Gluten, Gluten, Go Away …

8.10.2016 | 00:52

Bread slices and text Gluten Free on wooden board

I’ve been getting really tired of talking about gluten.

We recently presented a couple of webinars, where we discussed the three most common mistakes people make when trying to adopt a gluten-free diet.  [ed.: You can access the recording here.]

We’ve got a program to help people find their way through the maze of gluten-free products available – and make “going gluten-free” as quick and easy as we know how.

(We took the long route to get here.  You don’t have to.  We’re sharing everything we’ve learned along the way.)

Back in the day, before I knew better, gluten was making me sick.

Now I’m just getting sick of gluten.

Gluten, gluten, everywhere….  (With apologies to the brilliant poet Samuel Taylor Coleridge.)

And yet….

I just started Dr. Tom O’Bryan’s new book, The Autoimmune Fix.

Gluten free food concepts word cloud illustration. Word collage concept.

And I’m learning things about gluten that even I didn’t know – and I’m one of Dr. Tom’s Certified Gluten Practitioners.

It’s not because he was holding back on us either.

It’s because new studies are coming out all the time.

In fact, some of the potential connections being tossed around haven’t even been fully studied yet….


I mean, wow.

I don’t want to freak anyone out, but this autoimmune issue – and its connection to gluten, in particular – is getting more urgent by the day!

Let me put it to you this way:

I look at the symptoms I’ve been dealing with for the past year and a half – and I’ve been gluten-free for years, mind you!! – and I start to wonder….

Wonder if there’s a hidden source of gluten I’ve missed – in my diet or elsewhere.  (Personal care products?  Supplements?  “Naturally” gluten-free products, such as quinoa or other grains?)

Wonder if I’m hyper-sensitive to one or more of the foods that cross-react with gluten.  (Create the same symptoms because they’re triggering the same antibodies.)

Each and every one of us is going to have different “triggers.”

This is what makes it so difficult – and what makes that concept of “bio-individuality” so important.

I know – there’s that “b” word again….

But this is why listening to your own body is so important.

It’s why we can’t go around offering guarantees.

Because everyone is different.

The only guarantee we can really make is that we’ll give you our best effort, using the best information we have available to us.

But honestly, we can’t listen to your body for you.

We can’t feel what you’re feeling when you eat (or drink) something that you’re sensitive to.  Or when you’re exposed to a toxin that might affect you, but not the person sitting next to you.

Do you see how this works?

We have to work together, and we have to pay attention to the feedback our bodies are giving us.

It’s not our fault that we sometimes miss some of the pieces, whether we’re patient or practitioner, client or coach.

Gluten free letters. Concept photo of healthy food lifestyle.

Because not all of the pieces have been discovered yet.

If you have Celiac Disease, you’ve got the pieces – you’ve got the genetic markers, you know the trigger (the gluten contained in wheat, barley and/or rye) and you’ve got the “leaky gut” (intestinal permeability).

But if you don’t have CD, if you’re just sensitive to gluten – or one of the other problematic components of wheat – you may not have all of those pieces yet.

Like I said, I’ve only started Dr. Tom’s book.

But even just one chapter in, I can highly recommend it if you want to get a better understanding of autoimmunity and gluten’s (or wheat’s) role in it.

I’ve heard Dr. Tom O’Bryan speak many, many times.

I’ve even met him a couple of times.

(He’s a very smart, very nice man.  Really.)

But I’m still learning new information from this book.

And I’ve only just started it….

If you want to join us for our “Gluten-Free:  Easy as 1, 2, 3” program, we’d be thrilled to have you.

But if you don’t, please educate yourself in some other way.

The subject of gluten may be fodder for late-night TV skits, or allegedly funny “satire,” but it’s not a joke.

Gluten – even wheat itself – is causing a wide variety of health problems in a huge percentage of the population.

If you do nothing else, at least read The Autoimmune Fix.


(The Kindle version is very inexpensive, or you can even ask your local public library to order a copy.  They’re quite good about ordering books requested by their patrons.)

As much as we all might wish otherwise, I don’t think this topic is going away any time soon.

Not unless the human digestive system acquires the capacity to digest the indigestible overnight.

(That would equate to tens of thousands of years in geological time, of course.)

Oscar Wilde defined hunting as “The unspeakable in pursuit of the inedible.”

Kind of makes me wonder how he would have defined wheat and gluten….


  1. Cherie
    October 9, 2016 | 10:07 am

    Well said! Enjoyed your webinar too.

  2. Michele
    October 10, 2016 | 7:27 pm

    Great article! The work you both are doing is so very needed.

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