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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. N.Justine added a post in a topic Milk, Buttermilk, Butter...what's Your Sub?   

      water will not do as a sub for buttermilk -- as I am sure you have realized
      and proper substitutions depend on the recipe but:

      buttermilk: Sour your alternative milk by substituting 1 Tablespoon of every cup of
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    2. N.Justine added a post in a topic Trader Joes gluten-free Mac And Cheese   

      Trader Joe's gluten-free mac and cheese is Annies gluten-free mac and cheese -- its good
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    3. N.Justine added a post in a topic Absorbing Products Into Your Skin?   

      All I know is that I got DH like skin irritation from too much flour in the air when I was working in the bakery and when I taught classes. But it's a Hot Topic in the medical community as well -- just check out these three differing opinions:

      from Celiac Disease Center at Columbia website:
      Dermatitis herpetiformis (DH) is the skin manifestation of celiac disease. All patients with DH have celiac disease. It is an intensely itchy rash that usually occurs in the same place for each patient. This may be on the hands or fingers, forearms, buttocks or scalp or anywhere on the body. The rash typically consists of very itchy, small red dots that may develop into blisters or pimples. They are intensely itchy.

      The diagnosis is clinical and can be confirmed by biopsy. The biopsy, for best results, needs to be taken from just adjacent to a lesion. The biopsy needs to have special immunofluorescence tests performed on it.

      Treatment is first and foremost a gluten-free diet. This results in resolution of the lesions and will prevent new lesions. The diet also will prevent the development of lymphoma, that occurs at an increased rate as in patients with celiac disease. Drugs (Dapsone) may help patients recover from a severe episode, but are not a substitute for the diet. Patients with DH are very sensitive to small amounts of gluten.

      Mayo Clinic:
      Celiac disease: Can gluten be absorbed through the skin?
      If I have celiac disease, do I need to be concerned about sunscreens, shampoos and cosmetics that contain gluten?

      Gluten can't be absorbed through the skin, although this is a common misperception. Celiac disease is triggered by consumption of gluten. For this reason, people with celiac disease must eliminate all gluten from their diet. Gluten-containing skin-care products and cosmetics aren't a problem unless you accidentally swallow them. For this reason, you should avoid using such products on your lips or around your mouth. Also, avoid using gluten-containing dental products, such as mouthwash and toothpaste. If you're uncertain about whether a product contains gluten, check the ingredient list on the product label or call the manufacturer.

      Some people develop a form of celiac disease called dermatitis herpetiformis (DH), which causes an itchy, blistering rash. This skin disorder is also linked to gluten intolerance. But although it involves the skin, DH is caused by ingesting gluten, not by skin contact with gluten. So, eliminating gluten from your diet will help clear up DH as well.

      If you use a cosmetic or skin-care product that contains gluten and you develop a skin reaction, seek the advice of your doctor or dermatologist to help identify the cause. It is possible to have an allergy to wheat or another grain that could cause a skin reaction.

      Medical Journal Articles:
      BACKGROUND: Dermatitis herpetiformis (DH) is a cutaneous manifestation of gluten sensitivity, occasionally associated with other autoimmune disorders, and reportedly associated with an increased risk of lymphoproliferative disorders. We describe a series of patients with DH, focusing on associated disorders (particularly celiac disease), incidence of lymphoma, histopathology, and sensitivity of direct immunofluorescence (DIF) testing and serologic testing with antiendomysium antibodies for the diagnosis of DH. METHODS: The medical records of 264 patients with DH diagnosed between 1970 and 1996 were reviewed retrospectively. In addition, the records of six patients evaluated before the advent of DIF testing between 1932 and 1969 were reviewed. RESULTS: Established celiac disease was present in 12.6% of patients with DH, autoimmune systemic disorders in 22.2%, malignant neoplasms in 10.4%, sarcoidosis in four patients, and ulcerative colitis in six patients. Lymphoproliferative disorders were found in seven patients. The histopathologic examinations showed a marked predominance of neutrophils in the inflammatory infiltrate. DIF testing was positive in 92.4% of the patients tested. Indirect immunofluorescence assay indicated circulating antiendomysial antibodies in the sera of 40 of the 63 patients tested (63.5%). CONCLUSIONS: In this large series of patients with DH from a single institution, patients had a low incidence of symptomatic gluten-sensitive enteropathy, low risk of lymphoproliferative disorders, and associations with other systemic autoimmune disorders. The value of DIF testing in the diagnosis of DH was confirmed. The detection of antiendomysial antibodies by indirect immunofluorescence was less sensitive than indicated by other reports.
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    4. N.Justine added a post in a topic Good Gluten Free Bagels Or English Muffins...   

