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IrishHeart

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Beware Bart And Judy's "gluten-Free " Cookies

07 June 2014 - 04:13 AM

Gluten Free Watchdog has approved the following statement regarding the test results for Bart and Judy’s gluten-free chocolate chip cookies.

 

This service is run entirely on subscriptions, but they have generously allowed us to share the results because so many in the G F community requested the information be shared with the public. You can see the full report if you are a subscriber. 

(on a personal note, full disclosure: I am a subscriber)

 

“Gluten Free Watchdog, LLC recently tested a box of Bart and Judy’s Gluten-Free Chocolate Chip Cookies for gluten contamination using the R5 ELISA Mendez method. The product tested well above 20 parts per million of gluten. Detailed test results are available only to subscribers of Gluten Free Watchdog. Test results provide a snapshot picture of the gluten content of this product at one point in time. There is no way of knowing without testing many more samples whether the results of the one sample tested are representative of the gluten content of this product as a whole.”

 

For more information about Gluten Free Watchdog see www.glutenfreewatchdog.org. Written permission to post this statement was provided to subscribers of Gluten Free Watchdog, LLC.

 

 

**italics are mine** because I am trying to drive the point home.  ^_^ 

 

I'd like to add: if you can afford it, please subscribe to Gluten Free Watchdog. This testing information would not exist without this service and they need the support of the gluten-free community to keep it going.

It's about $5.00 a month and you can cancel at any time.


Mast Cell Activation Syndrome (Mcas)

06 January 2014 - 08:35 AM

Gluten free ---but feel as if you have been glutened? Have bone pain, your brain is fogged up, feel as if you have allergies, but you test negative?  Maybe your heart races and you feel anxious, but have no clue why as you are not really an anxious person by nature?

Feel like a vampire  when you step out into the sun?

 

Any of these below sound familiar?

 

  • Gastrointestinal symptoms, including nausea, vomiting, diarrhea, abdominal pain, bloating (sounds a lot like celiac and/or irritable bowel syndrome doesn’t it?)
  • Low blood pressure
  • Fatigue
  • Wheezing
  • Itching, flushing, hives, sores on the face and scalp
  • Episodes of fainting or dizziness
  • Bone pain
  • Cognitive impairment (brain fog)
  • Anxiety
  • Rapid weight gain or loss
  • Anaphylaxis
  • Chest pain and/or a racing heart
  • Sensitivity to sunlight

These symptoms may be a result of mast cell activation syndrome. 

 

You do not need to have all of them. I don't, but I have several flare up on me from time to time when I have had too many histamine-rich foods (still learning my level) and it makes my life miserablel.

 

I have read tons of research on this disorder and think maybe many celiacs have it but they just do not realize it.

 

Fortunately, Dr. Jess (yes, a real live MD with celiac) aka Jebby  has written an excellent discussion of this celiac-related autoimmune disorder and what can be done to diagnose and treat it.

She has several Pub Med citations and credible research for you to read and consider.

 

I follow a low histamine diet and take Quercetin, Vit C and probiotics, but some people can be prescribed medication under the care of a physician who actually knows what MCAS is. (good luck with that)

Some of you may already need to carry an Epipen and cannot figure out why you keep having anaphylaxis.

 

I am fortunate that my GI doctor was knowledgeable enough about histamine intolerance and why our guts may be lacking the enzyme DAO and he was very encouraging in that it can resolve in time (fingers crossed)! It better!! I love bacon, shellfish, chocolate, aged cheeses and wine (who doesn't!)..and those are big giant triggers.  <_< 

 

Read more here:

 

http://www.thepatien...ac.com/2014/01/

 

Hope this helps!


Surviving Thanksgiving

23 November 2013 - 11:15 AM

Some people use the Newbie 101 thread to explain cross contamination issues, and while I may have written that thread and I stand by all the info in it, notice I never wrote a single sentence proclaiming: you can't eat at someone's house. Because I do not believe that. I have dined successfully at people's homes and I am very sensitive to trace gluten. If you already live with WEs in your home, you are well aware of what landmines to avoid. If you are newly diagnosed and too scared to try this yet, then just bring your own food. More on this later...

 

But first: This is how you survive Thanksgiving at someone's house:

 

(1)My friend is making an unstuffed turkey in a silver foil pan I gave her ($2.50)with a new baster. ($1.29)

I insist on new basters because I was "glutened by baster" my first THX (long story about two turkeys--1 stuffed, 1 not and a sister who thought it was ok to baste them both with 1 baster)

and I have "issues" with those damn things.  :D

Anyway, no gluten involved in turkey. I still have NEVER seen a turkey with gluten in it, despite what some people have posted here in the past.

(2) She makes the roasted root veggies, but we slice and dice together while we chatter away drinking champagne.

We cut them on flexible cutting boards I bring her . they can be found in a variety of places, and they look like this:

 

http://www.williams-...=26-224069460-2

 

(3) I make the gravy with some G F flour I bring using the pan drippings that have never been near any gluten..

(4) I bring G F stuffing made in a crockpot that everyone loves.  No gluten.

 

recipe here: http://crockpot365.b...g-crockpot.html

 

(5) We make a cheese, pate and veggie platter with Crunchmaster crackers for appetizers. No gluten.

(6) we have a shrimp cocktail platter. No gluten.

(7) she makes her family recipe of cranberry-orange relish. No gluten involved. I have watched her make it a dozen times.

(8) She makes a green bean casserole the day before Thanksgiving. I can't eat it and I do not care anyway. Never liked it. Even if it is passed around the table, it's not going to miraculously gluten me.

 

(9) I bring the desserts because I am the one who makes them the best   :lol:

 

Flourless chocolate cake with ganache

 

recipe here:

http://www.kingarthu...ate-cake-recipe

 

and 

Pumpkin cheesecake with pecan/gingersnap crust

 

recipe here

http://www.finecooki...ecan-crust.aspx

 

(10) select a nice wine for dinner and one for dessert.

 

It just takes common sense, planning and it requires some assistance and understanding from the hostess.. But unless you are going to be cooking (which I normally do), you need to do a bit of advanced prep, but you can dine at someone's home and be perfectly fine. I have done it many times.

 

I am very sensitive to trace gluten, but I can assure you, I will not be dining outside or in another room. I eat at the table with everyone else. There's no reason celiacs can't enjoy dinner with friends and family. It just takes a few steps of precaution and an understanding hostess/host.. 

 

If you do not feel up to this task just yet, and that is understandable when you are newly diagnosed, then just bring your own dinner and go and enjoy your relatives. If they keep pestering you about why, just say this:

 

MY DOCTOR SAID I HAVE TO EAT THIS WAY RIGHT NOW SO I CAN GET WELL.

and leave it at that. All older relatives will get "MY DOCTOR SAID....."  ;) It's in their nature to find doctors' words "the law".

 

Don't spend your time defending, explaining or being upset. Later, you can email them all an explanation of celiac and what it takes to be truly gluten-free and they can read it and learn about it and maybe talk with you about it..

 

Don't avoid seeing family members --they love you and you love them!-- and you can use their loving support right now.

 

Cheers, IH xx