Just chatting to family members yesterday and find yet MORE people who have found that their chronic illness is associated with gluten. It's getting ridiculous. Approximately 25% of all the women I know are aware that it makes them ill, and another 25% have many hypothyroid symptoms and feel that gluten might be implicated but haven't yet tried eliminating it. If my family and friends are anything to go by, this problem is HUGE. Twenty years ago I'd never heard of gluten intolerance.
There are 35,000 members on this group, and the majority would probably see an improvement in symptoms by eliminating gluten. This must be the tip of the iceberg. I wonder what percentage of all women are suffering with health problems associated with gluten intolerance. Joint pain, bloating and fatigue seem commonplace nowadays, in fact I barely know anyone that doesn't have these symptoms. Is gluten the cause of all this illness or is it just exacerbating the symptoms?
Seems like maybe a "perfect storm" happening right now. Given the implications in terms of loss of wellbeing, productivity, infertility, etc etc this is starting to look like a public health catastrophe. And yet despite all of this, the medical profession seems to be completely oblivious.