Welcome Dr. George!
Thanks for sharing your story and thoughts with us. I can tell you that one of the things that helped me get through the social trials of being gluten free was starting Gluten Free Society meetings locally. I hold 4 meetings a year in Houston. They help to bring awareness and educate the masses on the problem.
If you want to tackle something like this let me know and I can get you the educational tools to help you make it happen.
Keep us posted on your progress.
All the best,