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psawyer

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#653094 Modified Food Starch?

Posted by psawyer on 13 November 2010 - 05:42 AM

Modified food starch is usually tapioca or corn. If it is wheat (very rare), in the US that must be declared. Some people, including some celiacs, are sensitive to tapioca.

Philadelphia is a Kraft brand. Kraft will always clearly disclose any gluten source in the ingredient list.
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#652612 Could I Be

Posted by psawyer on 11 November 2010 - 09:45 AM

Welcome to the board.

While being underweight is a common symptom, it is by no means universal. Your symptoms are consistent with celiac disease so it is a definite possibility.
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#652531 November 11 Is Remembrance Day

Posted by psawyer on 10 November 2010 - 09:14 PM

In Canada, and in some other countries who were allied with England, we wear a poppy to commemorate the sacrifice of those who gave their lives so that we could enjoy freedom today.

The poppy emblem is inspired by the poem below by Canadian Lt Col. John McCrae, who himself became one of the dead not long after writing this.

In Flanders fields the poppies blow
Between the crosses, row on row,
That mark our place; and in the sky
The larks, still bravely singing, fly
Scarce heard amid the guns below.

We are the Dead. Short days ago
We lived, felt dawn, saw sunset glow,
Loved and were loved, and now we lie,
In Flanders fields.

Take up our quarrel with the foe:
To you from failing hands we throw
The torch; be yours to hold it high.
If ye break faith with us who die
We shall not sleep, though poppies grow
In Flanders fields.


If you appreciate your freedom, thank a veteran. Take a minute today to think about them and say thanks.
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#651999 Petition For Pizza Hut

Posted by psawyer on 08 November 2010 - 04:33 PM

With the right approach, it is possible. Here where I live (Ontario, Canada) there are at least three major pizza chains now offering a gluten-free option.

Pizza Pizza was the first, and they worked with the Canadian Celiac Association to develop safe practices. The crusts are shipped to the location pre-made in one size only (medium), and special processes, along with dedicated baking pans and color-codes distinct utensils (they're bright red), minimize the cc risk. I have had them on several occasions with no problems. The first time I went and watched the process from the counter.

Pizza Nova also now has a gluten-free medium crust, but I haven't tried it.

Boston Pizza offers gluten-free individual pizzas at all locations. They use Kinnikinnick crusts. We've been twice and had a good experience both times.

You need to also watch the toppings. Most are gluten-free, but a few aren't. Boston Pizza marks the gluten-free ones with an asterisk on the menu. Pizza Pizza and Pizza Nova have allergen info online and in-store.
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#651776 Celiac And Ibs At Same Time?

Posted by psawyer on 07 November 2010 - 05:50 PM

Many of us here have come to the conclusion that IBS stands for something different than Irritable Bowel Syndrome.

From the patient's perspective:
"It's Bull Sh*t."

From the Doctor's perspective:
"I've Been Stumped."

I, for one, agree. IBS is not a diagnosis, it is a label for symptoms when the doctors don't know the cause (and have probably not even considered celiac disease).
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#651051 The Funny Pages - Tickle Me Elbow - The Original

Posted by psawyer on 03 November 2010 - 06:03 PM

Donnatal is a combination of active ingredients. I was on it for a while for my "irritable bowel" in my early twenties. It has atropine (belladonna), phenobarbital and other ingredients. Like Immodium, it may help ease the symptoms of celiac disease, but does nothing to address the underlying problem.
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#650326 What If The Package Says "Manufactured In A Facility That Processes Wheat...

Posted by psawyer on 31 October 2010 - 04:04 PM

A plant that uses wheat flour would, of course, fall under this umbrella.

But so would a factory making packaged foods that include pasta, say as noodles in canned soup. If the noodles are made on site, the machine making them is likely to be in a different room, with only the finished noodles getting anywhere near the cannery.

