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I was diganosed with Celiac Disease about a year and a half ago. I have learned over the last year to be extremely careful with any and all foods. But recently my daughter bought me a gift set from Bath & Body Works "Cucumber & Melon" lotions ect. Beautiful and smelled even better. To make a long story short I began getting headaches that were getting worse each day. Then nausea, vomiting and severe head pain this went on all of October and through most of November. I had cat scan, MRI and xrays. I do have white matter on my brain which I believe is from the disease. I was so very careful and never even thought about the lotion I was using until one moring I noticed it says right on the label contains "wheat germ oil" I couldn't believe it. My headaches are gone. So please be aware. I could have saved myself so much pain and sickness. There are just soooo many things out there that we all need to be aware of.

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I am new to this and didn't think much about other stuff besides the food aspect so thank you for this information. I found it helpful and I'm sure others will too!

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Not all Bath & Body Works products contain wheat germ oil. I use their White Tea and Ginger, it has avacado oil and almond oil--it doesnt bother me at all. I also use their Sweet Pea. I had severe reactions to their Moonlight Path. Never use a product without reading the ingredients. Deb

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I had a similar experience with Aubrey Organics lotion. It had wheat germ oil and I gradually got sicker and sicker over the 2 weeks I used it. It was miserable and I lost lots of weight. :(

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Thanks for the "tips" on these Products here folks! I had wondered often about some of these things myself, so this was quite insightful! Thanks much!!! :)

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I have found that most of the lotions from Bath & Body Works contain oats, so I avoid them all. I do use their handsoap, body spray, and some body washes (gels only - every cream body wash that I have checked out has oats).

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I found out that when I weeded out all products with wheat germ oil my scalp stopped itching (the shampoo had it), and my eyes wouldn't burn any more (my hand soap had it, and I'd touch my eyes).

I am part of a German Celiac forum (I rarely go there now), and they drive me nuts. Somebody was saying they're so careful with their food, and is not getting better. When I suggested getting rid of skin and hair products with wheat germ oil, I just about got tarred and feathered! They seriously claim that there is NO gluten in wheat germ oil or wheat starch. And anybody who doesn't get better by following their codex alimentarius (20ppm gluten allowed in food, and they're very proud of that, since Finland allows 200ppm) must have something else, they aren't celiacs. It makes me so mad, that I just can't post there any more!

They were also complaining that the self-test for gluten intolerance costs 12 Euro (less than $20.00 US), and thought that people wanted to rip them off because the government health insurance wouldn't cover it! I checked, and that same test costs $99.00 in the US (more in Canada).

And so they complain about things we would consider a blessing, and lead people astray by claiming that the 20ppm is very reasonable, since it isn't possible to be 100% gluten free, anyway, and that wheat germ and wheat starch are fine, because they don't contain gluten.

So, to not start fights, and to not be treated like crap when I don't agree with them, I am staying away now for the most part.

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