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      Frequently Asked Questions About Celiac Disease   09/30/2015

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  1. I'm going to agree with bentramer1981. You need to use food to increase your weight. If you can't jog down the street, there is no point in trying to do any type of workout or to spend money on "supplements". The only type of supplement that would do you any good right now would be a non-synthetic multivitamin and possibly a protein powder. Protein powders/MRPs are meant to add to your overall calorie intake though so, I would make sure your diet, calories, etc. are in check first. Speaking of which, a detailed account of what you're currently eating over a typical day that includes the amount of each item, calories, etc. would probably be helpful since you need advice on what to do. At that point someone can help you figure out if the calories need to go up and by how much. Right now, the correct amount and types of food will be the most helpful in adding muscle and fat back on. Going by your current weight and the information you gave, it's probably safe to say that your body has been in a catabolic/survival state for some time and has been slowly breaking down your muscle as a food source from a lack of fat and digestion/absorption issues. You're going to have to help and allow both of those issues to reverse themselves. A proper diet, time, and rest are going to be the catalysts. You're going to have to get your energy back before you can even consider moving on to any type of workout. I'm surprised your doctor hasn't wanted to put you into a short hospital stint with an IV and a liquid diet. When my father was finally diagnosed, the doctor was constantly stressing that if he continued to lose weight or gained it and then fell back below a certain threshold, they would admit him and would hold him till the weight corrected. He however is on the very fringe of the extreme side of celiac disease.
  2. I can't vouch for the lip balm but I absolutely love their Organic Unscented Pit Putty and their Organic Unscented Shower Gel. Be warned though that those of you with hard water will have some "issues" with their soaps and shampoos but, it's nothing that a little baking soda or a mineral filter on your shower-head won't correct. There will also likely be a "detox" period if you switch to their Pit Putty. Bubble and Bee can also be considered "pricey" but, it was well worth the price as far as i was concerned.
  3. I don't get "sick" per say but, complex carbs leave me pretty bloated and corn products feel like razor blades. If I bloat enough (it doesn't take much to do that), I can get to feeling pretty miserable so I just stay away from them for the time being. For clarification when I say complex carbs I mean stuff like organic long grain brown Basmati rice, and all the gluten free ones. I haven't anything processed in ages so I know that's not part of the issue. I don't have problems with potatoes other than some mild bloating if I eat to much at one time but, I decided to drop "starch" from my diet as well to see how that works out. My father doesn't have any of those issues though. He only has a problem if gluten or even minor cc is involved so, it's been a little frustrating that I am the only one of my 1st degree relatives that has had all the other food issues. That's great for them but, it leaves me as the center of attention from time to time which is not something I exactly cherish. It's great to have people concerned but, the level of concern can quickly multiply to a level that is simply unbearable at times. I am truly thankful to have such a caring family but, I just wish they would reign it in from time to time lol. Back to the main topic though, I would love to be able to reintroduce rice and oatmeal at some point as I really love to eat both of them. The excessive bloating just isn't worth it though. I'm going to have to agree with everyone else and say that you are not crazy. If you are, I guess we are all crazy as well
  4. I think I would be ready to take a long walk off a short pier after 24 hours lol. I'm just joking of course. That really sounds interesting though and hopefully, they can get that sorted out. It would obviously still be damaging but, it would be a lot less damaging that the current longterm test demands. If something like that was offered, I might be tempted to reintroduce gluten. It's something I would have to think awfully long and hard about though as I do not miss feeling like I was run over by a steamroller.
  5. So, I got my results back earlier today: Gluten Sensitivity Stool Test Fecal Anti-gliadin IgA 11 Units (Normal Range is less than 10 Units) I went gluten-free (gluten free) sometime in October of 2011 shortly after my father was diagnosed with Celiac so, not much is going to change for me. Like everyone else though it's nice "to know". I'm curious what my results would have been prior to going gluten-free but, at the time we didn't know about EnteroLab and, I didn't have insurance or the money to have the tests run that a doctor would have ordered. Going gluten-free alone was enough to show me that I had issues with gluten though but, my father really wanted me to have some type of testing done, and this was the only one that didn't require me to add gluten back in my diet. I'm really glad the number wasn't super high this far into being gluten-free but, I am also glad I didn't wait any longer to have this test done as it could have come back as a false negative. Then again, the number between 10 and 500 isn't a measure of severity. However, I'm assuming it still could have shown under 10 at some point in time if I wasn't producing the intestinal IgA antibody. Anyway, this is the closest I will be getting to a celiac diagnosis. I know that it's technically not since it was for gluten sensitivity but, gluten was definitely never going back to my diet even prior to this test. Maybe some day they will have a way to diagnosis it without gluten needing to be present in you to the extent of it saturating your blood and destroying your digestive system. Until then though, this is the closest I will get. Since my father is Celiac though, I'm just going to go ahead and self diagnose lol. I may have the gene test run at a later date just out of curiosity to see which genes I have.
