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I'm wheat gluten-intolerant and happy as a clam, really. I've had it all since childhood: allergies, asthma, eczema, ADD, chronic fatigue, depression, moodiness, dry cracked skin, itchy around my ring-fingers, cracked corners of my mouth, poor circulation, gas, stomach pains. IMPORTANT: You may have only one symptom of wheat-intolerance to have this disease. I happened to have most of the symptoms.

My chemical-sensitivity got so bad that I could sit next to a white board and tell you when you last wrote on the board because the volatile chemicals in the dry-marker gave me an instant headache and sinus pain. I had to sit at least 15 feet away from a white board in conference rooms. I couldn't sit on upholstered chairs in my own clean house without suffering from allergies and eczema and asthma. Wasn't I fun.

I had years of skin tests and allergy shots (finally gave up 'em), Ventolin/Albuterol, Steroids, Proventil, ointments, lotions, Claritin, Allegra, vapor tents, adrenalin shots, Adderall, fish-oil pills, all hardwood floors, electronic filters (the ozone will kill you), you name it...

Now I'm 46 and completely allergy free, symptom-free, medicine-free. Yes, completely medicine-free! It's because I'm crazy about not eating any wheat. Besides being in the obvious bread, pasta, pizza, cakes, and beer, wheat gluten is in aspirin, vitamins, virtually all dressings and gravies, every box of cereal (malt) except captain crunch (yech), white and distilled vinigar, all condiments, oats (yes, the same protein is in there in trace amounts), virtually every boxed or prepacked meal, liquor, food starch, modified food starch, carmel coloring - it's hidden everywhere.

Now I also don't touch alcohol or caffeine, but that's more for lingering ADD. But they both ruin your skin if you have sensitive skin.

Shop only along the outside perimeter aisles of your grocery store - where the fresh produce, meat and dairy products are.

Eat nothing but fresh fruits, fresh vegetables, rice, water, and nuts for a few weeks and you may clear up as I have and my two daughters have. You'll notice a significant difference in three days, big turn around in three weeks, and have a new life in three months. If not, then you're not wheat-intolerant. Stick to it. You'r doctor may be skeptical but forget about him for a while. My doctor finally got the right gliadin-tests for me, which proved positive.

Note: the skin takes months to clear up completely, and your stomach longer than that. My oldest daughter got a leaky gut after 17 years of wheat and contiuous illness, but fortunately I was spared the stomach problem.
Good luck, you'll be just fine....