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Additional Celiac Disease Concerns

This category covers everything from dealing with celiac disease, schools, hospital stays, quality of life issues, camps, pets and gluten, dealing with relatives, and much more.

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    Chex Gluten Free Oatmeal will be discontinued. Image: Wikimedia Commons--General Mills, Inc.

    Cereal maker General Mills is pulling the plug on its Gluten Free Chex Oatmeal. A spokesperson for General Mills confirmed that the product has been discontinued due to low sales.



    The gluten-free aisle beckons. Photo: CC--Whatsername?

    Perhaps unsurprisingly, a study of over 3,200 supermarket products finds gluten-free foods aren't a healthier choice than their non gluten-free counterparts.



    Photo: Scott Adams

    Recently I took a last minute, end of Summer road trip with my family and on one of our pit stops I was delighted to discover the often rumored, highly elusive and possibly "Holy Grail" of gluten-free food: Subway's gluten-free sub rolls! 



    P.F. Chang's China Bistro. Photo: Wikimedia Commons--Injustifiable

    Should restaurants be required to provide gluten-free food at the same prices it charges for regular gluten-containing items? That question is at the heart of a lawsuit brought by a woman who claims P.F. Chang's has violated federal anti-discrimination laws by charging more for gluten-free items. A federal judge has now "tentatively" dismissed that lawsuit.



    Image: CC--swong95765

    Why is a researcher whose field for twenty years has been autism now writing an article about celiac disease and its possible relationship to oxalate? This takes a little explaining.



    Train station, Bryn Mawr, Pennsylvania. Photo: CC--Montgomery County Planning

    Gluten-free students at two elite liberal arts colleges in suburban Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, are now able to enjoy exclusive gluten-free dining areas.



    Image: CC--Stephan Harlan

    Here are ten remedies that can help treat accidental gluten ingestion.



    Man with cookie. Photo: CC--Jason Saul

    According to a recent survey commissioned by U.K.-based gluten-free bread company Newburn Bakehouse, gluten-intolerant men feel stigmatized by their dietary restrictions, which leads them to cheat on their diets far more commonly than women. 



    No brands were named in the study. Photo: CC--Ryan Snyder

    Many people with celiac disease take probiotic supplements to aid with digestion and improve gut health. However, a new study reveals that many popular probiotics actually contain traces of gluten, which is worrying for people who may have celiac disease or gluten intolerance.



    Checkered flag. Photo: CC--Meridican

    For anyone with celiac disease, following a lifelong gluten-free diet has been shown to relieve symptoms, and in celiac patients it has been shown to normalize serologic markers of celiac disease, and to restore damaged intestinal villi. Not following a gluten-free diet, on the other hand, can result in serious complications associated with malabsorption.



    Tom Brokaw. Photo: Wikimedia Commons

    The author of a recent book on gluten and health is saying that Tom Brokaw's cancer may be linked to adverse gluten reactions. Really?



    Doctors consult a patient. Photo: CC--Seattle Municipal Archive

    Many people who are concerned that they may have celiac disease are not sure where to begin. Many people simply stop eating gluten and call it a day, choosing to avoid what can be a long, drawn-out process of getting an official diagnosis.



    Image: CC--Jared Rodriguez/truthout

    The fact that celiac disease is commonly misdiagnosed will come as little surprise to anyone who's ever gone through what can often be a long, circuitous process of getting diagnosed. Celiac symptoms can be vague, and can mirror symptoms of numerous other conditions.



    Photo: CC--locomininos

    People with celiac disease need to maintain constant vigilance against gluten-exposure. Even those celiacs who avoid gluten need to be on guard against nutritional deficiencies, and to check with their doctor when taking certain drugs.



    A few years ago I ceased writing about the SCD (Specific Carbohydrate Diet) here on celiac.com because I feared I might be an impostor.  I was never formally diagnosed as celiac by way of a biopsy, and despite bloating, night rashes, brain fog, unpredictable bowel habits and headaches the main cause was identified as IBS (Irritable Bowel Syndrome). Still, the old shoe fit, because every time I tried to behave like a non-celiac, I got ill, very ill.



    Photo: CC--Jinx!

    In addition to being a common ingredient in many commercial food products, gluten is also used in numerous medications, supplements, and vitamins, often as an inert ingredient known as an excipient.



    Photo: CC--Charles Haynes

    Are chefs are improving their awareness of gluten-related disorders? That's one of the questions addressed in a new 10-year follow-up study in the UK.



    Photo: CC-- Yahann LeGrand

    Gluten is a common ingredient in many commercial food products. Less commonly known, however, is that many manufacturers use gluten as an inert ingredient in such products as medications, supplements, and vitamins.



    An unrelated fake mugshot. Photo: CC--Stephanie Carter

    A blogger who hawked a book and app claiming gluten-free diet cured her terminal brain cancer now admits she never had cancer in the first place.



    Photo: CC--Steve Jurvetson

    The steep costs of getting products into major grocery chains has claimed another notable start-up, the Charlotte-based gluten-free foods company, Bumbalooza.


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