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Does Anyone Else Hate The Activia Commercials?

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Every time I see those commercials it irritates me! They keep having some woman on their who started having digestive problems right after her baby was born or another woman who has the same digestive problems as the other women in her family and then they claim that by eating Dannon yogurt all problems will be cured. I keep thinking those people should be tested for celiac disease! :lol: To make it worse Dannon yogurt isn't even gluten-free! :rolleyes:

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I have thought the exact same thing!


Patti

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When that stuff first came out I didn't know about the Celiac so I tried them even though I knew it wouldn't help. It's marketing but it angers me. Ya just like the weight loss pills (read the small print the big D is on the way). :angry:


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That one annoys me almost as much as the little wheat guy who says he will help your kid think better in school. Yea right.


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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I agree Raven, those little mini wheats would not help any child in school that's allergic to him.

I find the hardest to be the pizza delivery commercials...because not only do they look so good but it would be so convenient to just pick up the phone and have dinner in 20 minutes. I guess it's keeping me skinny!


10-06 Diagnosed Urinary Tract Infection (Allergic to Cipro, Bactrim, Macrobid, Doxycycline, Monocycline, Penicillin) - This UTI is still present with no symptoms.

10-06 Diagnosed "Acid Reflux" (Nexium didn't work)

12-06 Endoscopy diagnosed Gastritis (Negative Bioposy)

12-06 Negative bloodwork for Celiac Disease, Diagnosed "Gastroparesis" - Started Zelnorm

1-07 Diagnosed "IBS-C" - Still taking Zelnorm

3-07 HIDA scan to check gallbladder which was fully functional.

3-07 Zelnorm taken off market, started Domperidone

4-21-07 Emergency Appendectomy (FUUUNN!)

7-24-07 Enterolab results came back positive

Gluten Free since that night....

...Still not feeling great.

"Don't expect constant success, but strive for constant growth."

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Yep, I hate all those commercials, plus that one for that Rx for IBS or something. They list a bunch of syptoms for Celiac, then say it is IBS and to take this pill and you will be cured! I just feel like screaming "YOU HAVE CELIAC YOU IDIOT!!!!"


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Mom of 4 beautiful girls (the 2 youngest are only 10 months apart!)
Diagnosed with Celiac disease on November 8, 2006; gluten-free as of 12-1-06.

DD#2 13 years old; diagnosed on November 28, 2006. gluten-free as of 12-7-06.
DD#3 9 years old; diagnosed through blood work in October 2006. Gluten-free as of mid-November and doing GREAT!!
DD#4 8 years old; had a scope done on 6-22-07 (at 14 months old) and the dr saw stomach ulcers, but all test results were negative. GI dr told us to put her on the gluten free diet anyway. She is gluten free as of 6-22-07.

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That one annoys me almost as much as the little wheat guy who says he will help your kid think better in school. Yea right.

:lol: :lol:

me too


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Guest keegans_mommy

I am newly diagnosed but now that you have started this thread, I will be also annoyed, THANKS LOL

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Here's another log for the fire:

Drink 24 oz of milk in 24 hours and you'll lose weight! God, that annoys the heck out of me. I'm very biased against the dairy industry, I'll admit it, but if I drank all that milk it would kill me. Who needs to be skinny when she's dead?

I also think the talking shredded wheat is annoying.

All IBS commercials make me mad. If there were a pill for celiac, we'd have a commercial and our diagnosis rate would go up 500%. As it is, the industry is keeping celiacs miserably sick.

The main reason the Activia campaign makes me want to spit nails is because the "patented" bacterial strain is just a garden variety bacterium with a fancy Latin name. No reason to pay more for it. Or to eat it as a dairy product, for that matter. Ugh.


gluten-free May 17, 2007; casein-light since June 2007

Dx'ed gluten/casein intolerant by Enterolab. Family doc dx'ed "gluten sensitive" after dietary response. DQ 6 & DQ 7

8 year old daughter dx'ed gluten/casein intolerant & malabsorption by Enterolab and has been GFCL since June 12, 2007. Excellent response to diet, including growth! Tummyaches & irritability are gone! DQ 5 & DQ 6

Husband has DQ 5 (elementary, my dear Watson!). Self-diagnosed gluten-intolerant by diet response and challenge.

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Yeah, I'm glad it's not just me that hates those commercials.

The "eat dairy and lose weight" thing is annoying. I think they got sued about that one. The evidence isn't there or is based on some squirrelly study or other. For instance, the one about kids who have milk end up skinnier -- the study involved giving two groups of kids different beverages at breakfast -- one got milk, and the other got regular Coke.

