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      • Frequently Asked Questions About Celiac Disease   09/30/2015

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    1. Melissa Palomo added a post in a topic Anxiety And Coeliac   

      Hi Chris - I have increased feelings of anxiety when I've been glutened (increased heart rate, being on edge, etc) but otherwise the rest of my anxiety seems to be separate from my Celiac disease. Have you met with a psychiatrist?
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    2. Melissa Palomo added a post in a topic Celiacs Who Don't Eat gluten-free Make It Hard For Me :(   

      This is a big pet peeve of mine - people that claim disease/intolerance and then don't abide by the diet. But - while it annoys me I also kind of feel sorry for these people - because they're either in denial or don't understand the severity of the disease. And they're really only hurting themselves (well, and making it an uphill battle for us in some cases, but really the biggest person they're hurting is them self.)
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    3. Melissa Palomo added a post in a topic How Often Do You Eat Out?   

      I eat out way more than I should - but at the same few places. Mostly the local taco shop for work lunches -
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    4. Melissa Palomo added a post in a topic Cookies At Work   

      I hear you - people bring in food all of the time and rarely is it something I can have... I tell myself it's easier to stay thin that way and then giggle when I realize they'll all hate themselves later for eating it. Cruel in my head? TOtally - but it's my survival mechanism.
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    5. Melissa Palomo added a post in a topic Rather Odd To Be Excited About...ladies Only!   

      Joyful, I totally hear you! Thankfully I never had to deal with this issue, but I can understand the feeling of excitement when your body is doing what it's supposed to be doing!

      melikamaui - go to the dr and talk about it! Don't accept that answer just yet!
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    6. Melissa Palomo added a post in a topic Glutened By Mellow Mushroom!   

      We don't have a MM here in So Cal but I did try one while in GA and was fine... but I guess that's the risk with places that serve both gluten-free & nonGF items - especially pizza places! Seems 3/4 times I can be fine eating out at regular places and the 4th I can get sick. You really just have to determine if the risk is worth it for you, kwim? My reactions seem to come very fast if I've had a significant amount of gluten (big screw up in the kitchen or something) - less if there wasn't much.
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    7. Melissa Palomo added a post in a topic Healing Through A Chiropractor. Mmmhmm.   

      REALLY interesting and thank you for sharing what you found! This is exactly the kind of information I was interested in - clearly just using the wrong search terminology!
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    8. Melissa Palomo added a post in a topic Healing Through A Chiropractor. Mmmhmm.   

      That's precisely the type of information/studies I was looking for - the claims of those who have been "cured" because as far as I can see - there aren't any. Any obviously I wouldn't expect to see any medical studies showing someone having been officially cured - but I am curious as to the chiropractor claims of being cured - what does that mean to them? For my DR it meant that they felt better. And I told him that feeling better isn't a sign of being cured, it's just a sign of no symptoms.
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    9. Melissa Palomo added a post in a topic Healing Through A Chiropractor. Mmmhmm.   

      Karen I am trying not to read in to what you posted but I'll admit I'm almost a bit offended at the suggestion that this makes me seem unreasonable and stupid - perhaps my post came off as though I was believing that this was true? I thought I made that quite clear - that I sit in the camp that I believe it can't be cured. (Was the "mmmhmm" in my post title not taken as a "rolling of the eyes" style comment like it was intended?)

      My curiosity is more on what it is that makes people believe they are cured - that is what i want to read on. And hard facts against it. As I mentioned - without an endoscopy I wouldn't believe it. I was wondering if anyone had any studies handy that proved exactly what my theories were - that perhaps people "feel" cured but an endoscopy showed otherwise.

      I thought it to be an interesting topic to think about, I guess it's not interesting to discuss theories at all for some people - for me, it is. And my theory is that perhaps people feel better but are being harmed without realizing it since they're not "proving" that they are cured medically and instead are using anecdotal evidence of "feeling better" and translating that as cured. I was hoping to find information along those lines.

      And I think if anyone would say that they wouldn't be happy for a cure one day - that's silly. I am always open to the fact that one day, Celiac *may* find a cure. Call me an optimist. I'm hopeful that one day my husband's type 1 diabetes will be cured, too. And cancer. I'd hope that my optimism that one day things may be different for people with health issues isn't taken as weakness or me being unreasonable. ETA - note I am a total realist and cynic. I don't think we'll ever see a cure, at least not in my lifetime. But it doesn't mean I don't have hope that it could happen still.
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    10. Melissa Palomo added a post in a topic Healing Through A Chiropractor. Mmmhmm.   

