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  1. Happy birthday and may God bless you today!

  2. Just checking in on you. When I get glutened, even slightly, the first places that will itch are in my scalp and around my ears. Then my face, neck, and down my arms and legs. It starts at the top and marches downward!
  3. From cdford: My neurological problems were so bad prior to my diagnosis that I was bedbound and unable to even feed myself or go to the bathroom without assistance. After being gluten-free for almost 5 years, I can now use a walker around the house, cook some days, drive on good days, etc. Some of my damage was permanent, but a lot of the absolute worst symptoms have settled down to only being obvious on really bad days. Where the EBV (Epstein Barr Virus) is concerned, it is not uncommon to have recurring episodes. It can also damage the myelin sheath and cause neurological symptoms. If that occurs, it is usually short term damage (ie not permanent, but short term is an indefinite term because the time to regenerate differs from person to person). I know this one from experience because I had multiple episodes until I had been gluten-free for a couple of years.
  4. I still have not found a good source for corn meal (already milled, store bought). I have figured out that I can create an acceptable alternative by milling corn in my flour mill. I set it on the most course setting. The resulting flour requires a little extra baking powder, but is otherwise quite usable. Thought any of you watching might want to have an update!
  5. DH is always a possibility, but having been camping it could also be poison ivy/oak. They look and feel similar if you have not ever had them at the same time.
  6. Probably not the Nexium. I have taken it and am super-sensitive.
  7. Glad y'all don't have a problem with TT, but I sure do. I was using Northern for a while and could not figure out why "those places" stayed raw and itchy. Saw the notice on Clan Thompson's site and changed brands. No more problems after the initial stuff healed.
  8. Oh yeah, guys...I live in a small town and we don't have options outside the standard Winn Dixie, Harvey's, or Wal-mart. Any "gluten free" specialty foods would have to be mail ordered at significantly higher cost.
  9. I just found out that Dixie Lily is in bankruptcy. That means no more DL or Arnett Mills products will be available. Their products (grits, corn meal, etc.) have been removed from all our local stores. They were the only company I knew of that had "corn only" facilities. I am almost out of corn meal and can't function without cornbread in south Georgia. Anyone know of another company that has corn only facilities? We are super sensitive around here and CC is definitely a problem.
  10. Here is the response I recieved from IAMs when I querried them about gluten status of their foods. Hope it helps. From: Iams Customer Service <Customer.Service@Iams.Com> To: "'cdford@integrity.com'" <cdford@integrity.com> Subject: A message from Danette @ Iams 1-1886900757 Dear Donna: Thank you for taking the time to write. I would be delighted to address your inquiry. We recommend feeding the Iams Chunks or MiniChunks for adult dogs or the Iams Smart Puppy Formula for a puppy. These diets do not contain any type of gluten. For additional information, please copy-and-paste the following URL to your web browser: Iams Dog Foods http://us.iams.com/iams/en_US/jsp/IAMS_Page.jsp?pageID=IDF Please contact us anytime through our E-mail Us Now page located on our web site at www.IAMS.com. Or, look for instant answers on our web site FAQ. We would also welcome your call Monday through Friday from 9:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m. Eastern Time at 800-675-3849. Thanks for choosing to feed Iams! Sincerely, Danette Iams Pet Care Team Member P.S. Are you and your family thinking of adopting a pet this holiday season? Iams wants to help you meet your match. Iams and Helen Woodward Animal Center are proud to join forces with more than 2,400 shelters and rescues from around the world for Iams Home 4 the Holidays, the world's largest pet adoption campaign. From November 6 through January 2, 2007, Iams Home 4 the Holidays will be raising awareness for pet adoption with a goal of finding homes for more than 350,000 orphaned pets in just eight weeks! To locate a participating pet adoption center, visit www.IamsFriendsForLife.com, or www.Home4TheHolidays.com. The information in this email should not be substituted for advice from your veterinarian.
  11. $3.00 s/h??? I placed two orders from different companies this last week and the s/h totaled more than $40!
  12. For those of you who are active, you might want to consider whether your partner has showered since coming into contact wtih gluten. My spouse worked at a pizza place for several years and we finally realized that he had to shower prior to being with me or he shared that wheat dust that had transferred from his clothes or hands got onto my private areas and triggered a round of itching and swelling. Remember that the guys can wash their hands after going to the bathroom, but anything that was on their hands prior to that can now be on their private parts.
  13. The docs were so sure I had MS that they did MRIs regularly for six years just waiting for the scales to show up. Turns out that, like many celiacs, my nerves had been affected. The neurological damage from celiac disease mimics MS closely. The good news is that it gets better the longer you are gluten-free. In my case the damage was so bad that I will probably not fully recover. Still, I am so much better that I won't argue.
  14. last I checked, Metamucil was gluten-free. There are also several generic versions that are gluten-free. You are new at this, so my best advice is to make sure you check with the manufacturer on everything. If you are on other meds, talk to your pharmacist and have them make a note on your file to verify every time they fill an order. Most are pretty good about this. Use those 800 numbers on the bottle...they are worth their weight in gold. Just listen carefully not only to what they say, but how they say it. If the person on the other end of the phone sounds unsure, press for more information.
  15. This stuff is sooo expensive. Does anyone know of a company that makes a gluten-free generic ppi?
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