(Just like the one study showing dairy yielding stronger bones -- since the study they financed just giving dairy showed that the excess animal protein actually led to bone loss [they don't talk about that one, and certainly haven't undertaken another study of this type], they commissioned another where dairy plus daily antacids were given to neutralize the acid created that would otherwise leach calcium out of the bones. They also don't address the epidemiological data showing that rates of osteoporosis are directly related to dairy consumption [you read that right -- directly related, not inversely related])

The "happy cows" ad also irks me. There have been complaints about it, since the cows making the products in question aren't in pastures, are pumped full of drugs to try to keep them healthy, etc. The industry response -- well, we aren't claiming the cows are actually happy. Everyone knows this is a jokey type ad. After all, the cows are talking and cows don't talk.

Oh, I could rant some more, but I guess that's enough for now :lol:


McDougall diet (low fat vegan) since 6/00

Gluten free since 1/6/07

Soy free and completely casein and egg free since 2/15/07

Yeast free, on and off, since 3/1/07 -- I can't notice any difference one way or the other

Enterolab results -- 2/15/07

Fecal Antigliladin IgA 140 (Normal Range <10 units)

Fecal Antitissue Transglutaminase IgA 50 (Normal Range <10 units)

Quantitative Microscopic Fecal Fat Score 517 (Normal Range <300 units)

Fecal anti-casein (cow's milk) IgA antibody 127 (Normal Range <10 units)

HLA-DQB1 Molecular analysis, Allele 1 0501

HLA-DQB1 Molecular analysis, Allele 2 06xx

Serologic equivalent: HLA-DQ 1,1 (subtype 5,6)

Fecal anti-ovalbumin (chicken egg) IgA antibody 11 (Normal range <10 units)

Fecal Anti-Saccharomyces cerevisiae (dietary yeast) IgA 11 (Normal range <10 units)

Fecal Anti-Soy IgA 119 (Normal Range < 10 units)

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Every time I see those commercials it irritates me! They keep having some woman on their who started having digestive problems right after her baby was born or another woman who has the same digestive problems as the other women in her family and then they claim that by eating Dannon yogurt all problems will be cured. I keep thinking those people should be tested for celiac disease! :lol: To make it worse Dannon yogurt isn't even gluten-free! :rolleyes:

Every time I see the Keopectate ad with the guy who has diarrhea I think, "Dude, you need to get tested for Celiac."

Kate


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Celiac symptoms since 1985 (gluten-free since 9/2/07)

Vitiligo since 1991

Environmental allergies since 1992

Polycystic Ovary Disease since 1993

HLA DQA 1*05 (DQ5)

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Yes, even if one's gastro symptoms aren't celiac, regular problems are a sign that something is off. People want some pill or other to mask the symptoms, rather than to figure out and address what might be causing the symptoms. Ever tried talking to someone about diet, or at least the possible advisability of restricting something they like to eat? It is as bad as discussing politics or religion.


McDougall diet (low fat vegan) since 6/00

Gluten free since 1/6/07

Soy free and completely casein and egg free since 2/15/07

Yeast free, on and off, since 3/1/07 -- I can't notice any difference one way or the other

Enterolab results -- 2/15/07

Fecal Antigliladin IgA 140 (Normal Range <10 units)

Fecal Antitissue Transglutaminase IgA 50 (Normal Range <10 units)

Quantitative Microscopic Fecal Fat Score 517 (Normal Range <300 units)

Fecal anti-casein (cow's milk) IgA antibody 127 (Normal Range <10 units)

HLA-DQB1 Molecular analysis, Allele 1 0501

HLA-DQB1 Molecular analysis, Allele 2 06xx

Serologic equivalent: HLA-DQ 1,1 (subtype 5,6)

Fecal anti-ovalbumin (chicken egg) IgA antibody 11 (Normal range <10 units)

Fecal Anti-Saccharomyces cerevisiae (dietary yeast) IgA 11 (Normal range <10 units)

Fecal Anti-Soy IgA 119 (Normal Range < 10 units)

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The Activia commercial bugs me, too! Actually any commercial that makes medical claims without evidence or the full story. There are so many things that can cause digestive issues so it's not like Activia's going to help them all, and most people don't do enough research to realize this or try other things.

I'm from Wisconsin and never saw the happy cows ad until I moved across the border to Minnesota :) It always amuses me a bit because I know I'd NEVER see that ad in Wisconsin.


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Peanut-Free since July 2006.

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I totally agree! I saw those and said to my mom, "I bet you they have Celiac!!!"

We get happy cow's come from Califorina commercials! I don't know other states have them! LOL!

