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  1. Happy birthday and may God bless you today!

  2. I guess I just don't understand why I have an (almost) immediate severe reaction to even a small amount of malt and no reaction at all to (large amounts of) wheat flour. I understand that the antibodies they test for are not specific antibodies for wheat, rye and barley--I am just trying to make sense of all of this. I am wondering if it is possible to be allergic and have reactions to one grain (ex:barley), but not others (flour). The glutens in wheat, barley and rye are very similar, but not chemically the same.
  3. I was diagnosed with Celiac in Oct 06 with a positive biopsy (Dr said it showed mild blunting). I immediately went gluten-free and my GI symptoms resolved rather quickly. Since then I have occasionally felt like I was "glutened" but was typically able to trace it back to the source-most of which were "malt" ingredients. When they originally tested my blood for the antibodies, only one of the three came back as elevated. So I got to thinking...are the three antibodies they test for correlated with the three grains we are to avoid, wheat, barley and rye? I decided to run a little experiment of my own--I ate bread and ravioli for dinner to see if I would react to the wheat. No symptoms at all. Is it possible to be sensitive to only one of the three grains? I am very confused and would really appreciate any feedback! Thanks!
  4. I got glutened by wine-which I thought was normally safe. My sister brought a bottle of Spumante to our Christmas celebration and I had a glass without checking the label. Within 20 minutes I was sick as a dog. I couldn't figure out how I got glutened because I cooked the entire meal--then my sister looked on the label of the Spumante and it was made with carbonated malt beverage. At least we figured out where it came from--the worst is when you get sick and you can't figure out where the gluten came from.
  5. Jaimek, It was the one downtown. Sorry I didn't reply sooner, it's been a while since I've been online. Good luck and enjoy! Ginny
  6. Last weekend my husband and I ate at a Melting Pot in Philadelphia (It is a fondue style restaurant). I asked our server not to put bread on my plate because I had a gluten-allergy. She immediately knew what I was talking about and said that they had to make our cheese fondue differently (I guess they usually use flour in it to help it have a good consistency), but that they had a recipe to make it gluten-free. She recommended that my husband not dip his ravioli in the fondue until I was finished using it---I knew this, but I was impressed with her level of knowledge. Overall we had a wonderful experience there, and I didn't get sick. They were so accomodating! There are Melting Pots all over the country and it is one of my favorite places to eat.
  7. I spoke with Turkey Hill on the phone and they said that they do not use any wheat, barley or oats (or any ingredients containing these) in their products and that if they use anything with wheat it will be clearly listed on the allergy statement near the ingredients. That means all of their drinks (Iced Teas) and their Mint Choco Chip Ice Cream is safe! YAY!!! There are still good things about life
  8. Does anyone know if MAC lipstick is safe? Thanks!
  9. Thanks so much for all of this information. There is so much to learn for us newbies! Does anyone know if MAC make-up products are okay? I am addicted to their lipstick, and I really hope I don't have to give it up! Ginny
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