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The annoying gluten-free trend and the attention seekers who keep this vile machine well-lubricated

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Initial post: Apr 20, 2012 6:21:43 PM PDT
First and foremost, let me just say this: If you HAVE NOT been officially diagnosed with some form of gluten intolerance (eg. Celiac Disease), by a REAL doctor in a REAL doctor's office with a REAL blood test, then you DO NOT need gluten-free food products. OKAY? Are we clear here? Well, probably not, so I shall continue.

Is it not a bizarre coincidence that the number of alleged wheat allergic individuals has spiked in unison with the popularity of gluten-free diets? All it takes is some crappy, low-life celebrity (I wont name names, I'm sure you know who they are) to declare herself wheatless, and millions of hysterical douchebags follow suit, feigning a serious illness just so they can feel in vogue. What a bunch of losers, right? Well. as is painfully evident, those same losers are being *heavily* pandered to...and it's only going to get worse.

As it is now, this extremist cr@p has infested the Vegan community with a vengeance. It's like the whole organic obsession, but worse. Perfectly healthy people who enjoy their morning bran muffin, for the awesome, explosive bowel movements it provides, are now being fed a line of BS regarding the alleged "evils" of wheat. These wackos aren't satisfied with their own self-enforced Frankenstein diets, they have to live gluten-free by proxy too. Worst of all, if they are unsuccessful at strong-arming another adult into submission, they will then turn to their own children.

How many recent Amazon reviews for some gluten-free product have you seen featuring a "concerned" mother and her gluten-intolerant son/daughter? Quite a few, yes? Think back to 2005; how many did you see back then? A scant few, right? And I don't even want to hear some BS argument about "awareness" because doctors have been aware of wheat allergies for a d@mn long time. Admit it, you get off on the attention; you get off on being a special wittle snowflake. Problem is, since half the world's population is mysteriously falling ill with Celiac Disease, the snowflakes are piling up into a big indistinguishable drift.

That's right, you all look the same. This is just another flavor of the "carb-sensetive" bullocks from the Atkins era. LOL Remember that hot mess? Yeah, me too. :D Just you a few years, all of these wheat-sick people will magically disappear, and then reemerge with the latest celebrity-endorsed ailment. In the year 2015, Cameron Diaz will tweet that she suffers from extreme hyperhidrosis of the feet. Two hours later, everyone & their mama will claim to suffer from the same condition. Special absorbent slippers will be manufactured & sold to the trendy folks who are desperate to emulate the sweaty-footed actress. Many forum discussions will take place regarding the intolerable side effects of this debilitating condition, such as sliding shoes, prune soles, distracting *squish* sounds while walking, and toe jam.

That last part was just a joke. I seriously doubt anyone would have a problem with toe jam because it IS gluten-free, after all.

Posted on Apr 20, 2012 6:37:51 PM PDT
What I have noticed, is that as more and more of our world's food is contamiated with poisons through things like round-up weed killer, and modified genetically, more and more people are having reactions to food and obesity is growing at an alarming rate.

Posted on Apr 20, 2012 6:58:04 PM PDT
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Posted on Apr 20, 2012 7:00:07 PM PDT
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Me says:
I don't buy "gluten-free" products. I strictly eat real, unprocessed foods most of the time. Once a month or so, I may eat pizza or other such things.

I don't eat wheat products or starchy veggies or other high carb foods regularly because I believe it leads to high insulin levels and ultimately inflammation (as per my glucose meter). I also don't think eating highly-processed foods are healthy for anyone to eat on a regular basis. I also don't eat soy or vegetable oils.

I was never diagnosed with gluten sensitivity, but since I've cut out gluten, I no longer have:
Acid reflux
Weight issues (but I also limit between 30-50 grms carbs/day
Tinnea versicolor
Joint aches
Gas, bloating, etc.
I also have more energy (I think my body is absorbing nutrients in my food better)

I cut out gluten as an N=1 experiment and I feel so much better now that it's not in my daily diet. I sure like the taste of bread and pasta, but my body reacts to it the same as if I ate a ton of beans-I prefer not to feel that way or spike my blood sugar.