  6. If the company distinguishes which of their products are gluten free and which of their products aren't, I don't know if I would eat chips from them that were undeclared gluten free. I mean they are fried and since they aren't labeled as gluten free, they may be fried in the same oil as a product that contains gluten. A google search shows that they did a voluntary recall of their multi grain chips back in February of this year for undeclared wheat and soy. I'm guessing those chips are produced in the same line as the ones you are wanting to eat. I personally would be very leery of them. Xochitl chips are declared gluten free but, I don't know if they are actually certified as it doesn't carry the GFCO label. They are thin and crispy like the chips you get in a restaurant and they are absolutely delicious. They are also incredibly expensive at $5.00+ for a bag but, that price is for the organic blue corn ones. The white corn and yellow corn ones are usually about a dollar cheaper but, I have never seen the yellow ones in a store.
  7. That seems like a plausible scenario. It's been a while since I have had to work on a FWD (front wheel drive) vehicle but the front sway bar "should" be easy to get to. It's not like trying to change a belt, water pump, CV joint, etc. on a FWD vehicle. You could check a local "junk yard" and see if they have one and what the cost would be. You will most likely have to remove it yourself but, all you need is a set of metric/ standard sockets (you never know which it will be), a socket wrench, and possibly a break-over bar for leverage. Most junk yards will already have the vehicles up "on blocks" but I would bring a floor jack and jack stands just in case. Installation onto your car will be jut as simple as removing it from the donor car but, you will probably want to have the bushings in it replaced. That may or may not require a press. The bushings will probably be cheapest at a regular auto parts store. You may want to have your alignment checked after the swap is done. It's been a while since I have messed with a suspension but, IIRC, it shouldn't affect it as the rack & pinion steering should keep the front suspension tied together. The front sway bar is just there to stabilize the vehicle and prevent excessive weight transfer and body roll. Letting a repair shop do it will certainly be more convenient but, it will absolutely be a great deal cheaper if you do it yourself using a part from the "junk yard".
  8. I just wanted to quickly comment on this as no one else did and everyone covered all the gluten related aspects of your post. Several people do in fact remove their front stabilizer/sway bars if they have a rear wheel drive car if they are drag racing. It helps transfer the weight to the rear of the vehicle by helping the front suspension unload and "lift". It will pretty much ruin the handling of the car though so they get put back on for daily driving or road racing. Having said all of that, it seems odd that anyone would steal one off of a vehicle unless it was an upgraded aftermarket piece. However, I guess someone could have damaged, broken, bent, or lost theirs and just randomly swiped one. While they don't wear out, they can certainly become damaged but, it usually takes a great amount of force to do so. $750.00 to replace it sounds absurdly high but, I don't know anything about the actual vehicle in question so, this is somewhat speculative. Honestly, I'm shocked they even bothered to look at your suspension at all.
  9. Oh wow lol. Yea, in that situation I would get the highest quality I could find and the largest selection. I never really got eggs down outside of scrambling or frying them. I could almost get an "omlette" started but then it would just go the scrambled egg route. I rotated them out of my diet before I got to mess around with them to much. It wasn't a big deal though as I always preferred boiled eggs over any other form.
  10. Question About Spices & Chemicals

    Several spices can be considered "harsh" because of the fact that they are deemed "cleansing". In theory, they will help "push" food and toxins out. Nuts are very hard to digest just like seeds are. I was going to mention that they are also very high in fat but you aren't having an issue with olive oil. However, you probably use a lot less olive oil compared to the amount of nuts you were trying to eat. Is it just an issue of digestion or are these causing an allergic reaction?
  11. I also don't do non-stick stuff. It's just not needed and it doesn't last even if you are cautious. I mean chefs don't use it and people cooked without fine before it came along. It can be really convenient though. Stuff tends to stick to stainless steel if you aren't used to using it. There is a learning curve when it comes to the heat setting on your stove and what you're cooking. Cast iron can be the same way. It just depends on what you're cooking. I just have a single medium quality stainless steel "saucepan" with a glass lid I got at Target for around $10.00 but, I don't cook often. I got it on the off chance I want to make a stock/soup, need to cook buffalo/bison, cook/steam oysters, toast some sunflower seeds, or do something else I may ever only do ever so often. It's also just me though so, I understand why other people would need multiple sizes and a higher quality item.
  12. Yes, there should be some sort of selection for it at any given liquor store even if they only carry a single brand of it.
