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  1. That looks like a letter my mom would have sent me!
  2. I just recently moved from rural Kansas to Port Arthur, Texas. I will let you know this fall if I notice any difference between harvest time and city air.
  3. Yes. PJ's Bakery in southwest Missouri is both. She does all of the glutenfree baking by special order, on Sundays and Mondays. She completely scrubs out the kitchen beforehand, and does not have anything with gluten in the kitchen when she bakes. She is planning to build another kitchen at the back of her bakery to meet the demand for glutenfree products. Hers are very delicious, and she ships across the United States.
  4. Where are you located? I have no suggestions, but I would frequent a cafe like what you are describing.
  5. Those that react severely to corn or soy would benefit from having something else that they can eat. Corn is in so many more things than gluten, so corn-intolerant people (like my sister) are restricted more severely than celiacs. When I read the article, I thought it said that those that had problems were the ones that were consuming gluten, not the ones eating the hydrolyzed wheat. The gluten-eating control group had to drop out, the ones eating some hydrolyzed wheat and some gluten got sick, the ones eating just the hydrolyzed wheat were fine. I have no doubt that scientists can figure out how to change the gluten so that it is edible by celiacs. It is a challenge, and they will rise to it!
  6. I was 12 or 13 when the doctor said I had rheumatoid arthritis. I put up with the pain and inflammation for years after that, but never had the deformity. At the age of 40, I was diagnosed with celiac. Within a month of going glutenfree, the inflammation and pain were gone. Now when I get glutened, that pain comes back. I do still get numbness, but it is because I have systemic sclerosis. Autoimmune diseases like to travel in packs!
  7. Jestgar has my proxy on the science part of this issue. Chiropractors are not experts regarding celiac disease, any more than I am.
  8. My only problem with Amy's products is that they use black beans in so much of their stuff. I hate black beans!
  9. Constipation was a major issue for me. It was directly related to being celiac, and is now one of the first problems I have if I get contaminated.
  10. They gave me some Benadryl, sprayed some nasty stuff down my throat, then whatever drug they put in my IV put me to sleep. I don't remember anything about the rest of the day except riding in a wheelchair in the elevator, and waking up in my recliner at home. I felt no pain or discomfort, other than that nasty spray.
  11. WheatChef is right. My allergist calls it a "learned reaction." Gluten doesn't actually have to enter the body for the body to react. The smell of gluten-containing products triggers a memory of how sick my body was when I was eating it. The memory triggers a reaction in my body, just as though I had consumed the gluten. The reaction was unconscious, so it usually took me by surprise. It took a year before I could smell those products without getting sick. It took a lot of conscious effort on my part to retrain my body. It is possible, however, to inhale gluten particles. If you are extremely sensitive to contamination, it is best to stay away from any kitchen that gluten is being mixed around in. Some cornbread/dog batters do contain wheat, so if the batter was mixed from scratch, it is possible that wheatflour dust was in the air, thus contaminating you. I am not overly sensitive to gluten, but I still refuse to stay in a room that wheatflour is being used in. It is a risk I am not willing to take.
  12. LOL @ Mommida! Maybe you really don't want to know where you squeezed him at!
  13. I have to ditto Tiffany. Also, my body is short, so my grandsons get kind of squished if I sit down while holding them. They really fight that squished feeling.
  14. I fell at my oldest grandson's preschool last spring. So many people came running, it was unreal. VERY embarrassing! I didn't mind so much the women that came to help, but the embarrassment hit hard when I looked up at two very handsome young policemen! You better bake up some goodies for those security guys, just so they don't show your tape!
  15. B complex and Lexapro for me. My messed up intestinal tract does not produce enough serotin, so an SSRI is needed.
  16. The pumkin torte in martini glasses is funny! My grandsons are all 5 and under, and do not have celiac. They enjoy their goldfish and cookies, and are always offering me bites. I just keep telling them no thank you. The oldest one asked my why not, so I told him. He might not understand yet, but he doesn't want to see his grandma sick. The adults in my family watched my mom die from complications of celiac, so they respect my needs. I bring my own food, and just stand firm. Friends are different, though. One woman from church told me that celiac is not a real disease, it is actually caused by eating processed wheat instead of whole wheat. She told me to just eat whole wheat and rye, and I would be fine. This woman is a nurse-practioner. I refuse to go to the clinic she works at. I hosted Thanksgiving, as I always do. I got some glutenfree pie crusts and made a pumpkin pie in a crust, and one without a crust. My sister made a big deal out of saving the crustless pie for me. Joke was on them, the crusts I used really were glutenfree!
  17. I saw that column, and thought how your dad sounded a lot like my sister-in-law. I have celiac and food allergies, so I try to accomodate all of my meal guests. The entire meal is something I can eat, but I make sure I have dishes and know the ingredients of everything for everyone else. It doesn't cost any more than I would have spent to begin with, and it makes a fun relaxing time for all. I really am sorry about your dad's reaction.
  18. I get constipated if I consume wheat, diarrhea if I consume barley, and I don't want to know if I eat rye. Celiac reactions can go either way, and they both hurt.
  19. I did a search on the board for a support group or something like it in Port Arthur, Texas, and didn't find anything. Is anyone from that general area? I am moving there at the end of the month, and would like to know what resources are available.
  20. Yes, it is always easy. And none of your list applies to my life. As for restaurants, it is called having a relationship with the people that work there. I don't throw hissy fits or temper tantrums if my order is wrong, I make it a point to get to know the people that work at them. I am not "gluten-light." I have to be glutenfree, it is not an option. I am not in a "utopian routine," my life changes on a whim. I do feel when I have been glutened, I do not cook all of my food from scratch. The statement that I must be "twisting the truth a bit" is patently offensive. Once you get past the "woe is me, I can't eat what everyone else eats" mindset, the glutenfree diet is absurdly easy.
  21. Just be careful of beef. The convenience store I work in sells roast beef in the deli, and it is seasoned with gluten-containing soy sauce. Otherwise, all of the meats and cheeses we sell is glutenfree.
  22. I find it to be an easy diet. I don't get to eat whatever I please, and eating out can be a hassle, but keeping things is perspective helps. My health is important to me. I am in control of what I eat, and I take that responsibility. If other people don't understand, that is their problem. The "just don't eat bread or pasta" and "eat meat and vegetables" comments are a simplification, but they are also true. I don't feel well when I eat processed foods a lot, but I feel great eating meat and vegetables. Even eating glutenfree processed foods don't make me feel as well as meat and vegetables. Once I got used to that feeling, eating well became very easy, even in restaurants. Getting past the "I can't eat like everyone else" mindset is the hardest part of the diet, imo.
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