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    Hi everybody,

    So happy I found this place.  I’ve been suffering with Panic Disorder and IBS-D for most of my adult life.  Medical doctors tell me IBS isn’t anything to worry about because it’s not a “real” bowel disease (tell that to my bowel!).  Psychiatrists and psychologists and dieticians tell me that IBS is a psychological “thing” and so if I could just get my head sorted out lol, the IBS would also be resolved.  Brain/gut thing and all. 

    When I started perimenopause, I developed melasma (ugly brown blotches on my face).  My doctor had no clue what they were, I had to google and find out for myself.  Oh and I can’t sleep.

    Having browsed through this site, every member of my family has something that can be linked to gluten:  IBS, ulcerative colitis, rheumatoid arthritis, mental illness, cancer, diabetes, hypothyroidism. I’m sure I’m forgetting some things.  And we all eat what we thought was a pretty healthy diet. We don’t eat junk food, just mostly home-cooked meals with lots of fresh vegetables, fruit, nuts, a little meat, fish…  BUT we do eat a lot of breads, pastas, and rice too.  We even switched to the whole grain variety thinking that would be healthier than the white stuff.

    Anyway, I started the totally gluten free diet yesterday… but this is going to be challenging for me because I’m on a very limited income (long-term disability) so it isn’t that I don’t want to buy everything organic, free range, etc… I simply cannot afford it because I can barely afford to buy the non-organic foods.  So, it’s time for me to get creative and do the best with what I’ve got.  Any suggestions for cheap meals would be greatly appreciated.

    Peter OsbornePeter Osborne

    Plant a garden and join a food co-op.  Even if you don’t eat 100% organic, make sure that you don’t eat packaged foods.  Stick to meat, vegetables, and fruit.


    All the best,

    Dr. O


    Let us know how you do.

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