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psawyer

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#923685 Is There An App Or Website For Checking Ingredients?

Posted by psawyer on 12 July 2014 - 06:30 PM

Just a comment. Any app that scans the product is not reading the ingredients, just the product code. It is then relying upon a product list somewhere, which, like any list, may not have the same currency date as the product you are holding. The list may be out of date, or the product may have been on the shelf a while, and be older than the list. Now, if you want to look up ingredients (as opposed to products), lists can be quite useful.
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#922792 Are Fast Food Places Like Mcdonalds Safe To Eat?

Posted by psawyer on 06 July 2014 - 10:55 AM

The question of gluten in the Mcfries is the most debated issue of this board over the past eight years. There is a wheat-derived ingredient in the beef flavor added to the oil in which they are partially fried before being frozen. The oil using for the final frying does not contain anything but oil. The final product does not contain any detectable gluten.
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#920430 Are Fast Food Places Like Mcdonalds Safe To Eat?

Posted by psawyer on 15 June 2014 - 10:14 PM

At McDonalds, the potato fryers are at the front, and operated by the window crew; the other fryers, which are in the back, are operated by the grill crew. This physical separation makes the likelihood of transfer from other foods close to zero. But that applies only to McD. The fryers at BK are shared and are not safe.
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#920294 Are Fast Food Places Like Mcdonalds Safe To Eat?

Posted by psawyer on 14 June 2014 - 09:10 AM

In the US and Canada, the fries at McDonalds are not coated with anything, and are fried in dedicated fryers that only fry potatos. I believe that that is true everywhere else as well.
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#917163 The Funny Pages - Tickle Me Elbow - The Sequel

Posted by psawyer on 22 May 2014 - 05:02 PM

If you are pouring your your wine into a glass, and it is not full:

If you think the glass is half full, you are an optimist.

If you think it is half empty, you are a pessimist.

If you believe that the glass is the wrong size, you are an engineer!


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#916836 Imprisonment - Choosing Starvation Over Bread?

Posted by psawyer on 20 May 2014 - 05:04 PM

I'm inclined to agree with IH. There are only a few communist regimes left. Why anyone would put their life at risk to go to one of them as a missionary escapes me. But my own faith is personal. I subscribe to the teachings of my church, but would never seek to impose them on others, or to try to tell others that their faith is wrong and mine is right. FWIW, I am an Anglican (Episcopalian in the US). That is my personal observation as a member here, and is not a comment from a moderator.  ^_^


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#916304 Glass Cutting Boards

Posted by psawyer on 16 May 2014 - 07:51 PM

Concerns about other things aside, gluten is not an issue in my world when it comes to glass cutting boards or other things in the kitchen. Glass does not scratch and is easy to clean. Enjoy!
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#915776 Does Dq8 Positive=Celiac For Certain?

Posted by psawyer on 11 May 2014 - 06:51 PM

The gene test, alone, means nothing. As previous posts said, the gene is common, but celiac disease is present in only a small fraction of those with the US-recognized genes. In Europe, there are doctors who will diagnose celiac disease with neither DQ2 nor DQ8. The AMA has not yet arrived there.
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#915171 Please Help

Posted by psawyer on 05 May 2014 - 01:36 PM

Sometimes, the damage is severe enough to be visible, but usually it is not. A single positive biopsy would be diagnostic, IMO, but a single negative would be inconclusive.
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#914575 "spices"

Posted by psawyer on 30 April 2014 - 11:57 AM

Yep, "spices" is okay, but "seasonings" may not be.
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#914469 Vinegar

Posted by psawyer on 29 April 2014 - 06:14 PM

Malt vinegar will always be labeled as just that. Any other type of vinegar is gluten-free. The single-word ingredient "vinegar" in Canada means apple cider vinegar, which may or may not be distilled, but is gluten-free in either case.
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#910714 Vodka

Posted by psawyer on 28 March 2014 - 08:54 PM

Your experience is your own, and may differ from that of the majority of persons with celiac disease. Most people with celiac disease can consume distilled liquor, regardless of the source.
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#910630 Good Gluten Free Salad Dressings

Posted by psawyer on 27 March 2014 - 04:55 PM

Most, but not all, Kraft dressings are gluten-free. Read the ingredient list. Kraft will clearly list any gluten source. That includes all sources, not just wheat as mandated by FALCPA.
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#908293 Endoscopy And Colonoscopy Whilst On Warfarin?

Posted by psawyer on 07 March 2014 - 07:30 PM

I now need to go in for an Endoscopy/Colonoscopy and D2 Biopsy on 20th March - not sure why both?

Welcome to our community.

To the question in the quote, there are other things that can cause symptoms similar to celiac disease, and celiac disease is associated with other issues, including colon cancer. Even if you do have celiac disease, it is important to have the colonoscopy to be sure that you do not have other issues as well.

As to the warfarin question, nobody here knows your specifics, and even if we did, none of us are qualified to give a medical opinion. Talk with your doctor about this, make sure they know about your concerns, and then TAKE THEIR ADVICE.
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#907664 Type 1 Vs Type 2 Diabetes Differences Needed In Simple Terms

Posted by psawyer on 01 March 2014 - 07:07 PM

The two types have similar symptoms, but the cause differs.

Type 1, formerly (incorrectly) known as juvenile diabetes is an autoimmune wherein the cells in the pancreas that produce insulin are destroyed. These cells are called the Islets of Langerhans. The body can no longer produce any insulin, and frequent injections are required (several per day). The trigger is not known, but there is no correlation to diet or weight. It usually presents in people less than twenty. It is also called Insulin Dependent Diabetes, since needed insulin can only be obtained by injection. Oral medications do not help.

Type 2 is not an autoimmune condition. The Islets of Langerhans are intact, but may be producing reduced quantities of insulin. The body has become resistant to insulin. Body weight and diet are contributing factors. Weight loss and reduction of the carbohydrate content of the diet are the primary treatments. Oral medications to address insulin resistance are useful. If the insulin production is not sufficient to meet needs, injected insulin may be part of the treatment plan.

In some cases, with exercise and weight loss, type 2 can eventually be controlled by diet alone, without medications. The person still has diabetes, but it is controlled through diet alone.

Type 1 requires injected insulin (along with diet and exercise) for life. The future may have alternatives, but that is the reality today.

You may see a reference to "type 3" diabetes. This is not something new, but refers to a type 1 diabetic who fails to keep to the dietary requirements, tries to compensate with extra insulin, gains considerable weight, and becomes insulin-resistant, thus developing type 2 diabetes as well as type 1. One plus two equals three.
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