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My container of Anthony’s Xanthan Gum

I use xanthan gum when making baked goods from scratch. Guar gum is a no-go since it’s one of my reactive foods, and other alternatives either are not readily available or are harder to work with from what I’ve read. Xanthan gum has become one of my staple items to have on hand for gluten-free baking. I’ve been gluten-free or at least trying to be for over three and a half years now, and I’ve never noticed a problem with xanthan gum until recently. Read More →

Since my allergist discovered my low ferritin serum, I’ve been trying to figure out how to increase my intake of iron. First, I tried adding a 27 mg ferrous gluconate supplement. In the beginning, I felt great, but I later started having the usual side effects of iron supplements. After doing some research and finding out that carbonyl iron is gentler on the digestive system and doesn’t cause the harsher side effects that other types of supplements cause, I decided to give it a try. Two tablets a day eventually brought on the same side effects. Read More →

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I just returned from a week-long vacation with my parents, sister, brother-in-law, and nephews. Everything went successfully for the most part. I did have a couple of issues, one due to my own carelessness, and one which I believe was due to eating “gluten-free” oatmeal for breakfast everyday. Read More →

I’ve managed to make several changes recently which I believe have kept me from wheat/gluten exposures for nearly two weeks. It’s really too bad I’ve had to deal with illness during the period of time since the last known exposure and can’t exactly know for sure if I really have truly avoided it for this length of time. On top of the illness, I’ve had to deal with issues with my iron supplement and with trying to find another one that doesn’t cause problems while providing my body with the iron it needs. It seems like I’m going one step forward and two steps back. There are signs that things are pointing up, like my skin getting better and my nails getting a little bit stronger, but I still feel there is a long way to go. Read More →

I went to another allergist for a second opinion after the first one dismissed my Class I result for wheat as a “false positive”. The only feedback I’d gotten from the nurse about this result is that the doctor thought it was too low to be a true positive. However, it was a firm Class I, with the result being right in the middle of the range. After doing some reading and research on this result was when I decided that it wouldn’t be a bad idea to seek the opinion of another allergist. Read More →

I went to my gastroenterologist earlier this year. I recounted to her what had happened to me over Christmas and that I was beginning to suspect that my food reactions were allergic in nature. She was surprised by how sensitive I seemed to be to gluten and put me right up there with her most sensitive celiac patients. Her surprise was made even more significant by the fact she sees thousands of celiac patients. We discussed possibilities, and she ran some tests to check for mast cell activation disorder. She also suggested that I try taking a daily antihistamine like Zyrtec. Read More →