A few years ago, I was diagnosed with a wheat allergy. However, I didn’t really need a doctor to tell me I should avoid wheat. When I eat too much bread, pizza or cake, instantly my face swells and I get a pounding headache. A few slices of pizza and I’m down for hours. Still, it is hard to resist these comforting foods, even for health reasons.
Recently, my 12-year-old niece made homemade cupcakes to turn a simple family get-together into something a little more special. She worked hard on the treats, sifting and measuring flour and sugar, folding in the eggs at just the right time. Her cupcakes were the real homemade kind, not so-called homemade from a box. I wanted to be supportive by eating one. “Don’t worry, Aunt Chrissy. There’s no wheat in them, just flour,” she said with a smirk. Before I could comment, she interrupted, “If you believe me, you can eat the cupcake!”
I decided to believe her and indulge. Within an hour, I was digging through my purse in a desperate search for prescription strength Naproxen. My niece’s palatable spin couldn’t negate the very real consequences — I get a pounding headache from wheat, even when I call it something else.
Last week, I wrote about the very real consequences of the IRS gaining access to our medical records through Obamacare. President Obama devotees immediately countered my claims with some “flour’s not wheat” spin of their own. They sent me about a dozen news articles, all with a similar headline, “Obamacare Won’t Give the IRS Access to Medical Records.” Some of these articles flat out denied the claim and wrongly reported that conservatives are just grasping for reasons to repeal Obamacare. Others explained the root of the claims.