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  1. Are you going to be allergic to the trace or tinier amounts that might be in a food?  My SIL is allergic to a few metals but it is more a contact allergy.  She doesn't worry about it in food.

    I know for sure contact - the Dr told me to be on a low nickel, cobalt ...diet if i could - i am not sure yet if limiting the contact will be enough as this is all so new to me.

  2. I have just been diagnosed  with allergies to nickel, cobalt, and gold. So now i have the reason that I have been breaking out in a rash all over my body. I just do not know where to turn at this point - I have celiac disease, a corn intolerance, and now i find more allergies. It seems nickel and cobalt are found in everything - food, jewelry, medicine, personal products...... Is there is anyone else out there who also suffers with allergies to these metals and can give me some guidance as i start down this road? Thank you.

  3. Thank you for help - it did start out looking like pimples - or spider bites - not green at all. I am going to try to cut out all the corn - i am still eating the bagged salad which I understand is rinsed in a corn wash.  Does anyone know if the vegetables that you get in the bag that are microwavable are rinsed in the same corn wash?

  4. Can you post pictures of your eczema? I ask because I had a rash on my hands that turned out to be palmo-plantar pustular psoriasis. When it is in the healing stage it looks like eczema but when it starts it looks like little greenish whitehead pimples. Corn made it even worse than gluten did. (Soy caused problems too.) Now that I have been gluten-free for almost four years I have been able to add corn and soy back to my diet (although I don't eat a lot of eather because they are GMO) and the psoriasis is gone.


    I can't help with the perfume thing because I don't use it. I have asthma and react very badly if someone with perfume even walks into the room. That makes me prejudiced. Just as I wish no one cooked with gluten, I wish no one wore perfume. The only difference for me is that gluten will kill me slowly and perfume could kill me right now.T

  5. About a year ago I realized in addition to having celiac whenever i ate corn I became very ill. The symptoms were very similar to having gluten. I have since cut all corn out of my diet and feel so much better. For the past 9 months or so I have had very bad eczema on my hands (which I never had in all my life - anywhere). The doctors think that the eczema is caused from an allergic reaction to something. What I don't know?  I have come to realize that the perfume I had been using is corn based. Has anyone had experience of a topical product causing such issues? Now that I know this I am going to stop using the perfume. Any thoughts or suggestions for new gluten and corn perfumes?  I am so tired of having to give up everything that I love!!

  6. I believe that most of the Physicians Formula products are gluten-free. The website is very good - check it out. Also - if you have a questions and email them they are usually good about answering.  Neutrogena is another company who offers a wide range of products and are usually very helpful when contacting them.  Some other companies to try are: Pacifica, Tarte, Gabrielle Cosmetics, 100 Percent Pure (the mascara is NOT gluten-free), Lorem ( they just sent me a coupon code for 40% off use the word President) and Ecco Bella, Red Apple Lipstick, and Juice Beauty. Good luck.

  7. i just contacted Clinique recently and they wrote the following:


    Thank you for your interest in Clinique. We apologize for the delay in our response.


    For the benefit of our gluten-sensitive consumers who may have cross-sensitivities, Clinique takes the extra precaution of including soy, corn and rice in our research in addition to wheat, oat, barley and rye derivatives.
    In addressing your concern about gluten, we would like to explain that a vast number of raw materials from many different suppliers and sources are used in the manufacture of Estee Lauder Companies' products.  It is therefore not possible for us to fully guarantee that our products are completely free of ingredients that may elicit an allergic response in highly sensitive individuals who react to gluten.  For example, it is possible that small amounts of a wheat sourced ingredient may remain on shared manufacturing equipment even after a thorough cleaning.  We therefore recommend that you discuss this with your physician, because consumer safety is of utmost concern to us.

