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My summer project was updating my gluten-free school supply list for my daughter who is going into Pre-Kindergarten. Here it is the list:

gluten-free School Supplies

Updated 6/05

Colorations/Discount School Supplies 1-800-627-2829

The following products are gluten-free:

PRODUCT NAME ITEM#

BIOCOLOR - GALLON BIOGAL + COLOR

FLUORESCENT BIOCOLOR – GALLON FBIOGAL + COLOR

BIOCOLOR – 16OZ BIO16 + COLOR

FLUORESCENT BIOCOLOR – 16OZ FBIO16 + COLOR

FLUORESCENT BIOCOLOR PAINTERS FBM

BIOCOLOR PAINTERS BMAR

BIOPUTTY SOLUTION PUTTY

BIOCOLOR SHIMMER – GOLD BGLD

BIOCOLOR SHIMMER – SILVER BSIL

COLORATIONS PUFFY PAINT PUFFY

BIOCOLOR FABRIC MEDIUM BIOFAB

COLORATIONS LIQUIDWATERCOLOR – ALL LW+ COLOR

COLORATIONS SIMPLY TEMPERA – GALLON GST + COLOR

COLORATIONS SIMPLY TEMPERA – 16OZ ST + COLOR

COLORATIONS SHIMMER MEDIUM SHIMMER

COLORATIONS GLITTER MEDIUM GLIMED

COLORS LIKE ME MULITCULTURAL PAINT CM + COLOR

COLORATIONS WASHABLE SIMPLY TEMPERA – GALLON GWST + COLOR

COLORATIONS WASHABLE SIMPLY TEMPERA – 16OZ WST + COLOR

COLORATIONS PREMIUM WASHABLE TEMPERA – GALLON GPW + COLOR

COLORATIONS PREMIUM WASHABLE – 160Z PW + COLOR

COLORATIONS WASHABLE FINGERPAINT CWF + COLOR

COLORATIONS WASHABLE GLITTER FINGERPAINT GLFP + COLOR

COLORATIONS ACTIVITY PAINT – GALLON GCAP + COLOR

COLORATIONS ACTIVITY PAINT – 16OZ CAP + COLOR

COLORATIONS METALLIC PAINT CMP + COLOR

COLORATIONS FLUORESCENT PAINT CFL + COLOR

PRODUCT NAME ITEM#

COLORATIONS SPARKLE PAINT CSP + COLOR

COLORATIONS COLORED PUFFY PAINT – SET OF 6

PUFFSET

COLORATIONS WASHABLE GLITTER PAINT – GALLON GPG + COLOR

COLORATIONS WASHABLE GLITTER PAINT – 16 0Z CGP + COLOR

COLORATIONS STICK IT CRAFT PAINT STICK + COLOR

BIOCOLOR FOAM PAINT BFP + COLOR

RAINBOW FOAM PAINT – SET OF 3 RFP

COLORATIONS JUMBO WASHABLE STAMP PADS JSP OR NEWJSP (DEPENDING ON COLOR)

COLORATIONS METALLIC STAMP PADS METSTAMP

COLORATIONS WASHABLE MARKERS – CLASSIC TIP 98200 (200), 98256 (256), LWM (8), LWMSET (16)

COLORATIONS WASHABLE MARKERS – CHUBBY TIP CHBST (200), 256CHB (256) CHB (8), 16CHB (16)

COLORATIONS CRAYONS – LARGE CLBIGS (400), CRL8 (8)

COLORATIONS CRAYONS – REGULAR CRRGS (800), CRS8 (8), CRS16 (16)

COLORATIONS CRAYONS – EXTRA LARGE CRXLG (200)

COLORATIONS CRAYONS – CHUBBY CRCHB (200)

COLORATIONS SIDEWALK CHALK BC, SIDEWALK

COLORATIONS DUSTLESS CHALK – WHITE CWHCH (12), NODUST (100)

COLORATIONS DUSTELL CHALK – COLORED CCLCH (12), CNODUST

SMOOTH & SILKY ART STICKS SILKYSTK

COLORATIONS RAINBOW CRAYONS STR

COLORATIONS WASHABLE SCHOOL GLUE – WHITE LCWG (gal), SCWG (1.25oz), MCWG (4oz)

COLORATIONS WHEAT & GLUTEN FREE DOUGH COLORDO

PREMIUM NON HARDENING MODELING CLAY MOD (1lb), COLCLY (3.3lbs)

AIR HARDENING MODELING PASTE AIRCLAY

SARGENT POWEDERED TEMPERA PAINT 1PT + COLOR, 5PT + COLOR

Center Enterprises / Ink Pads

1-800-542-2214

They can’t guarantee they are gluten-free. Ingredients are gluten-free, but won’t make guarantee.

