• Announcements

    • admin

      Frequently Asked Questions About Celiac Disease   09/30/2015

      This Celiac.com FAQ on celiac disease will guide you to all of the basic information you will need to know about the disease, its diagnosis, testing methods, a gluten-free diet, etc.   Subscribe to Celiac.com's FREE weekly eNewsletter   What are the major symptoms of celiac disease? Celiac Disease Symptoms What testing is available for celiac disease?  Celiac Disease Screening Interpretation of Celiac Disease Blood Test Results Can I be tested even though I am eating gluten free? How long must gluten be taken for the serological tests to be meaningful? The Gluten-Free Diet 101 - A Beginner's Guide to Going Gluten-Free Is celiac inherited? Should my children be tested? Ten Facts About Celiac Disease Genetic Testing Is there a link between celiac and other autoimmune diseases? Celiac Disease Research: Associated Diseases and Disorders Is there a list of gluten foods to avoid? Unsafe Gluten-Free Food List (Unsafe Ingredients) Is there a list of gluten free foods? Safe Gluten-Free Food List (Safe Ingredients) Gluten-Free Alcoholic Beverages Distilled Spirits (Grain Alcohols) and Vinegar: Are they Gluten-Free? Where does gluten hide? Additional Things to Beware of to Maintain a 100% Gluten-Free Diet What if my doctor won't listen to me? An Open Letter to Skeptical Health Care Practitioners Gluten-Free recipes: Gluten-Free Recipes


Advanced Members
  • Content count

  • Joined

  • Last visited

Community Reputation

0 Neutral

About lmtrenholm

  • Rank
    New Community Member
  1. Just A Quick Question?

    Sorry, didn't mean to confuse by using the word "food" without defining it. What I meant by food was something that was widely recognized as an edible plant/animal, with nutritional value, not known to normally have toxic properties (excluding individual sensitivities and allergic reactions) at levels/dosages recognized as safe and usual. Poisonous parts of rhubarb, all plant extracts, and nutmeg (when consumed in unusually large amounts) do not qualify as foods and most people know that just about anything in a large enough quantity can cause harm. For those who disagree with my personal definition of food, the dictionary says: Material, usually of plant or animal origin, that contains essential nutrients, such as carbohydrates, fats, proteins, vitamins, or minerals, and is ingested and assimilated by an organism to produce energy, stimulate growth, and maintain life. Most of us would agree that poisonous plants and extracts, drugs, and substances taken in large enough quantities to cause harm do not meet the definition of producing energy, stimulating growth, and maintaining life. Perhaps I should have gone on to explain the long history of eating this cactus in parts of Africa but I assume people can look into it further if they're interested.
  2. Hi, I agree that all ingredients should be listed and individuals should be allowed to make their own choice about what they ingest. Now for my little rant! I've just got to point out that soda has no nutritional value, is often full of caffeine (this worries me far more than the artifical sweetener), and causes your calcium levels to be depleted leaving you with muscle cramps and spasms. My husband once went to the hospital after drinking too much soda because he thought he was having a heart attack. Boy, was he embarrassed when they told him it was just muscle cramps around the heart. A few cacium/magnesium supplements, no more soda, and he was fine. Personnally, I am so sensitive to caffeine that I would be up all night with creepy crawling sensations in my legs, agitation, and insomnia. Soda is not a food! Why would anyone want to put something that isn't a food into their body? (Okay, yes I know ... because it tastes good.) Anyway, just wanted to point out that Aspertame isn't the only reason not to drink soda.
  3. Hi, It sounds like you should have your son stay off gluten no matter what. Also, if he is still having diarrhea and you think it's soy and/or dairy, then keep him off those too. My two girls are both allergic to milk (have been for years, since they were little) and we recently found out that one of them, who is now 17, is celiac. I also suspect that her younger sister may be too. I wonder whether you've been vigilent about keeping your son off milk. I know that even the smallest amount of milk protein will cause problems for my daughters. We used to love Cool Whip, and because we thought it was milk free we wondered why it seemed to cause symptoms. Well I finally got savvy regarding reading ingredients and realized that it contained sodium caseinate, i.e. casein=milk protein. Even cheeses that say they are dairy free usually have some form of casein in them. Milk reactions can be obvious as in ear infections, upset stomachs and diarrhea, or they can be quite subtle such as a chronically runny nose, mood swings, temper tantrums, tonsil/adenoid problems, brain fog, or even night terrors (my oldest had night terrors and walked in her sleep whenever she accidentally ate casein, when she was about 3 years old). You have to be so careful when it comes to checking for milk ingredients in foods. We actually eat very little prepared/processed food now because it's just not worth the hassle. It's easier and safer, especially if you have two problems like gluten and casein, just to stick to plain meat, vegetables, fruits and nuts. You might want to think about having your son tested for other allergies since people who have one, often have a others. Don't let it get you down. I know that I was going a bit crazy when my kids were always sick and I didn't know what the problem was. I must say that now that we mostly just eat plain meat (including eggs, unless there's a problem with egg intolerance), vegetables and fruits, we are all healthier than I ever thought possible. I've honestly come to believe that grains and dairy are not good for anyone, whether they have an intolerance/allergy or not. (Read the Paleolithic Diet, the Protein Power Diet, or Neanderthin if you're at all interested in reading more on this.) And yes....you do finally catch up on all that sleep you lost when they were little and keeping you up at night!
  4. Just A Quick Question?

