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I use Olive Nation pure vanilla extract, it is gluten free and alcohol free. I get it on amazon, hope this helps and will work for you.
Mark, I can definately relate to what you describe as personality changes when eating/drinking certain things. You're right, it isn't fun, especially when you try so hard. Hang in there, it sounds like you're on the right track. Trust what your body is telling you. I think it sounds like you're doing great.
Thanks for checking into it Dr. O, it is something I have been curious/wondering about. Maybe you and Dogtor J. should do a study!
I was also wondering the same thing about free range chickens (being fed grains). The source I was looking into getting them from (locally) said they do feed them corn. Although I have read somewhere that you can feed chickens coconut, just not sure how many farms do this or if even most/all free range chickens were also fed either corn or soy.
On the same subject: Is it that the grain from non-grass fed beef gets into the meat or just that because cows weren't meant to digest grains that it is hard on their systems and stress that reduces the nutritional value of the meat?
Check out this site, it may help you with meal ideas. I have purchased a few of her menu plans (very reasonable, low cost) and they have been great. She uses almond flour too but says you can sub with any nut/seed flour which you can make easily at home.
I am thinking the sugar cravings must mean yeast overgrowth? Crackers, cookies, chips need to just not even be an option, get them out of your house, that's what we had to do. Our kids have gradually adapted to fruits/veggies. Keep trying many different things, eventually he'll like something. I know kids can be stubborn but the worst thing to do is give in.
I am thinking (and maybe Dr. O can weigh in here) that once you get your son completely gluten free, and his gut heals that some of his other intolerances will go away and it will be much easier for you. What about probiotics and/or digestive enzymes for him? I'm not sure what chelating is, sorry.
Hi Ashley, I think you ARE in the right place. I am 34 and have four kids (7, 5, 3, 1). The five year old is diagnosed celiac and that is what led us on this road to good health, a blessing in disguise for sure. I am working on getting them all grain free too. My three year old son stutters and I definately feel there is a dietary connection, although his ped and a speech pathologist have said no. I myself have been grain free for about six months now (after having been traditional gluten free for a year before that). My husband and kids are traditionally gluten free, but 90% grain free also. We have also eliminated sugar 99% (Halloween and suckers from Great Grandpa). My son had gone about 3-4 months without much stuttering at all, then right after Halloween he started again. He didn't have much candy at all, but I think maybe all it takes is that little extra to shock his system, I am looking into possibly having him tested for candida as he also has major sugar cravings.
Elanaspantry has been wonderfull for me, good healthy replacements for “normal” treats, the agave tastes great and has a low glycemic index so would be wonderful for your Type I diabetes. My husband is reluctant to give up some of the processed gluten free convenience items such as pre-made bread (Udi's) and Tinkyada pastas, and a few other “gluten free” junk foods, but I think he will come around eventually so I am trying not to force it too much. In six months we have cut back tremendously from what we used to do. It's a lot to take in at first, but it's a process. For us it has been a complete lifestyle change, but homecooked healthy meals is the way to go. We used to eat out 3-4 times a week, mainly for convenience, so unhealthy, but we were socially engrained to think this was OK, even RIGHT. At first you do feel bad telling the kids “no” when you pass by McD's or Pizza Hut, but they get so used to it and then they stop asking. Your kids are young enough they will adapt very easily. Just keep giving them a variety of fruits and veggies. We shop for fresh produce 2-3 times a week. We have explained so many times the health reasons for our choices, I think they are actually getting it. I'm hoping by the time they are old enough to make their own decisions they will make the right ones. It takes a lot of organization and pre-planning, especially if you have to travel at all. Sometimes I feel like I spend all my free time either shopping, cooking, or cleaning up but it's worth it for their health.
I have watched all Dr. O's videos and I have to say they have helped me tremendously. The hardest part is socially, which is covered in the video. We do homeschool also, so I think that makes it much easier. My thoughts are teach them while they're young because the older they get the more difficult it's going to be.
BTW, we got all the kids genetically tested that way we KNOW (less likely to give in to temptations). That way too we have a piece of paper to show them if they ever ask or doubt why they should be doing this. Also I have sometimes found it helps when explaining to others when they ask why we or the kids can't eat whatever at a potluck or a party. Once you say genetic test=gluten intolerance they just say “Oh” and leave you alone about it.
I had a really hard time finding a doctor to help me, but finally found one that is considered a “functional medicine” specialist, not sure if that would help you but it's worth a google. I hope you find your path to health here, keep us posted.
