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Posted on 02/19/2006 3:39:08 AM PST by ShadowDancer
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An unadulterated potato is one of her safest options. It's the 'fixin's' is where the trouble starts.
Wait a doggone minute. I can't eat cauliflower without becoming highly offensive in a packed elevator. Are you telling me I need to kill myself?
I'm curious. Why would your sister avoid potatoes? Potatoes don't contain gluten. Actually, potato flour is used as a substitute for wheat flour in a gluten-free diet.
Furthermore, why would a parent of a gluten-intolerant child ask McDonald's if their fries contain gluten? Certainly they're in a position to know exactly which foods to avoid and which are safe. And potato fries are safe.
Unless, of course, they read about the cooking oil controversy BEFORE visiting McDonald's. Which means they knew about it ahead of time and intentionally made their own 5-year-old child sick in order to play the legal lotto game.
When they found out there was a buck to be made... I bet the kid chews through cans of Chef Boyardee at home.
sorry John, wrong poster...
An unadulterated potato is one of her safest options. It's the 'fixin's' is where the trouble starts.
Thursday, at the noon break, there was quite a rear-ender smashup right in front of the courthouse. The other jurors and I were having quite a bit of fun speculating on how many attorneys would be pushing and shoving to present their business cards on the scene.
My understanding is that after avoiding gluten completely, the intestine will return to to its normal function -- that there is no permanent damage.
Is that correct?
"My understanding is that after avoiding gluten completely, the intestine will return to to its normal function -- that there is no permanent damage."
That is correct.
I got food poisioning from a Burger King when I was a kid. I thought I was going to DIE. Did my Mom sue? No.
it also depends on WHO you ask. if you asked a busboy at the restaurant, it would be unreasonable to expect a valid answer.
if the family asked the manager at macdonalds, they probably have a good suit.
I would think the people in the best position to avoid harm are the parents of the child, who can certainly prepare food safe for their child without having to rely on the chemistry expertise of a fast-food monkey.
I hope the judgment they receive will assuage the pain of their loss.
I do not believe this woman's child (in the article) had a severe reaction to anything she ate at MickeyD's. I don't know of anybody that does (though I also don't know all the people in the world). I think she found a hungry lawyer, with a penchant for frivolity. If John Edwards can channel a little dead girl, then anything like this is definitely possible!
As for more answers, my link is to the Celiac Disease Foundation... They actually have facts!
Then You'll love this one.
Subject: TEXAS CHILI
A young cowboy walks into a seedy cafe in * * Abilene, Texas . *
> * *He sits at the counter and notices an old cowboy with his
> arms folded staring blankly at a full bowl of chili.*
> * After fifteen minutes of just sitting there staring at it, the
> cowboy bravely asks the old cowpoke, "If you ain't gonna eat that,
> if I do?"*
> * The older cowboy slowly turns his head toward the young wrangler
> in his best cowboy manner says, "Nah, go ahead."*
> * Eagerly, the young cowboy reaches over and slides the bowl
> over to his place and starts spooning it in with delight. He gets
> nearly down to the bottom and notices a dead mouse in the chili.
> The sight was shocking and he immediately pukes up the chili into
> * The old cowboy quietly says, "Yep, that's as far as I got, too.*
Take one pound chicken breasts, cut into strips. Dry well on paper towel.
Heat frying pan with 1/2" vegetable oil (I prefer olive) to almost smoking.
Dip strips into a pan of egg, thinned with a little milk.
dredge strips in pan of potato flakes.
Place them into pan, and fry until golden brown...
Serve with applesauce, and any veggie you can get them to eat.
IMHO, these are better than any flour dipped chicken strips you have eaten!
After the whole thing with my mom and her leg, I lost a lot of interest in McDonald's. Plus it's garbage food and you are what you eat. Did she really expect the purest, most pristine food at McDonald's? If they have something in writing that says, the potatoes are gluten free, oh well I hope she wins. It sounds so dumb, gluten free potatoes, but these are the times we're living in.
Be aware that hidden gluten can be found in some unlikely foods such as: cold cuts, soups, hard candies, soy sauce, many low or non-fat products, even licorice and jelly beans.
Potential harmful ingredients include:
* unidentified starch
* modified food starch
* hydrolyzed vegetable protein - HVP
* hydrolyzed plant protein - HPP
* texturized vegetable protein - TVP
Gluten may also be used as a binder in some pharmaceutical products. Request clarification from food and drug manufacturers when necessary.
Spoken like someone with a lawsuit.
If you ask the janitor in a hospital for medical advice, and it proves wrong - can you sue the hospital?
Any idiot who thinks the server at a McD's knows anything other than how to 'supersize' deserves any reactions they get.