    Hi, Eating more protein should help a lot, but if you're still having problems try Hoodia Gordonii. This is a natural food based supplement derived from a certain type of cactus - you may have seen the story 20/20 did on it last year. I have used it myself and it really eliminates hunger. I have never experienced any side-effects from it and from what I understand it is completely safe since it's just a plant food extract that they put into capsules. If you have any trouble finding it in health food stores, just order it from the internet. To read more about it just type Hoodia Gordonii into your favourite search engine. It's great for hunger control and really helps if you're trying to loose weight or going through a hard time giving up sugar/bad carbs.
  5. My mother is celiac and is blood type O+. My daughter and I have celiac/dermatitis herpetiformus and milk/casein allergy and I am type B+ (from my father) and she is type A+ (from her father). That's three different blood types that can't tolerate gluten. I think the blood type diet is a lot of you know what. The Paleo/Neanderthin diet books make a lot more sense to me. Basically, they claim that people aren't meant to eat grains or dairy. Early man (and woman!) didn't evolve eating these foods and they believe we shouldn't either. Even though this diet is probably too restrictive for most people to stick to, it makes a lot of sense to me. I know that my daughter and I feel great and have no health problems as long as we stick to this diet. It means virtually no processed foods, but we feel that for us, except for a very occassional "cheat", the effort is worth it.
  6. Hi, Casein is a protein in milk and is a relatively common allergen. Tom is right, if you're trying to avoid casein you can't trust labels that claim to be non-dairy. They often have casein or some form of it like caseinate. Cool Whip is a perfect example and actually helped me to pinpoint what it was that was causing my reations. As well as experiencing the usual digestive problems associated with milk ingestion (diarrhea, gas, bloating - probably mainly due to lactose intolerance), my specific response to casein is to experience swelling and tenderness, primarily in the sacroiliac region (lower back/upper buttocks area). I also have experienced severe swelling of the bottom of my feet (heel area) and aching in my hips, knuckles, and up the front of my thighs. I couldn't sleep and would get up every day stiff and aching. The sacroiliac/back pain was unbearable at times. I was originally diagnosed as having fibromyalgia but after suffering for about 5 years, I determined that casein was the root cause of my problems. I had given up milk because of lactose intolerance but was still consuming several products containing casein or caseinate. It takes about a week to 10 days of absolutely no casein for me to be free of all symtoms. My doctor seemed to think this was crazy at the time, but a few years later I read about a woman in the UK who showed the same reaction in a documented, double blind test. Also, my husband has found that since he gave up all milk too, a lot of his aches and pains, especially backaches, have vanished. Giving up milk, and then later the grains, has made me (and my 17 year old celiac/dermatitis herpetiformus/casein allergic daughter) ridiculously healthy. All my health problems, and there were a lot, have resolved. My back is as strong as anything and I never have backaches or joint pains anymore. I'm wondering whether you have to be "allergic" to benefit from giving up milk, or if maybe the Paleo/Neanderthin diet guys are right and we just aren't meant to eat grains and milk. There are probably a lot of people who've been told they have IBS, Crohn's, arthritis, etc. who would be amazed at how much better they would feel on a gluten and milk free diet.