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  1. Probably not. IF I had also lost some weight during those months... I'm sure I would have stuck to it. But it's not an easy diet to follow and when I didn't see results of any kind, I gave it up.
  2. I happened to stumble back onto this thread when doing a search on google. I'm amazed at how many people have this disease! Since my original post in 2007, I've been diagnosed with Hashimoto's Thyroiditis (Autoimmune Hypothyroidism). I'm sure that I had it for many years prior to being diagnosed since I've had many hypothyroid symptoms for years. The standard thyroid test that they run (the TSH) always came back normal, but when the doctors finally tested my antibodies - they saw that there was a problem. I am now on thyroid meds as well as low dose hydrocortisone tablets (for adrenal fatigue). While on Synthroid (T4) my GA seemed to be getting flatter and lighter in color, but I didn't feel well on that hormone so I switched to Cytomel (T3) along with a small bit of T4 and my GA has became worse again. Not sure what this all means, but doing a search for Cytomel and GA will bring up pages seeing a connection (often patients get their first lesion while on this med)... doing a search for Synthroid will bring up pages (including a patient case) that shows sometimes Synthroid can he helpful in curing GA. Since the body converts T4 to T3 before using it... this doesn't make much sense. I also did try a gluten free diet for a couple months with no change in the GA or any of my other health problems.
  3. Here is a new list: Purina to voluntarily withdraw Mighty Dog
  4. I need to get a senior ad (those ads they sell to parents for the back of the school yearbook) mailed in within the next couple days and I'm having a hard time coming up with something to write in it. Originally we were going to use the Winston Churchill quote "Success is a journey, not a destination." but I just really don't like it for my daughter. Today I came up with "You may be growing up, but you'll never outgrow our hearts!", but that's pretty sappy, so I don't know. She's going off to college in the fall, undecided about what she wants to do. She's a good kid (and our only one), really never gave us any trouble. Likes the band Alkaline Trio, so a cool qoute from one of their songs would be good. I know some kids don't like the senior ads, but my daughter loves the attention. She's one of the ones that likes to have flowers delivered to her at school on her birthday. If you have high-schoolers could you look in the back of their yearbooks at the senior ads and see if any parents came up with a good quote or something clever?? OR ask your teens what they would like to see written there. Thanks!!
  5. Chris Richardson is one of my favorites, I like his voice. He seems like a genuinely nice kid as well. I have to agree the guys were boring last night. ZZZZ... Hope the girls are more entertaining.
  6. I agree it does have a aftertaste, I wouldn't say metallic, but definately not pleasant. It's a little strong for me (I'm used to a very light beer), but it's nice to be able to sit back and have a beer with friends.
  7. I think different anti-depressants work for different people. It does take a while to get used to them, I'd give it another week or two and then talk to your doctor about switching if the side effects are bothering you. I was on Paxil for about a year and for me it worked very well EXCEPT that I gained about 20 lbs. Also do NOT quit this cold turkey like I did. Not fun. They say it isn't addictive, but I think otherwise.
  8. I've been gluten/wheat/dairy free for 2 weeks now and haven't seen any weight loss at all. Is this normal? My basic meals go something like this: B - gluten free cereal and soymilk or a couple scrambled eggs L - small green salad with cucumbers and celery with gluten-free dressing 2 regular sized gluten-free hotdogs with mustard (no buns) little box of raisens S - handful of Mrs. May's almond crunch D - chicken breast cut up as fajita meat with gluten-free seasoning, green pepper and onion 1 corn tortilla 1/2 cup refried beans I may have a Diet rite cola later with a squirt of tequila and if I get really hungry I might eat a small bowl of tortilla chips or Fritos. I am checking labels for any gluten, wheat or dairy. I am a experienced dieter...lost 20 lbs. on the Carb Addicts plan..gained it back within a year. Lost 35 lbs. on the Fat Flush plan 2 years ago, kept it off for about 6 months, then the weight returned no matter what I did...and I tried every diet I could think of to no avail. Low carb, good carb, fruits/vegs/nuts (the minister's diet), low calorie (at 1500 calories per day I still can't lose more than maybe 7 or 8 lbs. before I plateau), Sangria La diet, etc.. I have about 50 pounds to lose now and am about ready to throw in the towel! I've been checked for Hypothyroidism on several occasions and the results always come back normal. I do have a LOT of hypo symptoms though. Help!
