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    1. whitball added a post in a topic My Dog Ate My Bread!   

      I feel for ya. Dogs are sneaky. I made gluten-free zuchinni bread in September. One of my three dogs ate the bread and the plastic bag to hide the evidence. They probably all schemed together to snag it off of the counter top, and all giggled to each other when I blew my top!
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    2. whitball added a post in a topic Gardens And Cross Contamination   

      My husband should have been a farmer. He starts thinking about the garden in November. He loves to experiment and tries just about everything. I just about had a heart attack when he told me that he planted wheat. I needed to ask about cross contamination to make sure all was going to be okay.
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    3. whitball added a post in a topic Gardens And Cross Contamination   

      Our garden covers most of our back yard. He has planted several kinds of beans, tomatoes, potatoes, corn, cucumbers, zucchini, beets, carrots, garlic, onions, peppers, etc. and....the wheat. We'll be eating good stuff in the fall. My husband also cans most of the produce. He has a green thumb.
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    4. whitball added a topic in Gluten-Free Foods, Products, Shopping & Medications   

      Gardens And Cross Contamination
      I need some information regarding cross contamination and gardens. My husband has planted many plants during the last few weeks, and today I learned that he planted wheat also. My question is: can the wheat cross contaminate vegetables, fruit, etc?
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    5. whitball added a post in a topic Swine Flu & Celiac   

      I'm not one to freak out about stuff on a regular basis, but this issue does concern me. Because of the genetics of this virus and that this has not been seen before is scary. The virus will mutate. Hopefully not into a super virus. To be cautious is good and to have a few days supply of necessities on hand is wise also, in the event that people do panic and make a mad dash to the grocery store if this becomes a bigger problem.
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    6. whitball added a post in a topic Diagnosed Today   

      I'm glad that you have a doc that listened and did not treat you like you were crazy! Welcome to the forum.
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    7. whitball added a post in a topic Go Gluten Free Without Formal Testing?   

      I was diagnosed in 2006. I have been worried about my children and have had two of my three children tested. Both did not not test positive, although I am certain that my daughter is a celiac. My oldest son was not tested, as he refused to do the testing. Two weeks ago, he described some of the same problems that I had at his age. Muscle pain in his back and legs, tingling in his fingers and toes, fatigue, etc. He has decided to go gluten free without an official diagnosis. It has been two weeks and he feels much better. I really am comfortable with his decision to not seek an official diagnosis. It's an expensive process (He has no insurance through his job) and he would really end up with the same information that we had from the beginning. He needed to be on a gluten free diet.
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    8. whitball added a post in a topic GF Drinks   

      Pacific vanilla chai tea. so addictive that I buy by the 3 lb cans. Yummy
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    9. whitball added a post in a topic Today Is My 1 Year Anniversary :)   

      Aaaaaaaaawsome! Congrats!
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    10. whitball added a post in a topic Im Newly Diagnosed And So Angry   

      Most of us on this forum have gone through the same feelings that you are experiencing right now. This is a normal reaction and the sadness and anger may be there for awhile until you start to feel better. No doubt, there are times when we stand out in a crowd at a restaurant or at a family meal. Try not to let this keep you from living your life. Your job now is to be your own advocate. Keep yourself safe. Question everything. Don't let other people's opinion or strange looks cause you to feel pressured to eat what they have prepared. They will get over it. For you it is a health and safety issue. Look out for you. Not them. Try not to rush out an buy everything that you can find that is gluten free. I did this and wasted alot of money. Keep it simple for the first several weeks. Fruits, veggies, meats, nuts, dairy (if you can tolerate these) are some things to stick to and will give your gut a chance to heal. Then start adding a new thing one at a time. Good luck and welcome to the forum.
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    11. whitball added a post in a topic Any German Shepherd Owners?   

      Just wanted to add another comment about German Shepards. My male has had ongoing problems with anal glands. His glands need to be emptied every two months. His vet is not sure of the reason why his glands are filling up so frequently. The fluid has been clear, so there has not been an infection so far. Pay attention to your shepard if he is licking his rectum alot. There could be a problem and it should be checked out by the vet. Their hip shape does not allow for them to sit in a way to empty the glands on their own.
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    12. whitball added a post in a topic Follow My Doctor's Advice?   

      I concur. Keep eating the gluten until all of the testing is completed.
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    13. whitball added a post in a topic What Do You Do For A Living?   

      I'm a case worker and work with adults with developmental disabilities. I cover two counties and trust me I know where every bathroom is in each part of the counties that I cover! Being a celiac has it's challenges, especially when I attend conferences. Most do not have a gluten free menu, so I often have to bring my own food. My clients often struggle with understanding my food restrictions, as they often offer their own snacks or food when I visit their homes.
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    14. whitball added a post in a topic Dr.'s Think I'm Nuts!   

      I certainly understand your frustration. It took me almost 15 years to finally get a diagnosis. I have spent thousands and have been called a hyperchondriac (I can't spell either!), been told it's in my head, etc. I questioned everyone because I just didn't feel that what I was being told was the right diagnosis. It finally took the abdominal adhesions that I suffer from to get me set up with a doc for a consult to look to see if I had a bowel obstruction. I told him of my other symptoms and he ordered tests to see if I had Celiac disease. Finally found someone to listen. My advice is to not go through this any longer. You know what helps you feel healthy. Follow the diet and save yourself some hassle and don't continue to allow the poison into your body. Good luck to you.
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    15. whitball added a post in a topic Any German Shepherd Owners?   

      I bought two puppies in Nov.2007. A male named Luca and a female named Jasmine. Best breed I've ever had. Easy to train. They listen very well and respond to voice tone for discipline. They hate to get chewed out! Our pups are very sensitive and react strongly if they are in trouble. It's almost like their feelings get hurt. They love to play and really need to run every day. Both are great watch dogs, but are really just great big babies.

      Here are the things that you need to pay attention to: Know your breeder. When we bought our pups, we were told that they were wormed and had their first shots. The breeder purchased her own vaccines from the local Farm and Fleet store. When we got them home, both pups began to act very strangely. I took them to the vet and found that the pups had been wormed only once and their bodies were full of worms. Both were 8 pounds under weight. The vet was furious about this. both pups were extremely ill. I kept them, because I didn't want to return them to the breeder. The female pup was the runt and continues to be so. I do think that had she been healthy, she probably would not be so small. Luca is huge and healthy now. Make sure also that you can handle alot of shedding. Shepards shed alot!!!!!!! They need to be brushed daily. Good luck and have fun.
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