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Dear Andrea,

Your little boy is such a doll! He is so cute! I understand you would not want to subject him to more problematic things. He is probably sensitive to quite a bit, too. You do all you can to protect your children from harm. It is not fair they have to deal with so much at a young age!

Dear Carla and Rinne,

What you told me makes me feel a little better. Lyme has got to be the culprit. I know it does! My friend Jacqui has it too, I can bet! According to what you guys have taught me and what I have learned on my own doing research, she is a prime candidate, too! She has a white matter lesion in her brain that they could not determine the cause of. She has to use a walker at only 39 years old. Jacqui also suffers with memory problems, aphasia, migraines, body pain, stiffness, hoarseness, laryngitis, allergies, Celiac, and so much more Lyme-centric issues. I told her she should join this thread.

Dear Carla,

Salt is good for you. I love salty snacks! Can you get the Himalayan salt over the internet? Can you eat it on food instead of drinking the salt water? I doubt my dad would buy the salt, though. He would be like "We have salt!" "What is the difference?" I cannot even get groceries without him arguing with me about the food I buy! He is always like "What do you need that for?" :angry: It is so annoying! In the slight chance I do obtain the salt, what is the salt to water ratio if I need to take it that way only?

Dear Rinne,

Thank you for the compliments on my smile! My teeth are going to rot out if I do not do something! I need to go to a TMJ specialist. Otherwise, that dentist is going to have to deal with the fact I do not have any teeth to fill cavities in! I have migraines from my wisdom teeth, I believe. The sinus pill I took finally knocked it for now. It will probably return, though. My situation is complex.

What you said about soy was interesting. I think people get soy happy. According to something I read, you should not overdo it. The best thing is to stay under 35 - 45 mg of Isoflavones per day. There is such a thing as too much of a good thing. The carageenan is definitely not out of the question. I should get some soymilk with only the filtered water and and soy again. If I do a rotation diet, that can rule out the culprit.

The sauna story is so funny! I would have been crying and panicking probably. That is a situation I think I would freak out about. If no one was around especially, that would be a problem. I am pretty calm and collected with most situations, but my fear of enclosed spaces would make this one difficult.

Dear Rachel,

Soy seems to mess up a lot of people. I do not know if it is the carageenan or what. However, all I can do is eliminate things and see how it goes! That should clear some of that up. At least I know it is gluten and dairy free.

What you said about the grains is not too surprising. I am a fan of "The Zone". I felt pretty good when I was on it. I thought about doing it again. It naturally balances blood sugar. Mine is always low.

As far as cookware is concerned, I am glad I can afford to buy a few things with my money. I will be able to get the cookware set of 4 and 3 frying pans! Yay! Who would have thought craft supplies would have helped me buy cookware? It is coated non-stick cookware, but at least it is not aluminim. I am scared to death of aluminum poisoning since I heard it is linked to Alzheimer's.

Dear Karen,

I have had stomach issues all of my life! I was probably born with Celiac, but was not diagnosed until recently. I spit up every formula they put me on as an infant. Finally, they had to switch me to 2% milk. I suffered nausea and constant stomach aches as a child. Then, as I got into my teens, it continued to worsen, with bowel problems. I ended up with anemia, Thyroid disease, and gallbladder disease. Little did I know, Celiacs typically have these issues. I have a very violent reaction to gluten. I cannot handle even a microscopic speck of the stuff. I avoid it like the plague! Welcome to the forum! It is nice to have another gluten-free buddy!

Dear Donna,

I felt so bad for Cristina on Grey's. She was heartbroken. She finally gave her all to a guy she thought was special, and she was hurt. It was so sad! I am curious to see what happens next!

Sincerely,

Jin

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Carla- have fun in NY!!!!!!!!!!

Rachel- We like your geekiness and scientificness. I think I'm going to invest in some new cookware too. have to go to Macy's today anyway. Hmmm...a little red Le Creuset perhaps. I always but red stuff for my dedicated cookware (except fot the two pans I have that look like spotted cows :P ). Red means "Stop. Gluten-free!" So far it's worked. Just hope I can hold the Le Creuset. I have a VERY VERY bad case of the dropsies right now (and the walking into walls-ies and the forgetting words-ies :rolleyes:) LYME brain!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Jin- Must have teeth looked at- can't afford to lose that pretty smile!

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That's how you do the initial seasoning. Don't wash with soap!! It takes off the seasoning! Just rinse and dry with paper towels.

When I cook, I put the skillet on the burner and put some oil in it, real oil, not spray stuff. I let the skillet heat up so it expands and absorbs the oil, but not too hot so you don't burn the oil. Then I cook whatever I'm cooking. When I'm finished, I leave the pan on the stove, but turn off the stove ... I scrape the pan while it's still hot. There's usually oil still in it, so it also absorbs the oil while it cools. When it's cool, I just rinse and dry out with a paper towel.

