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November 25, 2010

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I hope your Thanksgiving Day was enjoyable and that your gluten turkey was delectable. Our real turkey was very good and the gluten-free stuffing was great but the cranberry sauce was fantastic.

I hope everyone had an enjoyable day and that tomorrow will be enjoyable as well and so on and on.

I just want to mention that for many people gluten (found primarily in wheat, rye, barley and some oats) is an unhealthy food. You do not have to have the symptoms of celiac disease to have gluten intolerance which manifests in many ways.

Some doctors think the majority of people have some degree of gluten intolerance.

To find out if one of them is you:

http://glutenfreeworks.com/gluten-disorders/celiac-disease/diagnosis-and-testing/

My daughter worked Thanksgiving Day and it's about family more than anything for me, so we'll have our celebration on her day off next week. It was a little odd not celebrating with a meal when the rest of the nation goes quiet, for the first time I'm aware of in my life.

It's always been my favorite holiday. I find it remarkable that we even concern ourselves with which was "the first thankgsiving" -- clearly it's a harvest festival and has been around for a long, long time as a part of human culture. I do admit that having been raised in Pilgrim Country I was indoctrinated from an early age to believe that Plimoth was the first colony on what would be U.S. soil, and that theirs was the first Thanksgiving, and I was surprised when I moved out of Massachusetts and found out the rest of the world didn't necessarily see it that way.

Perspective is so sneaky in limiting our views, we often don't question things because we aren't even aware of the blinders beside our eyes. (Horse blinders help keep horses from being frightened -- is that what perspective does for us?)

Anyway, so glad I found your blog, Brian. Hope you and yours have wonderful holidays, however you celebrate them.

@tucson

Thanksgiving is also a gluten-free meal for us, as three of four members of my family are celiacs. It took me years to discover that unlike the use of wheat bread on the stale side, gluten-free bread is best freshly made for turkey stuffing. I consider the stuffing to be the center of the meal, so the years in which it was a disaster were traumatic, and I Snoopy-danced when I learned the trick.

Though you, tucson, probably already know this, others may not so I can't resist clarifying your comment that "some oats have gluten" to add "cross-contaminating them" since the oats themselves have no gluten in them. Oats are commonly grown in rotation with wheat, so it's hard to come by uncontaminated oats since wheat sprouts grow as "volunteers" (charming word) in the field. Some growers are dedicating their fields to gluten-free oats though; but since oats can come with their own reactions, celiacs should (of course) check with their doctors before trying even oats grown gluten-free.

In my comment above I did not provide the correct link to a lab which performs gluten sensitivity tests and other food intolerance tests.

https://www.enterolab.com/StaticPages/TestInfo.aspx

According to their test which I did a few years back I was not gluten intolerant, but my son exhibited symptoms and the tests confirmed gluten intolerance for him. He had been having stomach pains, stomach upset and diarrhea during his training runs. Now that he is on a gluten-free diet, no problems and he has a college scholarship for running.

This is my humanitarian act of the day. As I said many people have various chronic conditions and have no idea that gluten could be the cause. Find out for yourself. The tests aren't cheap but worth it.

Many people lose weight simply by eliminating gluten which for most people means wheat bread and pasta. Fortunately there are good gluten free substitutes.

I am not afilliated with this company in any way.

Brian: this post is not off topic. It is you who mentioned consuming gluten turkey.

tucson, my wife felt some stomach distress after eating the Celebration Roast, so that's probably related in some way to the high gluten content. I handled it fine. Gluten intolerance indeed is a big problem for many people. Fortunately, food manufacturers and bakeries are realizing this. We often get gluten-free muffins and such to have on hand for friends who can't eat wheat gluten.

I consider seitan, a wheat gluten product used as a meat substitute or filler in asian food, to be evil ;)

I suggest your wife take the gluten sensitivity test. If she is gluten intolerant she will probably feel better in many ways when she quits eating it.

Not to mention avoiding the side effects of the damage gluten intolerance can do (like increased risk of intestinal cancer, for example). More information can be found about risks here:

http://www.enabling.org/ia/celiac/faq.html#effects

We are the Churchless Madafakazz. He, he


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