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  1. Hello- Ok, I'm getting ready for all the "gross" and "you can't be serious" remarks, but how about Madagascar Hissing Cockroaches? I was pretty freaked out myself when my husband wanted to start keeping them as tarantula food. It turns out they are really easy to keep, and they have huge "kid appeal" due to their size and the hissing noise they make. They'll eat whatever you throw them and they honestly do not have an odor as long as you take out food they didn't finish after a few days. They are social, so I'd recommend at least two of them. The males and females are quite easy to tell apart, so most breeders should be able to hook you up with only males. Even if you ended up with females, they don't exactly readily reproduce unless you keep the temp over 80 degrees and keep the tank quite humid. We had a colony, but could control the breeding easily. You can put them in a critter cage or a smaller rectangular fish tank. It doesn't even need a lid. You can put a band of Vaseline around the top of the tank and they can not crawl through it. They do not fly or bite, but their legs are a little bit spiny, which can feel a bit scratchy on your hands. I haven't been around other cockroaches, but the adult hissers do not seem as fast moving as what I imagine other species to be. If you drop one, there is plenty of time to recapture it...and they do not fit into tiny cracks as they have thick bodies. We got our first roaches through mail-order, but every once in a while you'll find a pet store that sells them. Seriously, these are a very easy and kid friendly pet Hissing Cockroaches as Pets Hissing Cockroaches Picture and Video Thanks, Jennifer
  2. Hi Carin, Growing up, crepes were a special fun-night tradition at our house. It was one of the first things we tried when my brother first went gluten-free. It was a complete failure (what's xanthan gum???). Now that he and I both don't do gluten, we've reworked things and gotten quite a bit closer to the real thing. My non-gluten-free sister now claims to like these better because they're softer as they cool: Approx. 12 gluten-free Crepes Contains mods for CF, SF 3/4 c white rice flour 1/4 c tapioca starch 1/2 c potato starch 1/2 t baking powder 1/2 t salt 1/2 t xanthan gum 2 1/2 c milk (or rice milk) 2 eggs 1 t vanilla 2 T melted butter (or 1T ghee melted and 1T coconut oil melted) 2 T sugar Mix ingredients well so they are not lumpy. You may want to use a hand mixer. Crepe dough needs to be thinner than pancake dough, and maybe slightly thicker than the consistency of whipping cream. Add more milk or some extra flour to get to this consistency. Heat a Teflon coated frying pan to slightly more than medium temp (I've found the temp needs to be higher than with regular wheat dough). Either spray the pan with cooking spray, or melt a small amount of coconut oil and spread around the pan. Put a ladle full of dough into the pan and rotate pan around to spread out dough evenly in a circle. When dough appears to be cooked mostly through (a minute or two), flip with a spatula. Heat second side slightly (maybe 20 seconds) We usually have a pie pan in the warm oven to put the crepes into until they are all done. It is quite the process, but is worth it 8^) We eat them with strawberry sauce and whipped cream. Easy Strawberry Sauce 3 T cornstarch Small package strawberry Jello 2 c cold water Put ingredients into 8 c microwavable bowl. Mix and heat in the microwave. Stir every 30 seconds. Let the mixture boil for three minutes or so, still stirring every 30 seconds. After this has cooled slightly, add fresh cut strawberries or thawed frozen strawberries
  3. Hello- We do a bit of a variety act here. We have a bag mixed with raw peanuts, sunflower seeds (no shell), pumpkin seeds and cat food. I give them that and some Rice Chex. We also do the fresh fruits and veggies. As treats we give them a dried fruit mix. When we got the rats, the people at the store were concerned they might get too fat if we did our own diet, but ours are by no means overweight. Quite honestly, I think they'd eat pretty much anything you gave them. Jennifer
  4. Hello- I haven't tried them yet, but bought some reusable "toaster bags" for my bread. You basically put the bread into these little plastic sleeves, pop them in the toaster and there it is. I found them in the gluten free section of my grocery store, but have also seen them at health food stores: http://www.nostik.com/eng/index.php?pt=2&a...oducts&pd=5 Thanks, Jennifer
  5. Hello- I had an 18 on the Enterolab casein test, but had been off dairy for about four months when I took it. I tried dairy again as a sort of celebration for my six-month anniversary of being officially gluten-free, and no luck. I had also accidentally gotten dairy earlier on and had problems. My issues with dairy pre-gluten-free were digestive problems, but later on in the process it was more that I would get really nasty anxiety and depression. It would hit a couple of days later. I decided to try again at about seven and a half months, and low and behold, no problems other than a little bit of a bubbly belly. It's still pretty early on and I'm being somewhat cautious, but it's been two weeks now of daily dairy and things have been fine. I am using lactose free milk right now, but have been trying to have a bit of cheese or something along those lines each day as well just to try to stimulate the villi to produce lactase again. I think that may be why I had the tummy bubbles at first. They seem to have gone away now, so something must be working 8^) Just as a side note, I'd been dairy free for about a year and gluten free for about seven and a half months before I could go back on dairy Anyway, based on what I had read on this site, I was pretty hesitant to get my hopes up....I've always been a HUGE dairy fan, so that part was pretty hard for me. Hopefully I'm not jinxing myself by posting about a success, but I wanted to let you know there is some hope. Jennifer
