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Can Gluten Be Absorbed Through The Skin?

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I was still having DH and gastric issues after going gluten free and finally was told that it could be because of the shampoo, laundry detergent, soap etc. that I was using.

I threw out all of my old stuff (actually gave it to my daughter) and started with only gluten free products. My issues went away and I have not had any problems since unless I accidentally use the wrong soap at my daughter's house etc.

I have been told by a couple of GP's that it is no different from a nicotine patch or whatever, things are absorbed through the skin and into your body.

I was recently told that the Mayo clinic disagrees with these doctors. They say it isn't possible.

What do you think?

Have you had a similar experience?

Do you know of any clinical studies that show gluten can, in fact be absorbed through the skin?

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I was still having DH and gastric issues after going gluten free and finally was told that it could be because of the shampoo, laundry detergent, soap etc. that I was using.

I threw out all of my old stuff (actually gave it to my daughter) and started with only gluten free products. My issues went away and I have not had any problems since unless I accidentally use the wrong soap at my daughter's house etc.

I have been told by a couple of GP's that it is no different from a nicotine patch or whatever, things are absorbed through the skin and into your body.

I was recently told that the Mayo clinic disagrees with these doctors. They say it isn't possible.

What do you think?

Have you had a similar experience?

Do you know of any clinical studies that show gluten can, in fact be absorbed through the skin?

Hi and welcome to the board!

The official word (and I tend to agree) is that the gluten molecule is too large to be absorbed by the skin. The medicines that are designed to be absorbed are made in such a way to be able to penetrate the skin and get into the bloodstream.

My experience, though, has been the same as yours--when I stopped using topical products that contained gluten, my lingering symptoms resolved. I'm very sensitive to traces of gluten, and can not tolerate getting even a bit of it in my mouth (which is where it has to get to cause a reaction). Think about it--shampoo/conditioner can run down your face while showering, hand lotion can easily get transferred to your food or mouth, same with soap and hair products that you apply with your hands, etc.

What is evident is that people's levels of sensitivity vary--there are those who can use gluten in their personal care products and be just fine and then there are those of us who have to scan those labels as carefully as we do with with foods.

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Hi Aunt Jayne! (I have one of those. She's my favorite aunt) ;)

I have decided that anything is possible when dealing with the demon GLUTEN. :D Furthermore, there do not seem to be any cast-in-stone, absolute guidelines for dealing with gluten, topical or ingested. I have researched this thing to death for a year and asked a hundred questions on here and everyone has been incredibly generous with sharing their experiences. There is no better resource than the people who deal with it every day! I have learned more HERE--from real people who have to figure out this bugger--than any advice offered by medical people. (which was this:" don't eat gluten) :blink:

I agree with Patti--everyone's system is different and many people are more sensitive than others. I reacted to inhaling a bit of hair spray that had hydrolyzed wheat protein in it, so I believe anything.

As for the Mayo Clinic? Their website asserts that the only definitive way to diagnose celiac disease/gluten intolerance is by positive blood work and/or positive biopsy and there are hundreds of people on here--whose test results were not conclusive or falsely negative--ready to tell you that statement just isn't true. (me too) ;)

So how do you decide what's "true" about gluten and how it affects you...topically or by ingestion?

You feel better. That's what's true. If you feel better without gluten on your skin or scalp....stick with it!

Here's what I do know: since I STOPPED using any topical products with gluten (and I am now living in a 100% gluten-free house and following a 100% gluten-free diet), I am feeling a LOT better than a few weeks ago when I was still using products with hidden gluten in them. My scalp stopped peeling and breaking out in sores (almost gone), my throat stopped closing up and my brain sure seems a lot clearer! I still have a long road to healing, but I think avoiding topicals with gluten is necessary for me.

Maybe I am just that sensitive. I think only you can decide what works best for you! And it seems as if you have. Glad you are feeling better!!

In any case, you have come to the right place for help. I would still be floundering in the dark, feeling very alone, had I not found this website.