In reply to an earlier post on Apr 20, 2012 7:06:29 PM PDT
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Posted on Apr 20, 2012 7:10:21 PM PDT
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In reply to an earlier post on Apr 20, 2012 7:30:39 PM PDT
Clark21236 says:
I read Dr. Davis's book Wheat Belly. I don't have Celliacs, but after reading the book I gave up wheat. I didn't go gluten free, but just tried to eliminate wheat anywhere I could. I went from 196 lbs to 185 lbs. My stomach troubles went away. I eat plenty and I am never hungry like I used to be. After lunch sleepy crash disappeared. Makes me wonder.

In reply to an earlier post on Apr 20, 2012 7:35:20 PM PDT
Oh god, not that awful Wheat Belly book. LOL If your belly is swollen, it's probably several tons of rotten meat clogging up your colon.

Posted on Apr 20, 2012 8:21:52 PM PDT
Peter Payne says:
Coconut, I am curious: where do you get your oh-so-certain knowledge from? Clearly you must have done a lot of research, read a lot of scientific articles. Could you back up your claims with a few references?

Posted on Apr 20, 2012 8:31:42 PM PDT
Coconut just needed something to whine and gripe about.

Posted on Apr 20, 2012 9:46:42 PM PDT
J. Gonzalez says:
OMG! Wheat is doomed. Damn you Celiac wannabees! Please...

In reply to an earlier post on Apr 21, 2012 12:38:21 AM PDT
Audrey F. says:
Thank God my mom's trainer recommended that I give up gluten. I was so bloated for years I would beg the medical profession for an answer. I didn't even know I was bloated - I just knew that I felt like I was being choked all the time (every year I would buy lower and lower v neck shirts cause I didn't want anything remotely close to my neck). 2 days after I stopped eating gluten I got in my car and easily slipped on my seatbelt-and there was even give to the belt. For years that strap held tight to me and I hated it. It has now been over 2 years since I gave up gluten and not once have I felt like I was being choked and not once has that seatbelt not had give since then. I went from not having an appetite (for over a decade) to being ravenously hungry - I was hungry, hungry, hungry and I gained a lot of weight and still the seatbelt didn't fit me as tight as before I stopped eating gluten. I couldn't get a handle on my appetite for a year and a half and now finally, I am losing weight on a diet. I am replying to your post and not the main post to show the community an example of the extreme differences gluten can have on the human body. I was once a skeptic. I didn't think I was "allergic" to any foods. You could have pushed me over with a feather when I realized it was this thing called gluten that had been causing such discomfort. Many Docs tested me for a whole lot of stuff over the many years but not one Dr. mentioned gluten - not one. Let me say this again. Not one Dr. said anything about gluten. I don't like not being able to tolerate gluten and I don't enjoy telling people I believe I have a sensitivity to gluten because of people like the coconut who wrote his snarky snarkisms; however, it is my truth and I am going to stand in it. And I am also going to urge anyone and everyone who has any couriousity on how gluten can effect the body to give it a try for a week. What could it hurt? Some people won't notice any difference and cough it up to trial and error but some people are going to nearly fall off their chairs like I did. What does one eat w/out gluten in it? Corn at first. Corn tortillas instead of wheat. Corn chips. Corn cereal. Also all the wonderful gluten free foods that have been coming at you from left and right lately. Cheers.

In reply to an earlier post on Apr 21, 2012 5:41:09 AM PDT
Corn = sugar. That is all the human body can absorb from it. The fiber has be genetically modified out of it. The stuff has no nutritional value to humans or cows or chickens.

90% of mass produced corn in the US, Mexico, Brazil and Argentina is GM.

One can give up wheat and still eat grains. Corn is not the solution.

In reply to an earlier post on Apr 21, 2012 10:51:36 AM PDT
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ParrotSlave says:
Coconut, look at it this way: there may be one or two who really do have undiagnosed celiac disease and who may benefit from such products. The rest are benefiting from a placebo effect, an effect no doubt enhanced by the fact that their fears about the various evils in their foods are now assuaged. It is quite popular these days to demonize, not just gluten itself, but other constituents of grain, so that, in some "minds," all the diseases of civilization are to be blamed on grain. That statement is actually true if you consider that our civilization was based on agriculture, on grain, on our daily bread: without grain, our civilization would not exist in this form for there to be any "diseases of." I'd love to see a paleo church service on youtube, where they would pray to "give us this day our daily mastadon" or "daily sabre-tooth" (which is not to denigrate their diet in its entirely, just some of its rationale--the diet may have its use, for some at least.) Fortunately, instead of arguing with that particular lobby, you can just get them to arguing with the other fringe groups who blame all the diseases of civilization on other things, such as meat, or soy, or dairy, or Amazon forums. I would have to disagree that all who post on Amazon forums are illiterate; there do exist people with minds who visit these forums and leave comments.

