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Illustration On Celiac

19 December 2009 - 06:40 PM

Hello everyone!
Since I'm on break now for the holidays, I thought I'd do a side illustration on Celiac. I just wanted to get some opinions on what they'd like to see.

I'm in the concept stage right now, I was thinking of the environment being the spongy carpet like tubes, while in the distance there's a witch garbed in an old farmers outfit with a cloak carrying a sickle, where she stands and before is dead and shriveled looking.

Thanks! Best to you!

Giant Eagle Products

06 December 2009 - 04:42 PM


So I've done a ton of searching on the web and its hard to find anything about Giant Eagle's ground turkey, does anyone know if it is gluten free. It lists natural flavors ugh, so I'm not quite sure. I really want to make it and have it with dinner today, but I'm nervous of having a reaction.

I did find this list though and thought I'd share it
Giant Eagle gluten free brochure

'normal' Thyroid Levels

04 December 2009 - 07:38 PM

Hello I hope everyone's well and excited for Christmas!

Anyways, I have never been diagnosed with Celiac disease, but the gluten free diet has been an amazing change. Auto immune diseases do run in my family so that is why I suspected it with the symptoms I had. They've since luckily gone away, but I'm worried about my persistently low thyroid levels.

In late August I went to a dermatologist for a number of reasons, one of which was hair loss. They said it was telgium effluvium which is caused by stress, malnutrition and low thyroid. So they tested my iron and thyroid levels to find my iron was low but so too was my thyroid.
Ferritin lvls: 11
range 10-143

TSH 1.4
Range .53-4.30

T4 Free: .8
Range .9-1.4

After that I went to my personal care doctor where he tested my blood for overall nutritional levels, Free T3 and Anti endomysial AB IGA, everything was fine in the normal mid range.
Free T3 355
Range 287-455

Just this week I had the three month review that my doctor wished for, a month into being gluten free. My iron levels have luckily improved
Iron: 84
Range 27-164

Ferritin 31
Range 10-143

TSH: 1.38
Range .50-4.30

T4 Free: .6
Range .8-1.8

It worries me since they dropped from .8 in August to .6 now. My doctor assures me I'm fine since my TSH levels have not increased, but he plans on checking in three months again.

Also, before I went gluten free my body temp was usually around 95, now since I've been gluten free its been at 98. I have always had an intolerance to cold, and need for adequate sleep, as well as dry skin (hands and heels) They've improved slightly but still linger.

Any advice or opinions would be greatly appreciated, especially from those who are more knowledgeable to thyroid diseases. Thanks!

Tazo Lattes

23 November 2009 - 11:37 AM


I just found out some info that is important for all those that love tazo tea lattes.

I called the company since I love having a Chai latte from Starbucks every now and then, but they said they could not disclose what the natural ingredients under the label was. The lady on the phone was really nice and helpful but she said since Gluten was not on the list of extreme allergies they had to disclose there was no information regarding the fact. She told me its probably just best to avoid it, since it was a specific list of ingredients that corporate is only able to disclose so many. Sad that they don't know for sure, or are able to share it.

I called since I was having a slight bother after I started drinking the lattes again, so I was worried, and it seems true.

The good news is though she said their organic filter bag teas were fine. You could most likely make your own latte with a maker, brewed tea, espresso and milk. I'm going to have to try that soon!

Iced Coffees

19 November 2009 - 01:29 PM

I enjoy coffee every so often, especially when it's closer to finals week, it gives a really good boost to pull the late/all nighters I need, or I just enjoy having them because of the taste.

Where is everyone's favorite coffee places that are definitely gluten free?

Does anyone know about Brugger's, how about their Brueggaccinos? I read the ingredients that they use, but nothing sounds too suspicious but I wanted to be safe of course. There wasn't anything specific online either.

Ingredients: Water, French Roast Coffee, Cream, Condensed Nonfat(Skim) Milk, Sugar Syrup, Milk, Corn Syrup, Less than 2% of Natural Flavors, Stabilizer: Guar Gum, Mono and Diglycerides, Locust Bean Gum and Carageenan, Sugar.

How about Chai teas? I've always enjoyed hot chai tea lattes. Has anyone been glutened by them?

I'm new to reading labels, but learning fast. It's only been three weeks I've been gluten free. Thanks a bunch!

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