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  1. You're looking for Hyundai info, but Saturns are the best car for the average Joe that I know of. Anybody I know who owns a Saturn has not been disappointed. I bought a '92 saturn SL (2nd owner) and I have over 270,000 miles on it with the original engine still in it. I also get 40 miles per gallon and it's not a hybrid :D . I am going to sell it though and buy the same make and model, but this time with power windows and doors and AC. Saturns are hearty little cars - in my opinion :D

  2. ...called a hypochondriac by close family/friends/loved ones...been offerred antidepressants for symptoms you were or are now certain were due to your gluten consumption or other REAL chronic physical condition...anyone else?

    Everybody who really knows me understands that being gluten free has changed my life - nobody has questioned that except my coworkers that are clueless about gluten. I have been suffering manic depression for my whole life and was on 4 different psychiatrist prescribed meds that did nothing for the bipolar. Gluten free has released me from the bipolar, imagine that :) . I have never been able to loose weight no matter how much I exercised. My wife has watched me loose 20 lbs in about 2 months since being gluten free - I haven't even tried to loose the weight, it is just going away by itself.

    I also had an internal hernia surgery, which I am almost certain was unnecessary. The pain that I experienced prior to the surgery was there the whole time I was on gluten, but now is absent, hmmm. The Dr. didn't find any evidence of a hernia while doing the procedure. I am glad that I learned about gluten when I did. Yes, gluten has caused me unnecessary evils.

  3. ...if they cheat? i am definitely celiac, however, there i times when i cheat and feel like crap!...anyone else feel the same??

    Feeling like crap is your body informing you that something is harming you. It is strange that other times gluten has no effect on you :huh: I would think it would be worse after some time on a gluten free diet, which it sounds like you are trying to do.

    Just cross contamination is enough to take me out for about 3 days. Personally, I don't even consider cheating because gluten makes me physically sick and causes me major depression. Every time you consume gluten you are increasing your chances of developing some other celiac related complications.

  4. My wife loves to bake for me. A lot of the foods she made for me were gluten containing and now I cannot eat them. She memorized tons of recipes, a lot of which are for gluteny items. She feels trapped and frustrated that my gluten-free diet has now changed all the rules. She has bent over backwards to accommodate my diet and she is doing a great job in my mind. gluten-free cooking isn't easy for her and often she cooks for our kids, so gluteny meals are ok for them. She works hard to cook, and I appreciate that. She feels bad that I often can't eat what they're having. I say don't worry about me, then I find something to eat and join them at the table. I don't mind missing out on meals, I'll do just about anything to avoid gluten. What can I tell her to relax her and make her still feel appreciated. Any advice is welcomed, as I don't want gluten meddling in my marriage. Maybe there is nothing else I can say or do. Thanks Mark

  5. ...So, now I never intentionally cheat, and as a result, none of the standard tests will ever be able to confirm my self-diagnosis (unless I first want to make myself miserable for a good while, which seems ridiculous).

    Anyone else have a similar experience....

    I am self diagnosed, but my sister is diagnosed with celiac and chrone's so I had some help in figuring it all out. gluten-free has been the best thing I ever did for my health, without a doubt. I suffered bipolar my whole life and it suddenly went away about 3 days gluten-free. But wait, bipolar doesn't just go away, or does it? Interestingly, when I accidentally consume a little gluten, the bipolar comes back to visit for a few days. Reason enough for me to live gluten-free. Interesting link below:


  6. ...Whole potatoes go into the potato slicer and straight into the dedicated deep frier....

    Its the darn potatoes that are making me sick. I won't go into the details, but I have found them to be a point source of my being sick. Unfortunately, I love potatoes, but must sadly bid them adieu for now. I don't know if it's a potato intolerance or the possibility that the potatoes are feeding candida. When candida are given a large food source, how long does it take for them to populate to levels that cause a person to be sick?

  7. Hi Yolo -

    I could never understand how people could wake up in the morning and be happy, energetic and ready to go. Darn gluten. It really causes a hangover of sorts. At least with the other one I got some benefit the evening before :lol: .

