Gluten free is such a fad diet right now (I don't mean that gluten intolerances and Celiac's aren't real and very serious issues...I mean that what helps a select number of people is being promoted as a cure-all for everyone), I am more than a bit embarrassed to be trying it. I don't do diets, and have never tried a diet, until this one. I started because I wanted to see if I could clear up my adult cystic acne without Yaz. Yaz cleared it up wonderfully, but I've been on it a long time leaving me a bit concerned with some health risks, was getting annoyed by the pigment marks continuous Yaz makes on the face, and it is expensive even with insurance. I've known for a long time that iodine, coffee, and beer make cysts pop up terribly for me. When I looked into that, gluten kept getting mentioned (coffee can trigger people with gluten intolerance), so I figured trying to go gluten free was cheap enough that it is worth a shot. A huge break out after a dinner of breaded fish and malt vinegar gave me an extra nudge since both contain gluten.
I am just shy of a month going off gluten, so no idea if it will do anything for me or not. I had no new cysts pop up, but then ate walnuts halfway through and had hives and cysts make a lovely appearance. So, I am cutting out walnuts too, and have gone back to not getting any new cysts. The most surprising thing is that the tendonitis I have had for the past four plus years in my jaw (non-stop tendonitis) is gone. The tendon makes a squelching noise I can hear when it is inflamed, and this is the fist time in years it has not done so. TMJ is part of a long list of health issues I have and have had in the past. Many of them seem to be increasingly linked to issues with gluten. My mother, her siblings, and her father have issues like Hashimoto's, female hair loss, etc, which also sound like they may be connected. Well, too soon to tell if this diet is really doing anything for me, but if it is, I will look at my acne as a blessing rather than a curse for the first time since it started me down this path. It would be a relief to me if something as controllable as eliminating gluten could clear up all these health problems for me and any maternal family members who might listen...so just me. ;)
Quick tip though for those who know they need to cut gluten out or are wanting to try gluten free:
Buy things like rice flour/gram flour (NOT gluten graham flour), millet, tapioca, etc flours at Indian and Asian markets. I buy my spices there too. Food that is gluten-free and marketed as such in US grocery stores is extremely pricey, but these non-gluten flours are staples of these cultures and priced as such. Better yet, if you know you want to go gluten free for life, buy a flour mill and run brown rice/etc through it. Even cheaper!