I found this board while I was researching something else, but as I read all the subject threads about IBS, Gerd, chronic stomach pain, Crohn's, gas, "D", polyps, bloody stools, reflux, and stomach disorders in general, I realized that many of you could have a genetic autoimmune disorder called Celiac Disease!
This is something you would be born with, and left untreated (thru diet) it would most certainly cause many of these other ailments! Wouldn't it be great to help slow down or even eliminate the disorders you have by only removing a food in your diet?
I have Celiac, and I gladly avoid wheat, rye, barley, and oats (and anything made with, or from them). It was a little challenging at first, but the benefits definately outweigh the inconveniences.
If you have any of the few symptoms listed above, I would greatly urge you to read up on Celiac Disease!!
Several good sites are: http://cpmcnet.columbia.edu/dept/gi/celiac.html http://www.bmj.com/cgi/content/full/319/7204/236
Tell them Connie sent ya! ;-)