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    Hi Jennifer, I really recommend this site for helping you stop smoking: www.whyquit.com In 2 weeks I'll have quit for a year, after many, many failures. Good luck, you can do it, and you'll feel better very quickly.
  2. Take care with gluten free products which may have all sorts of new and difficult to digest flours in them. In some ways it's easier to stick with really plain, uncomplicated whole foods initially, and sometimes beyond. Best wishes, Matilda
  3. Just wanted to chime in on the under-arm baking soda. I tried it after reading Rachel's recommendation. It works! I also have Arm and Hammer Cat litter deodorizing powder (orange scented) in my bathroom and I'm very tempted to try that too! Matilda
  4. It is very unlikely that there'll be a new edition of "Breaking the Vicious Cycle" by Elaine Gottschall, because she is, sadly, dead. There's a book called "Gut and Psychology Syndrome" by Natasha Campbell-McBride which supports a modified version of SCD, which was reprinted in August 2008. Matilda
  5. I don't know the answer to the sensitive/specific question. However, I think this is one of those tests which is reported as a concentration, as some other auto-antibodies are, ie 1:20 is more positive than 1:40, for example.
  6. Hi Shay, That's what I was thinking. It made me wonder if some of my previous "glutenings" were mini withdrawals after a tiny dose. Thanks, Matilda
  7. Hi Everyone, After being gluten-free for more than 3 years I did a mini gluten challenge before an endoscopy. I already had diarrhea and was thinking maybe I'd been glutening myself with blue cheese for about 4 months. I only had a week's notice, so I sort of threw myself into it. I half thought it might kill me, but in fact it wasn't too bad. I was glad to be done with it by the end of the week, but in some ways I actually felt better, like the relief of giving in to an addiction. I've read other people saying big doses of gluten are less painful than small doses. I never thought that would be true for me, but it was. I wondered what theories you might have as to why this might happen. Thanks for any ideas, Matilda
  8. My doctor recommended quercetin, which is a supplement derived from fruit, which acts as a mast cell stabilizer. That might help. Matilda
  9. Hi Everyone, I thought this was interesting: http://www.gutresearch.com/VitaminK.pdf This is about using vitamin K to reduce oxalates and improve calcium homeostasis in autism. It's a very different approach to oxalates compared to the low oxalate diet. There's a yahoo group posting about their experiences. I wonder if this is the unifying theory? Best wishes to all, Matilda
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