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.

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

Back when I was in fifth grade, we were taught in school that the official medical position on PMS (although, of course, it wasn't yet called that!) was that it was entirely psychological. So, yes, I'd say it's routine in medical practice to dismiss whatever cannot yet be scientifically explained.