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Slideshow about Gluten-Free Commerce

Posted by nepeht on December 15, 2008


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Going Against the Grain: Challenges of a Gluten-Free Diet

Posted by nepeht on November 12, 2008

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Increasing Valid Information Can Help Increase Simplicity

Posted by nepeht on November 11, 2008

  This section is an attempt to logically explain the need for valid information and how even though there may be more information to manage as a result; the windfall from the validity of the information compared to the previous state of confusion makes the increase in information acceptable.

Assumption 1: Increasing Valid Information Can Help Increase Simplicity:

  This is particularly true in complex situations that are populated with invalid information.  There are few things more frustrating than having an often awful disease with irritants to which one is frequently unintentionally exposed, yet one cannot readily identify either the irritants or their sources.

  It is something like this:

  1. Imagine that you are a human being who needs to drink at least a gallon of water per day to survive.
  2. Imagine that the water available to you is also harmful to your system with negative and painful effects following each exposure as well as in the long run.
  3. Imagine that you do not yet know that this water is harmful to you.
  4. Imagine that you try and try to find out what in your environment is causing you these problems yet you cannot get valid information that specifically identifies this water as the source of your problem.
  5. Imagine that you frequently consume other products (i.e., Foods, Beverages, Food Supplements, Health and Beauty Aides) as do other human beings, simply in order to survive and that many of these products contain that particular water that causes you the misery of these short-term and long-term reactions to having this poison in your system.
  6. Imagine that you often ask family, friends, servers, retail vendors, purveyors, manufacturers, preparers, medically-related experts, elected officials and others for help in identify the products in your daily life that contain this water, yet few even respond, and many who respond do not give valid answers.
  7. Imagine that those who can provide a small variety of products for your necessary daily consumption, products that traditionally have needed this poisonous waterfor preparation have agreed to provide it to you, yet when they label it as “Poisonous Water-Free” they really mean that it actually probably contains a potentially harmful amount of this water in it and on top of that, they charge you from 3 to 5 times the usual price for these products.
  8. Imagine that some of those who you turn to for information and instrumental support necessary to prevent further exposure to this poisonous water either directly or indirectly label you as abnormal, deviant, or simply to blame for this problem, some assert that you must have done something wrong to have incurred this problem; some feel that you deserve any adverse effects related to this problem; and some over-react to you having this problem.

*** Now, substitute the word “Gluten from Wheat” for the word “Water” above.

  OK, so if someone could come along and finally give you valid information that would help you more reliably and accurately navigate your way clear of exposure to this poisonous water, wouldn’t that help make your life simpler, and perhaps more enjoyable?

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Coconut Flour — Culture and What’s Next

Posted by nepeht on November 10, 2008

  Actually, this makes perfect sense.  One might recall how a while back, I blogged about how being alert about ones culture might help with Gluten-Free Simplicity.  Well, perhaps if one is in need of Gluten-Freedom and also from a climate where Coconuts are common, one might recall having eaten at some time a dish or two containing coconut flour.  I don’t know.  But it seems to kind of help the point I was trying to make.  

  Here, see for yourself.

  So the point is that in any given culture there has probably been a “flour” or two of sorts. 


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Some Grains Contain Gluten and Some Do Not: Whole Grains Council

Posted by nepeht on November 10, 2008

  Some whole grains contain gluten and some do not. 

  According to the Whole Grains Council Website, whole “Grains with Gluten” include:

  • Wheat (including varieties like spelt, kamut, farro and durum; and products like bulgur and semolina)
  • Barley
  • Rye
  • Triticale
  • Oats** see below

  Some “Gluten-Free Grains” are:

  • Amaranth
  • Buckwheat
  • Corn
  • Millet
  • Montina (Indian Rice Grass)
  • Quinoa
  • Rice
  • Sorghum
  • Teff
  • Wild Rice

  **Oats are inherently gluten-free, but are frequently contaminated with wheat during growing or processing. Three companies (Bob’s Red Mill, Cream Hill Estates and Gluten Free Oats) currently offer pure, uncontaminated oats. Ask your physician if these oats are acceptable for you. Visit for a discussion on oats in the gluten-free diet.

  Information on whole grains as they relate to gluten contents and celiac disease is also available at this site:

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Gluten Be Gone on the Gluten Free Guru Blog

Posted by nepeht on November 10, 2008


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