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  1. I haven't been here much for awhile - just terribly busy. Haven't forgotten you all.

    You might want to check this out. Claire


    Don't be surprised if you start noticing more people avoiding the bread basket. No, it's not a case of diet deja vu. Low carb is not making a comeback. But the diagnosis of celiac disease is on the rise. Or at least that's what the U.S. National Institutes of Health expects as the group embarks on a heightened awareness campaign for health professionals. [continued]


  2. I have from time to time seen comments/questions on this forum about this subject. Thought this might be of interest. Claire

    VILLOUS ATROPHY (excerpt from article)

    This is discussed in the Medline abstracts found in the Educational Institution section below. For these people the casein milk protein causes the intestinal villi to flatten, much like it does when gluten is consumed by somebody that is intolerant to gluten.


  3. Wouldn't it be great if everyone had one of these and could just test products when in doubt? Pipe dream of course. Claire


    01/06/2006 - A new credit-card sized gluten testing kit that can be used on site claims to provide food firms with a quick and cheap way to test for both low and high levels of the allergen in their products.

    Developed by UK firm Hallmark Analytical Ventures, the test is designed to be used by small food companies that do not have the resources or expertise to conduct complex laboratory analyses.

    more text at :


  4. For VydorScope -

    What is the source of your information that ADHD can be proven with a brain scan?

    Having encountered any number of children and adults with this 'diagnosis' I have yet to see anyone who has been 'tested'. The diagnosis is generally subjective - based on behavorial manifestations.

    I would appreciate you sharing the source of your information. Thanks. Claire

  5. I am not going to respond to this in general - rather specifically to this statement - "colloidal silver (scary)"

    What in the world is scary about colloidal silver? This statement is begging research. Silver has been used medicinally for centures - in one form or another. Before the introduction of antibiotics (not a great day in history) silver nitrate drops were put in the eyes of newborns to kill infection - to spare infants from blindness related to syphilitic exposure. Silver was used on the battlefield to kill bacterial infections in open wounds. Burn victims from the World Trade Center were submerged in silver solution to prevent the infections that are the death nell for burn victims.

    Silver will cure a urinary tract infection quicker than any antibiotic you can find.

    A personal story: my former husband acquired a post surgical, drug resistant staph infection. He had five surgeries over a period of three years but they could not halt the infection. I took him to another doctor in another city who did one unsuccessful surgery and then told me he wanted to use something that wasn't in common use but that he thought might work. He gave me a suspension of silver with directions to literally pour it into the open wound several times a day. On the second day the infected drainage stopped - the wound healed within a week and the infection never returned.

    That was my introduction to silver. It is in my house at all times - taken, or used only when needed.

    It is used for burns, cuts, infection of any kind. For internal infections I take 1/2 cup for three or four days and then a tablespoon a day for a week. That always does the trick. Without exception.

    There is nothing 'quakcy' about this. Read up. There is a lot of literature on the subject. You can buy silver impregnated bandages at the drug store. They are in common use in hospitals.

    This is one 'cure' you shouldn't miss. Those 'ancients' weren't so stupid you know! Claire

  6. There has been a lot of {off and on} discussion on this forum about the causes of Intestinal Permeability. I came across this and thought I would add it to the discussion.

    Parasites also cause damage to the lining of the digestive tract. This damage, or increased permeability, can allow large molecules to enter the blood stream and lymphatic system, which can trigger an autoimmune response.

    {note that gluten is a large molecule}

    Source Website


  7. Benign positional vertigo IS a very common cause of dizziness but is only one of literally hundreds of possibilities.

    I have lived with this problem for many years - not only dizziness but also a nebulous, wavy sensation in my head that was almost constantly present. My head had not felt 'right' for more than 20 years. I went gluten-free in August (had been limiting grains prior to that time). About February I was in the kitchen and suddenly stopped and wondered why I felt so strange. The reason? My wavy head was gone. I have had only one significant dizzy spell since summer and the strange head sensation is virtually gone.

    My local neurologist believes this is one form of 'silent migraine'. I have a daughter with that and my family history is laden with migraine sufferers.

    Regardless of cause my neurologist told me that taking subliminal nitroglycerine at the first onset will stop a migraine. It may stop the dizziness as well.

    Tell your doctor this info came from a neurologist and ask for a prescription for the pills and try it out.

    What's the worst thing that can happen? It doesn't work. Nothing ventured, nothing gained. Claire

  8. Give this recipe a try. Claire



    2 medium Golden Delicious apples, peeled, cored and sliced thin

    1 Tablespoon fresh lemon juice

    1/4 cup unsalted butter

    1/4 cup brown sugar

    1/4 teaspoon cinnamon

    Dash of fresh nutmeg

    1/2 cup milk

    3 large eggs, at room temperature, lightly beaten

    Pinch of salt

    1/3 cup gluten-free flour

    Confectioners sugar

    Pure maple syrup


    Preheat the oven to 400°F.

    Melt the butter in a 10 inch oven-proof skillet over medium heat. Transfer 2 tablespoons of butter to a small bowl and set aside. Add the apples to the skillet along with the brown sugar, cinnamon and nutmeg. Cover over medium heat, stirring occasionally, until the apples are tender but still hold their shape. Spread apples evenly in the skillet. Remove from heat.

    Heat the milk in the microwave for 30 seconds. In a blender, blend together the eggs, milk, reserved butter and salt. Gradually add the flour and continue to blend until incorporated (the batter will be thin).

    Pour the batter over the apples. Bake for 18-20 minutes or until puffed and golden brown. Remove from the oven and dust with confectioners sugar. Cut into wedges and serve with warm maple syrup.


