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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 Symptoms What testing is available for celiac disease? - list blood tests, endo with biopsy, genetic test and enterolab (not diagnostic) Celiac Disease Screening Interpretation of Celiac Disease Blood Test Results Can 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-Free Is celiac inherited? Should my children be tested? Ten Facts About Celiac Disease Genetic Testing Is there a link between celiac and other autoimmune diseases? Celiac Disease Research: Associated Diseases and Disorders Is 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 Beverages Distilled Spirits (Grain Alcohols) and Vinegar: Are they Gluten-Free? Where does gluten hide? Additional Things to Beware of to Maintain a 100% Gluten-Free Diet Free recipes: Gluten-Free Recipes Where can I buy gluten-free stuff? Support this site by shopping at The Store.


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  1. It is highly unlikely. The symptoms match celiac. The family history says much higher probability than general population. It is the only auto immune disease whose symptoms can be controlled by a diet change. You've dodged a bullet if you can stop the complications from developing now. Or I could give you a list of what she has to look forward to. Gall bladder and liver disease thyroid disease overweight from slow thyroid higher probability of developing diabetes insulin resistance, PCOS infertility bone loss small for age, short height lots of cavities crowded teeth malnutrition, > low in iron, B vitamins, D, and those complications rashes and skin break outs, including acne cysts (oh, what fun !) heartburn, GERD nausea and puking chronic constipation chronic diarrhea alternating C or D, mistaken for "IBS" "fibro" inflammation arthritis asthma ataxia (loss of balance) neurological damage brain damage
  2. It's like playing "whack-a-mole" with these chain restaurant menus and their jumping onto the gluten free marketing bandwagon during Celiac Awareness Month. See the 2nd page of the link above, dated 5/23/12, which seems to go into more detail than what I saw yesterday on what Chevy's is up to.,1 See my rebuttal to the first press release from Chevy's on their "new" gluten free menu here: The disclaimer on the bottom of the "new" Chevy's gluten free menu says:
  3. Domino's Pizza which they are calling "gluten free," is not really gluten free because only the crust is, the toppings will be cross contaminated from the other's Domino's ingredients, and the work space and utensils used on them. That is all you need to know.
  4. Many people become more sensitive to gluten over time, once they are off of it, no one yet understands why this happens, but it is real.
  5. It says at the bottom of your posts that you have PCOS, which means you are likely insulin- resistant and will not do well on a high carbohydrate diet, which is typical of regular vegetarians. In the beginning of going gluten free, I was so bad off with inflammation from arthritis, that I had to go grain free on a modified Specific Carbohydrate Diet for quite a while, to get my symptoms under control and stop flaring. This SCD is a low carb, low starch diet, and between that and no gluten, it was restrictive enough that being vegetarian was nearly impossible. If you restrict starch you must add protein and fat, and I just cannot handle a lot of that in vegetarian form, it would have been soy, it was making me feel terrible. It was an interesting transition, because I was fairly close to a lavo-ova vegetarian (with dairy and egg) eating a lot of bread, and had been pretty much brainwashed that THAT was the "healthiest" diet. But I did not regain the ability to handle dairy for a while, either, until I had been off gluten and started healing. I've tried re introducing grain carbohydrates several times to the levels that a dietician- type expert would recommend, and it does so not work with my metabolism, it is almost funny. I know I eat more (good) fats than they would probably recommend, but they don't walk around in my body. My reading of blogs for women with PCOS confirm that this is the way to go, for me, also. I use a lot of almond and high protein seed meals when I bake something. The eggs in the batter and the yogurt add proteins, also, (altho I will work up recipes that don't have them, because I have the baking gene and it is fun to experiment. ) Every meal, I think, needs a protein, a fat, a fruit and/or a vegetable. I take a gluten free B complex, a multi vitamin, calcium, magnesium, vitamin D supplements.
  6. Dishwasher-Less

    The Husband. We do have a dishwasher, now, but we have lived in a lot of places in the past that did not have one. Then we've been on really cranky septic systems that made scheduling the dishwasher interesting, after I had pre rinsed and pre scrubbed the stupid dishes going into it, to the extent it was more to just get them off the counter and out of the sink while waiting for the leach field to drain some more. We now have done the second replacement of the septic system in the second house, and are currently able to do dishes just like normal people with indoor plumbing in the 21st century after over a decade of "waiting for drainfield." We have nearly finished the immense project to re- do the fences in THREE PASTURES that it took to protect this Wonder of Modern Toiletry's pipelines to cross, just have to replace 2 driveway gates, and figure out how to get electricity back out to the doughboy pool, because we had to tear that out. Actually, it was four pastures, because since we had Super Fencing Guy out here with his Super Equipment, it made sense to replace the one fence line in the back at the same time. Before we could do that, we had to build some other stuff in 2 different areas, to pen the horses up or out, using the pastures we were tearing all the old stuff out of. Good God. edited to add: If they're tired enough from doing other ***, they will eventually give in on the dishwasher, because other than I clean up when I make something, as in I wash things up as I go along, I'm not doing the stupid dishes, either. Oh, and all you have to do is "do the dishes" a few times as they are trying to take a shower while using water pumped from a well (pressure drop... ) and having the drains back up, and they get the idea.
  7. Domino's "Gluten Free" Crust

