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  1. I see this thread's been inactive for awhile, but I had to add myself to the list. I am A+ and gluten-intolerant, as is my mom who is A-. A lot of the people who have responded who are Rh positive and intolerant or celiac seem to be within a generation of someone who is Rh negative. That looks like a potential correlation to me.
  2. have been gluten-free since June, still trying to figure out all the ins and outs of the diet, as well as my own reactions. In the past few years of non-gluten-free eating I had noticed that from time to time I would get red flushed patches on my chest, not itchy or raised, just flushed, which would fade after a few hours. I also occasionally would get a small swollen red patch or two in the vicinity of my mouth. These weren't blisters, felt more like a mild bug bite or like a pimple forming, and also would disappear after a few hours. Both were a total mystery to me, but I didn't think about it much as it was fairly infrequent and not particularly uncomfortable or annoying. Just wondering if anyone else has experienced the same things - I hadn't had either for a while and then recently had recurrences of both at different times when I was eating out during the holidays and probably was mildly glutened. Neither reaction sounds like the descriptions I've read of DH, though, so I don't think it's that.
  3. I'm a big fan of Doc's, Original Sin and Strongbow - Woodchuck is a little on the sweet side for me. A warning: I just recently tried J.K. Scrumpy's, which, despite being labeled gluten-free seems to have caused a massive reaction - two-hour food coma and much brain fog. This was on a day when everything else I consumed was made by me in my own kitchen, except for a bottle of Bard's beer, which I've been drinking happily for some time. I don't have any other known food allergies, so I'm a bit perplexed. Also, Hornsby's is definitely not ok - I'm not the most super sensitive, but one bottle definitely set me off when I drank it without checking first thinking "it's cider, it'll be fine".
  4. I was diagnosed with PCOS around the time I was 22, symptoms got bad for that a few years prior at the same time I started having digestive issues, which a GI doctor chalked up to IBS. The endocrinologist I see in NY, Susan Thys-Jacobs, has done a lot of research linking PCOS and other hormonal problems such as severe PMS to vitamin D and calcium imbalances in the body. At the point that I went to see her for PCOS I was so vitamin D deficient I almost had rickets. A couple years on of being treated only with a specific combo of vitamins and calcium (no glucophage or metformin) and I've lost a bunch weight, my skin's mostly clear and I've had a regular cycle for years. But there are still lingering problems, and no answer as to what caused the deficiencies in the first place. It's only become apparent to me in the last few years that I have gluten intolerance, and in the past few months to what extent. Looking back, I think it's entirely possible that the deficiencies that triggered the PCOS were either caused or helped along by gluten doing damage to my small intestine.