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#843401 How Fracking Effects The Gluten-Free Food Market

Posted by on 16 December 2012 - 11:39 AM

I recently became aware of the fact that guar gum is being used for hydraulic fracturing, commonly referred to as fracking. This is apparently the reason why guar gum prices have gone up so much. Fortunately, the fracking industry is looking for alternatives, which I really hope they find soon. Would be funny if they ended up using gluten :lol:

Here are some articles about it:
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#830436 Distended Belly While gluten-free

Posted by on 17 October 2012 - 05:46 AM

All probiotics are not created equal. It is entirely possible that there is an ingredient in the one you tried which bothered you, and that another product would be fine. Just make certain of the ingredients. There are so many to choose from. Many do contain dairy.

I've found digestive enzymes helpful for the balloon belly, although it hasn't solved it.
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#791099 Weird Looking "object" In Gluten-Free Mall Banner

Posted by on 26 April 2012 - 11:42 AM

I have a better approach RiceGuy, why do YOU tell us what it is, after all, you would know better than me, right? I have my pen in hand, my notebook, and you are on the couch...please explain to us all what you see in this picture that we don't?

I do believe I've already stated what I see and don't see in this picture. But I do not know what it is. If I did, I'd not have asked.

If you do indeed have first-hand knowledge about it, like if you were the photographer, or if you spoke to the photographer, then by all means let us in on the details. Nearest I can tell, your earlier statements regarding the photo were opinion or guesswork. Much the same as other posters. If this is not the case, please do clarify.
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#791096 Weird Looking "object" In Gluten-Free Mall Banner

Posted by on 26 April 2012 - 11:30 AM

Everyone has tried to be nice...and YOU JUST DON"T GET IT!
Good Luck with your obsesive compulsive behavior...TRULY! :blink:
There is no point in continuing this conversation....in the "REAL world"... it just doesn't matter...do yourself (and us) a favor... IN ALL SINCERITY...LET IT GO!!! B) :D :)

Excuse me for being curious, and wanting to know the answer to a perplexing question. Is it much different than wanting to know what's on the side of the moon not facing the earth?

For a topic which (according to you) doesn't matter, I have to wonder why you seem so bothered by my questions to have used ALL CAPS and exclamation points a number of times. This is regarded as "shouting". And tossing in jokes, political or otherwise, might not be taken as such by every reader, rather as insulting or belittling.
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#790955 Weird Looking "object" In Gluten-Free Mall Banner

Posted by on 26 April 2012 - 06:17 AM

I don't know WHAT the big MYSTERY was...I asumed it was her ponytail from the begining...its just windy, sunny, and a little disheveled...but thats its inocent charm! theres nothing wrong with the picture...Its a teen with a lolli!
Why does this bother you so?! Aren't there BIGGER MYSTERIES in life to contemplate about...( and I AM being NICE!) Why on EARTH would you bother Scott about something so PETTY! :blink: He has a BUISSNESS to run!!! B)
I've seen worse! leave it alone allready! :blink: :lol: :D
At least you finally see the HUMOR in IT!...I think!
But come on guys...give it a rest! :lol:
Aliens...LOL! :rolleyes:

See, that's just it - making an assumption just because it's a nice, comfy, normal sort of explanation, regardless of the fact that the picture simply doesn't appear that way.

Do I really think it's an alien or an underdeveloped attached twin? No, of course not. But I don't rule out any possibilities, and I don't jump to any conclusion for the sake of brushing it aside.

I'm reminded of that tale about the king's new clothes, where everyone was afraid to "step out of line" and recognize the obvious, except for a small child. That child didn't feel constrained by social pressures, to "fit in", and go along with the crowd.

There are no foolish questions. But ask no questions, and get no answers.

And as for the person in the photo leaning forward, I doubt that too. It doesn't appear to be that way. Her posture doesn't look like that to me. And what about the ponytail which is clearly visible? It isn't falling forward of her shoulder. And even IF the thing on the left side was hair, then why is it so far out from her head when the wind is blowing in the opposite direction?

I enlarged the picture somewhat, and increased the brightness to show how dark it is "under" the thing in question. Does the visible ponytail appear so voluminous and long that the same size on the side in question would completely block the light from hitting that side of her neck? And IF the wind was blowing her hair to make that shape, why don't we see ANY strands of it?

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#789303 Balance And Falling

Posted by on 20 April 2012 - 07:03 AM

The first thing which comes to mind is nutritional deficiencies. I'd focus on vitamin B12, B vitamins in general, vitamin D, and vitamin E. Some minerals may also play a role. While you may improve without supplementation on a gluten-free diet, my suggestion would be to get a methylcobalamin (B12) sublingual tablet - 5mg, and take one daily. Also a co-enzyme B-complex, vitamin D3, and vitamin E. A multivitamin/mineral at the same time may also be a good idea.

