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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. Think about it. The powder is on the shredded or grated cheese to keep it from sticking together. It is moisture that would make it stick together and the powder is there to absorb the moisture. Now, what happens when flour gets wet? It turns to glue, right? So they would never use flour as an anti-caking agent.
  2. I hope you're still staying gluten-free, Prescott. The kefir may have helped speed the healing, but there IS no cure for celiac. It's possible that the damage done from three months on gluten didn't show in the endoscopy but believe me, if you keep eating gluten it will eventually.
  3. Envelope Glue

    When I have no other way to seal an envelope, even if my hands are dirty I can spit on my finger and then run that over the glue. Glad you're feeling better.
  4. No, I'm pretty sure you are safe. However they often want to do a biopsy to confirm should your tests come back positive, so you should stay on gluten until then. Go out and enjoy as many gluten foods as you can right now. Have some good, homemade bread. Have some pizza. And please, think of me while you have some doughnuts.
  5. Envelope Glue

    Yes, think about it. Would you go into a public place and lick a doorknob? Of course not. So why would you lick an envelope that who knows how many people (and other things) have touched? A tiny corner of a paper towel, dampened and run across the surface of the glue will seal your envelope and help you avoid germs.
  6. I think the thing about a kitchen towel is that people often dry their hands on them when they are cooking and there MIGHT be gluten on those hands. OP, have you read the Newbie 101 thread in the coping section? If not you should, and you should also have your parents read it.
  7. DO NOT eat at the Beverly Hills Hilton!!!

    Nope, I probably wouldn't eat there again, just as I never ate chocolate pudding again after I got sick on it when I was six years old. The thought of chocolate pudding always turned my stomach after that. BUT, I wouldn't tell everyone else I met to never eat chocolate pudding or it will make them sick. And yes, I DO consider you lucky if this is the first time a restaurant made you sick. I've read too many stories here about people who ate safely at the same restaurant for YEARS, and then one time they got sick. Any time gluten foods are handled in the same place that gluten-free foods are handled, mistakes can happen. As I said, all it takes is one wrong utensil. I would consider an offer of a four night's stay PLUS $750 from the insurance company plenty of apology. But suit yourself.
  8. in the news

    It crossed my mind immediately too.
  9. Wow, thank you Manasota. I must say though, that if I seem like a loving person it is because I have mellowed with age, and I have mellowed with the gluten-free diet. If you had met me before the diet you would have thought I was one of the grumpiest people ever, because I WAS!
  10. Ian, I lost my best friend, a beautiful female kitty who had sat in the front seat of my car for 1900 miles with me when I moved from Connecticut to South Dakota. After 16 years she up and died and there was no way I wanted another one, at least not right away. But three weeks to the day after I buried her, this happened: (If you click on the "Uh-Oh!" you can read the whole thread.) I will always miss my little girl, but the best medicine for a broken heart is love, and the "new guy" and his love don't diminish what I felt for her one bit. On the contrary, I know that Grommit is in Heaven looking down and being happy for me that I have someone new to take care of me. (((((HUGS))))) to you.    
  11. DO NOT eat at the Beverly Hills Hilton!!!

    It could happen anywhere. A new employee, someone who didn't get enough sleep last night and forgot to change utensils, who knows. There are lots of places that are normally very good about gluten-free who screw up on occasion. I wouldn't condemn a place across the board for one mistake (although I probably wouldn't eat there again.) But I will say that if you have been eating out for seven years and this is the first time you have been glutened you are very very lucky.
  12. I'm chiming in late here but I just wanted to mention pets as the ultimate mood booster. If you don't have one, maybe you could visit a friend who does. Or better yet, find the nearest shelter and either volunteer or at least visit and pet the kitties or doggies for a while. Last night I was hurting and couldn't get comfortable because I threw my back out. Grunting and groaning as I tried to get situated in bed. My precious kitty came up and put his head on my pillow, inches from my face and just stared at me. It was as if he was saying, "It's OK Mom, I'll watch over you." The swelling of love in my heart ALMOST wiped out the pain in my back.
  13. It sounds to me that it might be contaminated. I wouldn't eat it. But what concerns me more is your statement that you're "beginning to realise the necessity, at the beginning of this diet at least, to be absolutely rigid in my avoidance of gluten, even traces." Erase the "at the beginning of this diet at least", and you've got it right. If you have celiac, you must be absolutely rigid about avoiding gluten (even traces) for the rest of your life. Every day. No let up. It may seem overwhelming at first but it really does become easy over time. There are loads of really good foods that are gluten-free. When I think of "naturally gluten-free foods" I think of things like meat and potatoes and rice and fresh fruit and veggies. You know, things with one ingredient. And for gluten-free substitutes, look for CERTIFIED gluten-free, or products like Udi's bread, Against The Grain pizzas, Ronzoni or Tinkyada gluten-free pastas, and things like that. You can also count on any product from Kraft to be gluten-free IF, that is IF, there are no gluten ingredients listed on the label. If they are made on shared equipment it will say so on the label so you know that if there are no gluten ingredients, they are safe from cross-contamination.
  14. I gave up eating ice cream. I had been eating Blue Bunny All Natural Vanilla for YEARS without any problems but one batch was contaminated from someone not cleaning the line well enough. From now on unless I find certified gluten-free ice cream I will do without. And believe me, I loved my ice cream! I was addicted. It took a while to get over the cravings, but I am now 100% sugar free and don't miss ice cream at all. Drastic? Yes. But I won't take another chance.
  15. Enjoy Life makes gluten-free chocolate that is also soy-free.