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  2. Does anyone else have trouble eating Starbucks Marshmallow Dream Bar? As I understand from previous posts I've seen about this product, thrye used to include barley malt in the rice krispie itself. However, this Dream Bar is considered gluten free, and is even certified NSF. I also can't see anything in it that should give me a reaction. However, it seems to in terms of gassiness, and itching. Is it possible it could be considered another ingredient?
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  4. 08/14/2018 - Occasionally, learns of an amusing gluten-free story after the fact. Such is the case of the “Gluten-Free Fireworks.” We recently learned about a funny little event that happened leading up to Fourth of July celebrations in the town of Springdale in Northwest Arkansas. It seems that a sign advertising "Gluten Free Fireworks" popped up near a fireworks stand on interstate 49 in Springdale. In case you missed the recent dose of Fourth of July humor, in an effort to attract customers and provide a bit of holiday levity, Pinnacle Fireworks put up a sign advertising "gluten-free fireworks.” The small company is owned by Adam Keeley and his father. "A lot of the people that come in want to crack a joke right along with you," Keeley said. "Every now and then, you will get someone that comes in and says so fireworks are supposed to be gluten-free right? Have I been buying fireworks that have gluten? So then I say no, no they are gluten-free. It's just a little fun." Keeley said that their stand saw a steady flow of customers in the week leading up to the Fourth. In addition to selling “gluten-free” fireworks, each fireworks package sold by Pinnacle features a QR code. The code can be scanned with a smartphone. The link leads to a video showing what the fireworks look like. We at hope you and your family had a safe, enjoyable, and, yes, gluten-free Fourth of July. Stay tuned for more on gluten-free fireworks and other zany, tongue-in-cheek stories. Read more at
  5. Tried the brownie has a funny after taste a lot of gluten-free stuff does but the price is too high like all gluten-free food my favorite stuff comes from aldi’s Grocery store their store brand is amazing brownie mix great and 2$ for whole box let’s start creating food that is the same price for everyone and then you’ll have something wonderful
  6. Thanks, BergieF. I think the fact that her symptoms appear primarily behavioral has been really confusing for me as a non-celiac parent trying to navigate this. She becomes so beligerant about things that are so meaningless. I thought for years that she had a mental illness, and there still might be something. I have to nail down the gluten stuff in order to know what's what, but the gluten is such a mine field. Everyone's thoughts, advice and experience here is incredibly helpful!
  7. Eucerin lotion has gluten in it. She needs to use products that are gluten free. You have to think how many times a day a kid will touch their lips or pick something up to eat. If that body product has gluten in it, she will end up ingesting it somehow. Same thing applies with lipgloss/lip balm. Also something to think about since the school year is starting up. -make sure she has her own gluten-free soap to wash her hands before lunch. -cleaning supplies for her desk. -gluten free snacks to keep on hand so she's not left out during treat time. -make sure her art supplies are gluten free (paints, glues, etc) -I always ask for a list of ingredients they will use in projects and provide my children with gluten-free versions. -Airborn gluten is an issue too, mine can't be in class if they have gluten flying around in the air. -
  8. So, you got angry and emotional when using Eucerin? I just want to make sure thst's what you are saying. I am still trying to find my daughter's new baseline for behavior, and I always wonder what is gluten and what might be something else!
  9. So, Dunkin' Donut is introducing a gluten-free fudge brownie, the company’s first-ever gluten-free bakery product that will be available in all of it's 8,500 US stores. As a Canadian, I was shocked to realize that Dunkin' Donut thus demonstrated that they view Canadians as second-class clients. This is unacceptable and after discussing the matter at breakfast this morning, our family was sufficiently offended to decide to skip our weekly visit to our local Dunkin' Donut. We will instead patronize one of our local artisan bakeries that offer a selection of gluten-free and conventional doughnuts.
  10. Tiredsean i had the same exact things happening so i had decided to get my vitamin d level checked and it was low so i was put on supplements and it has helped with it all
  11. Thanks to everyone who responded! This is all good advice. On the camp front, it's a day camp and I pack her lunch. Nonetheless, her twin brother, who goes to all the same camps, says that there are crumbs all over the table during lunch, so that's a likely source. She also does use lotion a lot, and probably isn't washing her hands afterward. I just hadn't realized how sensitive people can be to this stuff. Also, since her symptoms are mostly emotional/behavioral, the whole thing is harder to pin down for me. Thanks again!
