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    Spending time with my best friend John my husband of 46 years. My seven dogs, two cats and a pet squirrel. Cooking and baking gluten free, a challenge I love, making delicious nutritious gluten free food. Gardening, growing flowers, vegi's and herbs. Canning jams, jellies vegetables and fruit in season. Reading British novels, I am an Anglo-phyle. I am a beader who loves to design and make jewelry.
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    I live in the southeast, near the blue ridge mountains. A "dyed in the wool southerner".

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  1. The grilled chicken at Chick Filet has been marinaded in a marinade that contains MSG. I found this out after reacting to their gluten free chicken sandwich. I am a very sensitive Celiac and contacted their corporate office. I am also allergic to MSG! Be careful out there.
  2. See an ear nose and throat (ENT) doctor about your vertigo. I have had problems with vertigo for years. It may be simply that you have fluid behind the drum or an inner ear infection. A diutretic for a few days and a few doses of 5mg Valium May help. Valium works on the balance center of the brain. My balance was a serious issue until I was Dx with celiac disease and I am strictly gluten-free as is my kitchen. I eat almost no processed foods, just cook and eat fresh foods. When I have gotten glutened accidentally, not only is my vertigo back, but migraine headaches, joint and bone pain. Your vertigo could be a migraine equivalent triggered by your cold virus. Get a second opinion. My ENT started me on B12 injections and this really helped my vertigo. I do not absorb vitamins well through my gut so the injections work to help my vertigo. Get a second opinion and good luck getting relief, vertigo is debilitating.
  3. This is a great article! I am educating all my doctors about celiac disease. One component that was overlooked is vitamin defiency or mal absorption syndrome. Even with supplementation I could never get my Vitamin D levels above 29, then Dx myself, went gluten free and my next lab showed a level of 50! Never in my whole life. I was B12 deficient, iron deficiency anemia. Not absorbing calcium, potassium, low magnesium levels too with “benign” cardiac arrhythmia, all gone now. Celiac Disease can be suspect in intestinal lymphomas, leukemia’s and multiple myeloma. I suffered for 46 years before my Dx was confirmed. My levels for MGUS pre cancerous condition for multiple myeloma were going up, off gluten, the levels are down. I cannot express what a horrible disease this can be undiagnosed. Big pharma is not interested, no big bucks to be made off Celiacs. Gluten free is a challenge, but worth the effort to remain strictly gluten free. Life is so much better.
  4. Lazy thinkers of America unite. Instead of pissing and mouning about not understanding the content, why don’t you express some gratitude for the scientific information that researchers are working hard, as reported, for trying to find help for Celiacs.
  5. Yes, Kareng, I stated in the first line of my post that I have serious autoimmune issues with seaweed. In celiac circles, it is referred to as the wheat of the sea because so many celiacs react to the protein in seaweed as they do the protein in wheat. No reference is too it actually being wheat, just that some celiacs react with auto immune response to seaweed products i.e.the use of the term "the wheat of the sea". Sorry you were so confused by this. There is in fact no wheat in seaweed, just the terminology used to express the autoimmune reaction. Hope I have helped you to understand the term. Honeysuckle can label their turkeys gluten free, but they are injected with dubious ingredients that they chose not to fully explain. I will state this again, I know this turkey made me sick. Any company can mislabel something gluten free and it will not be. These turkeys are not certified gluten free. I accept full responsibility for purchasing, roasting and eating this turkey. Lesson learned. I will not be buying their turkeys in the future, and I do not believe any sensitive celiac should either. I hope my post prevents another celiac from suffering the same fate as I. Simply trying to be informative and caring.
  6. Yes, Kareng MSG is gluten free. I react to any product made with seaweed. I have an autoimmune reaction to the protein in seaweed, “ the wheat of the sea”, as serious as with gluten. This is true for many Celiacs. MSG, carrageenan, agar, alginate and sodium alginate are all made with seaweed. So it is double trouble for me to ingest MSG. That is the reason I mentioned it in my post. I hope this may help inform other Celiacs to be on the lookout for similar reactions from products made with seaweed. The company that markets Honeysuckle gluten free turkeys, denied any gluten in their injectable broth or their natural flavorings in their reply to a very detailed email I sent them. They would not answer my questions about possible cross contamination in their processing factory. I do know this turkey made me sick. It was the only processed food I prepared for Thanksgiving dinner. I have a strict gluten free kitchen. All the sides that I served were prepared by me with fresh ingredients. I cooked for two days to accomplish this. Say what they may, I will never purchase their turkeys again. I plan to buy a locally sourced fresh turkey from a certified farm, next time I roast a turkey. Not taking any more chances. But, I am happy to clarify why I mentioned MSG in my post.
