The Unrestrained Pursuit Of Profit "is" hazardous to your health. Have you heard of Gluten-Free? Gluten free is everywhere, health food stores, natural markets, grocery stores, restaurants, health related web sites, TV, radio, news papers - you get it. Nearly all of these places extol the virtues of Gluten-Free. My main question is, how did gluten-free get so big? I refer you back to the title of this for one of the answers.
Wheat has been with the world for about 14,000 years, give or take a few thousand and the Sumerians seem to have cultivated it first. For thousands of years wheat, or some of the many things made from it (mainly bread) facilitated the mobility /spread of mankind. It was easy to grow, easy to carry, easy to use, and it supplied much of the nutrition needed for good health. Bread/wheat -- The Staff Of Life and for sure, it did contained gluten (absolutely, not Gluten-Free).
Now, fast forward to the advent/implementation of modern industrial farming techniques and modern grain milling, roughly about 1960, with the introduction of new wheat varieties and about then chemicals started to slowly work their way into our food supply. Then in the 60s, Agent Orange taught us how the large scale use of chemicals worked and we became a chemical world.
So, somewhere in the mix of new grain/wheat varieties, industrial farming practices, widespread chemical use and new milling techniques, (not to be overlooked, the widespread use of antibiotics), lies the cause of many now having a problem eating and digesting wheat. As a society we have continued to move ahead to "solve" this new problem and to me solve isn't the proper word here. "They" have taken on the problem by treating the symptom and removing gluten, while starting a great, profitable new business "Gluten-Free" AND, best of all in their solution, they can continue with all of the probable causes OUTSTANDING.
My SOLUTION: I limit my exposure to (as much as possible) chemicals, I don't use anti-biotics, I eat organic when possible/practical, I seek out "Old School" variates of wheat, I rarely eat processed food and I truly enjoy Good bread. I have not swallowed the gluten-free fad/craziness. Robert Brown