Its funny you started this topic. I too find myself wondering the same thing about what others would think. I have been to every doctor known to man, ENT, Gastro, Urologist, Pulmonary specialists, Dermatologists, and not a single one have a clue what is wrong with me. They all seem to think antibiotics and steroids will save me. For years I fed into their incompetence, and now I am very sick, more sick than most of the people on this forum. I have had tinnitus in both of my ears since I was a child. I was born with an infection leaking out of my ears. Yet, the doctors could never figure it out. So, as far as your friends go and anyone around you who may look at you as a “weirdo” or “nutcase”, just remember, it is your health, not theirs. They have no clue what its like to feel the way that we all do. Over 80% of the people on this forum have been diagnosed as “perfectly healthy” by modern doctors and their standardizing blood tests. But, we all know that we are sick. So when the topic comes up, you can just reply with “I have stomach problems, and I need to eat healthy.” or you can stick with the “I have food allergies,” explanation. Either way, most people can not comprehend the severity of this type of disease/syndrome. I wish I knew what I knew now 10 years ago, because I would not be where I am today. My family understands what I am going through, they know I have been sick my entire life, and with the new information I have learned about candida and leaky gut syndrome, I now finally know what needs to be done to get better. I still am a bit “sketchy” about the protocol and testimonies, but I am a firm believer. The only thing I am worried about is that I may be too far into this disease to be “normal” again, but I am hoping that the diet and protocol pays off and can get me back into society as a productive member. I live with my best friend and his family, and they all know what is wrong with me, I’ve explained it on many occasions, and they believe me when I say I have this disease. Also, my mother encourages me to stick to the protocol because she too believes that nutrition and natural healing can cure my disease. Good luck, and do not worry about what others think. If anything, you may stumble upon someone else who has the same issues and you may be able to guide them to a healthy lifestyle. Take care.