  7. I just spent two days in bed with horrible joint, bone pain, muscle aches, feeling agitated, and severe headaches. I was a screaming Mimi with extreme anger and explosive diarrhea. All are my symptoms of an autoimmune reaction to gluten. Now that I can think a little straighter, I realize these symptoms started within 24 hours after eating my “gluten free” frozen turkey that I bought at Ingles. After reading the blog, I contacted the manufacturer and found out that the natural flavoring they injected contained not only barley but MSG as well, yet the turkey was labeled gluten free? I am highly reactive to MSG. I am feeling miserable that I missed this. This is the first turkey I have roasted since being Dx. Live and learn. I will only buy fresh turkey with no injections of anything in the future. My dogs will love eating turkey on their kibble for a few days! Thank God for this blog or I might never have figured this out.
  8. Yes, this is correct. I feel safer just not buying their products in the future. I am 73 and a very sensitive Celiac with many allergies, so I must take care of myself. I am waiting for a reply to my email to Udi’s.
  9. You are correct Ennis. I have given up eating out. Unless you are in the kitchen, you just do not know what is happening there. Sorry you cannot eat Udi products either, just for a different reason. I had read online at another site that their factories were not dedicated factories. I think my issue with their bakery products is the sodium alginate. Really liked their products too. I am allergic to shellfish and IV contrast dye made with shellfish which contain iodine. Had anaphylactic shock to IV contrast dye and an iodine based gastric contrast media after surgery for a para esophageal hernia repair, nearly died both times.
  10. I am having problems with Udi bakery goods. I have explosive diarrhea, joint pain every time I eat Udi products. I know they are no longer made in a dedicated factory, so cross contamination may be a problem. Also, I react to anything made with seaweed, MSG, carrageenan, agar and alginate. I noticed recently that they have added sodium alginate to all their bakery products. Maybe this is the problem for me. Why in the name of common sense do we need to add a seaweed derivative to bakery products. Goodbye Udi’s products. You have just lost a customer. Anybody else out there having similar problems with Udi products? I have emailed Udi’s about this, but most “gluten free” companies do not want to hear from Celiac’s, and their response is usually patronizing at best. Had a bad 10 week autoimmune reaction to eating off the gluten free menu at the Cheesecake Factory, even with specific instructions to the server and the cook who prepared my chopped salad. The company would not tell me if their dairy products had carrageenan in them, that is a yes. Serious cross contamination of their gluten free cheesecake, baked in the same ovens and stored in the same refrigerators. Eat there at your own risk! I suggested a red sticker on menus discouraging Celiacs from eating in their establishments. No comment!
  11. Cross contamination is a big one, Tyler is correct. My husband and I have separate toasters, peanut butter jars, margarine tubs and only buy safe condiments in shake or squeeze bottles. I use parchment paper or foil on all baking sheets. We use the sanitize cycle each time we use the dishwasher. We even have double ovens to safely bake or roast gluten free foods in one, gluten foods in the other. Counter tops are another place for cc to take place, butcher paper is a great idea, or waxed paper. Do not trust gluten free labels on food. Read the ingredients, so many are Misbranded and contain gluten or are cc in the factory. A thought that I had if you are also cold all the time, you need a COMPLETE thyroid panel. TSH, T3 and free T4, in other words the whole nine yards insist on a complete thyroid panel. You may be hypothyroid so many of us Celiac’s are. Depression and fatigue are symptoms of low thyroid. Have you been tested for iron deficiency anemia. Your hemoglobin or hematocrit May be low. Most celiacs have iron defiency anemia.
  12. Look at carreggenan. I am a super sensitive Celiac and have the same auto immune reaction to anything made with seaweed, “the wheat of the sea”, such as MSG, carrageenan, agar and sodium alginate. The food industry is putting it in everything, even so called Misbranded gluten free foods. Even some coconut milk brands now are using it as are nut milks. It is a cheap emulsifier, so we do not have to shake things up! How about shaking up my whole body from it! You may have an iron defiency anemia not being treated or tested. Cookbook doctors treat numbers not patients clinical presentation. I have fired five doctors in eight years for stupidity and dangerous lack of clinical acumen which could have killed me. Do not be afraid to ask questions and confront doctors, you are after all the customer paying for their services. Eat clean, meaning preparing your own foods. Stay out of restaurants! Gluten free is a joke in most restaurants if you are a celiac. And will cost you weeks of illness. Hang in there. Make bone broth, it has super vitamins and minerals and loaded with pre and probiotics. Go to Dr. Axe’s site. I only do chicken made with feet. I am allergic to beef since being bitten by a deer tick in 2011 and getting Chronic Lyme disease. The chicken feet bone broth is also loaded with calcium and is yummy. Takes a little work, but is well worth it. ?
