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      • Frequently Asked Questions About Celiac Disease   09/30/2015

        This FAQ on celiac disease will guide you to all of the basic information you will need to know about the disease, its diagnosis, testing methods, a gluten-free diet, etc.   Subscribe to FREE email alerts What are the major symptoms of celiac disease? Celiac Disease SymptomsWhat testing is available for celiac disease? - list blood tests, endo with biopsy, genetic test and enterolab (not diagnostic) Celiac Disease ScreeningInterpretation of Celiac Disease Blood Test ResultsCan I be tested even though I am eating gluten free? How long must gluten be taken for the serological tests to be meaningful?The Gluten-Free Diet 101 - A Beginner's Guide to Going Gluten-FreeIs celiac inherited? Should my children be tested? Ten Facts About Celiac Disease Genetic TestingIs there a link between celiac and other autoimmune diseases? Celiac Disease Research: Associated Diseases and DisordersIs there a list of gluten foods to avoid? Unsafe Gluten-Free Food List (Unsafe Ingredients)Is there a list of gluten free foods? Safe Gluten-Free Food List (Safe Ingredients)Gluten-Free Alcoholic BeveragesDistilled Spirits (Grain Alcohols) and Vinegar: Are they Gluten-Free?Where does gluten hide? Additional Things to Beware of to Maintain a 100% Gluten-Free DietFree recipes: Gluten-Free RecipesWhere can I buy gluten-free stuff? Support this site by shopping at The Store.For Additional Information: Subscribe to: Journal of Gluten Sensitivity


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    1. Michi8 added a post in a topic Rice Krispies Gluten Free   

      Gluten Free Rice Krispies are now available in the US. There are no plans by Kelloggs, at this point, to bring the product to the Canadian market.
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    2. Michi8 added a post in a topic Anyone Know Where To Buy Udi's In Canada?   

      I just bought some Udi's bread at Save-On Foods in the Edmonton, AB area. I'm's very good! I'm trying the lemon streusel muffins next. ;-)

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    3. Michi8 added a post in a topic Top Three Worst Gf Products   

      I love Lara Bars, and like Glutino Breakfast bars...I actually do.

      I also prefer Mrs. Leepers corn pasta to Tinkyada rice pasta.

      The worst product I've ever tried was Enjoy Life Cranapple Crunch granola. It was worse than eating cardboard...more like hard clumps of hay with rock hard fruit mixed in. Blech!
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    4. Michi8 added a post in a topic Boston's   

      Boston's Gourmet Pizza are the US version of Boston Pizza which is a Canadian company. As I understand it, they are fairly new to the US. The first Boston Pizza was in Edmonton, Alberta...though the Boston Pizza chain stopped offering gluten free pizzas around here (I live just outside of Edmonton). Don't know about the franchises in the rest of Canada.

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    5. Michi8 added a post in a topic Cutest Dog Contest   

      Oh, it's a cutest DOG contest! That's not what it says in the subject line.
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    6. Michi8 added a post in a topic Is Miralax Gluten-free?   

      Miralax is PEG-3350 (Polyethylene Glycol.) It is gluten free. We can't buy Miralax in Canada, so we get PEG-3350 from the compounding pharmacy.

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    7. Michi8 added a post in a topic Vitamin D And Celiacs...   

      My understanding is that the body is not efficient at changing vitamin D2 to D3 (the type our bodies need), so D2 is not necessarily a good choice.

      Yes, skin exposure to the sun is important too. However, that's difficult for those of us further north, who have winters that last 6 months of the year. Supplementation is essential to counteract the lack of skin exposure to sunshine, and potential side effects (such as SAD.)

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    8. Michi8 added a post in a topic Vitamin D And Celiacs...   

      D3 is the kind to take.

      I take 2,000 IU a day, as well as 2,000 mg vitamin C and 1,000 mg of fish oil.

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    9. Michi8 added a post in a topic Ulcerative Colitis?   

      The Specific Carbohydrate Diet was developed for treating IBD such as Chron's and Colitis. It may be worth checking out:

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    10. Michi8 added a post in a topic Any Ideas For Dairy Substitutes?   