    That music thing is bizarre, but I never visually hallucinated people. Before gluten free, as I would just be falling asleep and I would often hear or perceive complex classical music. Weird, but I don't know or listen to any classical music, how did it get in my memory :huh: ? At first I would check my radio power switch. Then I just accepted that it wasn't going away. Sometimes it was soft rock, and it happened no more than twice a month. That is gone now, along with an annoying, low intensity, constant buzzing in both of my ears. Funny - I sometimes would hear a song that was in my memory from years ago that I had completely forgot about and I suddenly remembered the words when I woke up the next day - FREAKY!

    You have to be careful. I have read that many cases of schizophrenia are not affected by diet, but I am sure that some of them may benefit from the diet. One thing for sure, gluten can certainly trash our bodies and minds.

  8. ...for knowing the way "cc" feels verses actual consumption of gluten...

    My bad, whether I get glutened from CC or directly from eating it my reaction has the same symptoms.

    I have been drinking a lot of diet coke lately. I don't understand why it would suddenly make me sick, or is this common?

  9. Today I ate at In-N-Out and had 'protein style' double burger (w/ cheese), fries and med diet coke. I know the effects of when I've been CC'd or directly glutened, but I got pretty sick and it was very different than that of being glutened. Is there anything obvious in these foods that could have made me sick?

    I suspect I may also be fairly sensitive to casein (cheese?) , as a DQ blizzard made me sick in a similar way, but with a headache from heck. Yes, I probably got sick because I shouldn't be eating this stuff.... :lol:

    Oh yeah, 'Protein style' is the burger wrapped in lettuce instead of poisoned with a bun.

  10. Joyous-

    Does that mean some people consume gluteny products to satisfy the fix?

    :o Isn't the mental and physical punishment enough to put a stop to the craving. I used to have a slight hankering for gluten stuff, but now I have no desire because of the trouble it causes me. I'd rather bang my head on a brick wall than eat it on purpose. :lol: Mark

  11. ...and when I'm due for my next gluten fix (gotta love those opioid peptides)...

    What is a gluten fix?

    Gluten now hits me about 1 day after consuming and the mental and physical effects last for at least 2 or 3 more, depending on the amount. Gluten causes me serious bipolar (manic depressive) side effects, reason enough for me to stay gluten-free. I cannot stand the bipolar :angry:, that really messes me up. I almost think gluten products should be kept behind the pharmacists counter :lol:.

  12. For most of my life I have had these weird crescent shapes in my toe nails, not so much on my fingernails though. I never paid much attention to them, just learned to live with them. I recently read on this forum that these anomalies are called "Beau's Lines" and did some research to confirm. I guess they can tell a story about your health similar to the rings of a tree. On my toes these things sprout new about 1/4" apart, which I think is about 3 week time intervals. They always break on the crescent just before leaving the nail bed, OUCH!

    How common are these in the celiac community? Do they stop happening if a gluten free diet is adhered to? I understand they may be related to vitamin deficiency. I would like them to stop happening, forever :) .

    Thank you, Mark

  13. ....So...do any of you have it?...

    My KP feels like 60 grit sandpaper. Going gluten-free has helped, they don't seem to be so grainy feeling. When I was a kid, I was covered in freckles, but for the past 15 years or so I lost all my freckles under KP, DH and just plain bad skin. gluten-free has allowed the freckles to become visible again. Gluten-free has been real good for my skin. I think the KP is with me for life though.

  14. ...i feel extremely sensitive to heat and have both at the same time, i can be taking a hot shower or have the heat blowing on me, yet i still have that deep shivering ... anybody ever struggle with this? people are shocked that i don't have a fever too, because my head always feels like a burning hot fever.

    Hi RPM999,

    I had this temperature issue as well. I would feel like there was flaming needles and fire under my skin but my temperature was always 98.6F, quite infuriating. This was accompanied by a chill that couldn't be warmed away. I felt like my body couldn't sense or adjust it's own temperature, but it's a nerve thing I think. Being gluten free has largely made this gone away. Being glutened can cause it to return. Gluten is my enemy!