    Provided  below are the results of your inquiry:
    Superbalanced Makeup - Contains ingredients derived from Soy

    Perfectly Real Makeup - Contains ingredients derived from Soy

    Chubby Stick Cheek Colour Balm - Contains Rice and Soy

    I appreciate the opportunity to respond to your question, and sincerely hope I was able to be of assistance. You are valued as our consumer and I hope you will continue to use and enjoy our products with confidence and satisfaction.


    Gloria C
    Consumer Response Representative



    Clinique is usually pretty helpful if you call or write them.  

  8. Does anyone know of any company that makes frozen gluten free dough?  I love calzones--but making dough is a pain--and would really like the frozen dough or rolls and roll that out.  Anyone?

    Pillsbury makes a pizza dough in the refrigerator section that I use to make calzones and I think it is really good! In my Shop Rite is near the cut and bake cookies and butter!

  9. I only buy Boars Head Cold Cuts and I call my deli and ask if they could cut my meat for me first thing in the morning before they open the next day.  So i know that machines are really clean.  Before I started calling them I went in and explained my situation - they were very nice and went out of their way for me  - as a matter of fact they did the same thing for others in the community that were Celiac.  It is worth a try.

  10. Costco has a brand that my son loves! I'm not sure the name, but you could inquire when there. I also like the Udi's (not to be confused with Rudi's). I try not to eat too much because even gluten free breads have a lot of added sugar is seems. I don't think the Costco one does.

    Thank you so much.  Is it the Energi bread?  If so would you know if it is the brown rice or tapioca type? I also look in my Costco but can't find it.  Is it in the cold case?  Sorry for so many questions. Thanks for your help!

  11. I would consider this to be one of the biggest drags about being Celiac - bread.  I am trying to find a gluten-free bread for my son that does not need to be toasted that he can eat his peanut butter and jelly on at school that tastes most like gluten bread.  I myself have tried so many and have just given up and eat salads - but for my son that is not an option.  So I keep searching... Any suggestions would be appreciated.

  12. Ok, While I do not wear make up a lot, mostly in the past just didn't feel like fooling with it, however on occasion when I want to look nice, I will put some on.  With that said, with what little dab of  goodies I had , it wound up in the garbage.  Some requirements I do have for new make up brands is 1) It must be gluten-free, 2) vegetarian friendly. If anyone knows of a good brand that would helpful. This brings me to another question related, but don't see a need to make a separate post. In the past I was a huge fan of Aveda, I loved their products but upon inquiring the salon told me while they are plant based, they do often contain gluten, and wasn't the most helpful on which ones did not. The receptionist did state there was a couple but didn't know which they was. That for me isn't really good enough, so I am on a mission to find a new hair salon in the New orleans area, or in Baton Rouge that does offer gluten-free hair care and uses them during hair cuts. 



    As always thank you for the help,



    Try these sites: www.pacificaperfume.com, www.100percentpure.com, and www.gabrielcosmeticsinc.com 

    I have used all of them. The customer service is very helpful.  All are good companies with good products.

  13. You did? Every time I try to search on this forum it never shows me results, lol. I'm glad it wasn't just me!


    Did you figure out the reason it was causing you to bloat?


    It does seem to be gluten free, based on the ingredients and it is on a bunch of gluten free medication lists. Do you think it was the sorbitol for you? What do you take for bloating/gas?


    It very well could be the sorbitol - I am can take tolerate any of the artificial sugars.  Currently - I am not taking anything for gas/bloating.  I just let it pass. I have been having a lot of stomach issues lately  - so I have been trying to keep my diet simple and bland as I try to figure out what else bothers me.  I am pretty certain corn is a culprit.  But there is without a doubt something in the GasX that does not agree with me.

  14. thanks!  I was going to run out and buy some.  Looking for something that makes me look  young :D Is Gabriel in the stores?

    I only purchased it on-line. I know they sell it on Amazon as well.  The website has a pretty good description of the product. I emailed a question about the color tones and Gabriel himself got back to me and it turned out to be the best color match that I ever had,