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  1. I have terrible problems when I injest sugar. Some digestive problems, but mainly problems with my moods and emotions. I actually have these problems when I take in too much of anything sweet. I avoid honey, cane sugar, maple syrup, fruit juices, or any other concentrated form of sugar. I feel so much better both physically and emotionally when I eat this way.
  2. I react pretty strongly to both cow's milk and goat milk. But I have strong reactions to lots of foods, so I'm fairly sensitive.
  3. Right now the only grain I can eat is non-starchy rice. I'm still having some stomach pain and other problems, so I'm still in the process of eliminating items. The rice may end up being the culprit. Although it could be eggs or potatoes. I've already eliminated so many things, but the list of foods that I can eat just keeps getting smaller and smaller. The good part about it though is that I'm feeling so much better than before!
  4. When I first took dairy out of my diet, I could still eat a little of it with lactase pills and be okay for the most part. I would only do this if I had to eat out for any reason. Instead of dairy, I used soy cheese which has casein in it. I was okay with that at first. However, when I started eliminating other foods that caused me problems, I found that my system was more sensitive and that I couldn't eat any dairy or casein even if I took lactase pills. I think it is because my body can now tell me when any little amount of problem food is injested since it is not having to deal with all of the major intolerances like gluten. My body probably was so busy dealing with the big problems related to gluten, etc. that it didn't have the energy to worry about the "smaller" intolerances.
  5. Thanks for the info, although it's pretty disturbing to me. I seem to have problems with both corn and xanthan gum. I'm finding more and more that any type of non-natural and refined items cause me lots of digestive problems.
  6. I was diagnosed with MS via MRI when symptoms first popped up in 1993. I never did have a spinal tap. Thankfully, my MS seems to be a benign form right now with only mild symptoms. My question is whether or not I should maybe be tested for Lyme's disease. My main health problems right now are mainly digestive, even after going off of gluten, corn, dairy, soy, and many other foods. I also have advanced endometriosis which can be pretty painful. For those of you diagnosed with Lyme's, did your digestive symptoms improve after your treatment for Lyme's, or are gluten intolerance and Lyme's completely separate diseases?
  7. All I know is that I very much react to MSG. It actually gives me symptoms similar to a mild multiple sclerosis flare up. I don't know if I react because it is related to the whole gluten intolerance thing, or if it because of my MS though.
  8. I just saw the movie a couple of nights ago with my husband. Our local library had it. I'm definitely going to get more involved, as well as tell everyone I know. It's so frustrating that genetically modified food doesn't have to be labelled, and that through no fault of their own, organic farmer's crops are getting cross pollenated by this stuff. Who knows how many people are allergic and/or sensitive to these new forms of food. Thanks for starting this thread and making more people aware :-)
  9. I'm not sure what parts of soy are "bad", but I generally avoid all soy. I have advanced endometriosis, and the phytoestrogens in soy potentially mess with my hormones and cause problems. One thing to think about is that if you are buying non organic soy products, there is a potential that they have genetically modified soy in them. I'm beginning to wonder if genetically modified food is some of what is causing me to have digestive/allergy related problems. Just a thought.
  10. My husband and I go to Outback a lot and are very pleased with the quality of food they serve. They seem to be knowledgeable and detailed in making sure that they food we get is free of gluten. The same thing with PF Chang's. We haven't yet been to Ruth's Chris since it's more expensive than Outback :-) I was diagnosed back in 1993 via MRI. I had an MRI done when symptoms (coordination problems, vertigo, numbness, etc.) were active. They noticed a large lesion where my brain and spinal cord meet. They thought it was either a brain tumor or more likely MS. Once the symptoms went away (after a month or two), they did another MRI and were able to diagnos it as MS. Hearing I had MS was a relief compared to the possiblity of having a brain tumor. From what it sounds like, my situation was unusual since it normally takes years to get a diagnosis.
  11. You bring up a really good topic. I've never thought about some of these intolerances to other foods as being similar to gluten intolerance based on proteins. Unfortunately I haven't seen anything about it in all my reading on the Internet. I've heard a lot about "leaky gut" and that if you heal that, you may be able to reintroduce some of the foods back into the diet. (But not gluten if a person has celiac). Hopefully someone out there has more information about it.
  12. Thanks for all of the information. Its pretty scary! I'm definitely going to be more careful when selecting prepackaged food labeled "healthy".
  13. I've had trouble in the past with digestive enzymes. I rarely take them now. I have found that when I start to have small intestine pain, I go back to a very basic, easy to digest diet of fruits, veggies, lean meat, fish, & eggs, and brown rice/brown rice flour (not the starchy sweet brown rice). I make sure not to eat any preservatives or additives, and very few spices. I find that most of the gluten free items contain gums and starches that are pretty hard to digest when my system is sensitive. This helps me so much! I also avoid any foods that cause me to get congested (like corn, dairy) and foods that many people find harder to digest (nuts, beans, etc.). Then, when I have been feeling better for a while, I start to reintroduce harder to digest items. I always avoid gluten though :-)
  14. For a person with celiac, no gluten should be consumed because even tiny amounts cause problems. However, for a person with gluten intolerance and NOT celiac, I have heard of people that are able to get their digestive systems healed up enough to eventually have small amounts of the foods that they used to be intolerant to. This may include gluten. I think it has to do with the idea of having a "leaky gut" caused by an imbalance of good vs. bad bacteria in the digestive system, the use of NSAIDS (like Advil, etc.), and other things. The leaky gut leaves holes where undigested food can "leak" out and the body starts attacking it causing inflammation, pain, and other problems.
  15. From my understanding, wild caught salmon should not contain red coloring. They only add this to farmed salmon since the flesh of farmed salmon doesn't get red like wild salmon. It has to do with what they eat. Evidently, people wouldn't buy the farmed salmon when it wasn't pink in color (as told to me by someone in a local meat department). People proabably thought the salmon wasn't fresh or something if it wasn't pink.
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