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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. alexa11219 added a post in a topic Skin Issues   

      Hi everyone. I just found your messages and want to share my experience (no need to say I'm gluten-free for my celiac disease).

      For skin:
      KISS MY FACE. They have very good soaps, i.a. Olive & Herbal Soap, some other olive soaps. They are gluten-free though some others are not.
      AVALON ORGANIC BOTANICALS. Facical Cleansing Gel (also good for shaving). Hydrating Toner. Moisture Plus Lotion with SPF 18. They have other products for other types of skin (mine is combination).
      NATURE'S GATE. Fragrance-Free Moisturizing Lotion (For Sensitive Skin) with Aloe Vera, Extracts of Coffee and Wild Pansy, Safflower Oil & Organic Jojoba Oil.

      For hair:
      PURE & BASIC. Natural Clarifying Shampoo. Natural Lite Conditioner.

      For lacerations, cuts, scrapes:
      DESERT ESSENCE. Eco-Harvest Tea Tree Anti-Microbial Cream with Green Tea Extract (I have severe allergy to lots of antibiotics and iodine so can't use almost none of existing antiseptic creams and ointments).

      All of those products are natural, organic, don't contain that s... acid. I finally got some relief of dry itchy skin though I don't have DH but often have skin allergy for lots of other allergens (food and in medications). I started using all of them after my last gluten accident which was really severe, when I grabbed all of my skin/cosmetic stuff, placed in a bag and gave to my girlfrien who does not have to watch gluten intake, and bought what I just listed above. That was about two months ago, and now I have no complaints regarding my new stuff.

      Hope it'll help you.

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    2. alexa11219 added a post in a topic Glutten Free Shampoo   

      A week or two ago I bought from Whole Foods Natural Clarifying shampoo and Natural Lite Conditioner by Pure & Basic. Eacn 12 oz bottle is $4.69. Both are organic, no gluten among ingredients. My hair used to be dull and lifeless for years. Now it looks almost like normal hair should look. BUT... I just noticed there's citric acid in the shampoo. From this board I learned that citric acid my derive from gluten-containing grains. Anyone has any info on that?

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    3. alexa11219 added a post in a topic Cornbreads and muffins   

      Hi jhmom/Stacie. I tried the cornbread recipe you mentioned. It's a little heavy, but not only delicious, it's knife- and spreading-friendly. It keeps shape and never crumbles. I'd been keeping it on the lower shelf of my fridge for about two weeks, and it still was fine. To freshen it up I put it in the toaster (for about 4 to 6 min) oven or microwave (for 5 to 10 sec). The only thing I would change next time is the amout of sugar - that's in case I'll plan to use it with soups, meats, or cheese. And with marmalads, tea or coffee, and likes - it's just great. Thank you very much.

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    4. alexa11219 added a post in a topic Gf Kung Pao Chicken   

      Here's a similar recipe. I found it in a newspaper. Doesn't take long to cook and comes out always delicious.


      2 bags Success White or Brown Rice
      3/4 pound boneless, skinless chicken breast or boneless tender beef, cut into thin stiprs
      2 teaspoons Kikkoman Soy Sauce (I use gluten-free Tamari Sauce)
      2 teaspoons cornstarch
      3 tablespoons vegetable oil, divided
      1 pkg. (16 oz.) frozen vegetables for stir-fry
      1 cup Lucky Seven Stir-Fry Sauce*
      1/4 teaspoon ground red pepper (cayenne)

      Prepare rice according to package directions; keep warm. Meanwhile, combine meat, cornstarch and soy sauce; let stand 10 minutes. Stir-fry meat in 2 Tbsp. hot oil in wok or large skillet over high heat 2 minutes. Combine Lucky Seven Stir-Fry Sauce and red pepper; pour mixture over vegetables. Cook, stirring, until sauce boils and thickens. Stir in meat to combine. Serve over rice. Makes 4 servings.

