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      Frequently Asked Questions About Celiac Disease   09/30/2015

      This Celiac.com 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 Celiac.com 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 Celiac.com Store.

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  1. Hello, I'm meeting my friend for breakfast tomorrow and I don't want to swell up like I'm pregnant and be in severe pain. Please look at the following and tell me what I should pick. I have to avoid wheat, dairy and soy. Thank you so much!! MILLIE'S BRUNCH DEVIL'S MESS 8.95 Open-faced omelette of spicy sausage, onions, green peppers, garlic, tomatoes and mild curry, finished with melted white cheddar and avocado VEGGIE MESS 7.95 Same as Devil's Mess, but with vegetables instead of sausage HUEVOS RANCHEROS 8.25 2 fried eggs over tortillas with black beans, tomato Ranchero sauce, melted white cheddar, salsa and sour cream MUSHROOM, TOMATO + WHITE CHEDDAR OMELETTE 7.25 AVOCADO, TOMATO + WHITE CHEDDAR OMELETTE 7.50 GRILLED EGGPLANT, TOMATO + BRIE SANDWICH 6.95 on whole grain bread GRILLED PORTABELLO MUSHROOM SANDWICH 6.95 on Kaiser with red onion marmalade SPICY BLACK BEAN + CHEDDAR CHEESE BURRITO 6.95 with salsa and sour cream GRILLED CHIPOTLE CHICKEN SANDWICH 6.95 on Kaiser roll 8 oz. HAMBURGER 6.25 on Kaiser roll with lettuce, tomato & mayo 8 oz. CHEESEBURGER 6.95 on Kaiser roll with lettuce, tomato & mayo BACON, LETTUCE + TOMATO SANDWICH 5.95 on whole grain bread AVOCADO, BACON, LETTUCE + TOMATO SANDWICH 6.95 on whole grain bread SAMPLE LUNCH/BRUNCH SPECIALS: GRILLED ANGUS BEEF LOIN with 2 poached eggs, grilled asparagus & hollandaise 13.95 EGGS BENNY with Smithfield ham, 2 poached eggs on a croissant with hollandaise 13.95 CASTRO'S MESS 3 eggs scrambled with Cuban spiced pork, onions, black beans, tomatoes, cheddar, crispy tortilla strips 10.75 CAJUN MESS 3 eggs scrambled with spicy Andouille sausage, crawfish meat, tomatoes, onions, peppers, corn & cheddar 11.50 VIRGINIA. OMELETTE with lump crabmeat, Smithfield ham, tomatoes and cheddar cheese 12.95 CRAB and SCRAMBLED EGG ENCHILADA with spicy tomato and lime sour cream sauces 13.95 SOFT SCRAMBLED EGGS with LOBSTER, bacon, tomatoes, mushrooms, puff pastry & hollandaise 13.95 EGGS BENITEZ chorizo-spiked papusas with 2 poached eggs and salsa verde 10.95 CORNED BEEF BRISKET HASH with 2 poached eggs and hollandaise 11.95 EGGS BEN GURION 2 poached eggs, smoked salmon on a bagel with hollandaise 10.95
  2. Hello, I had the Enterolab test done and here are my results below. I have not had a blood test nor biopsy. I've been really good about avoiding gluten since Oct, prior to that I know I messed up a few times. Anything I eat goes right through me in about 30 minutes. My stomach aches, bloats, grumbles, horrible gas...I am swollen terribly in my hands and wrists and ankles...it is so painful to open anything, typing this is painful. My shoulders are aching, I know this must be from the swelling. The Dr had me on Prednisone,which takes the swelling down right away and my hands go back to normal, my ankles will go down, but not all the way. I seem to be allergic to all these new foods. I have now cut out dairy and soy in these last two weeks. I feel like crap to be honest. This current hand swelling and wrists and shoulders is making me want more Prednisone. I dont know what else to do. My last Pred treatmant was on December 12th. I enjoyed 5 beautiful weeks of no swelling, but a little in my ankles, I could feel the bone on each side, which I was happy! I had one Gluten Free beer and then next morning my hands were swollen, just over night. Not sure how this could happen, because it was a gluten-free beer (I dont even like beer