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  1. My daughter and I are still waiting for the results of our celiac panel. I've been low on iron for some time now and have put on weight over the past year and a half. Part of my problem lately has been exhaustion and an almost constant craving for sugar, fruit, etc. Even when I'm not hungry!! I feel as if my body is craving energy and it just sort of manifests itself as sweet cravings. Is it possibe it could be candida? I don't know much about it.



  2. I use corn starch. There is a recipe on the box. I have NEVER had lumps or gravy that has not turned out. The only difference is that the gravy is shiny on the surface. I never had luck with flour gravy so started making gravy from corn starch years before dx. Good luck!

    Shiney surface:

    That may be the fat floating on the surface (sorry, I know it sounds gross). The trick is to pour the drippings into a plastic ziplock bag, the fat floats to the top. Cut a small hole in the bottom of the bag and let the juice out. Pinch the bottom of the bag before the fat flows into the pan. Also remember to dissolve the cornstarch in cold water before you add it to the gravy so you won't have lumps!!

  3. I too believe that teachers are wonderful (my husbands is just finishing his Master's to teach Math in the public schools!)

    For our son who is gifted, the public school system just wasn't able to meet his needs. Teacher's are very busy and don't have the time for one-on-one like we do as parents. They don't have the time to customize a cirriculum that will meet each childs individual needs which is what my husband and I have done for our kids. We are all diffierent and what works for one won't necessarily work for another.

    There are plenty of bullies and people with issues in all aspects of life. As Mahatma Gandhi once said, " We need to be the change we wish to see in the world". The same goes for our kids, all we can do is teach and lead by example. It's sad they have to deal with such things at such a young age but unfortunately, even my homeschooled kids are exposed to it on occasion.

  4. As far as the issuse of being able to afford to home school... Is it because you work or are you afraid of the cost? If your concers are cost related there are many charter schools and programs out there that provide the necessary cirriculum for you at no cost. My children are homeschooled but are actually registered in the public school system and recieve their books for free as well as access to experienced teachers who keep our records and administer the state tests etc. There are so many options out there. As I said above, my son is gifted and I have found it easier to teach him myself at his own pace than to fight him tooth and nail to conform to school standards and be bored out of his mind. You need to decide for yourself what is best for your daughter, don't let the cost scare you because there are other options if you choose to homeschool!

  5. I'm sorry for all the troubles your having. I home school my two children now grades 6 and 8. My son had quite a bit of trouble in school and was often labeled by teachers as a possible candidate for ADHD. It turned out, he was just gifted and bored to death in school. My daughter also had difficulties because she had the tummy troubles and a special diet often violated by well meaning teachers and other students wanting to share. My children are very well socialized and not sheltered as a result of the home school program. In fact, they socialize with people of all ages and play with neighbor kids daily. Do what you feel is best for your child and trust your instincts. It already sounds to me like you have some feelings about the way in which you feel your child is being mistreated. Home school for preschool is fine and it sounds like your daughter already knows what most kids do upon entering kindergarden.

    Best of luck to you,


  6. Thanks to all of you for your thoughts and advice. I have often had very good "instincts" or "gut feelings" but all this time of being ill and finding no solid test indicators has left me feeling like a nut case!!! In fact, I have been put on so many different antidepressants over the past year and a half and each one has caused my stomach to become more irritated and hasn't helped the depression. After all, it's often all in your head, right? My daughter was sent to a GI when she was hospilized @ two with dehydration and the fainting spells from the cramping and he blew us off and told us to take her off of dairy and put her on soy products (which she happens to be allergic to). Although we are still waiting for the blood work to come back, like many of you have stated, I'm going to go for the dietary change and see how it goes. What is there to lose by it, and if it works, I don't need an official diagnosis to be convinced. Thanks again to all and I'm sure I'll be around to get to know you all better. It's nice not to be alone in all this.


  7. Soy is also a common allergen and irritant. Perhaps cutting out some of the major allergens like soy, eggs, dairy, nuts, corn, etc. in addition to the foods with gluten and giving your body a rest for a month would be a good idea. Then introduce one of the suspects @ a time so you can really monitor the consequences. I have an HMO as well and I understand your frustration. Try the elimination diet and really watch what happens when a single food is introduced.

  8. Greetings all, My 11 year old daughter and I have a long history of tummy upsets and have only recently began the testing process for Celiac disease ( the poor child having been put through every other test under the sun from the age of 2, we hope we're finally getting somewhere). Her new pediatritian had me take her to Children's Hospital San Diego where they drew a "comprehensive celiac panel" which was shipped to Promethius labs for analysis. We're desperate for answers and I'm wondering how accurate blood testing actually is? If the results are negative or inconclusive would it still be a good idea to try the gluten free diet?

    My daughter has had tummy problems since the age of two when she was painfully thin with a bloated belly and had passed out on more than one occasion from abdominal cramping. She is still thin and often complains of a "tummyache" and sometimes doesn't want to go places away from home for fear her tummy will start hurting. We both get canker sores in our mouths and have frequent loose BM's. I also have the tummy upsets and have had low Ferritin levels and awful depression for the past year and a half with no reasonable explanation. I know being diagnosed with an illness is not a desirable thing, but we just need answers and I hope the blood work will give us something to go on.

    Any advice would be appreciated.

    Thank you all for your time!

  9. Greetings to you all. My 11 year old daughter and I are going through the process of diagnosis at the moment and I have a question regarding Celiac disease and Ferritin levels. I have a long history of tummy upsets and have only recently heard of Celiac disease. For the past year and a half my Ferritin levels have been constantly low although I am not technically anemic. Does anyone know if Celiac can lead to low iron stores without necessarily causing anemia? Thanks for any input.