If I make something that needs scrubbing, then I rub some oil onto it after I dry it, but it doesn't need that if I didn't scrub it.

The more you use it, the better it gets. If it gets stuck on food, you're actually supposed to use coarse ground salt for scrubbing. But using soap, undoes it all. I don't even use soap if I scrub it.

I don't believe any of this would cause a mold issue ... I don't see how it would.

Thank you! I was thinking that tiny bits of food might get missed and cause mold, I'll try it your way for a while. :P

We're leaving for NY in the morning, so I won't be around much for a couple days.

Oooh, hope you have a great time!

I'm getting me some Le Creuset!!

Whoever thought this McDonalds loving girl would eventually be spending time in the kitchen...cooking??? ....and now this....fancy cookware with a name I cant even pronounce!!

What the heck??? Could life possibly get any stranger??

I trip out reading my own posts sometimes....the scientificness of it all....WTH??....I really wasnt so nerdily before.

:lol: You and me both...haven't got the fancy cookware yet, but I just asked how to season a pan! :lol:

I always enjoy reading your posts (along with everyone else's) and appreciate the time everyone takes posting.

Ditto!

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I have a VERY VERY bad case of the dropsies right now (and the walking into walls-ies and the forgetting words-ies :rolleyes:) LYME brain!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

I'm not laughing at you, just your word choice. I'm laughing with you. :lol::lol:

Hope you have a good day and give that growing, black, wriggly, furry monster a hug for me.

Well, I did fine on the 1/16 tsp dose so I'll stay at that for a few days and increase back to the 1/8 tsp around midweek. Not that I look forward to drinking this stuff everyday. I'm only taking it once day too. Are we supposed to take it twice a day?

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Dear Bev,

Thank you for the compliments on my smile! I am going to make a ton of appointments this week. I need to address the Lyme issue with the dentists and let them know my concerns. There are things I need to get done, but some of it must be done with great caution. I love your new pic! You are so beautiful in it!

Dear Andrea,

Good luck with the chlorella! That stuff can do a number on you if you are not careful! You just have to be vigilant. Know your limit! I think you will do alright as long as you increase the amount gradually.

Dear Carla,

Have a wonderful trip to NY! I would love to go visit. My dream vacation is shopping at Macy's, Saks 5th Avenue, and going to the Soho district. Now that is fun! Of course, I would like to be in great shape first. Then I could actually enjoy shopping if I was in better shape!

Sincerely,

Jin

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Well, I did fine on the 1/16 tsp dose so I'll stay at that for a few days and increase back to the 1/8 tsp around midweek. Not that I look forward to drinking this stuff everyday. I'm only taking it once day too. Are we supposed to take it twice a day?

Anna was having me take 1 tsp twice a day. I'm going to try taking it again, but taking much less each time and see if I can handle it.

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can leaky guy trigger ibs or ibd? I don't want to eat no more It hurts to much to eat even drink water. what should I do deal with the pain?. I don't know if it was the charcoal or the enyma or milk of magnesia, yes I took these yesterday but bubble guts from the dark and I felt like dying. Maybe I should lay off the charcoal for awhile you think? Maybe it was the rancid almond butter.; Is rancid mold?

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can leaky guy trigger ibs or ibd? I don't want to eat no more It hurts to much to eat even drink water. what should I do deal with the pain?. I don't know if it was the charcoal or the enyma or milk of magnesia, yes I took these yesterday but bubble guts from the dark and I felt like dying. Maybe I should lay off the charcoal for awhile you think? Maybe it was the rancid almond butter.; Is rancid mold?

Dear Lisa,

Mold is naturally present in a lot of things, including nuts. It may be the fat. Many Celiacs do not tolerate fats either until their gut heals. Leaky-Gut can trigger all kinds of problems. IBS and IBD are only a couple of things it can cause. Charcoal may be irritating it. Rancid almond butter, however, could cause irritation as well. If you suspect something, eliminate it and see how you feel. Then, add it back in after a week. That should give you your answer.

Dear Rachel,

Nice new avatar! Is this a current pic? Or is it older? Mine is just from last month. I do plan on updating my avatar again after I get some make-up and can hide my zits! :lol:

Sincerely,

Jin

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My friend Jacqui has it too, I can bet! According to what you guys have taught me and what I have learned on my own doing research, she is a prime candidate, too! She has a white matter lesion in her brain that they could not determine the cause of. She has to use a walker at only 39 years old. Jacqui also suffers with memory problems, aphasia, migraines, body pain, stiffness, hoarseness, laryngitis, allergies, Celiac, and so much more Lyme-centric issues. I told her she should join this thread.