    NFCA is tweeting this as of 7 hours ago (that would be around 11 am Pacific Daylight time Tues May 22nd) in response when somebody sees what is currently on the Domino's website and inquires about this supposed NFCA "Gluten Free Ingredients" rating" I bolded or colored the actual conversations that I expanded and copied here, so they are reading top down instead of bottom up like a normal tweet stream: Domino's twitter stream does not yet have anything on this today, but yesterday Mon May 21, they had this: This was in response to people pointing out that they should call the pizza "low gluten" because it is not gluten free , and that "every Dr reporting on ur pizza crust so far is saying people with any #glutensensitivity your product isn't safe for them." I do not believe we have finished with Domino's foray into misleading and harmful advertising quite yet concerning their product, and NFCA, which started all this, should be issuing more than tweets we have to go digging for.
  8. Okay, I went to the basic Chevy's website and could not find any information about a gluten free menu. I did find that the company was sold to another one earlier this year. I then used the power of the google to find 'gluten free Chevy's menus.' I found the OLD gluten free menu suggestions, which are basically for people who are not sensitive, saying for gluten free, off of our regular menu, don't order the marinated meats because the marinade had regular soy sauce, don't eat the chips fried with the other stuff, yadda yadda. I then compared this menu (which I was familiar with, as I lived pretty close to a Chevy's when we lived in Sac, and we ate there a lot before I went gluten free, and some during the transition phase when I was trying to figure out how to eat gluten free, and noticing that Chevy's wasn't quite working out for me, so I stopped eating there, to what I saw on that webpage. And it looked about the same as I remembered from many years ago. Hmmm. This is not encouraging. Then I read the actual press release here: National Restaurant Chain Simplifies Gluten-Free Ordering During Celiac Awareness Month Okay, this shows that Chevy's is aware of the words Celiac Disease.. But is it gluten free, or cross contaminated ?
  9. Dishwasher-Less

    Sweetie, you need to be buying paper towels in bulk. Paper towels are your Very Best Kitchen Friend. For what you spend on just one trip to the pharmacy, you can buy a year's worth of pick-a-sizes that you can pull off a whole or partial paper towel. That and you put whatever sort of safe soap (I have extremely sensitive skin) in an extra pump dispenser on the kitchen counter. You also put some plain baking soda in another dispensing plastic bottle you can just squeeze or shake it out of, even if it is an old plastic water bottle. Another dispenser bottle has the pure apple cider vinegar. Put some water in a spray bottle with a dash of vinegar and a dash of some sort of gluten free alcohol (your choice, we're trying to cut grease), to wipe down the counters with the paper towels. With this combination, you can clean most of the kitchen and dispose of the gluten carrying paper towels in the trash. I have a very small kitchen for a regular size house (this was stylish in the 70's ) with old tile that is just too beautiful to tear out, but it can never be really "cleaned" like a normal countertop. I spritz the counter top where I will be working with the water-vinegar-alcohol solution, wipe it with the paper towel piece, throw that out, then lay a fresh towel piece down on the counter where I will be working. I use vinegar and baking soda to scrub a lot of things, with a paper towel. If you use any sort of dish towel, they should be replaced daily with a freshly laundered one. If you are using sponges, (I hate those things) make a sponge holder out of the cut off bottom of a plastic soda bottle - be creative, you want to keep the thing out of sitting in liquid - and put it where it is really inconvenient for them to reach it. I replace the scrubbie things regularly. Once things are scrubbed, rinsing takes care of the rest of it.
  10. My Family

    Easier to pop a pill than to change eating habits.
  11. Domino's "Gluten Free" Crust

    I had so much smoke coming out of my ears after seeing that NFCA amber logo on the original Domino's video introducing their Gluten Free In Name Only Pizza, (GFINOP) I told myself I had better wait a few days before even trying to draft a blog about this because it goes over better to not set off the smoke alarms. Then they started retreating before I got cranked up. Now they (NFCA) is like kokopelli, the wiley coyote, back to his old tricks. The NFCA "Gluten Free Ingredients" designation. All that NFCA has to do is add an "N," an "O," and a "P" word, and they'll be right where they should be . GFINOP, Gluten Free In Name Only Peddlers ! According to the 5/18/2012 statement on the NFCA website, it says "NFCA to Conduct Further Study on Amber Designation" and that NFCA is "suspending" the Amber designation, but it says this: -bolding above was mine. I don't need to be having an enhanced contamination restaurant meal with the blessings of the NFCA, which uses the word "Celiac" in their name. "Celiac" is a word meaning people who are required to abstain from the triticum family of grain gluten proteins which causes them to have an auto immune disease reaction. That is medically necessary. That means Celiacs must set the standard for the most sensitive, not the least. What part of "It is not really 'gluten free' if it is cross- contaminated" does the NFCA not comprehend ?
  12. Yes, it was not as annoying as some quotes from registered dieticians. But does it ever occur to them that some of us handle (make use of) fat better than sugars or substitute grains ? I have been experimenting with myself on what sorts of food works before exercise. Much to their dismay, I can still confirm that 'carbohydrates only' before is still going to make my stamina go to **** and I will crash and burn quicker.
  13. Link in original quote is 404 not found error. Had to dig around for awhile to see what was really going on. The "pop-up" lawsuit may be to get Senator Hatch to issue a public statement or opinion on the FDA's proposed gluten free labeling law during an election cycle. .....and he did.
  14. Some of your "medical field" family members may darn well know that a celiac has a much higher probability of having celiac or gluten intolerant relatives, and they may be doing the ostrich thing as a defensive mechanism, because of their love of cupcakes or beer or whatever - and a few matching symptoms.
  15. Newbie With A Question

    Enjoy Life chocolate chips are made in a dedicated facility, and are nearly as neutral as one can get for the major allergens. They also can be cleverly melted in the microwave, spread on rice cakes, or on other gluten free things like biscotti or pancakes, and mixed with other gluten free things like nuts, coconut, etc. For example, say you feel sorry for yourself. You make a gluten free pancake, and then top it with sliced bananas and chocolate chips and then a scoop of gluten free sweetened yogurt or ice cream. Very amazing.