Colgate-Palmolive

1-800-255-7552

All Softsoaps are gluten-free.

Crayola/Binney and Smith- www.crayola.com

All products are gluten-free except for Crayola Dough.

gluten-free products include: Silly Putty, ColorWonder Fingerpaints, Paints, Crayons, Pencils, Markers, Modeling Clay, Glue, Glitter Glue, and Chalk.

Curad

www.curadusa.com

1-800-227-4703

Curad bandaids will no longer say their bandaids are gluten-free because suppliers can change.

Elmer’s Glue

1-888-435-6377

www.elmers.com

All products except Elmer’s finger paints are gluten-free. These include Tempera paints, watercolors, glues, glue sticks, crayon sticks, squeeze and brush paints, and glitter paints.

Huggies Wipes

1-800-452-2245

They say there is a possibly of trace amounts of gluten and will not say they are gluten-free.

Johnson and Johnson

1-866-JNJ-2873

Bandaid Brand Bandaids are gluten-free (includes clear, family variety pack, kid character bandaids, flexible, and fabric bandaids).

Kleenex

1-800-553-3639

Kleenex tissues with lotion and Kleenex anti-viral are gluten-free.

Lakeshore Ink Pads

1-800-428-4414

6” round ink pads are gluten-free. They make three other Lakeshore ink pads that they do not know the status of but are checking on.

Lucky Plus Bingo Markers

Arrow International

1-800-321-0757

www.arrowinternational.com

Bingo markers are gluten-free. They state that all their markers are gluten-free.

Palmer Paint

1-800-521-1383

All paints (including face paint) are gluten-free.

Pampers Wipes

1-800-PAMPERS

Baby Wipes and Kan-doo wipes are gluten-free.

Pfizer

1-800-223-0182

Purell instant hand sanitizer is gluten-free (includes with aloe, original, 2 in 1, and Purell wipes).

Prang Paints/ Dixon Ticonderoga Company

1-800-824-9430/www.prang.com

All paints, glues, markers, modeling clay, chalk, and crayons are gluten-free.

They state that they do not produce anything containing gluten.

Puffs

Re: e-mail

Puffs with lotion are gluten-free.

Roseart- www.roseart.com

1-800-272-9667

All products are gluten-free except Roseart fun dough and modeling clay.

(Their stickers are gluten-free!)

Ross Products- (owned by Elmer’s)

Columbus, Ohio

1-888-435-6377

All products (glue, glue sticks, etc.) except Ross fingerpaints are gluten-free.

Sanford/Mr.Sketch Markers

1-800-323-0749

Mr. Sketch Scented, Water color markers are gluten-free.

3M Corporation

www.MMM.com

1-888-364-3577

Scotch Magic Tape is gluten-free.

Nexcare Bandaids do not contain any ingredients with gluten, but they don’t test for gluten so they won’t claim that they are gluten-free.

Vi-Jon Company

1-888-593-0593

Germ-X hand sanitizer is gluten-free.

Envelopes and stamps that you lick may have gluten in the adhesive.

Peel and Stick Stickers may have gluten in the adhesive.

Personal Care Items: Be aware that some hand lotions, soaps, cosmetics, lip sticks, chapsticks, etc. may contain gluten.

Products not confirmed yet:

Avery Dennison

Carter’s Stamp Pad

www.averydennison.com

1-800-462-8379

They are checking.

Tania

Greenville, PA

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Thanks so much for posting this information. This will make my life easier. Do you purchase supplies just for your daughter or do you by extra for the class? This fall will be our first year of pre-school and I'm a little nervous!!!! :unsure:

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Hi there,thanks sooo much for all the info on paints and supplies. It's nice that we

all stick together and help eachother out.!! :D

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Thanks for that list... My daughter will be starting kindergarten in several weeks and I will be doing back to school shopping soon!

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Thanks alot...I am a newbie and have a 2 1/2 year old...This is GREAT!!!

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I buy some things for the whole class (like the gluten-free play dough-it is a huge container). For the things that come up once a year -like cereal or pasta for a craft -I usually just bring in some for her. Most of what the preschool she attends has is okay because this is her second year and they make sure to order the basics from crayola or another gluten-free source (I have a wonderful preschool!).

