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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 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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