and wished I never went out that night). I'm basically to the point of eating next to nothing now, as I'm scared of what is happening and the less I eat, the less my stomach swells up like I'm pregnant. I feel as though I have leaky gut, almost certain of it. Any advises will be greatly apprecaited as I'm feeling pretty low. This has been going on a 2 years now this April 12th. The Dr's ran every test known to man, CT scan, Ultrasound...they had no answers. I had a hair analysis done on my own and then the Enterolab. Date: 10/5/2009 A) Gluten Sensitivity Stool and Gene Panel Complete *Best test/best value Fecal Anti-gliadin IgA: 12 Units Fecal Anti-tissue Transglutaminase IgA: 4 Units Quantitative Microscopic Fecal Fat Score: Less than 300 Units Fecal Anti-casein (cow's milk) IgA: 7 Units HLA-DQB1 Molecular analysis, Allele 1: 0301 HLA-DQB1 Molecular analysis, Allele 2: 0303 Serologic equivalent: HLA-DQ 3,3 (Subtype 7,9) Interpretation of Fecal Anti-gliadin IgA (Normal Range is less than 10 Units): Intestinal antigliadin IgA antibody was elevated, indicating that you have active dietary gluten sensitivity. For optimal health, resolution of symptoms (if you have them), and prevention of small intestinal damage and malnutrition, osteoporosis, and damage to other tissues (like nerves, brain, joints, muscles, thyroid, pancreas, other glands, skin, liver, spleen, among others), it is recommended that you follow a strict and permanent gluten free diet. As gluten sensitivity is a genetic syndrome, you may want to have your relatives screened as well. Interpretation of Fecal Anti-tissue Transglutaminase IgA (Normal Range is less than 10 Units): The level of intestinal IgA antibodies to the human enzyme tissue transglutaminase was below the upper limit of normal, and hence, there is no evidence of a gluten-induced autoimmune reaction. Interpretation of Quantitative Microscopic Fecal Fat Score (Normal Range is less than 300 Units): Provided that dietary fat is being ingested, a fecal fat score less than 300 indicates there is no malabsorbed dietary fat in stool indicating that digestion and absorption of nutrients is currently normal. Interpretation of Fecal Anti-casein (cow's milk) IgA (Normal Range is less than 10 Units): Levels of fecal IgA antibody to a food antigen greater than or equal to 10 are indicative of an immune reaction, and hence immunologic "sensitivity" to that food. For any elevated fecal antibody level, it is recommended to remove that food from your diet. Values less than 10 indicate there currently is minimal or no reaction to that food and hence, no direct evidence of food sensitivity to that specific food. However, because 1 in 500 people cannot make IgA at all, and rarely, some people can still have clinically significant reactions to a food antigen despite the lack of a significant antibody reaction (because the reactions primarily involve T cells), if you have an immune syndrome or symptoms associated with food sensitivity, it is recommended that you try a strict removal of suspect foods from your diet for up to 12 months despite a negative test. Interpretation Of HLA-DQ Testing: Although you do not possess the main HLA-DQB1 genes predisposing to celiac sprue (HLA-DQB1*0201 or HLA-DQB1*0302), HLA gene analysis reveals that you have two copies of a gene that predisposes to gluten sensitivity (any DQ1, DQ2 not by HLA-DQB1*0201, or DQ3 not by HLA-DQB1*0302). Having two copies of a gluten sensitive gene means that each of your parents and all of your children (if you have them) will possess at least one copy of the gene. Two copies also means there is an even stronger predisposition to gluten sensitivity than having one gene and the resultant immunologic gluten sensitivity may be more severe.