      * Lucky Seven Stir-Fry Sauce:
      Combine 1/2 cup cornstarch, 2 1/4 cups chicken broth, 2/3 cup Kikkoman (or gluten-free Tamari) Soy Sauce, 1/2 cup dry sherry, 1/3 cup light corn syrup, 2 Tbsp each minced garlic and grated fresh ginger root (for no aparent reason I never have it at the moment, so I use 1 teaspoon ground) in a 1 1/2 quart jar with tight-fitting lid. Shake well. Store in refrigerator up to 3 weeks. Just before measuring out or using, shake or stir well to blend ingredients. Makes 4 cups.

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    5. alexa11219 added a post in a topic Insomnia   

      Hi guys. I have been having problems with my sleep since I was a teenager (now I'm 50+). My severe celiac symptoms started 3 years ago, severe sleep problems - a year later, I was diagnosed with gluten intolerance 5 months ago. From bad experience, I don't trust doctors at all, at least I haven't found any I can trust to. I been taking different pills for depression and I couldn't tolerate any of them. Last fall I went to phychiatrist who prescribed Melatonin, a hormone responsible for sleep. She suggested my body didn't produce enough to help me sleep normally. I found one at Duane Reade Pharmacy, by Natrol, no yeast, wheat, corn, milk, egg, soy, glutens, artificial colors or flavors, added sugar, strach or preservatives, and it works for me. Recently, I bought Sleep Tight Factors by Country Life, Hypoallergenic Vegetarian from a Whole Foods Market, no yeast, corn, wheat, soy, gluten, milk, salt, sugar, starch, preservatives, artificial colors. It's not that good. At least on Melatonin I fall asleep sooner, I wake up only once or twice a night instead of 5 to 6 times, sleep is much deeper, nightmeres rare. Each body reacts for different meds in its own way. Maybe, maybe any of them will work for you. It's just a piece of info.
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    6. alexa11219 added a post in a topic Wierd Symptoms - Celiac?   

      Hi everyone. Today, I re-read once again your responses for which I'm very grateful. I oredered Gluten Sensitivity Stool and Gene Panel Complete plus Milk Sensitivity Stool Test from Enterolab. Hopefully, it'll clear up at least what exactly I'm sensitive and what's causing the symptoms I's still having though I believe I'm gluten-free. Unfortunately, they charge additional $19.95 for shipping, so total is $368.95 . Well, what the heck, it's worth it in any case.
      Everyone have a nice holiday ,
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    7. alexa11219 added a post in a topic Wierd Symptoms - Celiac?   

      Thank you Mariann for your support and advice. $349 is a lot, but I believe will serve me well. I'll do it. Thanks again.

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    8. alexa11219 added a post in a topic Wierd Symptoms - Celiac?   

      VAGuy, you are asking me how my doctor came to that conclusion. Very simple, empirically, the way my allergologist did it - if he doesn't know that allergy can cause diarrhea, it means it can't cause it. If my biopsy showed the villi were intact (I'm not sure they were), it means for them there's no celiac disease. If there's no celiac disease but I'm much better being gluten-free, it means I have gluten intolerance. None of specific blood tests for celiac disease or stool tests were done. Tell you even more, when they perform biopsy, they knew I was gluten-free for MONTHS. I didn't know it changes the result, doctors are supposed to know those things, but I'm sure they did not. I asked them what caused all those ulcers. The answer was, "Since no virus or bacteria was not found, it means it's caused by gluten."

      Now, I'm between insurances. I can't use my previous one, and the next one will be avalable not earlier than in 3 months. I can't consult a different Dr. or do other tests. I feel much, much better being gluten-free, but still have some simptoms (bloating, gas, sometimes gastric and intestinal pain, not often though, joint pain, thinning hair). Allergy runs in my family. In addition to gluten, I have allergy to eggs, shell fish, lamb, some antibiotics and other medications, other stuff. Maybe it would be wise to spend that money (about $450) for Enterolab and get tested not only for gluten (but now I'm gluten free for about a year, will the result be correct? isn't it too late?) but in addition for yeast and lactose?

      I am totally confused, absolutely upset and devastated, and scared. I don't know who I can trust. Can it wait several months? Anyone, answer me please. You may contact me directly at alexa11219@aol since they misplace the posted information and sometimes it's difficult to find the necessary posting or section. Thank you.

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    9. alexa11219 added a post in a topic I'm Getting So Frustrated!   

