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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 SymptomsWhat testing is available for celiac disease? - list blood tests, endo with biopsy, genetic test and enterolab (not diagnostic) Celiac Disease ScreeningInterpretation of Celiac Disease Blood Test ResultsCan 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-FreeIs celiac inherited? Should my children be tested? Ten Facts About Celiac Disease Genetic TestingIs there a link between celiac and other autoimmune diseases? Celiac Disease Research: Associated Diseases and DisordersIs 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 BeveragesDistilled Spirits (Grain Alcohols) and Vinegar: Are they Gluten-Free?Where does gluten hide? Additional Things to Beware of to Maintain a 100% Gluten-Free DietFree recipes: Gluten-Free RecipesWhere 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. grayangel added a post in a topic Rookie Mom Maneuver   

      Darn it, that sucks, but it does happen, and the good news is that you will never forget about Rice Krispie treats again!

      My daughter and I have been at this 6 months and we had a similar issue about a month ago with her symptoms coming back and me not knowing why. It turned out that HyVee had stocked the gluten-full Applegate Farms chicken tenders where the gluten-free chicken nuggets used to be. Same color of writing on the box, and the HyVee tag underneath even said gluten free . . . barely looked at the box! I felt so awful. And I was NOT happy with HyVee, but it was still my responsibility.

      Kellogg's does make gluten free Rice Krispies, though (it will say right on the front of the box -- not the regular ones!). Grab a box and some gluten-free marshmallows (I get Great Value or Kraft Jet Puffed) and you can make some treats together.
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    2. grayangel added a post in a topic Help Please? 13 Year Old Son Sneaking Wheat!   

      I'm going to have to go with domesticactivist here and her nonpunitive suggestions. (Thank you for offering them!)

      I'm worried that any attempts to punish and/or control your son will naturally be met with resistance or rebellion. It is human nature; children are no different. His health will not be improved, and your relationship with him will be damaged. He will be angry with you and he may even continue to eat gluten just to spite you. I am not chastising or judging, just sad and concerned because I have made these mistakes myself. I believe that you have to talk to him and explain how deeply concerned you are and how it makes you feel (scared to death!), and then truly listen to how he feels, with empathy and without judgment, so that you might reach a mutually agreeable solution. Think of how you would approach your best friend in the same situation perhaps.

      I would recommend that anyone who is interested in influencing your children to choose to be more responsible and self-disciplined (rather than in attempting to control them with parental power/authority and the punishment-reward model) please read the works of the reknowned Dr. Thomas Gordon, especially P.E.T. (Parent Effectiveness Training). This book, and the related program Family Effectivenes Training, literally changed my life and gave me a loving, understanding, compassionate relationship with my child and stepchildren (and fiance!)that I never dreamed possible. He has proven over and over since the 1960s that punishment doesn't work and that it, in fact, produces the opposite of intended results, destroys parent-child relationships, and causes children to grow up emotionally damaged. It may sound crazy to us because hardly any of us were raised this way (and are largely unaware of the consequences of such in our own lives), but the science is sound and in practice it is undeniable.

      I hope this helps! Best of luck to all.
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    3. grayangel added a post in a topic Unsupportive Family B/c No Diagnoses   

      Definitely know that you are not alone. I didn't feel the need to have the testing. I had already been through years of being poked and prodded and told that there was nothing wrong with me, that it was just "nerves." After eliminating gluten, I had no doubts whatsoever, and I certainly wasn't going to feel miserable again just so I could have confirmation on a piece of paper from doctors who told me I was fine all along.

      My fiance has been wonderful, but beyond that, I can almost always feel the eyes roll when I talk about my "diet" with my parents and my extended family, so I basically stopped talking about it. I'm sure that my mom and my sister are both celiac or intolerant. My mom refuses to change and my sister won't try it because she doesn't think she'll have the support of her fiance. We can only lead the horses to water, but we'll drive ourselves crazy trying to make them drink!

      When I find myself feeling more isolated (I even skipped out on holidays this year because I didn't want to deal with it, especially the inquiries about putting my kindergartener on the diet, which has eliminated her asthma btw!) I read this forum, and I take comfort in knowing the person who knows me best, who lives with me every day and has seen the suffering I have endured, is 100% supportive -- and I can't really ask for more than that.

      But yes, it does get old, and it does hurt, but we're lucky to have a place to go where so many others understand exactly what we're going through.
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    4. grayangel added a post in a topic Hubby Causes Insomnia? Suggestions?   

      I don't know a lot about it, but I do know that they make CPAP machines specifically for travel that can also be used as the main home unit when not traveling.

