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    1. Gluten-Free and Celiac Disease Calendar of Events

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      This section deals with questions and problems related to the use of this forum. All "old pros" are invited to help answer questions from the newer participants.

    3. Gluten-Free Foods, Products, Shopping & Medications

      Discussions regarding which mainstream products are gluten-free and which are not.

    4. Celiac Disease - Coping With

      This part of the forum is for techniques and information on how to cope with celiac disease and the gluten-free diet

    5. Celiac Disease - Pre-Diagnosis, Testing & Symptoms

      Discussions related to testing for celiac disease.

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      Discussions about gluten-free baking and cooking.

    7. Celiac Disease - Post Diagnosis, Recovery/Treatment(s)

      Discussions related to one's diagnosis with celiac disease.

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      Discussions concerning other health problems associated with celiac disease, and celiac disease research

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      Discussions about additional non-gluten food intolerance issues, including cow's milk (casein), soy, eggs, corn, etc.

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      Discussions regarding which ingredients are safe and which are not, and food labeling issues.

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    14. Celiac Disease - Publications & Publicity

      Discussions related to books, articles and other press about celiac disease.

    15. Dermatitis Herpetiformis

      Discussions concerning the skin condition associated with celiac disease.

    16. Gluten-Free Travel

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      Discussions about how to lose or gain weight while on a gluten-free diet.

    18. Celiac Disease - Doctors

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      This area is where Teenagers and Young Adults can discuss issues related to celiac disease and the gluten-free diet.

    20. Gluten-Free International Room (Outside USA)

      Discussions about living gluten-free in Canada, Australia, Asia & Pacific Rim, UK, Europe, etc.

    21. Celiac Disease - Pregnancy

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    22. Celiac Disease - Friends and Loved Ones of Celiacs

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      A Place where gluten-free people can meet each other--Adults only please.

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      Discussions concerning behavioral issues associated with the consumption of gluten.

    28. Super Sensitive Celiacs & Gluten Sensitive

      Non-scientific discussions for those who have been gluten free for at least 6-12 months and suspect they are reacting to lower levels of gluten than the vast majority of celiacs.

    29. Alternative Diets

      Discussions about alternative diets like the Vegetarian Diet, Specific Carbohydrate Diet (SCD), The Low FODMAP Diet. (FODMAP=Fermentable Oligo-Di-Monosaccharides and Polyols), etc.

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    • I don't know if there are any grants specifically for gluten-free products Ennis.  But the SBA in USA deals with small business startups and may have information to help you.   There may be small business incubators in your area also.  Sometimes they are associated with university business schools and the SBA.
    • Hi, WinterSong. What a lovely screen name! I don't know if what I have to share will be at all useful to you, but I often get areas of what is known as seborrheic dermatitis on my face and neck. They are common in front of my ears and around the chin - as well as in the folds near the nose and at the base of the neck. These patches are rougher than my normal skin, which is rather light and sensitive. These patches can appear whitish or pinkish in tone. I can get little flaky areas around my brows or even eyelashes that look almost like dandruff also. I seem to get these when I am eating more sugar than usual (i generally eat no to very little sugar) or when I have let up on my water drinking or am experiencing undue stress. The most effective method (for me) to address these patches is a combination of drinking lots of water and washing the areas with (believe it or not) dandruff shampoo; I was told to make a thick application of it and leave it on the areas for one to three minutes before rinsing thoroughly. It usually takes several applications over several days, but so far the protocol has cleared these patches, every time. I am recognizing and treating them sooner now. Your general physician or dermatologist could likely diagnose your trouble and suggest treatment for you, based on the diagnosis. Seborrheic dermatitis is fairly common and doctors may have other specific treatments as well when that is the diagnosis. I use good skincare products (gluten-free!) and find that ensuring that my skin is clean and well-hydrated, morning and evening, also helps avoid or treat flareups, which can be bothersome. I hope this information will be helpful to you in some way, WinterSong. Best to you! Mireille
    • Hi Viviane, No, the antibodies to gliaden are learned by the immune system.  They won't be forgotten by the immune system ever.  The antibodies to gliaden are specific to the protein gliaden that is part of wheat protein.  Once learned, the learning never goes away. Usually the doctor will do an endoscopy to confirm celiac disease damage to the gut lining (villi).  The endoscopy is usually after a positive antibody test, which you had already it sounds like.  You shouldn't stop eating gluten until the endoscopy is completed and test results are received.  If you stop eating gluten too soon, the test results can be faulty. Several people have reported having their gall bladders removed before being diagnosed with celiac disease.  Gallbladder problems and celiac disease seem to go together for some people. Welcome to the forum!
    • It's not fun at first EG1707, but after a variable amount of time you get used to it.  I used to be pretty paranoid about gluten cross contamination, and I am still careful of it, but it isn't a big worrisome thing.  I take precautions and do fine most of the time.  Not being the exact same as everybody else isn't all bad.  Most of your friends can probably shovel all kinds of junk in their gullets and never even think twice about it.  They may have free reign to eat as they please, but they will also have the possibility of eating many more chemical preservatives, flavorings, colorings, and emulsifiers.  Maybe those things aren't automatically bad for them, but they aren't a normal part of a food either.  They are added purely to enhance sales revenue.  Sticking with a mostly whole foods diet you will be able to avoid most of that stuff.  Your liver may thank you for that.  Fewer chemical additives to process isn't such a bad thing. Recovery is not an smooth road sometimes.  The immune reaction is fired up and ready to rumble when we first go gluten-free.  Our guts are also damaged and easily bothered by any kind of minor irritation, that may not cause a problem later on.  Our gut bacterial flora is probably a swamp of unhealthy bacteria that needs to be rehabilitated into a healthy mixture.  None of these things are going to happen over night.  But they can all improve and lead to better health.  And most likely will as time goes by.  But we have to stick it out to give our system time to recover. Additional food intolerances may crop up but they are not insurmountable either.  I struggled with my health for years after going gluten-free, but am so much better now.  I even have some energy now to do things and that is a great thing.  We may not be dealt an easy card, but there are others with much worse situations.  Our disease/condition is one where the treatment is known, the answer is just a diet change, and we don't need strong drugs to combat it.  We have to take care of ourselves, rather than doctors taking care of us.  But that's a good thing. The less gluten, the more whole foods the less processed foods, the better for a beginner IMHO.  There's always time to branch out to more adventerous foods after healing a while.
    • hey, i had a bad reaction with very similar symptoms pre celiac, report your side effects to your doctor or the cdc. im not against vaccines at all but i would be very caucious getting it again especially if your not elderly/ high risk and its not completely nesscessary, i find washing your hands regularly and not touching your face goes a long way
    • I was told by one of my customers at a farmers market I should see about getting a government grant, to expand my gluten free snack line and get a trailer to sell seeds, candied nuts, almond butters, and gluten-free granola at events. Being on a tight budget as is, and selling this stuff so I can afford my own consumption of food is hard enough. So needless to say this idea of getting the trailer on a grant and living my dream of providing gluten-free snacks to others to make life easier for them and being able to set up at events, is very enticing. Now how would I go about doing this is my problem....due to the ataxia and brain damage I have looking at and trying to understand the numbers and legal mumbo jumbo is like trying to read a alien language. Can someone simplify this for me and tell me if it is a good idea or just another dream.
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