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amy31

Member Since 07 Jun 2012
Offline Last Active Oct 01 2012 04:57 AM
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In Topic: Cross Contamination Questions

30 September 2012 - 04:03 AM

Thank you Iguana and mbrookes for chiming in!

Mbrookes, I appreciated hearing your understanding of the warnings on product labels. Recently I called Great Value about the "May contain traces..." warning on two of their products. The lady looked each one up and found that each is listed as being produced in the same facility with wheat. One of the products was also listed as being produced on the same line as milk. So it seems from this that these two products are not produced on the same line as wheat, just in the same facility, although they have the "May contain traces" warning. I think I will probably use them. One is cornstarch and I use a lot of that.

I too live in a "mixed" household. That's a good point.

In Topic: Cross Contamination Questions

03 September 2012 - 05:51 AM

Adalaide, I appreciate your explanation. I think I am starting to learn the ropes of all of this a little bit.

Shauna, thank you for the idea about getting retested after some time. Unfortunately I was never diagnosed with celiac. I had one positive blood test that is supposed to be not highly specific for celiac disease and all of the others were negative. So I do not know if I am celiac or even gluten intolerant. I do know I had a lot of the symptoms and there is definitely some improvement in this first month of gluten-free, though I am far from being "there" yet.

In Topic: Non-Supportive Husband While Going gluten-free

31 August 2012 - 04:36 AM

Annie, I am sorry that you are going through that. I wish that I knew what to tell you. Remember that it is not your fault that you are trying to do what is necessary for your health. Even if your husband is unhappy about what you are doing, you are trying to do the right thing, so don't allow yourself to feel guilty. (By the way, I'm so glad you are now feeling better after years of problems!)

My husband also does not understand the importance of CC. He was just this morning talking about a celiac friend who was very sick and who he thinks is not worried about CC. And I was not deathly ill nor did I get conclusive bloodwork nor a definitive diagnosis. So he does not think that I am celiac. Thankfully he buys gluten-free things for me, which is really nice, but he makes fun of my concern about CC. Because I'll probably not have an earth-shattering reaction if I get trace gluten (probably bathroom trouble and fatigue), it is hard to make a case to another person that some little bit of something probably affected me. Thankfully my husband does very little in the kitchen, but I still haven't been doing too well with the CC, as I have little children and they too are eating gluten.

In Topic: Please Help Interpret Bloodwork

31 August 2012 - 04:22 AM

Hi and welcome!

Yes, your labwork looks normal, but even if a person gets a normal blood result, this still does not guarantee that the person is not celiac, or is not intolerant to gluten. Since your child has experienced improvement on the gluten-free diet, and since you also have symptoms, you may want to do a strict gluten-free trial and see if it helps. Or, before doing that, you might choose to have additional celiac tests that were not included in your panel. It's up to you and also depends on how much you want to spend.

I ended up having a full celiac panel and only one of the tests came back positive. Of course that doesn't guarantee I have celiac disease, but the doctor thought it pointed that way and advised me to go gluten-free. I have just had to accept that I'm not ever going to really "know" if I'm celiac or not; I just want to be well! So whether or not you have a diagnosis, it is a good idea to give the diet a try and see if it resolves your problems.

In Topic: Cross Contamination Questions

31 August 2012 - 04:12 AM

Thank you so much, Adalaide and Psawyer, for taking the time to write such careful responses to my questions. I really appreciate your taking the time, and I appreciate the two perspectives too. Since I'm just starting out, it is hard to say how sensitive I may be. It also seems like there is not one hard and fast rule for some of these things, but that maybe there is room for using our good judgment and trying to see what works for us and what doesn't.

Adalaide, I have a question. I hope you don't mind; I'm just really trying to learn. In the thread about "Do grains have to be certified gluten free?" I notice you wrote that you buy things in bulk, by the box, or when a scoop is not involved. Do you try to find out the sources of all those grains and contact the processors of them, or do you find that you don't experience problems with them? I know you mentioned in one of your posts that you had a problem after eating veggies that had been cut on a cutting board that had touched a pizza stone, so I would be interested in whether you've had a reaction to the grains you buy in bulk, or how you research their sources. That is really what I'm looking into in my own case too. Thanks!