Take care!!

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Anything that gets onto your hands or contacts a mucous membrane can cause the antibodies to form and a reaction to occur. Some are more sensitive to small amounts than others. Some use gluten containing topicals and don't have a reaction. I am not one of them.

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I was still having DH and gastric issues after going gluten free and finally was told that it could be because of the shampoo, laundry detergent, soap etc. that I was using.

I threw out all of my old stuff (actually gave it to my daughter) and started with only gluten free products. My issues went away and I have not had any problems since unless I accidentally use the wrong soap at my daughter's house etc.

I have been told by a couple of GP's that it is no different from a nicotine patch or whatever, things are absorbed through the skin and into your body.

I was recently told that the Mayo clinic disagrees with these doctors. They say it isn't possible.

What do you think?

Have you had a similar experience?

Do you know of any clinical studies that show gluten can, in fact be absorbed through the skin?

No, gluten cannot be absorbed through the skin. As a previous poster stated, the molecule is too large to pass through your skin. Using gluten-free topical products is a choice issue and if you feel you cannot use them without ingesting any (as in swallowing or through your nose and eyes, I would recommend going entirely gluten-free on these products.

I am super sensitive and react to very small amounts of gluten but have not gone gluten-free on topical products. I have developed a system and after 6 years doing this, have not ingested any. I would never have recovered like I have if I was. I also have negative bloodwork so know I am not ingesting any. It becomes second nature after awhile and I am comfortable with it. Only you can decide if this is the route you want to go. The only thing I would recommend being gluten-free is lip related products, of course, and hand cream. Hands can get into the mouth so you want to be careful with that.

Believe it or not, even those with DH can supposedly come into contact with non-gluten-free topicals and not have a reaction as it's caused by ingestion of products and the internal reaction causes the outbreak. Maybe you also have a topical wheat allergy to boot and that's causing the problem. If you still are having symptoms, you may want to go the entire route gluten-free.

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Most products that are absorbed through your skin are engineered with a carrier so that you can absorb them. You cannot just rub a medication on your skin and, voila, it's absorbed. In fact, you'll notice that there are numerous medications that you CANNOT take topically. That's because there's no practical way to get them through your skin barrier.

I think it's a good idea to avoid topical gluten in general because there are so many ways it can get into your mouth, but I don't believe it's absorbed through the skin.

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I have been glutened enough times by soaps and hand sanitizers that I know it is possible. The reaction starts within a minute and my hands go no where near my mouth. They also start tingling and feeling funny so I usually know something is up within the first ten seconds or so.

From what I understand Gliadin is the only peptide that has been studied and apparently deemed unable to pass the skin barrier. That is great but understand that there are 70 other proteins that may cause an issue and be able to get through the skin, especially if you have leaky skin barriers (not too different from leaky gut).

My Doctor also sees non DH skin reactions in his patients from time to time. So it happens for sure, we just don't understand the why of it.

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I get glutened by even the smallest exposure. Smelling gluten in the air sends me into horrible fits of fibromyalgia. If you are still having problems, I would say get it as far away from you as possible - certainly NOT on your body.

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If my daughter comes into contact with what I call "wet gluten" (shampoos mostly), she breaks out in a rash where the exposure happened. She's been tested for allergies and it's clean. No allergies. I understand that it's not medically possible, but if her shampoo has gluten in it, her scalp and back of her neck (part of her back also) breaks out in a blistery rash. We use gluten-free personal care products because of that. If she needs to handle gluten at all, she wears disposable gloves.

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If my daughter comes into contact with what I call "wet gluten" (shampoos mostly), she breaks out in a rash where the exposure happened. She's been tested for allergies and it's clean. No allergies. I understand that it's not medically possible, but if her shampoo has gluten in it, her scalp and back of her neck (part of her back also) breaks out in a blistery rash. We use gluten-free personal care products because of that. If she needs to handle gluten at all, she wears disposable gloves.