      It's great that you guys are able to talk about it. Hope the strips and mouth guard work! Glad he'll be home soon!
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    5. grayangel added a post in a topic Chick Filet Announces gluten-free Kids Meal   

      I'm not sure if ALL locations have a dedicated fryer for fries, so it would probably be a good idea to check with your location, but the ones I have gone to certainly have. Theirs are actually the only fast food fries I have eaten since going gluten-free -- never any problems.

      And yes, that discovery WAS exciting!
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    6. grayangel added a post in a topic Hubby Causes Insomnia? Suggestions?   

      This certainly couldn't hurt. Snoring can sometimes accompany sleep-disordered breathing -- apnea, noctural desaturation, etc. (which can be hard on the heart) which a sleep study could diagnose and a CPAP or BiPAP mask could fix. Some people don't tolerate these well, but some find that their quality of sleep is dramatically better. I imagine it would increase the quality of your sleep, anyway -- it has to be easier to sleep through the hum of a CPAP unit than deal with frequent awakenings from snoring.

      Good luck!
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    7. grayangel added a post in a topic Going To Start Trying Soon!   

      Wow, thanks, Peter! We can always use one less thing to worry about!
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    8. grayangel added a post in a topic Going To Start Trying Soon!   

      Congratulations on your marriage and your diagnosis!

      As far as CC goes, keep reading, especially this forum! I think it takes a few months to get everything lined out. Make sure you've replaced your cutting boards, rolling pins, toaster, etc. and that your kitchen has been cleaned with respect to places flour may have settled over the years. Consider everything guilty until proven innocent with respect to gluten content. I would say to only use products you're sure of, especially when pregnant or trying to become so, and don't forget about skin care products (shampoos, lotions, makeup, etc.) If it is on your skin, it can get into your mouth. Also, don't lick envelopes! :-)

      Keep in mind that you might have another sensitivity. I had to eliminate dairy also. Many others have had to give up soy and/or other foods. Keeping a journal of everything you eat/drink might help you pinpoint something.

      I take New Chapter vitamins (Perfect Prenatal, Wholemega Prenatal, and Bone Strength) and Nature Made vitamin D3. These are all gluten free, but they DO contain soy.

      Good luck and keep us posted!
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    9. grayangel added a post in a topic Have To Take Gluten   

      Obviously this will depend on what country you are in, but Stemetil is a brand name for prochlorperazine. At least in the US/Canada, prochlorperazine is also available as brand names Apo-Prochlorperazine, Compazine, Compro, and Nu-Prochlor. It may also be available as a generic. Any of these forms would contain the same active medication but may have different inactive ingredients (i.e. gluten). I realize the gluten content of medications is difficult to discern, but a different brand might be worth checking into with your doctor or pharmacist.
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    10. grayangel added a post in a topic Beef/turkey Jerky Recommendations   

      We buy Old Wisconsin. Gluten free and no MSG.
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    11. grayangel added a post in a topic Wikipedia Black-Out   

      I think we're missing the bigger picture here. These sites/organizations are protesting to maintain the freedom of the internet.

      Think about this . . . on this forum, we often talk about self-diagnosed medical conditions. What happens if some bureaucrat decides it's unsafe? That we are disseminating unapproved information that is unsanctioned by the modern medical establishment? Censorship is a slippery slope.

      Thanks for posting about this!
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    12. grayangel added a post in a topic Carnation Instant Breakfast   

      I wrote to Nestle encouraging them to remove wheat starch as an ingredient in the Carnation Instant Breakfast powders (as they now ALL contain it according to the labels). I'm not really sure what to make of their reply. It sounds as if they are listing wheat starch as an ingredient but that ingredient is no longer present(?), which is baffling, not to mention confusing and/or misleading. Anyway, I thought I'd share their response with everyone. Maybe you can make sense of it.

      "Thank you for contacting CARNATION
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    13. grayangel added a post in a topic Gluten Free Prenatal Vitamin   

      Since going gluten-free, I have switched to New Chapter Organics whole foods vitamins (non-GMO). Now that I am pregnant, I am taking Perfect Prenatal (a multivitamin) and Wholemega Prenatal (fish oil) for DHA. Since I can't have dairy, I also take their Bone Strength Take Care for (plant-sourced) calcium which also contains D3, magnesium, K1, and K2. According to their website, the above-mentioned products are the only 3 they recommend during pregnancy, and all the labels state gluten free.
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    14. grayangel added a post in a topic How Much Vitamin D And Folic Acid During Pregnancy?   

      I am pregnant and recently had to do this research myself.

      The latest study I have found, referenced in both of the above articles, suggests 4000 IU daily.

      Vitamin D Council states that pregnant women need at least 5000 IU daily.

      Hope this helps!
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