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Member Since 24 Dec 2012
Offline Last Active Oct 19 2013 08:04 AM

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In Topic: Wheat In Nz And Australia Has No Affect On Me

11 January 2013 - 05:34 AM

Far as I know, wheat in Australia is not yet a GMO crop, although there are now some GM wheat experimental crops here. The article that I read recently claims that Australia would be the first place to grow GM wheat in the world, if these experimental crops went to commercial production. That implies that the USA does not have commercial production of GM wheat. No idea if that's true.

The article can be found here: http://safefoodfound...ordpress/?p=946

In Topic: Question For Any Jewish People Here...

11 January 2013 - 04:23 AM

Matzoh for the Seder must be made from one of five gluten-containing grains, not necessarily only wheat. According to sources, for example from an article here:

According to the Orthodox Union, an authority on, certifying kosher food: “Regretfully, because one can only perform the mitzvah [definition: a required good deed] of eating matzot at the Seder with a matzo that is made from one of the five varieties of grain (barley, wheat, rye, oats, and spelt), eating matzot using any of the other flours that are gluten-free would still not enable one to fulfill the mitzvah.” Gluten is found in wheat, rye, and barley.

We are only required to eat Matzoh during the Passover Seder - usually first night and second night of the 8 day festival. Having said that, the explanation offered above is mostly for orthodox Jewish people. With so many different levels of observance, many of the not-so-orthodox (and they certainly outnumber the orthodox) might say that gluten-free Matzoh is acceptable, even if it goes against what is written and the interpretations the Rabbis have made over the years.

In Topic: New Here With Questions...

26 December 2012 - 09:55 AM

Ah, idiot me! Totally forgot that our beloved Vegemite has gluten! It might well explain those random, thus far unexplained, symptom days. Without a food diary, which I've been meaning to start, I can only guess it has been a contributor in the last two weeks, when I've been thinking I'm totally gluten-free, but having overt symptoms on random days. Duh - big time!

Ok, so now I will see what happens without the Vegemite. And yes a food diary is a must!

One more question about how suddenly all this came on 5 weeks ago. From what I'd call nothing to thinking I had an awful bug from one day to the next. Is that possible?

In Topic: New Here With Questions...

26 December 2012 - 01:11 AM

But you did mention that maybe down the road you may seek a formal dx's, my suggestion is if you are thinking about a formal dx's do it now before you get all feeling wonderful then put your body into gluten attack.. I just think it would be less trauma now...

I understand what you're saying, but in the public system here, I can wait many months for an endoscopy. Plus in my normal diet, I'm not such a big grain eater anyway because of the carbs. Putting my body under stress if it is gluten, and dealing with more insulin because of the carbs, isn't something I'd want to do for any length of time.

What's odd is that this (cramps and nausea) came on suddenly about 5 weeks ago, although I've had milder symptoms for years, which easily could be attributed to other things as well as gluten. But if I've had this for ages, then a normal B12 doesn't fit, does it?

I guess it's a mixed bag - I don't really know what I've got. It seems I'm quite a bit better without gluten, yet have had the odd day where I haven't been better on gluten-free and I'll have what I call an 'attack'. I think the trick will be to rule out the easy stuff, which my family doctor can take care of, and then wait for the gasto appointment, armed with test results, and see what kind of tests he can run - eg gene testing etc. I just have to get one idiot doctor (had plenty of those) and I'll be back where I started.

I seem to have a knack for being misdiagnosed over the years. I don't want this to be another one. At this stage, the possibilities of what I may have are many. Other than some strange virus, gluten seemed the obvious first choice.

I'm going to keep being gluten-free for now, taking our more dairy and maybe corn, to see if that helps, and see what develops along the way with the medical stuff.

Appreciate everyone's help! This sure is a minefield!

In Topic: New Here With Questions...

25 December 2012 - 05:11 PM

If you don't care about a DX, I'd just continue eating gluten free. You'll have your answer if you ever accidentally slip up in the future--if gluten's a problem, you'll know it! Not all celiacs have nutritional deficiencies, and I suspect because you've been "gluten light" for years, you probably don't have any. You might just want to get your iron, B-12, and D3 tested occasionally to be on the safe side. Otherwise, simply enjoy the gluten-free lifestyle....and stay well, my friend.

I was definitely tested D3 deficient about a year ago, but then I'm in my 50s and on top of Type 1 diabetes, I have lupus as well, so I don't tend to hang around in the sun much.

It would be nice to have a dx, but the main thing at the moment is to get rid of these awful belly symptoms, and some nausea which is now gone. There are probably lots of symptoms, which, once they're gone, I'll notice I had them. With a number of autoimmune diseases, symptoms tend to overlap. I'm still hoping that this is some kind of bug that will go away. Wishful thinking, I guess!

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