Few things frighten me as much as Premenstrual Syndrome (PMS). Wild animals, nasty unappreciative teenagers, aggressive wheat trade groups . . . you name it, I’ll take it head on.
But not a woman with PMS.
Few things can match the fury and wild emotional roller coaster ride of a woman’s monthly hormonal episode. So I found Susan’s comment to the Wheat Belly Blog so fascinating, a tantalizing description of PMS potentially . . . gone:
Among a few other health issues, one that was troublesome, but I thought, manageable was wicked PMS. I’m talking about relationship-threatening, everybody leave me alone, don’t even think about talking to me PMS, a full week every single month. It was easy to recognize, and it was usually the first temper tantrum each month that had my family, mostly hubby, running for cover. I would also be bloated, tired, and constipated.
When I bought your book two weeks ago, and started wheat-free, I actually didn’t even think about this part of my health. Guess what….NO PMS this month! A little edgy for a day or so, but work was hectic, and I sure wasn’t paying attention to the calendar.
At dinner tonight, I asked my husband and 14 year old if they had noticed PMS for the past week. The 14 year old is brutally honest, and would have come out with it. She said “no” right away. Hubby noticed the slight “edge” for two days, again attributing it to work.
I am simply amazed. Having accepted this as who I was for the last 30-something years, I am astounded that this simple change has made all the difference. My family thanks you, Dr. Davis! Stay tuned for the continuing successes I hope to have.
Isn’t that incredible?
Will this continue? Of 100 women with toxic-range PMS, how many will experience such relief? I really don’t know, since it is not something I have purposefully looked for.
But, if it holds true, why? What is in this thing that causes such extravagant emotional effects in sync with menstrual cycle? You will notice that, even with knowing about wheat gluten, gliadin, lectins, and amylopectin A, the effect of removing wheat is greater than the sum of the parts.
I believe it explains why, despite all we do know about this genetically-altered Frankengrain, there are things about it we still do not know . . . and new lessons being learned on all the wonderful things that happen when you say goodbye to it.