  12. Why not start start a new posting? We could used updated refractory celiac disease advice.
  13. About a year ago I noticed a positive change in my bowel movements. For about 20 years my stools were increasingly quite loose and this necessitated my washing my anus, inside and out to stay clean. If I failed to wash properly, I would not only be unclean, I would also get very sore. My bowel movements were very regular, just once a day in the morning. The change came after changing my diet. I became to eat porridge at breakfast and coincidentally didn't eat bread for 2 days. I experimented with leaving different things out of my diet and after a couple of months found that being gluten free made my stools normal. No more washing and no soreness. When I look at coeliac websites, I cannot easily relate this experience to the symptoms described. The only other change I have noticed is that I no longer have uncontrollable tiredness. Do others share these experiences?
  14. Pedro, your hunger and other symptoms seem to point to a leaky gut or "gut dysbiosis" which is what happens to those of us who don't have celiac disease but have developed "autoimmunity" to many foods. One of those foods is wheat (gluten) as well as nuts, eggs, dairy, soy, corn & rice and potatoes. So you may have developed a strong immune response to some of your "non-gluten" foods which are making you sick (research "autoimmunity" ). There is a method recommend of doing a total "elimination diet" of all suspected trigger foods for a few weeks and then adding them back in one by one and keeping good record of reactions. It's a bit of trial and error and time to go that route. But, if you are able to afford it, you can be tested to find out which foods are your triggers. I ordered a stool test from Enterolab ( to see what antibodies were in my gut/stool to common foods - my triggers. I then eliminated all of these foods to allow my gut to heal. I also went to a program called Years Restored (google it) and did "cleansing" . This program helped teach me what to do at home and I learned so much about healing with whole foods. I get natural probiotics by eating raw foods like cabbage, onions, dark green leafy vegetables and followed the principles I learned about. I have improved energy, mental clarity, no more joint & muscle pain and fewer GI and other symptoms. I'm eating whole foods (avoid any processed foods) and have gradually been able to add back (properly prepared) rice and other gluten-free grains, some nuts and most seeds to my well-rounded diet. I will stay away from corn, soy, peanuts, yeast, wheat, dairy & eggs for good since they cause me various symptoms & there are GMO and other problems with them (which I learned about at Years Restored and researching). I recently joined a FB group called "Leaky Gut Health with Doctor Joyce" for added support and ideas. There is hope and healing, but you have to get past the misinformation and hype of fad cures/diets /supplements out there. The answer is really more simple than many imagine, but they have to be willing to change some habits and leave off what is harmful for good. I wish you the best in health.
  15. I think this page needs updating to the relevant 2018 and not looking back at issues going back to 2014. When it is updated send me a message and I will talk freely about refactory type two celiac disease which I've had for the past 3 year's and I have suffered with celiac disease since birth. Also check out if your refactory type two and if you are, ask about if they've expained to you about the Marsh code as I have a Marsh code 3c which is the worst you can have.
  16. Are you talking about the TTG IgA and the TTG IgG tests for celiac disease? Are you talking about Immunoglobulin A and G results? I am confused. If you just had the two TTG versions, you could ask for the two DGP versions and the EMA. The TTG test do not catch all celiacs. Are you IgA deficient? Ask for an Immunoglobulin A test. Some celiacs are seronegative. Keep that in mind.
  17. I agree with GFinDC! My endoscopy revealed nothing, but my biopsies showed significant damage. Let’s hope he took enough samples in the small intestine. I would seek another opinion if the pathologist’s report does not find celiac disease. Something is wrong! My niece had celiac disease firmly ruled out. Her 4th GI ordered a pill camera. It caught her Crohn’s Disease located beyond the reach of both scopes and countless other tests. She did not present with standard Crohn’s symptoms either. Not saying your DD has Crohn’s, but again, something is wrong. Keep advocating for her health!
  18. I am not a doctor, but the celiac blood tests, the endoscopy and the biopsies did not reveal celiac disease. Could they have missed damage in small intestine? Maybe. You could ask for the rest of the celiac panel which includes the TTG IgG, DGP IgA and the EMA. Or find out the cause of your ulcer-like erosions (e.g. taking too many NSAIDS). I hope you figure it out.
