TGF Supplement Master List Now Free!

TGF Supplements 3DThe Truly GlutenFree Supplements Master list has been a paid-for item with free updates for a long time – almost 5 years, I can’t believe that! – but I have now decided to make it free for everyone and stop doing the updates.  Gulp.

Why?

‘Cos it’s a LOT of work and the list is almost out of date as soon as I publish it quite frankly! The suppliers change formulations, delete stuff, add new items etc almost daily now and we can’t keep up with it.  As a consequence, four of us have been racking our brains to think how to do it more effectively and with a bit less work!

The good news is that there are, thankfully, a lot more TGF (grain and dairy free) products about now and more suppliers for us to go at other than the very few I found originally. We don’t want to be restricted to an update every few months so are trying a new way for us all.

Even more thankfully, our little TGF world where everyone thought we were mad, has mushroomed and even on our own TGF Facebook group, we have hundreds of ‘expert patients’ who regularly help each other finding stuff.

I think actually we are still the only group who really understands the complexities of grain and dairy free supplements and meds, by the way – I thank you :).

It grieves me that those not buying the master list probably had more suffering and certainly more googling time than those who did – well done them; thank you for purchasing it and saving yourself all that!

Anyway, we need to do things a bit differently now so this is how it’s going to work:

TGF Supplements 3DFirst, download the existing master list here.

It can be used as a starting place for your research, but must not be relied upon as gospel as we are no longer doing the updates. It was as accurate as we could get it at the time of the last update – August 16.

Next, join the TGF Facebook group and ask your questions/share your knowledge there.

Christine – aka TGF Supplement woman! – will help direct you to what we consider TGF safe at the time and other people will chime in with what they have found, no doubt. We may try and capture some of the info into a shared document somehow but I haven’t worked that one out yet and I DON’T want it to turn into another nightmare master list 😉

OK, I hope that makes sense so far.

Clearly, that is still a lot of work for us to administer and we have also given away a really important document and are losing sales as a result.

You guessed it: in return for all this free help, we need something from you!

supplements iconWe’ve produced a new list of recommended suppliers and ask you to use them when ordering anything if you value this info and want to support us. It makes a huge difference and will help offset the lost sales and enable me to pay the team! 

Using these suppliers will trigger a small commission payment for us but won’t cost you any more. It helps pay for all the time we spend gassing on email, live chat, Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest and blogs, answering questions and researching stuff that benefits us all.

I’ve popped this list in the free master list, on the blog and Purehealth websites and in Files on the Facebook groups so you can access it easily. I detail it below for you too.

Quite simply, if you are buying supplements anyway, please use the links below so we get a small kickback – it won’t cost you any more but it really helps us, bless you.

The team will also remind you of this and encourage you to use the links as we go along so we can keep revenue up and continue the work. I’m taking a huge business risk here but am confident we have enough supporters and loyal peeps to make this work. And what is it they say: what goes around, comes around and all that!

TRUSTED SUPPLEMENT SUPPLIERS

Natural Dispensary – Please give the practitioner name as Micki Rose when registering the first time

Functional Nutritional Supplements – For the first visit, please enter the site through this link and then immediately register. After that, there is no need to go via that link.

Nutri-linkltd.co.uk – You will need to register by phone and give them Micki Rose name (after that ordering can be done by phone or online)

Nutrivital – Please give code 10616 when you register

YourHealthBasket –  Please enter  mickirose (all lower case – no space) in the COUPON CODE box EVERY time you order.

Spectrum Supplements – Please bookmark this link and enter via that link each time you visit the site

Metabolics –  Please just give the name Micki Rose when you register (NOT each time you visit)

Nutri Gold – Please use this link initially for the first visit (These have excellent supplements but are mainly for people who are not totally grain and dairy free unless we actually specify them as such)

USA 

DSS You will need to register the first time you visit using code MR425

Thank you for your loyalty and support; it means a lot! I truly hope the master list and more inclusive, sharing way of working helps you get well x

9 Signs You Might Have A Gluten Related Disorder

How many of these can you count, then?

