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#947489 Very Big Decision To Make But Need Some Distractions

Posted by on 21 June 2015 - 01:05 PM

I have known several people in similar situations (from different causes) who made the same decision you have made. After a while they got tired of it all, and although it may have LOOKED like they gave up the fight, what they were actually doing was accepting what was, and making peace with it.


When I pray, I never ask Him for specific things, I only ask that His will be done, that I can accept His will joyfully, and if by some chance He can use me to accomplish His will, that He go right ahead and make me a tool in His hands. He knows you have great faith in Him, and whatever His will is, you accept it. There is no higher calling than that. 



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#946981 I'm Back And I'm Sick

Posted by on 11 June 2015 - 01:28 PM

Thanks everybody. I've never met any of you but I can honestly say you are some of the finest people in the world. :wub:

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#946151 Doctors Selling Info On Celiac?

Posted by on 25 May 2015 - 07:13 AM

None of the information given is available on the internet. Therefore I conclude that this poster "Veritas" is either a friend of Amy Meyers, or possibly Amy Meyers herself. Either way, I encourage this person to read here and LEARN something.

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#945373 Wheat Cat Litter

Posted by on 09 May 2015 - 11:14 AM

Yes, you most likely breathed in some of the dust and swallowed it. Wear a mask or bandana or something, then exit the room.

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#944025 Caramel Coloring?

Posted by on 14 April 2015 - 12:09 PM

BUT! There are several supersensitives here on this forum and not one of them has ever claimed to have a gluten reaction to Coke or Pepsi. That indicates that whatever you are reacting to gives you a reaction that is SIMILAR to a glutening, but it is not a true glutening.

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#943956 My Celiac Disease Is Causing Stressful Family Conflict

Posted by on 13 April 2015 - 10:33 AM

And if you DO end up moving back in, get a little apartment sized fridge to keep in your room. Get a plastic tote for non-refrigerated items and keep that in your room too. Bring your own pots and pans and keep those in your room. When it's time to cook, take your stuff out into the kitchen and cook away. Sit right down and eat with your parents. Wash your own dishes first using your own dishcloth. Take your stuff back to your room.


That may sound drastic, but if your Dad is getting dementia is would be the safest thing. It would also be the most loving thing. Cherish your parents and give them as much love as you can while you can.

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#942440 This Is Why Corn Causes Gluten Like Symptoms

Posted by on 18 March 2015 - 10:34 AM

There are many, many, in fact MOST, celiacs who can eat corn with no problem. I used to have bad reactions to corn myself, but now that my gut finally healed I can eat it again. Now don't get me wrong, I do not like the very idea of genetically modified foods, but I am absolutely sure that there is no wheat gluten in corn, any more than there is gluten in blueberries or almonds or any of the other many foods that made me sick before my gut healed. (I can eat them all now.)


And the reason celiacs have trouble with dairy is simply because the part of our bodies that produce the enzyme that digest dairy is the part of us that is damaged. It has nothing whatsoever to do with what the cows eat.


I'd love to find out who the maker of this movie is and what his/her credentials are.

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#942083 Super Itchy Rash Going On 4 Years Now

Posted by on 13 March 2015 - 10:35 AM

Chefwife8, please, listen to SquirmingItch. She knows what she's talking about. Our "friend" Mitchgam is totally mistaken and unfortunately he holds on tight to his false beliefs and refuses to listen to reason.


If you have any doubts about that, read his posts here:


Pay particular attention to the thread titled "Diagnosing DH rash" and the one "DH sometimes looks like poison ivy". Mitchgam has an allergy to wheat that he insists on calling DH. He is wrong.

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#941714 Diarrhea For Over A Month While Gluten Free?

Posted by on 07 March 2015 - 03:41 PM

OK, other than the cast iron I would put money on dairy being a problem. Lots of celiacs have trouble with dairy at first because the part of us (the villi) that is damaged is the part that digests dairy. Get your new pans and go completely off dairy for a while and see of that doesn't do the trick. Most of us get dairy back after we've healed (six months to a year).


Have you read the Newbie 101 thread in the coping section? It's full of all sorts of helpful information about cast iron and dairy and cross-contamination and more.

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#941629 Tomato Paste

Posted by on 06 March 2015 - 02:05 PM

Hunt's is a Con-Agra product. Con Agra is GREAT about labeling. Hunt's is safe.

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#941597 Best Burgers In America

Posted by on 06 March 2015 - 08:01 AM

I invite ALL of you to come on out this summer. The Black Hills are (IMO) the most beautiful place in America. You can see Mt. Rushmore, the Needles Highway, Spearfish Canyon, Hot Brook Canyon, The Wildlife Loop in Custer State Park with bison, elk, deer (both mule deer and white tails), antelope, mountain goats, big horn sheep, coyotes, foxes, prairie dogs, and if you're lucky you might even see a mountain lion.


You can take in some of the great events here including concerts, theater, street theater, craft fairs, some great wineries, some great museums, hiking, fishing, and so much more.


You can stop in and visit the best little music store in America (if I do say so myself), and after I've played tour guide we can stop in and get burgers. Maybe the next day we can go to Lintz Brothers for a really fantastic gluten-free pizza.


Come on out! :)

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#940698 Diagnosed With Gluten Rash By 3 Doctors Without Biopsy But Bloodwork, Endosco...

Posted by on 20 February 2015 - 08:10 AM

Iodine will makethe rash worse. That means iodized salt, potatoes, egg yolks, lots of things. Read up about it in the DH section.

