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Off Topic Discussions / Happy Thanksgiving!
« on: November 26, 2015, 06:32:51 AM »
Happy Thanksgiving to everyone.  For the last several years, this forum has been one of the things I'm thankful for.

General Discussion / Another Convert
« on: August 24, 2015, 09:27:58 AM »
We have another gluten free convert, at least temporarily.  My neighbor has joined us.  She is diabetic and it's progressing to the insulin point.  Not liking this idea, she is trying gluten free.  I didn't question her too closely; I was afraid of putting her off.  She is a large lady and is happy to have lost some weight and feels her joints are less painful already.  I am so glad she is trying this WOE, she's a wonderful person.  It's a wonder to me that people with a few years to them almost always have relief from joint pain.  That inflammatory action of wheat is extreme.

Wheat Free Recipes / Roasted tomatoes
« on: June 24, 2015, 12:13:07 PM »
I promised this recipe from my son's girlfriend.  She doesn't measure, so it's to taste.

Roasted Cherry Tomatoes:

Olive Oil
salt and pepper
cherry tomatoes

Mix or spray tomatoes with oil, sprinkle with salt and pepper, roast in 350 degree oven for about 20 minutes.

(these look really clever placed around a roast and are delicious)

General Discussion / Our WOE and neural pain
« on: May 27, 2015, 06:45:18 AM »
I have been a member of a neural forum for almost a year.  In all that time, not many members have talked about a dietary treatment for their pain.  A few did mention vegetarian or vegan and how wonderful the China Study was!!!!  The replies were politically correct...and short.  Finally a member has tweaked her already fairly healthy diet and claims to have found some noticeable relief.  Guess what?  Her diet now looks just like ours... Yay!  I was hoping there would be folks that would eat the way we do, or close to it, and I would get to follow the results.  Several others on the forum have shown some interest in this person's results.  If there continues to be interest, I may have to start joining in and invite them over here to explore their options.  I had a feeling that fat was good for nerves but just kept finding articles that claim fat clogs the nerve endings!?!  Not too sure how that works, since I always thought nerve sheaths were made of cholesterol.  I am gleefully following this thread in the other forum, hopefully they have more folks try out this WOE. I can see the reduction of inflammation being quite helpful to already agitated nerves. I would have already invited them or, at least, discussed this diet with them but some strange vibe is holding me back. I feel I would need to approach them very carefully. Anyway, it will be interesting to see if this takes off in the neural sufferers world. I can see a real need for this kind of help for us neuropathy patients.

Off Topic Discussions / More Statin 'stuff'
« on: November 17, 2014, 01:18:11 PM »
>The study followed more than 18,000 people for an average of six years after a heart attack, and found that 50 people needed to take medication for one to benefit. Patients on Vytorin, which is a combination of ezetimibe (sold under the brand name Zetia) and the statin simvastatin, had an average LDL cholesterol of 54 mg/dL, compared with 69 mg/dL for those treated with just the statin.<
[/size]Some more stain nonsense on USA Today.  Let me just say; if I was one of the 49, I would be p****d!  Can't believe they were even discussing guideline changes with this. Terrible article, don't bother with it unless you are really bored and curious.  Just tossed it out here for a laugh (sort of, more of an eyeroll).  This is what our medical pros are using for treatment basis. Sorry, but I can't seem to get the link to show; drop in on USA Today and type statin in search. It will pop right up, but just more of the same old, same old.  Some folks may benefit from statins but the numbers on this don't encourage me. Nothing seems to work on my numbers.  I once took the zetia and stain and it didn't work on me any better than anything else, which is to say: it didn't.  I think they should 'offer' this type of medication to patients, instead of pushing it so hard. [/color]

General Discussion / HDL and Vit D
« on: October 07, 2014, 09:28:24 AM »
There are several threads this post probably belongs on but I'm too lazy to look for them... my apologies.  Since my visit a couple months ago to a cardiologist, I have been wondering why my HDL rose so much in a year. It went from a good 61 to a great 76, for no known reason.  The cardiologist was totally impressed but had no explanation and wouldn't offer guesses.  These guys are no fun!  However, I just read a book called Epi-Paleo Rx by Jack Kruse, MD and he may have an explanation.  The author claims that when you normalize your Vit D levels your HDL can raise 10% to 30%.  Mine went up 24%, not too shabby for a couple little pills.  Pfizer must hate this info since their chemical to raise HDL managed to raise the mortality rate 60% and they had to stop the trials. If this were commonly known, it would really hurt their business. Personally, I plan to tell everyone I can get to listen. My PCP must have gotten the message because he now advocates for everyone getting their Vit D levels checked and two years ago he yawned at the idea.  Ah, progress!