      Well, it's called "Welcome to the club". I'm 54. For the whole my life, I've been having stomack/intestinal problems and a whole bunch of other ones. Recently was diagnosed with gluten intolerance. My Father and both grandfathers died of stomach cancer. My daughter is a smart, intelligent, serious girl of 24, studies alternative medicine. Her daughter is 4, extremely skinny, weighing just 29 pounds, her hight is less than average. The skin on her little legs and arms is covered with pimple-like rash (someone mentioned it - is it also a simptom of celiac disease?) since the moment she came to this world. My daughter takes a good care of me and my diet including all the precausions, when I visit them and stay there for a week or so, she is a good cook, she knows all the stores around them with gluten-free foods. They are not rich, they are not poor either. My daughter doesn't want to here about being tested for celiac disease or getting the little one tested though she also knows it's hereditary. She knows everything, all the consequencies. And she does not want to really know about it though she is quite aware of how much I suffered. It's like she is scared to have to face the problem and deal with it. I don't know what to do with her.

      This section of the board hasn't been visited for about 3 weeks. Where are you people? Any advice?
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    10. alexa11219 added a post in a topic Quitting Beer Drinking   

      Hi Jen. About a week ago, I saw information about gluten-free beer on this board, something like "Hi guys, I found gluten-free beer", with no additional details. Since beer is not the greatest loss for me, I don't remember where exactly I saw it. Try "search". It's here. Good luck.
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    11. alexa11219 added a post in a topic Gluten-free Dating   

      I want to thank everyone for your responses. I just found them, thought my post was lost. You're right, if such thing like a special diet can scare a man away, it says a lot about that man. It's better not to have a boyfriend at all than to have a shallow thing. Thank you for your support.
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    12. alexa11219 added a post in a topic Gluten Free Dining In Nyc   

      Here are three more restaurants in New York City which recognize our problem:

      149 Waverly Place (6th Ave.)
      New York, NY 10014
      Ph.: 212-645-8511

      Inside Battery Park, across from 17 State Street
      New York, NY 10004
      Ph.: 212-809-5508

      350 Lexington Avenue
      New York, NY 10016
      Ph.: 212-922-3663

      There is COFFEE SHOP in Union Square, W. & 16th St. They have Brazilian Cheese Bread, which is made with tapioca flour.
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    13. alexa11219 added a post in a topic Would like some feedback   

      Naradowski, while you still have some time before your trip, I'd suggest find out online if there are gluten-free restaurants and organic food stores (they often have buffet bars) in destination area. If you find any, you won't have to take much food with you.

      Try this:

      Good luck.

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    14. alexa11219 added a post in a topic Wierd Symptoms - Celiac?   

      Hi, I'd like to share my experience with you, maybe it'll be useful to someone. I'm 54. Had severe stomach pains since my birth. About 35 years ago was diagnosed with gastritis and colitis. Didn't have much help from dieting. Depression, fatigue, sleep disturbance, severe headaches, joint pain, food and medication allergies, asthma - everything like from the text book. About three years ago developed severe diarrhea, sometimes up to over 20 times a day, and gas. Suspected, it was caused by some allergens. Went to a Dr. and had some blood work done for allergies which was positive for farina and negative for gluten (how is it possible?). My allergologist openly admitted he never heard that allergy could cause diarrhea. The symptoms persisted. Half a year ago, reviewed my test results and realized what the problem was. Went to my physician and GI and declared I had celiac disease, had a gastroscopy and colonoscopy with biopsy done. Result: erosive esophagitis, erosive gastritis, multiple ulcers in the antrum, duodenitis, lymphoid hyperplasia in ileum, colitis with edematous, erythematous and with petechial hemorrhages. Negative for celiac disease. All the demage in my intestinal tract was explained as caused by gluten intolerance which is kind of the begining of celiac disease but not it yet.
      Maybe that's what's going on with you? You don't have celiac disease but definitely own gluten intolerance? Would appreciate any comment on my story.
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    15. alexa11219 added a post in a topic Fast Food   

      Thank you Shirley. At least I know I'm not alone dealing with this problem. Anyone else has any experience in talking their children into being tested? I'll appreciate your responces.
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