My best advice for dealing with a preschool is to maintain contact with the teachers as they plan for activities. Make sure they are comfortable calling you (home/cell), e-mailing, and talking before/after school about what is coming up. And leave a box of stuff at school: bandaids, gluten-free cookies or candies for that surprise that will come up, regular snacks for every day, change of undies/clothes if "accidents" are still an issue.

Tania

Greenville, PA

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Hi there:

The list below says that the Crayola modelling products are gluten free. They do not have added gluten but they do have cross-contamination issues. This was confirmed to me by a representative on the telephone and here is what their own website says....

Answer

The exact ingredients of our products are proprietary, however, we are happy to provide you with the 7 most common ingredient requests NOT FOUND in products currently manufactured by Crayola--This does not include products manufactured under license. Please check packaging carefully to determine manufacturing company.

Peanuts

Shellfish

Fish

Tree Nuts

Eggs

Milk

Latex

(Latex gloves are one of the personal protection options requested by and available to our employees for the occasional handling of raw materials and finished goods during the product manufacturing process.)

We are often asked if any of our products contain gluten (wheat flour). Gluten is contained only in Crayola Dough. Other Crayola modeling materials, including Model Magic modeling compound, Modeling Clay, Air-Dry Clay, and Model Magic Fusion are gluten free. All of these products, however, are produced on the same machinery. Although the machines are cleaned prior to the start of each production run, there is a slight possibility that trace amounts of gluten from Crayola Dough may be present in the other modeling compound products.

For information regarding specific ingredients not listed, please call us at 1-800-272-9652 weekdays between 9 AM and 4 PM Eastern Time.

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Please note the date on the list- I made this list in 2005. There have been many changes in products since then. Contact manufacturers for current information. My current list is several pages now and dated May 2009 (too long to post). E-mail me if you'd me to send it to you. Tania

The list below says that the Crayola modelling products are gluten free. They do not have added gluten but they do have cross-contamination issues. This was confirmed to me by a representative on the telephone and here is what their own website says....

Answer

The exact ingredients of our products are proprietary, however, we are happy to provide you with the 7 most common ingredient requests NOT FOUND in products currently manufactured by Crayola--This does not include products manufactured under license. Please check packaging carefully to determine manufacturing company.

Peanuts

Shellfish

Fish

Tree Nuts

Eggs

Milk

Latex

(Latex gloves are one of the personal protection options requested by and available to our employees for the occasional handling of raw materials and finished goods during the product manufacturing process.)

We are often asked if any of our products contain gluten (wheat flour). Gluten is contained only in Crayola Dough. Other Crayola modeling materials, including Model Magic modeling compound, Modeling Clay, Air-Dry Clay, and Model Magic Fusion are gluten free. All of these products, however, are produced on the same machinery. Although the machines are cleaned prior to the start of each production run, there is a slight possibility that trace amounts of gluten from Crayola Dough may be present in the other modeling compound products.

For information regarding specific ingredients not listed, please call us at 1-800-272-9652 weekdays between 9 AM and 4 PM Eastern Time.

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Please note the date on the list- I made this list in 2005. There have been many changes in products since then. Contact manufacturers for current information. My current list is several pages now and dated May 2009 (too long to post). E-mail me if you'd me to send it to you. Tania

Yes, always check the date of posts here. What could have been a safe product in 2005, may not be 2009.

Thanks Tania for sharing your current information.

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Hi Tania,

I'm new to the group and read your old list of Gluten Free Wheat Free products posted in 2005. I would greatly appreciate it if you could email me your most current list which you mention below as last updated and dated May 2009. We have a 3 year old grandson who was diagnosed with Autism and is allergic to many foods especially Gluten/Wheat/Casein/Diary. Your list is invaluable and is much appreciated. Thank you again. Hoping you can email the list to my gmail account.

Please note the date on the list- I made this list in 2005. There have been many changes in products since then. Contact manufacturers for current information. My current list is several pages now and dated May 2009 (too long to post). E-mail me if you'd me to send it to you. Tania

The list below says that the Crayola modelling products are gluten free. They do not have added gluten but they do have cross-contamination issues. This was confirmed to me by a representative on the telephone and here is what their own website says....

Answer

The exact ingredients of our products are proprietary, however, we are happy to provide you with the 7 most common ingredient requests NOT FOUND in products currently manufactured by Crayola--This does not include products manufactured under license. Please check packaging carefully to determine manufacturing company.