Kassandra


Dairy/Casein Free- March 2007

Gluten Free- May 2007

Soy Free- August 2007

Sugar Free- January 2008

Starch Free- January 2008

Egg Free (again!)- February 2008

Sulfur Free- May 2008

Dx'd Lyme Disease and co-infections- December 2007

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The Activia commercial bugs me, too! Actually any commercial that makes medical claims without evidence or the full story. There are so many things that can cause digestive issues so it's not like Activia's going to help them all, and most people don't do enough research to realize this or try other things.

I'm from Wisconsin and never saw the happy cows ad until I moved across the border to Minnesota :) It always amuses me a bit because I know I'd NEVER see that ad in Wisconsin.

I'm surprised they even show it in Minnesota. I'm originally from Wisconsin, lived in Minnesota for a long time and now live in Boston. I figured it was an East Coast thing.

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Yeah, I'm glad it's not just me that hates those commercials.

The "eat dairy and lose weight" thing is annoying. I think they got sued about that one. The evidence isn't there or is based on some squirrelly study or other. For instance, the one about kids who have milk end up skinnier -- the study involved giving two groups of kids different beverages at breakfast -- one got milk, and the other got regular Coke.

(Just like the one study showing dairy yielding stronger bones -- since the study they financed just giving dairy showed that the excess animal protein actually led to bone loss [they don't talk about that one, and certainly haven't undertaken another study of this type], they commissioned another where dairy plus daily antacids were given to neutralize the acid created that would otherwise leach calcium out of the bones. They also don't address the epidemiological data showing that rates of osteoporosis are directly related to dairy consumption [you read that right -- directly related, not inversely related])

The "happy cows" ad also irks me. There have been complaints about it, since the cows making the products in question aren't in pastures, are pumped full of drugs to try to keep them healthy, etc. The industry response -- well, we aren't claiming the cows are actually happy. Everyone knows this is a jokey type ad. After all, the cows are talking and cows don't talk.

Oh, I could rant some more, but I guess that's enough for now :lol:

Not to mention they forget to mention the bovine leukemia your drinking in their milk. It irks me too!

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Yep, I hate all those commercials, plus that one for that Rx for IBS or something. They list a bunch of syptoms for Celiac, then say it is IBS and to take this pill and you will be cured! I just feel like screaming "YOU HAVE CELIAC YOU IDIOT!!!!"

I have been known to scream that. Good thing about that tendency is my kids don't complain about my channel surfing the jewelry channels during ads anymore. :) Bad thing- my neighbors think I'm a bit 'off' now. :D


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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The funniest commercial is the one advertising string cheese that makes you regular :lol:. It's some sort of nasty processed cheese...they basically say that eating this cheese is a cure all for women who experience digestive problems (apparantly it doesn't work for men LOL). :rolleyes:


"Let food be thy medicine, and let thy medicine be food." - Hippocrates

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I am newly diagnosed but now that you have started this thread, I will be also annoyed, THANKS LOL

Yay! :lol:

Every time I see the Keopectate ad with the guy who has diarrhea I think, "Dude, you need to get tested for Celiac."

Kate

Dude, he totally does!

Well then......how can we get a 30-second Celiac commercial made?? Mentioning the most relevant lovely qualities of undiagnosed Celiac AND that there is treatment for it AND that most doctors don't know about it blah blah blah....and Heidi Collins from CNN can be the commercial spokeswoman!

Who can fund this for us? Should we all donate $5 and have it matched by Dr. Green's department at Columbia U? :)


SUSIE

Diagnosed January 2006

"I like nonsense. It wakes up the brain cells." ~Dr. Seuss

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Yay! :lol:

Dude, he totally does!

Well then......how can we get a 30-second Celiac commercial made?? Mentioning the most relevant lovely qualities of undiagnosed Celiac AND that there is treatment for it AND that most doctors don't know about it blah blah blah....and Heidi Collins from CNN can be the commercial spokeswoman!

Who can fund this for us? Should we all donate $5 and have it matched by Dr. Green's department at Columbia U? :)

Sign me up! Let's make it a news-time commercial, too.


If you're going through hell, keep going. ~Winston Churchill

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Yeah, I'm glad it's not just me that hates those commercials.

The "eat dairy and lose weight" thing is annoying. I think they got sued about that one. The evidence isn't there or is based on some squirrelly study or other. For instance, the one about kids who have milk end up skinnier -- the study involved giving two groups of kids different beverages at breakfast -- one got milk, and the other got regular Coke.

