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Menic

Member Since 27 Oct 2010
Offline Last Active Jun 26 2014 02:16 PM
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#820444 Celiac: The Trendy Disease For Rich White People - Science 2.0

Posted by Menic on 29 August 2012 - 05:46 PM

No, I didn't read all the posts and responses. Anyone who blogs and responds that much is probably trolling pretty hard. Also noted that he's trying to promote a book elsewhere so he's probably just trying to get as many hits as possible. See the previous idiotic blog about coffee from a few months ago.

I'm not sure where the author is seeing all these "fake Celiacs". I've heard of lots of celebs and such going gluten-free but can't name one that claims to be a Celiac without a diagnosis.

For a "scientist" this author doesn't seem to understand some basic principles, like that you can't disprove something by demanding evidence of it. A lot of people go gluten-free based on deductive (rather than objective) reasoning. "I feel better without gluten, ergo I should not eat it." Since there's no way to prove it objectively, you can't rule it out.

It seems any acutal points he may have had he totally voided in his comments.
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#806602 What To Do For Breakfast?

Posted by Menic on 26 June 2012 - 10:03 AM

Rice cakes with peanut butter is often my breakfast at work.
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#800583 Celiac Experts Test Domino's Gluten-Free Pizza for Gluten in Allergen Tes...

Posted by Menic on 04 June 2012 - 11:13 AM

You have a bit of an attitude on this, don't you? And not just this post. You seem somewhat obsessively negative about Domino's.


To quote psawyer from another discussion:

"Contrast this with the joke of "gluten-free" pizza at Domino's--what a crock that is."

Although I certainly have a negative view of how Domino's has handled itself, and I'm certainly not the only one, I would be hard pressed to call myself obsessive. I believe that the harm they've done by introducing that product is enough to warrant the negativity. But that discussion has been expanded in other posts already.

The study here is just an example of "How much poison is in the well today?" Ignoring the extremely small sample size and whether or not the study was blind, it simply doesn't change the fact that they would need an extremely high passing rate all the time for their product to be acceptable.

The odds of getting salmonella from raw chicken eggs has been estimated at about 1 in 20,000, but that is still a great concern in the food industry. I don't think a raw-egg pizza would go over very well with the general public if that was suddenly available, but the implication of risk should be the same.

I guess it's kind of interesting that three pizzas randomly tested were "safe" but there is no statistical implication from that testing that the average Celiac should to apply to his/her decisions about eating it. At worst it is leading someone to believe that it is safer than it really is.

What success rate would a restaurant have to have for a Celiac to feel comfortable eating there? 100%? 99.9%? 90%? 85%? If the study provided something like that, then people could make their own informed decision, but otherwise it's just statistical noise.
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#794050 Domino's "Gluten Free" Crust

Posted by Menic on 08 May 2012 - 08:50 AM

Labeling aside, I can't imagine any experienced Celiacs being comfortable attempting to eat this. It's just red flags all over.
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#790730 Celiac Means No Coffee?

Posted by Menic on 25 April 2012 - 11:18 AM

Ripped from the headlines! Celiacs suffering easily avoided!

I've recently discovered, after consulting with many, many specialists in the field of fictalneurology, that many celiacs can have an adverse reaction to Pixie dust, in the same way that they would react to gluten. Pixie dust contains small amounts of atomic particles, some of the exact same ones found in the gluten protein! It is a common concern of many smart persons that we poor celiacs could be suffering from accidental pixie poisoning or fairy-related exposures every day. After talking with self-proclaimed functional neurologist and brain meats expert Dr. Billybob McGulch (PHD in Fine Arts, Jazz and Tap dance), he has come to the conclusion that many of us are needlessly suffering. His first recommendation is to send about 20 gallons of our blood for testing to the labs of Dewy, Cheetum & How for extensive allergy exposure tests, for the low price of $19.95! (per gallon) Results will include not only intolerance testing to pixies and faires, but also trolls, leprechauns, hobgolins, and sprites.

He further recommends applying yourself with his patented "Pixie Repellent" ($29.95 + 8.95 S&H) guaranteed to work. If it doesn't, he will provide a full refund for the unused portion, providing you provide proof of pixie exposure.

Until such time, it is recommended that Celiacs avoid all pixie-populated areas including glens, bogs, heaths, meadows, barrows, briars, marshes, and mires. Keeping exposure to a minimum is the first step toward healing! And be sure any body glitter is labeled "PF" for pixie-free!
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#786762 "Donít Drink Coffee!" - Healthy Home Economist

Posted by Menic on 11 April 2012 - 08:47 AM

Full article

I don't know about this one. An article by someone who went to a paleo diet conference and heard something from a company that will sell you blood tests. The whole thing sounds pretty sketchy with not much sound scientific information. Also, I don't think it's a good idea to identify your expert as a "functional neurologist". That's like saying I'm a functional skydiver because I jumped out of a tree once....

So, yeah..... is there any more credible sources on this?
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#746078 Sub Folders For Meeting Room/support Groups

Posted by Menic on 09 November 2011 - 12:54 PM

I was wondering if it made sense to add subfolders to either the meeting room or support group folders that designate countries/states/regions etc. It seems to me that I see a lot of "Anyone here from XXX?" posts, and then they slowly get pushed to the back pages. If there were sub folders, a person could, as an example, click the U.S. sub folder, then the Ohio sub folder, and see if there were any posts in there from people in that area. That way people could get a better idea of people/groups in their rough area without having to search the forums for names of cities, suburbs, etc.

I'd still keep the general meeting room folder, as people like to introduce themselves to everyone, but maybe a little more structure in the support groups folder would be a good idea.
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#736867 Making Fun Of Gluten Issues On New Cbs Show

Posted by Menic on 07 October 2011 - 05:34 AM

I think the real reason to be upset with CBS's portayal here is that it reinforces the stereotype that people just choose to pick up the gluten-free diet for whatever reason, be it as a fad or a coverup for an eating disorder. It's these kinds of things that reinforce in the public's minds that gluten-free doesn't have to be taken seriously. If the joke had been something more in the context of expecting gluten-free in a greasy-spoon diner is impossible, then it would be acceptable.
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#728883 I'm Miffed - Need Advice

Posted by Menic on 09 September 2011 - 10:55 AM

Depending on where you are in Chicago, or in which suburbs, you could just have a pizza delivered to the event. I really like Marcello's gluten-free thin crust. People will be staring at your food while they eat rubber wedding chicken.

Locations:

Lincoln Park Location
645 North Avenue
Chicago, IL 60610
Phone: 312.654.2550

Logan Square Location
2475 N. Milwaukee Ave.
Chicago, IL 60647
Phone: 773.252.2620

Northbrook Location
Northbrook, IL 60062
Phone: 847.498.1500


There's JJ Twig's in Palatine, a few places on the south side, and a whole bunch of others.
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#693648 Bad Experience At Greene Turtle

Posted by Menic on 20 April 2011 - 01:20 PM

Why would they claim to have a gluten-free menu and then say that? It would really be be better just to ditch their "gluten-free" menu, it seems. As opposed to half-assing it.

"Please enjoy or shellfish-free menu!*"

*Our staff do not have any idea what "shellfish" are, where they would be, or what could contain them, so our apologies if you blow up like a balloon and die. ~the management
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