    The Gluten Free Pantry’s Country French Bread flour mix for the gluten-free flour in this recipe.

  9. that sucks, just glad that you might be able to be better when gluten-free and start feeling better.

    I am already gluten-free - since last August. 90% gluten-free from 2990 - when I was diagnosed with intolerance for wheat, barley and rye. No mention of gluten at that time.

    I am complex food issues - Type II delayed food reactions that cause me endless problems. Everyone -sick or well - needs a family doctor - even a 'bad' one - otherwise you are really stuck if you are injured or have a sudden illness. Claire

  10. I live in south central PA. My experiences have been so so bad that I have to suggest (in jest of course) that you would be better off trying the local vet. The horses and cows around here get better treatment than we seem to be able to get from our regular doctos. If they are not hopelessly ignorant then they are hopeless arrogant - sometimes both.

    If you find a good one - I would love to know his name. Or her name as the case may be.

    Good luck. Claire

  11. Now to the rant: I recently decided to change doctors. A lady Korean doctor was recommended to me by several people. I called and asked if she was taking new patients and was told that she was. I was given an appointment date and I told them that my records would be forwarded. I signed a release at my current doctor's office for my records to be transferred. I wrote an overview of past history and current issues and sent it to the new doctor - to help speed up the initial consultation.

    About three days later I got a call from her office. Her secretary said that the doctor had read my information and gone over the test results and that she felt she could not take me as there was nothing whatever she could do for me. She said that there were no more tests to be done. I personally know better than that. I can name a half a dozen at least. I was stunned. As I have shared this with others - some medical people - they too are stunned. If my records were accepted she should have accepted me - otherwise incoming patients should be told up front that the doctor may decline to accept you. She could have had me come in on a consultancy basis - as in second opinion.

    I tried to go back to the previous doctor but wasn't surprised when she wouldn't accept me back into the practice. So I am high and dry with no family doctor! I have asked people for recommendations but so far no one is taking on new patients.

    I continue to be stunned. Her office did call with a recommendation for an alternative medicine doctor but insurance won't cover that. I did call and you have to have a family physician even to get a consultation. As the saying goes, "up the creek without a paddle".

    I think she read the records and my 'overview' and decided she didn't want the challenge.

    As much as I hate doctors, I know that I need to have one in case of emergency. Right now my records are in two doctors' offices and neither one of those doctors consider me a patient.

    Very unprofessional, I think. There should be a stated policy so that incoming patients don't wind up as I have with no medical representation at all. Claire

  12. I think we should look at all our decisions the way we shop for food. clothes or cars. Most of us are influenced more than a little by the price. Every decision, like every purchase, comes with a price. All you have to do is to consider if you can 'afford' it. If it is a one time splurge expense, you probably will recover from it. If it is a big ticket item that you will be paying for in the future as well as the present then you have to rethink whether you can afford the cost in the long term.

    There is a price to pay for quitting the diet. Some of it you can probably determine up front. Some of the 'cost' will be hidden. You wont know until the bill comes in - which could be weeks or even years away.

    Would you buy anything where you didn't know what the ultimate price would be?

    Untreated celiac spawns many autoimmune diseases. It is the prime cause of intestinal T-cell lymphoma (fatal). It can cause neurological damage that affects your ability to walk, talk, swallow etc. These are a few of the possible prices you might have to pay.

    No one is stopping you from quitting the gluten-free diet. Do whatever you want or need to do - but not before you say to yourself: I am willing to pay the price - whatever it may be. Claire

  13. Met the owner of this story at the Gettysburg Celiac Support Group Tuesday night. I intend to go there this Saturday.. No an option for everyone but those who live near enough might have a great shopping day.

    Probably need to take out a second mortgage before you go. Claire


    Can't eat wheat, and you're banned from cookies, pasta, bread, pizza, even soy sauce and licorice?

    A new Dillsburg store is a salvation to those who suffer from wheat allergies. The Gluten-Free Source, LLC opened in March at 20 S. Baltimore St. with more than 730 wheat-free food products.

    The shelves are filled with everything from ready-to-eat frozen meals to ice cream cones, pretzels, chips, pizza, doughnuts and fresh baked bread.


  14. Now consider this - Claire


    Monday May 1, 2:54 pm ET

    Nationally recognized diet and digestion expert Bill Downs offers free samples of a revolutionary new non-medicinal supplement that can alleviate GI discomfort caused by lifestyle choices associated with dieting, diabetes, overeating, and a variety of digestive disorders

    More at:

    http: //biz.yahoo.com/prnews/060501/phm051.html?.v=29

  15. This should generate some discussion - especially the last few lines. Claire


    AUSTIN, Texas, May 1 (UPI) -- Doctors are debating universal testing for celiac disease, a chronic intestinal disorder increasingly linked to type 1 diabetes.

    While early diagnosis can improve lives and prevent intestinal damage, critics of the idea say the test is too costly and too invasive.

    Celiac disease is a lifelong disorder that sickens people when they eat gluten, a protein found in wheat, rye and barley. If left untreated, celiac disease can lead to serious complications, including fragile bones, cancer and even death from malnutrition, the Austin American-Statesman reported.

    The disease affects an estimated one in 100 people in the general population but is increasingly being linked to people with the type 1 diabetes, the newspaper said.

    At the American Diabetes Association's annual meeting in June, Dr. Jane Wray of Austin plans to push for new guidelines for doctors to screen all type 1 diabetics for celiac, the newspaper said.

    Opponents say universal testing is too costly and too invasive and can be life-altering if the disease is confirmed before symptoms show up. They say they can't imagine telling children who don't appear sick that they can never eat bread, pizza, pasta or cookies again, the newspaper said. [no further content]


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