Please sign and share the petition on Change.org.
We are divided.
On one side of the gluten-free community who have gotten sick from the so-called gluten-free Cheerios, those who have seen them get sick and are refraining from trying them, and those who are aware of the processes and testing General Mills is employing and refuse to go near them.
The other side of the gluten-free community are those who have eaten the so-called gluten-free Cheerios without overt symptoms and those who have been compensated in one way or another to be cheerleaders for gluten-free Cheerios and are leading unsuspecting people into the the void.
You cannot ignore the reports of all the people who have said they have gotten sick when my post Pissing In The Gluten-Free Cheerios was shared on Facebook or on the Change.org petition I started. It’s there, in black and white. This is a high rate of reporting on something labeled gluten-free.
You would think that with all these reports, there would be more compassion from the community as a whole. That we would unite to make sure more of us in the gluten-free community don’t get sick.
I’ve seen comments from those who ate the gluten-free Cheerios, say they didn’t react, then wonder why people are upset. Or they are asymptomatic and say they’ll keep eating them.
Did we all forget that lack of symptoms doesn’t mean no reaction? That lack of symptoms could mean gluten is doing silent damage to your body? That enough silent reactions could lead to bigger health problems down the line?
How about those who are being rewarded by General Mills? The ones who were flown up there and have been singing gluten-free Cheerios praises ever since?
Many of us got into blogging to share our stories and recipes. We do it without pay or any type of compensation. Eventually, some find sponsors who compensate the bloggers for their posts in favor of their product(s). I think there are only a handful of bloggers who can walk the line of advertising a product and maintaining the integrity of their blog.
Yes, I said integrity.
If you have integrity, how can you keep cheering on a product like gluten-free Cheerios and encouraging people to buy it when so many are falling ill?
As a former advocate in the mental health field, seeing wrong and wanting to make it right comes naturally. When a vice-principal sits across from me telling me he’s sure another student isn’t bullying my client because “he wouldn’t do something like that” when I know my client would lie to me, I don’t sit there and say, “Okay, if you say so.” No. I tell him he better take care of the situation or if I get another report of bullying from my client, I’ll make sure it will be the last.
Integrity, once lost, is hard to regain. Those of you beholden to General Mills need to re-evaluate what is more important: your integrity and the safety of the gluten-free community or monetary gain?
I don’t mince words. I don’t sugar coat. I don’t blow smoke. My former clients know this. While it stung being held accountable in the moment, they appreciated me because they knew my actions meant I cared.
This situation of people getting sick is unacceptable. After reading so many comments from people about their physical reaction, I started the petition. Action needed to be taken.
We need to unite. We need to stop thinking that just because “I didn’t react” that everyone else is wrong or out to get a food giant. We need to put aside personal gain and support those who are suffering.
This is a community issue and we need each other to effect change.
I gladly signed the petition and refuse to endorse a product making so many ill. When I tried to get others to sign the petition, I was taken aback by those who questioned whether or not it was the Cheerios making people ill or something else, or they wouldn’t sign just because it didn’t make THEM ill. Like you said, it is in black and white. I fully support this and I hope others can wake up and support it too. Keep doing what you are doing!! 🙂
This post is excellent, Debi. The health of the gluten-free community is the highest priority in this situation. The number of gluten-free individuals getting ill from these products has not been seen with any other gluten-free products. Folks who have not yet had a reaction are deluding themselves that 1) they’re going to be lucky enough to get a less than 20 ppm box each time and 2) that a lack of visible reactions means no bodily reaction/damage as you state. It is inexcusable that persons who are gf resources (bloggers, authors, etc.) are ignoring or dismissing the facts as shared by the Gluten-Free Watchdog (and from the mouth of GM) and the repeated statements from individuals that they were glutened by #notglutenfree Cheerios. No matter what affiliations anyone has, they cannot possibly be more important than ensuring that gluten-free individuals stay safe and that “gluten free” always truly means gluten free. I hope that many will read this post and change their ways. Will share!
Thank you Shirley for pointing me to this post!
You’re welcome, Erin! Just shared it on my gfe Facebook page as well. I hope it opens some eyes!
Thank you for this post and for all you are doing to help all of us stay healthy. This isn’t the time for our community to be divided.
Thank you! I wish those on the other side would see the bigger picture for our whole community and not just for themselves. I’ll keep my fingers crossed.
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Unfortunately this is so common and so many voices warning to take precautions are shut down, are given sexist curse words, or even banned from Celiac and related communities for sticking to their guns and urging precautions.
This is a political problem, and if you look at the sites of a few too many Celiac groups they’re bought out by food companies, and food companies HAVE lobbies for the highest parts per million they can get away with.
This is a disability rights issue, this is a human rights issue.
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