[Sca-cooks] Minor rant - allergies and following directions

Laura C. Minnick lcm at jeffnet.org
Thu May 10 15:36:42 PDT 2012

On 5/10/2012 12:08 PM, Laureen Hart wrote:
> If one is a true Celiac I totally buy into the extreme tolerance guidelines.
> If your doctor just says "avoid gluten as you may not process it well" I
> don't see it.
> Someone posted it very well a while back - Gluten intolerance is the current
> "in" syndrome, just as Lactose Intolerance was 10 or 15 years ago. This is
> not to trivialize 2 very real medical issues. It is just that there are a
> lot of self diagnosed, or casually diagnosed people out there.
> One of my teen age nieces was having skin problems and the doctor told her
> to immediately cut all Dairy, Gluten, Sugar (other than honey), and Eggs out
> of her diet. No skin or blood tests were performed. She was to begin the
> regimen all at once rather than cutting one item at a time. It didn't seem
> like a well thought out treatment plan to me.
> Randell

I had just this discussion the other day with my doctor. She's really 
pretty frustrated with people who come in with self diagnosed things or 
things 'diagnosed' by their chiropractor or yoga teacher or whatever. A 
real celiac diagnosis requires quite a bit of lab work, consults with 
gastroenterology, etc. It's not something 'diagnosed' by simply dropping 
something out of your diet. If you feel better, there's a number of 
things that may be in effect.

A few years ago it was lactose, a few years before that was the yeast 
thing (anything with yeast was supposed to be bad, never mind that yeast 
is in the air and is present in all of your food, to some extent). I 
remember the 'hypoglycemia' fad. I have to wonder what comes next.

I have fibromyalgia. This diagnosis came from a team of practicioners, 
including an endocrinologist and two rheumatologists. But it is also one 
of the latest fad diseases, and it really irks me to hear someone say 
'oh I must have fibromyalgia- I'm tired all the time' when I know that 
they stay up all night playing WOW, eat crap, and haven't seen a doctor 
in a decade. This is a real problem because it cheapens the diagnosis 
for the rest of us.

If you have real celiac disease, I am very sorry. But don't let someone 
demean your genuine disease by playing it part time. It doesn't help any 
of us.

Liutgard, who is feeling a bit cranky now
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