The Plague of the 20th century by Ron Hoggan It has been demonstrated that gluten intolerance results in a minimal or absent response of lymphocytes to the presence of malignant cells. While those with gluten intolerance are 40 to 100 times as likely to develop malignant lymphomas, I am not aware of any work with respect to other cancers. The literature is very clear, however, that all types of cancer are over- represented in gluten intolerance. Approximately 10% of those with diabetes mellitis have been demonstrated to have celiac disease. Approximately 10% of those with celiac disease have been demonstrated to have diabetes mellitis. Some types of Lupus, Sjogren's disease, and a number of other autoimmune diseases have been linked to celiac disease. Neurological illnesses, some types of dementia, and several types of mental illnesses, including schizophrenia and bi-polar disorder, have been demonstrated to be alleviated by dietary exclusion of gluten. There is good evidence that removal of gluten from the diet can also cause normalization of high blood pressure, and arteriosclerosis. Gluten is at the root of most of the ills of the twentieth century. We are paying scientists to develop increasingly glutinous hybrids of the offending grains. Humankind may soon be impaled on the "staff of life"!