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About Yojimbo

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  1. Yeah, isn't that weird? I thought washing with Dr. Bronner's and Ivory soap twice each along with a scrub brush and cloth and rinsing multiple times would do the trick, but nope! I found a post from someone about the difficulties of getting gluten off surfaces and it made a lot of sense that even soap might not be abrasive enough to get that "stickiness" off. http://www.thesavvyceliac.com/2010/02/11/washing-away-the-gluten/%C2'> Yeah, but the funny thing is it works! I get less gluten reactions and I feel safer making my dinner from scratch every night. Also, probably the reason why I am that sensitive is because my leaky gut has never healed. I think going gluten free is not enough for me. I really need to be on a probiotic, enzyme, and glutamine regiment, and I just don't have the budget for it yet.
  2. Depending on how sensitive you are, yes, the gluten you pick up from shared objects could really be harming you. I know this because I was working with a student last year in the faculty cafeteria after school. We worked on the tables that the teachers used for lunch and there is gluten everywhere. I would come home and scrub my hands under the sink like a surgeon multiple times. Took a shower and tried to scrub it off again using a washcloth. Made and ate dinner. My stomach immediately bloated in a gluten reaction. This happened every time I worked there. It happens when I try to meet my business partner at a coffee shop where we chat and I take notes. I come home after having my notebooks and pens all over these gluten-covered tables and I wash my hands many times using a scrub brush and I still get a gluten reaction. My solution now is to wear latex gloves whenever I work in these places. It made me feel weird in the beginning to be wearing these in public, but I can cook and eat dinner without any reaction whatsoever, so I've actually gotten used to it and don't make apologies for it anymore. Cause otherwise, the alternative for me is to get sick and wait for the contaminated skin on my fingers and hands to slough off which could take 24 hours or more before I'm safe.
  3. Hi Super-Sensitives! I'm just jumping in here to add my experience too. I like the above comment from NoGrainNoPain very much. I am a super-sensitive Celiac and have been gluten-free for over 4 years now. I also cannot tolerate a lot of the gluten-free products out there like Udi's, Glutino, etc. Most of the "safer" gluten-free brands that I've tried (meaning that they do not use shared equipment or will keep their gluten-free products in a different building) will still use gluten-free oats, which I react to. I spent three years trying to make gluten-free grains work for me and I've just given up. The cross-contamination issue and the fact that I find myself reacting to less than 5ppm is just too much. So I've gone to a Paleo diet and it works great for me! Nothing but meats, fats, vegetables, and (cooked) fruits -- everything I cook for myself. So in answer to your question, yes, you are not alone. If it's labeled gluten-free, but you find you don't like it in any way, trust your instincts and don't eat it again. Your body will thank you.