Peanuts

Shellfish

Fish

Tree Nuts

Eggs

Milk

Latex

(Latex gloves are one of the personal protection options requested by and available to our employees for the occasional handling of raw materials and finished goods during the product manufacturing process.)

We are often asked if any of our products contain gluten (wheat flour). Gluten is contained only in Crayola Dough. Other Crayola modeling materials, including Model Magic modeling compound, Modeling Clay, Air-Dry Clay, and Model Magic Fusion are gluten free. All of these products, however, are produced on the same machinery. Although the machines are cleaned prior to the start of each production run, there is a slight possibility that trace amounts of gluten from Crayola Dough may be present in the other modeling compound products.

For information regarding specific ingredients not listed, please call us at 1-800-272-9652 weekdays between 9 AM and 4 PM Eastern Time.

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Hello,

I too am working on gluten free (also dairy and egg free) supplies for a first grader and a preschooler. I would be thrilled to get a copy of your list. I have been e-mailing and calling companies, but your work could save me hours (maybe days!).

Thanks!

Tolly

jimandtolly@mac.com

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2009 School Supply Information

I have received so many requests for these lists that I am going to attempt to post them. The formatting isn't great (these were all separate documents that I copied and pasted), but I think you can read lists. Hope this is helpful! Tania

Gluten-Free Drinks

Updated 5/09.

Apple and Eve Juices

1-800-969-8018 www.appleandeve.com

Per Website all Apple and Eve products are gluten-free. 5/09

Capri Sun by Kraft

Per website ingredient lists, all Capri Sun is gluten-free including 100% Juice, all

flavors of regular Capri Sun, Roarin

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Thank-you! Thank-you! Thank-you! Thank-you! Thank-you!!!!!!!

I really can't thank you enough!

My children and their teachers thank you too!

Tolly

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Thank you so much for the updated list. This information is priceless as are folks like you who are so willing to share helpful information. Thanks again.

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Thank you again for the helpful information! I'm wondering if you know about Yes! paste. I'm trying to find an option for my 2 year old in his pre-school class. I found recipes for making paper mache, but I was hoping to find a suitable paste for their class. I e-mailed the makers of Yes! paste (Gane Bothers & Lane), and this is the reply:

The ingredients are: water, dextrin, borax, glucose, glycerin and preservatives. I just want you to know that I can not guarantee that this product is gluten/dairy/egg free.

Any thoughts?

Thanks again!

Tolly

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Does anyone know about ink pads? My dd's teacher called to find out about them & has many different brands. I called one, Center Enterprises, & they said "well, if you're concerned about it, then don't use it" Hmmm, nice response :angry: I'm guessing they're not willing to actually look into it for me.

I might just have to get a list from the teacher, but that seems like an awful lot of work on her part, plus she shares supplies with another teacher. sigh.

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Does anyone know about ink pads? My dd's teacher called to find out about them & has many different brands. I called one, Center Enterprises, & they said "well, if you're concerned about it, then don't use it" Hmmm, nice response :angry: I'm guessing they're not willing to actually look into it for me.

I might just have to get a list from the teacher, but that seems like an awful lot of work on her part, plus she shares supplies with another teacher. sigh.

Discount school supplies has gluten-free ink pads. Tania

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I wanted to update this list with a few things I researched independently since they weren't covered on the list. They were confirmed by e-mail or phone in late August.

Plaid Paints - Makes Apple Barrel- sold at Walmart is gluten/dairy/egg free

Rich Art tempera paint, sold at Michael's craft stores is gluten/dairy/egg free.

Prang paints - all are gluten/dairy/egg free

Now to start working on the stickers......

Thanks again for this list!

Tolly

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Thank you for posting this list! I thought we had our bases covered at pre-school but after my 3yo had 2 "abnormal" bm's after art class today, I'm questioning if she was glutened. So although I will specifically look at the bottles of paint they used (tempura or finger), I can also give them this more robust list of items to use as a reference. Good stuff!

