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I decided to go gluten-free April 2012 in an effort to combat the constant urinary tract infections I was experiencing. This decision was based on family history, internet research and my doctorate-level knowledge in molecular biology and biomedical research. Happily, the UTI symptoms diminished dramatically; interestingly, my BP went down from 140/90 to 110/70 and much of my anxiety symptoms diminished too. But this is not about me, it’s about my husband.

In an effort to support me – and because I do the grocery shopping – he decided to eat a gluten-free diet too. He did this with a lot of cheating from April 2012 to December 2012; however, in January 2013, after seeing the results I was getting, he decided to be more strict about his diet.

Since his teenaged years, he has suffered from sinus congestion and breathing difficulties. This was evident throughout the year and it would go into overdrive during allergy season and he suffered terrible symptoms: runny eyes, nasal congestion, fatigue, mental fog, etc. Since he lived in hot, humid Florida at the time, you can imagine how difficult things must’ve been for him, even at a young age. In fact, he suffered so greatly it forced him to move to a drier climate for some years, to escape his allergies.

When my husband went gluten-free in January, his nasal congestion cleared up in a couple of weeks and he started to experience some clarity in thinking. We were both happy with this result but never dreamed that this would also impact his life more dramatically in the spring. Well, allergy season has started and he has not developed any of his typical allergy symptoms at all. His breathing is clear, his thinking is clear, his BP is good and his mood is great. In fact, yesterday, he spent four hours cutting grass at my parents’ farm – a task for which he normally wears a mask and takes his usual dose of Benadryl – and he did not experience any symptoms at all.

You cannot imagine how profoundly this has changed his life. He has more energy, thinks more clearly and breathes more freely. He used to dread the impending spring season so greatly that it impacted his level of happiness and quality of life. Essentially, he would lose four months of every year to his allergies, resulting in a cumulative loss of 10 years over the last 30 years. He has one-third of his life back now and he is ecstatic.

My advice to you, and I realize this is about four years late, is to give a wheat- or gluten-free diet a try. But, I would recommend longer than a week. I would try such a diet for at least a month and ideally, probably 2-3 months, to see if you experience any relief in allergy symptoms. It’s become much more easy to implement a gluten-free diet these days but you do need to be very mindful of the fact that many processed foods contain wheat/gluten. Going out to eat will greatly diminish your menu choices but I strongly believe that you will find the sacrifices worth it.

My mom had nearly out of control IBS/celiac-ish/spastic colon symptoms. She also has a severe grass allergy. She went on a Whole 30 elimination diet six months ago and, among other things, quit eating all grains. The gastro-intestinal symptoms began clearing up within a couple of weeks. At the end of the Whole 30 she re-introduced grains and the problems came back within a couple of days, at which point she quit grains for good. The IBS pretty much disappeared within a couple of months. Her rheumatoid arthritis deterioration slowed down. Memory improved, all other allergies improved, too.

I have severe grass (and other) allergies, had all kinds of IBS issues, including pain, swelling/inflammation for years, and Airway Hyperreactivity. When things began to get bad enough to affect my ability to do my job, I finally did what Mom did – I went on a Whole 30 and found that when grains were reintroduced my insides became very upset with me. I quit eating grains – all of them, even the ones that don’t have gluten – and have found that it’s made all the difference for my health. Everything got better. Everything. I even stopped having to take two prescription medicines for allergies and breathing issues.

Does this mean that I’m allergic to grains? No. I’ve been tested for food allergies – everything came up negative. What it does mean is that my body (for some yet-to-be-understood underlying reason/reaction) doesn’t like it when I eat grass seeds (which is what cereal grains are).