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Just wondered if anyone has tried stevia? It's a natural sugar substitute, made from herbs native to Paraguay, much sweeter than sugar. It's commonly used as a sweetener in Japan, for soft drinks, confectionary etc. Fairly expensive in Oz, about 10$ for 50 sachets, but I use it in tea and a little really does go a long way. The brand I buy is gluten-free, not sure if all brands would be, but if eating sugar causes stomach upsets, it might be worth trying.
I realize this is an older thread, but I'm new and just browsing some of the posts. The rash people were describing sounds familiar. I don't have it, but my mother ...who is deceased, but who in hindsight I suspect had celiac disease as well.....had horrible rashes on her hands and elbows. My daughter has had a similar thing on her hands and legs periodically. One thing that helped both of them was a concoction I mixed up:
2 - 4 oz olive oil [or any good quality carrier oil ie almond (if you don't have nut allergies)]
10 drops patchouli oil
10 drops lavender oil
Probably a good idea to do a patch test before using it on rash. For a really bad rash, I'd just use the lavender in oil. Lavender is one of the few essential oils that can be used neat on wounds.
My mom used it on her hands at night, and wore cotton gloves over. Its quite oily, but worked a treat. I used it as a facial skin cream for ages, especially in winter. Now that I'm having to avoid gluten, I'm going to start using it again.
One note of caution-- if you use it on your feet, wear socks!! It can have you doing unintended pirouttes on hardwood floors. Ermmm, don't ask how I know
I was pretty skeptical about the Selenium actually. I guess like other people have mentioned, I had some pretty bad experiences with doctors either not listening well enough, or making quick [often uninformed, and often wrong] diagnosis and then reaching for their prescription pads. If I had a dollar for every 'sure fire' medication I've been prescribed, I could buy a new car
But I decided to trust my current doctor on this for two reasons. First, I did tons of research on my own about the selenium-hair loss-hypothyroidism link, and it mostly confirmed what he said. And second, luckily for me [though not for my doc] he has both celiac disease and hypothyroidism himself, so he has a vested interest in educating himself about treatments etc. Am I mercenary? Anyway, the selenium [and zinc] seems to be working for me.
I have my own purely non-scientific theory about it: I reckon that when your body is struggling to absorb nutrients and keep your thyroid working, it just can't spare the resources to 'non-essential' things like strong hair, fingernails and skin. Maybe it has its own priority-setting mechanism?
I have asthma and celiac disease. From what I understand asthma is one of a cluster of problems having to do with the auto-immune system....a very wide variety of issues, everything from eczema and psoriasis to arthritis and fibramyalgia. Makes sense I guess
I started losing more hair than usual about a year ago, but didn't know it could be related to celiac disease. I have hypothyrodism as well, and just thought it was a symptom of slow metabolism. I started taking selinium and after within two months the excessive hair loss stopped, and now it's growing back; it also helps with the dry/flaky skin that comes along with hypothyroidism. I take it as drops that I get from my physician, so no worries about gluten-free there. Hope this helps )
Well I'm fairly new to gluten-free food shopping, but here are some resources I've found:
Coles has an online list of gluten-free foods [i assume if they don't have them in your local shop, they'd order them]
Orgran Natural Foods [sold at many grocery shops, including Coles, Woolies, and Bi-Lo]
Freedom Foods [sold at many groceries; online ordering and catalogues]