I got six originally and nowadays have one – the pounding headaches/migraines. This is often one of the most difficult symptoms to get rid of, I’ve found, and others I talk to say the same. Not nice at all, I can tell you. I could actually say I have a half too – the skin thing. I am definitely more susceptible to itching, sore skin and, interestingly, this is much worse around my cycle so I am convinced there is a hormone link there too.

People are often surprised by the fact that most people don’t have gut symptoms and, in fact, many experts now believe that the presence of brain fog should trigger an investigation for a gluten illness; they think it’s the top tell-tale signal. I do see it an awful lot, and I agree. Nowadays, it’s one of the first questions I ask and  then look for other confirmatory clues as I go along.

The other is: ‘Have you come off traditional gluten for 2 weeks or more and felt better?’

Most will answer: ‘yes, but my symptoms didn’t all go so I went back on it.’

I then go through the chat and invariably people have gone on to feel even worse over the ensuing months or years, but have not made the connection that the reintroduction of gluten after a break will often make the situation worse over time, giving them new symptoms to deal with. Often those will be mood and neurological in some way I’m finding, as if it’s gone to a deeper system somehow or something.

And, they often won’t have thought that the continued ingestion of either gliadin (as in a traditional GF diet) often hidden in foods, toiletries etc and/or the ingestion of other gluten peptides, not just gliadin, may have been why not all their symptoms went on their exclusion diet in the first place.

This then makes me consider either a ‘proper’ trial of trad GF, or a TGF approach, or I’ll suggest testing, depending on if they’re still on gluten or not and whether I think we need to find something on paper for them and their doctors to see if we can.

Fascinating, isn’t it? It’s often blindingly obvious when I see it as I see it all day, every day in cases. When you point it out, people are often surprised they didn’t make the connections either. It seem simple but nothing about food ever is, is it?!

Anyway, I digress, as per! Back to the article I saw here.

9 Surprising Signs You May Have A Gluten Allergy

And, of course, I don’t agree that there is no way to test for gluten related disorders. There is. Not perfect yet, of course, but we are further on than this suggests, see the Gluten Tests page here.

New 21 Day Meditation Course Starts Monday

Just a quick reminder that the next Chopra 21 Day Meditation starts this Monday. Here are the details.

Have a go, even if you’ve never meditated before – I hadn’t and now I do it every day, and miss it when I don’t!

Is Your Meat Really Grass Fed?

I am forever saying make sure you eat grass-fed meat rather than grain-fed, not least because of the need for the super-sensitives among us to avoid grain-fed meat, but also because it simply has a better nutritional profile by far, especially when it comes to fatty acids.

The problem has always been, though, how to find grass-fed meat and, even more confusingly, how to ensure it actually is grass-fed and not ‘finished’ or ‘over-Wintered’ on grain feed. Most people shopping for meat have no clue what a minefield this is, and might not actually care that much, thinking that if cows are fed on grass some of the time that has to be better anyway.

So, I was intrigued to read this article from Caroline of Primal Meats where she states:

An Australian study… showed that all the previously gained omega-3 and CLA of grass-fed beef was destroyed in just 80 days of grain feeding to the degree that it no longer qualified as being a meaningful dietary source…

In other words, finishing livestock with grain feed negates the benefits of the previous grass feeding. Oops.

Like many, before I looked into this, I just assumed all cows were grass-fed because we see them roaming around pastureland all the time. In fact, as Caroline says:

In the UK we have a wide diversity of livestock farms who have a wide range of rearing systems. To say that all UK meat is grass-fed is a bit like saying ‘all people in the UK live in pretty white cottages in the country!’.

That made me laugh. It’s so true. Anyway, to find out more about the grass-fed meat issue and why it is better for you, do read the full piece:

Is UK Meat Grass-Fed?