I'm only a quarter through this book and so far only small bits of new info, like the Vit D and HDL tie-in.  It's a good read and right now he is going through tests he feels everyone should get.  He says drs are ethically and legally bound to consider any test results you get from an independent lab in the your care.  He goes on to give a list of ones he feels important and what they indicate.  Those two pieces of info were worth the price of the kindle book.  I offer them here for free!!  ;)  If I get anything more that's interesting, I'll report it.

General Discussion / Heart Risk Assessment tool
« on: September 11, 2014, 09:34:27 AM »
After reading Randal's article from CNN, naturally I looked around the page and followed a few more links.  Several articles later, I found a heart risk assessment tool for the National Institute of Heart, Lung and Blood (NIH), based on the Framingham Study.  I just had to try it.  I put my real numbers in and got a 3% risk factor for heart attack in 10 years.  Not too bad.  I decided to play with it a bit.  I found, at the end of my game, that taking a blood pressure medication actually raised my risk by 2%! Everything else was the same, just added medication because I have taken it in the past.  Interesting, are they admitting maybe their meds aren't the best idea?  I sure feel better without them.  The tool also wouldn't let you enter a totol cholesterol less than 130.  So, if you actually had an extremely low cholesterol, it wouldn't believe you?  If this is a tool that doctors use, no wonder we don't get anywhere.  I would never take anything like this seriously but it was good for a laugh; hard to believe they actually bothered to put it on the 'net.

Food Elements / Smoked Sea Salt
« on: September 07, 2014, 09:29:21 AM »
I haven't tried this yet, but the smoke flavor added to sea salt sounded rather tasty.  I like it when I barbecue. 

General Discussion / Gummies
« on: August 30, 2014, 12:22:43 PM »
Now here is a silly topic for a laugh.  Of course we shouldn't take gummie vitamins.  The sugar is terrible for so small an item and the vitamins are probably not all that high quality either.  But... for a joke my son let me have one of his girl's adult gummies and for the first time I didn't get nauseous taking a multi vitamin.  I take B12 and have no problems but the other's seemed to upset my stomach.  Now, I wonder if I have always just taken too high a dose?  Hmm...  I can take two of these and am fine.  I always felt I could use some more B's because of my nerve problems.  I guess I'll just have to try sugarfree!  However, they really were tasty, just like Swedish Fish.  We decided we would have a hard time staying out of them. 

General Discussion / Bruising
« on: August 23, 2014, 10:06:56 AM »
If there's an already existing thread on this, my apologies.  I have bruised easily all my life.  If bruising were a sport, I would have been world class! I have noticed lately that I am no longer bruising as heavily as previously. I am definitely not bruising as much. I used to look like a mugging victim after carrying grocery bags on my arms.  My DH has wondered if people think he is a wife beater!  Right now I have no bruises on my arms and only one on my thigh from being jabbed with a branch. Having no bruises[/size] is unusual for me. The few bruises I get fade faster as well. The only things I can attribute this to are upping my doses of vit k and possibly vit C (in food).  I doubled the K, to cover the large doses of vit D I take[/size][size=78%].  [/size][/size]The vit K has a tad of C in it and I have been eating more berries (as opposed to none).  This has covered about five months in time. I suppose the vit D may have helped as well but I never noticed any change over the years I've taken it.  The same story with my B12.  Has anyone else seen this in themselves or family/friends?  I'd like to pin it down, so I can keep doing whatever worked. My DH has quit drinking tons of OJ and is now complaining about bruises, so maybe I just answered my own question. [size=78%]

General Discussion / A 170 degree turn
« on: June 11, 2014, 11:55:06 AM »
 I subscribe to a newsletter, actually lots of them, that down the years has always advocated for low fat and high carb.  I just read one yesterday and it's diet advice listed steak, eggs, cheese, etc as being useful weight loss  additions!!  It wasn't exactly a 180 but I'll give them 170 degrees of change.  I just wish I could find the darn newsletter to tell you all which one.  Anyway, we can hope the message of our woe is getting out more and more.  I feel dumb I can't find the newsletter but hopeful at the progress.  The newsletter is pretty worthless but I'll bet lots of people read that change of diet advice. :)

