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Organic if you can ...

Monday, January 01, 2007

Here is info on finding organic produce and what to look for:

You also have to be wary of SOME organic and really understand what you're buying:

Dr. Mercola's site also discusses what codes to look for:

RE: genetically modified foods:


On diagnosing celiac children: one story.

Sunday, December 31, 2006

From Living Gluten-Free for Dummies, Danna Korn, author.

How the gluten-free lifestyle saved my son.

I didn't aspire to do any of this. I was deeply involved in a successful career, and was a mommy first and foremost. But today I'm an accidental author, researcher, and support group founder who was pushed into the deep end of the gluten-free pool and realized I needed to learn to swim. Fast.

Until 1991, my family and I ate a fairly typical American diet. I tried to keep it nutritious (extra cheese on the spaghetti to add protein), and I was aware of the need to limit fat and calories (scratch the extra cheese), but we didn't spend a lot of time worrying about what we ate or the long term effects food may have on our bodies. We pretty much took eating for granted.

All that changed when my first child, Tyler, was about 9 months old and developed what seemed to be chronic diarrhea. The pediatrician chalked it up to the antibiotics Ty was taking for ear infections and told me to call if it hadn't cleared up in a few weeks. Three weeks later, I was back in the ped.'s office. "Yep, he still has diarrhea," the doctor declared with confidence. "Yeah, I know. That's why I'm here," I mumbled with self-restraint worthy of the Nobel Peace Prize. "Give him foods that will plug him up like crackers and bread - and call me if it hasn't cleared up in a few weeks."

I waited. Not patiently (patience isn't my greatest strength), but I waited. Three weeks later, after another perfunctory exam of Tyler's ears, nose, throat, the doctor made that "mmhhhmmm" noise that doctors make when they figure out the problem. Yay! We were finally going to get some answers! "Yep. He still has diarrhea." All those years of med school had really paid off. "Don't worry about it. He's not dehydrated, and he's in the 75th percentile for height and weight. It's nothing to be concerned about." Gee, could the fact that I practically infuse him with liquids have anything to do with the fact that he's not dehydrated? And does the fact that he started off in the 99th percentile and has *dropped* to the 75th mean anything? Apparently not. I was instructed not to bring him back for diarrhea because there was nothing to be concerned about. If I was going to insist on bringing him back, I'd be kicked out of that pediatric office. I guess they meant it.

Doctor number two agreed with doctor number one. After a quick look in the ears, nose and throat, he declared that we had a healthy baby boy. "But what about the diarrhea?" I eeked. "Really, it's nothing to worry about. He's a healthy height and weight, he's not dehydrated, and he looks fine to me," he chirped as he raced to his next four-minute appointment. I considered offering Doctor Do-Nothing a close look at the 22 diarrhea diapers a day that I was changing, but somehow managed to control myself.

In desperation, we changed doctors again, and - long story short - a quick look into the ears, nose, and throat turned up - you guessed it - nothing. By this time, Tyler's belly had grown hugely distended, his arms and legs had wasted to skinny little limbs, his hiney had disappeared completely, and his personality had changed. He had transformed from a lively energetic toddler to a listless, irritable, clingy, and quiet little boy. It had been nearly a year since the diarrhea first started, and we figured we were just neurotic first-time parents with a mellow kid who pooped a lot.

Eventually, we ended up in the hands of doctor number four. By this time, "realizing" there was nothing wrong with Tyler, I thought nothing of dragging a lifeless baby with a Biafra belly into the pediatrician's office for a routine visit. After looking in Tyler's ears, nose, and throat, he laid Tyler down on his back and thumped on his belly like you might thump a honeydew melon to see whether it's ripe. "My goodness," he said with that I'm-alarmed-but-I'm-a-doctor-and-don't-wan
t-to-freak-you-out tone. "What's going on with his belly? It's very distended." I couldn't answer through the tears of relief.

After testing for cystic fibrosis, blood diseases and cancer, we finally got the bittersweet diagnosis. "Your son has celiac disease." *Huh?* Is that anything like the flu? Surely a few weeks of antibiotics will wipe it out. "He'll need to be on a gluten-free diet for the rest of his life."

I don't have room here to give the details of the rest of the story, but you can read it in my other books or on my websites. Suffice it to say that the words "for the rest of his life" had a huge impact, and we realized it was time to step up to the plate and do some research and lifestyle and attitude adjustments to help ourselves -- and others.

When we heard that Tyler would have to lead a gluten-free lifestyle, we had come to a fork in the road. At first, we were devestated, confused, frustrated, and grief-stricken. But we knew there was another path we could choose -- a path that would have a more positive effect on Tyler's life. As we found out how to live with the diet and its ramifications, we worked hard to find a way to turn the adversity into a positive force in our lives. More than a decade later, I realize that what we once interpreted as misfortune has actually been a huge blessing in our lives - and most importantly, Tyler agrees.

Danna's website address:

Or Google "Danna Korn" to find other links or references to her work.


Checklist for Food Tracker & Satiety

Saturday, December 30, 2006

From my favorite doctor, Dr. Mercola's website, here's a food and mood tracker form to fine tune your feelings after you eat a meal.

I used to feel hungry all the time, but when I upped protein intake and reduced carbs, I wasn't always looking in the cupboards or fridge to fill that empty feeling. I hope this helps you think about how your food is working for YOU!


Merry Christmas

Sunday, December 24, 2006

To my Democrat and Republican Friends...

For my Democrat friends:
Please accept with no obligation, implied or implicit, my best wishes for an environmentally conscious, socially responsible, low-stress, non-addictive, gender-neutral celebration of the winter solstice holiday, practiced within the most enjoyable traditions of the religious persuasion of your choice, or secular practices of your choice, with respect for the religious/secular persuasion and/or traditions of others, or their choice not to practice religious or secular traditions at all. I also wish you a fiscally successful, personally fulfilling and medically uncomplicated recognition of the onset of the generally accepted calendar year 2007, but not without due respect for the calendars of choice of other cultures whose contributions to society have helped make America great. Not to imply that America is necessarily greater than any other country nor the only America in the Western Hemisphere . Also, this wish is made without regard to the race, creed, color, age, physical ability, religious faith or sexual preference of the wishes. By accepting these greetings, you are accepting the aforementioned terms as stated. This greeting is not subject to clarification or withdrawal. It is freely transferable with no alteration to the original greeting. It implies no promise by the wisher to actually implement any of the wishes for herself/himself/others, and is void where prohibited by law and is revocable at the sole discretion of the wisher. This wish is warranted to perform as expected within the usual application of good tidings for a period of one year or until the issuance of a subsequent holiday greeting, whichever comes first, and warranty is limited to replacement of this wish or issuance of a new ! wish at the sole discretion of the wisher.

For my Republican friends:
Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year

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Saturday, December 23, 2006

This doctor (Dr. Mercola at is an inspiration to me. Drastic health issues lead to drastic measures. Here's my favorite link to weight loss instruction.


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