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Does Calcium Affect Magnesium Absorption?

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We received a message from a Gluten Free Works Health Guide Subscriber yesterday that read, “In ‘calcium deficiency’ it says that calcium hinders absorption of magnesium. But information from doctors and general info always state to take these together because they support one another. Why do you recommend not taking them together?”

The subscriber presented a common sense point. She is seeing information that conflicts with what the Health Guide states. So, what is the deal? Which is correct?

Here is my response, “Calcium interferes with magnesium absorption by taking up receptor sites. If both calcium and magnesium are present in the intestine, the calcium will take precedence and be absorbed. “In one study, addition of 300 to 1000 mg of calcium to the diet decreased magnesium absorption significantly in participants consuming an average of 370 of dietary magnesium daily. While it is true that calcium and magnesium do support each other in the body, the conventional wisdom doesn’t take absorption into account.”

There are two concepts here: 1) absorption and 2) action once in the body. Calcium does interfere with magnesium absorption so take them separately. Calcium and magnesium work together once they have been absorbed into the body, so you need enough of each.

We created the Gluten Free Works Health Guide specifically for people with celiac disease and gluten sensitivity. By reviewing thousands of peer-reviewed medical research studies and case reports, we put together a unique, accurate, comprehensive, regularly updated resource that you can use anywhere in the world to understand, fix and maintain your health.

Sometimes, what you hear on TV will differ from the truth. Sometimes, it will be incorrect or taken out of context, like this example. Unfortunately, once this incorrect information is printed or broadcast, other outlets pick it up and spread the misinformation. Within a short time, people believe it is fact, when it is wrong. That is when they stop eating eggs, avocados and carbohydrates.

The Gluten Free Works Health Guide is a medically accurate resource that gives you the tools and information you need to be as healthy as possible, to fix your health issues – hundreds of them – and maintain your well being for life. I strongly encourage you to subscribe here.

Don’t be a Statistic. Medical Mistakes are the Third Leading Cause of Death in the United States.

13502036_10154102429271815_7497922383029815833_n[1]A recent Johns Hopkins study found medical mistakes are the third leading cause of death in the United States, killing between 200,000 and 400,000 per year.

The study does not even consider misdiagnoses, or how many people suffer injuries without dying. We frequently see people who are medicated for what doctors think are diseases, but are actually symptoms with underlying causes. This is why we created the Gluten Free Works Health Guide – to improve proper diagnosis and treatment – so you and your doctor could connect the dots between hundreds of symptoms and their causes, causes like nutrient deficiencies that doctors do not recognize.

“Medical mistakes — from surgical disasters to accidental drug overdoses — are the No. 3 cause of death in the U.S., behind cancer and heart disease, two experts argued Wednesday.

They said a careful count of all deaths from preventable medical errors shows between 200,000 and 400,000 people a year die in the U.S. from these mistakes. The only way to get the country to do something about them is to start counting them, Dr. Martin Makary and Michael Daniel of Johns Hopkins University medical school argued.

“We spend a lot of money on cancer and heart disease but we have not even recognized that medical error is the third leading cause of death in the United States,” Makary told NBC News.

“We have not as a country recognized the endemic problem of people dying from the care that they receive rather than the illness or injury for which they seek care.” Read the rest of the story at NBC News. The case report is available at the New England Journal of MedicineRead More »

Dozens of Winners So Far in the Gluten Free Extravaganza!

Extravaganza-home-pageGluten Free Works is hosting a Gluten Free Extravaganza to celebrate Celiac Disease Awareness Month!

12 Gluten Free companies have donated hundreds of prizes.

50 people won prizes the first week. We’re picking 30 more winners today!

Sign up here to enter to win! Everybody wins something!

Here are some of the winners and the prizes they won:

Nicole D. – Consult with Amy Macklin, RD, LDN Gluten Free Roots!

Debbie L. – Kitchen Table Bakers – Parmesan Crisps!

Carley E. – Kitchen Table Bakers – Parmesan Crisps!

Kurt Hasburgh – Bard’s Beer Bottle Cap Opener!

Joseph Cecci – Lotus Foods Mailers containing: 3 coupons (Retail Rice, Heat and Eat Bowl & Bulk), 2 Recipe Pamphlets (One for Rice and One for Ramen)! 2 Info Booklets!

Megan Anderson – Bard’s Beer Bottle Cap Opener!

Marian K. – Jovial Foods, 1-GF Bread Flour, 1-GF Pastry Flour,
Sample pack GF penne pasta, Retail coupons, & special offer for our online store!

Julie K. – Earth’s Beauty Soft Black Mascara!

Rhonda B. – Lotus Foods Mailers containing: 3 coupons (Retail Rice, Heat and Eat Bowl & Bulk), 2 Recipe Pamphlets (One for Rice and One for Ramen)! 2 Info Booklets!

