs for me. And let me clarify “gut bomb”, we are talking fetal position, rocking on the floor type pain. The lovely chemical cocktails of processed “food” interestingly enough, are know to cause digestive issues in gluten sensitive folk….hmmmm. ( I learned this from a fantastic article from the Gluten Free Goddess, How To Go Gluten Free.)
Coffee and Black tea are gastric irritants particularly for gluten sensitive and “IBS” folk. I always said caffeine was never a good choice for me (those who know me know why!) so it’s a good thing coffee and tea crush my stomach.
and beer. OOOOOOOOH beer, how I love thee. Not always, but a stint as a server and bartender at a brewery back in the day gave me a great appreciation for it. But I have also had a love/hate relationship with it. I never know if it’s going to love me or hate me (my belly that is.) I blamed it on hops and draft lines because sometimes my stomach can handle beer no problem, most times I can’t. But never once did it cross my mind that it would be the wheat. I was already tested for Celiac, I had never heard of gluten sensitivity.
I was in total denial and up until I started writing this post, I still wasn’t convinced that this is the culprit of all of the above. But I know it is, I can no longer deny that I have to further restrict to include another food that is prevalent in almost every.damn.product known on earth. And one of which I CRAVE and enjoy at almost every.single.damn.meal. Wheat, we are officially broken up. I’m pissed at you and your wheat relatives and damn hybridization that hybridized so much over that past 50 years that you made your fool damn self toxic to most humans. (Source)
and while we’re at it, Monsanto can still suck it. They don’t really have anything to do with this, really, directly, this time…but they still are evil.
*THE book that changed my life: The Unhealthy Truth by Robyn O’Brien. It is an EYE OPENING book about our food industry, Monsanto, our corrupt FDA and how all of it can be tied into allergies, asthma, ADD, ADHD, and autism. Also, artificial food coloring will promptly be removed from your children’s diet after reading this book….and it will make a WORLD of difference.