I disagree. If McD's told the family that the fries were gluten-free, but they weren't, it's classic negligence. It's akin to a restaurant telling me that a certain food has no peanuts (which I'm allergic to) but then it turns out that the food does have peanuts."
Nothing in a place that sells billions of sandwiches is ever going to be 100% gluten free. If the kid were mine to love and care for I'd never set foot in a sandwich shop for something to eat. I smell a set-up.
Isn't this what the world is coming down to?
If I had a child with food sensitivities, I would not take such a child to a fast food restaurant. There's a lot of cross contamination of products and cooking tools.
They're just Glutens for punishment.
If the parents had any sense, they'd have avoided fast food joints, period. You know for sure what your child eats when you prepare it, yourself. Or go to MacDonald's and order the salad.
That sounds good. I used Italian bread crumbs the last time I did something similar. Then I mad a lot of sauteed onions with a tarragon cream sauce. Not bad.
Any particular brand of potato flakes?
I think this case is more like the one were the vegetarian guy sued McDonald's as the fries were not totally vegetarian ... there was a meat extract in it to enhance the flavor. What I want to know is why anyone who is discriminating about food for health or otherwise is doing even considering eating fast food.
Is it possible that residue from frying the apple pies can stick to the french fries in the cooking grease and cause a gluten reaction?
I use Food Lion house brand most of the time. It's only one part of the equation. The onions sound good, and my wife LOVES anything with tarragon.
Celebrity has a great tarragon salad dressing, and I think she likes to go cruising, just for another taste! I like all of their fare!
Here's a Sample Dinner menu, courtesy of their website:
a p p e t i z e r s
Bouquet of Tropical Fruits with a Dash of Galliano
Parma Ham with Melon and Figs
Escargots à la Bourguignonne
Brandade de Morue
s o u p s
Cream of Mushroom
Consomme Captain Morgan
Chilled Exotic Paradise
s a l a d s
Tossed Green Leaf and Radicchio Lettuce with Radish, Bacon, toasted Croutons and Red Wine Vinaigrette
Romaine, Frissee and Escarole Lettuce topped with Cucumber, Peppers and Italian Parsley
e n t r é e s
Pave of Congrio
(Broiled Congrio complemented by a Green Peppercorn-Anchovy Butter with freshly squeezed Lime Juice)
Thai Noodles with Spiced Crab
(Pleasant combination of Rice Noodle cooked Paht Thai Style with crispy Vegetables in a spicy Sauce garnished with Chili coated Crab Legs)
Supreme of Chicken Chiquita
(Choice boneless Breast of Chicken stuffed with Bananas and Ham, coated with Coconut Flakes and served with Curry Peanut Sauce)
Buco Alla Milanese con Gremolata
(A traditional Italian dish of Veal Shank cooked in an aromatic Tomato Veloute with Orange Zest, served with Risotto)
Chateaubriand Brillat Savarin
(Choice Tenderloin broiled and sliced, served with fresh Vegetables, Bearnaise and Madeira Sauces)
d e s s e r t s
Red Fruit Stratus
Moelleux Tiede de Chocolat
Coconut and Raw Sugar Flan
No Sugar Added Pastry Cigar
Butter Pecan, Vanilla, Pistachio or No Sugar Added Ice Cream
Sherbet of the Day with Poached Pear and Strawberry Sauce
"Asking a server" is an invention of someone on this thread. The story says only that the parents "checked with McDonald's." That might mean that they asked the kid behind the counter, or called an 800 number, or checked the ingredient listings available in the restaurant, or went to the Web site.
According to this AP story , the McDonald's Web site did not list the fries as potentially containing gluten until this month.
I hope the courts have something more to go on than Freepers' wild-assed guesses about pimple-faced teenagers.
Does now. Didn't a month ago.
I'm with you, I had full blown food poisoning when I was pregnant with my first child; talk about no fun. Hubby had treated me to lunch at the best place in town, and I ended up in the hospital over night. I got really sick twice after eating at fast food places; McDonalds once and then at Long John Silver's. It did not occur to me to sue, I don't eat at any McD's or LJS ever!! But I didn't sue!!
McDs research would be considered expert testimony and could be refuted by other experts.
That may be a subliminal admission of guilt in court.
McD's will argue -- has argued -- that they are erring on the side of caution now, and that neither the science to determine the presence of gluten nor the law requiring them to disclose it existed at the time.
But their record of hiding the additives to the fries won't work in their favor.
I'll make a "special" exception for you. Thank you for thinking of my "safety" in a packed elevator.
"To my limited knowledge, yes. From personal experience with my daughter, she has no problems eating anything, these days. She did without stuff until around age 5-6, then we slowly introduced her to a variety of foods (all, under the supervision of her pediatrician). According to the specialists, this is lifelong, but not proven so, in our lives."
