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#899893 Envelope Glue

Posted by bartfull on 16 December 2013 - 02:35 PM

Last week I went to the post office to get a money order to buy a guitar. I had the envelope already addressed and stamped so all I had to do was drop the money order in it and stick it in the mail. I looked around for a sponge like they used to have at post offices and there was none. A lady in line asked what was wrong. I told her I was "allergic to corn" and that the envelope glue was made from it.


She licked it for me. :)

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#899273 Pissed Off

Posted by bartfull on 11 December 2013 - 03:29 PM

Your most likely are NOT allergic to gluten, You are INTOLERANT to it. An allergic reaction usually involves breathing. An intolerance, sensitivity, or out an out celiac involves your digestions (and a WHOLE lot of other symptoms). Some of us either don't have major digestive symptoms, or we do along with skin rashes, brain fog, fatigue, headaches, and the list goes on and on.


When you say you are native, do you mean Native American? I am part Lakota, but I get my celiac disease from my Mom's (German) side.


Anyway, it sounds to me like you might well have either celiac, or what they call non-celiac gluten intolerance. The symptoms are the same for both although they claim that celiac is the only one that causes actual damage to your small intestine. Either way, a gluten-free diet is the only way to put those symptoms to an end.

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#899250 My Son Needs Help.....

Posted by bartfull on 11 December 2013 - 12:51 PM

Poor kid!


First of all, depression is one of the many symptoms of celiac. And on top of that, because he isn't absorbing things, he's not getting the full benefit of his meds. As he starts to heal not only will the meds work better, but he may find that he doesn't need them at all. Seratonin is made in the small intestine, and his is damaged. As it heals he'll start making it and his mood will improve.


Now, for the diet. It is a VERY hard adjustment for adults to make, but for a depressed teenager it has got to be worse. I think every one of us here had meltdowns at first. So let him have his period of mourning/anger/distress.


But he HAS to eat! Find him some good gluten-free bread. Udi's is good, and Canyon Bakehouse is even better. There are also good gluten-free pizzas on the market. I like Against The Grain. It'll be different from what he's used to, but after a while he'll start to like it. If he doesn't like fruits and veggies (neither do I), maybe you can chop them really finely and mix them into other foods. For instance, you can buy gluten-free pasta and put some finely chopped broccoli into the sauce.


You can get gluten-free pie crust and make him a sweet potato pie - tastes like pumpkin pie but with lots more nutrition. Some gluten-free cookies are pretty bad, but if he likes chocolate, get him some Udi's Double Chocolate muffins. They are beyond good! I mean, they are more delicious than any gluten chocolate cake type thing I've ever had. And if you could get him to try some of those crackers I know he'd be pleasantly surprised. Crackers are easy to make gluten-free and delicious at the same time.


Also, if you go to the breakfast/lunch/dinner threads here you will find recipes posted for just about anything you can imagine.


AND! He can still eat ice cream and potato chips. A healthier snack would be nuts. I buy the giant economy size can of Planter's (a brand that is safe) cashews because I eat a LOT of them.


Have you been to the Newbie 101 page yet? It's in the coping section here, and it will give you lots of tips on keeping him safe from cross-contamination.


So yeah, give him time, give him some of his favorite snacks that are already gluten-free, sneak some veggies in when you can, and watch his depression lift.


And give him a (((((HUG))))) from me.

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#898599 Amazing Lectures At The Gluten Summit

Posted by bartfull on 07 December 2013 - 10:47 AM

I wonder what trolls eat.

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#898479 Could This Be Caused By Gluten?

Posted by bartfull on 06 December 2013 - 11:49 AM

Believe it or not, Milk of Magnesia makes a GREAT deodorant. COMPLETELY kills any odor and is very mild on the skin. I keep a bottle with just a tiny pin hole in the foil seal, and I put it on an old powderpuff to apply. It takes a few minutes to dry, but it's worth it not to be putting aluminium and other nasty chemicals on my skin.

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#898071 Dealing With The Emotional Aspects Of Ai Disease

Posted by bartfull on 03 December 2013 - 11:13 AM

You know, I have forgotten about how emotional I was at first. I tell you this not to brag, but to let you know that it's temporary. I honestly NEVER feel sorry for myself anymore.


Oh I did at first! I cried and I ranted. I avoided the grocery store and I avoided eating with my friends. I threw back my head and shouted to the skies.


And then I got used to it. Now I shop at the grocery store and laugh with my friends who work there. I go to restaurants with friends and just drink coffee while they eat, but I enjoy their company. I go to dinner at friends houses, but I bring my own food and nobody thinks a thing of it. I feel GOOD - too good to even think about how hard this was at first.


And given time, you will too. In the meantime, threads like this are theraputic. Get the emotions out. Share them with folks who know exactly what you're going through. This is the best support group in the world. And in another few months, you will be giving that support to other newbies who are feeling down.


Great big ((((((HUGS)))))) to all of you who are having a hard time right now, and great big (((((HUGS))))) to all of the long-time members who held ME up when I needed it.

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#897945 Guys,i Have Horrible Diarrhea After Eating Kale Shake

Posted by bartfull on 02 December 2013 - 11:27 AM

How long have you been gluten-free? When I first went gluten-free I could not eat any leafy greens at all. They went right through me, as did quite a few other foods. If you're still healing just about anything might set you off.