Sarah P. – Jovial Foods 1-GF Bread Flour, 1-GF Pastry Flour, Sample pack GF penne pasta, Retail coupons, & special offer for our online store!

Sara L. – Lotus Foods Mailers containing: 3 coupons (Retail Rice, Heat and Eat Bowl & Bulk), 2 Recipe Pamphlets (One for Rice and One for Ramen)! 2 Info Booklets!

Brandi S. – Lotus Foods Mailers containing: 3 coupons (Retail Rice, Heat and Eat Bowl & Bulk), 2 Recipe Pamphlets (One for Rice and One for Ramen)! 2 Info Booklets!

Lesley B. – Consult with Amy Macklin, RD, LDN Gluten Free Roots!

Maria J. – Mom’s Place Gluten-Free LLP. Lemon Squares Mix!

Donna P. – Earth’s Beauty Soft Black Mascara!

Kaeli D. – Kitchen Table Bakers – Parmesan Crisps – Parmesan Crisps!

Julayne R. – Bard’s Beer Bottle Cap Opener!

Howard R. – Consult with Amy Macklin, RD, LDN Gluten Free Roots!

Janet M. – Lotus Foods Mailers containing: 3 coupons (Retail Rice, Heat and Eat Bowl & Bulk), 2 Recipe Pamphlets (One for Rice and One for Ramen)! 2 Info Booklets!

Stephanie H. – Lotus Foods Mailers containing: 3 coupons (Retail Rice, Heat and Eat Bowl & Bulk), 2 Recipe Pamphlets (One for Rice and One for Ramen)! 2 Info Booklets!

Visit our Gluten Free Extravaganza website to enter to win! We have hundreds of prizes to give away!!!

 

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Erawan Rice Flour: Cheap and the Best

13307462_10154045942716815_3701873345349535161_n[1]Hey Friends! Here’s a quick money saving tip when it comes to buying rice flour and tapioca flour.

Check out your local Asian grocery store. We use Erawan. $.99/lb.

Erawan comes from Thailand. Don’t let the inexpensive price fool you. This is an excellent choice. The flour is superfine, not gritty like many gluten free flours. It is also truly flavorless.

We Erawan rice flour for pancakes, cakes, cookies, gravies – pretty much everything calling for rice flour.

Coeliac Australia, the Australian national celiac disease organization recommend Erawan. Their limit is 3-5 parts per million, so you know Erawan is safe.

-John Libonati

General Mills Recalls Cheerios and Honey Nut Cheerios for Containing Wheat

cheerios recallGeneral Mills is voluntarily recalling several days of production of Cheerios and Honey Nut Cheerios cereal produced at its Lodi, California facility on certain dates in July of this year because of an undeclared allergen – wheat – with potential adverse health effects. Because this recall relates to an undeclared allergen, this is a Class I product recall.

Cheerios and Honey Nut Cheerios produced on these dates at the company’s Lodi, California facility are being recalled because an isolated incident resulted in wheat flour being inadvertently introduced into the gluten free oat flour system at its Lodi facility. As a result, the products may contain an undeclared allergen – wheat – in products labeled as gluten-free.

General Mills will recall and retrieve affected cereals produced on those dates from customer warehouses and store shelves. Consumers with wheat allergies, celiac disease or gluten intolerance should not Read More »

Geographic Tongue and Speech Lessons

image-300x225[1]When I was in kindergarten, I had to take speech lessons. Oh, I could talk, and I did nonstop to anyone who would listen. The problem was that nobody could understand a lot of the things I had to say. When I spoke, I heard “s.” Other people heard “sschhshs.” Kids at school would ask my name. I would say, “John.” They would ask, “Sean? Joe?” My friends would tell them my name.

I remember once, my speech therapist, a kindly older woman, remarked that I had geographic tongue. She stuck her tongue out to show me hers. It looked like the photo here. Gross!

This is actually what my tongue looks like from time to time. Actually, this is a photo of my tongue from several years ago. Yes, it is painful.

Doctors told me they didn’t know why it looked that way. For all of my childhood, I thought that was just the way I was.

Well, the cause is Read More »

Gluten Free Works Health Guide Alert: How Gluten Affects Muscles

The Gluten Free Works Health Guide Newsletter is out!

This week focuses on gluten and how it affects the muscles.

Muscles. When they are chronically tired, hurt or do not work properly, our lives are impacted. Unfortunately, it is easy to get used to how we feel and grow to think, “That’s just me.”

Gluten sensitivity and celiac disease affect the muscles in a number of negative ways. What may seem like “normal” aches and pains can be a symptom of an underlying nutrient deficiency or health condition that can be improved nutritionally or treated by a doctor. Discover the various ways gluten impacts the muscles below. Then, read the Tip that follows to find out how to fix muscle problems.

Click here to read more!

 

 

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