kazbern has finally convinced me! After thinking about it I realized that if I were to cut out gluten, and have to limit my eating of fruits, vegetables, and dairy, due to my histamine intolerance, there would be nothing left for me to eat. I would literally go from being able to eat thousands of food items (including small to moderate amounts of fruit, veggies, and dairy) down to just a handful of things, maybe two handfuls - exactly what I don't want to do. Since I am doing quite well now, close to remission and a lot better than most, I refuse to go gluten free just to join a cult. I also don't agree that if a person who did not have a gluten problem were to eat a bunch of gluten that it would make them feel like "crap". That sounds like the cult propaganda talking. To throw a little religion into the discussion I find it hard to believe that God put wheat on the earth but didn't want us to eat it. That makes no sense at all.
Huh?? Cult? LOL gary. I'm doing this for my health are you kidding me? I didn't do this to join anything, life is already sour enough with IBD issues.
There is a lot of research out there on gluten being problematic to the gut, and this may be because
1. Grains, like wheat flours and gluten are no longer soaked before cooking, like they once were for better digestion.
2. More gluten content is being used and consumed than ever in our Western diet. To make breads and doughs more fluffy and light and durable. My mom's explains that people didn't eat out heavily 3-4 times a week some people do now, where every meal is crafted with a bun on top or bread crumbs, croutons, and wheat-based dressings on the side.
I think you're confusing some people that do GF with the 'riches' of the world choosing to make it a fad, like Gwenneth Paltrow, Paris Hilton, etc... although even then, I can't be sure whether or not they actually do it for their health.
I respect your decision. You are close to remission, and have a restricted diet as is, so that's great. At least you have the option to consider GF in the future.