Hi Ruth A G Did you said I sound very bright when I was just joining the Atheist nexus some years ago..? may be u were right in the "brights" sense of D Dennet meaning. After reading / Finishing Breaking the spell I concur You, yes i am one of the Brights freethinker nonbeliever There is god but one created by human being..! Human beings created the gods..!
Considering your environmental consciousness, I thought today's entry from delancyplace.com was worth your time. Wasn't sure if you were subscribed to them. I am, and their daily vignettes I find both interesting and occasionally very important.
I made a comment in a discussion that was for you - I'm copying it here so you will be sure to see it:
About 30% of people with IBS are estimated to have non-celiac gluten sensitivity. More may have non-gluten food allergies.
I've been looking into the research on non-classical food allergies (not the kind of food allergy everyone knows about that may cause anaphylaxis). The research on adults almost all relates to people with IBS.
There isn't a lab test for non-celiac gluten sensitivity, but the best diagnostic procedure would be to do what was done in a study on NCGS. They say people with NCGS were in two separate groups - people who were sensitive only to gluten grains, and people with multiple food allergies including gluten grains.
The people with multiple food allergies were likely to have other allergy problems as well, such as allergic rhinitis, eczema and asthma. So if you have allergy problems and IBS, food allergies are especially likely to be causing the symptoms.
As was done in the study, one should first get tests for celiac disease, either the blood test panel or a biopsy of the small intestine. Celiac disease may be misdiagnosed as IBS. They did double-blind placebo-controlled food challenges, but in practice, a food challenge usually just means eating some of the food, after the hypoallergenic elimination diet described in the study, and seeing what happens.
Also, people with IBS may be helped by a low-FODMAPS diet. FODMAPS include the fructans that you already know cause problems for you. I'm not sure if non-classical food allergies can cause people to be more sensitive to FODMAPS - it could be that if you quit eating certain foods, you would no longer have a general sensitivity to FODMAPS.
It's a really good idea to know if you have NCGS, because it's theorized that NCGS may be a precursor to celiac disease - so avoiding gluten could prevent getting celiac disease in the future. Celiac disease is an autoimmune disease, so if you have a family history of autoimmune problems or you have autoimmune problems yourself, you are more likely to have celiac disease.
I have a LOT of those non-classical food allergies, but I'm not sensitive to FODMAPS in general. I have BOTH autoimmune problems (Hashimoto's and probably celiac disease), AND allergy problems (allergic rhinitis and non-classical food allergies).
and sorry for being late! (I really enjoyed your welcome, but conceited, I didn't want to expose my poor English)
Brought up in a Pentecost-family, but living in a country with 85% atheists I ought to, mentally, feel at home rather in a country with 85% believers, so I read Nexus with high recognition.
With no problem being an atheist, I can pity the minorities of believers here. After all, our common forefather invented religions, deities, angels etc. So for me it's why?
50 years as an atheist (And chemist) my great interest is now evolution and cosmology, topics with build-in evolution. So I'm very grateful living in era with free papers like The Scientist where you can read of all subjects outside your own sphere. If you can sort out the rubbish Internet is a "blessing". ( I like biblical words because they are so human)
I strongly suggest you follow @atheistworld and @rooney4030 for discussions on religion from an atheist point of view, they are pro-atheist pages that dont threaten against religion but teach about positive atheism and the use of evidence
Hi friend... It has been long time that i have been out of this site... a year ago, exactly the date of today last year, u made a contribution titled OUR POLITICAL NEED TO LEARN FROM RELIGION. As of now that idea fascinates me, as a strategy to get non-theists organized regularly. it is ironic that non-theists while are not necessarily anarchists (or are they?) yet shun / dislike hierarchies even of their own yet they need one to get forward to the next level... its (what) a catch 22 situation...
NOt wanting to join another group just to comment.... but your post on corporatized medicine is completely accurate. From someone who is there. My employer is supposedly not-for-profit but the descriptions are the same. Computerized micromanagement.... arrrgghhhh.