  3. Am Not Sure What Is Going On...

    Hi, thought you might need this...I was using Pantene too. Me, personally...I'm not taking any chances, even a small amount is not worth the risk for me. Thanks for contacting Pantene. We know Celiac is a serious disease, so we want to give you clear information regarding the use of our beauty care products. If wheat and/or gluten aren't directly added to a product by us, these ingredients won't be listed on our packages. Like many companies, we often purchase the scents for fragranced products from outside suppliers, and the components of these substances are proprietary information belonging to those companies. Therefore it's possible that a very small amount (generally parts per million) of gluten may be present. We sought advice from physicians; they told us it would be very unlikely a person with Celiac disease would have a reaction from a trace amount of gluten coming into contact with his skin or hair. This is because wheat, rye, barley and/or gluten generally cause symptoms when they're ingested. Since our beauty care products are designed to be used externally on the skin, their use shouldn't be an issue for someone with this disease. Since gluten sensitivity can vary among people, it would be best if you consulted with your physician about the use of all types of consumable goods, if you haven't already. You might even consider using one of our fragrance free products that doesn't list gluten or wheat extracts on the label. Thanks again for getting in touch with us. I hope this response has been helpful to you. For more information about Celiac, you may want to check out http://celiac.com/ and http://celiac.org John Pantene Team
  4. Hello, I had the same thing happen. I went gluten free, but still having Dairy because of being new to the diet and feeling like there was nothing left I could eat, I'm half Italian...I LOVE my pastas and all CHEESES I had to find something to put on my gluten-free cereal in the morning, so I tried Silk in the vanilla flavor. I never used it before, but I noticed I would get these bad stomach aches, figured out Soy was not agreeing with me either....at all! It was bad. I guess it did more damage than good. Just last week I bought the So Delicious brand Coconut Milk in Vanilla, I LOVE it, plus the health benefits from Coconut alone are so worth it to me!! When I read an article on Whole Foods website. http://blog.wholefoodsmarket.com/2010/01/lighten-up-with-dairy-alternatives/ I know I have to find non-dairy alternatives to heal up. The article was loaded with ideas and consumer reviews on the brands/flavors that they love. I've had the enterolab test done and that's it so far, but I'm pretty sure I have leaky gut. I have all the symptoms and not sure where to go from here...(insurance).
  5. Hello! Hope this helps! I contacted them last week and received my reply. I know this has been posted on here in several locations as being gluten-free, and I still checked to be safe. As you can see, it is not 100% gluten-free : Thanks for contacting Pantene. We know Celiac is a serious disease, so we want to give you clear information regarding the use of our beauty care products. If wheat and/or gluten aren't directly added to a product by us, these ingredients won't be listed on our packages. Like many companies, we often purchase the scents for fragranced products from outside suppliers, and the components of these substances are proprietary information belonging to those companies. Therefore it's possible that a very small amount (generally parts per million) of gluten may be present. We sought advice from physicians; they told us it would be very unlikely a person with Celiac disease would have a reaction from a trace amount of gluten coming into contact with his skin or hair. This is because wheat, rye, barley and/or gluten generally cause symptoms when they're ingested. Since our beauty care products are designed to be used externally on the skin, their use shouldn't be an issue for someone with this disease. Since gluten sensitivity can vary among people, it would be best if you consulted with your physician about the use of all types of consumable goods, if you haven't already. You might even consider using one of our fragrance free products that doesn't list gluten or wheat extracts on the label. Thanks again for getting in touch with us. I hope this response has been helpful to you. For more information about Celiac, you may want to check out http://celiac.com/ and http://celiac.org John Pantene Team
  6. Hello, Hope this helps someone. This is for MG217 Shampoo: We apologize for taking so long to get back to you. We checked with our supplier and MG217 Medicated Tar Shampoo is gluten free. Your interest is appreciated and we look forward to serving you. Lori Wright General Manager TRITON CONSUMER PRODUCTS, INC. 561 W. Golf Road Arlington Heights, IL 60005 847.228.7650 Phone 847.228.7691 Fax
  7. Hello, I have been researching some of the products I use and contacting the MFG. Here is the latest for Pantene: Thanks for contacting Pantene. We know Celiac is a serious disease, so we want to give you clear information regarding the use of our beauty care products. If wheat and/or gluten aren't directly added to a product by us, these ingredients won't be listed on our packages. Like many companies, we often purchase the scents for fragranced products from outside suppliers, and the components of these substances are proprietary information belonging to those companies. Therefore it's possible that a very small amount (generally parts per million) of gluten may be present. We sought advice from physicians; they told us it would be very unlikely a person with Celiac disease would have a reaction from a trace amount of gluten coming into contact with his skin or hair. This is because wheat, rye, barley and/or gluten generally cause symptoms when they're ingested. Since our beauty care products are designed to be used externally on the skin, their use shouldn't be an issue for someone with this disease. Since gluten sensitivity can vary among people, it would be best if you consulted with your physician about the use of all types of consumable goods, if you haven't already. You might even consider using one of our fragrance free products that doesn't list gluten or wheat extracts on the label. Thanks again for getting in touch with us. I hope this response has been helpful to you. For more information about Celiac, you may want to check out http://celiac.com/ and http://celiac.org John Pantene Team