And to buy actual grass-fed meat, of course go to Primal Meats. I’ve also pinned them on the TGF Food Suppliers Pinterest board for you: https://www.pinterest.com/trulyglutenfree/tgf-food-suppliers/

Paleo & AIP Specialists

I saw this list today of MDs in the US who wouldn’t laugh you out of the surgery if you said you were following an AIP (AutoImmune Protocol) type of diet:

Do Paleo-Friendly Autoimmune Specialist MDs Exist?

It made we wonder if we have many UK or even European-based doctors we could list? Perhaps we should start one. Or at least start a list of doctors who are knowledgeable about gluten related disorders?

I will start us off with Dr Rostami, of course, a Midlands NHS and private gastroenterologist who understands that gluten illness is not all about coeliac disease.

Who else can you name?

Big Bad Gluten…Or Not?

Two interesting articles for you today and a good debate going on so thought I would share with you!

The New York Times recently wrote an article about wheat and whether the wheat or gluten itself is actually the issue, or is it more about our wayward immune systems? An interesting question. Read that here:

The Myth of Big, Bad Gluten

Hot on its heels were several comments and rebuttals. I liked this one from Wheat Belly author Dr William Davies, who trounces it:

The New York Times makes a big, bad mistake

Actually, I found the comments after the Wheat Belly one interesting and picked up a useful list of wheat/gluten issues they point out, showing our issue with wheat is not just about the gluten content. I have not studied these in detail but thought they might be an interesting set of points for you to follow up, should you want to.

The following isn’t comprehensive, and is not in any firm priority order, but my wheat rap sheet includes:

• sky high glycemic (more so than sucrose)
• compromises the gut tight junctions
• compromises the blood-brain barrier
• directly inflammatory
• has addictive properties (exorphins)
• is a direct gut biome antagonist
• glyphosate uptake (from ‘dessication’)
• other pesticide uptake
• #1 dietary source of fructans
• phytates
• bromates applied in storage/transit
• unknown effects specific to modern wheat genetics

Not all of these are presently in the Wheat Belly bills of indictment.

New Shop Launched – Yay!

shop iconWoo-hoo, I have launched the new shop – admittedly, a couple of weeks ago now – but I wanted to make sure it all worked OK before announcing it!

The lovely server company of the old shop generously gave us all a free upgrade, but it meant all the old links and loads of other stuff would just disappear into thin air, great! I had been meaning to upgrade to a more modern, faster site for ages so this rather forced me into it and I spent the whole of Easter building the sparkly new one for you. I hope you like it.

You can always find the shop now on the clinic website at http://www.purehealthclinic.co.uk/shop, which makes a lot more sense. It will shortly also be on Facebook etc as it is a cloud shop via Ecwid, so I can stick it anywhere. Anyone going to an old page or link, will automatically be re-directed to the new shop.

test icon Tests

On the new shop, you will see I have streamlined the tests – we had far too many before!

I spent ages choosing tests, developing categories to make sense of them and then writing an Overview for each type of test to help guide you. For example, we have Hormone Tests, Gut Tests, Gluten Tests, Allergy Tests, Nutrient Tests, Specific Condition Tests (eg. cardio, diabetes, osteoporosis etc), Metabolic Tests, Neurotransmitter Tests and more.

Each has resources and links to all the tests recommended so you can see the lab’s most up to date test instructions and sample reports etc. I decided to link to their sites because they are always changing and this saves me making changes to the website all the time. Where the info doesn’t exist on a website, I’ve done Dropbox download for you cos I’m good like that…

Anyway, have a browse. I have much more to do – all the links in the resources will have to be updated as I go along, but you can order whatever you need now and I am quite pleased with how it all works actually! If something is not on there, just ask – I have deliberately kept things down a bit to avoid confusion but I can still do pretty much any test you like.

book icon Ebooks & Plans

Three sections here – the standard Purehealth Plans including the ever-popular Adrenal Plan and Candida Plans, all the TrulyGlutenFree (grain and dairy free) plans are in one section for you – including the latest 200-odd page Gluten Plan and…

…there is a whole Freebies section for you!

