Thursday, September 10, 2020

 I have the link to the new FDA's ruling concerning gluten in  certain fermented products.  The HHS secretary has celiac himself.  This is nice to have someone there that really understands what we need to remain safe and healthy.  

Have you all gotten your Vit. D. blood level checked yet?  You wouldn't take blood pressure medicine without knowing your number and, I think, this is just as important.  I have read more than once that Covid 19 outcomes are much better for those that have a 60-80 level.  The more you weigh the less Vit.D is available to your body.  This is because it is fat soluble and hides out there in our fat.  Be safe, be aware!

Sunday, August 16, 2020

 I was just reading one of my professional blogs that I am signed up for.  Isabella Wentz is a pharmacist and does not eat gluten, dairy and other certain foods.  I was very sick for a few years and no one could diagnose me.  I had pain, vomiting, diarrhea periodically.  ER doctors didn't diagnose me, family doctor, GI specialists couldn't figure it out despite CT Scans, etc.  After praying about this, two days later, the Holy Spirit said in my spirit:  look up pancreas.   I am a retired nurse and thought, what??  I don't have pancreas problems!  Well, it is associated with celiac disease and Cipro that I was given 2 times also causes it.  The above article gives a good overview of this problem.  Please let us know if any local (Wichita) doctors seem to have a good grip on the many problems celiacs can have even the less common ones.  Long story short, since I started the pancreatic enzymes I mostly feel great, have energy, etc.

Saturday, June 13, 2020

May 11, 2020, long time celiac support group member and supporter, Susan Martin died.  Her memorial service has not been scheduled due to Covid -19.  Susan was always a willing worker and  volunteer and had a sunny disposition.  We all miss her.

I found the best Ritz-like cracker at Walmart.  It is Lance Gluten Free Baked Original Crackers.  These are crispy and taste great, a big improvement over earlier GF crackers!  They would be good to use as appetizers with toppings or to make little peanut butter sandwiches! 

A dear older friend reminded me how important it is to get your Vit. D level tested with a blood test!!  She thought her doctor told her to take 3 - 2000 IU. tablets a day.  She did this for years.  Recently, her calcium level became sky high.  Vit. D helps us absorb calcium.  She was also eating high dairy products all day.  High calcium levels can cause anxiety, depression, and confusion.  She got all of these.   I was at the point that I did not have any more ideas to help her until I asked about her Vit. D. intake.  After stopping the Vit. D. completely and  stopping the high dairy/calcium intake  all of her brain symptoms were gone in about 4 days.  I suggested she have the doctor test her Vit. D and calcium levels.  Please don't guess if you need Vit. D.  You would not take blood pressure medicine without knowing your number!  Celiacs don't absorb D, and overweight people store the D in fat.  I get the blood test at least one time a year.

Wednesday, May 13, 2020

I was just reading a site about "meat glue" being added to our foods.  It causes leaky gut and is bad for everyone, especially celiacs.  This site also has a great article about magnesium deficiency.  We take magnesium glycinate at bedtime to help good sleep.  Even non-celiacs can be deficient due to depleted soils where our food is grown.  Here is the site:

I don't hardly ever get glutenned any more because I am so careful where I eat.  After eating only my own cooking for about 7 weeks, we bought food at Jimmie Johns.  I have eaten there a few times with no problems.  This time, as usual, I told them please change your gloves.  Both myself and 5 yr. old grand daughter got symptoms a few hours later.  I am going to call the manager and tell them this should not have happened!

Since I have healed my gut over 20 yrs. now, I didn't get ANY belly symptoms!!  I only got sacral ileitus.  I would have never connected this to gluten if I had not read it in a book:  Dangerous Grains, by James Braley MD, and Ron Hoggan MA.  You could try to have a local library order it for you.  I don't know if it is in print anymore.

Monday, May 4, 2020

If you find you have extra time since we are staying closer to home, you might look up  There is an unbelievable amount of gluten free food items! We have come a long way in the last 20 yrs.!