General Discussion / Food Guidelines
« on: January 02, 2014, 11:53:29 AM »
I was curious about the food guidelines of other countries, so did a small search on it.  I thought perhaps Japan or France or somebody would have a far different one than ours.  I flipped through a lot of countries and they seem very similar, at least to me.  Allowing for regional and cultural differences that would make the actual plate served to you look vastly different, they seem to be built on the same premeses.  The bulk of the diet recommended is grain.  They all lump fruit and vegetable together and want to limit everything else. One article suggested they follow our lead.  The only big difference was Sweden, who has now gone low carb.  I had to give them lots of props for stepping back and saying, "This isn't working" and trying something new.  I will be watching to see how all this plays out.  It should be interesting to see if Sweden succeeds where everyone else is failing and if we will copy them for a change.  Any thoughts on how stubborn our medical establishment will be?  It's exciting to see an entire country go WB!

General Discussion / Vitamin Sale
« on: December 02, 2013, 11:35:59 AM »
Life is having a cyber monday sale on vitamins.  You get members pricing and free shipping.  Anyone interested, check it out.

General Discussion / Not so subliminal brainwashing...
« on: November 23, 2013, 09:45:04 AM »
The article from Canada on giving a child a Ritz cracker for his 'grain', as though that was a nutrient group, started my thinking.  There is a lot of brainwashing going on in all the articles,etc that we read.  Every one seems to want their say about how others eat.  I haven't read many mainstream articles that didn't put the word healthy before grain, like it should be one word.  I even read a novel (hey, it was free) that repeatedly had the main female character nag at the hero about his eating those terrible fats, like the bacon and eggs he had for breakfast.  I cheered our hero when he promptly stuffed another piece of bacon in his face and was hoping he'd stuff one in hers!  I really wanted to join them and point out to her, while she ate her healthy grain bagel, that our hero wasn't the one watching his butt spread and she had been scammed.  This is becoming quite prevalent. When I took my psychology courses, they taught that a human hearing something a hundred times would start to believe it, they called it 'brainwashing' in the wars...  Anyone else notice this as much as I have?  Or I am just getting paranoid.  Oh, wait, that's if they aren't out to get you ;)

General Discussion / 200 yrs ago!
« on: November 12, 2013, 02:32:34 PM »
I picked this quote up from the WB site.  I thought it was fascinating, if true.  If it is true the man was far thinking, wasn't he? I put it here for those who may not have read the WB post.
This quote is attributed to Benjamin Rush, one of the signers of the Declaration of Independence:
“The Constitution of this Republic should make special provision for medical freedom. To restrict the art of healing to one class will constitute the Bastille of medical science. All such laws are un-American and despotic. … Unless we put medical freedom into the constitution the time will come when medicine will organize into an undercover dictatorship and force people who wish doctors and treatment of their own choice to submit to only what the dictating outfit offers.”
He is to have said this over 200 years ago

General Discussion / No gluten allergy!
« on: November 07, 2013, 02:13:56 PM »
According to an article on MSN, the allergists, etc, got together and decided that there is no such thing as a gluten allergy.  There is a wheat allergy, celiac (gluten) and gluten sensitivity but no allergy.  Semantics, you gotta love it!!

Wheat Free Recipes / Impossible Pies
« on: October 09, 2013, 10:53:32 AM »
Does anyone like the Bisquick Impossible pies?  We do and I found they come out fine with almond flour instead of Bisquick.  Just add an extra egg and 3/4 tsp of baking soda. I've added arrowroot to help the texture, too.  It's a bit crumbly but just add salsa or guacamole and you won't care  :)

General Discussion / High HDL, high everything!
« on: October 08, 2013, 09:39:07 AM »
I am wondering if anyone else reading this forum has the same problem I do: high lipids, even HDL.  I have been wheat free for two years and have seen my lipid numbers soar 100 points each!  Not cute.  Most people have high total chol, high LDL, high TGs and a low HDL. My HDL is alway high. According to Dr. Davis, I may not metabolize fat correctly and need a moderate fat diet.  Whatever that is?  I have found reference to this problem only once in all my extra reading and all that author said was to be throughly evaluated: not helpful.  I am thinking it may be the carbs I still haven't eliminated from my diet.  I am going to try to be more regimented in eleminating carbs and see what happens.  As I understand it, this is an unusual problem and not something most people need to worry about, most people lower their lipids with fat and raise HDL: naturally, I have to be different!  I didn't mind my gastro saying I was strange or my GP saying I was unusual, but this bugs me.  Those were remarks because I had improved unexpectedly or was strangely healthy and I welcomed them.  This and pain in my legs are my challenges (along with painting my walls!!) I would welcome any suggestions.  This thread is to help those few of us that don't respond normally. Gee, I hate that word: 'normal'.... what does that even feel like? Outside of this, WF has been a great benefit to me.