Jin...I think this member contacted me awhile back (maybe about candida) and I did think she could have Lyme or mercury problems. If I remember correctly her kids may have been sick too?? Anyways...I answered her questions and suggested Lyme testing and also looking into candida/mercury.

I never heard back from her....which is usually the case when people contact me and I respond with this info. :P

Yeah...I dont think people wanna hear about Lyme. :ph34r:

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Good morning loves! I feel like arse but the bariium is finally exiting (my poops look like casper the friendly ghost's- sorry, I know, TMI) :ph34r:

I have been looking for Himalayan salt but can't find it anywhere.

I'm supposed to have an upper GI, and after reading about your experience, I'm kinda nervous! I was out yesterday and forgot to look for the Himalayan salt :angry: I forget anything I don't write down. Bev--did you have the UREA breath test? I'm having it June 7th.

Dear Patti,

I love your new avatar!

Thanks! :)

Carageenan is a hidden source of msg and soymilk causes a lot of people a lot of problems.

Can carageenan cause weight gain? :unsure:

I just read more on Mercola's site and he recommends taking it with meals, so right before should be good. :D

Andrea, I'd think it would be much easier on your stomach taken with food.

I didnt get home till 4 and I realized I'd been up 24 hours and not feeling totally whacked out!!

Wow--that's progress! :D

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can leaky guy trigger ibs or ibd? I don't want to eat no more It hurts to much to eat even drink water. what should I do deal with the pain?. I don't know if it was the charcoal or the enyma or milk of magnesia, yes I took these yesterday but bubble guts from the dark and I felt like dying. Maybe I should lay off the charcoal for awhile you think? Maybe it was the rancid almond butter.; Is rancid mold?

Are you sure the milk of magnesia isnt causing you problems?? I would reccomend not taking anything at all for maybe 5 days or so...then add only one thing in...and dont add anything else for 3 days. If there are no problems add something else and wait again for 3 days before anything else.

You wont know whats bothering you if there are alot of variables....theres no way to figure out whats causing the pain.

Yes...rancid nut butters are moldy. Stay away from anything moldy...this could be causing your pain since you have a high sensitivity to molds....and it could be causing your "bubbly guts".

Nuts and seeds are generally good for you...but NOT when you're sensitive to molds. I cant eat any nuts, seeds, or butters made from them. They are all too moldy for me...and yes...they do make me sick. :(

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But maybe the most important moment came during acupuncture, the sessions were close to an hour of just lying still with the various needles in, it was a time I came to welcome, the pain was minimal in that position and I could just relax into my body and listen to it.

I think if our bodies want salt we should give it to them, there are people on the Lyme board who started out with high blood pressure, went on the salt/c treatment and had their blood pressure normalize.

I had that same experience with accupuncture. After the needles were in, he would lower the lights, put on soft music, and leave me alone for quite a while. I would feel at times peaceful, sleepy and emotional. The rest of the day, I would be very tired but calm.

Interesting about the salt/c normalizing blood pressure. I'd love to not have to take meds for it.

Hi, I was wondering where you were too, glad to know you are reading along. :)

:)

Anyways....small pieces were clumped together and it actually looked more like crunchy granola....

Boy that sounds good! I used to love granola mixed into vanilla yogurt. In my former life :P

I love your new photo too Patti. I'm thinking she's the one with the darker hair.

And you would be right :lol:

I REALLY think that the mold in our old apartment was what killed me.

I do too. ;)

I dunno...sometimes I just burst out with stuff. :rolleyes:

And it's always interesting--although I sometimes have to read it through twice!

can leaky guy trigger ibs or ibd? I don't want to eat no more It hurts to much to eat even drink water. what should I do deal with the pain?. I don't know if it was the charcoal or the enyma or milk of magnesia, yes I took these yesterday but bubble guts from the dark and I felt like dying. Maybe I should lay off the charcoal for awhile you think? Maybe it was the rancid almond butter.; Is rancid mold?

Hi,

Leaky gut can trigger IBS when you eat a food that you're intolerant to. I have many food intolerances in addition to Celiac.

I would suggest stopping your suppliments for a while and focusing on whole, naturally gluten free foods. Things like chicken, rice, gluten free chicken broth (Pacific Brand is good), well-cooked veggies, potatoes, bananas, avocados and spring water.

Almond butter must be kept refregerated or it will become rancid. Right now, you may want to lay off nuts until your digestion improves.

With a leaky gut, you should avoid things like corn, soy and dairy until you feel well enough to test them and see if they are a problem.

In my opinion, you need to begin to heal your intestine so you can start to absorb the much-needed nutrients.

