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At 5:28am on December 5, 2013, Loren Miller said…

Hey, Ruth!

Considering your environmental consciousness, I thought today's entry from delancyplace.com was worth your time.  Wasn't sure if you were subscribed to them.  I am, and their daily vignettes I find both interesting and occasionally very important.

At 7:56am on December 1, 2013, Luara said…

Ruth,

I made a comment in a discussion that was for you - I'm copying it here so you will be sure to see it:

About 30% of people with IBS are estimated to have non-celiac gluten sensitivity.  More may have non-gluten food allergies.

I've been looking into the research on non-classical food allergies (not the kind of food allergy everyone knows about that may cause anaphylaxis).  The research on adults almost all relates to people with IBS. 

There isn't a lab test for non-celiac gluten sensitivity, but the best diagnostic procedure would be to do what was done in a study on NCGS.  They say people with NCGS were in two separate groups - people who were sensitive only to gluten grains, and people with multiple food allergies including gluten grains. 

The people with multiple food allergies were likely to have other allergy problems as well, such as allergic rhinitis, eczema and asthma.  So if you have allergy problems and IBS, food allergies are especially likely to be causing the symptoms. 

As was done in the study, one should first get tests for celiac disease, either the blood test panel or a biopsy of the small intestine.  Celiac disease may be misdiagnosed as IBS.
They did double-blind placebo-controlled food challenges, but in practice, a food challenge usually just means eating some of the food, after the hypoallergenic elimination diet described in the study, and seeing what happens.

Also, people with IBS may be helped by a low-FODMAPS diet. FODMAPS include the fructans that you already know cause problems for you.  I'm not sure if non-classical food allergies can cause people to be more sensitive to FODMAPS - it could be that if you quit eating certain foods, you would no longer have a general sensitivity to FODMAPS. 

It's a really good idea to know if you have NCGS, because it's theorized that NCGS may be a precursor to celiac disease - so avoiding gluten could prevent getting celiac disease in the future.  Celiac disease is an autoimmune disease, so if you have a family history of autoimmune problems or you have autoimmune problems yourself, you are more likely to have celiac disease. 

I have a LOT of those non-classical food allergies, but I'm not sensitive to FODMAPS in general.  I have BOTH autoimmune problems (Hashimoto's and probably celiac disease), AND allergy problems (allergic rhinitis and non-classical food allergies).

At 9:11am on November 28, 2013, Daniel W said…
Ruth have a happy Thanksgiving! Thank you for all of your contributions onNexus!
At 4:21pm on November 4, 2013, Ernst Hansen said…

Hi Ruth!

 

Thank you for your welcome (2011)

and sorry for being late! (I really enjoyed your welcome, but conceited, I didn't want to expose my poor English)

 

Brought up in a Pentecost-family, but living in a country with 85% atheists I ought to, mentally, feel at home rather in a country with 85% believers, so I read Nexus with high recognition.

 

With no problem being an atheist, I can pity the minorities of believers here. After all, our common forefather invented religions, deities, angels etc. So for me it's why?

 

50 years as an atheist (And chemist) my great interest is now evolution and cosmology, topics with build-in evolution. So I'm very grateful living in era with free papers like The Scientist where you can read of all subjects outside your own sphere. If you can sort out the rubbish Internet is a "blessing". ( I like biblical words because they are so human)

 

Best whishes

 

Ernst   

At 9:37pm on October 17, 2013, Godless Militant Atheist said…

Thank you.

At 12:00pm on October 7, 2013, Giuseppe De Marinis said…

Hi, thanks for suggesting groups!

At 9:24pm on September 9, 2013, AgeOfAtheists14 said…

yo... dumb theocracy.. dumb and dumber cookie cutter plastic lifers for niggah jesus.. c'mon.. dangerous situation ... religion all over it. what else is new?

ah. 2013 education as opposed to ohhhhh whatever shit ass prophet-((((((profit))) based education. yeah you Texas! then we'll see; what.

http://www.liveleak.com/view?i=d4e_1378659874

At 10:42pm on July 3, 2013, Sheldon rooney said…
I strongly suggest you follow @atheistworld and @rooney4030 for discussions on religion from an atheist point of view, they are pro-atheist pages that dont threaten against religion but teach about positive atheism and the use of evidence
At 8:33am on June 10, 2013, Nsajigwa sisi kwa sisi said…

Hi friend...
It has been long time that i have been out of this site...
a year ago, exactly the date of today last year, u made a contribution titled OUR POLITICAL NEED TO LEARN FROM RELIGION. As of now that idea fascinates me, as a strategy to get non-theists organized regularly. it is ironic that non-theists while are not necessarily anarchists (or are they?) yet shun / dislike hierarchies even of their own yet they need one to get forward to the next level...
its (what) a catch 22 situation...

At 6:37pm on May 21, 2013, Steph S. gave Ruth Anthony-Gardner a gift
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Hello Wonderful Ruth!
At 12:34pm on May 14, 2013, Daniel W said…

Hi RUth,

NOt wanting to join another group just to comment....  but your post on corporatized medicine is completely accurate.  From someone who is there.  My employer is supposedly not-for-profit but the descriptions are the same.  Computerized micromanagement.... arrrgghhhh. 

Not aware that I can do anything about it.  

At 5:53pm on May 13, 2013, Daniel W said…

Hi Ruth,

I am doing some personal "house cleaning", some of which involves online activities.  One thing is groups that I started and have not been involved in for a while.  Since you welcome people, I wanted to ask if you want role of coadministrator in the welcome group, along with Steph.  That gives you access to change settings.  If you would like that, just let me know and I will do that.  Thanks.