  9. If you want the IGg blood tests, go with a different company than York (now Optimum Health Resource Labs). I ordered one of the 96 food panel blood tests (for $379) back in August and didn't get results until January. I probably wouldn't have them at all except I happened to call once and someone actually answered the phone (they don't reply to emails either). The test was supposedly ready in October, so I can't fathom why it was never mailed. If you do a search for Optimum Health Resources you'll find a thread in which other people had the same experience as I did. I was told via the results that I am sensitive to Gluten, wheat and dairy and have cut these out of my diet for the past 2 weeks. I've had no improvements as of yet...so I'm not even sure the results are accurate. I'll continue with the eliminations for a couple months and hope for better health. Not very encouraged at this point though.
  10. I thought the guys did great last night! I'm thinking Sanjaya might be leaving, Brandon might leave too just because he picked a slow and somewhat boring song. Looking forward to the girls tonight. Missed them last week. Vote for the Worst site is pushing votes for Sundance and Antonella. Unfortunately I do think those anti-AI people do make a difference at least in these earlier shows. I don't understand their whole concept anyhow. If you don't like the show, why mess it up for others? Here's the link if you are interested: Vote for the Worst
  11. A lot of people who have a problem with gluten and wheat also have a problem with dairy. The cheese may be the culprit. Try the pulse test next time you have dairy. Pulse Testing: This method measures the pulse rate before and after eating a meal. If the pulse rises or varies more than 16 beats after the meal or any time during the next 24 hours in a resting state, exposure to an offending food can be suspected. Good luck and welcome to the board!
  12. Emily, I have a lot of the same symptoms as you so I can relate. I've been having the constant headaches for over 5 months now (mine go away during the spring and summer usually), tried some meds but quit them due to side effects and have just started the gluten-free (plus wheat and dairy free) diet a week ago so I'm not seeing results as of yet. Hopefully soon. Have you been checked for Hypothyroidism? Ask for the full thyroid panel (T3 and T4), not just the TSH. Autoimmune Thyroiditis (Hashimotos) won't always show up on the standard TSH test. Also, antidepressants have a lot of side effects. I'm not sure which medication you are taking, but here are side effects from Paxil: PAROXETINE (Paxil) Common: Nausea, vomiting, sedation, fatigue, drymouth, headache. Occasional: Insomnia, agitation, tremor, diarrhea, constipation, dizziness, sweating (a lot of the symptoms you are experiencing!!). You might want to Google "side effects" and the med you are taking and see if that could be your problem. Hope you solve this soon! It sucks to feel like crap all the time.
  13. Chocolate can kill dogs, although I doubt your dog ate enough to do that. I found this: "Milk chocolate: 1 ounce per pound of body weight. Approximately one pound of milk chocolate is poisonous to a 20-pound dog; one-half pound for a 10-pound dog. The average chocolate bar contains 2 to 3 ounces of milk chocolate. It would take 2-3 candy bars to poison a 10 pound dog. Semi-sweet chocolate has a similar toxic level." You are probably okay unless your dog starts to vomit or act unusual, then I would get him to a vet.
  14. Yes, you just need to use any carbonated drink. Let me know how yours turns out!
  15. I had high liver enzymes once but had taken a couple Tylenol about a half hour before the blood test. Acetaminophen, the active ingredient in Tylenol and other painkillers can really mess up the liver. Once I was off the Tylenol, my enzymes went back to normal.
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