      and I've heard the Tesco brand in Canada is fantastic!
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    5. N.Justine added a post in a topic Help! Local Coffee House Wants To Offer Gluten-free Treat, Advice On What/how?   

      cross contamination -- is the obvious worry -- lots of information avlb at CSA and GIG:

      as for recipes there are tons! from cookies, to brownies, to cakes, to salads, to all sorts of things. I agree something they could freeze would be best - -that way they only have to 'super clean' once in awhile and not everyday. That would make brownies and more dense cookies and cakes much better options.

      Here is a gluten-free brownie recipe, (with DF and vegan options) more recipes at
      makes about one tray

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    6. N.Justine added a post in a topic Calling All The Pros On This Forum 

      then the 'ole stand bys of the food network and all
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    7. N.Justine added a post in a topic Pro-gest A Progesterone Cream_   

      I found natural progesterone cream very useful. I also use chasteberry and sage tea.
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    8. N.Justine added a post in a topic Extremely Itchy "hives"   

      I'd still get tested for DH -- the itch factor alone calls for that testing.
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    9. N.Justine added a post in a topic Baking Cookies And Always Failing?   

      xantham gum is not necessary, ever.

      but some sort of binding agent is -- egg or something.

      here is a good cookie recipe:
      * 2 1/4 cups all-purpose gluten-free flour
      * 1 teaspoon baking soda
      * 1 teaspoon salt
      * 1 cup (2 sticks) butter, softened
      * 3/4 cup granulated sugar
      * 3/4 cup packed brown sugar
      * 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
      * 2 large eggs
      * 2 cups (12-oz. pkg.) Chocolate Chips
      * 1 cup chopped nuts

      are you avoiding eggs? if so, there are many alternatives like 1/2 a banana or arrowroot and ground flax seeds, etc.
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    10. N.Justine added a post in a topic Icing Sugar Inquiries   

      icing sugar can just be super refined sugar with no additives -- in Canada and the UK confectioners' sugar is called icing sugar
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    11. N.Justine added a post in a topic What Are The Types And Preferences?   

      I -never- use gums and have no need to -- not for breads or anything else. Get to know your leveaners -- baking soda, baking powder, vinegar, sour cream, buttermilk, etc.

      I also don't use bean flours -- too gasy for most folks -- and, esp soy, have strong flavors

      Sorghum, rice, and potato are my top three

      for sweets I like coconut, sweet rice, and tapioca

      for more nutritious foods: teff, quinoa, amaranth, and buckwheat

      whisk flours so they don't get too heavy

      try to use two flours and 1 starch -- creates a nice balanced flavor and reaction in baking
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    12. N.Justine added a post in a topic Learning How To Cook   

      most traditional sauce recipes are already gluten-free (at least the ones not skimping on time by adding thickeners)
      as for main dishes, again, vegetable, meat products, dairy products, they are gluten-free
      as for things like bread crumbs -- gluten-free flour works well in many cases, so do corn flake (or other flake cereals), also, a great use for gluten-free bread after its even to dry to toast -- gluten-free bread crumbs
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    13. N.Justine added a post in a topic Wendy's Baked Potato?   

      you must have a very fast digestive system getting the gluten to you intestines in 15 minutes or less.

      btw baked potatoes are a high risk food for borne illnesses

      do to the speed and potential amount of gluten (no matter the sensitivity) you might want to consider a non-gluten sensitivity this time around
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    14. N.Justine added a post in a topic I Need Help Please!   

      you could still have:

      food sensitives instead of food allergies
      migraines (they mimic all sorts of neurological and muscular issues)
      even stress, especially emotional can cause havoc)

      all of these can lead to those reactions with normal blood work

      have you tried complementary therapies like:


      Feel better!
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    15. N.Justine added a post in a topic Betty Crocker gluten-free Mixes   


      Dear Ms. Bubolo:

      Thank you for contacting General Mills with your inquiry. We will be coming out with some gluten free baking mixes but they will not be in stores until may or June.

      We hope you find this information helpful. Please let us know if we can help you again.


      Brent Taylor
      Consumer Services
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