  19. I had a bread machine years ago. It was nice to have bread ready to go in the morning. Later, I tossed it. I like kneading bread. It was relaxing and gave me a good work out. Gluten free yeast bread does not require kneading. Just time to rise. An electric mixer or your arm can handle the initial mixing. Let it rise and then bake! My machine was well used. I do not think I could have salvaged it .
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    Princess Cruise - Buffet and excursions?

    We have been on Carnival and had successful trips -- no glutenings! Royal Caribbean was terrific too (several times). We took extra precautions though. 1. We notified the cruise line when we booked the tickets and confirmed again just prior to departure. 2. When boarding the first day, usually the buffet is open only. I meet with the head waiter, introduce myself and family and explain our needs (I carry a note from my GI). Gluten free items are obtained from the back kitchens of the ship where the allergy section is located. We NEVER go through the buffet line. They personally send staff down a few floors to get us safe food. We ask that it only be gluten free. We do not care what they bring to us. We eat it thankfully. We do take fruit from the buffet (wash it in the restroom) and drink coffee. 3. After that, we never eat anywhere but the main dining room for breakfast, lunch or dinner. On the first night, we ask for a quick tour of the allergy section of the kitchen to meet staff and the chef responsible. We only talk to the head waiter every single time we enter the dining room. We go to him or her. If the ship does not have arranged seating, we might end up with a different waiter, so knowing the head waiter is critical. We get to know staff on a first name basis. Each morning the headwaiter offered gluten-free waffles, French toast, etc. for his celiac families. I was never hungry. Heck, I ordered two appetizers every night! 4. In the past, we had one head waiter send daily packages of individually packaged gluten-free crackers, cookies, bread and whole fruit to keep in our room for snacks. Was it the best? Udi's, but it was safe! Room service is not safe for celiacs per our headwaiters. We only ordered coffee each morning in our room. 5. We brought food with us in case we could not find safe food at port. We also brought printed celiac travel cards in many languages. We brought food on day excursions or found a market. It all depends on the country. 6. We tipped very well! We have even tipped in advance on the first night (head waiter and waiter). We were gracious. We wrote glowing letters to corporate and named our excellent staff. Have fun, but it is up to you to be assertive.
  21. I'm curious if a doctor ever figured out what was actually wrong with you. My story started in 1997 and sounds very similar to yours. It took 11 years for me to finally get a doctor to admit that a vitamin B12 level of 283 was causing some of my problems. I found that most labs only flag issues once it's so severe you're falling apart. Then as the disease progressed undiagnosed I ended up with massive pain twice a week and my B12 dropping even with weekly injections. In 2015 I was talking to my cousin who mentioned her mom and our aunt seem to have problems with gluten. I called my doctor, asked to be tested and it was positive. Although I'm quite a bit better being glutened is still challenging. I hope all is better for you now.
  22. I purchased the brownie but haven’t eaten it yet. It came wrapped and certified gluten-free. I read above that some people might have gotten glutened. Maybe the brownie was touched by someone who touched the donuts and then by touching the wrapping, since there was gluten protein stuck on the wrapper it got on your hands.
  23. I think you could be right. Additionally, I have a theory that there are subsets of celiacs - some react worse to wheat, some to barley & perhaps some to rye. Those who react more strongly to wheat would be the largest group of course. When I drank beer, it felt like someone had taken a metal rake to the lining of my guts. I have noticed on here, that a number of people with dh have made remarks similar to yours & mine about their reactions to barley. Growing up, we weren't a bread on the table at meals family. The only time bread was on the table was if it was appropriate to the main course such as garlic bread when we had spaghetti. However, there were plenty of other sources of wheat - cookies, cakes, sandwiches & such.
  24. I use Gabriel’s lipsticks. I love them!
  25. I had the same reaction to that lotion. I use Hempz lotion now. It’s gluten-free and works amazing. Many different ones to choose from. Smells great too! My favorite is the Triple Moisture.
  26. I tried the new gluten-free Brownie and got glutened. Had symptoms for 4 days after eating. I know it was from the brownie because I’m home recovering from surgery. I have a gluten-free kitchen in my house and have only eaten the same foods as always. My sons work at Dunkins and brought me the new gluten-free brownie for a treat. I had swollen eyes and abdomen, fatigue and diarrhea for 4 days. I Sent an email to them telling them what happened. I also asked how they tested them. Have heard from them 3 times now to just apologize. Couldn’t tell me how they did testing or if they really did any. Stay far away from the brownies. They aren’t gluten-free like they say.