And as for the insomnia, I had had it all my life, but shortly after going gluten-free it was gone. I now sleep like a baby, and while all of my other symptoms are annoying to miserable, getting rid of the insomnia is the very BEST thing that has happened to me re the gluten-free diet.

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#897772 Please Help Me, Help My Mum

Posted by bartfull on 01 December 2013 - 10:01 AM

Chances are she also got some cross-contamination. Read the Newbie 101 threadhere to find out all the places gluten can hide.

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#897332 Soaking Kitchen Tools In Oxy Clean - Thoughts?

Posted by bartfull on 26 November 2013 - 01:14 PM

Um, Cricket, I don't think any of those things will "kill" the protein. Only 600 degrees for 30 minutes or more will do that.


BUT these things, after a good soaking to soften any dough residue that may still be on them, can be cleaned with good old soap and water, and that's all you really need.


Not sure what a grain mill attatchment is or looks like, but unless it has tiny holes (such as a strainer has), it should be cleanable. The dough hook and mixing blade - no problem.

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#897331 Is The gluten-free Diet Making Me Stupid?

Posted by bartfull on 26 November 2013 - 01:09 PM

Yes it is gluten withdrawal, and it is not just a psychological thing, it is a very real physical thing. It will get better soon, but it will happen so slowly you won't notice, until one day (soon) you notice that you feel better. Hang in there, and welcome to the forum.

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#897204 How To Overcome The "wants" + Anxiety

Posted by bartfull on 25 November 2013 - 02:10 PM

If you keep a bag of chocolate chips in the fridge at work I can guarantee some of your co-workers will sneak a few. That would be bad enough for any person, but for a celiac, that means their gluteny hands will contaminate the whole bag. It would be better to have individually wrapped chocolate snacks. Or you could get some Lara Bars. They're small but filling, and they're really good. Come in all kinds of flavors.

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#897196 Finally Diagnosed And Wondering If I Have To Live In A Bubble...

Posted by bartfull on 25 November 2013 - 01:37 PM

Hi! Welcome to the forum. :)


I'm one of those who does not eat in restaurants, but that is because I have additional intolerances. It seem you do too, but there is no such thing as "cross-reactivity", no matter what you may have read on the internet. These other intolerances we have are actually something we have probably had all along, but they were masked by the celiac, kind of the same way a sinus allergy would be masked by a head cold. Once the cold gets better you realize that wasn't the ONLY thing causing your sneezing and runny nose.


Some folks find that after their gut completely heals they can add a lot of these foods back to their diets. Corn has been my biggest problem, but I eventually got corn STARCH back. I also had a major problem with almonds. I tried some a couple of weeks ago and had a MINOR (very mild) reaction. That gives me hope that eventually I may get them back totally. I had trouble with white potatoes and gave them up. Tried them again a year later and had no reaction. Then I went hog wild and ate potatoes every day. After a while I got joint pain (nightshades can tend to do that), so I gave them up again. But even though I got joint pain, my "normal" bad reaction to potatoes never resurfaced.


It can be confusing and frustrating for sure, but if we completely stay away from gluten, I believe there is hope for ALL of us with additional intolerances, that we can get these other foods back - eventually.

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#896951 1St Holiday Season After Dx - How Did You Feel/do/cope?

Posted by bartfull on 23 November 2013 - 09:03 AM


OK, ALL of you who are considering eating someone else's cookin, read this. Click on and read all the links too. And if you think you STILL want to eat something a relative who doesn't have any experience with celiac made, remember, post-glutening you need to take extra probiotics, drink lits of water, and get lots of rest. You WILL need it.
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#896901 1St Holiday Season After Dx - How Did You Feel/do/cope?

Posted by bartfull on 22 November 2013 - 03:50 PM

Both of you need to remember, if you're going to let someone cook for you, that if they use any scratched plastic, wooden spoons, cast iron, teflon, pot holders, strainers, or turkey basters that have been exposed to gluten in the past, you WILL get sick. If any of YOUR food is on the countertop when they decide to bake, the flour dust will settle on it and you WILL get sick. If someone absentmindedly stirs a gluten food and then stirs yours with the same spoon, you WILL get sick.


Think about the learning curve and how impossible it all seemed to you at first. There's just too much chance that a well-meaning person will make a mistake, and just one mistake will ruin the holidays for you and for them. Imagine how bad they would feel if you end up spending the rest of the holiday in the bathroom.


It's your call, but you need to think about it hard. I'd be willing to bet most of us "old-timers" who did our first Thanksgiving allowing someone else to cook for us ended up getting sick.

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#896895 1St Holiday Season After Dx - How Did You Feel/do/cope?

Posted by bartfull on 22 November 2013 - 03:18 PM

They are your family. Explain to them that you're too new to this to take chances, and that you'd feel more comfortable bringing your own food. Tell them how easy it is to cross-contaminate stuff.Explain that even YOU mess up on occasion and you don't expect them to learn in a couple of weeks what YOU haven't even learned yet. Tell them if you bring your own it'll make it easier on everybody - they won't have to be so careful. Tell them that the IMPORTANT thing to you is to spend time with them. Then go and have a good time.


As for food gifts that you can't eat, say thank you, and then donate them to a food bank or give them to a friend. It IS the thught that counts, (even if it SEEMS like something you can't eat is a thoughless gift). Just a gracious thank you, put it away, and then give it away later.

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