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: https://theceliacmd.com/doctors-dont-understand-celiac-disease-and-gluten-sensitivity/

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 Walmart.com.  There is an unbelievable amount of gluten free food items! We have come a long way in the last 20 yrs.!

Wednesday, April 22, 2020

Here is the link.  These people are sounding the alarm!  You must get a blood test to see how low you are.  Some people say, Oh I am taking 1000IU per day.  Well, I needed 50,000 2x a week for months to get up to normal.  Years ago an internist told me to take 400 IU.  What a joke!  I would not be as healthy as I am if I had not acted years ago.  https://www.grassrootshealth.net/  Please tell others about this, celiac or not.
I have been nagging friends and family to get Vit. D testing for years.  I really feel American doctors are missing a critical part of staying healthy.  The media call it the "sunshine vitamin" so people think if they are in the sun they will absorb it.  Not everyone does absorb it.  A study of California surfers showed most of them were low or sub optiminal.  Regular doctors think a bottom number is normal.  Yet, is it optimal?  The levels are to prevent scurvy.    Remember, your history class told you the sailors ate limes and were called "limeys" to prevent scurvy.  Yet, is preventing scurvy our only goal?  What about preventing colds, flu, Covid 19, etc?  Here is a link to a great group that really believes in optimal Vit. D for the best health.  Of course, Vit. D is one of the fat soluble vitamins that celiacs (and others) malabsorb. The link is not copying.  It is GrassRoots Health.  I will try again.