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  • in reply to: Wild Rice Pasta #9494
    Martha
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    Hi, Raven, welcome to the forum!  Don't bother calling the company.  The problem with the pasta you listed is the brown rice itself.  All rice (except wild rice) is a grain, so by definition it contains a form of gluten.  Traditionally, rice and corn have not been considered “dangerous grains” for various reasons that Dr. Osborne outlines in his videos.  These are mostly historic reasons based on how traditional Celiac's disease was discovered and studied.  Dr. Osborne maintains that you have to remove ALL grains from your diet (including corn and rice) if you want to calm the inflammation and heal yourself.  “Gluten Free” labeling on any commercial product refers only to the traditional grains of wheat, rye, barley, and sometimes oats, so you cannot rely on the labeling alone if you want to avoid all grains. 

    in reply to: Hello from Missouri #9492
    Martha
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    Debbie,

    A year ago, I was where you are now.  Today, I'm much better, but the road was not easy.  Like you, I had to get the bad food out of the kitchen in order to avoid it.  Since I am the one who does the shopping and the cooking, I just started buying and fixing only the food I could eat.  I tried to forestall the groans, however, by fixing substitutes for the bad food–I made crackers and cookies and bread, cooked eggs for breakfast, and made my own pizza.  I spent a lot of time online researching recipes and in the kitchen baking and cooking!  My husband is now onboard with the diet 100% as he started to feel better also.  My son is still a junk food junkie.  He is 17 with his own car and his own money, and if he wants junk food he has to buy it himself.  He's not, however, allowed to bring it into the kitchen.  He must keep it in his car or his room. 

    I hope you can take control of your kitchen also.  Your family members may eventually find that going along with the program is worth having you healthy and happy again!  Good luck!

    Martha

    in reply to: Relapsed after taking a ZPack #9469
    Martha
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    Use Vitamin C for the colonoscopy prep.  I discussed how I did it in the forum here “Vitamin C and Adrenal Fatigue.”  I don't know how to point you to the page.  You should get there if you search the forum for any of the words.

    The protocol worked great and there were no glutens or sugars!

    Good luck.

    in reply to: Hello! #9465
    Martha
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    Kimberly,

    If your cravings are for sweet or starchy foods, you may have a yeast overgrowth issue.  Are you seeing someone now who could help you with testing and treatment?

    Martha

    in reply to: beans, lentils #9455
    Martha
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    Beans and lentils are not grains, so from that point of view they are safe.  However, peanuts and soybeans (along with dairy) can mimic gluten in the intestines (causing hyperpermeability – leaky gut) and should be avoided.  Beans also contain lectins which bother some people.  It's all a question of what you can tolerate!

    in reply to: Vitamin C and Adrenal Fatigue #9429
    Martha
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    Debbie,

    Thanks for the tip–and for doing the research!

    Martha

    in reply to: Vitamin C and Adrenal Fatigue #9424
    Martha
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    Debbie,

    You are right, it was 75,000 mg (25 tsp).  I'm now taking 24,000 mg (8 tsp) per day.  I'm glad you didn't have any trouble with the flush.  I'll be interested to hear if you get a “boost” in how you are feeling….

    Martha

    in reply to: Vitamin C and Adrenal Fatigue #9422
    Martha
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    Debbie,

    Since I was doing it for the colonoscopy (scheduled for the next morning), I did the flush the afternoon before.  I drank only clear liquids during the day and started the Vitamin C at 3 pm.  Dr. Osborne had advised leaving 6 hours for the flush.  After I started the protocol, I drank only water until midnight and then nothing until the colonoscopy was completed.  The process seemed to work well–at least the gastroenterologist didn't complain!

    If I were going to do the flush for its own sake and not for a colonoscopy, i would probably start in the morning on an empty stomach as they recommend and drink nothing but water until the C did its work and the “flush” started.  Once it starts you stop the Vitamin C, but the flush continues for several hours.  You have your “calibration” question answered at that point, but I would still drink only water until the bulk of the flushing was done.  Each glass of water seemed to induce more “flush,” and I can't imagine what eating anything more would do Smile.

    I felt fine during the flush other than feeling cold.  I never had cramps or anything uncomfortable.  I made up each batch of Vitamin C as I went along, but in retrospect I would have made up each hour's worth ahead of time.  I set a timer to make sure I didn't fall behind, and recorded how much C I was taking as I went along.

    Good luck tomorrow!  I'll be interested to hear how it goes and whether you are feeling any better afterwards.

