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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. Bloating/gas

    The Tetley website claims that their hot tea is gluten free. It's what I drink.
  2. Hidden Gluten

    Someone mentioned the labels on fruit. I slice the things off from below with a knife like I would a bruise on an apple... you can never be too careful.
  3. Something about DeBole's pasta never seems to agree with me. Their angel hair and their lasagne pasta both seem to gluten me. I'm not sure whether it's merely a coincidence. I suppose I'm paranoid because their boxes go on and on about it being wheat free, as if merely being wheat-free makes it gluten-free.
  4. I don't eat Bob's Red Mill hot cereal. My experience has been that it is not gluten-free. It's unfortunate, too, because their stuff tastes a lot better than the grits I now have every morning. Absent strict legislation on gluten on ingredients labels, this kind of nonsense is only going to continue and get us all sick.
  5. I think I will start buying McCormick spices. I've heard that those spices are pure.
  6. ^ I know it's Kraft Canada, but it can't be much different from here in the states, right? Anyway, there you go. Good luck.
  7. Turkey Bacon

    I don't eat bacon very often, but I avoid turkey bacon. I have had bad experiences with it in the past. It's just the plain, old-fashioned bacon for me (smells great, too).
  8. Going gluten-free definitely changed my symptoms. Before going on the diet, I had one problem: gas. Tons of it. It's clear why I went on the diet. Now that aspect of my health is much, much better, but new problems arise upon gluten contamination, such as general malaise, poor bowel movements, difficulty concentrating, etc. Overall, the diet is definitely worthwhile, though.
  9. I'll tell you straight up - don't worry about refractory sprue. You can spend hours and hours online looking up horrible complications of Celiac Disease (refractory sprue, intestinal t-cell lymphoma, etc.), but it will just lead to unnecessary worrying and will be time wasted. From what you're describing, you have probably caught a nasty virus, or eaten something that doesn't agree with your system. As someone else mentioned, the more dangerous complications like refractory sprue are very rare. Keep yourself well-fed, well-hydrated, and hang in there. It'll get better.
  10. Weak general malaise, like a mild case of the flu Less-well-formed stool, and often more BMs, although still one big one per day Anus/lower rectum feels dry and irritated (no joke!... this usually onsets later on, perhaps from the gluten leaving my system?) More gas (still not as much as before going on the diet, but the smell is worse) Problems concentrating Weakness in the gym There you have it, my symptoms. I got a small dose of gluten this week so they're here with me right now to some extent.
  11. Why Am I Getting Worse?

    I've been on the gluten-free diet for about one year now, and it's been a bumpy road. Like you, I got better quite soon after starting the diet, but problems reared their ugly head after a while. This past August I had a few wheat-free protein shakes that must've been malted ("natural flavoring"). They completely ruined me for about a month (Now I get VitaminWorld-brand protein and creatine - it's labeled gluten-free, among other things). Anyway, for at least a month my "digestive tract health" (to put it politely) was awful. For two weeks of that month it got bad enough to get me really worried. Thankfully, I recovered over time, and have never had another accidental gluten-ingestion on par with that. The gluten-free diet can still be painful, but it is getting a bit easier. There is a large repertoire of foods out there for us. I've thankfully never had to endure rehabilitation therapy, but I'd compare going onto the gluten-free diet as the dietary equivalent to those unfortunate people who have to learn how to walk all over again. It's slow and painful, but eventually the way becomes second nature and you adapt.
  12. I also eat Quaker Quick Grits every morning, and I don't seem to be having trouble with them. P.S. Go Gators! 34-7
  13. Energy Please.

    I've not read through the other replies, but here's my advice: -Get tests done to determine whether you have nutrient deficiencies. Anemia being the key one to check for. If you do have anemia, then some iron ought to help things. -'Think Thin' is an energy/protein bar you can get here in the United States. At Wal-Mart, they sell for about $1.50 per bar, which isn't bad, because they're the highlight of my day, food-wise. Gluten-free, of course. They go great with my morning coffee. Packed with protein and a host of nutrients. Very good stuff, and my recommendation if you're considering a daily energy bar (try the peanut butter crunch.... oh yeah ). - I take a number of supplements: L-glutamine, Selenium, Calcium, Magnesium, Zinc, and a Multivitamin. The Selenium and Zinc are a couple that I'll probably phase out of using, but the others I plan on sticking with. If there's only one of these that you should take, it's definitely the multivitamin. Centrum is gluten-free. - I also take Lactobacillus probiotic tablets with my big meals. I feel better when taking these everyday. It may just be psychosomatic, but some reports state that they help with the leaky gut suffered by those with Celiac disease. Who knows. They're cheap, and harmless at worst, and beneficial at best. I'm not always energetic (who is?), but I find that plenty of sleep, plenty of food, and the supplements to my diet listed above help keep my energy high. Since going gluten-free and learning the ropes of the lifestyle, things have gotten better in the gym, and I'm much stronger than I was when chowing down on high-calorie, gluten-rich foods.
  14. What's For Lunch?

    Sandwich (gluten-free tapioca or rice bread) ^ This is my most common lunch. Otherwise, it's reheated leftovers (chicken and rice, gluten-free spaghetti, etc.) Lunch is definitely a pain, but so are all meals...
  15. Depression

    I don't see myself as having 'chronic depression', but I do get bummed out fairly frequently by the diet. It's a heavy burden in a world where wheat is basically the king.