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May 19, 2010


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I'm sooooo desperately interested in this. I've had the MRIs, testing, etc...no answers for the blurred vision, excessive dizziness, etc... Does your chiropractic friend practice in Colorado? I'd be interested in talking to her/him?


Wow wee, that is one crazy road to health and I am beginning to think that so much of what we eat affects our health and i need to jump on that boat asap! I could be allergic to gluten and that is why i have chronic pain...blah blah blah, anyway thank you for this post and so excited to get some new recipes! :) and VERY glad you are feeling better!


I've been considering an alternative doc for issues that can't seem to be answered... thanks for sharing and reaffirming their worth!

I'm making that recipe tomorrow, looks delish!

Destiny (The Ruffled Nest)

Wow! I'm so glad that you're finally getting some answers, but "NO COFFEE" - seriously??? OMG, I couldn't do it!! LOL I've had some similar symptoms in my life...done the whole cat scan thing...even had a spinal tap done (ouch!) - First they said I had "syncope" then just said I was having migraines. My father had part of his thyroid removed because he had been so tired all the time only to find he had hypothyroidism (or hyper, I get them confused). He suggested I have mine checked because my entire life has been lived feeling like I haven't slept in days...even after 12 hours of sleep I'm so tired! (I also thought I was getting TOO much sleep and maybe that's why I was tired, but everything was the same when I cut my sleep time). So sweet Jeanne, thank you for sharing...perhaps I'll get my butt into an office and have my thyroid checked now : ) Hope all of the changes have you feeling AMAZING!!!!


Like Tami above, I have suffered with weight related trouble since being put on Synthroid. I've never heard that hypothyroidism and gluten intolerance go hand in hand!! Wow.....I am going to contemplate what this means for me. I've long suspected my husband has some gluten intolerance....maybe we should give this a try!

Mosaic Magpie

We have to be our own Doctor. You know when you feel bad or just not right in someway. You get a quick glance by the Doctor, they give you a pill (maybe), and send you on your way. You are lucky you found someone to listen and keep testing until they found an answer for you.


so glad you shared! love what you are learning. it has been amazing and wonderful! thanks for sharing yummy recipes, too. i can't wait to see what my family thinks of them!


So glad to hear you have some answers and are starting to feel better! How scary!! Can't wait to see your recipes.



Bravo to you and your Doctor! Keep up the recipes, because they can make us all feel better................


Wow Jeanne ~ I cannot even imagine how hard a gluten free diet would be let alone dairy free too. It sure changes your way of living and I applaud you for your paleo diet. I try not to eat a lot of processed food for the salt content alone as it is crazy. I am on weight watchers right now and I am so glad that summer is around the corner so we can get lots of local fresh fruits and veggies.

Amy Muffoletto

After hanging out with you for a few days I see that Gluten is in Everything....I am so happy your answers have finally arrived and that you are feeling better.... That salad looks wonderful.. Big hugs, Amy


Wow! I have a 27 year old stepdaughter who has migraines so bad they are paralyzing. Thanks for sharing and I hope you are on your way to a final diagnosis soon. It's amazing how we can help ourselves simply by what we eat. Thanks!


OH MY,what a road you have traveled. It is so very hard to sit on the fence not knowing...not being able to help yourself get well...I have been there. This story has a very "Happy Ending"...I have a baking site on my sidebar that is really quite good. She has quite a few gluten free recipes that you might enjoy...
If you already know of this site just ignore this. Wishing you many healing thought...Rosie


Jeanne, so glad to know you're getting some answers! I can only imagine the fears you were dealing with. Way to go for not giving up!


Thank you so much for sharing your story! My struggles have mainly been with severe, painful eczema, but I too started seeing success once I switched to a Naturopath doctor. I'm currently undergoing a three week elimination diet to find out what food intolerances I have. Just goes to show that diet is a more significant factor in our overall health than most people give it credit for!


I am so glad you're starting to find answers! It can be so frustrating to not know what is going on with your body. I am very excited that you will be posting gluten free recipes since I have been struggling to cook gluten free as well. Check out www.mytartelette.com, she has some fabulous gluten free recipes. Good luck and thanks for writing.

Suz Reaney

I have many similar issues...Hashimotos thyroiditis, celiac, Migraines and some you don't have...possible Chronic Lyme diseas, other neuro things. And I have never had a stroke experience. That would be scary! I was using the less traditional path until things really got out of hand and then had to switch to traditional medicine. Now I am so fortunate to have a doctor who is tuned in to both and will work with the non-traditional medicine peeps. I also have had about seven months at a holistic pain clinic which has helped a lot...slow, hard growth.
You are doing so much for yourself and can feel really good that you have some of these things under control. I have a doctor fil and husband and had a doctor dad and it took to many years to get the help I needed. I think I am making a believer out of Jud!
Western medicine and Alternatives both have their place...but I think that we are entering a whole new era of different disease that is more environmentally and virally transmitted. Western medicine doesn't have a clue what to do with that!
Just my two cents worth!!
I am LOVING my purse...beautiful and beautiful work!

