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psawyer

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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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#634699 Is Cancer Inevitable For Me?

Posted by psawyer on 25 August 2010 - 04:53 PM

Jason, you asked, "Is cancer inevitable for me?"

I don't really know. How many packs a day do you smoke? Oh, wait, not every smoker develops lung cancer.

A celiac who continues to eat gluten is at a higher risk for certain types of cancer. Higher risk does not equate to a guarantee.

A celiac who follows a strict gluten-free diet is at no greater risk for cancer than a non-celiac in the long term.
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#633444 Modified Corn Starch

Posted by psawyer on 20 August 2010 - 06:34 PM

Modified corn starch is gluten-free without question. Whether modified starch is good for you is a whole 'nuther question beyond the mission of this board.
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#632447 Blue Diamond Natural Almond Nut Thins- Gluten Free Or Not?

Posted by psawyer on 17 August 2010 - 11:13 AM

Okay, hold on, don't get too hung up on 20ppm. They didn't say the product contains any gluten at all, much less that it was 20ppm gluten.

What they said is that they are aware that cross-contamination is possible, so they test. The test, like all tests, has a sensitivity limit. The one they use is sensitive to 20ppm. (The best test available is sensitive to 5ppm, but it is too expensive to be used in a mainstream product marketed to everybody.) No test can test for zero (ever), so no product can make a guarantee that it is absolutely 100% gluten-free.

With most mainstream products, there is no test at all, so accidental cc could be even higher than 20ppm, were it to occur.
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