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OliveBranch

Member Since 21 Jul 2009
Offline Last Active Apr 01 2011 09:44 AM
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In Topic: More Makeup Info: Clinique

25 November 2009 - 08:14 AM

Just to clarify, in case it's not obvious: I only asked them about gluten (not about corn or soy), so presumably these products are indeed gluten free, with the classic caveat that they are not ever able to be 100% sure.

In keeping with the recent spate of makeup threads, I though I'd share this info. I hadn't seen confirmation on the forum about these several Clinique products that I use, so I contacted the company and got the following response:
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Thank you for your interest in Clinique.

While a formulation may not contain wheat, oat, barley or rye derivatives, for the benefit of our gluten-sensitive consumers who may have cross-sensitivities, Clinique takes the extra precaution of including corn, rice and soy in our research.

All About Eyes Concealer - contains soy.
Color Surge Eyeshadow - contains corn and soy.
Eye Defining Liquid Liner - contains soy.
Lash Doubling Mascara - contains soy and corn.
Perfectly Real Makeup - contains soy.
Quickliner for Eyes - contains corn and soy.

In addressing your concern about gluten, we would like to explain that a vast number of raw materials from many different suppliers and sources are used in the manufacture of Estee Lauder Companies' products. It is therefore not possible for us to fully guarantee that our products are completely free of ingredients that may elicit an allergic response in highly sensitive individuals who react to gluten. For example, it is possible that small amounts of a wheat sourced ingredient may remain on shared manufacturing equipment even after a thorough cleaning. We therefore recommend that you discuss this with your physician, because consumer safety is of utmost concern to us.


[SERVICETICKETTEXT] We trust that the above addresses your concern. We hope you will look to Clinique for all your skin care and beauty needs

Again, thank you for taking the time to share your thoughts and concerns.


In Topic: Do I See A Doctor

23 November 2009 - 09:11 AM

Teemaree--
So glad you've had some good news! I hope that the problems are all manageable and that you will both BE well and FEEL well soon.


Thanks again everyone for your support!
I thought I would update where I at with this....

I've had blood tests and I haven't my results as yet...
Has ultra sound and ct scans...


the ultra sound fount 2.01 lymph node and three other non vascular lymph nodes in right groin
and three non vascular lymph nodes in left groin...
I have the biopsies on these tomorrow.

They found 5 cysts in the liver and cyst on right anexa
bulky uterus with endetrial fluid

BUT NO MASS OF LYMPHADEMOPATHY

So things now really hang on them lymph nodes being begnin ....
but there are no masses of lymphademopathy, which is great news!
if the nodes are malignant, at least we are on top of things , before they could have been far worst!

but Im truly hoping they aren't malignant


In Topic: Promising Drug For Autoimmune Diseases

19 November 2009 - 01:38 PM

That's really interesting--thanks for posting!

About a year when I was in a lot of pain and having many issues my primary doc thought I had RA and suggested we do the test for it which could possibly come back negative which is very common I guess. It did come back negative but she strongly felt I had some kind of autoimmune disease since they run in my family and I already had one. She suggested that if things were getting bad for me...pain wise.. there was this drug called low dose naltrexone which can be given to people with all kinds of autoimmune diseases and cancers and even AIDS. The drug is fairly inexpensive and have been a godsend to many people who are really suffering and the really good thing about it is it is given in such a low dose there is hardley any side effects. I can't personal vouge for this drug but the things I had read have been good. It doesn't suppress the immune system...if I understand the info correctly. Many doctors haven't heard of this therapy yet so if you want to know more go to lowdosenaltrexone.org and read up and print out the info and take it to your doctor. If you are tired of prednisone or other drugs that you have been prescribed take at look at this. There is also stuff on youtube about this drug. Remember if you are interested in this make sure you print out all the info on this drug and take it in to your doc. It seems docs are real quick to shut anything down they didn't discover themselves. Google it, there are many docs and clinics that use low dose naltrexone therapy. Maybe this topic has been brought up before on this site as I'm fairly new to it. I justed wanted to pass this on ......maybe it will help someones sufferring. If anyone has used this I would be very interested to hear there experiences.

lowdosenaltrexone.org


In Topic: In Need Of Encouragement, Stories

18 November 2009 - 02:55 PM

Thanks so much for your response, ravenwoodglass. It's good to hear more of your story (I have noticed your extensive signature on a number of occasions). I am leaving out the enzymes and probiotics for the moment, but I don't really think they are my problem--my downturn occurred significantly after starting both of them--but you never know. I'm keeping close watch of everything, though sometimes I think my extreme paranoia may be doing me more harm than good at this point! I am also investigating my makeup more closely (I replaced my hair products long ago)--maybe some tiny amount of gluten is slipping in there.

Anyway, I really appreciate your writing, and I hope others will share stories as well.

I saw some things that improved quickly but other took longer to resolve. My constant D was actually gone within a week, except for the times that I got glutened early on. Migraines were the same but arthritic pain and balance issues took much, much longer with both being better at six months but not totally resolved.
One thing I noticed was you said you were doing good until you added in the digestive enzymes and probiotics. Might I suggest that perhaps there is something in one or the other that your body doesn't want. You may want to consider dropping them and see if it helps. Also check the ingredients of your gluten-free vitamins. Some that are labeled gluten-free contain barley and or wheat grass, that really isn't safe for us even though it is considered by some to be gluten-free.


In Topic: Whole Foods "365" Nut Products

17 November 2009 - 08:13 AM

Thanks for the heads up! Do you know if this affects their nut butters as well? I am quite reliant on their natural peanut butter...

I apologize if this has alredy been discussed. It's been a VERY long time since I've been on the forum and I only have a couple of minutes right now so did not do a search to see if this has been a topic.

To those in the US that have relied on Whole Foods "365" walnuts, almonds, etc. you may have noticed a new packaging. The old packaging made no mention of shared equipment with wheat, in fact it stated that they practiced good manufacturing to segregate, etc. I used some walnuts from the new packaging and got sick, typical gluten symptoms. I questioned Wholefoods Customer Service yesterday in person and they said that these products are now being packaged in a new facility.

I think anyone who has come to rely on these products needs to send an e-mail to Wholefoods and complain about this. Not only do I NOT have a place to buy organic non contaminated nuts now, but I'm concerned about the Whole Food own bakehouse goods! (I assume they use their own products in the breads, etc)

It's super frustrating to get accustomed to a product for YEARS and then have them change it! GRRR.

Just wanted to make everyone aware and try to start a "movement" that maybe will force them to go back to the old ways.