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Member Since 03 Jun 2007
Offline Last Active Jul 13 2013 04:24 PM

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In Topic: How Do You Explain Brain-Fog To People

13 July 2013 - 04:23 PM

@djs89Perhaps you might want to try going to an Oriental doctor about this. Chinese medicine should be able to help if taking a multivitamin doesn't. It sounds like the energy is off in your body. I'm in South Korea and I bought some Omija tea. I'm not sure if this is available in the US but I'm pretty sure you can find it if you look hard enough. I stopped taking it because I got a rash on my feet and ankles one day and I think it may have been from the tea as that is a side effect but other times I was fine. Here is a link to an article: http://en.wikipedia....andra_chinensis somewhere I read that it can increase your ability to concentrate. Search online and there are other articles. I'm not diagnosing you just giving a suggestion. Try something like Acupuncture or some herbs, whether they are Oriental or Western. Just be sure to visit a doctor and get the right amount from a safe place. I don't think you need a pill for this and you probably wouldn't need to take the herbs all the time. Good luck with this.


""Brain fog" is difficult or embarassing to explain/justify to others. I probably come across as lazy, because I am always in a fog or daze, and cannot get tasks done on time. I always take naps, which makes me look lazy. Saying, "I'm sorry, I have a mysterious disease that hinders my cognitive abilities and makes me very tired" isn't very well understood by most people, and just looks like an excuse to not do things. But I literally cannot function normally. I am frustrated with myself for not being as productive as I should be.


My sister thinks I am exagerrating and it's in my head. It is true that it's in my head - these "head symptoms" are interferring with my life..it is probably not just a food problem causing my symptoms. I have cavity prone teeth as well, which I have to do something about. She told me it is my fault that I haven't gotten my health problems solved yet, which is partially true. But my family thinks everything will be cured if I see as many doctors as possible, and I know that is not true."

In Topic: The New Celiac Drug Is Out There

13 July 2013 - 04:06 PM

"I figured these two people don't know how to cook because they seem to believe that gluten-free food is only produce and meat or not enjoying life.

They seemed smart enough to know that doesn't have to be true, so I figured they may not be able to cook. Because gluten-free food is more than boring, unseasoned food and can be quite delicious and even " normal"."





 Actually to some extent I cannot cook because of my situation. I'm not living in NY anymore. I'm living in South Korea without an option to exit. My wife is a citizen and living here has its pros and cons. You can't just go into the store and find gluten-free food like back in the States. I've learned to read enough Korean to be able to figure out what is safe and what is not but if I go out to eat it is very difficult. Nobody has Celiac disease here or at least no one is diagnosed with it that is Korean. I'm living away from my wife because of where the government put me to teach English. I only have one burner and ovens in Korea are practically non existent. I could order from iherb but I haven't yet. In April 2012 I was really overweight, now I am well within my weight range, slimmer than I ever thought I would be. The gluten-free processed foods are full of fat and sugar, so are the gluten processed foods but at least they taste better. I'm not saying that all gluten-free processed food is tasteless but I would rather have the real deal over the gluten-free food the majority of the time, especially because gluten-free food is so expensive. Here I eat healthy food but I would really like to be able to just go out and eat something without having to explain something in Korean that they don't understand. Think back just a few years ago when you explained Celiac disease in English to an English speaker and the odd looks and questions, these people aren't that different but they just tell me to be careful and to check. Luckily, I am still able to eat well over here but it is a pain in the butt to have this disease.


  I know that pills and vaccines have there side effects but I hope one day that there is some type of cure or aid for this problem. Even if we are limited to only a certain amount of gluten each day. gluten-free food is not that healthy if it is processed and the governments of the world that have citizens with high rates of Celiac disease need to look at what is in the environment. These days people are allergic to everything. It is getting to be disturbing that many people are allergic to everything and the high rates of Autism, Down syndrome, and other diseases that are allergens or auto immune. 

In Topic: The New Celiac Drug Is Out There

13 July 2013 - 06:22 AM

I've been on this gluten-free diet now for almost 7 years and if a cure came out I would go running for it. I agree that pills cause problems but as we get older we will all have to take pills for various other health problems that we develop. What is the problem with adding on another pill that will make life easier? Perhaps for some people eating gluten doesn't enter their mind but I would not hesitate at the chance to go back to normal. I don't consider this to be a normal state. I know most people will disagree agree and want to argue but I think deep down inside most people are skeptical and afraid, that is why everyone wants to wait 20 years after a pill comes out to try it but by then it is pointless. We won't life forever so if something comes out then live a little and try it.

In Topic: Gluten-Free Label But Wheat In Ingredients List

27 September 2012 - 06:29 PM

If you can tolerate distilled alcohol then you should be alright with this product. Funny how when I read this I think of Kikkoman. Their soy sauce contains wheat but is distilled and considered gluten-free. They released a statement about this some time ago and I've read quite a bit about the controversy. After this happened they then released a gluten-free soy sauce, probably more out of spite then actual concern. I've heard that on the gluten-free test kits (which I've never purchased only heard about) people claim Kikkoman is completely safe, the regular one I mean. Meanwhile their gluten-free soy sauce is almost double the price.

It is different for every person and that is why I don't come on here often because all I see are posts about people eating gluten-free food and getting glutened. It is very depressing. Again, if you can tolerate distilled alcohol then you should be fine with this product. Personally, I think they should come out with a blood test to see if you got glutened, one that you can do at home. Now that would be interesting.

In Topic: Completely Miserable In Korea

27 September 2012 - 06:17 PM

I'm not sure who mentioned that there are no Korean gluten-free soy sauces but I did find this one: http://haechandle.en...254_556257.html I'm not sure how new it is but the company is Haechandle which is spelled 해찬들 and is based in Seoul. There is also Ganjang which is soy sauce that comes from Doenjang. Doenjang is hard to make but for someone who will be spending more than 6 months in Korea this may be worth it. You can read about it here: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ganjang .

For anyone that has Celiac Disease and plans on living in an Asian country like Korea or Japan where English is not an official language I would strongly suggest learning how to cook if you're not good at it now and learning as much as possible about the culinary styles of that country, ie what you can and cannot eat and how things are cooked. You should know enough of the language to be able to read an ingredient list and ask questions in the language of the country that you are going to. I understand that this is a monumental task but it is essential. You need to also find someone who can help you out. Going out to a restaurant and hoping for the best will not work. As most people are already aware, just going out and ordering gluten-free in your primary language and in your home country can be daunting but doing so in another country where you aren't fluent and they have never heard of celiac disease is harmful.

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