I have been getting all my nuts (I eat a lot of them) including raw cashews from nutsonline. They are certified gluten free and I have never had any issues with them. I'm not sure if it's the best possible price, I haven't shopped around too much, but the gluten free certification means a lot to me.
You actually don't have to go back to consuming gluten for the stool test. I did it after being gluten free for 8 months and it was still positive, after having negative blood testing prior to going gluten free. BUT if you feel better on the diet and are convicted to it, then there's really no need for futher testing anyway IMO. I needed to convince myself though, now I will never look back.
Thanks Dr. O, I am very hopeful……..the doctor I have an appointment with in a few weeks is actually on the provider panel for that lab you mentioned.
Do you have a particular brand of the peppermint pearls that are safe? Even with a clean diet (and I don't think I have bad breath), I work very closely with people at my job so I like to be extra sure.
I have had another frustrating experience with vitamins.
Per your suggestion Dr. O, I ordered the Perque 2 Life Guard and the sublingual B12 from your office. Right away they made me feel much better, more energy, better mood etc. Less than a week into taking them, I started to notice some 'reactions' which are for me typically related to gluten or other intolerance exposure (canker sores, acne, irritability, nausea, bowel issues etc). I told myself “it cannot be these vitamins, they have to be safe, must just be a coincidence or maybe I got contamination somewhere else” and I continued to take them. The symptoms persisted and the irritability in particular continued to get worse for about three weeks. I had not consumed anything else new, so I finally came to a breaking point and stopped taking both last weekend; within 24 hours felt like a brand new person. So two days later I thought maybe it was just coincidence (again) and I took one multi in the morning. Within half an hour I got very nauseated. How is this even possible?
I know I should have supplements due to my malabsorption, but this is the fourth time over the course of a year that I've tried different ones and had bad reactions like this. I'm thinking there must be something else in them that I'm unknowingly reacting to, any ideas? Would compounded vitamins or the spray kind be an alternative, or would I be better off just enduring lack of energy/fatigue and going without whatever is causing me to react this way? Has anyone else experienced this type of thing?
It also reminds me of when I was told that barley grass was safe because it was from the grass itself not the grain……….so I bought and took the vitamins from a health food store, learned the hard way, IT WAS NOT SAFE!!
I do not drink it because lactose free doesn't mean it's casein free. I'm pretty sure casein (the protein) is what most of us can't tolerate. There may be exceptions, but that's what I understand anyway.
Yes!! I had them ALL THE TIME, multiple in my mouth at once ever since I was young. When I was a teenager my Grandmother bought me my own little bottle of “Anbesol” because I would almost cry they hurt so much when I ate. She always wondered why I got so many of them, but obviously had no idea about gluten. Someone even told me to put salt directly on them, which hurt really bad, but did seem to help them go away faster.
In my twenties I asked my dental hygienist why I got them all the time and she told me it was from bacteria in my mouth (implying I didn't brush enough which was NOT the case!)…….
Even after having kids, I'd use their little “Baby Orajel” on myself.
Since I've been gluten free I have hardly had any at all! It has been one of the most wonderful changes I've noticed. But like the previous poster said, if I get cc'd, I will still have them pop up. I recently found something that said they can be caused by deficiencies of iron, folic acid, &/or B12. (from the book “Recognizing Celiac Disease” by Cleo Libonati)
I have had tried several vitamins, including the Country Life because they are certified as gluten free. I have reacted to them all, and have now realized probably due to corn.
We've had the genetic testing done on all four of our kids and it's not really all that easy to read, sort of technical. I'm not sure if it would hold up in court either. Maybe if she did test positive for DQ2 or DQ8, then that would verify her need to avoid wheat, rye, and barley but I doubt it would prove that she has a problem with corn just because the standard definition of gluten does not include corn. Also, even if she has one or two gluten sensitivity genes, I don't think the mainstream medical community recognizes that as fact that one needs to unconditionally avoid gluten (sad, I know). In fact two of our kids (along with myself) have two gluten sensitivity genes, but not the celiac genes, so our pediatrician considers that we have “ruled-out” gluten as an issue for those two. They are gluten free anyway.
I wonder if the ELISA testing wouldn't be a better option?? Or maybe traditional IgE allergy testing from an allergist?? I do not have any experience in this type of thing, I'm only drawing from what research I've done on my own. I would be curious if anyone else has a more definitive answer for you.
I really hope you can convince him to stop hurting your daughter, that is just so sad, poor little thing. My heart goes out to you and your daughter. Good luck to you both, please keep us posted.