Vicki WellsVicki Wells

I am 59 and was always very active and in good shape.  I think the gluten affected me slowly until I became very poisoned and had basically no immune system left.  By 2010, my symptoms included all the body systems and organs.  My main problems were Multliple Chemical Sensitivity, debilitating migraines, with brain fog, inability to concentrate or problem solve and no energy.  Other problems were with my with my heart, lungs, liver, gall bladder, vision, back, muscle, joint & bone pain, athletes foot and nail fungus, skin allergies, constipation ( my whole life ), urinary incontinence, gynelogical problems, muscle weakness, high anxiety, mood swings, depression, constant flu like symptoms, balance problems, dizziness, facial palsy, unexplained weight gain at an alarming rate, insomnia, thinning hair, hair loss, etc.  These worsened at an alarming rate the last couple of years before going off gluten.  I could not be near anyone sick or would get their “cold” or “stomach bug” much more intense than the normal person.  The last 3 winters before I found the answer, I literally felt that I was slowly dying.  I used to be an RN but knew from experience that most doctors would be very puzzled by what was going on with me and since I left work in 2005, I did not have money to spend on a lot of silly tests, especially since the economy crashed and we lost our business.  In 2010, my family paid for a round trip plane ticket to fly back to New England to visit.  I felt too sick to do it but thought it was probably going to be my last trip “home”, so I went.  I was a basket case when arrived, but after 10 days of being in my sister’s care where she fed me good wholesome food and I probably only ate two donuts in that time period, I felt 80% better.  Got back home and saw an advertisement for a book, “The Gluten Connection”.  Looking over that pamphlet was my first clue that I probably was sensitive to gluten.  I also did some research and got another book.  It took me 2 1/2 years to go totally gluten free.  Each time I ate right, then cheated, I got a horrible gut ache from the top of my chest down to my colon, had diarrhea, nausea, and sometimes vomited.   ALL of my symptoms have either disappeared or have improved significantly and are still improving.  I can think clearly, make sound decisions again, do not have the daily migraines but have had only a handful in the last 2 1/2 years ( when I cheated ), and feel better than I have in years.  Even my toenails are growing out with no nail fungus!  My body is healing itself.  My hair is thicker again with more color and less gray, No more skin rashes, the list just goes on and on.  AND I can jog two miles without even keeping in shape without any exercise induced asthma and improved stamina and a strong heart again…I think there are SO many people out there affected by gluten, that poison, who do not even know it.  Even as a child, I was kind of autistic, in my own world, afraid of most people, distrusting, did not know how to express my wants, needs or fears, etc.  I am amazed at the society we live in with the greed of making money to keep people sick.  I tried to keep this short but I could have gone into more detail but I will stop.