Success Stories / 2 Year Milestone
« on: September 30, 2013, 12:53:25 PM »
I'm happy to say that October signals two years wheat-free!  Yaaay!  Sometimes, I can't believe we did this.  I have listed my wheat-free benefits on other posts and now I have a new one to add, or maybe a further improvement.  I recently had my thyroid retested.  I have taken Synthyroid .50mcg for well over ten years, maybe closer to fifteen. This isn't a lot of medicine (to the dr. anyway) and I never needed it to be increased but I do need it to feel well.  I finally got my dr. to test my free t's and antibodies, not just TSH and everything came back normal range and not just 'normal' but optimum!  My dr. stared at my results and in his gracefully understated way pronounced, "That's unusual!"  No kidding?  Well, I can't say it's all the wheat-free, it may be the vit. D3 with the wheat-free, but something is improving my systems.  At my age, this is, as my dr. says: unusual.  I recommend wheat-free and plenty of Vit D to anyone who feels as lousy as I did.  I have a bucket list of things to work on next but the thyroid strikes me as surreal.  Or maybe just an everyday miracle.

Food Elements / Diet Milk?
« on: September 18, 2013, 08:48:33 AM »
Yes, the folks at WhiteWave are considering introducing 'diet milk'.  It will be watered down skim milk with added ingredients to give mouth appeal, you know, like fructose and stuff!  I don't know about you, but the idea of 'diet milk' makes me nauseous.  As far as I know, this idea would eliminate most of the reasons I drink milk.  I am considering investing in this company because I have the horrible feeling this lousy idea may just take off.  On top of 3D food, this is scary.  Here we are trying to reintroduce real food and the manufactorers just keep inventing things to make us sick.  In another generation, the cooks won't know what food is.  Does this idea frighten anyone else as much as me?  (Add wanting to put sweetener in skim milk.) I know a lot of people can't tolerate milk but I know they won't stop at milk.  We need to get people to not buy this stuff so they won't see a profit in making any more.

Success Stories / Weight Stabilized
« on: July 11, 2013, 11:11:22 AM »
It's a small thing next to all the other benefits of wheatless living but it's been a struggle: after a year and a half, I've finally gotten my weight to stay in one place. It goes up now by the amount of fluid I retain during the day and then returns to the same reading the next morning.  This is sure an improvement over my weight just inching up every day!  Now maybe I can figure out what to eat for better nutrition.  My son and his girl have reduced their wheat consuption,too.  I'm sure it was only my successes added to their own research but I like to think I helped.  Maybe next they'll give it up altogether.  So, after a year and a half, here are my successes: reduced arthritic pain (couldn't hold a needle to sew a button), reduced c-reactive protein (was normal, now optimum), reduced fluid retention, improved thyroid function, reduced peripheral neuropathy pain, weight loss, and reduced BP meds by half.  I'm not a medical miracle but I feel sooo much better.

General Discussion / Breadbox
« on: July 07, 2013, 11:03:02 AM »
I was cleaning my kitchen today and moved my breadbox.  Since I don't eat bread anymore, I now keep vitamins in it and that really surprises people when they open it.  It occured to me that this might be a fun topic and give us a laugh.  What has everyone done with the old breadbox?  Any creative repurposing out there?

Introduce Yourself to the Wheat Free Forum / Thanks to Everyone!
« on: May 06, 2013, 11:08:02 AM »
Thanks to everyone who gave me such a warm welcome. I know I'm going to love this site and learn alot.

Introduce Yourself to the Wheat Free Forum / Hello from Lynda (Fl)
« on: May 05, 2013, 12:51:50 PM »
My DH and I have been wheat-free since Oct. 2011.  We have both seen improvement in joint pain and I have seen my TSH drop from over 5 to 1.0, have halved my BP med. and had my c-reactive protein drop dramatically (which astounded my dr. since it was normal to begin with). I am glad to see some of my favorite posters from the WB blog site.  Some of the off-topic discussions kept me out of the hospital and helped me improve other health problems, thank you all again.  I'm hoping to find great ideas for low-carb here as that's my next challenge.  Maybe that with get rid of the rascally belly fat and help my cholestoral numbers!  I have to admit I love potatoes more than I did wheat.  Listening to others stories on these forums really helps.

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