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Forum Section For Non-Celiac On The Gluten-Free Diet?

27 March 2014 - 09:13 PM

I was thinking it might be good to have a section of the forum for non-celiacs who are following the gluten-free diet.  There lots of people interested in eating gluten-free these days for various reasons.  Celiac disease is one very  important reason to eat gluten-free.  But other people might want to eat gluten-free because they have health issues that might be improved even though they don't test positive for celiac disease.  Some examples would be people with NCGI (non-celiac gluten intolerance) which there are no standard medical tests for right now.  Another might be people with Crohn's disease, who sometimes follow the gluten-free diet and find it helps their Crohn's symptoms.  Another group would be diabetics, who might sometimes follow a very low carb diet to control their glucose levels, which means they end up essentially following a gluten-free whole foods diet.  Then there are a large number of people who just want to try gluten-free to see if it helps their symptoms that haven't got an official doctor's diagnosis yet.


There is a pre-diagnosis section of the forum that fits some of these categories, but it doesn't fit them all.  It seems to me the best place for people to get information on eating gluten-free effectively is right here on this forum.  Opening it up to non-celiacs and making it more welcome to people without an official doctor's blessing seems like it would make it easier for them to find information.  Many people these days want to try eating gluten-free for a while to see if they feel better.  While the forum is geared towards supporting celiacs, it seems like it could be used to help support other people also.  Some have a clear medical condition that is benefited by eating gluten-free, others may have a less clear medical situation but want to try gluten-free as a test.


Many of us have experienced years of trying to get a medical diagnosis for our celiac disease, so we know it can be hard to get a real answer from the medical establishment.  Medicine seems to be advancing at a rapid pace, but it is not at the point where we know everything about the effects of gluten and wheat etc on the human body.


What I suggest would be nice, is to have a section of the forum for people who want to try eating gluten-free to see if they feel better, for whatever reason.  There doesn't seem to be a better informed group of people on eating gluten-free than right here on this forum.  So many people could benefit from asking questions here and not feeling like they aren't accepted just because they aren't celiacs IMHO.  I think this forum is pretty accepting of non-celicas, including those with NCGI, but an actual section set aside for non-celiacs might be good to set up.  Hopefully it could be made clear that people posting in that section are not celiacs and are not asking for celiac advice so much as gluten-free eating advice.  There is plenty of confusion in the public about eating gluten-free, and there is plenty of knowledge here to share.


There are some obvious issues that could arise.  Like celiac members getting irritated about non-celiacs taking the gluten-free diet less seriously than them.  And people with Crohn's or diabetes not understanding the strict avoidance of gluten that celiacs have to do.  And people giving advice will have to remember that it is non-celiacs they are talking to and trying to help.


It seems to me that there is a concentration of knowledgte on this forum about eating gluten-free, and many people wanting to learn the same.  But they may not feel welcome because the forum is so geared to celiacs and NCGI only.  Or it may appear that way to an outsider at least.


So, what do the other peeps think?  How about the Scott-head who is the admin and chief honcho?  Personally, I think eating gluten-free and whole foods is good for many people, even non-celiacs.  Can we share the hard learned rules and help some other peeps?


Wedo Banana Flour May Be Coming Soon

19 February 2014 - 09:27 AM

Looks like this company is trying to introduce gluten-free banana flour in the UISA.  they say it is similar to wheat flour in cooking.




WEDO- The first and only banana flour company in the US delivering a healthy, superior alternative to the gluten free community.



Unique- Banana flour is a fresh, superior tasting, healthy alternative to wheat flour and other gluten free flours currently in the market today.

The process- Making banana flour is simply gathering unripe green bananas before the sugar content has fully developed and peeling, slicing, drying, grinding and packaging.  

Taste- Green bananas are virtually flavorless. WEDO banana flour has an earthy wholesome natural taste. 

Color- Banana flour has an off white, beige color.



Resistant starch- WEDO banana flour is one of the very few foods containing RS2, an important form of resistant starch. 

Potassium- WEDO banana flour incorporates the health benefits of 330mg per serving (1/4 cup), 12 bananas worth of potassium in every 1 lb container.

All Natural-WEDO banana flour is full of natural vitamins and minerals. Our banana flour is made from 100% all natural green bananas, no additives, preservatives, chemicals or dyes.



Direct Substitute- Banana flour reacts remarkably well in all cooking conditions. It can be used almost as a direct substitute for wheat flour both in taste and texture. 

Goes Further- The high starch content in banana flour calls for less measured usage, allowing you to use up to 30% less flour in every recipe.


Why Banana Flour vs. Other Flours?

Taste and Texture- Banana flour has little to no taste and the texture is light and fluffy, freeing you of gritty and grainy textures in your creations.

Gluten Substitute- Banana flour mimics the results of wheat flour remarkably well, making for an easy transition to banana flour in your every day baking. However, some recipes do call for binding gums to obtain optimal consistency.     

Less is More- Because of the high starch content in banana flour it allows you to use less flour than required in your everyday recipes.

Alternative Usage- Add a boost in nutrients to your morning smoothy, add some thickness to your soups or sauces, great additive to natural homemade baby foods.



Alternative Treatments For Adrenal Fatigue

22 January 2014 - 04:20 PM

I thot it would be interesting to start a thread on adrenal fatigue alternative treatments.  Seems like the subject of adrenal fatigue come up fairly often.


This article on Dr. Mercola site has an overview of adrenal function, which is interesting.  One thing I  didn't know is that it can be bad for the liver to take DHEA orally.  There is a pop up window that shows up after a little bit of reading the site, but you can click it  to close and continue reading.


Overview of adrenal hormone function



Life-flo makes hormone creams that are available without a prescription.  They are available at several online sources cheaper than from  the Life-flo site itself.


Life-flo hormone creams for men



Life-flo hormone creams for women



They also make a vitamin D cream.



Another alternative treatment for adrenal fatigue is ginseng, the herb.  I  am not sure if it helps both sexes or not tho.


I believe it is best to avoid caffeine if you are dealing with adrenal fatigue personally.


The hormone creams that it seems may be helpful are DHEA, pregnenolone and progesterone.  They do say to take break from using these hormone creams once a month.


Anyhow, these are some products and info on possible alternative adrenal fatigue treatments.  Just curious if anyone else has recommendations or discussion related to alternative treatments for it.  I am not an expert on this subject, but maybe with our collective minds we can get some better understanding.

Jennifer Esposito On The Bucket List Talking About Celiac

14 January 2014 - 05:11 PM

Story on the Gluten Dude website about Jennifer Esposito and celiac.



Bacterium Reverses Autismlike Behavior In Mice

06 December 2013 - 03:15 PM

The article describes mice with leaky gut like condition and behavior issues that are improved by a bacteria.


From Scientific American site:





Doses of a human gut microbe helped to reverse behavioral problems in mice with autism-like symptoms, researchers report today in Cell. The treatment also reduced gastrointestinal problems in the animals that were similar to those that often accompany autism in humans.


The autistic mice also had 'leaky guts', in which the walls of the intestine break down and allow substances to leak through. Several studies have found that humans with autism are also more likely to have gastrointestinal disorders, suggesting that the two problems may be linked.