  6. Hello- I have been searching for reasonably priced vitamins that are gluten, soy, dairy and corn free. Obviously it has been bit of a chore LOL! Anyway, I was in Shopko one day and decided I might as well check out what they offered. I picked up the Shopko brand vits and to my surprise, they were actually allergen labeled! Their multi "Centra-Vite with Lutein & Lycopene" was labeled "Contains No Added sugar, dairy, yeast, wheat, gluten, corn, soy, preservatives, artificial flavors". There were many others, but I also was interested in a "B-Complex 100" labeled "Contains No Added sugar, salt, dairy, yeast, wheat, corn, soy, preservatives, artificial colors or flavors". I was a little concerned that "gluten" was missing from the B Complex label and that I didn't know what "Contains no Added" meant, so I emailed the company. It took a little back and forth to eventually get to the manufacturer, so I'm not including it all, but here is part of the email: Hi Jennifer, Your answer below: let me know if you have additional questions. Our company always leans on the conservative side for safety. Loraine Freshour Reliance Vitamin Direct Contact: 949-376-7586 Fax# 949-376-7589 Email: lfreshour@cox.net Customer Service Fax Number: 732-537-1335 Customer Service Contact: 800-848-0089 -------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Hello Loraine, Although the B-complex products do not contain wheat, we have been reluctant to claim it is
  7. Hello- I also had similar wording on my report. Here are some excerpts: Diffuse mucosal flattening was found in the 2nd part of the duodenum and in the 3rd part of the duodenum...The examination was suspicious for celiac disease. Also, one of the slides was labeled: "3rd Portion of the Duodenum: flattened villi" In the end, my biopsies came back negative, even though the diet helps, I was TTG positive via Enterolab and I am DQ2.5. At my follow-up visit, I asked the doctor what she meant when she told me after the procedure that she "saw Celiac". She explained that villi should look like shag carpet, but mine looked like berber. What your doc saw with you could be similar Jennifer
  8. Hello, I know this is an old thread, but I emailed Westsoy about their Rice Milk. I specifically asked about the vanilla and flavor. Here is the reply I received today: Dear Ms. [Removed my name], Thank you for taking the time to contact us regarding our Westsoy Rice Drinks. We apologize for the delay in our reply and appreciate your patience. We strive to maintain the highest quality products and we appreciate your patronage. The ingredients in our Westsoy Rice Drinks (Plain and Vanilla) are gluten free. We do not have a gluten free facility, but we do have very strict allergen controls and follow excellent manufacturing practices to minimize any cross contact possibilities. Both major and minor ingredients of all products, as well as all processing procedures and equipment, are closely scrutinized and all potential allergen issues as determined by the Hain Celestial Group are declared on our labeling. We assure you that strict manufacturing processes and procedures are in place and that all of our manufacturing facilities follow rigid allergen control programs that include staff training, segregation of allergen ingredients, production scheduling, and thorough cleaning and sanitation. Thank you for your continued support. If we can be of further assistance, please feel free to contact us at 1-800-434-4246, Monday through Friday from 7AM - 5PM Mountain Time. Sincerely, Gabe Consumer Relations Representative Thanks, Jennifer
  9. Hello, I know this is an old thread, but I emailed Westsoy about their Rice Milk. I specifically asked about the vanilla and flavor. Here is the reply I received today: Dear Ms. [Removed my name], Thank you for taking the time to contact us regarding our Westsoy Rice Drinks. We apologize for the delay in our reply and appreciate your patience. We strive to maintain the highest quality products and we appreciate your patronage. The ingredients in our Westsoy Rice Drinks (Plain and Vanilla) are gluten free. We do not have a gluten free facility, but we do have very strict allergen controls and follow excellent manufacturing practices to minimize any cross contact possibilities. Both major and minor ingredients of all products, as well as all processing procedures and equipment, are closely scrutinized and all potential allergen issues as determined by the Hain Celestial Group are declared on our labeling. We assure you that strict manufacturing processes and procedures are in place and that all of our manufacturing facilities follow rigid allergen control programs that include staff training, segregation of allergen ingredients, production scheduling, and thorough cleaning and sanitation. Thank you for your continued support. If we can be of further assistance, please feel free to contact us at 1-800-434-4246, Monday through Friday from 7AM - 5PM Mountain Time. Sincerely, Gabe Consumer Relations Representative Thanks, Jennifer
