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  1. No, don't bake it first. You'd do that if you were making something like a coconut creme pie in which you'd basically be filling it with a pudding or other no bake filling.

    However, I'd suggest checking the crust after a wee bit to see if it's browning too quickly around the rim/edges. If so, cover the rim with tin foil.

    And note that this is what they call a crumb crust -- you don't roll it out, you press it into place. Think cheesecake. You might want to look for a different pie dough recipe if you want a traditional pumpkin pie.


  2. I have rice and yeast allergies in addition to a wheat allergy. Today I found at Wild Oats a line of baking mixes which are gluten-free, corn, dairy, soy, and rice free. Some products are yeast free and nut free as well. They had pie crust mix, pumpkin and banana bread mixes, yeast bread, and some others I can't recall. They are expensive, but to me it's worth it as I pretty much only want baked goods on the weekend or for a special occasion. The brand is "Breads from Anna" and their website is www.glutenevolution.com.


  3. Well, I've been off the Elavil for almost two weeks -- I feel energetic, but not manic -- the issue is the manic mood made me EXTREMELY irritable -- I got a verbal reprimand at work. However, I've also noticed that espresso, which never made me jittery before, now makes me jittery. So, I'll just have to ride it out and see what happens.

    Yes, the allergist knows I can't do a gluten challenge and that I don't need to eat wheat for the gene test. I do understand that the gene test will show only a propensity toward gluten intolerance or celiac, not the disease itself.

    The sublingual B-12 sounds interesting -- is it yeast-based? I have a yeast allergy as well.

    I'm gearing up to go gluten-free next payday. I'm already gluten-light -- it'll just mean no hot barley cereal when the weather gets cold, no Ry-Krisp w/peanut butter for lunch. I'm allergic to rice as well, but there's always corn and quinoa and gluten-free oats.


  4. I use Dr. Bronner's liquid soaps which are coconut, olive and hemp oil based. Some have a fragrance like peppermint or lavender. They can be used as shampoo as well. However, on my face I usually use Cetaphil.

    I did notice when I went wheat-free (I have a wheat allergy, am waiting for insurance approval for gene testing) that my winter eczema completely disappeared.


  5. Saw the allergist yesterday. She agrees that I could have had a false negative response to the bloodwork bc of my wheat allergy, so I'll do my genetic testing as soon as I know how much BlueCross-Blue Shield will cover (or perhaps, more correctly, won't cover).

    The bad news is that the Elavil the neuro prescribed for my migraines has made me manic. They don't know if it will resolve on its own now that I'm no longer taking it, or if I'll continue to have manic episodes.

    What do all those boring neurologically typical people do for fun?


  6. U of C should have some good recommendations -- they ALSO recommend gluten-safe restaurants AND have free blood testing every October for celiac disease. They have quite the support group, however some of their benefits are only available to those diagnosed by endoscopy (for example, when you get a positive endo, they send you a HUGE gift basket of gluten-free food to help you adjust to your new life).

    However, my favorite derm is Omed Memar at 30 N Michigan - www.drmemar.com. If money/insurance is an issue for you, let him know upfront -- he treated my daughter's acne for free when she lost her insurance. His website makes him look like he's the derm to the stars, but doing face lifts on aging beauty queens is what makes him able to cut people like my daughter a break.


  7. Ursa -- or someone - can you elaborate on the miscarriage thing? I didn't realize it, too, was a symptom. I have had a miscarriage, a baby, two (possibly three) miscarriages, then two babies. Except for the first time when I had flu with a high fever in the first trimester, essentially I just went into labour. Twice it was in the first trimester, the time I nearly bled to death was in the second.

    With the last two babies, I had contractions all through the first trimester and most of the 3rd. Why my doctor didn't do more about it I don't know, but fortunately, both made it to term.

    As an aside, I think healthy, neurologically typical premies are the exception, not the rule, (depending on just how premature they are). I myself was a premie, and while generally healthy, have subtle neurological issues and a heck of a time with allergies.


  8. Just to be a devil's advocate for a minute -- Californian cows are "happy" because by law, dairy cows cannot be given BGH -- bovine growth hormone. The minute I moved out of California, my brother-in-law told me to buy only BGH-free organic milk because of the potential carcinogenic effects years down the line from BGH.

    And yes, I agree, the whole Activia ad campaign is stupid -- because plain old yogurt would do the same trick.

    As for the IBS pill ads -- my friend Cyn nearly died bc of her "IBS" combined with her "idiopathic anemia" -- which was, as I'm sure you've all guessed, celiac disease. Her heart went into an arrhythmia, but fortunately, stopped short of a full-blown heart attack.


  9. Has anyone else been Rx'd Elavil for migraines? I can't take Topamax bc of family hx of kidney stones -- but the Elavil is making me extremely emotional. I got a ticking off at work yesterday for being short tempered AND reading the Heifer International brochure I got in the mail made me cry. My daughter thinks it's made me very unstable and that I should quit taking it.

    I do see the neuro on Monday -- will ask him to order the gene test --- and I think after that (the appointment, not the gene test), I'm just going to break down and go gluten-free rather than just wheat-free (FYI, wheat allergy, rice allergy, negative blood test - but haven't eaten much wheat in over a year) and see if my brain fog (Hey, I've coined a new disorder -- Adult Onset ADD) improves.


  10. "He cannot tie his shoes or use a fork very well. If you watch him doing it, you can tell something about it is not right. His grip looks awkward.

    His reading is above grade level. Last time he was assessed, he was at the fifth grade level. His math skills are also above grade level. However, most of the numbers he writes are either reversed or illegible.

    I really believe that it is him not being able to do it rather than him just being in a hurry, just by how upset the whole process of writing gets him. If he tells you a story, it will be a long epic with lots of detail, but if he tries to write the same thing, it will be one or two lines that you can barely read."

    Just like my daughter. I'd forgotten about the fork issue -- for years she ate with her fingers whenever she could get away with it and now eats "Oxford style" (fork always in left hand, tines pointed down -- none of this cut-meat-with-right-hand-whilst-holding-it-in-place-with-the-left-set-knife down-switch-fork-to-right-hand stuff). It makes her grandmother cringe, but hey, she's not using her fingers.

    But the kid can do any kind of artwork without a hitch: sculpture, painting, beading, sewing.

    And the same child is now (despite years of "Well, we're not sure if it's Asperger's or Childhood Bipolar") living independently, working full time, self-assured, and well-liked by her peers and her employer.


  11. Well, the blood tests were negative (I don't have the numbers, got the results over the phone). However, I spoke to the folks at the U of Chicago about the possibility of a false negative because of my wheat allergy. They said even tho' I'd been eating other foods with gluten, I'd still get a negative result, and an endoscopy wouldn't be any better (because while gluten-containing foods, they have less gluten than wheat). So, they recommended the gene test. If it comes back negative, then I can just do my wheat-free diet, and if positive, then I can go the whole 9 gluten-free yards.