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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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    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.

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    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.

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    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.

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    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 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.

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    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.

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    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.

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    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.

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    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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    This list will help you find gluten-free candy and confections that are kosher for Passover.

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    Here is's Easter 2015 list of SAFE candy, UNSAFE, NON–gluten–free candies, and with a partial list of major candy makers with links to their company websites.

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    Researchers are calling for an overhaul of cleaning and decontamination procedures in the face of a study showing that three out of 20 flexible gastrointestinal (GI) endoscopes (15%) pose an infection risk, because they are contaminated with unacceptable levels of human biological matter.

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    Not all Mexican fast food chains are created equal when it comes to gluten-free options. Here is a list of Mexican fast food chains that do a good job with gluten-free food.

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    Gluten-free Kellogg's Eggo Waffles are now available in both original and cinnamon flavors.

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    Officials at UCLA Ronald Reagan Medical Center have warned 179 people that a fairly routine endoscopy procedure may have left them exposed to a drug-resistant 'super-bug' that infected seven patients, and may have contributed to two deaths.

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    Original Cheerios, Honey Nut Cheerios and three other Cheerios varieties are going gluten-free!

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    Are short rising times in commercial breads promoting in celiac disease and gluten-intolerance?

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    These brands of gin, whiskey and vodka are made with gluten-free ingredients, and safe for people with celiac disease and wheat sensitivity.

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