(Just like the one study showing dairy yielding stronger bones -- since the study they financed just giving dairy showed that the excess animal protein actually led to bone loss [they don't talk about that one, and certainly haven't undertaken another study of this type], they commissioned another where dairy plus daily antacids were given to neutralize the acid created that would otherwise leach calcium out of the bones. They also don't address the epidemiological data showing that rates of osteoporosis are directly related to dairy consumption [you read that right -- directly related, not inversely related])

The "happy cows" ad also irks me. There have been complaints about it, since the cows making the products in question aren't in pastures, are pumped full of drugs to try to keep them healthy, etc. The industry response -- well, we aren't claiming the cows are actually happy. Everyone knows this is a jokey type ad. After all, the cows are talking and cows don't talk.

Oh, I could rant some more, but I guess that's enough for now :lol:

OOOOHHHH, I just LOVE it when other people have the same soap box issues as me! It is not very often that you find other people who believe that dairy is bad for you! No other species drinks the milk of a different species and humans are the only ones who continue to drink milk after infancy. I dislike all milk commercials!

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OOOOHHHH, I just LOVE it when other people have the same soap box issues as me! It is not very often that you find other people who believe that dairy is bad for you! No other species drinks the milk of a different species and humans are the only ones who continue to drink milk after infancy. I dislike all milk commercials!

Actually, there are a number of traditional societies that still consume dairy products and get quite a health benefit from them. The key is, they're not pasteurized. Anyone notice how prevalent asthma became a few years after they started pasteurizing milk? Anyone notice how healthy Amish people are? Check out the Weston A Price foundation website, lots of stuff you wouldn't ever have thought was true is on there. Including the fact that soy is BAD. You guys hate milk commercials, and I do too to some degree, because it's commercialized poisoning of something that could be good for you, but I hate the SOY commercials. LIARS!!!!!


If you're going through hell, keep going. ~Winston Churchill

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OOOOHHHH, I just LOVE it when other people have the same soap box issues as me! It is not very often that you find other people who believe that dairy is bad for you! No other species drinks the milk of a different species and humans are the only ones who continue to drink milk after infancy. I dislike all milk commercials!

lol...my best friend tells me this all the time! I have heard this since I met her iin 1971 when we were kids! But I still love her. And she might be right. ;) I agree; they are going to find that soy is a bad idea too.

I dislike the Kaopectate and Pepto Bismal commercials; they should point out that any diarrhea (or other change in bowel movements) could be serious and could include celiac disease, colon cancer, gall bladder disease, pancreatic insufficiency, IBS, stress, pancreatic cancer, digestive diseases, cystic fibrosis, etc. People fluff off diarrhea because they must feel it's dishonorable and embarassing to complain about it. It's a symptom of something major going on in your body. Yep just take this stuff and you'll be better. See a doctor in the meanwhile....


Husband has Celiac Disease and

Husband misdiagnosed for 27 yrs -

The misdiagnosis was: IBS or colitis

Mis-diagnosed from 1977 to 2003 by various gastros including one of the largest,

most prestigious medical groups in northern NJ which constantly advertises themselves as

being the "best." This GI told him it was "all in his head."

Serious Depressive state ensued

Finally Diagnosed with celiac disease in 2003

Other food sensitivities: almost all fruits, vegetables, spices, eggs, nuts, yeast, fried foods, roughage, soy.

Needs to gain back at least 25 lbs. of the 40 lbs pounds he lost - lost a great amout of body fat and muscle

Developed neuropathy in 2005

Now has lymphadema 2006It is my opinion that his subsequent disorders could have been avoided had he been diagnosed sooner by any of the dozen or so doctors he saw between 1977 to 2003

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I hate them all. I hate them so much that I don't own a television. I highly recommend going tv-free.

Matilda

I am beginning to consider this too....I also hate the vacuum.. :D


Husband has Celiac Disease and

Husband misdiagnosed for 27 yrs -

The misdiagnosis was: IBS or colitis

Mis-diagnosed from 1977 to 2003 by various gastros including one of the largest,

most prestigious medical groups in northern NJ which constantly advertises themselves as

being the "best." This GI told him it was "all in his head."

Serious Depressive state ensued

Finally Diagnosed with celiac disease in 2003

Other food sensitivities: almost all fruits, vegetables, spices, eggs, nuts, yeast, fried foods, roughage, soy.

Needs to gain back at least 25 lbs. of the 40 lbs pounds he lost - lost a great amout of body fat and muscle

Developed neuropathy in 2005

Now has lymphadema 2006It is my opinion that his subsequent disorders could have been avoided had he been diagnosed sooner by any of the dozen or so doctors he saw between 1977 to 2003

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