Thursday, March 17, 2011

I'm Afraid You're Crazy because I Don't Know What's Going On

Great news for those who are troubled by gluten but don't have celiac disease: recent research shows that there actually is such a thing as gluten sensitivity, a condition that has, until now, largely avoided detection and description by the science and medical communities.

Apparently, until now, doctors have simply had to diagnose their patients as being "crazy" if the patients reported having problems with gluten but tested negative for celiac disease.

Cynthia Kupper, executive director of the nonprofit Gluten Intolerance Group of North America, was recently interviewed by the Wall Street Journal. "Patients have been told if it wasn't celiac disease, it wasn't anything. It was all in their heads," she says, "There's a lot more that needs to be done for people with gluten sensitivity,but at least we now recognize that it's real and that these people aren't crazy."

My question is this: is it routine procedure for the medical establishment to deny the reality of patients' problems simply because science hasn't shed enough light on the matter? Or is there enough room in medical profession for a little faith that patients aren't just trying to fake them out?

At least we can breathe a collective sigh of relief that we aren't nearly as crazy as we were once thought to be.

Friday, March 11, 2011


No, sirens did not wake us in the middle of the night to warn us of the tsunami, our friends and family did, wondering if we were OK. We're OK. It's good to know we're still remembered on the Mainland.

Sadly, we missed the governor's announcement requesting that we "act with aloha" and "be mindful of [our] neighbors, especially the elderly," because we went to bed at a responsible hour of 11:00 pm. My question is, do I still have to act with aloha?

I can assure you, too, that in addition to the Hawaiians, the local Asians and Pacific Islanders, and Whites, etc. were also bracing for the possible 6-foot waves. C'mon, people, not everyone living in Hawaii is a Hawaiian.

Best reporters' statements from the live coverage so far (around 4:00 am, HST):

"As you can see the water is beginning to make a lot of noise." The reporter must be experiencing synesthesia, or something like that, because for most people noises are heard, not seen.

One reporter noted that the water at Waikiki was going "in an out, in and out...back and forth, back and forth"--a remarkably astute assessment, no doubt. But the same could be said of any ocean, anywhere in the world, at any given time, regardless of tsunami activity.

Really, we're going to be OK here in Hawaii.

Our hearts go out to those in Japan who have been affected by the earthquake and tsunami there.