Archive for January, 2010

Celiac Disease and Beauty Products

I know it’s been a while since I posted last.  I’ve been doing research into gluten in beauty products.  What I have found is conclusively inconclusive, but I will share with you what I’ve found so far.

When you are first diagnosed with celiac disease, you think that gluten is only found in the food that you were eating.  Not so.  Gluten is found in many things other than food, like toothpaste, although the major brands lke Crest and Colgate do not contain it.  Body wash, body lotion, hair care products, make up, almost everything you come in contact with.

Lipstick, and possibly chapstick.  Since they are used on the lips should be a concern.  Since I’ve used chapstick for a very long time, never really thinking about it, I called the chapstick contact number to see if chapstick has gluten in it.  I mean why would it?  Right?  The answer I received in my opinion was a complete run around.

I asked this exact question, “I have celiac disease, which is an intolerance to gluten, so I cannot eat any products with wheat, rye, or barley in it.  Does chapstick contain any of those grains.”  What I was told, “We do not put gluten in the end product.”  HUH?  Okay but is it in any of the ingredients that make up the end product.  Again I got we do not put gluten in the end product.  I guess I’ll be finding a new product to use instead of chapstick.

Now onto  what if it is body lotion or makeup that is not going anywhere where you might ingest it?  This is where it gets inconclusive. 

In her book The G Free Diet, Elisabeth Hasselbeck says that she can’t have any hair care products, body washes, lotions, or anything that she comes in contact with have any type of gluten in it.

However, Dr. Michael Picco at the Mayo Clinic says, “Gluten containing products and cosmetics aren’t a problem unless you accidentally swallow them.”

“If you use a cosmetic or skin care product that contains gluten and you develop a skin reaction, see your doctor or dermatologist to identify the cause.  It is possible to have an allergy to wheat or another grain that could cause a skin reaction.”

To read Dr. Picco’s full article click here.

That is pretty much what I am finding all over.  Celiac Disease is an intolerance to ingested gluten, but there are some people that can’t use skin  products that have gluten in them.

So it seems the best advice to follow is Dr. Picco’s.  If you use a product and have a reaction see your doctor to find out why.

Celiac Disease and Weight Loss

When I was first diagnosed with Celiac Disease, I thought the last thing I would ever need to worry about was losing weight.  Well that was 22 years ago and over those years I have put on a few pounds.  A few “extra” pounds I should say.  So since this is the beginning of a new year and I hope a healthier me, I am starting an exercise program.

My friend Scott Tousignant of Fat Loss Quickie , has a program that he says will get me in shape and feeling stronger in just 30 days and the kicker is:  in Just 10 minutes a day.

I am not a full time, stay at home entrepreneur, yet.  I work a full day at my husbands business and then come home to work on my fledgling business.  I barely have time to sleep let alone go to a gym to work out.

So I’m giving Scott the next 30 days to help me get back into shape and feeling more energetic.  And I’ll keep you all posted on how it is going.

Celiac Disease Testing

I thought I should let you all know why I have been  missing in action this week.

After 22 years of a gluten free diet and never having any follow-ups, my daughter thought that I should have a check up. 

I’ve been having some indigestion type discomfort for the past several months.  My daughter is a Cardiovascular Technologist in the cath lab of one of the major hospitals in Pittsburgh, so naturally we went down the road of ruling out heart disease.  I had a walking stress test which was fine, in fact the cardiologist told me that my “heart was as healthy as a horse”.  Thank you, I think.  ;)

So next off to the Gastroenterologist.  She read my diagnosis from 22 years ago, asked me my age and said, “I want you to have an Endoscopy and a Colonoscopy.  Yeah :(

So this week I’ve been preparing for my tests that I had done yesterday.  Monday night was my last real meal.  Tuesday was a day of all liquids.  That was fun, especially being at work.  :(

Tuesday evening at 6:30 pm I got to start my magic elixer.  It wasn’t a glass of fine wine, but it didn’t taste as bad as everyone kept telling me it would.  I’ll spare you the details of what happened over the next 3 hours, but bright and early Wednesday morning I was off to the hospital for my tests.

The testing went smoothly and a lot faster than I anticipated.  I got most of the results back right away.  Everything was normal and the doctor said that there was some rippling typical of celiac disease but not abnormal.  In fact if he wouldn’t have known I had Celiac Disease he would not have attributed the rippling to that.   So my vigilance of a gluten free diet has been successful. 

Proof positive that if you are careful, watch your diet and stay on a gluten free diet.  You can stay healthy, even without follow up medical attention.

Oh and the diagnosis for my digestive discomfort?  Acid Reflux.  So I take an acid controller twice a day.  Well at least I know I’m still healthy. :)