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    • I am sorry that I was not clear.    I only mentioned  your diagnostic background, not to discredit you, but because without any lab results (other than a positive gene test), how can you be sure that gluten (shampoo containing wheat protein) was the actual culprit (not a guess) of your symptoms?  It is common for celiacs to receive follow-up antibodies to monitor their dietary compliance.  This is not perfect, but it is the only tool in the toolbox for now.   My husband has been gluten free 12 years prior to my diagnosis.  He went gluten free per the poor advice of his GP and my allergist.  So, I am not trying to discount your diagnosis at all.  I am just trying to see if other lab tests (e.g. liver tests that were elevated previously for you when you were still consuming gluten) were measured after your shampoo exposure.   I am curious because I have had issues over the last year.  I was glutened last January, had the flu, a tooth infection, a cold and a tooth extraction, three rounds of antibiotics (verified to be gluten free) within a month or so.  Like, you, I am very careful.  I have no idea as to how I was exposed.   The last time I ate out was a year ago and even then it was at at 100% gluten free restaurant.   My hubby did not have any symptoms at this time.  He is like my canary.    I went to my GI and my DGP IgA was off the charts even some three months later.   My celiac-related symptoms diminished in three months, but I struggled with autoimmune hives for six.  My GI offered to do an endoscopy in the summer.  Instead I chose to follow the Fasano diet.  I still was not feeling well.  In December, my antibodies were 80.  They were either on a decline or they were increasing again.  I opted for the endoscopy.  My biopsies revealed a healed small intestine (you could see the villi on the scope too).  But I was diagnosed with chronic gastritis and had a polyp removed.   So, all this time I thought my celiac disease was active, but it was NOT the source of my current gut issues.   Again, my apologies.  I just wanted to know how you know for SURE that hydrologized wheat protein from someone else’s shampoo and conditioner could reach your small intestine to trigger an autoimmune reaction.  Maybe, like me, Gluten was not the actual culprit.    
    • The reason I think it was the shampoo? Process of elimination. Our house is almost entirely gluten free (except for this shampoo which slipped through the cracks until I read the ingredient label). My husband has bread that he eats at lunch, but he practices something that resembles aseptic technique from the lab when he's making his sandwiches. He's been doing this for years now and I've never been glutened from within my home. The previous week I hadn't eaten out, I cooked all my food, I don't eat processed food and I never eat something from a shared facility.  Usually if I get glutened it's a single dose sort of thing and it follows a very predictable course, to the point where I can estimate when I got glutened within 24 hours of when it happened. However, this time, I was feeling achy and arthritic and moody for about a week before it got bad enough for me to recognize it as the result of gluten exposure, at which point we went searching and found the shampoo (and conditioner, which does leave more of a residue than shampoo), which he immediately stopped using. Within three days I was feeling back to normal (which is the usual course for me).  Sure, it could have been something else, but I know how sensitive I am, and, as silly as it sounds, it was the only thing that made sense. The other thing you said: You're correct, mine was not a rock solid celiac diagnosis, but I have no doubt that gluten is the problem. I was SICK. I went through two different gluten challenges in an effort to get a more straightforward diagnosis during which I was a barely functioning human being. Consuming gluten may not have given me blunted villi or elevated antibodies, but it did inflame my gut, and actually started to damage my liver. If you look at my diagnosis thread, I had elevated liver enzymes, which have been correlated with celiac disease in the past. There was no alternative explanation for the liver enzymes, he checked EVERYTHING.  I too am a scientist and I have spent a lot of time with the literature trying to make sense of my condition.  https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/26150087 I also have no doubt that gluten was damaging my intestines in some way, as any prolonged gluten exposure in the past has inevitably been followed by a severe FODMAP intolerance that goes away once I've eliminated the gluten and given myself a month or so to heal.  I also had a very fast diagnosis following the onset of symptoms (~1 year) so it's possible that the disease never had a chance to manifest as full celiac. I wasn't willing to eat gluten long enough to find out. As a result of my diagnosis, hazy as it was, I am *meticulously* gluten free. It is not a fad for me. I don't occasionally cheat. It is my life, for better or worse. All of that being said, I'm not sure what my diagnosis has to do with your question. You say you're not trying to be rude, but when you bring up my diagnosis in a thread that has nothing to do with diagnostics, it seems like you're trying to undermine the validity of my disease or the validity of my input in this forum. If I'm being hypersensitive, I apologize, but that's how you came across on my end. I'll admit that the fact that my diagnosis wasn't more straight forward does make me a bit defensive, but I promise that even if I didn't have a solid diagnosis, I interact with the world as though I did, and I'm not out there giving people the wrong idea about celiac disease by not taking it seriously. If there was a connection between your question and my diagnostics that I missed I would appreciate you giving me the chance to better understand what you were asking. 
