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    • Frequently Asked Questions About Celiac Disease   09/30/2015

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  • Interests Almost 50 years old<br />celiac disease nearly 20 years<br />2 grown daughters one celiac disease other probably in denial<br />2 celiac disease grandaughters<br />My elderly mother is also celiac disease in La Grande Oregon
  • Location Albany, Oregon
  1. Hi!!! I live in Oregon near you and wanted to say hi!!!

  2. If this really is gall bladder, add your lemon juice to a couple of tablespoons of oil (expeller pressed is best) this will result in a gall bladder flush. Repeat a couple of times each day for a week or so.
  3. I wrote a reply but don't know what happened to it. It was long and complex. Anyway. I have had this same problem for 20 years only just a few times. Back in 1989 the doc wanted to remove my gall bladder and I did not, still have it today and it is fine. The problem is with the large bowel, which has a section that goes across the top of your abdomen under the rib cage. It swells and becomes irritated and inflamed in that area because that is the most sluggish area of the bowel. If it gets really bad, the swelling and inflamation will form an obstruction of sorts and you will vomit and have loose bowel movements as your body exits everything from below and above the obstruction. What I find helpful is to take an anti-inflamatory such as ibuprofen, and drink only water with a tiny bit of soda in it, sipping this as much as you can. No food or drink for quite a while as this seems to further irritate the bowel. Remember, if this one section is irritated, the whole digestive system is irritated too. Take care granny
  4. I would really like to meet other people in the Albany/Corvallis Oregon area. I am active and have eaten gluten-free and cooked for a gluten-free family for 20 years. Would love to help out newbies with questions or share life or food experiences with others who are gluten-free.
  5. Best Pie Crust?

    Give it a break gals, you're making this much harder than it needs to be! The put it and pat it woman had the best idea so far I mix together 1/2 cup sweet rice flour (found at asian stores) 1/4 cup corn starch 1/2 cup tapioca flour 1/2 tsp xanthan gum 1/2 tsp salt 1/3 cup butter, or butter flavor crisco after these are all mixed together well add 1 oz cream cheese mix this in well and add 1/4 cup water squish it all together with your hands and press that baby into a pie pan, make the crust part thin and the edges thick, then go around the edge and make it like a little dike with interesting even edges..... My family makes pies all the time, pecan, custard, fruit, cream, pumpkin...mmmm only takes about 15 minutes! Nothing to be afraid of will be eaten up as fast as it is cooked! Granny
  6. Celiac And Acne And Excema?

    I didn't read the other answers to your problems, but I will quickly tell you what worked for me. I am 50 yrs old and have known I had celiac for about 20yrs, and I have had, and sometimes still have, the exact skin problems you describe. I was told by a dermatologist that I had Rosacea and was given a topical antibiotic with an alchohol base in an aplicator bottle with a dobber on the end. It works beautifully! I just use head and shoulders original formula for my scalp itch. And the doc told me to use white wash cloths, no dyes, and to avoid foods with stimulants, like chocolate and coffee, and to avoid red food colorings...seriously. I've also heard the iodine irritates the skin problems, like iodized salt. I use natural soaps and take lots of vitamins and herbs to make up for the low nutrition levels, and I flourish and am one of the healthiest people I know, except when I get some sneaky form of gluten....still extreme about caring for your body, it has to last you a long time. Granny
  7. School Lunch

