All the Gluten
Let’s all thank Major Tom for his selfless act of heroism in sacrificing his life to protect of all from the menace of gluten not harming us. Our hearts go out to his wife.
But real talk now. Despite what a certain red spandex-wearing super anti-hero says, gluten can in fact hurt people. There are a variety of conditions and diseases that requite a gluten-free diet. It isn’t right for everyone but for some it is a dietary requirement for medical purposes. A few such conditions that require a gluten-free diet include: celiac disease, a condition in which gluten triggers immune system activity that damages the lining of the small intestine, non-celiac gluten sensitivity, a less understood possible immune response disorder, or gluten ataxia, an autoimmune disorder affecting certain nerve tissues and causing problems with muscle control and voluntary muscle movement.
There are other conditions that are not gluten-related that can however greatly improve with a switch to a gluten-free diet. Such disorders include rheumatoid arthritis, another autoimmune disorder causing chronic inflammation of joints, though the condition can also affect other body systems as well, and plantar fasciitis, the inflammation of a thick band of tissue that runs across the bottom of your foot and connects your heel bone to your toes, or your plantar fascia.
As with all things, you should do your own research on subjects of conjecture such as gluten-intolerance. No, I don’t mean that twitter post that one celebrity posted, or that Facebook post. Consult peer-reviewed sources such as the Mayo Clinic for your information. After all, knowledge is power, power corrupts, corruption leads to hate, hate leads to violence, violence leads to suffering, suffering leads to stress, and stress leads to doobies. Don’t do drugs kids, even if by this logic learning leads to substance abuse.
Below are some links to some knowledge. Don’t abuse it or use it as an excuse to get high.
Info on a gluten-free diet:
Info on rheumatoid arthritis:
Info on plantar fasciitis:
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