Re: gluten and dairy free: from Peter on 2010-07-30
Jenny, note that rice does not contain gluten - so if you get the same symptoms after rice as with pasta, then this is probably not an intolerance to gluten.
Gluten Intolerance and Ulcerative Colitis: from Jo on 2010-08-21
I am a 27-year old male and was diagnosed with indeterminate colitis last year. On first presentation I had sub-total colectomy, and now have an ileostomy. I am currently still experiencing inflammation of the remaining part of the colon and rectum despite them not being used for any digestive function, and am wondering if some kind of allergy or food sensitivity may have caused or exacerbated the original problem and may now still be having a negative effect. Does anyone know if altering diet would have any effect on the inflammation in the rectum and remaining colon despite it not having any remaining digestive function? It now seems likely that I will have to have the remaining colon and rectum removed (unless a definite diagnosis of ulcerative colitis can be made), but I would also like to know whether reducing the inflammation would make it more likely that I could instead have an ileopouch creation, or could reduce the chances of developing Crohn's. Can anyone help
Gluten Intolerance and Ulcerative Colitis: from Peter on 2010-08-21
Have you been properly tested for the coeliac condition or for any other adverse reactions to food? It is important that these are done before you change your diet.
It is definitely possible for gluten in the diet to cause this inflammation even when no food is present - and can also cause inflammation of joints, skin, nervous system.
Tests first, then try a completely gluten-free diet whatever the results of the tests. Also note that soya can produce similar symptoms, more rarely dairy or other foods
Re: gluten free chappatti flour: from Savita Dabasia on 2010-09-29
Is singoda flour (indian water chestnut flour) the same as buckwheat flour? I'm also trying different ways of making wheat-free chapatis as my son is allergic. We tried a form of singoda flour freshly milled in India but it brought him out in a bit of eczema so am not sure if it was contaminated when it was being milled. The singoda flour I did use was excellent for making chapatis but am reluctant to try an off-the-shelf packet if it is considered being from the wheat family - the off-the-shelf packets state the ingredients as only singoda, nothing else, so may be a more reliable than the one I used. Any thoughts
Re: gluten free chappatti flour: from Peter on 2010-09-29
Singoda flour is quite unrelated to buckwheat flour, and no relation to wheat.
Contamination in the milling process is often a problem where small amounts of different flours are being produced. Look for brands that confirm they are milled in a separate mill to wheat.
Gluten Free Fish and Chips: from Gilly on 2010-10-14
Come to Fareham Hantson a Saturday or Tuesday and enjoy specially cooked GF battered fish in. Its on the main street opposite the big church.It is a delight to indulge there
epilepsy, seizures and gluten: from Bonnie LaFrance on 2010-10-19
My daughter (now 21) had a drop seizure which sent her to the doctor and then on to the neurologist. After testing they diagnosed her with Epilepsy, continuous absence seizures. They put her on Lamictal and at the last office visit the neurologist said that she was at 400mg with still signs of the absence seizures and that she doesn't like to go any higher than that dosage. My daughter has informed me that she has gone off the meds completely which I am concerned about. I want to have her tested for gluten/celiac problems to see if that is her problem. I am wondering if there is a problem in our family. I am 53 yrs. old and got treated for colon cancer in 2009. Some of my children (have 4) have digestive and eating problems. I always, myself, felt there were certain foods I couldn't eat. It is so hard and expensive to eat a gluten free diet today and especially hard for young people. Do you know the best way to go to have this checked out or to do it on our own? Glad you are making out great. Wish you had found it sooner
epilepsy, seizures and gluten: from Peter on 2010-10-19
In the UK, discuss this with your doctor. Your daughter should also discuss this with her consultant. I would expect that your doctor would do the basic blood tests immediately.
Tests for the coeliac condition should be done before you adopt a gluten-free diet as they later become unreliable .
Taken together the problems that your family have do suggest that there may be a common cause that is worth investigating, but this is no more than an increased chance of a reaction to gluten being related to the problems.
A gluten-free diet need not be expensive or plain. It just takes a little more planning to cook meals from the basic ingredients rather than buying pre-prepared meals
gluten-free teething cookies: from Laura on 2010-10-22
I have given my 8-mo old Baby Mum Mum's he loves them, but they break fairly easily and I'm afraid at this point to let him just hold on to one. I've read the carrot idea in a baby book and feel it to be safe as long as it's a big, fat one
Re What you can eat on a gluten-free diet: from Pippa on 2010-11-01
Hi Whiskey is fine, my husband has Coeliacs and it's his favourite drink. I Asked and apparently the distillary process makes it safe same as vinegar. Hope that helps