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Member Since 06 Jan 2004
Offline Last Active Jul 24 2004 01:58 PM

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In Topic: Second Biopsy To Show Improvement?

24 July 2004 - 01:58 PM

After my initial biopsy I had two more, one a year later and the other 2 years later. They just wanted to make sure I wasn't inadvertantly ingesting gluten.

Hope that helps!!

In Topic: Got Some Questions About Gf Living.

21 June 2004 - 06:35 PM

Alexolua, I'll try my best to answer them...I've been gluten-free for 8 years & I hope what I've learned the hard way will help.

1) Are any flavorings safe? Malt, Artificial, Natural, others?
You're right Malt is NOT safe, both Artificial and Natural can contain gluten you have to check with manufacturers.

2) It would be best to buy cookware, utensils, etc.. to be used only with gluten-free products?
I don't use different cookware except different toaster (cross contamination is an issue) and anything porous such as wooden spoons, cutting boards due to the fact that gluten can hide in the cracks of the wood. I also don't use pans that have scratches in them other than that I haven't had problems.

3) In a non-gluten-free household, would it cause problems to wash the gluten-free and non-gluten-free cookware, utensils, cups, etc.. in the dishwasher at the same time, or no?
It shouldn't matter if you wash them together, I've never had a problem with this but you can wash seperately if you are concerned.

4) Using the same sponges for the gluten-free and non-gluten-free cookware, utensils, cups, etc.. would cause problems or no?
Again due to the fact that sponges are porous I would skip using them on non gluten-free stuff.

5) What about using the same towels to dry them after cleaning?
Towels should be alright as long as you haven't wiped up crumbs with it or anything.

6) Are paper towels gluten-free?
As far as I know paper towels are indeed gluten-free.

7) Are tissues and toilet paper gluten-free?
I am pretty sure that both are gluten-free I just skip perfumed ones just to be sure.

8) Are juices like Apple and Orange juice gluten-free, or only some (contamination)?
Citric Acid may contain gluten so I would consult the manufacturer.

9) What about other juices?
I know most McCain juices are gluten-free both I have a problem with indigestion with them so I stay clear.

10) Are sugar and salt gluten-free? Or could they be contaminated where they are packaged? Sugar and Salt should be ok but if you are concerned always consult manufacturer.

11) Medicines that have gluten in them, is it labeled, or it's there because of contamination? Gel caps usually contain gluten and before I take something new I always call the manufacturer and hopefully your MD will only prescibe meds that are gluten-free.

12) I read somewhere corn syrup could contain gluten because some include wheat in making it, anyone know if that's true?
I haven't heard that, but then again I don't use corn syrup.

13) Is it say to cook gluten-free meals in an oven and/or microwave that is used for non-gluten-free meals too? Both should be fine as long as it's cleaned after use. The oven as long as you are using a dish there should be no problem.

14) Are crystal light and coolaid gluten-free, or are they contaminated somehow?Again check manufacturer due to the fact that they contain artificial flavouring.

15) Are Sodas that appear gluten-free, possibly still not safe to drink? Possibly...again Citric Acid is in soda so call manufacturer. I've called Coke and they say their drinks are gluten-free but I try not to drink them alot.

And remember that everyone reacts to contamination differently, what I may react to you might not and vice versa so if you are ever in doubt I just skip it.

Good luck

In Topic: Mild Celiac Disease?

13 May 2004 - 10:55 AM

I heard that about Italy!! I think that is amazing, they must have really good pasta there then!! I'm trying my hardest to go there and see what it's like for a person with Celiac!!!

In Topic: Weight Gain After Becoming Gf

12 May 2004 - 07:12 PM

I am suffering from the same thing!! I am gaining weight like crazy!! I was always underweight before diagnosis and I can't stop eating thus gaining like crazy!! I also find my abdomen is always quite swollen even if I haven't cheated!! I feel like I'm losing control!!! <_<

In Topic: Bloating

11 May 2004 - 05:14 PM


I know exactly how you feel unfortunately I have some bad news. I have been gluten free for 7 years and my stomach is still bloated all the time! I was actually going to go see my GI to see what's up. It's getting a bit much now, maybe I'm accidently ingesting gluten and not having a reaction?? I don't know I am so confused with that too. I too have crazy craving it seems like I am always hungry, that's getting pretty annoying in itself!! Hope you have better luck with the bloating than I have!! :rolleyes:

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