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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. Traveling To Chicago

    Ted's Montana Grill is a good place with a gluten free menu. They have a Naperville location.
  2. Yes, I agree that household chemicals have a negative effect on health. I think the beer comment was possibly an error??? Michael J. Fox was a spokesperson for Diet Pepsi. He said he was addicted to it and drank 8-12 cans per day. NutraSweet interferes with dopamine. When I started having health problems, the doctors speculated that I could have Scleroderma or Autoimmune Hepatitis. I was shocked and scared. At the same time, I was confused that they would jump to these conclusions so fast. When I mentioned removing gluten from my diet, they dismissed the idea completely. I had read about celiac and felt I had more symptoms of gluten intolerance than Scleroderma. I read a post from someone on a message board that said -just put yourself on the gluten free diet even though testing might not show celiac. A year from now you might be back in the doctors office with stomach cancer. Basically, her advice was to take responsibility for your own health, you don't need validation from a doctor. It's your life. Thankfully, I took her advice. As time went on, I realized there was more going on with my health. I had deficiencies, other intolerances, toxins and chemicals, I consumed everyday. The point of my post was to explore all possible reasons and causes for your symptoms. Most traditional doctors only treat illness with pharmaceauticals that could cause more problems.
  3. I agree with what others have posted. After almost 3 years of being gluten free, I have found the following to be essential in recovery. Avoid MSG- I think this is possibly more harmful than gluten. If you're low in vitamins, like most gluten intolerant are, than the msg affects you even more. Avoid Aspartame- I used to drink a lot of diet coke. Has similar effects as msg, especially bad for your nervous system. Calcium/Magnesium Imbalance- I still struggle with being low in magnesium and high in calcium. I supplement with magnesium only, despite the 2:1 calcium/magnesium ratio that's recommended. Sometimes my left thumb twitches or my left eyelid feels heavy. Supposedly, the parathyroid gland regulates the balance of calcium/magnesium. I just read that flouride can damage the parathyriod. Avoid Flouride- Again, I think those who are malnourished are more affected by the flouride than a healthy person. I had nine fillings (white ones) put in throughout my twenties, having none before that. My teeth were decaying because of malnutrition. The dentist was giving me flouride treatments and telling me to use ACT flouride rinse after brushing. Obviously, my teeth were decaying from gluten intolerance, NOT lack of flouride. I believe I had some level of Flouride posioning that screwed up my parathroid. So now I only drink bottled water and use baking soda and salt for toothpaste. B Vitamins- I agree that this is a key deficiency. I can't digest any grains and I think it relates to the B Vitamin deficiency. I don't do well with most synthetic supplements, so I don't know how to correct this. Before I went gluten free I had tingling and numbness in my feet and legs. This went away with dietary changes. Soy lecithin has choline which is a B vitamin essential to the nervous system. I take the liquid form. Even though I can't eat soy, lecithin doesn't bother me. I add it to a fruit smoothie. If anyone knows more on how to correct B vitamin deficiency, let me know. Vitamin A &D- Supplementing with cod liver oil helped, especially in winter. Whole Foods Diet- Making all my own meals from scratch has helped me the most. Avoiding my intolerances grains, milk and soy. It's very difficult to avoid MSG, unless you make it yourself. Also, I buy my chicken and meat from whole foods. I'll buy a whole chicken to roast and have leftovers. Deli meat is full of preservatives and MSG. Processed foods, even gluten free, are mostly filler foods and delay the healing process. Liver/Gallbladder flushes-These really helped me. I had elevated liver enzymes and was very yellow looking. You can read about them on I started getting sick when I was 25 or 26 and started the gluten free diet at 27. I'm thirty now and much better. I believe my recovery would have been much faster if I had known all of these things from the beginning and incorporated them into my life right way. Obviously, you have to do what's best for you, but in my case doctors were making my situation worse. Again, if I were to go back in time, I would find a good naturopath instead.
