I’m Intolerant, Mostly, of Gluten Intolerance


Opinion:

Nowadaynotcarings everyone is seemingly allergic to something.  I have done some basic research and it seems that people in developed countries are more likely to have allergies than undeveloped countries.  Amish children have less allergies than the average non-Amish child.  As an initial conclusion, I have to wonder: “Have we created a culture and a  society which is allergic because we’re not subjugated to germs?”  Has our world of sterilization, hand sanitizers, over protecting our children from everything actually made us weaker?  Did the late comedian George Carlin have it correct when he said “It’s sad how wimpy Americans have become, especially when it comes to any risk whatsoever — take germs, for example…what d’ya think you have an immune system for? It’s for killing germs! But it needs practice, it needs germs to practice on. So if you kill all the germs around you, and live a completely sterile life, then when germs do come along, you’re not gonna be prepared.”  (See the video on our blog here: http://wp.me/p4dDEz-1gn)

The subject that’s driving me crazy is: Gluten.  It’s seems EVERYBODY is scared of gluten, even though I think most people don’t even really knows what is.  You’re most likely listening to some half-truths written in a book by some doctor who is more concerned with the width of his wallet rather than the width of your waistline.

Truthfully, unless you have celiac disease, which is a major issue in 1 percent of the population, you probably don’t know what gluten is, let alone what glycemic index is.

Think of it this way: People who have a stutter comprise 1 percent of the population. I bet you probably know many people who claim they’re celiac, but how many stutterers do you know?

All of this makes me think of a bigger question: when did we start using the term “gluten intolerance?” Why not just say, “I can’t eat wheat,” or, “I’m allergic to wheat.” I’m guessing it’s because many people aren’t necessarily allergic to wheat–they just think they are. It seems to be a big buzzword these days. The “G.I.” abbreviation has taken on an entirely new meaning. Is it “gluten intolerance,” “glycemic index” or “gastro-intestinal?” Nowadays, people are talking glycemic indexes at coffee shops like they used to talk about the price of gas.

I can’t get over the fact that people consider wheat to be so bad for us. To me it’s simply a lack of understanding about what wheat is, and what it is processed into. So many people are simply mesmerized by the latest fad that is consuming the nation–but it’s a fad based on misrepresentation.

For more than 93% of the world, gluten is perfectly fine. But marketers don’t mind a bit if we all think otherwise

If you’ve got a hankering to make some money, now might be a good time to trademark a brand name for gluten-free salt. If they’re all taken, try gluten-free sugar or gluten-free water. And if they’re gone too, well, there’s still gluten-free shoes.

What’s that? None of those things had gluten to begin with? Well neither did Chobani yogurt or Green Giant vegetables or a whole lot of other foods that have nothing at all to do with wheat or rye or barley—where gluten lives—yet shout about that fact all the same in order to catch a ride on the no-gluten train before the latest nonsensical health fad pulls completely out of the station.

Doctor Who Started Gluten-Free Fad Says He Got It Wrong | 05/23/2014

In fact on ABC GMA (Good Morning America) this was shown:

Read more at:

Washington Post: Backlash has begun against gluten-free dieters

Time Magazine: Eat More Gluten: The Diet Fad Must Die

 

 

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