I belong to a Facebook group dealing with Hashimoto’s Thyroiditis (the autoimmune disease I happen to have). There is a troubling trend in this group that leads to one group literally bullying a select few. And, what is this bullying about? Gluten.
I kid you not.
A little background if you will. Apparently, several years ago, a doctor decided that the cells of gluten looked a lot like thyroid cells, so thus, people with thyroid disease (especially those with autoimmune thyroid disease) should never eat gluten again. Ironically, nothing about this is backed up by hard science, but that’s besides the point.
Well, because people tend to jump on bandwagons, loads of people with thyroid disease and osteopaths have jumped on this like ugly on a monkey. Some even proclaiming that if you stop gluten, eat a modified Paleo diet (which includes eliminating not only gluten, but sugar and dairy as well), then your Hashimoto’s will be cured.
There is a huge problem with this. One: There is no cure for autoimmune disease. Two: Because thyroid hormone is literally inside every cell in your body, you will never get rid of it. Even removing the thyroid gland isn’t enough. Mostly, because it is impossible to remove all trace of thyroid tissue.
So, what point am I making? These Gluten-Free-Paleo addicts are bullying the other thyroid sufferers. It is almost like a religious fervor. On a daily basis, I see people reprimanded for not being Paleo, not eating gluten-free– even when the person has stated that trying the diet did nothing for them.
What are they told? That you didn’t stay on the diet long enough. That you have to be on it for months before all traces of gluten are out of your diet. I’m sorry, but if you feel like hell on a diet, you shouldn’t stay on it for months just because someone on the internet thinks you should.
Are there some people with Hashimoto’s who also have Celiac disease? Sure. Are there some people who don’t have full-blown Celiac but seem to feel better not eating gluten? Yep. And, if either of these apply to you- then more power to you. But, you should not berate someone who does not have the problem- especially with something that hasn’t even been proven.
And, also, on that same note, if you follow the Paleo diet and it works for you, great! But, stop trying to force everyone around you into eating it. Egads.
I feel so strongly about this because I happen to not have issues with gluten. In fact, the other day I had an upset stomach and eating a piece of cake with cool whip on top made me feel completely better. So, I would imagine these gluten zealots would say I was lying. But I’m not.
Not everything works for everyone. And, no one should have to put up with being bullied just because the thing that works for YOU doesn’t happen to work for ME.