FAQ icon FAQ

Finally, don’t forget to read the FAQ for how everything works – the £0.00 test are not free – wouldn’t that be nice! – but it means you pay the lab when you return your samples – which saves me a shed-load of admin time 🙂

Ok, go and have a look – I hope you like it and find what you need. Email me with any comments/thoughts/praise ;). Meantime, I will go and collapse in a big heap..

Gluten E-Summit 2014 Review Freebie

As proGluten Summit Review 2014 3Dmised, I have now put the Gluten Summit 2014 article series into one document for easy peasy download. You can get your free 40 page review instantly by just clicking on the cover in the right hand column on the site, or here. I will also load it into Resources. I’m just too good to you.

In making this available, my hope is that newbies to TGF world can read it and understand they are not going mad, and that people with any form of gluten related disorder will use it to show their health professionals, friends and family they’re not going mad!

In practical terms, it gives tons of explanation, testing and treatment tips from the leading experts in the GRD field, and that, frankly, is invaluable.

 

Finally, a thank you to CoeliacsMatter.com for commissioning it and making me sit down and do it!

I hope it helps.

 

 

Gluten Cross-Reactive Foods List

The body can easily confuse other foods that look structurally similar to gluten and give gluten sensitives and coeliacs the same gluten reaction. Here is a reminder list of the gluten cross-reactive foods for you (requested by J today so thought it might be useful to have it on here and searchable) and I have also put it on the Gluten Diet page, too.

 

The Cross-Reactive Foods

If any of these are found positive, they need to be avoided for life in the same way as gluten.

Grains:

Rye 

Barley

Spelt

Polish Wheat 

Oats 

Millet

Corn 

Rice 

Dairy:

Cow’s Milk 

Alpha-Casein & Beta-Casein 

Casomorphin 

Milk Butyrophilin 

Whey Protein 

Others:

Chocolate (Milk) only milk chocolate is cross-reactive because, obviously, it contains milk. Cocoa itself is safe.

Yeast -a combination of brewer’s and baker’s yeasts is used in tests so could be both or either

You can check for antibody reactions showing on these foods using the Cyrex Labs Cross-Reactive Foods Test on the shop here.

We must bear in mind, though, that some people do not have antibody reactions and have other processes going on in food sensitivity, but this is certainly the main type of test to go for – the ALCAT test is a good double-checker if you suspect something.  I particularly recommend this test for people who are starting a gluten free diet and want to know which other foods might slow their healing and progress down. Do it BEFORE you give up any of the foods for maximum info.

The Cyrex test also looks for common substitute food problems (these are not cross-reactive):

The Common Substitute Foods

If any of these are positive, they can be re-tested and re-introduced if negative once Array 2 shows the gut barrier has healed.

Sesame
Buckwheat
Sorghum
Hemp
Amaranth
Quinoa
Tapioca
Teff

Coffee  – instant coffee has been found to be cross-contaminated and therefore reacts but coffee beans, ground and brewed is safe
Soy
Egg
Potato – white potato is tested

 

Hope that helps remind you which are which!

Gluten Summit: The Round-Up!

At last, I have come to the final part of the Gluten Summit series: the summary! What are the main conclusions? What can help us most practically in our day-to-day gluten lives? Have a read of the round-up piece here:

Gluten summit Gluten Summit Summary: What Have We Learned?

In this report, I have picked out the best nuggets from the four key areas: Overview, Causes, Diagnostics and Treatment.

To read the introduction to the Gluten Summit, see here. Catch up with the mini-series 1,234 and 5.

I really hope you found this series useful and that it will open some eyes to the real problem of gluten-related disorders and overturn some of the pervading – and frustrating – myths about gluten illness. It most definitely is NOT all about coeliac disease or gliadin, and the traditional gluten free diet approach falls woefully short for many gluten-sensitives. If we only get that key message across to more people, then I’ve done my job!

I will shortly be putting the whole series as a free download on the site and I hope people will use it as a sort-of gluten-related disorders ‘primer’ and will give it to dissenting or simply gluten-uneducated friends, family and health professionals when they need to.

Finally, thank you to CoeliacsMatter, who commissioned the series and made me do it!