    I agree with the others about this being a possible thyroid issue, that's what my wife told me.

    Are you keeping to a good gluten-free lifestyle?

  15. Liz-

    Thanks for that tip.

    I trust nobody about food, except my wife and just a few restaurants.

    I think I can trust the chili and french fries at Wendys.

    Also trust the In-N-Out Burger hamburger (w/o bun) and french fries.

    I now trust Mimi's and Outback as it seems they understand the definition of gluten-free.

    I have rant though. It seems almost all restaurant workers I've run across (aside from the above) are clueless about gluten. I tell them I can't have any gluten and they do crap like bring me a salad with croutons :angry:

    Regards Mark

  16. Grilled Tilapia-

    I found that grilling fish on an outdoor propane grill works good. The initial stink of cooking the fish stays outside. I'm no chef though....

    Simply clean and oil the grill. Applying cooking oil to the grill is important, as the fish will stick otherwise. There is a special fish grill available on the market, but I don't use one.

    Season the fish with garlic salt (gluten free) on both sides. Cook until fish flakes, that simple.

    I have cooked salmon, trout, ahi and mahi mahi this way and my kids love it. Kids usually won't eat fish unless it taste good. Tilapia is white meat and pretty neutral in taste, so it should work well. I will try tilapia this way sometime. Easy cleanup too!

  17. Welcome free at last

    I'm happy that the gluten free diet is benefiting you. Your post sounded almost exactly like symptoms and my gluten-free experience, amazing. My leg muscles and joints used to hurt real bad - not sure if this was the beginning of arthritis. Two summers ago I was windsurfing and this winter I was thinking about getting a cane because I could hardly stand. Gluten seemed to sneak up on me - like the frog being slowly boiled I guess. Just be cautious, as it seems wheat/gluten hides in just about every product you can think of.

    Regards Mark

  18. ...You could also simply have an intolerance to corn...

    I am only a month being gluten-free. I thought gluten was my problem, but I have also found that dairy, soy, mushrooms and potatoes, among other things, make me sick. It didn't seem to matter if the popcorn was seasoned or unseasoned, it still made me sick.

    I eat a lot of corn tortillas (I trust them to be gluten-free) and I don't seem to get a gluten type reaction from them. Something in my diet is still making me sick and I hope its not corn. Thanks for the comments. Mark

  19. I have recently learned that Tonsoliths are typically white objects or stones that are lodged in the tonsil crypts. I have gotten these nasty unwelcome tonsoliths many times. My question is: can tonsoliths be small black pea sized objects that are porous like pumice? Note: this object didn't originate where the other tonsoliths came from, but from somewhere a little lower in my throat. Does this 'thing' have a medical name? Any advice welcome. Sorry for the gross nature of this post. Thanks Mark

  20. ...but about a week and a half ago I got these weird white bumps in the back of my throat..and then one of them turned into kind of a white chunk ( I know, gross)...

    Gross Indeed :o , but I used to get the white pustules and the chunks regularly. I have no idea what it is, but in my case it goes away in about a week+. I just posted a question about popcorn and gluten because popcorn, among other things, was causing me to have that. BTW: unseasoned popcorn.

    That gross 'chunk', did it seem to come from a mysterious pore near or on your tonsils? If I could guess :rolleyes: as to what it is, I might guess it was candida related. I say this because most of the time I had this I would get a followup of mild thrush in my mouth/throat.

    Sometimes instead of a white chunk, I would get a black charcoal like chunk in my throat. I have no idea what that is either :o - kind of scarry.

    Thanks Mark

  21. Before I went gluten-free I could never eat more that one piece of popcorn or else my throat would get sick for lack of a better term. My throat muscles and neck would hurt and I would get this white sheet with white solids in the back of my throat and on my tonsils. Just recently I started eating popcorn again and all these popcorn ill effects are gone, but I don't know why. Anybody know about a link between gluten and popcorn? Anybody else ever experience this negative reaction to popcorn? On a mission....need to know :)