  13. Get another opinion on your gastric sleeve. In 2014 I was Dx with a giant para esophageal hernia. In other words my stomach was in my chest. I had a surgery to pull my stomach back into my abdomen. Two months later I am suffering. Collapsed left lung, vagal nerve compression and now my stomach was back in my chest pulling my small intestine into my chest. My heart was being irritated by all this. I had tourtion of my stomach. Long story short I saw a thoracic surgeon at John's Hopkins Hospital. The following day I had a five and a half hour surgery to save my life. The first idiot surgeon had stitched the top of my stomac to my diaphragm. Two years prior to this I got bitten by a deer tick and got chronic Lyme disease. I am now allergic to red meat, carry an epi pen. A year before tHat I was electrocuted getting out of my swimming pool with resultant burns, cardiac issues etc. The electrician said I should be dead, but I survived. And, I was Dx with celiac disease at 71! Talk about big adjustments. Times are very difficult for you right now. I am a retired psychotherapist and I think you would benefit from some cognitive behavioral therapy. I am a super sensitive person too, so I have an idea about how you are struggling. Do not give up! Get a second opinion. Something seems amiss with your sleeve, get it checked out. Withdrawing from gluten was very difficult for me. My body reacted horribly, but I got through it knowing that it would get better, and it did. I have the same autoimmune reaction to carraggenan. It is made with seaweed, the wheat of the sea, and the food industry is putting it in everything as a cheap emulsifier. Read your labels, you may be reacting to carrageenan too. MSG is also made with seaweed. Please do not give up! I have fired seven doctors in the past 10 years to get a great group of doctors that think outside the box and are not "cookbook doctors", they are a dime a dozen. Push on keep looking for answers. Put on you brass bra and confront the bad behavior you are encountering from the medical profession. Question, question, question. Good doctors welcome an intelligent well informed patient. It is the flakes that don't want to answer question or give sane explanations. Hope this is helpful. The world needs all the intelligent, sensitive people we have in it. Good luck!
  14. Everything you are saying is indicative of celiac disease. Empirically speaking. I had three weeks of the worse anxiety I had ever had following giving up gluten. It was like a horrible withdrawal. My insides felt like they were shaking and I jumped at the slighted noise. It began to subside after three weeks and I emerged from it feeling better than I had in 40 years. Hang in there, it sounds like gluten withdrawal and it does go away eventually. My body was reacting to not getting any gluten. But, it was worth it. I have been gluten free for a year and a half. I cleaned out my pantry, sterilized my kitchen and have learned to cook and bake gluten free and make easy delicious and nutritious meals and food for myself and my husband who eats glutenfree meals I make. Gluten free is an adjustment and a definite learning curve, but you can do it! I also have an autoimmune reaction to the wheat of the sea, seaweed products. They are putting carreggnan in everything. You might be sensitive to that too. It is made with seaweed as is MSG. DO NOT EAT AT THE CHEESECAKE FACTORY! I got glutenated there off the gluten free menu with specific instructions to the chef about preparing my meal as I am a celiac. Worst autoimmune reaction I have ever had eating out. That is my biggest challenge. Hardly anyone understands celiac disease in the restsurant industry. Try going gluten free again after you have had the testing done. Just know that your anxiety may worsen with gluten withdrawal, but then it will get better! Good luck.
  15. Look at carreggenan. It is made with seaweed, "the wheat of the sea", I react to these products just like gluten, as do many celiacs. So is MSG, alginate and agar. Check your dairy for these. Even nut milks are adding carreggenan, soups etc. I am an extremely sensitive celiac, Dx at 71. I react to anything with these products in them like I have gotten gluten. Restaurants use carrageenan as an emulsifier in salad dressing, butter and sour cream, and they will not tell you, I have asked. One fish restaurant had a bowl of margarine, sour cream, half and half and butter, all contained carreggenan, it was on each label of ingredients! Celiac is a complex disease. I have spent the last two years researching celiac disease, through the Mayo Clinic, Columbia University Medical Center and the University of Chicago. Gluten is hidden in flavorings, food starch. I called the folks who make Lean Cuisine and told them that most of their gluten free meals contained hidden gluten. Their response was to send me coupons to buy more. Carraggenan is also in toothpaste, so read the labels. Crest Pro Health was one I reacted to. They too sent me a coupon to buy the one and only toothpaste that Proctor and Gamble makes with out carrageenan. Processed foods are the worst. Read labels even the ones that claim to be gluten free lie and are made in factories that foods are cross contaminated in. Cherrios is a good example. General Mills refuses to consider cross contamination. Be careful out there, even wild caught salmon may have red dye made with gluten. You have to be hyper vigilant. i just got glutenated at the Cheese Cake Factory, after carefully going over with the server and the chef restrictions. The worst I have been glutenated in two years. My bone, muscle and joint pain was so bad I have had to take Tylenol around the clock. My life is in the toilet for the time being, pun intended. I am so bloated I can't fit in my clothes and my face is swollen too, have brain fog. It is a jungle out there. But, there is light at the end of the tunnel. Know yourself and your body and do not let "cookbook" doctors tell you. Keep searching, there are some good doctors out there, but you may have to fire a few like I did to get answers. Good luck!
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