    A lot of what you use for lunches will be dependent on where you live and what resources are available to you. Where I live we have Fred Meyers Health Food section and a few different Health Food stores and a great Health Food Cooperative...we also live within close travel to Trader Joes and other Health Food stores. My grandchildren take fruit, jello, and pudding cups (check labels on EVERYTHING) We get rice noodles from the local asian store and they like them with a sauce simmilar to mac and cheese, or with a little butter and LaChoy brand soy sauce, or with Wheat free tamari sauce. Rice mac and cheese with hot dogs (since the kids eat a lot of hot dogs I buy the kind that don't have the bad chemicals and preservatives in them) We get gluten-free crackers of lots of varieties, and also gluten-free pretzels, they dip them in salad dressing or eat them with stuff. We make gluten-free cookies, get recipes online.....and I have a great recipe for cut out cookies that the whole class will enjoy on a day when you take food for the school me at Also, the NAMASTE mixes are truly outstanding...especially the chocolate cake mix...they are in a brown bag.....and the Jiffy white frosting mix is gluten-free and tasty...also, I have contacted the deco icing and sprinkles manufacturers and they are all you can go to the store and buy those nifty tubes of colored icing and sprinkles and such to make a happy lunch surprise. The Bob's Red Mill bread mix made in a 1hour cycle bread maker is fast and pretty good. It needs to be eaten asap though, as do most gluten-free baked goods...sounds like your hungry little group would make quick work of a loaf for lunches.....I suggest open faced sandwiches, since the gluten-free bread is often denser and thicker...and mix together the p-nut butter and jam before putting it on the bread, it will ride better and be easier to eat. Fruit snacks in the little packets are great if you read the labels. Look into meal shakes that are gluten-free....or get some whey protien or goat whey protien and make your own to send with them....we call them smoothies to the kids and they think they are great.....add fruit or flavorings or just mild or juice, blender them and poor them into a container to be shaken up and drank at school. Be carefull of packaged chips, stick with those that label them with simple ingredients....some are made from mixed up stuff, you want just plain potatoe or corn or rice with expeller pressed oils and salt. We stay away from cheetos and doritos and anything where something may have been mixed in that is not on the label or that has too many chemicals or whatever. you can cut up fruit and roll it in lemon juice to keep it from turning brown. We make our own trail mixes with kid approved ingredients In a pinch, pancakes with faces or in shapes will do with p-nut butter or something. Interesting drinks help offset the dulldrums of gluten-free food. The pizza thing is a great idea, but we can not afford expensive mixes, we just make something like baking powder biscuits out of white rice flour, using the same sort of recipe as the wheat type, and add a pinch of zanthan gum, and add a bit of baking soda fact I add both baking powder and baking soda to most the things I bake for added puff. We just press this biscuit dough into the pizza pan or a rectangular pan and put gluten-free topping on it...and wha-la, pizza...on the cheap. Best of luck to you in pursuit of great lunches.... Granny Garbanzo
  8. This is July 19th in the evening, and I hope your mother can still benefit from another reply. I just got on here after a long time, and this is the first time I've seen this call for help. I am 50 years old, my mother is 77. We have known for about 20 years that ourselves and most of our family, possibly even my late father, are Celiac The way we found out was by my mother nearly dying in the hospital, much like your mother. Some things come to mind....first, my own gluten response is for a swelling to occur just after the place where the food leaves the stomach. When I eat at that point, I vomit, and I have watery movements....and much pain just below the rib cage. When I experienced this, I took very very small amounts of bland foods, gluten-free of course, and liquid vitamins and minerals, and anti-inflamitory drugs. The doctors tried to tell me it was my Gall Bladder and wanted to do immediate surgery to remove it. I went home in great pain and doctored myself back to health, and still have my fully operative gall bladder 18years later. Steroids....if it is not too late, suggest that the doctor give her steroids to rebuild her intestinal lining. This will buy her a lot of time to figure out what is wrong. My mother took them, and they saved her life. Also, I had a friend who had the dissorder spoken of in one response, about the opening between the stomach and intestine being blocked or too small. This woman was elderly and had not had this all her life. The doctor in this case did not know what was wrong and he finally had her swallow somthing attached to a string thing, and he watched it on a screen as it digested. This is how he learned that it could not pass through the opening into her intestine. My mother is still alive and fairly strong, but she lives in denial and eats a little gluten foods here and there, blaming her swollen abdomen and gas and loose stools on other foods or circumstances. It is really hard to watch her kill herself slowly. Please, if your mother is reasonable about gluten-free foods, help her research and find all the many many foods that can injure her system. Don't trust the doctors or the dieticians....they will all give you different answers. Learn yourself, become your own expert. And take lots of food supplements and health food options to build your system. The best of hopes for you and your family, remember that the example you show in caring for your own health and the health of your family will effect your children and grand children....don't underestimate the need to be completely gluten-free and to make gluten-free foods interesting and the experience an adventure into new varieties of foods. gluten-free Grandma in Oregon
  9. Corvallis Oregon and Area Support Group Get Together At Swanson Park in Albany Oregon (next to the new swim center) July 18th, Saturday, Noon until about 2pm Bring a gluten-free dish if it is comfortable for you Children welcome and encouraged, Swanson Park has a nice play area Contact Linda 541-602-1076 or email me at
  10. At Midway Farm Hwy20 half way between Albany and Corvallis. Thursday evening July12th 2007 First meeting to plan when, where, and how often. Bring small dish if it is comfortable and convenient for you. Greater Albany-Corvallis areas. Contact: Cynthia 541-740-6141 or Linda 541-602-1076 email
  11. A Reaction From Cheetos?

    There are thousands of ingredients in our foods that are not legally required to be on the labels. Also, I think it is wise for us to be especially aware of eating nutritionally sound foods. I used to have a few recipes for things that turned out like cheetos, only home made and wholesome....can't find them now, but I'm sure you could go online and find some fun recipes to make snacks. Not as nice as being able to grab some in the quick stop market, but you will feel better and your body will gain something instead of having more to fight off. Also, if you have a local health food coop or store, they often carry quite a few healthy versions of cheeto type snacks and lots more that you may want to explore. I choose to be glad that I have a disease that has prompted me to live a healthier life and seek out better sources of food for myself and my family. I could have had something worse and be on a bunch of medications. So keep your chin up.
  12. Wow...I think you're over most of our heads with this kind of urgent medical intervention. What I've observed is that without doctor's orders, it is nearly impossible to get a special diet. So the key would probably be to locate a doctor that would listen and help....does their insurance cover a natural doctor, or could you maybe contact someone elsewhere on to find a doctor. There is a section that talks about doctors and suggests which ones are good with gluten free, maybe that could help...or you could contact the insurance company. Sometimes insurance companies will make referralls for specific types of doctors.... Wish I could help....feef for you anyway. Good luck.
  13. Kevin Trudeau's book "Natural Cures They Don't Want You To Know About" he says there are thousands of ingredients that do not legally have to be put on the label as ingredients! I've read this in other places too, and intend to do some research to discover what these ingredients are and why they are not put on labels. This sort of thing puts folks like us at great risk.
  14. Would like to contact someone from this area to maybe start a little gluten free group meeting. Contact me at