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samcarter

Member Since 04 Aug 2008
Offline Last Active Jun 07 2010 06:43 AM
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Posts I've Made

In Topic: Seems Almost Impossible To Stay Gluten Free

03 February 2010 - 10:24 AM

I never assume others understand what celiac disease or gluten intolerance is. At our homeschooling group a few weeks ago, the kids were making cat and dog treats, and catnip pillows, for the local humane society. The mom in charge asked me to help the kids with the treats; I asked to see the recipe, and it called for flour. I told her I had celiac disease and shouldn't be near the flour, since wheat makes me sick. She said, "Oh, this is white flour, not wheat." I said, "if it's all-purpose flour, it's made of wheat." She said, "Really?!" Oh. My. Gosh. So I stationed myself at the catnip pillows table. :)

So I never assume a waitress will understand what I mean when I say, "I can't eat wheat." The waitress may have thought there's no way the soup had flour in it, and that as long as the croutons weren't on it, you were okay with it. Panera is such a bread-filled place, I don't eat there anymore because cross-contamination is so likely.

And about shampoos and lotions. For a looong time I thought i didn't need to worry about them. But I've had a bad rash on my forehead now for about two months, ever since I started using a new shampoo...and I just now read the label and it has wheat protein in it. I stopped using it, switched to a gluten-free shampoo and facial cleanser, and already my skin is getting better. It is possible for the wheat to irritate one's skin, or to cause an allergic reaction, if you have celiac. But it's not hard to find gluten-free products! Really. Dove will always list wheat, and Shikai makes nice shampoos and conditioners that are gluten free.

In Topic: Good Gluten Free Vitamins?

01 February 2010 - 11:40 AM

I take NatureMade, the label states gluten free and I have never had problems with them.

In Topic: Juice Plus+

01 February 2010 - 11:37 AM

I am leery of Juice Plus. I went to a demonstration, with my kids, and i felt like I was being indoctrinated into a cult or something! I asked the distributor, how exactly do they dehydrate all these fruits and vegetables, with heat? Because wouldn't that cause vitamin and enzyme loss? She said, no, they didn't use heat. Well, then how? She paused, and you could tell she had NO freaking clue. She said, "It's a patented process of some kind." Okeydokey.

Since I have apple allergies, and most all of their products have apple I couldn't buy anything anyway, even if the oats weren't an issue.

In Topic: All My Make-up, Shampoo, And Lotion Has Gluten!

01 February 2010 - 08:44 AM

I, too, used to think i didn't need to worry about my shampoos and other personal care products. But then I realized that I've had a scabby, red, painful rash on my forehead, right around my hairline, ever since I started using a JASON brand shampoo that has wheat protein. I didn't check the label, was just using it because it's sulfate-free (i avoid SLS), and that's when the rash started. I thought it was acne but acne treatment wasn't working at all.

Shikai shampoos and conditioners are gluten free. For soap, try Kiss My Face Olive Oil soap; it's only got three ingredients and is very pure. Neutrogena products are pretty much all gluten free; the manufacturer will provide a list.

In Topic: Dark Circles Under Eyes?

24 October 2009 - 12:25 PM

I've had dark circles all my life, my mother has them as well. (I suspect she has silent celiac; she has rheumatoid arthritis, and her mother died of colon cancer). My mother's have always been very bad, and until recently mine were bad. They are getting better; i can go without concealer under my eyes some days. But then i've only been gluten free a little over a year.