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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. gfmelissa added a topic in Gluten-Free Ingredients & Food Labeling Issues   

      Parm Cheese Brands?
      Has anyone ever had trouble with gluten in parm cheese? Do you know certain brands that are safe?

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    2. gfmelissa added a topic in Gluten-Free Foods, Products, Shopping & Medications   

      Cold Med/cough Drops
      I have a bad cold and sore throat. Can anyone suggest which brands of cough drops and cold medication are gluten free?

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    3. gfmelissa added a post in a topic Dining In Western, Ma   

      I really appreciate the help! That gives me a lot of options!! Thanks!

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    4. gfmelissa added a topic in Gluten-Free Restaurants   

      Opinions On Triumph Gluten Free Dining Guide
      I saw an ad in living without for the triumph dining guide, does anyone have it? It says it lists a lot more than just chain restauarants all across US. Does anyone have an opinion on it?
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    5. gfmelissa added a post in a topic Dining In Western, Ma   

      Thanks so much Kristen! That really helps!!
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    6. gfmelissa added a topic in Gluten-Free Restaurants   

      Dining In Western, Ma
      I am traveling to western MA (springfield area, possibly northampton). Is anyone aware of gluten free/gluten free friendly restaurants ( or even friendly grocery stores)?

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    7. gfmelissa added a topic in Gluten-Free Foods, Products, Shopping & Medications   

      Natural Sea New England Clam Chowder
      Does anyone know if this is gluten free? (natural sea new england clam chowder). They have no contact info I can find or website. The ingrediants all appear gluten free but it only says wheat free, which to me is an indication there may be gluten. Anyways, if anyone has had the soup or knows anything about it please let me know.

      Thanks Melissa
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    8. gfmelissa added a post in a topic Any Vegetarians?   

      I think whats most important is that we are returning to a place of being balanced in our bodies, ie no nutrient deficincies. However, we all get to that place is what is right for us. No, I don't love the idea of eating meat, but after an ongoing bout with severe anemia and b vitamin deficiency and having no improvement, you reach a decision point! After adding organic meat and dairy to my diet and cutting out soy completely I made a quick turn around, and finally put on some seriously needed weight!!! I have been a fan of soy since day one, but now I gotta say, it does seem to do something to you and I think especially for women. i think for some women its fantastic and others a nightmare depending on your hormone balance.

      For some people, they may be able to get along just fine as a vegetarian and vegan with celiac, and that is to be commended, but for some people the extra restriction can be overwhelming, and I think thats ok.
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    9. gfmelissa added a post in a topic Any Vegetarians?   

      I was a vegetarian for 12 years, a vegan for 2 of them, and after my celiac diagnosis, I lasted maybe two years tops as a veg. Although to keep my meat intake in check, I only buy organic and free range items. (This works because I don't make much money!). As far as non meat items, I enjoy the lightlife tempeh in wildrice or soy (the other kinds have gluten). I also love sunshine veggie burgers, tofu pups and sunergia (sp?) tofu already seasoned. (i think only one kind isn't gluten free).

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    10. gfmelissa added a topic in Gluten-Free Foods, Products, Shopping & Medications   

      Wallaby Yogurt gluten-free?
      Anyone know offhand if wallaby yogurt is gluten-free? There website isn't working, so I thought I would ask.
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    11. gfmelissa added a post in a topic gluten-free Veggie "burgers"?   

      Just wanted to throw a few things out there that are good for vegetarians too. I eat a lot of lightlife tempeh in soy, wild rice or flax. Great source of protein and good to eat. I like to saute with gluten-free soy sauce with rice or even throw it in sushi with avocado. The best gluten-free veggie dog is the tofu pups. I just tried the soy boy ones and they were pretty gross. Also, soy boy does make a flavored tofu that is gluten free and tastes good, it says gluten-free on the package. Annies and bone suckin sauce also makes marinades that are gluten free that you can just dump on plain extra firm tofu and let soak for the day and then make a sandwhich or have it with rice.

      I was a vegetarian for 10 years before my diagnoses, unfortantely I got really anemic doing my gluten-free diet and veg. diet so i am taking iron and a lot of b vitamins and have started eating small amounts of meat. So for those balancing these diets, please be careful to get your B vitamins in yr diet!! see a dietician if you can! (one that knows about celiac that is)

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    12. gfmelissa added a post in a topic Celiac/joint Swelling?/pain   

      I am not sure if I had that test. I will go back through my records and look. My spine doesn't hurt, its realyy just my knee. Occasionally I feel general swelling or tingly-ness, but thats all. I think whats so frustrating about it, is I just can't figure out how to treat it or who to listen to. It seems like finding a good rheumatologist is almost worse than a gastroenterologist!! Then, I think about going to aholistic doctor, but the one I went to just shovels hundreds of dollars of vitamins at me like anyone can afford that every month.
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    13. gfmelissa added a post in a topic Anyone In Ma?   

      Thanks guys! And no I don't think I will deal that great iwth the snow---I'm from NC!

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    14. gfmelissa added a post in a topic Anyone In Ma?   

      I am moving in a few weeks outside of cummington/northampton I think. ( I have found a job but not yet gone to get an apartment!) I have family south of boston, so I will probably be through there a lot. I would love to know places to shop, I am so used to being 2 minutes from whole foods that I am a bit nervous! Are there any active support groups in MA?

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    15. gfmelissa added a post in a topic Frustrated With celiac disease!   

      I feel the same way too sometimes. I won't give the diet up but it is frustrating dealing with people. I find it frustrating that its one extreme to another, someone who has to know every detail of what you ate and whats wrong with you to the person who doesn't care at all and just wants you to eat their food they swear is gluten free with out understanding even what gluten is, and they don't want you to ask any questions about the ingrediants. I am in my mid twenties and my mother does both. Sometimes she is all over what I have eaten, and sometimes, she messes up when she is cooking and makes me feel guilty that i should eat it anyway to make her feel better. And i think for me, whats more frustrating is being diagnosed almost 3 years ago sticking to the diet really well and feeling great for about a year, then being diagnosed with another autoimmune disease. It feels like what was the point of sticking to the disease if you get sick with something completely different?

      However, I guess the answer is to just focus on healing and find other avenues of life more satisfying than food when possible. i recommend yoga. : )

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