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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. Bj's Pizza Ok?

    I've had 3 great experiences at the BJ's in Valencia, CA. Before going gluten-free...I didn't care for BJ's at all. The first time I ordered the gluten-free pizza, the manager came over and talked to me, he was VERY interested in my situation and shared with me how his mother had been gluten-free for 5 months. He did not say whether they bake the pizza directly on the oven grate and I never thought to ask...but I did not get sick the 3 times that I went there. Each time they seemed to make a big deal over was nice but almost embarrassing! I look forward to going back!
  2. Pf Changs

    Before going gluten-free I LOVED PF Chang's. Recently I went to their restaurant in Pasadena,CA and ordered the Mongolian Beef & the Garlic Snap Peas from their gluten-free menu...both tasted great but I got sick afterwards. All I could think of was they cooked my food right after cooking something that had gluten but I'll never know for sure. Since there are so many positive comments, I will give them another try one of these days.
  3. When Will I Start To Feel Better?

    Wow...if we have to also cut out corn & dairy...doesn't seem like there's much left to eat! But since we're not getting any better, it sounds like that's what we need do. I'm going to give it a try for a while to see what happens. Last week I tried adding blueberries back into my diet and they gave me all kinds of problems. Yesterday I tried watermelon and the same thing. It looks like fruit is going to be a problem for me too. Frustrating but I know things could always be worse!
  4. When Will I Start To Feel Better?

    Thank you rdunbar & Bennie for replying. has a test for gluten sensitivity and you can pay a little extra to have the gene testing done. They do not test for Celiac...that has to be done by biopsy of the small intestine. The name of the enterolabs test is "Gluten Sensitivity Stool & Gene Panel Complete." Be prepared to pay around $360 and insurance does not cover it. To me it was well worth it because no one else was able to figure out what my problem was. I'm sorry to hear your symptoms are coming back rdunbar. It is SO hard and SO frustrating like you said when we're careful yet we still don't feel any better. I have a feeling that you & I are both on the right track. For me it's probably just going to take time since I've been like this for 15 years. I feel like I've eliminated all gluten but I'm sure it's possible I've missed something somewhere. I did get all new cutting boards but haven't gotten a new toaster yet. Maybe that's my next step. I'm sorry to hear about the DH. Thankfully I don't have that yet but it certainly sounds miserable. The mood/behavior problems are terrible...I can tell instantly when I've been "glutened," I turned into such an irritable monster. Sometimes I wonder how my husband puts up with me! Both of you take care...
  5. Yes, it's the one by Danna Korn (I believe her name has two n's). Thanks for the good news!
  6. Peter - I am disappointed to hear that Elizabeth Hasselbeck's book has misinformation. I also read "Living Gluten-Free for Dummies." I hope you'll tell me that it's a good book...I thought it was great! ravenwoodlglass - I'm going to try your suggestion of staying off the wipes for a month to see if it makes a difference. Thank you to everyone for all of your replies. I'm still learning!
  7. Thank you for both replies! As far as the Tocopherol or Tocopheryl, I had read in Elizabeth Hasselbeck's book "The Gluten-Free Diet" that these items "could" indicate the prescense of gluten in a product. Since I haven't felt any better yet on the diet, I'm on a mission to find out the source of my discomfort! I'm a fanatic about washing my hands after using the bathroom, I wasn't even thinking of it in that way....guess I was thinking of the other end! Thanks again.
  8. I was going to post about the Listerine breath spray (the little green bottle) but then I saw your post. I also contacted the company about the spray and got the exact same response. Now I'm afraid to use them!
  9. I am new to Gluten-free; so far the diet is not helping, so now I'm trying to figure out if any products are causing my discomfort. Everyday I use those wonderful, flushable wipes when I go to the bathroom. Every brand I look at has Tocopheryl. Do you think it's possible this is giving me problems?!? Thanks for your help!
  10. That's a great question. I'm new to gluten-free. Can anyone answer this? Thank you!!!
  11. When Will I Start To Feel Better?

    I forgot to mention in my first post that for the past 4 months I have been taking Renew Life's Intestinew (L-Glutamine to heal the intestines), digestive enzymes with every meal, major probiotics (Renew Life's 200 billion), omega 3-6-9 fish oils, & every vitamin imagineable. The enterolab CDSA test also showed "bacterial dysbiosis," the bacteria in my gut is "out of whack." So, I have a double-whammy going on. Thanks!
  12. Hello! First of all, I would like to say that I am SO thankful for this website and forum! It's nice to know that I'm not alone in this (I have felt SO alone). After 15 years of doctors, tests, drugs, diets, herbs, acupuncture, Reiki, hypnosis, etc. etc., Brenda Watson from Renew Life referred me to I am thrilled to have a diagnosis of Gluten Intolerance. It showed that I have two genes for this, one from each side of the family. It makes sense. My dad is Italian so I grew up on Italian breads & pasta. My mother is Finnish, & Elisabeth Hasselbeck says in her book that gluten intolerance is so common in Finland that every McDonalds has gluten free buns. I was doomed! I know I need to get over being PO'd at all the doctors that I have been to; SIX gastroenterologists told me I had IBS & to take Metamucil and/or anti-depressants. For two years I went to Chinatown, and they had me brew & drink the nastiest tea you ever smelled or tasted, twice a day! I had to hold my nose just to get it down. Why is it that our doctors are so uninformed about Celiac/Gluten Intolerance?? I even went to an Allergist who said that food allergies don't cause gastro problems. For the past 4 months I thought I was gluten-free, but just found out my multi-vitamin contained gluten, along with vanilla & a couple other hidden sources. I mostly eat at home....chicken, salads with lemon juice & olive oil, veggies, rice cakes, eggs, gluten-free breads & tortillas, almonds & cashews, & granny smith apples. The past week I added blueberries & strawberries and my belly ballooned out like I was pregnant! It hasn't gone down yet. So my question is, how long will it take before I start to feel better? I'm not noticing any improvement yet. In reading this forum I did see a few things that I had never new cutting boards. I thought just washing the current ones would be good enough. Tomorrow I will buy new cutting boards! Thank you for listening to me and for all of your help!