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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. When Did You Start To Show?

    I'm at 23 weeks right now, and I just lost the view of my feet! It took a while, though. I was wearing an old pair of pre-maternity jeans just two weeks ago, but those days have passed. The first time a stranger asked if I was pregnant, I was at 19 weeks. This is my first, and because of people's comments, I was worried because I wasn't showing for such a long time. My doctor told me, basically, that people are rude and not to worry! From what I hear, every pregnancy is different.
  2. Bf Question

    Congratulations on your new little baby! I'm four months pregnant, and I'm already starting to worry about potential problems with breastfeeding. I've been reading about it, and I read in a natural foods cookbook that quinao is supposed to increase milk production. Supposedly, South American Indians have been giving this to lactating women for centuries. Of course, I have no experience with this, but it could help. Besides, quinoa is (of course) gluten free, easy to cook, and very nutritious. here are some links: Quinoa pudding Quinoa milk, already prepared General info about quinoa This could be an old wives' tale, but it certainly can't hurt. If anything, this can just be a nice break from all that rice we eat ... Rachel
  3. Nuvaring

    Hi, everyone. I have an update on my little birth control crisis. I felt terrible on the nuva-ring--it was like I was always having cramps, which I guess is unusual. It kept on moving, so I thought, if you can't beat 'em, join 'em! I gave up after 6 days and took it out entirely. I made an appointment with my gyno, and I guess it was just a screw-up at CVS, so she wrote me another prescription. She said she felt completely comfortable prescribing it, because I don't smoke, not everweight, no risks for excessive blood clots, etc. She also said that every BC on the market has much less estrogen than the older BC pills from the 1950's. It makes me wonder how much of this is truly safety related, and how much of this is liability protection. So anyway, I got my patch back, and I'm happy. Thanks for the advice, everyone. Rachel PS Kailynsmom--I usually put it somewhere on my back, and it's much more comfortable. I've found the key is to stick it to skin that doesn't have to move or flex very much.
  4. Nuvaring

    I can't use my patch anymore!!! I guess my pharmacy, CVS, got scared from the health risks on the news and they cancelled all prescriptions for the patch. No letter, no warning, nothing. It completely messed up my cycle, which of course, destroys the effectiveness of birth control. A week passed before I figured out why their computerized system had no record of my prescription for the patch. So, then I switched to Nuva ring and I don't like it. I've had it for a week now, and I feel like I'm constantly cramping. It keeps on moving. I'm so aggrivated! I just want my patch back! Here's my question: does it get better after a while? Are they all "one size fits all"? I really don't want to take the pill, but this isn't working for me. Thanks for your help, ladies!
  5. What's Your Comfort Food?

    I have ginger tea to soothe the nausea, and then I try to get the biggest, healthiest salad I can. I figure the extra fiber helps get the gluten out of my system, and I try to be nice to my body and give it extra-nutritious food. Maybe it's just psycological, though, but I do feel better.
  6. I had been avoiding it, thinking that the carmel coloring had gluten. Yay! I'm so excited it's okay. I know what I'm having tonight....
  7. It's easy to miss what we can't have anymore, but personally I think I am eating a higher quality of food since going gluten free. What meals are you eating right now that you absolutely love? I used to order cheap pastas and chicken at restaurants, but not anymore. Today, I went to a local restaurant with coworkers, and I had: a baked potato steamed broccoli garden salad, oil and vinegar on the side a ribeye steak, rare! OMG, so good. I never would have ordered a rare steak two years ago, but I loved it. Let's get some inspiration--what are you eating that's to die for?
  8. Olive Garden

    My mom and brother (both celiac) had a TERRIBLE experience at Olive Garden. The waitress wasn't just rude, she was mean. I wouldn't recommend Olive Garden, either. You would think that the company would have some sort of training that it's not okay to make fun of people's food intolerances.
  9. Aaahhhhh ? Problems With Dairy

    Dark chocolate is packed full of anti-oxidants and healthy minerals. Researchers are now considering it to be a "superfood", like spinach or salmon. BUT, if you eat it with dairy products, the dairy completely blocks the anti-oxidants and healthy effects of the cocao. Something to think about. I try to avoid dairy, but I have been caving lately. It's so stupid of me--when I eat dairy, my nose runs so much my coworkers ask if I have a cold. Who knows what it's doing to the rest of my body. When I'm not cheating by eating cheese, though, I stay dairy-free by having almond milk on my cereal in the morning. I think it's richer than rice milk, and it has more nutrients. I used to be a big latte person, too, but now I buy high-quality coffee and put it in a french press, and it is soooooo good! I found that I was using milk to mask the bitterness of poor-quality coffees. Hope these hints help you! Stay strong, and don't cheat like me!
  10. Does It Get Better?