At 12:42am on April 30, 2013, jon taylor said…

Thank you for the welcome!

At 8:16pm on April 28, 2013, William Grant said…

 Hi Ruth, I gotta tell you, that picture's narrative was killer, that is, the one on the Trekkie's  club page, where the alien with the goofy hat, although I thought stylish, replies to Sisko," I've never even seen the Sydney Opera House". U and I have more than a couple of things in common. Both Trekkie's, both 60+, and, my Mom's name was also, "Ruth". I just thought it wise to leave a comment on your wall. That was your posting,was it not? I don't know about u, and, I hate to say,but, I, get a bit "spacey" sometimes. Guess I'm in the right place on the Star Trek page! Life is so crazy,..I PAID to get spacey in the sixties ! Now,.. it's a freebie ! What luck !

At 7:09am on April 22, 2013, Randall Smith said…

Thanks for your input on my "situation". I get plenty of Vit D in the summer from sunshine, for sure. Winter time, not so much. I do take a multi-vitamin. I should be thankful for being thin and in good health, right?! 

At 7:44am on April 1, 2013, Randall Smith said…

Ruth: I AM an interesting guy! I have read and researched "tons" of information on my "problem" of weight gain in the form of muscle, not fat. Tried them all. Little success. Like I've said before, it must be genetic. At age 70, I give up. My goal is just to keep fit and strong. Not going to "kill myself" trying to build biceps. Whom I trying to impress? I'll just have to be satisfied with what I have, right?! Thanks for the comment.

At 8:58pm on March 22, 2013, leonald allen Weins Jr said…

Ruth, I have already and will pursue further as well. We just opened up an Atheist Hub/club house and Iwas thinking of doing a TI there, as people were interested. But, now I am thinking if TI is so Theistic, then perhaps the Atheist community would be wise in developing its own Public Speaking Education program. Ruth, thanks for the reply and best week end. Lonnie Peace 2-13

At 8:20pm on March 14, 2013, Robert Adams said…
Thank you, For the warm welcome. :-)
At 5:56pm on March 14, 2013, Michael DAVIES said…
Hi ruth,thanx fir your welcome and comments, your right of course,but that is relatively meaningless to me,there is no way that I would use that word other than in a debate of said subject or as my little parting ditty.I hope that you havent been threatened in that way,I had a wee peek at you page and I have to say that your Feking AWESOME,taters...
At 2:31pm on March 14, 2013, leonald allen Weins Jr said…

Ruth, That may be other than what I am implying, sorry about that. The Theists may have and may still be infiltrating Toastmasters International, not sure to what extent, and it may only be the club I was a member of. FFRF leadership is good. I was more interested in whether anyone else may be aware of other TI Theists infiltrations into TI clubs Nationally and or Internationally. Since TI is also open to out side participants, I was surprised that they purposely eventually invited a previous Pastor in, and interestingly enough, he moved up the clubs leadership roles quite quickly. I am thinking in as much as the clubs meetings were held on Government property and used State resources, printers, network, computer resources etc., more or less as an excuse to violate separation of Church and State. It might be something Nexus may be interested in being aware of. My interest in joining TI at that club was to hone my knowledge's of Public speaking and also test some of my own ideas in regard to the non-existence of Deities and find out if they made sense. There were a few other Atheists in the group too, but when I found out the Theist leadership was other than following through with recoding speeches, for me in particular, it just avoided feeling correct. On the one hand I also saw it to be a chance from the perspective of an open forum to share ideas from a variety of public Speaking venues, Organized discussion, Debate, and learning Robert Rules of Order, for example. But, it became more and more obvious, all they wanted to do was share their testimonies and prayers, and songs. It really became like attending a church service than a TI moment to be sure. Although that may have been good for them, many good feeling moments, there was an absence of really taking advantage of the finer Public speaking tools TI offers to its members. I also felt even if they were doing what I thought they were doing, it was of some value for them to have a chance to hear themselves babble on in their reinforcement of their ignorance's, and maybe at some points of interaction, I'd get my 2 cents worth in. But, it became more and more evident, their was no intent to exorcize any of TI's real values to personal growth. leadership, and or speaking tools. It really was just an excuse to hold religious meetings on and or during State working hours. And I am into discussing Theistic premises with Theists, openly, and that was even purposely avoided. So, basically it was a kind of movement on their part from a variety of angles, having nothing to do with what TI is all about. I was able to thwart the leadership that existed prior to my joining the clubs attempt to move up into the highest rankings of TI, like National Officership, and that may have upset them, and that person in particular at one point told me to stop bringing in new members while I was VP of Membership, a training role to say the least, and I couldn't figure out why he would do such a thing since from the inception of the club, there had only been 7 members, and within 3 months time I was able to bring the membership up to 47 members, and he/they were looking at having to hold 2-3 meetings a month, with sub-TI meetings in the morning, maybe, noon and nights. The club president had been President for most of the time before I joined, and I kept feeling I was stepping on his toes, but not sure what his and the previous members problem with having more members was all about. Then I found out the founder of the TI club and IT itself and associated members were all Theists, and that was just as the Theists were making their moves into the Government on all levels from Washington to all levels of State and or local venues, the Carter into the Bush era's, and the TI Club appeared to be just another invisible move on there supportive maneuverings during those years. Anyway, just wondering if Nexus was aware of that possibly being just another part of the Theist movement, from the Pope and the

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