Beef patty (zinc), mashed sweet potatoes (copper), and okra

In order to prevent copper toxicity from recurring, intake of copper and zinc need to be balanced once excess copper has been removed from the body. Making sure there is sufficient intake of zinc to balance out copper intake should prevent excess copper from building back up in the body and causing a return of symptoms. Below, I outline how I’ve decided to approach keeping them in balance in my own diet. What you may have to do may be completely different. See a doctor or nutritionist for any specific questions about your own health. Try my ideas at your own risk. Read More →

When I switched multivitamins back in December, it allowed me to uncover another significant and hidden health issue, copper toxicity. My multivitamin was not the cause of my iron deficiency, and it was not out-of-balance. My diet was. I was consuming many high-copper foods and in excessive quantities. Even though I consumed foods rich in zinc, I didn’t do so often enough to counteract the amount of copper I was consuming, and I became zinc-deficient. Read More →

Compounded medications are prepared by pharmacists specially trained and are usually prepared for patients who have allergies or who need a medication in a certain form factor (e.g., liquid vs. tablet) or with a certain formulation. Since these medications are prepared for people with allergies, I certainly never expected to react to a compounded medication I was given! Read More →

NOTE: Please read my post Killing Myself with Copper after reading this one.

I recently discovered that my problems with iron deficiency were due to the multivitamin I was taking. It contained minerals in amounts that were preventing my body from absorbing iron. Switching to another brand of multivitamin has helped me greatly. This is something I want to share in the hopes it will help others, because I probably had the issues for years but didn’t realize them until recently. Read More →

Christmas luncheons and similar events at the workplace can lead someone with celiac disease, food allergies, or other food issues to feel less than festive. It can be difficult to figure out how to handle dealing with the food. Sometimes it may not even be possible to participate. Even then, things don’t have to turn into “bah humbug” experiences. It can still be possible to have a good time and do something enjoyable. Read More →

When I was trying to figure out how vinegar was making me react over two years ago, I did a lot of reading and research online about the gluten content of vinegar and whether or not it was gluten-free. All the information I turned up said that vinegar, even distilled vinegar from gluten grains, was gluten-free. Also, if “vinegar” appeared by itself on the food label, it was supposed to be apple cider vinegar. I saw this information provided in several places. Read More →

In one of my support groups, one of the members posted that she had symptoms after eating gluten-free flour tortillas. In response, I suggested that she consider xanthan gum if the tortillas contained it since it can be wheat-based. I said that I avoided xanthan gum if I did not know the source. Someone posted in response to my suggestion that xanthan gum, if made from wheat, soy, or other top-8 allergen, would have to have that declared on the ingredients label. That was complete news to me. I know that Bob’s Red Mill xanthan gum is made using wheat, but there’s not even a suggestion of this in the ingredients list or anywhere else on the packaging. Read More →

After I decided to eliminate xanthan gum from the foods and products I’d been using because it could potentially be derived from wheat, I went through my pantry, refrigerator, freezers, bathroom cabinets, etc. to look for things that would need replacing. I immediately threw out things with xanthan gum where I didn’t know of the source. However, my toothpaste was one thing I’d been using regularly and had not noticed problems with it, so I continued using it. I was working through one tube and still had another one in the bathroom. I figured when I’d finished that second tube, I would look for a replacement toothpaste that did not have xanthan gum. Read More →