  13. The product I buy is from Bumble & Bee. I use their Unscented Organic Shower Gel 16 oz which is $21.99 plus shipping. Prior to that I was using a product from Organic Excellence called Spearmint Bodywash which is $15.95 plus shipping. I switched to Bubble & Bee because it has a shorter ingredient list and is certified organic. For me, that was worth the extra cost. However, I have hard water and despite the fact that there are no detergents in the Organic Excellence product, it worked better with my water. It's nothing that mixing baking soda into the Bubble & Bee product won't fix but, I'm not wild about using baking soda as it's created using amonia and some other nasty chemicals. Yes,there is a specific mix of ACV to water that you should use. The Long Hair Community will tell you everything you you need to know. Bubble & Bee also has some advice on what ratio to use. And no, in case anyone is wondering, I don't work for any of these companies lol. I gave the links so that people can look at the ingredient lists and do further research if they are interested in doing so. I don't know about laundry detergents because I don't use detergents or chemicals. For laundry I use Soap Nuts I got at Whole Foods last fall. I don't recall the brand but I think they were around $20.00 or so for the bag. I still have plenty left. They may not last me until a year from the purchase date but I love them. They don't foam or suds since they are not a detergent. They are a naturally soapy berry and once your clothes are dry, they have no odor at all. They smell like fabric. These are just an incredible product in my eyes but a lot of people don't like them.
  14. 1) I eat organic but, that was a personal decision I made long before going gluten free. 2) I use the same product for soap & shampoo but, it's expensive as it's a short list of ingredients and organic. It will also create "soap scum" though if you have even semi-hard water since there are no detergents or other chemicals in it. The same goes for my deodorant when it comes to a short list of ingredients and being organic. I stopped using conditioner and use a mix of water and raw organic ACV (Apple Cider Vinegar) and it really doesn't get any cheaper than that. 3) I would be leery of this. I have read that some people get sick from even walking into a bakery. I personally want to throw up from the smell of the bread isle at the grocery store if I wonder down it by mistake or if there is something on the the same isle I need to get. I don't think I could work in a bakery though just from the fact that I know I would be covered in flour. 4) I was eating Bob's Red Mill gluten free steel cut oats but, I had to rotate them out when I noticed they and any other grain or pseudo-grain was making me bloat 5-6 inches from eating just a half teaspoon of them. Foods affect everyone differently even without an issue related to gluten or wheat.
  15. Amino Acids - Safe?

    I like Bluebonnet as a brand because, they take food allergies very seriously. I have only used their 100% Natural Whey Protein Isolate Powder though. I dropped it when I dropped all dairy and casein. A lot of their pills contain stuff like silica, and other things I stay away from. The BCAAs look like a fairly clean product though excluding the magnesium stearate. I just don't like chemicals in stuff I use regardless if they are natural. SkinDeep rates stearic acid (which is used to make magnesium stearate) as a 1. They rate magnesium stearate at a 0. Based on that most people would consider them pretty harmless and safe to ingest. The BCAAs only contain three amino acids though so I'm going to assume you're talking about either the 750 mg Amino Acids or the 1000 mg Amino Acids. Both of those contain both magnesium stearate and stearic acid but again, they are ranked pretty low at SkinDeep. They also contain silica which again is rated low. The debate is if your the body can process or even remove chemicals like those form the body or if they hang around as free radicals. Anyway, both the 750 mg and 100 mg Amino Acids contain BCAAs as well as the entire spectrum of amino acids. All of them can be found in food. For example 1-2 oz of canned sockeye salmon with the skin and bones (which are edible) will give you at least the same amount of everything in the 1000 mg Amino Acids product if not twice as much along with protein, fat, a large amount of Omega 3 (DHA & EPA), and vitamins/minerals. The question which is better will be personal preference vs the cost. I don't know what they retail for but I'm guessing around $35.00 for a bottle of 90 pills which is about what I pay for Vital Choice canned sockeye salmon (8 cans a month) when I order 24 cans at a time. I also eat 3.4 oz a day so 24 cans lasts me 90 days. It would last you 180 days if you ate 1.70 oz a day and as a result would be about $17.33 a month. The BCCAs are definately cheaper but, there are also cheaper brands of canned sockeye salmon than what I buy. I have no idea if you like salmon though or just prefer to pop a pill once a day. I also have no idea if you are willing to eat the bones and skin. You would also need to freeze the unused portions as it will only stay fresh in the refrigerator for 2-3 days once it has been opened and stored in a "zip lock" bag. Regardless of coming from food or a pill though, the body still has to "digest" amino acids and BCCAs in order to break them down and convert them to a form the body can actually use. I just wanted to give you some options and something to think about. The BCCAs from Bluebonnet are definitely affordable though if I guessed the correct price especially if you are not taking them on a daily basis. If they have truly put a "pep in your step", so to speak, then you are probably not meeting your daily requirements for each amino acid and total protein.