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  1. sounds just like me, spontaneously grew fungus free nail on gluten-free diet. now to see if the medicine works on fingernails, podiatrist said she could not advise me on non foot stuff. I'm just going to use the medicine on it. gailc
  2. Anyone Have Nail Fungus?

    What a coincidence!! I am just 10 months gluten-free too, and I went to the dermatologist Wednesday thinking I had a toenail fungus. The new nail growth 1/16" is much thinner and a different color. He said yes fungus. Friday I went to the Podiatrist and she said the old nail had fungus, the new nail coming in doesn't. It self healed I guess on the gluten-free diet. I wonder why no other doctor ever noticed it, including this same doctor who operated on the toe a year ago. That blew my mind. So I need to use drops, antibacterial soap etc. so it doesn't spread to the new nail or the other nails. By the way it takes about 6-10 months for new nail being formed to come out of your toe to be visible, then another 6 months for it to move up and be able to remove the old nail. I had already looked up the growth rate. I had toenail surgery on that toe some 12-13 months ago (ingrown toenail) and it was completely successful. If I could focus at that distance I would have noticed it a couple weeks earlier. I completed a diabetes class a few months ago to help delay the onset of diabetes in the future. and they said check your feet after every shower. To anyone who has an ingrown nail and diabetes, get the surgery, No pain and she remove the part of the nail in less time than I usually took to dig it out very painfully. gailc
  3. I was finding the diet difficult. Since diabetes is in the family history and I expect to get it I asked Kaiser if I could take the diabetes class to learn to eat right. Conquor both diets at the same time, this will avoid going through the diet change shock again later. And may delay diabetes. I learned a lot. Substitute brown rice for bread. That's ok except I still want white rice with Chinese food. The food on the diet works very nicely with the gluten-free diet. I found canola oil to be very bad for me many years ago, and now I suspect olive oil, so none of that for me. Aspartame nailed my yesterday, as did oats and soy once gluten-free. My preferred fat is AVACADO anyway, but I was told only a half an avacado a day. Ok I'm doing that. I highly recommend a diabetes class, and at Kaiser the dietician didn't have to ask my doctor. Food has become less important to me know on the gluten-free diet. I have lost most of my appetite and have lost a pound a month for the last 7 months on the diet. I don't get hunger pangs(pains) now and I have to remember to eat. If I don't remember I get low blood sugar and I have to monitor(like a diabetic) those times now, if it is not one thing it is another. Sometimes I wish I had never started the diet but rather quickly I think, "but I feel so much better now, I'll put up with the inconveniences" gailc
  4. I gave all mine away except I forgot the Beano, big mistake! I gave the food to a friend who is down on luck. Lost job, car died etc. I let her decide to keep or throw away, some was quite old, some very fresh. Like the other person said, don't eat canola. You can try it when you are better if you want to go through all that again. gluten-free foods will be easier to find in the future as more and more people buy them. Sprouts has some, Whole Foods some. Best thing to do is just eat fruits vegetables and gluten-free breads and fresh meat or fish and salads. That's a great diet. I'm down to one slice of bread a day. Tonite I make a gluten-free pumpkin pie.
  5. Yes you can get withdrawl symptoms, a doc once told me you get addicted to things you eat and withdrawl can be nasty. My withdrawl from gluten was not as bad as withdrawl from beef and eggs many years ago. Because some of my symptoms went away with the first meal I had more motivation to stay gluten-free, also it made me very happy I found the answer. Little did I know symptoms kept disappearing for many weeks. Some I didn't even notice untils I heard other people had the symptoms like unexplained bruises, mine went away too. It sounds like you had an anxiety attack, keep saying to yourself "this may make me better" lots of water to detox sounds good. Have you also eliminated canola oil? My symptoms came back when some canola got into my food. For myself I would like to know how to flush a bad thing out of my system.
  6. I got a low blood sugar reaction to something yesterday, all I'd had was yogurt. Dizziness, ears swelling and clicking. I checked the ingredients and it had aspartame, something I avoid, hadn't had any since going gluten-free 7 months ago. Chalk that one off my list of edible foods.
  7. I have found the gluten-free diet to be traumatic, not the diet itself but searching for foods. In order not to go thru this again when I eventually get diabetes I decided to do that diet now too. (DIET=the food we eat and the liquids we eat). The diabetic diet is pretty much gluten-free except for substituting gluten-free bread, but I'd rather have rice. One raw food like a tomato, fruit veggies and protein and salad. Where's the gluten in that? I think this is easier than focusing on what I cannot have. I have not baked for 7 months. Soon. Food when I am out alone is a trip to the grocery produce dept. for an apple or banana, or now since my gluten intolerance went away some yogurt which I count as a dessert. Try to cook meals that you can eat JUST the gluten-free parts.
  8. I have been in misery the last month and a half, turned out to be canola. I've been gluten-free 7months and read labels. I knew maybe 4 years ago about canola and got rid of my bottle, but I didn't know it was in processed foods. I read the ingredients very carefully for gluten and now I will go back a second time for canola and soy and olive oil. If its got it, I won't get it. I have been canola free for 1 1/2 weeks and see improvements. When I discovered the problems years ago I thought it was only choking, but I have had 12 symptoms reappear and all are going away now. The last holdout is constipation, it won't budge. Thankfully the lactose intolerance did not come back with this dosing. If you are sensitive to several things and only eliminate one at a time you will not get the answer. Like my eliminating canola oil years ago, the only difference I could see was a decrease in choking, none of the other symptoms decreased. I now know it causes at least 12 symptoms while gluten-free, my intestines have not yet been damaged or there would be a dozen more. I'm not going to experiment. Get it all out of you, my latest new symptom is hypoglecemia I think brought on by the canola oil. Also due partially to my loss of appetite on the gluten-free diet.
  9. The big 'C'? 12 days for me, laxatives and stool softeners did not work. Doctors said over a period of about 30 years, 'what was normal for me was normal', but then they shut me off before i was able to say 12 days, so they never heard that. 5 laxatives, one a day on day 7 thru 11 worked, or did it? It was day 12. First I ever heard of 'normal' numbers was on the Dr. Oz show, he got concernecd if less than 3 a week. I yelled at the TV 'HOW ABOUT ZERO!!!'. on the gluten-free diet after two weeks, every day and stool softeners when gluten-free, just one on one day worked for 14 days(it was an experiment). My worst was about 6 weeks--miserable, then I went cross-country skiing for about 8 hours, very strenuous. that worked.
  10. Just Wanted To Say Hello!

