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Guhlia, my heart goes out to you-- it must be so hard to see your mom suffering so. I wish I had some real help for you. If your mom isn't willing to try the diet without a diagnosis, would an endoscopy be an option? I know they are expensive... but they might also show other problems, even if she isn't Celiac. My doctor did the endoscopy without a Celiac panel at all, because at the time there were other possible diagnoses. If you put it to her that they are looking to eliminate other problems... & then there are flattened villi & positive biopsies... well, you'd have your answer.
I certainly hope you can find a way to help her heal. The smoking worries me too, but I know how resistant smokers are to any suggestion that they cut back. I have heard that smoking can be a form of self-medication for undiagnosed Celiacs... you might mention that to her.
Steve, I think you are far too sensitive about your syntax. In fact, if I were you, I'd leave out the second paragraph-- no need to apologize. My only other suggestion is that I might move the last section (beginning "By far the most common problem") up as more of an introduction, & follow with the point-by-point, historical & scientific data-- it's important info but I think you might lose some readers without the personal connection to set it up.
Wow, what a fantastic idea to use rice wrappers as a filo substitute! Can't wait to try it-- I have some in my pantry right now. I'm a big fan of Asian markets for gluten-free everything, too. Has anyone tried sweet potato flour? I just picked some up on a whim...
"I've been thinking about this, and I'm wondering if those micrwavable Indian flatbreads, pappadum or something like that, would be better for baklava? The only problem is that they are usually spicy, but if you could find them unspicy, they might be crispy enough to make nice baklava."
Wouldn't think these would work so well, myself. I love them but the flavor is pretty assertive even in the plain variety, & the texture is too heavy...
Also, you really need to look out for asafetida. Most papadams have it, & it's not gluten-free. It's also called Hing. There are a couple of brands that are okay, but check ingredients.
Liver enzymes were the "last straw" that finally got me checked for Celiac after years of anemia & chronic D. (The anemia was supposedly due to my heavy periods, the D was IBS of course... & I was tested for liver tumors before they thought of Celiac!) After 3 months gluten-free I was just retested, & what do you know, my iron is up & my liver enzymes down-- so I'm pretty sure it was all Celiac related.
Yes, yes, yes! I love greens with vinegar! And I love all greens-- collards, mustard, kale, chard-- this is making me hungry! Raw arugula is probably my all-time fave though. I grow it in my garden year-round. Balsamic is my favorite "splash", but I like cider vinegar too.
I've always had a sort of craving for vinegar-- I tend to add a splash to lots of foods, to me it just makes them taste better. Always mixed my salad dressings very heavy on the vinegar by classical standards! I've never taken it medicinally, but I just have lots of it in my diet. So I'm delighted to know it's good for me!
Chlorophyll in itself should not be a problem (unless derived from gluten sources)-- all greens & herbs are rich in chlorophyll so unless you are taking a huge quantity, it's probably not much harder on the body than say, eating a lot of spinach. That said, I would prefer to eat the spinach! I just think we should try to get our nutrients from the whole food whenever possible.
And despite the gluten-free label, I do think it would be worth eliminating the supplement, since you had an unpleasant reaction of some sort when you first took it. It just sounds as though it doesn't agree with you, gluten or no. Possibly it contains something else you are allergic to-- does it list the source?
Again, if I were you, I'd be inclined to do my "detox" by eating lots of greens & other "superfoods" & just keep alcohol & other empty calories out of the diet for a while.
An interesting site with info on chlorophyll & other aspects of nutrition:
Wow, Jess, you've been through such a lot! I understand completely about the puppy-- we adopted 3 stray kittens, about 9 years ago, & one of them died of a mysterious illness 3 days later. (The vets thought at the time it was rabies, but the tests came up negative.) I cried so much over that little one. But the other two have been with us ever since & are absolutely wonderful pets. I think you should adopt another puppy right away. You will cherish it all the more.
Your colleague is surely trying to cover her behind-- her response when you first confronted her was completely different. The child may have exaggerated her part in it somewhat, sometimes kids do like to stir up trouble-- but given her first response, he's not making the story up.
I hope you can have a group meeting to work this issue out. It sounds like work is a pretty tense place right now! But at least your colleague does realize how wrong she was to do what she did...