    Martha

    in reply to: Help with a quick answer for doubting Thomas #9409
    Martha
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    Lori,

    Those lessons are tough ones to learn, aren't they?

    Good luck staying on the wagon – for good!!

    Martha

    in reply to: Gluten and Hormones suggested points of action #9408
    Martha
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    Sorry, I forgot to mention the other necessary ingredients in Dr. Osborne's recipe for healing:

    Exercise, sunshine (and full-spectrum light bulbs), sleep, and

    Avoidance of toxic chemicals – eating organic, eliminating plastics, filtering air and water

    in reply to: Help with a quick answer for doubting Thomas #9405
    Martha
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    Lori,

    I wish the world were such that you didn't HAVE to explain or justify your existence, but alas that is not the case.  I sometimes think the only dinner conversation I ever have revolves around my diet!  With that said, though, here is how I try to explain.

    The name of the game is chronic inflammation.  Chronic inflammation leads to chronic disease.  Even the tiniest amount of gluten will set off the cascade of reactions in your body that will lead to inflammation and disease.  By avoiding gluten, you are not only trying to avoid feeling ill in the short term (like a stomach ache or diarrhea if you get those symptoms), but more importantly, you are trying to keep your level of chronic inflammation below the disease-producing level.  Any small piece of gluten can cause an inflammatory reaction that can take up to three months (I believe that is the accepted time) to calm down–and all the while that inflammation is causing damage and making you feel less than good.

    Your friend's allergy is different in that the cascade of reactions in his body from milk products releases histamine which causes the throat-swelling, etc.  Histamine is rapidly cleared from the body and the immediate symptoms subside.  Obviously, his threshold for histamine release is above the “trace” amount.  His allergy and your gluten intolerance are two totally separate animals.

    If size is the issue, have your friend think about viruses and bacteria.  They are incredibly small, yet can do so much damage in the body if perceived as “foreign” by the immune system.

    I hope this helps you to enjoy your vacation!

    Martha

     

    in reply to: Gluten and Hormones suggested points of action #9404
    Martha
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    Charlie,

    The bottom line is that gluten can disrupt all sorts of hormone production in the gluten-sensitive individual from adrenal hormones to thryroid to brain (seratonin, dopamine, etc.) to sex hormones (including infertility)..  It's important to recognize that gluten toxicity may be the cause of the problem and to cut gluten (all grains) out of your diet and skin products completely.  It is also necessary to correct any nutritional deficiencies that may have resulted from eating gluten.  If you have a hormone imbalance, you may still need to treat it with medication (thyroid supplement, for example) until your body heals enough to correct the imbalance itself.  What you do not want to do is just to treat the imbalance without addressing gluten as the root cause.

    Martha

    in reply to: Brand name Beef Jerky? #9352
    Martha
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    John,

     

    Here is one from USWellness – just grassfed beef and sea salt.  They also have a spicy verson.

     

    http://www.grasslandbeef.com/Categories.bok

     

    Martha

    in reply to: How has grain free been going? #9276
    Martha
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    Charlie,

    Yes, I will be grain-free for the rest of my life–and probably dairy-free and a few other things-free once I get it all sorted out.  I've been on this diet about eight months now.  The immediate euphoria and energy spurt has indeed worn off as it does for so many.  Now we're down to the brass tacks of actually healing.  The mpst enduring positive is that my asthma symptoms have basically disappeared, and I'm off all my inhalers (still taking some oral meds, but weaning those slowly).  I'm also almost completely off any meds for reflux, I don't snore anymore, and I don't swell up (retain water) the way i used to.  Still to go are the hypertension, thyroid issues, and adrenal fatigue.  I've also developed some peristent diarrhea which I'm trying to resolve by avoiding various lectin groups of food.  We've been traveling all summer, so that's been a tough one to incorporate into the routine. 

    Besides the positive health changes I am seeing in myself, I'm also looking at the more long-term consequences (or at least associated consequences) of eating gluten that has affected my family–osteoporosis, rheumatoid arthritis, Parkinson's.  These I definetely want to avoid!  So, yes, it is now who I am–grain-free for life.

    Martha

    in reply to: Armour Thyroid Inactive Ingredients Safe? #9275
    Martha
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    I would agree with Lori that you can't just give up your thyroid medication until your thyroid heals.  Try your pharmacy first to see if they can find a formulation that doesn't contain the corn products.  If that is not possible, look for a compounding pharmacy and see if they can make the medication to order.  They can leave out the harmful “inactive” ingredients.  Even small amounts of gluten can trigger an inflammatory response that will delay your eventual goal of total health.

    Martha

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