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Hi Cheryl and Rachel! :D

Guess what happened? I responded to so many posts at once that my post was rejected! I had to divide my post in two <_<

But I didn't exceed the emoticon limit! :lol:

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Can carageenan cause weight gain? :unsure:

Dunno Patti?? :unsure:

I know alot of people react to it....including me. I've read enough bad stuff about it to make me believe its not too good for us. I believe MSG can cause weight gain and I dont think carrageenan is much different.

Carrageenan is a commonly used food additive that is

extracted from red seaweed by using powerful alkali

solvents. These solvents would remove the tissues

and skin from your hands as readily as would any acid.

Carrageenan is a thickening agent. It's the vegetarian

equivalent of casein, the same protein that is isolated

from milk and used to thicken foods. Casein is also

used to produce paints, and is the glue used to hold

a label to a bottle of beer. Carrageenan is the magic

ingredient used to de-ice frozen airplanes sitting on

tarmacs during winter storms.

IS CARRAGEENAN REALLY NATURAL?

Carrageenan is about as wholesome as monosodium glutamate

(MSG), which is extracted from rice, and can equally be

considered natural. Aspartame (NutraPoison) is also natural,

as it is extracted from decayed plant matter that has been

underground for millions of years (oil). So too are many

other substances such as carrageenan that can also be

classified by FDA and USDA as wholesome and natural

food additives.

Carrageenan is a gel. It coats the insides of a stomach,

like gooey honey or massage oil. Digestive problems often

ensue. Quite often, soy eaters or soymilk drinkers react

negatively to carrageenen, and blame their discomforting

stomachaches on the soy.

High weight molecular carrageenans are considered to be safe,

and were given GRAS status (safe for human consumption) by

the FDA. Low weight carrageenans are considered to be

dangerous. Even SILK admits this

Do a little experiment. Drink a quart of SILK.

Pay careful attention to your carrageenen-induced

tummy ache and intestinal discomfort. Many consumers

unfairly blame that on soy. Now you know the truth.

Drink a quart of VitaSoy, 8th Continent, Soy Dream,

or Eden Soy, and you will not get the garrageenan-blues.

Carrageenan causes MSG-reactions in great numbers of MSG-sensitive people. There are various forms of carrageenan. We don't know whether carrageenan contains MSG or creates MSG during processing.

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Hi Cheryl and Rachel! :D

Hi Patti. :)

Todays my Mom's birthday...she celebrated last night and I think is just hanging out with the hubby today. :)

Guess what happened? I responded to so many posts at once that my post was rejected! I had to divide my post in two <_<

Patti...this happens to me ALOT but usually I have too many quote blocks and too many emoticons. <sigh> :rolleyes:

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Thanks Rachel--Probably another gooey protein that my body can do without!

I've incorporated almond milk and have gained over 5 pounds in the last 6 weeks. I lost some weight after my surgery last winter and was holding steady at a pretty good weight for me and then this! :(

I wonder if it stimulates my appetite. I think MSG does that....

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Dear Rachel,

Nice new avatar! Is this a current pic? Or is it older?

Thanks Jin. :)

This pic was taken on my 30th birthday....I was at Benihanas (sp?) having dinner with my friends and family. Later on some of us went out dancing....I have a bunch of pictures of me getting all crazy outside the club. :lol:

I got a new personal pic too...I'm wearing a dress even! :o

Yeah...its one of those rare "dress-up" occassions. This one was at a Safeway banquet.....I always dress up for those. :)

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I wonder if it stimulates my appetite. I think MSG does that....

Have you been feeling more hungry?? MSG is known to mess with the part of the brain which tells you when you're full and when to stop eating. So yeah...it wouldnt be far-fetched.

Your picture is cute by the way.....you and Donna with those adorable white dresses, socks and shoes. :lol:

My moms little girl pics look like that too.....it must have been the style. :P

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Can carageenan cause weight gain? :unsure:

I would assume so with the hidden msg status. I have read that msg causes weight gain.

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Oh...and in my personal pic...it might *look* like I'm sort of "hanging out" a little...but I can assure you its not the case. ;) Its just my tan line. :P

Thats what I dont like about this picture. :ph34r:

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Have you been feeling more hungry?? MSG is known to mess with the part of the brain which tells you when you're full and when to stop eating. So yeah...it wouldnt be far-fetched.

I would assume so with the hidden msg status. I have read that msg causes weight gain.

Well, that's it then...the reason my jeans are feeling a little bit tight <_<

I have been more hungry-- I gotta get a grip :unsure:

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.....you and Donna with those adorable white dresses, socks and shoes. :lol:

My moms little girl pics look like that too.....it must have been the style. :P

Yep--that's what we wore back in the dark ages :lol:

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I wonder if it stimulates my appetite. I think MSG does that....

I think so too.

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