In reply to an earlier post on Apr 21, 2012 2:45:05 PM PDT
silentwolf says:
No one will read you or take you seriously with your attitude problem. Get a life.

In reply to an earlier post on Apr 21, 2012 3:56:12 PM PDT
DisplacedMic says:
agreed. the fact that you clearly outlined that you weren't talking about celiac disease is as much of a critique of your silliness, OP, as the person whose missed its lack of attention to detail.

Posted on Apr 21, 2012 4:05:09 PM PDT
Captain says:
Ironically all you did was give all the victims a chance to go into their victimization routines one more time.

In reply to an earlier post on Apr 21, 2012 4:32:58 PM PDT
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In reply to an earlier post on Apr 21, 2012 4:35:19 PM PDT
ParrotSlave, yeah, I agree about the placebo effect thing.

Posted on Apr 21, 2012 4:38:38 PM PDT
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Posted on Apr 21, 2012 4:44:49 PM PDT
Kurt Foerst says:
Actually, there is a ton of hard scientific evidence that gluten sensitivity is responsible for Hashimoto's disease; this has been replicated and published in the peer review literature aplenty. I have Hashimoto's disease, and my doctor, as well as all the scientifically credible literature on the subject, suggested I go gluten free to stop further destruction of the thyroid gland. The reason that the autoimmune system attacks the thyroid is that the thyroid molecule is almost identical to GLUTEN molecule. The sensitive person's body attacks the gluten, gets confused or overzealous, and attacks the thyroid gland, too. Three months after going off gluten, I reintroduced it, not knowing what the symptoms were for celiac's disease. I ached all over my body, intensely, became bloated, and had digestive problem for about a week. I was stunned when I looked up the symptoms and found body aches at the top of the list. I went gluten free again and again reintroduced gluten, with the same results. So I'm convinced that gluten sensitivity is real and is probably the main, or only, factor causing Hashimoto's. BTW, my blood draw for celiac's disease was negative, but that means little. Those blood tests have a very high false negative rate, which is why doctors will tell you that the only way to "tell" is to go on the diet and then introduce gluten and note any reaction. Coconut, you won't convince reasonable people with name calling in place of experiential and scientific evidence. What is it to you, anyway? Never mind; I don't actually want to know. But peace . . .

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Posted on Apr 21, 2012 4:59:06 PM PDT
I will repeat myself ONE MORE TIME: This is about annoying trendy people who just want to emulate celebrities or be a part of the fad so they can feel popular. It's like high school all over again.

IF YOU HAVE CELIAC DISEASE, THIS IS NOT ABOUT YOU, OBVIOUSLY. I'm tired of spoon-feeding the impatient speed-readers with an axe to grind.

Posted on Apr 21, 2012 5:20:39 PM PDT
I think it is a good thing any time anybody takes interest in what they shove into their mouths. I may not always agree with their ultimate decision but at least they give a damn. For far too many years we've been told that all this processed corn we call food is healthy and OK to eat but that's clearly not the case. My generation will be the first to have a lower life expectancy than our parents and much of that has to do with the mass production/subsidization of corn. I don't know as much about gluten as coconut but if cutting it has made people's lives happier, more power to them. My problem is that he's brought organics into the equation. The entire world would benefit very much if we switched to a purely organic way of growing and processing food. Not only health wise but environmentally and economically. Organic farms do not grow monocultures, like most production farms these days so the land use is MUCH more efficient, and the quality of food is MUCH improved. I don't have a problem with griping about the 'gluten-free' trend, but I would urge you to really look into true organics and you will find(should find) that it is the only sustainable way to feed the world. It is NOT a trend to be listed in the ranks of gluten free and Atkins. Thanks.

In reply to an earlier post on Apr 21, 2012 5:25:14 PM PDT
Last edited by the author on Apr 21, 2012 5:29:44 PM PDT
1. I'm not a "he".

2. The organic trend is a scam.

3. Corn doesn't make people fat any more than wheat or soy. Again, this is an example of people attempting to evade personal responsibility. Moderation... it's a four-letter word in America.
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