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Can Someone Tell Me The Bad Cosmetic/toiletry Items?

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Seems like it might be easier to just avoid the bad, instead of pouring through lists of what's okay. Anyone know?


Mom of twin girls Perry & Ella (11.5.05) and Luca (5.2.07)

Diagnosed with Celiac Disease 7.16.07

Gluten-free 7.17.07

Perry & Ella tested negative (blood test) 8/2007

Luca tested negative (blood test) 7/2009

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It does seem like it would be easier but the list of products to be avoided is long and often companies will have one or two products we can use and a bunch that we can't. Some companies are really good at labeling, some are not. At present cosmetics, toiletries and drugs do not fall under the allergin disclosure guidelines that food does so we can't really blame the companies.

I would start by calling the customer service number on products you already use and like, at least the ones that don't already say wheat germ oil, oats etc. You may find some of your favorites are okay. It may take a day or two for the company to get back to you, this is often a good sign and means they really are checking with their lab. I called Nivea recently and it took over a week for the rep to call back but it was worth it as not only the product I was checking on was safe much of the rest of their stuff is also. You can also enter your product name and the word gluten in a search engine, many times if the company has a gluten statement and/or list it will come up on the first page. It can be daunting at first, especially for us girls, if you have celiac related skin problems though it is worth it, you'll know how much the first time you look in the mirror and smile at the skin you see.

Courage does not always roar, sometimes courage is the quiet voice at the end of the day saying

"I will try again tommorrow" (Mary Anne Radmacher)

Diagnosed by Allergist with elimination diet and diagnosis confirmed by GI in 2002

Misdiagnoses for 15 years were IBS-D, ataxia, migraines, anxiety, depression, fibromyalgia, parathesias, arthritis, livedo reticularis, hairloss, premature menopause, osteoporosis, kidney damage, diverticulosis, prediabetes and ulcers, dermatitis herpeformis

All bold resoved or went into remission in time with proper diagnosis of Celiac November 2002

 Gene Test Aug 2007

HLA-DQB1 Molecular analysis, Allele 1 0303

HLA-DQB1 Molecular analysis, Allele 2 0303

Serologic equivalent: HLA-DQ 3,3 (Subtype 9,9)

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