  10. Wow, that was something else! Thanks for posting the link 8^) Jennifer
  11. Hi Holiday16, I'm really glad this thread was started! I've seen the chart you included before, but didn't have any idea if DQ7 was considered "other high risk", "other low risk" or just "heterozygous" (category 7,4 or 2). Thanks, Jennifer
  12. Hi Crimson, Wow, your genes are really close to mine! Here were my results: HLA-DQB1 Molecular analysis, Allele 1 0201 HLA-DQB1 Molecular analysis, Allele 2 0301 Serologic equivalent: HLA-DQ 2,3 (Subtype 2,7) Interpretation Of HLA-DQ Testing: HLA-DQB1 gene analysis reveals that you have one of the main genes that predisposes to gluten sensitivity and celiac sprue, HLA-DQB1*0201 or HLA-DQB1*0302. Each of your offspring has a 50% chance of receiving this gene from you, and at least one of your parents passed it to you. You also have a non-celiac gene predisposing to gluten sensitivity (any DQ1, DQ2 not by HLA-DQB1*0201, or DQ3 not by HLA-DQB1*0302). Having one celiac gene and one gluten sensitive gene, means that each of your parents, and all of your children (if you have them) will possess at least one copy of a gluten sensitive gene. Having two copies also means there is an even stronger predisposition to gluten sensitivity than having one gene and the resultant immunologic gluten sensitivity or celiac disease may be more severe. The difference, you'll notice, is that I have 0201 vs. your 0202. If you check out the link below, you can see that 0201 is sometimes referred to as DQ2.5 and 0202 as DQ2.2. It is the DQ2.5 that is most commonly associated with Celiac. I also find the chart towards the middle on the right side interesting. It shows the frequency of the genes in caucasian Americans http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/HLA-DQ Here are some quotes from http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Coeliac_disease: Over 95% of coeliac patients have an isoform of DQ2 (encoded by DQA1*05 and DQB1*02 genes) and DQ8 (encoded by the haplotype DQA1*03:DQB1*0302), which is inherited in families Most coeliac patients bear a two-gene HLA-DQ haplotype referred to as DQ2.5 haplotype. This haplotype is composed of 2 adjacent gene alleles, DQA1*0501 and DQB1*0201, which encode the two subunits, DQ α5 and DQ β2 That said, it is my understanding from this site that there are several members who have confirmed Celiac without the genes usually associated to Celiac. Here is another quote from the article to back that up: Among the 6% of European celiacs that do not have DQ2.5(cis or trans) or DQ8, 4% are DQ2 and 2% DQA1*05, 0.4% cannot be linked to DQ8, DQA1*05, or DQB1*02.[33] So basically, I think it means about 4% of Celiacs without DQ8 or DQ2.5 have a DQ2 such as yours. Anyway, I'm a firm believer that if they diet makes you feel better, stick to it...regardless of genes and/or celiac vs. sensitivity! Take care, Jennifer
  13. Hello- I totally agree with Ursa. Cats don't need grains! Mine have been on raw meat for over two years now and are healthier than ever. Their weights have regulated, their teeth are great and they have much less (and much less stinky) poo. I originally started the diet because one of them developed IBD and couldn't handle any type of kibble (oh the irony!). Now that I know about it, I hear of cats with nasty poo all the time. It's because they can't process the grains. I know a raw diet is a big commitment though and is not for everyone. You can find cat food that is rice based and/or very high in protein. Just check out the pet stores near you. Also, you may want to check your litter. It took me a month to realize that my "Swheat Scoop" litter was causing cross-contamination. Yahoo has a newsgroup called "Rawcat" if you want more information on raw feeding Jennifer
  14. Hello- I'm with you on the meds! In this case, I kind of feel like they're trying to fix a symptom instead of the cause. It's nice to hear someone else thinks similarly. I had decided to base my next steps on the Enterolab results, so I've already started back on the gluten free diet. I've actually tried it several times. The first two times I became even sicker. Once I realized that I couldn't tolerate soy or dairy, I tried again sans gluten-free snacks that had soy flour or dairy. That time things worked out much better. I actually slept straight through a couple of nights! I think it's the soy that really gets my digestive tract (enterolab came back 52 soy and 18 casein). Unfortunately I only had a couple of weeks to try the diet before going back on wheat because I didn't want to mess up any testing the GI doc would do Anyway, thanks for basically verifying my impressions on this! Jennifer
  15. Hi j_mommy, Thanks for the tip on checking the meds for gluten! They did take a biopsy in the small bowel. I forgot to ask how many though. It's on my list of follow-up questions for when I see the doctor again in December. Jennifer