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Dr Ken Mouthwash

25 June 2008 - 09:36 PM

Hello All,

Does anybody use Dr Ken mouthwash? Is it safe? I contacted the company about a week ago but I didn't get any reply yet. The ingredients seem to be OK, but I am very sensitive and I thought may be someone here uses this product.

Here is their website: http://www.drkens.net/products.asp

Here are the ingredients of Maximum Care Mouthwash:
Green Tea Extract Infusion, Aloe Vera, Natural Flavor (plant) and Menthol, Vitamin C, Zinc Chloride, Sodium Bicarbonate, Papain (papaya plant), Citric Acid Cleanser, Propionic Acid, Vegetable Glycerin (kosher).


Wheat Straw Is In Paper Now!

21 May 2008 - 10:18 AM

I subscribe to Canadian Geographic magazine and today I got a new issue. On the announcement page there was the following message:

"[Canadian Geographic] is printed on a revolutionary and enviromentally friendly paper we call the "wheat sheet". It uses wheat straw, an agricultural byproduct, as an alternative to virgin wood from the boreal forest. The "wheat sheet" heralds a new age of paper making and publishing in Canada."

You can read more about it in their Editor's Notebook: http://www.canadiang.../ednotebook.asp

They say that about 70% of paper is made with virgin wood pulp and now they replaced 20% of wood pulp with pulp made from wheat straw. So the paper in this issue contains 14% of wheat pulp.

May be I am being too carefull, I don't know. I definitely think that this paper is a possible source of cross-contamination. I used to read this magazine with cup of coffee and gluten-free cookie in the morning, I do not think I will do that anymore. Fortunately I do not have DH, so I do not react to contact with wheat, but what about those of us who can not even touch wheat or anything made from wheat?

I am planning to write the letter explaining celiac disease, its complications and how their magazine can be a source of cross-contamination to the editors. I am also afraid that this practice of making paper with wheat straw will become more popular as enviromentally friendly and we will see more of paper like this in other publications.

What do you think, would you consider this paper to be a source of cross-contamination?

Getting Glutened By Hero Jam

14 May 2008 - 11:37 AM

Hope this story will help someone. I wish I knew that even jam might contain traces of guten, it would save us a lot of money because in the search of the source of gluten / cross-contamination we changed all utensils, all pots and frying pans, most of small appliances, and recently even dinnerware and silverware. My toiletries are gluten-free. I cook almost everything from scratch. Our household (me and my husband) is completely gluten-free and I still felt that I was getting glutened somehow.

This weekend it was time to buy a new jam and we usually go to another store for that because all other jams we consider to be too sweet and this one (Hero jam) doesn't have that much sugar in it. Just by habit I read ingredients, see glucose syrup in it and it hits me: just today I read on this forum that glucose syrup might be derived from wheat! It might be my jam! Of all things I have always thought that jam would be safe and I did not associate glucose syrup with wheat. So I came home, e-mailed Hero North America and today I got the following reply: "The glucose syrup is made from wheat. However the amount of gluten from the glucose syrup is extremely small. (Less than 100 ppm)."
I guess I react to this small amount of gluten. Here is their website http://www.herousa.com/

I am glad to finally figure it out and hope that now I will recover faster.

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