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This is probably a dumb question, but I'm wondering something.

If I ingest one teeny tiny crumb, would I suffer the same excuriation pain as if I had ingested an entire plate of pasta?

I'm still new to this and I seem to get a little belly ache sometimes and wonder if I've been "a little bit" contaminated or if my belly ache is just due to something else? Is your reaction the same no matter how much you ingest?

Also, I don't seem to have any problems w/ make up or shampoos things like that, am I safe to keep using the one's I've been? I don't have any DH, I think that's what it's called. Do you think I'm still ok or should I switch that up too?

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It is not the amount of gluten that you consume, but rather the autoimune reaction that as little as one molecule can kick off in your small intestines. The gluten does not do the damage, it's the chain reaction set off by the gluten and your body turns against itself. Make sense?

Your personal care products are always a personal choice (except for lipsticks and such), but I would choose my make-up to be gluten free. It's just one thing less to worry about when you do get glutened.

BTW, no dumb questions around here!


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This is probably a dumb question, but I'm wondering something.

If I ingest one teeny tiny crumb, would I suffer the same excuriation pain as if I had ingested an entire plate of pasta?

I'm still new to this and I seem to get a little belly ache sometimes and wonder if I've been "a little bit" contaminated or if my belly ache is just due to something else? Is your reaction the same no matter how much you ingest?

Also, I don't seem to have any problems w/ make up or shampoos things like that, am I safe to keep using the one's I've been? I don't have any DH, I think that's what it's called. Do you think I'm still ok or should I switch that up too?

Hi shacon_bacon (by the way, cute nickname) :)

I would agree with MamaGoose, that it would not make a difference how much gluten you ingested, it's the chain reaction factor. :(

MamaGoose would be more familiar to such questions than I. However based on my own experience, of being gluttened twice, the 2nd time round, the reaction was far more severe and lasted 3 days. The 1st time, it lasted just a few hours, I ate Italian bread the first time, as an experiment. :) Call it temptation, and of course the "wondering" factor. The 2nd time, I accidently gluttened myself by eating rice crackers, that contained soy sauce, which had wheat starch in it. So again, it's not a case of amounts as there was surely far less gluten in the soy sauce, compared to bread.

Here are a couple of sites that may help you.

The first one explains why we need to change things like our hair products, body products to be gluten free.

http://www.venturaceliac.org/glutenfree-basics.htm

There are a few places that clearly list if it contains gluten, such as Dove. I use Physicians Formula, the mineral makeup, and it clearly lists all its ingredients on their website. Apparently Crest products are gluten free too.

This second website was a forum posting at another site, in regards to email sent to Maybelline. They gave this consumer a list of all the known "hidden glutens" that cosmetic companies use. I personally carry this list in my wallet, on an index card, so when I buy my body, personal care items, I know full well what to look for. :ph34r: You need to be your own detective, so to speak.

http://glutenfreeinsd.com/maybelline_cosmetics.html

Information to sites such as these were probably my most helpful avenues in helping me, become more aware of where the "gluten" was hidden.

I hope they offer you insight.

:)


44 yr old mom, SAHM (stay at home; aka a Retro Mama :D , 2 special needs kids dd 15yrs ds 4 yrs

Follows Compassion Rules "Treat others; they way you wish to be treated"

blood test negative: celiac However, doctor felt other factors in blood works warranted trying the gluten-free diet

April 7/08 Doctor confirms gluten intolerance/ remain gluten-free for 2 more months; and repeat tests

Gluten free since March 4/2008 (other than accidently, or unknown gluten used--- its a learning process, Gluten is everywhere!)

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