  4. I'm not sure I understand this correctly.... I buy corn tortilla chips with the only ingredients being corn, lime and oil. However, they are lableled gluten free. Does this mean, in order to put gluten free on the package they have to add a little gluten to the mix? So I am better off buying corn tortilla chips with corn, lime and oil, but doesn't say gluten free on the label.
  5. I have this problem too. For the first year I was gluten free, I was eating almonds. Then all of a sudden, I started reacting to them. I don't have a problem with other nuts and continue to eat them. I have two ideas on this: 1. Maybe it is something that is being sprayed on the almonds. I react badly to msg. There is a crop spray called auxigro that is sometimes sprayed on almonds.I reacted to Trader Joes' raw, unsalted and to whole foods raw, unsalted. These are not organic. There was an almond shortage for awhile and you couldn't even get any at Trader Joes. It was after they started stocking them again, I started having problems. I haven't experimented with trying organic to see if I react to those too. The whole thing irritated me so much, that I just stopped eating them. 2. The skin of almonds has a toxin. You really should blanch or soak them first and peel off the skin. I didn't know this the whole time I was eating them. Maybe the body remembers this toxin, and now rejects them? I would really like to know the story on this too. If anyone figures this out, please post.
  6. Besides avoiding processed foods, paying attention to digestion has helped me a lot. 1. Food combining- I try to eat fruit in the morning for breakfast and not with a meal. Fruit digests quickly compared to other foods. If you eat fruit after your meal, it has to wait for everthing else to digest first and will ferment in your stomach (gas, bloating). 2. Eating less frequently- I used to snack all day long. Now I try to eat three meals a day. This goes against everything your read about in magazines, which say to snack and keep blood sugar stable, up your metabolism etc. Digestion is a complex process. By snacking all day your body never completes digesting one mini meal before it has to start on the next. Making lunch your main meal is best because digestion is much stronger than in the evening. 3. Eating enough fat with your meal- It takes ten grams of fat to digest a meal. The no/low-fat craze has contributed to all the digestive problems. This means good fats like olive oil, coconut oil, real organic butter. 4. Adding spices- Cumin, tumeric, cilantro, ginger are some spices that can help digest food. If I make stir-fry vegetables, I aways add spices. 5. Eat slow 6. Don't drink too much during the meal-washes away digestive enzymes.
  7. I was gluten, dairy and soy free for almost a year and was still having problems. I couldn't eat any of the gluten free products. Eliminating all grains helped a lot. However, I felt like even gluten free salad dressings were a problem. Finally, I gave up almost all processed foods. I use olive oil and vinegar for salad dressing. I think part of the problem may have been MSG. MSG is in everything, disguised under other names. A product may be labeled as Gluten-free but it still could have MSG. MSG is used as a flavor enhancer in many processed foods. is a good site that explains it. People react to MSG at many restaurants (not just Chinese). I often felt sick after eating at a restaurant and was sure there was no gluten in what I had, maybe it was MSG? Some people who are low in nutrients (celiacs) cannot detoxify the MSG from their systems like a normal, healthy person could. MSG is an exotoxin that should not be in our food. Celiacs may have compromised livers that cannot detoxify harmful substances. MSG may be in the following (partial list from above website): gelatin hydrolyzed vegetable protein hydrolyzed plant protein autolyzed yeast sodium caseinate yeast extract yeast food or nutrient soy protein isolate Worcestershire sauce Kombu extract dry milk and whey powder "natural flavors" - may contain up to 20% MSG carageenan dough conditioners Medications in gelcaps - contain free glutamic acid in the gelatin Do not trust something simply because it is in a health food store and the label states it is natural or even organic. I still still buy a few things processed: Amy's salsa, vegetable broth from Whole foods, corn chips, bottled fruit juices. As I learn to make things on my own the list gets smaller. I grew up on all processed foods and I think that contributed to my current situation more than genetics. Jamie