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Elisabeth Gerritsen

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  1. Hi, I'm thinking of my mother, who lived until she was 100. She was born in 1906. At that time nobody knew about Celiac, especially in Suriname, South America. She was very particular with food, we noticed. She would not drink milk or yoghurt an she didn't like bread or pasta. She told us some stories why, but I never believed her. She was in very good health, but she didn't smoke or drink. I started my life with al kinds of medical complaints and later it turned out I have Celiac and I suffer from lactose intolerance. My daughter and I have the same medical problems, so I guess my mothe
  2. Because I live in the Netherlands, and my husband used to work at the DSM-factory (where maltodextrine is made), I know that they used to buy the foam of the beer breweries. This foam is called malt (from malt beer) Hence the name maltodextrin. We have a few breweries in the south of Holland. Lately they used patatoes in stead, but after two years of not much rain, potatoes became very expensive. So I am not sure if they went back to the breweries for malt.
  3. The maltodextrin could contain gluten. In Europe it is made of malt beer. In the US mostly of corn, so no gluten
  4. On March 6th I got very ill; all symptoms of the corona virus, except fever! I went to the ER twice, but was send home for this reason: no fever, so no corona! The third time I went to my own GP, who gave me antibiotics, the mildet sort available. It did no good either. I stayed sick for four weeks and I slowly recovered with now and then a flare up. Because we had no testing material, nobody was tested in my village. No mouthcaps, nothing. So I stayed home. I have celiac, a lactose intolerance, Rheumatoid arthritis, heart failure, diabetes, psoriasis and I'm 77 years old, so I belonged to th
  5. In my case I had to import the gluten- and lactosefree medicine from the US to the Netherlands! No lactosefree Plaquenil for sale here. But the same problem here: no mention of any gluten or lactose contents. You have to read the ingredients and make a complete study of what is: glucose-fructose syrup, maltodextrin, dextrose and so on. It also differs from where it was made: in the US they make maltodextrin from corn, in Europe from wheat! So even now, when I want to buy a Dutch glutenfree bread, it still contains the bad maltodextrin and I get sick! So I have to buy ther German brand from Sc
  6. I am also lactose intolerant, so I have to skip the butter and because I am vegetarian, I have to skip the pork. So nothing good is left in your soup for me.
  7. I am gluten- and lactose intolerant and I have arthritis too. Not so long ago I could not find Plaquenil without lactose, so I had to buy them in the States and have my daughter send them to me. I was ridiculed because they thouht that a little lactose never could do me any harm! Same with my diabetes. I was taken to the hospital because of low sugar coma and they gave me a glucogen shot in the ambulance. It made me very sick, because this contains gluten! I could not go to the bathroom for days, so they advised me to take Movicolon, which contains more gluten! So now I have tokeep my suger l
  8. In Europe they make glucose-fructose syrup, maltodextrin and dextrose of wheat. That could maybe explain why you still have flair ups. And many celiacs also suffer from lactose intolerance, like me. So it might help to avoid lactose. In my case it does. I have celiac, lactose intolerance, Rheumatoid arthritis and psoriasis. I have to use RX for my head psoriasis, which changes my grey hair into a yellowish color. But still I have some flair ups too. But I am happy that after 50 years they at last found out what was wrong with me.
  9. I didn't say my mother is to blame! I only said: a pity she didn't know! I am 76 years old and my mom was from 1906! In those times nobody ever heard of celiac.
  10. A pity my mom didn't know when I was young! Had skim milk very young, many ear infections, lack of calcium, lack of B12, had much bread to eat because of poverty and so on. No wonder I've got Celiac now!
  11. That is the best way for me too: make everything yourself! Yes, I love the Netherlands too, but I also like to travel to France. Only to find glutenfree and lactosefree food is a huge problem.
  12. I live in the Netherlands and Hellman,s is the only mayo without any problems for me! Here it is not labeled as glutenfree though. I learned the hard way: trial and error
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