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  1. I have been using the Halls sugar free honey lemon cough drops for years and have never had any kind of issue with them. My blood work is always stellar and I am a very sensitive Celiac who does not play Russian Roulette with my food. The review just sounds like the usual disclaimer written by a company who doesn't want to get sued. I consider them safe.
  2. Yes, it is a problem, isn't it? They all used to be dirt cheap and I, like yourself, pay cash for my thyroid hormone. I changed to a high deductible plan so now I get to see what these drug cartels are charging. ? NP is way more expensive than the Nature-throid. I liked the NP but switched back to Nature-throid. Nature-throid went through a "thing" last year when some of their suppliers of the raw materials they use boosted their prices way up so the owners decided to research new suppliers, who had the same high quality product, who didn't price gouge in order to keep their prices lower. I have been able to get the 65mg dose but I also need the 16.25mg dose to achieve correct dosage and I haven't been able to get that dose yet. So, I use the NP for the smaller dose and the Nature-throid for the larger dose. It is so annoying! I paid $40.00 for a 3 month supply of Nature-throid (65mg) and NP wanted $100.00 for the same dose/quantity. I swear that heroin would be cheaper and easier to find.....
  3. Actually, they are, but many won't. Do you think people went out to eat all the time years ago? No, they didn't. 98% of the time, we ate at home, at the family dinner table. Eating out was a real luxury. If you are going out to eat that much or dine at other's houses and take chances with their food that they prepare, then that is being somewhat risky and careless. If a person can live with that level of risk, then that's fine but it still means a somewhat careless attitude about Celiac Disease. There is nothing wrong with taking you own food to other people's homes. I do it all the time. When you are pushing 60, taking risks just doesn't work out all that well. I understand everyone's need to want to have a med for CC issues but you still have to be careful of what you eat, regardless. I know I am in the minority on this but I see my family members cheat and be careless with their diet and then I have to listen to them b%$@# about being glutened. No sympathy whatsoever do I have for them. They are gluten free when it is convenient and that isn't reality. That, in turn, makes things hard for me because then people think I am making the rules up about eating gluten free correctly, which I am not. After 13 years gluten-free, I can't remember what it was like to cook with gluten and I cook with ease and without fear. It becomes automatic with what you have to do so you don't think about it. Not to mention the added benefit of weight control. Cycling lady put it best with her post. You wouldn't have to worry about CC so much if you made your own food more often and saved dining out for a treat, instead of a regular occurrence. To be honest, if they developed something to use against CC, and there were zero side effects, then I would use it when I travel. But it would not make me go out to eat more or eat other people's food and I will never, ever eat gluten again, even if they claimed a cure. If you are genetically programmed not to eat something without damaging your insides, then don't expect the medical profession to tackle that successfully. They are just not that good when it comes to chronic disease.
  4. None of the thyroid therapies are drugs...anything you take is thyroid replacement hormones, if you are hypothyroid. If Synthroid is not working well for you, I would highly recommend desiccated because they contain BOTH thyroid hormones, instead of just the T4 only. I have been using Nature-throid for a long time and it has worked very well for me. There are a few of them now but Nature-throid is one of the least expensive out there. Armour and NP thyroid are great but more expensive. Kind of annoying as they have been around for awhile so should not cost as much as they do. Like allergy meds, many people use them and need them so price goes up. But do not be afraid to try a more natural way to treat your Hashi's. I have never tried Synthroid but was on the generic version for awhile and it just didn't work nearly as well for me as Nature-throid. Turns out, I need the added T3.
  5. The diet is not difficult to manage if you learn about food and nutrition, in other words, do your homework. It's the same for diabetics. The vast majority of people I know with either condition who are always complaining do not follow their diets well and continue to try and eat the standard, crap, American diet. Then whine they have been glutened and get mad when you point out why that is happening. Everyone wants a pill for a quick fix and that is not reality. I think if a good pill were developed to address cross contamination when traveling or dining out, with no side effects, that would be great but I would still be just as careful as I always am, regardless of meds available. I have just never found it difficult to eat healthy and think the meal through to prevent getting sick. It's paid off because I rarely, if ever, have a problem and I am very sensitive. I do eat out occasionally but it's at the places I know are owned or run by people with Celiac and have never made me sick. I always have food available to eat that is safe. There are a few simple rules to follow and if you do, then managing Celiac becomes pretty easy. Like cyclinglady said, I cook as much as Ma Ingalls probably did but it pays off in the end. I am surprised by the number of people who do not cook today because you can't be a successful Celiac if you don't cook your own food.
