Thank you, LadyBug41. It sounds very interesting, I'l purchase it soon. I've read many books, like Grain Brain, articles, watched PBS specials, etc. so I know that, at least in the US, wheat is not what it used to be, it's GMO, and since it's in everything it overwhelms a human body and wreaks havoc on people's health. That's why I've been gluten free. However, those authors who are against gluten push on the paleo diet, and I don't quite understand paleo diet. Our hunter-gatherer ancestors ate a lot of meat and no grains but they were constantly on the move, they were not sitting on couches in front of computers. No matter how much we exercise we won't match their lifestyle. They spent their energy differently, they also lived in a colder climate, not in comfortable houses or apartments, their nutritional needs were different. I don't believe that introducing grains in neolithic period was the beginning of health problems for people. There was a different lifespan, but that involves many factors like access to antibiotics, etc. Diseases like MS were unknown. I understand that the modern day gluten causes a lot of problems because of it's connection with neurotoxins (and the biggest evil Monsanto). But with such extensive research as HOLISM why wouldn't be gluten crossed out from OMS diet?
I have been consuming gluten for about six or seven months with no ill effects after a no gluten for four or so years. My health has continued to improve on OMS despite regular consumption of gluten, but i am careful about the types of gluten I consume and how often I consume them.
I think over-hybridized, modern wheat in the form of highly processed breads and junk food is a disaster for health. I avoid foods of that type like the plague. Instead, I eat sprouted Ezekiel muffins each morning with almond-based cream cheese and I relish drinking a super hoppy pale ale several times a week. These experiences are deeply pleasurable to me and provide me a lot of happiness. My consumption of gluten containing foods is mindful and selective. I pretty much abhor fear mongering. The Autoimmune Paleo Protocol, whose proponents include Wahls, Meyers and the PaleoMom advocate such restriction. I know this is how I intrepreted their message but it disordered my relationship to food to such an extent that I was approaching a legitimate eating disorder. And it didn't improve my MS. OMS has basically not only given me back my health, but has opened the door to enjoying food again, to reexaming my relationship with eating food as joyful, as enjoyable, as health creating where disease once existed.
Gluten intolerance that cannot be definitively diagnosed from blood tests sells a lot of books precisely because doctors - those modern day shamans - have decimated the trust we have in our own bodies and in our ability to determine what messages our bodies send us in response to different stimuli, be they food, drugs or what have you.
That said and I don't know if you like Dr.Greger, but he is a rock star in my eyes second only to Dr. Jelinek. Here is a video that explains his position on gluten containing foods.
It's not clear cut. I wish you luck in.making the best decision for yourself.