Some foods can impair balance, such as nightshades. So you may find it beneficial to avoid those too. If you use cooking oils such as canola, make certain it is 100% expeller pressed. Most canola is extracted with hexane, which is highly toxic. And although manufacturers claim they remove the hexane, I wouldn't doubt a person's sensitivities.

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#788989 Weird Looking "object" In Gluten-Free Mall Banner

Posted by on 19 April 2012 - 09:33 AM

It is a mysterious object called a "ponytail." Usually young girls wear their hair in such fashion, but in this case it is a young woman. Posted Image

This picture was taken shortly before she was abducted by aliens...we were not able to capture this "capture" on film...sorry.


OK Scott, weeeee believe you <_<

I just knew aliens had something to do with it. Perhaps they heard the expression "a sucker is born every minute", and came looking for the hatchery.
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#788982 Weird Looking "object" In Gluten-Free Mall Banner

Posted by on 19 April 2012 - 09:10 AM

Poor Scott! :o

Rice Guy, we thought this was a "just for fun thread" and responded that way. We had no idea that this is so serious to you and that the ad has offended you in some way.

No, not offended. But intrigued, mystified and perplexed, yes. Sure, the thread is mostly for the fun of it, but part of that fun is in discovering the answers to the mystery. I admit I may get carried away with things like this. However, there it is, staring us all in the face, begging and beckoning for reasons for being.
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#788874 Weird Looking "object" In Gluten-Free Mall Banner

Posted by on 19 April 2012 - 05:26 AM

Well, I don't buy the explanation, for the simple fact that the person who responded wouldn't know any more than the rest of us, unless they were involved in creating the ad, or spoke to someone who was.

Aren't things like this farmed out to advertising agencies? Then again, such a blunder of a photo certainly doesn't look like something a professional would use in this kind of ad. Although I haven't done a lot of paid photography work, I'd never have used a photo like that. A pro would have taken numerous shots, then examined and compared them to find the right one for the ad. So I cannot accept that the one we see was the best of the lot. Again, this reasoning may only apply to a professional photographer.

By the time most of you see this post, I'll have sent a message to Scott. However not to ask what the thing in the photo is, but if the ad was done professionally.
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#788697 Weird Looking "object" In Gluten-Free Mall Banner

Posted by on 18 April 2012 - 10:10 AM

You're silly. It absolutely can be red hair, the sun is shining on the one side of her body and the other is in the shade, based on the color of the skin on her hand it looks tan, not "dark". As a red head, I assure you that our hair color looks different in the sun than it does in the shade!

Thing is, the texture is not at all like that of hair. It appears solid, and has specularity. Also notice the total absence of any light shining through it, which there would be if it was hair, especially given the obvious wind blowing. Not to mention that there is light shining on hair further up on that side, and it looks nothing like the portion in question.

Not having any other mundane explanation doesn't mean it has to be hair.
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#786409 Weird Looking "object" In Gluten-Free Mall Banner

Posted by on 10 April 2012 - 04:48 AM

I can't see how it could be a ponytail, since the one we see on the other side is much higher. We'd therefor see it start farther up, I'd think. Besides, it appears to be a very different color than the hair which can be seen in sunlight. Wrong texture too, I would say.
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#786170 Weird Looking "object" In Gluten-Free Mall Banner

Posted by on 09 April 2012 - 01:40 AM

For those who suggest the lollipop, no, I'm referring to the reddish "thing" which is mostly obscured by the lollipop, except for the left portion. My first impression is echoed by kareng's comment about an alien, but I didn't want to say it :ph34r:

Whatever it is, the texture doesn't look like it could be hair. It also appears too far forward for that. If it was part of the person's face, then she's got the thickest neck in human history. Or perhaps an underdeveloped conjoined twin?

They say the world may never know how many licks it takes to get to the center of a tootsie roll pop. Now we may also never know what's behind the lollipop!

Oh, the mystery...
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#786088 Weird Looking "object" In Gluten-Free Mall Banner

Posted by on 08 April 2012 - 09:54 AM

The first time I saw this, I couldn't figure out what it was. As of now, I still cannot make heads or tails of it. Can you? The arrow points to the "object" which just doesn't look like it could possibly be a normal part of the person's head. What's wrong with this picture, or am I simply not seeing the obvious?

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#782587 Do gluten-free Flours Really Need To Be Refrigerated?

Posted by on 24 March 2012 - 06:51 AM

Just an FYI let your flours come to room temp before using them. It does make a difference in the result.

Thanks for reminding me!

It is important to allow packages/containers of flour to reach room temp before opening them. This is because cold flour will cause moisture from the air to condense on it, as well as on the inside of the container. Just like a cold drink gets water condensation on the glass. The moisture will of course accelerate spoilage tremendously.
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#779535 Corn Starch Substitute

Posted by on 09 March 2012 - 07:02 AM

I THINK tapioca is closest to cornstarch's weight. Is that correct? Aren't you supposed to go by wt?

It has little if anything to do with weight. A substitute is usually best chosen based on performance, in this case baking performance.
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