  6. Gemini

    Mild case of celiac?

    http://www.instyle.com/lifestyle/food-drink/best-gluten-free-bakeries-paris#1565608 No need to cheat in Europe. Their gluten-free products are phenomenal. You can't even compare them to what we get here in the States. Enjoy!
  7. He should be screened for all other AI diseases associated with Celiac because the range he is stuck in would be the range you see with other AI diseases. He could have one brewing that isn't bad enough to create symptoms yet. Also, the doctor should be running his DGP test, along with the tTg, because it is erroneous to use the tTg only for compliance reasons. They make this mistake all the time. The DGP will actually show if he is ingesting gluten. Using the endo alone is dumb because they could easily have missed damage.
  8. You are correct with this but many people don't believe it. My attitude is that if you worry about this, then use gluten-free shampoo. If you understand the concept of cc and are comfortable with it, then use whatever you want. The bottom line is that you rinse your hair well after shampooing it so, unless you chew on your hair for hours on end, the odds of you actually being glutened by this is practically nil.
  9. Although, I shouldn't be so quick to laugh. Dogs, if they live long enough, can develop dementia type symptoms. They can become confused and almost forget how to do simple things that they do as dogs. It's rare, though, as most do not live long enough for that to happen. The one good thing about shorter life spans......
  10. I had no idea you could give Claritin to a dog! Great idea! Some suffer as much as we do.
  11. Yes, indeed.......I agree with Squirmy. I have Celiac and Sjogren’s so it can happen. You also need to know that Sjogren’s in and of itself can cause GI problems. It can affect your internal organs. Mine is just problematic for my eyes and mouth but Sjogren’s can cause other symptoms. But your bathroom symptoms are highly indicative of Celiac and fat malabsorption.
  12. Today it was 72 degrees here and the trees are starting to pop and the early pollen is already here from grasses. I was out today and suddenly realized that I was not miserable and my eyes were as normal as they get for me. I almost hate to say it out loud but could the Zyrtec really be working? I am also doing sublingual allergy drops and have for 2 1/2 years now so maybe it is kicking in and my stupid, overactive immune system is being beaten into compliance? Saints be praised but I will reserve judgement until the trees let go and all that green pollen rains down on us. Then, I will know for sure. t
  13. Oh, Thank God! Something finally works in my favor. But it makes you think about all these drugs they throw people on for very little reason and this is what can end up happening. Scary.
  14. I have to agree that this was not harsh in any way. The poster's daughter is 11 years old and kids are incredibly smart. They learn so quickly and it is very important that she learns the diet correctly and not be given the idea that taking extreme chances is OK. If a person even begins to think that risk taking is acceptable, it could become the norm as she becomes a teen and then her health will go into the bucket again. She has to learn that not eating the pizza will not destroy her life and she will move on and be fine. Besides, the vast majority of gluten-free pizza out there sucks and she would do much better to learn to make it at home because you can make some really good pizza at home that will be safe and delicious! Being harsh would be to bring a regular pizza home so that the rest of the family could enjoy some, while your child looks on and can't have any.......that's harsh and downright cruel.
  15. It's nice to see that not much has changed with these dopey doctors. From a common sense perspective and information gleaned from medical journals, a positive tTg and especially a positive EMA, that is a slam dunk for Celiac. Add to that your other positives, plus a positive genetic test, at this point, you do not need an endo for diagnosis. Your doctor, and many other's, like the money they make from doing them. You also do not need an endo for follow-up, unless you are having problems or not healing well. I had the same results with my testing......I failed all tests by huge numbers and had the same results from genetic testing. I ended up with a double DQ-2 from the great genetics in my Irish family. You have Celiac so the decision to have the endo is entirely up to you. I did not have one because I presented with classic Celiac and had all those positives. I have never looked back, never cheat on the diet which is not hard to do and had a complete turn around with symptoms, once I started the gluten-free diet. Mind you, it took 3 years total as I was diagnosed at age 46, but my health is far better than it ever was while eating gluten. Good luck!