Gluten Free Medications


Hope your day is going as well as mine is.

Many newly diagnosed Celiacs are unaware that gluten hides in medications.  For your over-the-counter medications, I suggest you read the labels and ask the pharmacist.

Prescription medications can be trickier.  There is no ingredients list on the bottle and, although you can ask the pharmacist, where is your second opinion?

I always like to have someone else double-check for me.

Today, I want to share with you, Gluten Free Dude’s list of prescription medications.  This should be your only check (Although the Dude is awesome and the list is accurate), also check with the pharmacist.




Take Back Your Power!

The opinions I am expressing in this article are conclusions I have drawn from paying attention to people much smarter than myself.

We live in a world where most people just grab the cheapest or most convenient products rather than reading the labels and making a wise choice.

I understand that many people are on a fixed income and we all know how expensive it can be to live gluten free.

Here is what I think – take it or leave it as you see fit:

  1. If you find a product that contains GMO’s, red or yellow food dyes, soy, or anything you can’t pronounce – DON’T BUY IT!  If we stop purchasing these products, the companies will have no alternative than to change their product.
  2. Just because it says manufactured in Canada (or USA) doesn’t mean it is a Canadian product.  I have worked in Canadian factories where ALL of the parts come from places like China or Mexico, and the finished product is merely assembled here.
  3. Some products are marked “Gluten Free” but are not certified gluten free.  Those products could be made in a plant that also uses wheat, rye or barley.  Those who are gluten intolerant might get sick but those of us with Celiac will have damage to our villi. Do not buy these products.  Again, if we don’t buy them, the company will have no choice but to change their manufacturing process.
  4. Microbeads.  They aren’t a gluten issue but they are a huge issue to our environment.  Please check the labels on EVERYTHING to make sure you are not contributing to the problem.  You all know that microbeads can be found in facial scrubs but did you know they are also in toothpastes?

Throughout Aunt Jayne’s blog, you will see this statement time and again:  ALWAYS READ YOUR LABELS.  I have gotten into the habit of reading labels.  My husband rereads them for me, just to be sure.  Products can change without warning.

Take back your power – don’t let the media lull you into a false sense of security.  Be your own advocate.

Until next time, take care of you.

Love Aunt Jayne

The Brighter Side of Gluten Free – Blog Review

As the title implies, this is a bright and light blog! I love the retro look of the background, the recipes are wonderful and there are lots of great photos. I

f you check out the pages, you will find tips for saving money (Who doesn’t want to save money?) product reviews, flour blends and GF restaurants in Saskatoon. (Isn’t that the wheat capital of Canada? LOL)

I found this blog easy to navigate and I really like it. I will be visiting again – you should too.

Blog Review – Eastern N C Celiacs

Here is a wonderful blog! It is  full of information about living gluten free, recipes and events as well as product reviews.

Bright and cheery, the colours pop but it is really easy on the eyes.

Easy navigation, clear menus and interesting articles written very well, I would give this blog an 8 out of ten!

You will want to add this one to your blog roll.

Celiac and Natural Medicine Part 3

This is a follow-up to Celiac and Natural Medicine and Celiac and Natural Medicine Part 2 which are my two previous articles on this subject.
To summarize, I went to see a homeopath, because I was still having some real issues with my health and my family doctor was not addressing them.
Here is what I got:
A liquid iron supplement
B-12 – sublingual
A liquid multivitamin
Moducare (anti-inflammatory)
Melatonin – sublingual (to help me sleep)
Magnesium oxide – liquid
Gluten enzymes (for those just-in-case-I-get-glutened times)
And Arnica Montana (for pain)
These were suggested for me to treat my specific issues and the amount of each that I am to take is geared to me.
I haven’t needed to try the Arnica Montana because I haven’t had any real pain since I started taking these supplements.
The only thing on the list that has not made any difference is the Melatonin. I still have insomnia and have given in and starting taking a sleeping pill (prescription) once or twice a month. I won’t take it unless I can dedicate at least 9 hours to sleeping.
I have no opinion on whether or not the Gluten Enzymes actually help or not but they seem to.
All in all, I am very happy with these supplements and now that I know what I need, I search to find the best deal. They are all quite expensive but well worth the money for how they make me feel.
Let me say again, that I am not telling you to fire your doctor, nor am I telling you that you should see a Homeopath.
What I am saying is that my Homeopath has helped me a great deal and it is worth considering seeing both a Homeopath and a doctor.
I found an interesting chart for supplements. Check it out.

Looking for Books on Celiac Disease and Living Gluten Free?

There have been quite a few books written about living with Celiac and cooking gluten free (I am hoping to have mine published soon)
Most of them are really well written by knowledgeable authors.
If you are newly diagnosed, I recommend that you buy at least one book. There are so many things that I had to learn (sometimes difficult lessons) and these books are designed to educate you more quickly and less painfully.
I highly recommend cooking everything from scratch so that there is no risk of cross contamination etc., so, aside from checking this blog for recipes, you may want to get yourself a good Gluten Free cook book.
Here are a few of the books available at
• Are You Gluten Sensitive? – Dr. Rodney Ford
• Celiac Disease and Living Gluten-Free – The First Year – Jules E.D. Shepard
• Dangerous Grains (Celiac Disease Books) -Ron Hoggan
• Gluten-Free Girl – Shauna James Ahern

Gluten Free Mall has some pretty good deals and discounts too.

Amazon carries quite a few good books as well, such as:
• Living Well With Celiac Disease: Abundance Beyond Wheat and Gluten – Claudine Crangle
• Celiac Disease – Jaqui Karr C.S.N.
• Celiac Disease For Dummies – Ian Blumer and Sheila Crowe
• Gluten-Free Cooking For Dummies – Danna Korn and Connie Sarros

A lot of Amazon’s books are also discounted.
There are many other places to find what you need, such as , and
Just remember, gluten free is not a diet, it is a way of life and it is easy once you understand the basics.

2010 in review

The stats helper monkeys at mulled over how this blog did in 2010, and here’s a high level summary of its overall blog health:

Healthy blog!

The Blog-Health-o-Meter™ reads Wow.

Crunchy numbers

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About 3 million people visit the Taj Mahal every year. This blog was viewed about 33,000 times in 2010. If it were the Taj Mahal, it would take about 4 days for that many people to see it.

In 2010, there were 280 new posts, growing the total archive of this blog to 553 posts. There were 169 pictures uploaded, taking up a total of 93mb. That’s about 3 pictures per week.

The busiest day of the year was November 28th with 280 views. The most popular post that day was Celiac and Loved Ones.

Where did they come from?

The top referring sites in 2010 were,,,, and

Some visitors came searching, mostly for flourless pie crust, gluten free baking powder biscuits, gluten free perogies, gluten free scalloped potatoes, and gluten free phyllo dough.

Attractions in 2010

These are the posts and pages that got the most views in 2010.


Celiac and Loved Ones November 2010
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My Story in a Nutshell March 2009


Gluten Free Perogies May 2009


Gluten Free Phyllo Dough March 2010


Gluten Free Scalloped Potatoes May 2009