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  1. It all worked out - the key - cargo pants packed full of snacks!
  2. ok, that sounds good to me. thanks!
  3. Well, FWIW, DH never had any positive blood tests and he saw several docs, 4 or 5. He has had a positive fecal TTG from Enterolab - please note that this test is not formally validated. Here's a link to info on fecal TTG from celiac.com: http://www.celiac.com/gluten-free/blog/856/entry-1546-enterolab-a-scientists-viewpoint/ He did have an endoscopy and that day the doc said this is celiac, but the biopsy results were negative. He got a set of color images from the procedure so he could see what the doc was talking about. The doc supported the idea of a gluten free diet despite the biopsy results. The photos were a big part of what convinced him to change his diet. Here are some sample pics: http://www.gastrolab.net/ksgceli1.htm No positive tests, no formal diagnosis, but he's in great health on a strict gluten and casein free diet. Good luck getting it all sorted out.
  4. DH (celiac and casein free) is up for a job opportunity. So far, the application has been handled online and there have been emails and phone calls with the recruiter. If that goes well, he gets an invite to a week long "orientation." Job offers are handed out (or not) on day 5. They put you up at a company owned hotel and breakfast and lunch are catered. I know he can handle feeding himself. There are fridges, a microwave in a communal kitchen area, a grill and he will have transportation. He's great with a camp stove and can be as paranoid/careful as required in this communal area. At what point does he mention celiac, if at all? It IS on his application by way of a required medical checkup.
  5. You could try looking for resources for casein intolerance and milk allergy. Those search terms will be more effective. There is a milk allergy listerv, for example. http://listserv.icors.org/scripts/wa-icors.exe?A2=ind9708&L=NO-MILK&F=&S=&P=11397
  6. Wow, great news! I can't help but think that the mood improvements are an especially good sign. I hope your daughter continues to improve and eventually joins the "vast majority."
  7. http://webcache.googleusercontent.com/search?q=cache:l6ZvvaiyAgcJ:https://www.csaceliacs.org/servlet/sf%3Fid%3D248%26key%3DWemYGwKMzreruUnZMa1leKD8q2fvulvM+&celiac disease=1&hl=en&ct=clnk&gl=us There was a research review put together before the US gluten free standards were set. Basically, the standard was set at 20ppm because the "vast majority" of celiacs could tolerate exposure at that level. I think this link will take you to the PDF entitled Health Hazard Assessment for Gluten Exposure in Individuals with Celiac Disease: Determination of Tolerable Daily Intake Levels and Levels of Concern for Gluten (US FDA May, 2011) A very detailed look at the issues. An opinion piece with links to the research. This is actually a pretty good place to start, I think; but the 1st paper has an interesting discussion of slow, long term reactions, that may pertinent. http://ultimateglutenfree.com/2011/08/fda-20-ppm-regulation-gluten-free-food-celiac-disease/ Good luck sorting things out for your daughter.
  8. My spouse noticed this as well. He dislikes goat, but does tolerate sheep milk products. He also has the MTHFR issue, so that may be worth checking out; that seemed to affect his mood also.
  9. Boar's Head is very committed to gluten-free/CF but I am not sure about certification. I do know that now all salamis, etc are casein free; they sometimes have milk products on the outside (I am thinking of artisanal charcuterie products.)
  10. My spouse does well with Boar's Head and Salumi. He is gluten and casein free. He handled those sorts of products (aged, fermented meats) even better after he recognized and addressed a histamine intolerance. Alison Vickery's website was helpful. Apparently the DAO enzyme is produced on the tips of the villi.Celiac and other inflammatory conditions can cause you to be low in DOA. http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC1434528/ http://biofunctionalism.com/diamine-oxidase-activity-as-a-serum-biomarker-for-intestinal-mucosal-damage-appearance-of-diarrhea-and-malnutrition-due-to-anticancer-drugs/ Alcohol also causes the DAO to work less efficiently. (I don't understand why this is.) So red wine, aged cheese (sheep milk cheese for him) and aged meats were an issue for awhile. Now, he adds anti-histaminic elements to meals, or uses a Histame (a DAO supplement - be careful, not all are gluten free) or takes niacin and vitamin C if he overdoes it on histamine foods. I am not saying that trace gluten isn't a problem; I am saying that a histamine intolerance may be aggravating a trace gluten issue. It took a long time, but he can now distinguish his histamine reactions from a gluten reaction. Good luck sorting this out. In general, most people with histamine intolerance feel better if they take an antihistamine. Vitamin C or Zyrtec. That may be a way to approach ruling this out for you. The Vickery website is definitely worth a look.
  11. My spouse has done well on Paleo starting around 2009. He's added back more foods, such as legumes, rice and potatoes, as "resistant starches" and he's also added back sheep yogurt this past year. He's been experimenting with various fermented foods (the yogurt, kraut juice, lacto-fermented pickles, etc) and probiotics too in this past year. In the past 2 years, he had a problem that and we finally sorted it out as histamine intolerance. We had to tweak our version of the Paleo diet to decrease the histamine a bit and also added specific anti-histaminic herbs and spices (mint, ginger) and that plus the probiotics seems to be helping. Smoked meats, aged sausages (salami) in small portions only! Because of the colon pain - if you're interested in the probiotics and the fibers that "feed your friends," the Cooling Inflammation and Animal Pharm blogs are worth a look. For Paleo, Marks Daily Apple is a good place to start, but there are a ton of blogs and cookbooks out there. I've been perfectly happy eating paleo with him and can easily feed guests or my entire family that way. Everyone likes it. I don't do a lot of "paleo" treats with almond flour, etc. I'm just not much of a baker. Baked apples though - yum! I hope these are promising lines of inquiry for you and that you are able to get some traction with the problem soon. These diet changes are a lot of work and you want the effort to pay off! Keep us posted!
  12. Do they check your vitamin D levels? You will need vitamin d, and k2, and protein (particularly glycine and collagen) to build bone. There's a surprising amount of protein in the "matrix" of bone. http://blogs.creighton.edu/heaney/2014/07/25/the-paradox-of-osteoporosis-irreversibility-2/ http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/22127335 Blood glucose stability will help tremendously with the healing process. You will get a lot of bang for your buck with effort in this area. Do you have a feel for what's driving the hypo episodes? Inflammation seems to increase your fracture risk: http://www.medpagetoday.com/resource-center/Osteoporosis/inflammation/a/46130 tea (green or black) may help, very unlikely to hurt. http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/22186621 I think the endo is your best bet at this point. Best wishes, please keep us posted.
  13. Make sure that you keep an eye on levels of zinc, iodine, vitamin d, b12, iron. Deficiencies will aggravate.
  14. Thank you, that looks like a place we will both enjoy!