    I don't know if this works for everyone, but it worked for me, so it's worth a try. I was having chest pains, anxiety, depression, etc. to the point that I was toying with the idea of taking anit-depressents. My reactions weren't as severe as jknnej, but they were getting increasingly difficult to live with. My dad sent me some very high-quality vitamins, and I noticed a big difference. In my un-informed, uneducated opinion, I think I was vitamin B deficient, which was causing alot of my symptoms. Try taking some good vitamins--at worst, it certainly won't hurt, and at best, it could help your anxiety like it did for me.
  11. Grieving

    I went through all the phases of grief when I realized I couldn't eat wheat anymore. Denail, anger, sadness, acceptence, and then repeat. I've been gluten free for about a year and half now. And now, at this stage in my life, I miss wheat the way I would imagine drug addict misses crack. It's really good and it makes life so much easier and everyone else does it... but there are faster ways to kill yourself. I'm just so thankful that I was shown how to be healthy, and take charge of my health. Please take this with a grain of salt, and realize that my attitude could completely change tomorrow morning, but the fact is that we all are so much better off not eating wheat. Emotionally it can be hard, but physically, it's the best thing to ever happen to you, next to being born. Okay, I'm done now.
  12. I went to a health food store before before Thanksgiving, and I was hunting around, trying to find some gluten free desert I could eat while everyone else ate their "wheaty goodness" as my husband says. I asked a clerk, and she pointed me to the front of the store. Since it was before Thanksgiving, there were all kinds of samples and displays out, but of course I ignored all the food. It turns out.... ...there was an entire table full of fresh-baked gluten free products!!! Just ready to be snacked on!!! I couldn't believe it. I kept asking the baker, is this REALLY gluten free? all of it? no wheat? It was wonderful. I bought all kinds of stuff, just out of the sheer joy of it. I'm still happy, just thinking about it!
  13. I just finished reading "Dangerous Grains" which is an excellent book. I have been gluten-free for over a year, but I still found it very informative. Something I didn't know before what that gluten has mild opiate qualities, and health problems of recovering drug addicts and newly gluten-free celiacs are very similar. Basically, your body is still longing for something very dangerous, much like any opiate drug addiction. Don't be surprised if you have very powerful cravings--just know what body is doing, and don't give in! It's the only way to break the cycle. Stay strong! Your body recovers, and you personally will move on from your grieving period. Life is so much better gluten free! My only regret is that I didn't know about this my entire life. No cheating!
  14. Americans With Disabilities Act

    I don't know enough about the ADA to add to what has already been said, but I have an opinion anyway! You could look at this from a "good citizen of the earth" persepctive instead of a legal perspective. First of all, your employer is not paying you gluten, and you are not being discriminated against for not eating gluten, and you are not being denied a legal benefit like health insurance, 401(k), whatever. It sounds like this lunch is being offered as a motivational tool, and a way for your boss to say "thank you" to his employees. And if he has the mentality of wanting to give you a gift, it's rude to say the gift isn't good enough. This is an exagerated example, but if your aunt knits you a wool sweater for Christmas, and you get itchy from wool, you wouldn't make her take it back and knit you something in cashmere, would you? You would say "thank you very much" and quietly pass on the sweater to someone else who would appreciate it. If you are going to be working with these people every day, I think you are much better off to bring your own food than to accuse your boss of discrimination. It may not seem "fair", but sometimes, that's life.
  15. What Books?

    This weekend, I bought "Nourishing Traditions: the cookbook that challenges politically correct nutrition and the diet dictocrats" by Sally Fallon. Here's a link: Nourishing Traditions If you're just diagnosed, you're really going to have to be gentle to your GI tract--it's been damaged so much, it will take some time to heal. This book just uses simple foods that will be easy to digest and extra-nutritious. (Of course, ignore everything in the "Grains" section except for teff, corn, buckwheat, rice, and quinoa.) Also, try googling "caveman diet"--it's really simple food that will help your body get back on track. To tell you the truth, I would rather eat food like this than try to make gluten free breads and cookies and all that. I guess I'm too lazy. When I'm feeling energetic, I do like Bette Hagman's books, though.