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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. For Additional Information: Subscribe to: Journal of Gluten Sensitivity


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  1. Since I started researching this, I have read in a number of books that say grains on the same branch of the family tree as wheat---the monocots---should be avoided and that ones on other branches, such as buckwheat---the dicots---are safe. Well, corn and rice ARE monocots, so that statement would make them unsafe. Personally, I have had trouble with spinach and rhubarb, which are dicots. And I just got done with an experiment here where I baked a cake made from buckwheat flour, sugar, baking soda, water and nothing else. And now I am not feeling too well. My own experience with corn and rice is this: Since I took them out of my diet and have been off of them for a while, I can eat fat in amounts as never before. It doesn't all absorb yet, but at least I do not experience constipation at all any more. I have conducted experiments such as eating a whole jar of Smart Balance peanut butter in a day or so and an entire pound of cheese in less than 24 hours. And had no problems. That is completely unheard of for me. If I had consumed anything approaching those amounts of fat in such a short time, even many years before 1992, I would have been constipated to an extreme degree. As I look back on my life, I see the severe cystic acne that I had in my teens, other skin problems, excess hair growth, being hungry all the time no matter how much I ate, mood swings for no apparent reason, attention deficit disorder. All kinds of problems. I also see the diabetes that runs in my family and which basically took my Dad from me in 2004 at age 85. In the last few years of his life, half of the time the diabetes made him see eveyone as an enemy and made him say that he wanted me dead. The other half of the time he was 100% normal in every way. Something that contributed to that was that the drug companies did not leave well enough alone when it came to insulin. They stopped making it from beef and pork and went with humulin, which is made from a modified version of ecoli bacteria. In my Dad's case, the diabetes was much more difficult to manage with the humulin and he had a lot more problems with it. But I guess there is more money to be made with the humulin. That is another very big problem with society today. The obsession with money and the lack of caring for people. In any case, personally, I am going to avoid all grass-related food items and see if I am better for it. I was, until the buckwheat test. So, I am going to kick that and the rest of it out of my diet too.
  2. Hello to everyone, This is a very difficult message to post. Even more so due to the fact that it is my very first one here. But I believe that it is very important and that it is worthy of serious discussion. It is my hope that everyone will read it very carefully, in its entirety, and really think about it. And I am hoping for thoughtful and very carefully considered responses, because this is something that may not only affect all of us with celiac disease, but potentially all humans on the planet, period. First, a bit of personal info: I am a 43 year old male and I just found out, about a month and a half ago, that I have celiac disease. I had to find it out on my own. Up to that point, I had been living with something that defied explanation. On November 2, 1992, I went to the local hospital's emergency room with severe back pain. I had no idea at that point that it was severe gas. I had never had gas before to such an extent. I was not even aware that gas could cause such extreme pain. In the course of the next two weeks, my weight dropped from 195 to 148. I had diarrhea, constipation, eye pain, tooth and gum pain, reduced body temperature, extreme weakness, etc. I was an absolute wreck. I was checked for everything from cancer to AIDS and all tests came back negative. The most that any doctor could suggest was irritable bowel syndrome, lactose intolerance, or a combination thereof. I went through all kinds of experiments with my diet. I went to a gastroenterologist. He stuck to the IBS diagnosis. Celiac disease was never mentioned to me by anyone. I struggled extremely hard for year after year just to keep my weight hovering around 160 or so, and to keep the worst of the symptoms at a minimum. The strangest thing was that nothing was ever consistent. I could eat the same thing 2 days in a row and have entirely different reactions. I did find out, on my own (because in spite of the severity of my symptoms, none of the ridiculous doctors thought that IBS was a serious the extent that I could not even convince the gastroenterologist that I had a big problem absorbing any fat from the food I ate) that my fluid consumption (especially plain water) was too low, as was my daily dietary fiber intake. And my fat consumption was too high. But correcting all of that only achieved a kind of 'uneasy truce' with my digestion. The floodgates of information finally opened up about six weeks ago. I had for years been concerned with consuming enough dietary fiber each day. Well, I started eating honey wheat bagels. And then I started to notice that I had to eat more and more. I could eat a dozen of the things a day and still be hungry. With all of the protein that each one was supposed to have, something was radically wrong. And my weight was dropping again. The uneasy truce was over and done. My weight slipped away to 138. For someone who is 6'2" that is starting to get into the category of emaciated, rather than just thin. I read the ingredients on the bagel package. High-gluten wheat flour. What the heck was gluten? So then I did some research.... I immediately cut out all wheat, rye, barley and associated products out of my diet. As well as oats, because I read too much back and forth argument about that and whether it was safe or not. But the information said that corn and rice were gluten-free and safe. So, I am cruising along seeming to feel significantly better and still enjoying my corn tortilla chips, etc. About a week goes by and I happen to pick up the bag from our dog's food and idly sit and read the label. And find something on there called corn gluten. What the hell? So, I go to an ordinary dictionary to check it out, all the while thinking that the pet food manufacturer must have added gluten to the corn from some other source. Nope. Corn gluten is in the dictionary! Corn is just as bad as wheat for celiac sufferers, because it DOES contain gluten! I decided to research all grains in detail. Because I noticed problems from eating rice, too. This is what my research suggests: All human beings might be better off to stay entirely away from ALL plants in the family of GRASSES. That includes corn, rice, buckwheat, and even sugar cane!! Consider this: What if, when you eliminate some of the grasses from your diet but not all, it throws you into the 'silent' form of the disease, where you don't notice symptoms? What if this entire problem is not even limited to gluten itself but is some fundamental element shared by all of the grasses that science has not discovered yet, but which causes an inherent allergic reaction in the human body? Here is a fact: As of right now, 70% of all of the food crops raised in the entire world are grasses. Animals that are used for food by humans also consume grasses.... Further, consider what human history has been like in the past and what it is like now. Wars, conflict, destructive behavior, selfishness. A vast range of mental problems of varying degrees. Celiac is linked to 256 or more different side effects and associated afflictions. Including diabetes. Blood sugar levels affect mood.... Food manufacturers are making grass-based foods ever more attractive to the taste buds all the time. Food and flavors are as addictive these days as any drugs that you can name. More so, I believe. So, let's see....grass-based foods that are extremely enticing are flooding the market more and more. And at the same time, the world's population is becoming more moody and mean-spirited, as evidenced in everything from terrorism to road rage to impatience at the checkout counter to get that food. That leaves the question: Did we, as human beings, take a wrong turn a long time ago by starting to consume grass-based foods? Is that what has been the underlying and elusive explanation all down through history as to why humans have acted the way they have and why there have been and continue to be accelerating problems? If it is, what will it lead to for us as a species if we don't stop? I hope that everyone who reads this will think long and hard about it and not just dismiss it as alarmist thinking. I don't believe that it is an outlandish theory that an inherent human allergy to the grasses might just be the silent culprit at work behind the scenes in human history that has and is still causing a vast amount of misery. Starsea