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kathrynk

Member Since 20 Nov 2011
Offline Last Active Feb 08 2012 10:55 AM
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Topics I've Started

Marshmellows

12 December 2011 - 11:21 AM

I had a couple at our bon-fire last night-turns out they have dextrin in them...Does anyone know if kraft jet-puffed marshmellow dextrin is made from wheat?

Negative For Celiac

05 December 2011 - 10:16 AM

my celiac test came back negative. Now I need to decide if I want to explore further testing, or just stay off wheat because I feel better. I am thinking the latter-maybe I will *try* gluten over the holidays and see if the stomach issues start up again. Then I worry the small amount will increase the attacks on my thyroid, so I am leaning towards just staying "gluten intolerant". Maybe the chiro who specializes in gluten intolerances will be able to help me out some as well...

Grain Fed Meats

04 December 2011 - 09:46 AM

I know meats are gluten free right? What if the animal was grain fed? Do grain fed animals contain gluten? The beef I buy is grass fed up until the last few weeks of its life, and then they grain feed. The chicken is not fed by products or hormones, but is "grain fed". Has anyone had reactions to grain fed meats?

Off Gluten 2 Weeks!

04 December 2011 - 09:31 AM

I am STILL waiting on my blood-test results for the celiac panel. The labs came back on Wed of this past week. I have been calling daily, and they are on the Doctors desk for review. I still have not heard from him. I have a feeling it was negative because (I assume) he would have called otherwise? I will try again on Monday...

I have been off gluten for about 2 weeks now. The gas pain and bloating that occurred almost every evening has stopped! My mood is feeling better, I lost a few pounds, and my skin looks great!

I was wondering if the reynauds/sjrogrens symptoms will subside or slow down as well? Has anyone seen changes with these autoimmune issues by removing gluten? The reynauds started last year and seems to be getting progressively worse (especially with the cold weather settling in).

Also...I am still working on the thyroid stuff...I requested my test results for hashimatos, and will post them on here once I get them.

Thyroid Question

30 November 2011 - 10:26 AM

I was recently diagnosed with hashimatos (about a week ago). The endocrinologist did the test because my thyroid was enlarged and I also have sjrogrens. She said these autoimmune diseases can run in clusters. Right now my thyroid levels are in a normal range (according to the endo, I need to request a copy of the labs). I have been gluten-free for about a week now, as I have been reading about the thyroid/gluten connection, and I have been having stomach pains and severe gas for several weeks now. I am waiting (should hear back today) on the celiac bloodwork. If it comes back negative, I am still going to maintain a gluten-free diet based on these other autoimmune diseases.
I have been reading alot about the thyroid, and wondering if maintaining a gluten-free diet will keep my levels in check, or if I will still eventually need to go on medication? Is there anyone who experienced their thyroid functioning normally because of a gluten-free diet alone, or do you end up still needing to go on a thyroid medication? What are some other ways I can maintain the health of my thyroid? Also, I am hearing mixed things about iodine. My homeopath wants me to take it, yet I am reading it can add fuel to the fire and make a thyroid condition worse. I read a great thyroid book by Dr. Khazzarian(sp?) who is very against iodine for treatment. I want to make sure I am doing everything correctly.
Currently I am taking Vit D, Vit B complex, calcium and magnesium, Vit E with selenium, fish oil, HMF intensive probiotic and drinking kombucha tea, I do have a prescription from the naturopath of thyroid meds, but it has iodine in it, so I have not taken it yet.
Any advice on how to progress is much appreciated!