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#939798 Newly Diagnosed And My Whole Life Ahead Of Me

Posted by on 05 February 2015 - 09:55 AM

Congratulations on finding out what is wrong. Congratulations on your engagement too.


The first place you should start is the Newbie 101 thread in the coping section. Read it and take notes so you will remember it. Be sure to click on all the links provided too.


Yes, it is going to change your life - for the better! You will no longer be sick. And remember, it could have been something much worse. Just think, you don't need surgery. You don't need medication. All you have to do is stick to your diet.


And while I won't say it is easy at first, it DOES become easy as time goes on. It is something most of us don't even think about anymore. Once you have learned to read labels it's a piece of cake (gluten-free cake of course.) :lol:


And this is such a great time to become gluten-free. There is a new law in the US that stipulates that anything labeled gluten-free must actually BE gluten-free. And there are lots of products that don't carry the gluten-free label that still are gluten-free.


Wheat, in the US MUST be declared on labels. Rye is pretty much only in rye bread and some crackers. Barley is the only gluten grain that MIGHT be hidden in things like malt, but usually companies will say "malt from barley" because barley is expensive and they like to crow about expensive ingredients.


The other thing you need to watch out for is oats. While they aren't gluten grains, they usually are contaminated (because of shared equipment) so unless they say "certified gluten-free", it's best to avoid them.


Cross-contamination is something you need to watch out for. There is no law stating that companies have to tell us if a product is made in the same facility or on the same equipment as wheat products, but there are some companies who always will. Kraft, Unilever, Con-Agra, and Nestles are some. You can read the labels on any of their products and if you don't see wheat, rye, barley, oats, or made on shared equipment on any of them, you can eat the with confidence. And believe me, Kraft and Con-Agra in particular are parent companies encompasing so many brands your choices will be almost limitless. (For example, Kraft makes Planter's nuts. Con-Agra makes Marie Calendar's. And SO SO SO many more.)


Now, getting down to it - please don't bake gluten foods for others. Flour dust gets into the air where you will breathe it in. It will get into the back of your throat and you will swallow it. Not only that but it stays in the air for hours and will settle on everything. You can bake gluten-free things and you and others will find them delicious. There are loads of gluten-free baking mixes out there and there is a great cookbook by America's Test Kitchen called "How can it be gluten-free". Lot's of folks here have it and rave about the recipes. You can also check the recipe section here as well as the what's for breakfast/lunch/dinner threads for more ideas.


OK, now a word about gluten withdrawal. It's not just psychological, it's physical. Expect headaches, mood swings, and ravenous hunger for the first two or three weeks. But when you come through the other side you will start REALLY feeling great.


You will probably have a meltdown or two at the grocery store at first. I think just about all of us have had that experience. But keep in mind that whole foods - fresh meats, veggies, and fruit, are naturally gluten-free. No labels to read. Just plain wholesome food. Not only will you become more healthy by getting gluten out of your diet, but you will be eating better in general and it does make a difference.


OK, you may also want to cut the dairy out of your diet for a few months. Not everyone with celiac has trouble with it but many do. You can substitute with almond milk and there are dairy free margerines and cheeses available too.


It's a good idea to avoid restaurants at first. Even if they have a gluten-free menu, they can mess things up. I have a couple that I trust, but for the most part I only eat what I cook for myself. I still socialize with friends though. Of we are meeting at a restaurant, I eat first and just get a beverage. We still have fun.


Now- a warning about bread. Do NOT try Ener-G bread! It is vile and nasty! Instead, when you're ready for gluten-free bread, get some Udi's Whole Grain (similar in taste and texture to french bread) or Canyon Bakehouse 7-grain (similar to those multi-grain breads in the grocery store that have all those nutty bits in them). If you can't find them, Schar multi-grain isn't too bad either. If you can't find them in stores, you can get them online.


Wow. I've just typed a book here and I know it's a lot to take in, but just try to keep in mind that if so many of us here can do it, you can too. Now go read that newbie thread, take notes, then come back and ask questions. When you need to rant and cry, we will be here for you. When you need encouragement, we will be here for you. And I PROMISE, even though it looks like the end of the world right now, you will someday (soon) find it easy as gluten-free pie! :lol:

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#939658 New To All Of This

Posted by on 03 February 2015 - 12:37 PM

Actually there are PLENTY of processed products that are gluten-free. For example, I just had some Progressso soup that is gluten-free. Lay's potato chips are gluten-free. Most ice creams are gluten-free. Lot's of sausage brands are gluten-free. Reeses peanut butter cups (the regular ones, not the holiday ones) and hershey kisses are gluten-free. There are TONS of things.


There are several companies such as Kraft, Unilever, Con-Agra, and Nestles that will clearly state on the label if there are gluten ingredients. They will also declare if their products are made on the same line or in the same facility as gluten foods. All you need to look for on their labels are wheat, rye, barley or oats. If you don't see them, you can eat them.


It's true that whole foods are better for anyone (celiac or not), but you don't necessarily have to give up all of your old favorites.

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#939641 How To Encourage A Friend

Posted by on 03 February 2015 - 10:19 AM

Send her here and have her read as much as she can. When she sees how serious celiac can be, and even more importantly (to her), when she sees how easy the diet becomes for many of us and how much better we all feel, maybe she will decide to get strict with her diet.


No, you will probably never get her to get tested. I know because she sounds like me - no insurance, no money, and I too avoid doctors like the plague. But I am extremely strict with my diet and I feel so much better. Show her that list of the 300 possible symptoms and she will probably see she has things she never imagined were even symptoms, and that with a strict gluten-free diet they will go away.

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