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  1. Hi All. I wrote to MAC cosmetics, to see if my make up is safe to use as a celiac. Altho the answers aren't conclusive they have provided me with the following which I wanted to share if anyone else uses MAC and wants to know if they are ok. Dear Ms. ____, Thank you for taking the time to contact us and for your interest in M.A.C. A vast number of raw materials from many different suppliers and sources are used in the manufacture of Estee Lauder Companies' products. It is therefore not possible for us to fully guarantee that our products are completely free of ingredients that may elicit an allergic response in highly sensitive individuals who react to gluten. For example, it is possible that small amounts of a wheat sourced ingredient may remain on shared manufacturing equipment even after a thorough cleaning. We therefore recommend that you discuss this with your physician, because consumer safety is of utmost concern to us. In regards to our inquiry, we have included the gluten content of the products you had requested. Unfortunately, some of the products you requested were not on file; therefore we need to contact our chemists for further information. Upon receipt, we will forward on the information on to you. The Sheertone Blush contains corn. The Plushglass contains soy derivatives. The Eye shadows contains octyldodecyl stearoyl stearate (soy) and octyldodecyl stearoyl stearate (soy). The Studio Finish Concealer contains ascorbyl palmitate (corn). The Lip Gelee and Lustreglass do not contain gluten. We trust the above addresses your concern. We hope that we have the opportunity to serve you in the near future. Sincerely, Andrea Linder Consumer Communications
  2. Oh forgot to comment on the shampoos etc. Yes I switched over the weekend. Got Burts Bees and garnier fructise. All my old ones had wheat germ oil in it. Got rid of my long time face cream (oat) and am trying a burts bees product but it's too fragrant and is making my face blotchy. I've heard about savonniere so might try theirs. Am trying to find out if MAC cosmetic are gluten-free but they've not replied to me yet. Someone else on the forum sent me a couple of links which i need to checkout. Also got new shower gel and lipsalve. Didn't even think about the cosmetics part til I accidentally had some rice milk last Fri as well as licked some envelopes at work and got really ill. Then started thinking about things on my skin/lips. I don't have the dermatitis element (I don't think) but reckon that things soak through the skin as well as licking lips or touching face/hair/mouth.
  3. Interesting. I've been hypo for years. First got ill not long after my 13 yr old was born. Could have been gluten back then too but thyroid definitely. Was relatively stable until last year when stress caught up with me (I think). I'm cking with my doc about hashis. Intuitively I think it's adrenal and being on support as well as removing gluten are making my bod more receptive to thyroid meds. The gluten-free is not as hard as I thought it would be (luckily I like brown rice). But I'm still in the first 6 weeks and tend to feel quite empty and spaced out at times. I think this is normal and my system is definitely better and less hypoclycemic. I've been doing weekly tsh test and will be doing blood test for celiac as I refuse to go back on bad food for the gi biopsy. Have been meaning to get a new thermometer. Normal for me is 97.4 and has been for years. Will see what I can chart. Tx again, Cate
  4. Hi. Thanks all for weighing in on the topic. I don't know if I have Hashi. I do know that I've had an incredibly stressful past 4 years. Divorce, remarriage, starting f/t work after raising kids, marital strife etc. Too much obviously. I have a great doc through an HMO who will do what I ask. I've not switched or asked for Armor yet. I'm on Isocort (2 tabs twice a day) from my acupuncturist and suspect that the adrenal support allowed the thyroid to get through my body better which is what caused my most recent hyper TSH level. I was on 150 levo with the isocort and went from 1.8 to .3 in two weeks. Am now trying 50 levo with the isocort to see if less thyroid support will make me stabilize. Was feeling fantastic last week and then it hit the wall again. I am losing weight on the gluten-free so will be keeping track of my TSH as well as my own internal feelings of how I'm doing. TSH isn't the best test I agree but limited to an HMO your options are what they are and I've had success prior in maintaining a stable level. I think my bod is just dealing with an awful lot just now and I have confidence that things will settle down. A lot of this is down to your own intuition with things. I was curious as to the whole connection with adrenal, thyroid and celiac. I think I have not handled stress well at different points in my life and that eventually kicked my thyroid and now this past difficult 4 years have exhausted my adrenals completely and now it's celiac (or at least gluten intolerance). Thanks again all, Cate
  5. Hi. 41yo female. Hypothyroid 10+ yrs and newly diagnosed (by acupuncturist) as wheat/gluten intolerant. Regular Doc offered GI biopsy for actual celiac diagnosis but have been gluten-free for 6 weeks and feel SO MUCH BETTER so she's agreed to just do blood test and let me eat gluten-free without actual "celiac" label. Have been ill since Oct with TSH fluctuating between hyper and hypo. Can't seem to get levels to settle down. Most recently have been taking 150 mcg levothyroid with a level of 1.8 but still felt sluggish etc. Acupuncturist recommended isocort (2 tabs twice a day). Felt much better and then went from 1.8 to .3 TSH in 2 weeks (.2 is considered hyper). Now been told to take 50 mcg levo by regular physician and retest in a couple of weeks. Acupuncturist says 4 tabs iso daily should be fine. Has anyone noticed that thyroid function improves once you go gluten-free and your gut starts to heal? I swear I've read reports of folks who have suffered from celiac undiagnosed for years and all their other health problems clear up once the gluten thing is figured out. Also, did any of you notice an initial period when you felt slightly worse before you felt better on the gluten-free? I feel like I have a number of good days and then just feel "off" regardless of what I've eaten. Not sure whether this is gluten-free, adrenal, thyroid or just "me" related. Any advice appreciated. Best, Cate
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