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Face Mask For Plane?

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I have a BIG question and I need help quickly!!! I read that while healing the gut, the immune system goes through big changes and celiacs are more likely to get sick in airport or hospital clinics. The article recomended wearing a face mask while traveling by plane. I did a search tonight and can't find that site again.....has anyone else heard about this????? I am flying on sunday, and I don't want to wear one and look like a weirdo if I don't really need it!!!! PLEASE ADVISE!!!!!!!!

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I wouldn't wear one. If you wore it at the airport why not a crowded mall, at the movies, or any other crowded place? It is up to you though.

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I wouldn't wear one myself... Tips I know of are to drink lots of water while on the plane, no alcohol, bring your own food of course--I'd some protein and some fresh fruits (ie. orange, apple) and get a natural moisturizing nasal spray and use it before. One of the reasons airplanes could make some sick is b/c they are so drying---and when our mucous membranes dry up (like in winter), we are more suseptable to infections. So drink up (water) and shoot up (nasal moisturizer) :) And don't worry--that isn't good for the immune system either!

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I haven't ever heard/read from reputable sources that such extreme measures are necessary, so I would not bother with a mask. (I've flown a lot since changing my diet - particularly in the first six months after the change.) I would, however, encourage you to bring hand sanitizer and use it after washing your hands in the airplane restrooms upon returning to your seat. A study on the water in airplane found it rather contaminated. Also, bring your own bottled water, or make sure what they serve you is bottled.

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Thanks! I found where I had read that. It was The Gluten-Free Bible. The Author was talking about people like herself that have lowered immunity b/c she has TWO autoimmune diseases, Celiac, and sjogrens, so she wears one to be careful. Guess part of that stuck with me, and part of it didn't. Thanks for your help!!!

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Thanks! I found where I had read that. It was The Gluten-Free Bible. The Author was talking about people like herself that have lowered immunity b/c she has TWO autoimmune diseases, Celiac, and sjogrens, so she wears one to be careful. Guess part of that stuck with me, and part of it didn't. Thanks for your help!!!

Oh wow... of course--The Gluten-Free Bible. I am NOT a big fan of Jax Lowell's books for the numerous inaccuracies. And then she emphasizes masks on planes, but in her first book talked about just eating the insides of a sandwich made on regular bread. Read my rantings here, if you wish-- just in case you saw a few of the inaccurate product listings and wondered about them (i.e. lipitor, cheetos)

http://www.glutenfreeforum.com/index.php?s...indpost&p=39764

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Oh wow... of course--The Gluten-Free Bible. I am NOT a big fan of Jax Lowell's books for the numerous inaccuracies. And then she emphasizes masks on planes, but in her first book talked about just eating the insides of a sandwich made on regular bread. Read my rantings here, if you wish-- just in case you saw a few of the inaccurate product listings and wondered about them (i.e. lipitor, cheetos)

http://www.glutenfreeforum.com/index.php?s...indpost&p=39764

Thanks for that link! I had no idea that this book was so off! It is the only one that I have read and I will have to broden my book horizens now! I take more info from this board than I do from the book, but I didn't know that she was off on so many things. I DID notice in the book that she talks about not liking the chat boards, how funny, they don't like her either! LOL. Thanks celiac3270! You are great!

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There is some validity behind the idea of wearing a mask if you've got a compromised immune system, but it's in the case of a SERIOUSLY compromised immune system. Like people who've had their immune systems removed (for transplant or other procedures). When my mom had her immune system totally supressed for a transplant, they didn't even ask her to wear a mask in normal daily life. Maybe if she had gotten on a plane, but she wasn't supposed to get on a plane! I think the author is being a bit over the top with that one, but if it makes her feel more comfortable, then she needs to do what she needs to do. Meh.

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If you're looking for another general book on celiac, I would strongly recommend Danna Korn's book entitled "Wheat-Free, Worry-Free." I trust her writing far before that of Jax Peters Lowell.

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If you're looking for another general book on celiac, I would strongly recommend Danna Korn's book entitled "Wheat-Free, Worry-Free." I trust her writing far before that of Jax Peters Lowell.

Thanks. I just bought 4 new ones from amazon .com and that was one of them. I was under the impression that The Gluten-Free Bible was just that, the ultimate guide! I am glad that I posted my question, because I had no idea! I got a cold about three weeks into the gluten free diet, so I thought that there was something to it, but that could have just been because of the weather changing and normal stuff like that. I might have gotten sick anyway, without any changes. I am being more careful over all now, looking a labels has made me think more about everything having to do with my body (my shampoo, my make-up, my vitamins, everything!). Thanks for all of the help with this. I thought it was a little out there, but I didn't know if it was something that I just hadn't seen before.

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Tiffany- contaminated or recycled plane water--nasty! :)

I agree with the sentiments on Wheat Free Worry Free-my rec for a great resource on Celiac!

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