      I totally agree - I sit in your camp. BUT I figured I'd ask as perhaps maybe someone had scientific info (even info AGAINST) as it seems to be an idea that's growing in popularity. I do think that this chiropractor firmly believes I can be cured with supplements & adjustments... which is primarily why I quit seeing him. And I do believe that my friend thinks her son is cured. I'll be interested to touch base with her in a few years and see how he is doing.
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    11. Melissa Palomo added a post in a topic Healing Through A Chiropractor. Mmmhmm.   

      Well - his belief is that if you have Celiac disease, it will right itself after the rest of your body is in order. You take supplements (I forget the names of the two he suggested to me - that I would buy through him, of course!), get adjustments, and get your mind back in a healthy state blah blah blah and the rest of your body will fix itself. Don't get me wrong, I believe that chiropractic care can fix quite a bit (hence why I was going for my neck/wrist!)... I just didn't believe the rest. BUT because I had heard twice in a short time that people had been "fixed" and one from a trustworthy friend, my interest was piqued - not that I believe her son was truly cured of Celiac, but obviously they don't believe he's suffering from noticeable effects anymore and that had me curious as to what it is that makes these folks believe they're cured. Not that any of them have had a followup endoscopy, which I believe would be imperative to check for long term damage IMO.
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    12. Melissa Palomo added a post in a topic Healing Through A Chiropractor. Mmmhmm.   

      Oh I know - as mentioned it's not a belief that I subscribe to and I don't see this chiropractor any longer. I was looking for thoughts & perhaps others that have found evidence whether for or directly against this??
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    13. Melissa Palomo added a topic in Celiac Disease - Post Diagnosis, Recovery/Treatment(s)   

      Healing Through A Chiropractor. Mmmhmm.
      Ok, I've done a little bit of research and come up empty handed on this. Last year I started seeing a chiropractor - it only lasted a few sessions before I realized we didn't mesh. In addition to chiropractic medicine, he also is into holistic care. I have a wrist issue, not the best posture, celiac disease, and thyroid issues so I figured I would love to see what this guy says and to see if I can start feeling better (primarily with my neck/wrist issues.)

      The Dr was reluctant to even take me as a client because I told him that I did not believe he could cure my Celiac disease. He suggested that it would be possible with the right diet to start, and the right supplements, and he said that he had another Celiac patient that had been cured. Of course, my scientific mind said "I'd like to see an "before & after" endoscopy as proof of that." To which he responded "Well if she's feeling better, isn't that enough proof?" Eh, not really. I mean, I would be shocked if I started feeling better eating gluten - but it doesn't mean that it isn't still doing long term damage and perhaps the short term effects are just being masked now?

      Anyway - a friend of mine also told me her child no longer suffers the "gluten battle" after being treated by a chiropractor (after a confirmed Celiac diagnosis.) Where is this information coming from? Does anyone have any study references that suggest either side? (I'll sit firmly in the "I can't be cured by a chiropractor" camp for now - but I am always open minded to read scientific studies.) I am of course worried that people are being led off track by people peddling their supplements and making choices that can harm them in the long run - particularly when I see *no* proof otherwise. And if there were real proof, wouldn't people be screaming from the rooftops?

      I mean, I know I would be thrilled to eat a cinnabon again so heck yes, if I could find a real & legitimate cure I wouldn't be opposed to it! I'm just skeptical, and I think for good reason.
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    14. Melissa Palomo added a post in a topic Is There Any Place In Seattle That Serves Gluten-Free Beer?   

      PF Changs & BJs serve Red Bridge - but honestly - if you're a beer fan, there's a good chance you won't like Red Bridge. It's great to have an alternative but I would prefer an alternative that tasted good...
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    15. Melissa Palomo added a post in a topic Starbucks Update   

      And last I had heard/checked - the caramel was gluten free (ask to read their packaging if you're not sure, most will let you.) They specifically told you the caramel was included gluten - or just that they can't guarantee it being gluten free? I've had caramel macchiatos after doing my homework more than once and have not gotten sick when I am typically fairly sensitive - maybe I've lucked out over Starbucks drinks but normally I'm pretty easily glutened.
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