Wondering what GCA, PMR survivors think of this ?
A new site a friend has recommended seems to conclude that wheat may well contribute to autoimmune conditions. Since both GCA and PMR are autoimmune, it would seem a good idea to try to reduce or eliminate wheat from the diet, for those that can or want to. I have been trying, at first with little success. I have kept at it and can now go for days without wheat, in its many, many forms, which are available. I am reading this article now and this does seem to support this. Am sending some pertinent parts. It is technical, but this seems to be one of its main points, – to change from eating wheat, to – buckwheat, quinoa, and amaranth (would think other starches such as sweet potatoes, potatoes, etc.). Offering it to the group as an assist, as we try to get through these stressing diseases. And of course, you know, to check with your doctor, etc. But this may help. Thanks,
The site: snt148.mail.live.com/defaul...
They say “. . . Other factors such as exposure to NSAIDs like naproxen or aspirin can profoundly increase intestinal permeability in the non-celiac, rendering them susceptible to gliadin’s potential for activating secondary adaptive immune responses. This may explain why, in up to 5% of all cases of classically defined celiac disease, the typical HLA-DQ haplotypes are not found. However, determining the factors associated with greater or lesser degrees of susceptibility to gliadin’s intrinsically toxic effect should be secondary to the fact that it has been demonstrated to be toxic to both non-celiacs and celiacs. . . .
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Eliminating wheat, if not all of the members of the cereal grass family and returning to dicotyledons or pseudo-grains like quinoa, buckwheat and amaranth, may help us roll back the hands of biological and cultural time, to a time of clarity, health and vitality that many of us have never known before. When one eliminates wheat and fills the void left by its absence with fruits, vegetables, high-quality meats and foods consistent with our biological needs, we may begin to feel a sense of vitality that many would find hard to imagine. If wheat really is more like a drug than a food, anesthetizing us to its ill effects on our body, it will be difficult for us to understand its grasp upon us unless and until we eliminate it from our diet. I encourage everyone to see celiac disease not as a condition alien to our own. Rather, the celiac disease condition gives us a glimpse of how profoundly wheat may distort and disfigure our health if we continue to expose ourselves to its ill effects. I hope this article will provide inspiration for non-celiacs to try a wheat free diet and judge for themselves if it is really worth eliminating.
REFERENCES * Genome screening of coeliac disease 
 Lebenthal, Emanuel, David Branski, “Celiac Disease: An Emerging Global Problem”, Journal of Pediatric Gastroenterology & Nutrition, Philadelphia: Lippincott Williams & Wilkins, 2002,
journals.lww.com/jpgn/Fullt... Disease: An Emerging Global Problem.4.aspx, accessed April 2008.
 Richard Logan is responsible for first introducing the "Celiac Iceberg" metaphor in 1991
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