All I can tell you is that the VAST majority of people with celiac have no reaction whatsoever handling gluten. I'm not doubting what you'e saying, but reacting to merely touching (or breathing) gluten is most definitely not common.

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I thought this section is for super sensitive celiacs. Among this sub group of celiacs, my observation is that reaction to handling gluten is very common. I don't know if it goes through the skin or is accidentally ingested somehow, but it has happened to me and to my son. We are both super sensitive celiacs.

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Richard,

I understand your viewpoint. I agree that medically it's not supposed to happen. But, it does. Could it be something else? Absolutely. But we only see it with products containing gluten that are also wet. I have other kids with medical conditions so tracking this down to definitively say it's gluten is not high on my priority list (nor would I know what else to do to check). We avoid it and she can make her own decision about whether to continue when she's older. It's not been a huge issue - shampoo, conditioner, lotion. Her school doesn't do a lot of art stuff where I would worry about art supplies. On the very rare occasion it happens, she wears gloves or the teacher helps her.

I have heard others here say that they react from just touching gluten, but they seem to indicate that it's an internal reaction. My daughter reacts to ingested gluten (with the typical diarrhea, stomach cramps, etc) but no rash. She doesn't have DH. We thought originally that she had an allergy to wheat and consulted an allergist. But she has no allergies. This seems to be a skin reaction. I have no food allergies and love seafood, but if I touch it raw, I break out in a blistery rash. I realize that is a horrible comparison because raw shellfish is known to cause reactions like that, but it's the best comparison I can think of.

All the best...

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Richard,

I understand your viewpoint. I agree that medically it's not supposed to happen. But, it does. Could it be something else? Absolutely. But we only see it with products containing gluten that are also wet. I have other kids with medical conditions so tracking this down to definitively say it's gluten is not high on my priority list (nor would I know what else to do to check). We avoid it and she can make her own decision about whether to continue when she's older. It's not been a huge issue - shampoo, conditioner, lotion. Her school doesn't do a lot of art stuff where I would worry about art supplies. On the very rare occasion it happens, she wears gloves or the teacher helps her.

I have heard others here say that they react from just touching gluten, but they seem to indicate that it's an internal reaction. My daughter reacts to ingested gluten (with the typical diarrhea, stomach cramps, etc) but no rash. She doesn't have DH. We thought originally that she had an allergy to wheat and consulted an allergist. But she has no allergies. This seems to be a skin reaction. I have no food allergies and love seafood, but if I touch it raw, I break out in a blistery rash. I realize that is a horrible comparison because raw shellfish is known to cause reactions like that, but it's the best comparison I can think of.

All the best...

This is a very interesting post. I am super sensitive to gluten and never thought about anything topical being a problem. I wouldn't rule anything out. To say something is impossible is not being very open minded. If everyone stays open and curious, we just might figure out what is causing the problems we are having. We don't need to debate, just share what we have experienced.

I don't know the rules for this forum, but if it is ok, it would be a much more academic conversation to know exactly what products each person is talking about. There are data bases online to see exactly what the ingredients are in each product, perhaps find the common ones, and see if that is the culprit; or, if it is the gluten, or both.

I am very interested because I keep getting rashes on my legs. It seems to be triggered by wool socks or wool boots and exposure to chemicals in the air. But, it could be gluten, too, so I want to look into it. Is there a list of gluten free products? If anything has ANY fragrance in it my skin breaks out. Many of the chemicals make me break out. Also, I end up sneezing or coughing or not being able to breathe with some chemicals, especially the ones that have fumes.

I have found a line of products that I tolerate really well that are toxin free and made from herbs. I don't do well with most of the organic lines even though they are suppose to be healthy. Once I got some Dr. Hauschka sp? face lotion and stupidly put it all over my face without testing a small spot. I got little red bumps that looked like measles. I have had it happen too many times. I am curious if somehow gluten is involved. (I returned it and got a refund.)

