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psawyer

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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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#645287 Gluten Free Cough Drops

Posted by psawyer on 10 October 2010 - 05:21 PM

All of the Hall's line of cough drops are gluten-free. As a diabetic as well, I choose the sugar-free black cherry ones.
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#642279 Positive Biopsy, Negative Blood Tests

Posted by psawyer on 26 September 2010 - 08:47 PM

Welcome to the board.

False negatives on the blood tests are common, especially in young children. False positives on the pathological examination of the small intestine biopsy are are extremely rare.

I am not a doctor, but it is my interpretation that your son does indeed have celiac disease, and needs to go on a gluten-free diet now and forever.

Edit: Yes, you should also be tested, as should any other first degree relatives of your son (father and any siblings).
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#641027 2 Questions About Type II Diabetes...

Posted by psawyer on 21 September 2010 - 11:37 AM

Type I diabetes is autoimmune. The immune system attacks the cells in the pancreas which produce insulin. The body stops producing insulin, with dramatic results. Treatment is a combination of insulin by injection (in all cases) and diet. There is a tendency to run in families, but specific genes have not been identified. Formerly called juvenile diabetes, it can develop at any age.

Type II diabetes occurs when the body becomes resistant to insulin, or there is too much body to be serviced by the available insulin production. It is not autoimmune. It commonly occurs in conjunction with obesity, and in some cases diet alone may be sufficient for treatment. There are oral medications that can be used. In some cases, insulin is needed as part of the treatment. Type II is most commonly diagnosed in older people, but as our society becomes fatter, it is beginning to show up in young people. Again, there is a tendency to run in families, but no specific genes have been identified.

Although the treatments are similar, the two types have distinctly different causes. It has recently been seen that a single individual can have both. That happens when a Type I eats too much and becomes obese leading to insulin resistance. Some refer to this condition as Type III.

Early signs include lack of energy, excessive thirst, and frequent urination. These build up slowly over time, and may go unnoticed.
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#640560 Italian Restaurant, Framingham Ma--Help Me!

Posted by psawyer on 18 September 2010 - 08:46 PM

Well, it makes some sense. But some gluten-free pasta is so good that most people cannot tell that it is gluten-free. Tinkyada brown rice pasta will "fool" many people into believing that it is "real" pasta. ;)
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#640554 Brand New Member From Canada

Posted by psawyer on 18 September 2010 - 08:33 PM

I'm dying for a slice of pizza and a pint of beer!

You can have both of those. Gluten-free pizza is available at some outlets, and there is gluten-free beer as well. It is late. I will post details tomorrow. :)
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#640472 4 Year Old With Negative Blood Tests

Posted by psawyer on 18 September 2010 - 02:17 PM

False negatives are not uncommon, and testing in young children is notoriously unreliable.
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#640470 Brand New Member From Canada

Posted by psawyer on 18 September 2010 - 02:15 PM

Welcome to the board from a fellow Canadian.

Yes, in many cases the symptomatic relief is very quick, and permanent.

In my own case, although I felt improvement immediately, it took some time for my symptoms to go away. I had severe atrophy of my villi, and they don't regenerate overnight.
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#640342 Blood Test Results - Help!

Posted by psawyer on 17 September 2010 - 07:02 PM

Was a total serum IgA done? That test verifies that your immune system is functioning and producing antibodies. If it shows a level below the reference range, then the other test results will not be valid.

Yes, go see the gastro. Even if your blood tests are negative, an endoscopy my reveal damage to the villi which is diagnostic of celiac disease.
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#638149 Biopsy Positive - Blood Tests Negative

Posted by psawyer on 09 September 2010 - 06:13 AM

False negatives are relatively common. If the biopsy is positive, then I would consider that a defintive diagnosis of celiac disease.
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#637536 Alka Seltzer

Posted by psawyer on 06 September 2010 - 07:25 PM

Product formulas change all the time. A list will be out of date moments after it is made. The production cycle for a book is usually about one year from submission of final manuscript to availability in stores.

If you buy only one book, make it Shelley Case's Gluten-Free Diet A Comprehensive Resource Guide. It will not identify specific products, but will tell you how to read labels. It will also list companies that make gluten-free products. You must always read the product label to know if a given item has gluten in it.
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#637071 Crackerbarrel Resturant

Posted by psawyer on 04 September 2010 - 06:22 PM

I have eaten the grits at Cracker Barrel without a problem a few times, but not in several years.
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#635619 Birthday Cake Drama

Posted by psawyer on 29 August 2010 - 04:30 PM

Agree. Sounds like she needs some serious pissing off :)

I agree. She needs it put in her face, or maybe even shoved up her (fill in blank). :ph34r: :angry: :angry:
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