      Vance's DariFree is a good substitute. My kids thought it was the closest in taste to milk of all the substitutes...especially good with cereal. This is the list of ingredients:

      Maltodextrin (from potatoes), Natural Flavors (no MSG), Crystalline Fructose, Calcium Carbonate, colored with Titanium Dioxide (an inert mineral), Carrageenan, Dicalcium Phosphate, Salt, Tricalcium Phosphate, Potassium Citrate, Lactic Acid, Ascorbic Acid (Vitamin C), dl Alpha Tocopheryl Acetate (Vitamin E), Vitamin A Palmitate, Niacinamide (Vitamin B3), Calcium Pantothenate, Vitamin D3, Pyridoxine Hydrochloride (Vitamin B6), Riboflavin (Vitamin B2), Vitamin K1, Thiamin mononitrate (Vitamin B1), Cyanocobalamin (Vitamin B12), Biotin.

      In Canada, the product is Dairy-Free by English Bay Batter. The ingredients list is similar. I noticed that they are changing from tetrapaks to a dry mix. It appears Vance's has already done so.

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    11. Michi8 added a post in a topic Horrible Slate Article   

      I think many of them are. Especially during the many years it takes for proper diagnosis of autoimmune disease. I believe that is the category I've been lumped into, since I have no concrete lab results to explain my symptoms. Going on 7 years of trying to figure it out now.

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    12. Michi8 added a post in a topic Soy Allergy Vs. Soy Intolerance   

      Oils, because of the way they are processed, do not contain the offending allergenic protein. In theory, one should be able to tolerate soy oil when they are allergic to soy, or peanut oil when they are allergic to peanut.

      The problem is with cross-contamination. You just can't ensure that the oil has not come into contact with the unprocessed proteins, so, for those with serious allergies, avoidance is a must.

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    13. Michi8 added a post in a topic Tooth Enamel Problem - Help! & Find gluten-free Sensitive Dentist?   

      If you had such bad decay in the last 6 months, I'm wondering if you're still unknowingly ingesting gluten? Does your toothpaste have flouride? If not, perhaps ensuring it does (Tom's of Maine does have flouridated toothpaste too) may help stave of decay.

      I'm not sure how to ensure you find the "right" dentist. I was able to request gluten free products at my dentist without problem, and it has been written into my chart. I asked in advance of my appointment so that they had some time to research and have the right products for my next appointment. For me they us plain pumice for cleaning, unflavoured floss, and unflavoured flouride gel. The gloves would be the other potential gluten source...the powder inside can have gluten in it.

      I have to say, regardless of the gluten content, the unflavoured stuff is much preferable, to me, over the flavoured...that stuff was migraine-inducing! My middle son used unflavoured stuff too, it was the only way he was willing to sit for a cleaning (took a few years to figure it out....he found the flavours to be overwhelming to his super-tasting palate!)

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    14. Michi8 added a post in a topic Crazy Itchy Swollen   

      Yes, you can have both celiac and allergy. But even if it's "just" a severe allergy to wheat, and not celiac, you would need to eliminate it from your diet. The thing with an anaphylactic allergy, though, is that each time you're exposed to the allergen could end up being your last time...a closed airway can be deadly if not treated immediately.

      I would consider seeing an allergist for testing for foods and meds. My son had to be tested for penicillin allergy (he had a reaction to his first dose when he was a baby) and now carries an epipen, and we need to be hyper-vigilant, when he is being medically treated, that he is not given penicillin accidentally. When my son was in emerg. due to mono, the attending ENT was prescribing penicillin for his throat, even though I repeatedly said that my son was allergic. Thank goodness the resident was listening properly and got everything corrected!

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    15. Michi8 added a post in a topic Crazy Itchy Swollen   

      That does sound like an allergic reaction...and a pretty bad one! I would be concerned about anaphylaxis if your throat is swelling. Have you seen an allergist? Has any doctor suggested you carry an epipen?

      I would also suspect allergy to meds with the reaction you list about your knee surgery. Itchiness after surgery meds isn't unusual (morphine can really cause itchiness...patients are typically given Benadryl to counteract that), nor is some swelling if you've been given IV fluids, but a serious reaction indicates something more serious!

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