I suspect anything with gluten in it also has wheat.. is that correct? Or do they extract it for an additive? If there is wheat in it, then there most likely are pesticide and herbicide residues which I know make me break out. I have had to stop using Cascade because of the same chemical problem. I hope to figure this out.

Thanks to all of you for sharing.

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    It began subtly and mildly in 1989, my 43rd year. I had just finished a long and exhausting malpractice suit on behalf of my daughter, an attractive, genetically-normal child who had contracted quadriplegic cerebral palsy in a completely avoidable incident of post-natal asphyxia which had radically changed the nature of life for my spouse and I. By the time 1989 rolled around, I was thoroughly exhausted and carrying a toxic load of anger directed at an incompetent member of the medical profession who had never learned the importance of state-of-the-art skills in a profession that literally has the power of life, death, and disability.
    From late 1989 on through 1990, I experienced strange episodes of profound sadness, usually of one to two hours duration, that became increasingly disruptive to my ability to handle a job and child-care duties. Initially, these episodes seemed to come from nowhere. Later on, I found that playing certain pieces of music of which I was fond, would send me into such intense sobbing that I would be forced to pull over if this occurred while driving.
    By the time 1991 rolled around, something was to be added to these periodic bouts of intense sadness. Early in that year, my daughter became very ill, keeping both my spouse and I awake at night for weeks on end. By the time the problem was diagnosed to be a dental infection and dental surgery was done, I had begun to have a sensation of “hollowness”, as though I really weren’t part of this world, most of the time. In late summer of that year, a series of events in which my subconscious had informed me that a friend had a serious illness, sent me into a final “dive”: I simply stopped sleeping more than about two hours per night. When I first stopped sleeping, I soon noticed that even low-level use of alcoholic beverages would further interrupt sleep and throw me into a state in which I couldn’t think of anything but how terrible I felt. This state of pronounced alcohol intolerance would continue for 14 years.
    The final blow came in November 1991, when I went into a completely disabling panic/anxiety attack that sent me to bed, cowering. I had no alternative but to seek treatment from the psychiatric profession. Unfortunately, the first two psychiatrists prescribed drugs which either had no effects, or had effects that seemed worse than the problem they were supposed to solve. The third psychiatrist, whom I stuck with for about six months, came up with a treatment plan that was partially effective (but certainly not restorative). I stayed with this psychiatrist until it became clear that his treatment was equivalent to Jefferson Airplane singing “one pill makes you larger, and one pill makes you small”. I was being jacked up every morning by a toxic, activating SSRI anti-depressant so I could semi-function, and then dropped by benzodiazepenes every night into a non-restorative twilight sleep state.
    In retrospect, the most amazing thing about these first three psychiatrists was that not one of them ordered any tests of my endocrine function. Treatment consisted solely of a series of benzodiazepenes, anti-depressants, mood stabilizers, and anti-psychotics, administered in a trial-and-error fashion that yanked my psyche and body chemistry around like a manic pit bull on a two-foot leash.
    Throughout the latter part of 1992, I transitioned to care with my primary-care physician, mostly because I trusted him more than any of the psychiatrists I had seen up to that time. He was able to stabilize me with one of the old tri-cyclic anti-depressants, doxepin, along with low doses of valium. Although doxepin packs a big morning hangover for many who use it, and has very strong anti-cholinergic effects, its ability to put me out at night helped me function satisfactorily for much of the 1990s, even at doses as low as 10mg, once daily in the evening.
    In 1993 I consulted a highly-recommended psychiatrist, who was the first psychiatrist who actually looked at my thyroid function. When my TSH was measured at 3.5, without also checking my FT3 and FT4, that doctor concluded that thyroid was not my problem. Of course, standards of thyroid diagnosis and treatment have changed radically in the 12 years since. Under the new AACE guidelines, a TSH of 3.5 would now be suspect, because studies of patients with TSH over 3.0 have shown that most progress to hypothyroidism (i.e., TSH greater than 5.5). The new AACE guidelines would mean that further testing and evaluation should be done.
    Until the fall of 1997, I continued treatment with doxepin and intermittent valium, adding the practice of meditation to help calm myself. At that time, I came back to my primary-care physician with the symptom of profound exhaustion on top of the symptoms of insomnia, anxiety, and depression I had suffered for years. Fortunately, my GP was suspicious of thyroid function, and found that my TSH was floating above 8. Since this was well above the old/traditional limit of 5.5, he was ready to start treatment, with (as would be expected of most GPs) T4-only replacement.
    I began taking thyroxine (T4) shortly thereafter with high hopes. Initially, the treatment was successful: getting the added thyroxine into my system caused an immediate improvement in quality of sleep.