    • I am just curious.  As a scientist (and I am not trying to be rude), how can you determine if hydrologized wheat protein from your husband’s shampoo was actually the culprit?  If I recall at your diagnosis, you were seronegative, Marsh Stage I, gene positive,  but your doctor still  suspected celiac disease.  You improved on a gluten diet.  Other than observation, how do you really know?  Could it not be something else that triggered your symptoms?   I firmly believe that even trace amounts of gluten (under 20 ppm), can impact sensitive celiacs.  But traces of a protein within a shampoo from someone else’s hair that was rinsed?    
    • I also can't have dairy but through a series of experiments and a lot of research I think I've pinpointed my problem. It may or may not be the same for you, but I thought I'd share.  There are two kinds of beta-casein protein A1 and A2. We'll call A1 "bad casein" and A2 "good casein". The two proteins differ only in a single amino acid, but this is enough to make it so that they are processed differently in your guy. Bad casein is actually broken down into a casomorphin, which is an opioid peptide. That does not mean that milk gets you high, or is as addictive as heroin, or anything like that, it just means that it can interact with opioid receptors (which the gut has a bunch of). It's worth noting that opioids cause constipation due to their interaction with the opioid receptors in the gut, and that a lot of people feel like cheese and dairy slow things down, but any connection between the two is pure speculation on my part at this point.  Now here's where things get weird. The vast majority of milk cows in the western world are derived from Holstein-like breeds, meaning black and white cows. In a few select places, you'll see farms that use Jersey-type cows, or brown cows (Jersey cows produce less milk than Holsteins, but many connoisseurs feel it's a higher quality milk, particularly for cheese).  Holstein-like cows have A1 and A2 casein (bad and good), however, Jersey-type cows only have A2 (good casein), unless their genetic line involved a Holstein somewhere in the past, which does happen.  A company in New Zealand figured out how to test their cows for these two genes, and selected their herd down to cows that specifically produce ONLY A2 (good) casein. You might have seen it in the store, it's called A2 milk. Some people have had a lot of luck with this milk, though it still doesn't solve the problem of cheese.  I have suspected, due to trial and error and a few accidental exposures, that I have a problem with A1 casein, but not A2. In line with this: I am able to eat sheep and goat dairy without any difficulty, so at least I can still enjoy those cheeses! I am also fortunate because I'm apparently not too sensitive, as I can still eat cow-milk butter. The process of making butter removes *most* (read: enough for me) of the casein.  However, if I eat cow cheese or a baked good with milk, I get really sick. It's a much faster reaction than if I get glutened. Within minutes I'm dizzy and tired and my limbs are heavy. I have to sleep for a couple of hours, and then, over the next couple of days, I'm vulnerable to moodiness and muscles spasms and stomach upset just as though I'd been glutened (though the brain fog isn't as bad). I actually haven't tried A2 milk yet, mostly due to lack of availability (and motivation, I don't miss milk, I miss CHEESE). However, last year, when I was getting ready to go on a trip to Italy, I had a thought. Once, in the recent past, when I'd been testing dairy, I'd had a slice of parmesan cheese. Miracle of miracles, I was fine. I didn't feel a thing! I was so excited that I ran out and got some brie to eat as a snack. That did not go so well... Turns out parmigiano reggiano is made from the milk of the Reggiana variety of cow which is, you guessed it, a brown cow (they say red). I did a little more research and found that dairies in Italy predominantly use brown cows. So I decided to try something. As some of you may know, Italy is something of a haven for celiacs. It's one of the most gluten-free friendly places I've ever been. You can say "senza glutine" in the smallest little town and they don't even bat their eyelashes. You can buy gluten free foods in the pharmacy because they're considered a MEDICAL NECESSITY. If travelling-while-celiac freaks you out, go to Italy. Check out the website for the AIC (Italy's Celiac society), find some accredited restaurants, and GO NUTS. While I was there, I decided to see if I could eat the dairy. I could.  Friends, I ate gelato Every. Single. Night. after that. It was amazing. Between the dairy being safe for me and the preponderance of gluten free options, it was almost like I didn't have dietary restrictions. It was heaven. I want to go back and never leave.  So that's my story. Almost too crazy to believe.  TL;DR: Black and white cows make me sick, brown cows are my friends.
    • I'm a scientist, and I did a little research into the study. Looks valid and it was published in a respected journal.  http://www.gastrojournal.org/article/S0016-5085(17)36352-7/pdf The science looks solid. As someone who didn't have a super clean cut diagnosis before going gluten free, I'd love to see something like this become available. Then again, there's no doubt in my mind that I can't have gluten, so any additional testing would be purely academic. But like I said, I'm a scientist. I can't help myself. 
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