By R.J. Erickson - Nstarzone.com
Most people might think of wheat, especially whole wheat, as a health food. All natural, commonly used in many foods, even mentioned in the Bible.
However, as I can personally testify after coming down with a very severe case of dermatitis herpetiformis, which is a allergic reaction to the gluten in wheat that causes severe skin rashes and other associated problems, that is far from true.
I had long experience eating things like whole oats and unsalted peanuts every day for decades with no problem whatsoever. About a year ago I decided to add a new and supposedly healthy food to my diet: whole grain pasta.
I would eat a pretty good size bowl of this just about every day. After a few months of this I noticed my back was frequently itchy, and as time passed I noticed some scabs staring to form in some areas of my skin. I didn't take it too seriously as I thought it was probably just dry skin.
But as time went on these symptoms were getting worse. I noticed horrible rashes and scabs forming on my feet, elbows and hands. These were so painful I could barely get out of bed.
My back was almost covered with red itchy bumps and rashes, I knew something serious was going on. I did some searches, and discovered that a wheat allergy, dermatitis herpetiformis, causes exactly these symptoms. I read messages from people who have had similar horrifying experiences.
First solution is a completely gluten free diet. However, some foods that are naturally gluten free can be contaminated by wheat in one way or another so you have to be very careful.
I immediately threw out all wheat products from my house. I also stopped eating all grains because the similarities to wheat might cause the body to read it as gluten when it is inflamed with dermatitis herpetiformis.
If you develop scabs, which are especially likely to form and linger on the ankles and feet, they can linger for an exceedingly long time unless you do this little trick that no-one seemed to mention when discussing cures for dermatitis herpetiformis: wash the scabs off thouroughly, and then immediately expose those areas to ice cold air blowing on them from an air conditioner for about 10 minutes. Do this daily until the scabs permanently dissappear.
The healing process is generally slow, but a strict gluten-free diet should bring about significant improvement. Increasing water intake, and avoiding things like dairy and iodized salt can help also.
Faith Healing prayer in Jesus name is always a priority with me, and that was key in getting through this. But you have to take the physical steps to make the most of the supernatural.
But the bottom line is, if at all possible, get wheat out of your life as much as possible, and as soon as possible. I wouldn't want anyone to go through what I went through.
There should be a warning on all products that contain wheat about the possible dangers of consuming it, because if you develop an allergic reaction to it, you'll wish you never ate it, and will vow to never eat it again.