    However, the use of T4 did not turn out to be an unqualified success. After use of T4 for about a month, it was apparent that use of thyroxine alone did not produce a full recovery—I still suffered from anxiety, which the medication seemed to be increasing.
    In the meantime, hair loss became an issue. Several years earlier, I had noticed that running my fingers through my hair would produce an unpleasant sensation, almost as though the hair roots were tender. By the time of my 50th birthday, in 1996, I had noticed that my pillow was virtually coated with hair by the time I would remove it for washing. Unfortunately, nobody, including my GP, reminded me that hair loss is a prime symptom of hypothyroidism; and, like most males, I was ready to assume it was plain old male pattern baldness. By the time I was treated correctly and the hair loss stopped, I had pronounced thinning on the crown which was too advanced to be reversed in response to the treatment of the thyroid problem.
    In about 1998, I began experimentation with amino acids which was to last for almost seven years. I found that use of tryptopan, 5-HTP, and GABA could reduce (but not correct) the worst of my symptoms. In retrospect, though, use of amino acids is a poor substitute for a well-functioning thyroid, as well as being expensive and inconvenient.
    By the summer of 1999, I had reached a paradoxical situation. Experimentation had shown that my body needed on the order of 100 micrograms of thyroxine (T4) to keep my TSH down to a reasonable level; yet taking that much T4 was causing intense anxiety, requiring me to use strong sleeping medications. By late summer 1999, I had noticed another distressing symptom—my acute sense of hearing was being increasingly impacted by tinnitus. Evidently, the root cause that drove me into hypothyroidism, could also impact hearing.
    It was soon after a household move in the spring of 2000, that I had a partially-disabling attack of severe epicondylitis (more commonly known as tennis elbow). It was obvious that my body was no longer able to handle the short-term stresses of the hard physical work required by a move. This obvious physical symptom, accompanied by increasing periodontal issues and continuing mental issues, prompted me to seek other treatment.
    In September 2000, I began seeing a prominent “metabolic” doctor (M.D.) who is well known for his treatment of the metabolic disorders of diabetics. This doctor has written a number of books related to dietary changes and supplements needed to stave off metabolic degeneration as one ages. I was switched to Armour thyroid, and began treatment with other hormones (primarily hydrocortisone in low doses to supplement adrenal function, and pregnenolone). I took an enormous range of nutritional supplements recommended by this doctor, and also made radical changes in diet, which I maintained for nearly two years. Unfortunately, nothing seemed to really work—I did not obtain substantial relief of my symptoms. A thyroid test in Sep 2001 still showed unsatisfactory results—my TSH was 4.7, and my FT3 was below the bottom of the normal range.
    By the spring of 2002, I had decided I would have to take my care elsewhere if there were to be progress. After doing a brief telephone consult with a naturopath outside my home state, I began seeing a naturopath in my home town for whom I had obtained very positive recommendations via a web search. By March 2002, the naturopath had informed me that testing showed my hypothyroidism was due to anti-thyroid antibodies, i.e., my body was attacking its own thyroid gland. This condition is officially known as Hashimoto’s Autoimmune Thyroiditis (HAIT—as I now know, HAIT is the leading cause of hypothyroidism). I found this discovery quite amazing; how come the three endocrinologists I had seen between 1998 and 2002, had not given me this information? I was started on Thyrolar (synthetic combination T3/T4) by the naturopath, because she said that my body’s ability to make T3 may have been compromised by HAIT.
    Soon after beginning to see the naturopath, I learned that Dr. Stephen Langer of Berkeley, CA might have additional information on the problem I had been having with thyroid hormone causing anxiety in a hypothyroid patient. I had searched for information about this syndrome in a number of places but found nothing; for instance, the well-known book “Thyroid Solution”, by Ridha Arem M.D., contains no information on the condition. So, I consulted with Dr. Langer and learned that a small percentage of people with Hashimoto’s are exquisitely sensitive to even low doses of Thyrolar. In fact, the condition is rare enough that virtually no GPs, and only a few endocrinologists, know of its existence. Apparently, it does not have an official name attached to it. I decided to refer to it as “HAIT anxiety syndrome”, although there are a few doctors who prefer to refer to any neurological symptoms accompanying HAIT as “Hashimoto’s Encephalopathy”.
    I began to feel a little better between March 2002 and June 2003. I’m not sure why the message about gluten grains had not penetrated before, but by June 2003, the naturopath reminded me again that she had seen a positive result to a test for antibodies to gliadin (one of the two major proteins in gluten grains) in 2002, and that I really should consider removing gluten grains from my diet. This recommendation was based on three factors:
    I had antibodies to the protein gliadin found in wheat and other gluten grains such as rye and barley; I had anti-thyroid antibodies which were over the threshold that defines HAIT; Medicine really is an experimental science, and this experiment, in spite of its inconvenience, appeared to be worth a try. In a numbers sense, the response of my anti-thyroid antibodies to the removal of gluten grains from my diet was slow, but gratifying. My thyroperox test started off at 25, dropped to 19 within 6 months, 7 within 10 months, and became zero in less than 2 years. I eventually concluded that the removal of gluten grains from my diet was not all that difficult, partly because I wasn’t a celiac who had to worry about that last 1%. I also concluded that removal of gluten would have a positive health effect in terms of the reduced glycemic index of the foods I consumed.
    My symptomatic improvement thereafter was not immediate. It soon became obvious that T3/T4 treatment is not an exact science, and the proportion of T3 to T4 needs to be closer to the human body’s need, not the pig’s need (Both Armour and Thyrolar have the T3/T4 ratio of one part T3 for every four parts T4, typical of the pig’s biochemistry). For instance, in late 2003, my TSH had dropped very low, i.e. I had become clinically hyperthyroid due to excess T3 as revealed by a free T3 test. I have since gone through a couple more of these “yo-yo” episodes while being treated, which is a not uncommon event—thyroid treatment is as much art as science.
    Cost of treatment also became a problem. By June 2004, I began seeing a highly-recommended Physician’s Assistant (P.A.), who was known locally to be very good at thyroid treatment, and whose clinic would accept my health insurance. I continued to see the naturopath, although at less frequent intervals, since my insurance (like most) would pay nothing for naturopathy. The P.A. and the naturopath did not completely agree on treatment methods, particularly the use of adrenal supplements (hydrocortisone and DHEA in low/biologic doses) along with thyroid supplements; but they were both in agreement that I should continue to pursue combination T3/T4 therapy. So, I blended recommendations from the two for awhile, transitioning to T3 and T4 in separate tablets of Cytomel and Synthroid, so the percentage of T3 could be altered.
    I gradually transitioned off adrenal supplements during 2005, and very gradually increased my T3/T4 supplementation over the course of the year. Finally, by September 2005, I began to realize that I truly had recovered my health—I had episodes of feeling really good again! Still, my sleep was not perfect—I had discovered what Ridha Arem M.D. has documented in the book Thyroid Solution: a return to the euthyroid state may not immediately eliminate all symptoms. After going to a small dose of the atypical anti-depressant mirtazapine, I finally could feel, every day, like I had in my 30s. Unfortunately, it had taken an agonizing 14 years to get there.
    Today, I religiously take my 10 micrograms T3, and 75 micrograms T4, split into two doses each day. I also religiously avoid all traces of gluten grains in my diet because I now understand that the gluey, hard-to-digest proteins in them are a substance which can cause major metabolic disruption. Like the co-author of the book “Dangerous Grains”, Ron Hoggan, with whom I have corresponded, I have come to realize that our society’s over-use of a potentially toxic substance isn’t just dangerous to the 1 in 133 people who have full-blown celiac disease—it can cause a very poor quality of life for the approximately 1 in 5 who have gluten intolerance. I have also come to the realization that, to those few who are unlucky enough to encounter the HAIT Anxiety Syndrome, you may require combination T3/T4 therapy to feel better; and, you may never feel as well as you did when you were young, unless you find a way to stop your immune system from waging war on your thyroid.
    Most of all, 14 years after it started, I feel as though a significant part of my life has been taken from me. I was unable get joy or pleasure from life, I was unable to work effectively, and I was unable to be the kind of parent I could have been between my 45th and 59th years of life.
    I never imagine that I would be looking forward to the relatively advanced age of 60. However, given that I now feel better than I did at anytime between the ages of 43 and 59, 60 looks like a good place to be.
    Summary:
    In retrospect, the most important things I ended up learning from 14 years of very unpleasant experience are:
    If you have psychiatric symptoms, e.g., depression, anxiety, panic disorder, etc., make sure your endocrine system is evaluated, with thyroid testing as the cornerstone. Beware of doctors who offer an antidepressant first thing, without endocrine evaluation. The emotional/psychiatric effects of hypothyroidism are just as important, and just as damaging, as the physical ones. Unfortunately, many MD’s focus on the physical. If you want to get well, you have to apply all your skills and intelligence to investigating your problem, which most MD’s may not understand. You may also have to turn to “alternative” practitioners. If your TSH is above 3.0, or maybe even 2.5, and your doctor will not do more comprehensive testing (e.g. FT3/FT4), and/or try a test run of thyroid supplementation, find another doctor. If your doctor diagnoses you as hypothyroid, demand that a test for anti-thyroid antibodies be done. If you have any antibodies, even if they are under the threshold where HAIT is considered to start, get testing for allergy to foods, and testing for allergy to common environmental toxins if food testing reveals nothing. You may find, as did I, that you won’t feel as well as possible until you free your body from antibodies.