Sweet Pea

It's amazing what a difference it can make to eliminate certain foods. I was vegetarian in my 20's then slowly meat crept back into my diet but not in a large way. I did however have a love affair with dairy, mainly cheese. I too was impacted after watching Food Inc and have gone back to a meatless diet. I am actually eating a vegan diet these days and can tell a difference. I am reading The Kind Diet by Alicia Silverstone and would recommend it.

Best to you on your path to health,



I tried to post earlier today, but it didn't work so I just had to try again. I've been reading your blog for over a year now and have so often been inspired by your words and related to many things. I couldn't believe the things you were talking about today! I have been dealing with some similar issues. I have taken medicine for a thyriod disorder for about 7 years, I have struggled with IBS for longer than that and just this week I am being treated for anemia. My brother came in my office a couple weeks ago and said "I think I found a book that sounds exactly like all your problems." It was a G-Free diet book (by Elisabeth Hasselback) and I couldn't believe all the things that sounded familar and no one has ever mentioned this before.
I am on a path to learn more about this and plan to be tested.

I look forward to hearing more about how things go for you. Thanks for sharing your story and I'm glad you are finding answers!

Also, the recipe looks yummy!

Maija Lepore

Thank God you are finding some relief!!! Come and be my friend on my blog for a giveaway!!!

Melissa Gruber

What a story! Thank you for sharing. I am going to try that meal you posted...looks so yummy! My husband's aunt owns her own natural/homeopathy office. I went there years ago for infertility issues, but she helped me with my allergies. I was on allergy shots since I was in middle school...once a week, 4 shots total. I have not had any shots or meds. for my allergies since I went to her. I need to go back again this year, because I am having a lot of headaches and things have just changed a lot since I have had the girls...women stuff! And one of the girls goes as well for her allergies and it has helped so much.

I really believe if your doctor is not giving you answers or help, then find someone you trust that will. I still go to my doctor, but I really believe we should all eat a lot healthier, including me...and I need to give up Dt. Coke in the worst way...that is going to be baby steps for this summer.

I can't wait for more yummy meals.


I can't believe someone else had the same experience as me! I was pregnant with my second child when it first happened also. I was talking to my 2 year old and suddenly I couldn't say what his name was. Then I reached to get some lotion, and although I knew what it was, the word LOTION meant nothing to me. It continued like that for about 2 hours. I could spell my name but I couldn't say it, and I couldn't call my husband on the phone because I didn't what his name was to ask for him. Just like you, CAT scan, and eventually MRI, to be told A-typical migraine. It has happened only a couple of times since, most recently about 6 months ago. I tried to tell a story and like you said, the wrong words kept coming out. I was so freaked out, but since it was better the next morning I didn't follow up on it.

I'm going to start checking this out. Is this why I'm so tired all time? Oddly I took steroids last month to treat a terrible case of poison oak. It was the first time I had decent energy in 10 years. As soon as the prescription was completed, my energy went down again. I wonder what that's all about.

Thanks so much for sharing. I still can't get over the simularities!!


Thanks for sharing. I have Hypothyroidism and Celiacs. I have been gluten free for 5 years and on Thyroid meds for 1 yr. Last month I had an "episode" while on vacation where the wrong words just came shooting out of my mouth and my right eye felt weird suddenly. Have had 2 MRIs and an MRA. Doc thinks TIA but I think maybe psychic stroke, which I believe I have been having for years. Also had 19 vials of blood taken and thyroid numbers were really wacky. I am looking into Adrenal Function disorder now and have been trying supplemetns to at least get some energy while I figure this whole thing out. It is scary and frustrating. I have noticed lately that a lot of women in their early forties are experiencing the same sort of symptoms..brain fog, headaches, dizziness, low enrgy, etc... I am interested in what you said about allergies and will look into that. Thanks and good luck being GF, it can be tough but so worth it when you are feeling better. : )


Zita - Mlle Magpie

That's a lot to deal with, Jeanne. So glad you're feeling better and more in control. That salad looks wonderful - definitely going to try it!

Jennifer Ingram

This is all so true and I am happy you finally discovered an answer! I know so many people with a Gluten allergy. Check out Mennonite Girls Can Cook - they have Gluten Free recipes. If you have a Whole Foods or a Roots Market - they also have Gluten free products. Stay well and spread the word, Jennifer stop by ....jennsthreegraces

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