    Just a suggestion, keep a food diary. This way you can find how 'something' has crept into your diet and is bothering you. If problems, eliminate some new foods. be aware it can be immediate or take weeks for symptoms to appear, maybe longer. gailc
  11. Olive Oil

    ---------------------- thanks for this posting, when I eat olive oil I feel like there is oil in my mouth, even the next day. Be aware some sell non-virgin olive oil as virgin. I'm going to try avoiding the hydroginated oil, wonder if that's on the label. gailc
  12. Canola Oil

    About 4-5 years ago I started choking on saliva and swallowing food and drink into my lungs. It took a very long time to determine the cause. I really suspected Canola oil so I stopped and started using it. I seemed to be better without it. So I eliminated it, or so I thought. My choking got about 75% better. 7 months ago I tried the gluten-free diet and after a month or so all the choking was gone along with about 30 other problemns. So I sorta forgot about Canola oil. recently, I have been choking again, maybe 3-4 times a day. I also had a bunch of those 30 symptoms return. So I thought I was getting glutened, I started checking labels every time I ate and I noticed canola oil in the gluten free processed foods. I eliminated the Trader Joe's gluten-free cookies and got a little better. Likewise the gluten-free waffles. Still choking but a little better. Yesterday I went to Sprouts and read the ingredients in roasted pumpkin seeds--Canola oil. I had noticed last week the roasted cashews could not be found without canola oil, likewise some other nuts. So if nuts bother you, check to see if roasted in canola oil. In the very out of date pamphlet Kaiser gave me a couple weeks ago they list Canola oil as a problem. A friend suggested Grapeseed oil. I miskeyed it into Google and got results for rapeseed oil-which is about the same as canola. Then I noticed I had not entered 'G'rapeseed so I tried that. I could not find anything negative about grapeseed oil, but a lot positive. gailc
  13. Hi, I had asked a while back how long it takes for lactose intolerance to go away on a gluten-free diet. I got 'depends' as an answer. That didn't help! I have more information. I suspected it had gone away in a few weeks but was chicken to try. Then I read somewhere, a book I think, that a doctor recommends his patients to do a lactose challenge at one year gluten-free. Well I am 4 months gluten-free and ate a gallon of ice cream in two weeks, mostly 3 ice cream cones a day, and my final test, the first dairy food which ever bothered me.. I ate yogurt yesterday with no ill effect . Yoplait yogurt and it said gluten free right on the container so I wrote them: their reply first, followed with the email I sent: To: Dear Ms. Nxxx: Thank you for contacting General Mills regarding gluten free products. We appreciate the time you have taken to share your positive feedback with us. We will be very happy to pass on your comments to the product team. We have recently launched a website: This site contains a list of all General Mills products that are currently labeled gluten free, as well as gluten free recipes and an online store offering a variety of gluten free products. We appreciate your loyalty and hope you continue to enjoy our products. Sincerely, Amanda Peach Consumer Services >Original Message From: > >Originated by Consumer It was so nice when I was shopping today to not have to read all your ingredients. It clearly states 'gluten free' so I bought it. I have not eaten yogurt for about 30 years because of lactose but on the gluten free diet I am no longer lactose intolerant and my first though was YOGURT. thank you gailc
  14. Double Vision

    Hi, I noticed I had some double vision in my right eye only, and only horizontal lines. I am very nearsighted and cannot focus across the room and I would see the ceiling line repeated down about two inches. The door did not do this. When I turn my head that extra ceiling line would go away and I would see one from the door. Four months ago I went gluten-free and the line disappeared. After 6 weeks I went back on gluten for diagnosis of Celiac Disease, the lines reappeared. I only lasted two weeks on the wheat because of pain and what I felt was too much harm to my body for 'just' a diagnosis. Back on the gluten-free diet the lines disappeared again. I also noticed that the distance I could focus (very small range of focus--many pair of glasses) would change while gluten-free--changed to be like when I was younger. Unfortunately with my very snearsightedness any reversion to focusing so close is undesirable. I take the bad with the good. Because I hadnot been eating wheat for 4 months for the biopsies OF COURSE they came out negative, the doctors don't seem to know that not eating wheat would make a difference. I asked not to have the biopsies but what could I do? I was sedated. Now they have a diagnosis of NOT CELIAC. My lactose intolerance also went away on the diet. this is to let you know that I am celiac. The double vision doesn't bother me because I can only see it at a distance where I cannot focus anyway. Perhaps if you would describe your double vision you may get more help. gailc
  15. Congratulations on your resolve. I found out today what I hope is the last sneaky wheat in my diet. The little crackers, actually fried won ton wrappers at my Chinese restaurant. I was told they were rice, twice. Today a different person said they had wheat. He brought out an unopened package, first ingredient was wheat. I google things like 'gluten free won ton' so far I have not been disappointed. Even gluten free churros and matzo ball soup and buttermilk waffles. gailc