Just curious, did your pediatrician follow the reintroduction of gluten with antibody tests or a biopsy? Did he ever test for the genetic markers?
We saw a lawyer once who claimed to have outgrown celiac disease. She then went on a head-spinning list of gastro-intestinal maladies that she was taking medication for.
We also have relatives who literally will go to the grave in pain rather than give up that piece of bread.
No. we also haven't been tested for a variety of other things which may be wrong with our body. We eat well and live well. I don't worry about what MAY happen.
As I said, I contracted Lyme disease in 1994. My research on that subject make me cringe with fear (NOT!). There are so many different things that can go wrong with the human body, and most of them are, of course, genetic. The Lyme attachment is a microorganism that likes to eat tissues. It especially likes the pericardium, and other quite vital areas of the body. Its symptoms are all over the map, like CD. I have high blood pressure, and a VERY healthy heart.
I have an 83 year old father residing in the Armed Forces Retirement Home, in DC. My 16 yo and I had lunch with him saturday. My mother is also 83 and living in Richmond, VA. She went out and had some bbq for her b-day on the 6th. They are both ambualatory, and kicking, though not as high as once. pop is on a self-induced diet to lose some weight. He did that everytime he "shipped over" in the Navy. He alsways had a problem with weight.
My paternal grandfather died early (late 40's) of cancer, as did my maternal one. My paternal grandmother died in her sixities. Mom's mom died at 98. We are all gonna die.
I eat what I like. My kids do too. If it disagrees, we change that preference to exclude the objectionables. I still don't eat much spinach! I do drink red wine daily! I love a good thick steak, butter and olive oil fried potatoes, and some (REALLY) garlic bread to go along!
I hope your life is as good, full of activity, and healthy as ours... and that you don't lose too much sleep worrying about things you can't really do much about! It won't give you an extra minute!
"I hope your life is as good, full of activity, and healthy as ours... and that you don't lose too much sleep worrying about things you can't really do much about! It won't give you an extra minute!"
Well, you see that's just the point. The 'parcel of rougues' family can do something about it--stop eating gluten. It's a simple solution and we've maintained a gluten free household for about 16 years. I don't worry about the things I can't change.
I'm not looking for a fight over this. It's just that we're posting in that 'permanent record' called the internet, and I think people who stumble on this thread should be aware that you can be asymptomatic as a celiac--with potentially dangerous consequences (higher risk of lymphoma) in your future. There are examples in the published literature of people with no digestive problems-but damgaged patches of villi in their intestines. The extreme case of this is celiac cases suffering from obesity, when their normal intestines overcompensate for the malabsorption of the damaged sections. Everyone is entitled to their opinions on such research, and you've clearly stated yours.
Our oldest cannot take a substantial amount of gluten without suffering symptoms. Our middle daughter we tried to make 'normal' at age 5(on the suggestion of our doctor)--and thus began a year of 'unrelated' medical symptoms that quite amazingly disappeared when we finally put her back on the the gluten free diet. When they eventually move out (soon) they'll of course make their own decisions as to what they will or won't eat.
...and you looked over my point "hope you don't lose too much sleep..."
I have posted links to a most important site for those suffering from any of these symptoms. Everyone has a differenct experience with everything. That by no way invalidates the other.
The "permanent" record is secure from any harm alleged by my posts, and your experience is obviously much direr than mine. Please feel free to do what you wish. I am not prohibiting it. I am just cautioning others from living with a fear or threat, which may, or may NOT, be real!
I made chili last night, and gas is a common result from all those beans. Beano is available for those who wish to escape that malady...
I have celiac disease as well. Hugs to your daughter. There are certainly many more things available today than in the past for alternative eating.
One in 300 people in this country have celiac disease.
That does not remove the gluten.
McDonalds officially claimed that their fries were gluten free. It was on a website, which has probably now disappeared.
The problem is that in this country everything must, for some reason, have wheat added to it. Read the labels on soup cans some time, for an example.
We ask about everything. And for the last year at least, celiacs have believed and been told that McD fries were the only safe ones we could ingest. McD used to have a website which said so.
"Why wouldn't you ask about gluten?" is the better question.
And even right here on FR. I was diagnosed because of iron deficiency. They told me I probably had it for 15 plus years.
I spent an entire year getting iron by IV infusion because I was unable to absorb it.
You would be wrong. Gluten ingestion kills celiacs.
What I want to know is why anyone who is discriminating about food for health or otherwise is doing even considering eating fast food.
Because McD said there was no gluten in their fries.
Isn't it true that potatoes do not contain gluten? You know this to be true, correct? Then why would you ask, is my question.
Now, certainly, the oil may contain gluten. And that may transfer to the fries. But how would a parent know to ask?
Unless they read about the controversy before asking, is my point.