    Jefferson Adams
    Lawsuit Claims Bob’s Red Mill Ignores RoundUp Pesticide in its Oat Products
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    Tamara Frankel and Natasha Paracha filed a federal class action in San Francisco, alleging that parent company Bob’s Red Mill Natural Foods knows that its oat products contain or likely contain glyphosate, but fails to disclose it on the label. The women cite a recent report by the Environmental Working Group, an environmental research and advocacy group, which claimed to find traces of controversial herbicide glyphosate in Cheerios, Quaker Oats and other oat-based breakfast foods. The women contend that Bob’s uses labels such as “gluten free,” “wheat free” and “purity tested,” which lead consumers to falsely believe them to be healthy.
    Both U.S. and European regulators have concluded that glyphosate is safe, while that World Health Organization’s International Agency for Research on Cancer classifies it as a probable human carcinogen.
    Bayer subsidiary Monsanto, maker of the glyphosate-based herbicide Roundup has faced numerous lawsuits over its product.  A San Francisco jury recently found that exposure to Roundup caused the cancer of a school groundskeeper, and awarded him $289 million in damages. Shortly after that verdict, the Environmental Working Group released a report claiming that 31 of 45 oat-based food samples tested positive for glyphosate, and that levels exceeded safety limits of 160 parts per billion.
    EWG applies a more stringent standard than the 2 mg/kg/day of glyphosate standard used by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, and the 1.1 mg per day standard used by the State of California.
    Frankel and Paracha are represented by Patricia Syverson of the San Diego law firm Bonnett, Fairbourn, Friedman & Balint.
    Stay tuned for more developments on this and related stories.

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