  27. Dan, I second the Magnesium. Magnesium Citrate will help constipation. It is also been shown to be important in ADHD patients. The one Vitamin/Mineral that really helped my ADHD (really) OCD symptom's was Zinc. Try some Zinc lozenges they will help her focus. Here is the link on appropriate supplementation for ADHD patients entitled "Iron, Magnesium, Vitamin D, and Zinc Deficiencies in Children Presenting with Symptoms of Attention-Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder" All these nutrients can be low when we get low in stomach acid. The doctor's are not checking this first then/when we get low in several vitamins at once and they all support each other. A good B-complex would be good too! See here how B-Vitamins can help Celiac's. see also this link that notes the appropriate supplementation for celiac's. quoting the same nutrients that can help ADHD patients Celiac's also get low in too! "Reduced levels of iron, folate, vitamin B12, vitamin D, zinc, and magnesium are common in untreated celiac disease (celiac disease) patients probably due to loss of brush border proteins and enzymes needed for the absorption of these nutrients." Supplementing with some of these nutrients (especially Zinc Lozenges (under the tongue)) helped many of my symptom's. The Zinc level in your body will self regulate itself taken as sublingual lozenges. They will become bitter/metalic after a week or two of sucking/eating Lozenges once or twice a day. Do this for yourself and see if you think they are bitter. . . that will tell you if you are low in Zinc yourself. I became low in these nutrients when I became low in stomach acid. I did not know to self test for stomach acid the way I do now. Someone who is extremely low in stomach acid will have a lot of trouble with CARBS and be bloated all the time especially if they are eating fried things. Fried and Fatty things delay stomach emptying causing CARBS to ferment. Here is a good thread about how to self test yourself and your daughter to see how strong you all's stomach acid is. Usually bloating and burping are axiomatic (at the opposite ends of the spectrum) think a see-saw on the playground (unless you have an ulcer) someone who is extremely bloated almost never burps. Not carbonated drinks in the first 20 minutes but two hours after a meal a sign our stomach acid is turning over your food and digesting CARBS properly. And someone who burps every day after each meal (again unless you have an ulcer) is almost never bloated. A sign a child/baby can now digest whole foods is you go from burping them to them being able to burp for themselves around 6 months of age. Logical if you stop and think about. There is a lot more I could say about this topic but this is enough to get you started in the right direction. Here is a good article on low stomach acid and how to test for it. ****this is not medical advice but I hope this is helpful. Do try the Zinc lozenges they really helped me and I do 2nd the Magnesium Glycinate or Magnesium Citrate it will help calm excited nerves and help sleep and tense muscles. I used to have charlie horses like crazy and magnesium citrate got rid of my cramps. And Vitamin D (which your doctor can test for) has also been shown to be low in ADHD patients. Sadly unless some has GI problems most doctor's don't routinely check for Vitamin D levels. Here is the link to the research entitled "The Relationship between Serum Vitamin D Level and Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder" Again I hope this is helpful but it is not medical advice just some of the things I did to help me. We often look for a silver bullet but sometimes' a shot gun approach (of several vitamin/minerals) is better. Because they all help (each) in their own way. . .and often one support(s) the other. And why it is good to take the B's as a Complex. Again I hope this is helpful but it is not medical advice. Good luck on your continued journey. “Consider what I say; and the Lord give thee understanding in all things” 2 Timothy 2:7 this included.  Posterboy by the grace of God,
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    Other companies have sought to promote the benefits of insect protein, including Chapul, which makes cricket protein bars and powders, and Exo, which makes dairy- and gluten-free cricket protein bars in flavors like cocoa nut and banana bread. These companies, along with others in the business tend to aim their products at Paleo dieters by promising more protein and no dairy.
    Seek’s chef-focused approach makes it unique. By pairing with noted chefs who already use bugs and bug protein in their cooking, Shapiro is looking to make the public more comfortable and confident in using bugs to cook and bake. So far, the response has been slow, but steady. Seek has already raised nearly $13,000 from 28 backers, well on its way toward its $25,000 goal. 
    Seek’s cricket flours and other products will initially only be available via Kickstarter. If that goes well, the products will be sold on Seek’s website. Early backers will get a discount and a chance for a signed copy of the book. Seek hopes to debut their products nationwide starting in the fall. 
    Could gluten-free cricket flour and the new cookbook be the next big gluten-free Christmas gift? Stay tuned for more on this and other gluten-free stories.