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I am a retired Doctor of Optometry after practicing for 20 years. I have monoclonal gammopathy (paraproteinemia), limited systemic scleroderma, Hashimoto's thyroiditis, obstructive sleep apnea, beginning neuropathy, and have just been found to have the celiac HLA type: DQ8.

  1. I have bee gluten-free for at least 2 and a half years now. And I really miss broccoli casserole, and green bean casserole. Of course both those recipes use the Durkee french fried onion rings which are definitely NOT gluten free. Don't you just wish the Durkee company would wise up?!So I was absolutely...
  2. I say Kudos to General Mills. I used to eat Campbell's Soups, but they have told me that not a single one of their soups is gluten-free, and despite emails from me encouraging them to convert their soups to gluten-free status (any soup without pasta or barley can be made gluten-free without a significant...
  3. I recently learned that Triumph Dining has made an iPod/iPhone application based on their wonderful "Gluten-Free Grocery Shopping Guide." I thought, "How Wonderful!" and promptly bought it from the iTunes.com web site. Now I have this wonderful reference with me at the grocery store without having...
  4. Recently, noticing that the Mt. Olive pickles contain flavoring, or natural flavoring, I wrote a letter asking whether their flavoring contains any derivatives of rye or barley, even if it doesn't contain any wheat. Here's the letter I got back from them:_________________________________________...
  5. Celiac.com 10/02/2009 - My hubby and I just returned from a wonderful 5 days in Florida’s Key West, and so I want to write about it while it is fresh in my memory, for I think my experience may b...
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    Lawry's?

    Here is a letter to me from Lawry's, received today: Lawry's September 2, 2009 Dear Ms. Davis: Per your request we are sending a letter in addition to our email response, in reference to questions about your gluten inquiry. We are writing to clarify your concerns about our ingredient...
  7. Celiac.com 08/18/2009 - Many of you know that DQ8 is one of the two major genes which may lead to celiac disease. You may also know that celiac disease is often associated with various other autoimmune...
  8. Today I found out that wheat flour caulked barrels is not the only possible gluten contamination of wine. Some wineries add to the wine something called a "fining agent" to clarify and stabilize the wine. Wheat gluten isolate is one of the fining agents that is sometimes used! I think...
  9. I sent a petition to include rye and barley and their derivatives in the list of Common Allergens that require disclosure in labeling. The following letter was sent by me today in response to one received from Barbara Schneeman at the FDA:Barbara O. Schneeman, DirectorOffice of Nutrition, Labeling...
  10. You may have recently seen my blog asking for comments on my FDA petition to have FDA add rye and barley to the list of most common allergens that require disclosure on food labeling. The fact that FDA added wheat to that list without adding rye and barley is total idiocy, for as we know we are all...
  11. After I wrote that last blog entry, I went to my local Giant Food store and there on the shelf was a box of Corn Chex marked "Gluten-free"!  So distribution is ahead of schedule!
  12. Probably all of you know that General Mills has reformulated Rice Chex to make it gluten-free. The new and wonderful news was that this apparently turned out profitable enough that they are now in the process of reformulating other Chex cereals. Here is the letter from them that I received today...
  13. Hi All,Back in September of 2008, I submitted a petition to FDA to include rye and barley in the list of most common allergens which must be disclosed on packaging. Right now, only wheat has to be disclosed, but as we all know the gluten of rye and barley is just as offensive to celiacs as that of...
  14. I have been invited to a group dinner out at a local restaurant. It's BYOB, and friends have announced they are bringing beer. Not wanting to be the odd one out, I decided I must obtain and bring gluten-free beer. So today I called 4 grocery stores and 10 liquor stores in an attempt to find gluten...
  15. Mix 1 package of Pamela's Pecan Shortbread cookies, crushed, with 1/4 C margarine or butter, melted. Press into a 9" pie pan. Preheat oven to 350 and bake this crust only for about 5 minutes if using a pumpkin pie filling. Cool. Pour in the filling, cover the edge of the crust with foil, and bake...