The degree of risk has a lot to do with the types of foods and manufacturing methods. It is difficult to generalize.
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#650280 What If The Package Says "Manufactured In A Facility That Processes Wheat...

Posted by psawyer on 31 October 2010 - 09:25 AM

It means that somewhere in the building, wheat is present. Many celiacs eat products made in such facilities without any problems.

Do you have any wheat products in your home? If so, then your home is "a facility that processes wheat."
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#650072 M&M's

Posted by psawyer on 29 October 2010 - 01:07 PM

Thanks for that link. I noticed that M&M's were on there. Since the company told me that they could be cross contaminated and the list says that they are safe, which is correct??

Both are correct. There is a risk of cross-contamination in every mainstream product, since no mainstream company tests all their products for gluten. Even if they did, contamination below a certain level can not be detected by any test. Consequently, no company can or will guarantee that cross-contamination is not possible.

M&Ms are as safe as any mainstream candy gets.
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#649242 Modified Food Starch - Avoid?

Posted by psawyer on 26 October 2010 - 09:05 AM

In the US, as stated, if it is wheat that fact must be clearly disclosed. It is most commonly tapioca* or corn. It is never rye or barley, so in the US if it does not say wheat then it is gluten-free.

*Some people, including some celiacs, are sensitive to tapioca.
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#647424 Trader Joe's Gluten Free

Posted by psawyer on 19 October 2010 - 06:09 AM

It is not so much TJ that is the question, it is "shared equipment."

Unless your home is 100% gluten-free, it is a "shared facility," and if you have only one set of dishes/pots/cutlery, they are "shared equipment."

"Good manufacturing practices" refers to thorough cleaning, among other things.

Disclosure of shared facilities or equipment is completely voluntary. If you see the statement, you know, but the absence of such a statement does not mean the factory does not process gluten.

If you react to a product, don't use it.
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#646423 Grain Fed Poultry And Meats

Posted by psawyer on 15 October 2010 - 05:24 AM

It is generally accepted that meat is gluten-free no matter what the animal was fed. It is definitely not something that I worry about.
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#646112 New Here, Have Some Questions

Posted by psawyer on 13 October 2010 - 06:30 PM

Welcome to the board. :)

If you have celiac disease, "mostly" gluten-free won't cut it. Every bit of gluten does damage. You also heal continuously on a gluten-free diet. What you need to do is keep the rate of healing running faster than the damage caused by accidental ingestion of gluten. Deliberate ingestion of gluten will set you back in the race. Any value you perceive from it is completely false.

I am a type 1 diabetic. My repeated hypoglycemic incidents led me to ask questions. Sometimes, after food, my blood sugar would rise, but sometimes it would continue dropping. What the **?

Some carbs are absorbed in the stomach. I was getting those ones (juices, fruits), but others do not get absorbed until they are in the intestines (complex carbs such as bread).

It took years, and a random discovery by my wife, to realize that: (1) there is a correlation between type 1 diabetes and celiac disease; and (2) all of my mystery symptoms could be caused by celiac disease.

My PCP told my that is was a rare childhood disease, but agreed to have me tested for it. I had a very strong positive on the biopsy. I knew then what was causing my sickness, and have never intentionally eaten gluten again.
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#645805 Kraft, Conagra, Unilever

Posted by psawyer on 12 October 2010 - 04:24 PM

The upshot of it is that Unilever isn't really required to report the barley, because it's such a miniscule amount, but they're doing it because they're such good citizens!

So, they voluntarily disclose barley (gluten), even when it is not required by law. What more, exactly, do you want?
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#645298 Priest Almost Glutened Me!

Posted by psawyer on 10 October 2010 - 05:41 PM

This topic is moving from Kate's concerns to a discussion of which religion is right and which ones are wrong. That is not appropriate, as our first rule says to respect everyone.

The Catholic church holds that Communion is valid in either kind--it is not necessary to receive both. I am not Catholic, but I respect their beliefs.
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