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Yes, I used to wear glasses and had astigmatism prior to going gluten-free in 2002. I now have 20/20 vision, no glasses. At a work-related physical a couple of years ago they were pretty impressed with the improvement.
Prior to going gluten-free, My hair was brittle, skin was dry. It was a tremendous improvement within the first week. Like many of the folks on this forum, I still had lots of issues with digestion, blood pressure, etc.
Recently, per my doctor's request I had all the silver fillings replaced and some adjustments made to my bite - WOW! what an improvement in mental clarity, energy and calmness. I had high mercury and aluminum levels along with TMJ/teeth grinding (which aggravated the fillings).
He thinks there is a correlation between Celiac & mercury. He also gave me DMSA as a chelating agent. Please go through a medical doctor that has experience with all this stuff and a dentist that specializes in mercury-free dentistry if you go this route; it's not a casual thing you do with off the shelf health store items - dangerous.
Good luck and hopefully you will stick with the gluten-free living!
We are very fortunate to live reasonably close to Kathy's Creations in Alliance, OH.
She makes so many things that taste as good or better than their gluten counterparts. When we fist walked in there last year it was amazing to see a bakery loaded with tasty baked goods!
She makes biscuits that have a very good texture and hold together well. I made sausage gravy for them last Sunday and WOW it was good! She sells her pizza crusts to and Italian place down the street that has a gluten-free menu - also highly recommended (I think it is Paisonello's or similar).
I have no idea what she uses for flours but she has perfected gluten-free baking!!! The prices are way below our local gluten-free products available in Cleveland.
She does not ship things at this point but if you are in Ohio for any reason her stuff is super great-load up!!!!
I agree with Pixie - the odds are often better going to a restaurant than someone's home. I've been 50/50 on being glutened at people's homes.
Some folks are very nice and really want you to be comfortable but they stress themselves out over your visit so much that it makes you feel bad to put them through it. Nowadays I usually eat enough beforehand that if everything looks like gluten then I won't be starving. We bring a side dish too.
A major holiday at a distant relative's house can be disastrous if they load you up with questionable stuff and they hound you to death to eat it. Best bet is to stick to what is safe and serve your own portions.
I once had an in-law load me up with bread, stuffing, etc and she was upset that I didn't eat it - like I was faking it or something. She said "there's not much wheat in it, it's white bread, it should be OK". I'm not getting sick to make anyone happy. EVERYTHING they served from ham to deserts to some of the things they added to the mashed potatos had questionable ingredients on the packaging.
If your hosts are good listeners and appear genuinely interested in making a few small accommodations without fanfare it will probably work out. If they give a blank stare and just behave agitated when you mention additives and thickeners - pack a snack or you'll be sick and/or or hungry.