So, why did I go gluten free?
Well, about 20 years ago, I started to see a chiropractor for a severe neck issue. I did this because I went to my regular Dr. for years with this problem and all they would do is give me muscle relaxers. On a suggestion, I went to a chiropractor. She fixed it, and I've gone back for adjustments when I have felt out of alignment ever since. Everything was wonderful until six years ago. I woke up one morning, everthing was ok, and then my back started to spasm in what I guess you would call the right flank. I went to my chiropractor, who didn't seem to understand why I was in so much pain. "Mike, it doesn't make sense to me, you aren't that far out of alignment." Eventually, the pain went away.
Two years later I had horrific pain in my kidney area. Again, I went to my chiropractor and again, I was not that far out of alignment. My chiropractor had gotten into Nutritional Therapy a year earlier, and suggested I do some tests with her. "No thanks..."
And then it happened again the following month. The pain was so bad, I missed work. I NEVER miss work. So, feeling desperate and not quite ready to trust doctors again, I agreed.
She did some tests called Nutritional Response Testing, or NRT. Rather than me trying to describe it, you can see a You Tube video for it here: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ha_YHRaEphg
Anyway, at the end of the NRT, my chiropractor felt I had a gluten issue. She did not know if I was celiac. All she was able to surmise was, I had a gluten issue. She felt gluten was clogging up my kidneys. She said the pain should happen two to three days or so after I had a large amount of gluten. Oddly enough, both attacks came on a Tuesday, after going out to breakfast with my wife on Saturday and having a large carb filled meal.
Quite frankly, I felt this was a lot of hocus pocus, but I was in so much pain, I figured, "What have I got to lose?"
I have been essentially gluten free for a little over four years now. No back pain, except for the time I had what I thought was gluten free pasta and it turned out it wasn't. That's another story.
As I mentioned in my first blog, I occasionally have gluten with no problem. I also mentioned what I have to do isn't exactly pleasant. It isn't a cure, it isn't a supplement really. It's something that I drink in order to clear my kidneys. But I'll save that for my next blog.