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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. Do note this topic started 9 years ago and some of the posts you guys are replying to are three years old.  The crunchy cheetos which I occasionally binge eat are now part of the Frito Lay gluten-free list, so enjoy your cheesy snack!  
  2. It is kind of a well known thing that some people drink their coffee to help them poop.  Obviously it is going to affect the GI system + more of some people, and they seem to be suffering from "Gluten Blinders" where everything is blamed on gluten and nothing else can ever be at fault.  That is why when, as a celiac, you are trying to figure out what made you sick, you have to look beyond gluten, because other things can be the culprit, and when they are, it has nothing to do with gluten.  Stomach flu?  There must be gluten in that random product I consumed this morning.  Food poisoning?  Well there must have been gluten in that meat!   Can't handle acidic foods/fatty foods/anything else in the book? Must be gluten!!  You just cannot fall into that trap.
  3. Great idea to make them in batches and freeze
  4. Is This Cross Contamination?

    Your husband appears to have some bad habits that can be disruptive and cause anxiety for you.  I understand both sides of this spat.  On one hand, the water that goes into your mouth definitely has not had gluten added to it.  On the other hand, the argument does expose the fact that he is not washing his hands immediately after consuming gluten and touching anything else in the house.  When you guys are cooled down and able to talk about it, I would suggest that you talk to him about a "best practice" of him better segregating gluten and gluten-contact items from other things in the house.  Have him always wash his hands before touching anything that isn't necessary for him to use while eating/prepping his food.  Also, on your end, since you do keep a shared kitchen, it is a best practice for you to wash your hands any time you are going to eat or put them in your mouth.  This may let you feel a little safer.   You may want to consider making your kitchen completely free of gluten.  This can help you eliminate the anxiety of having to deal with any of these issues.  Then, fights like these will be a non-issue.  While it may result in increased food costs with more people eating gluten-free, you may find that to be worth your sanity.  We eventually did that at my house, just us two adults, because it is just too much hassle for a shared kitchen and a sometimes careless gluten eater.   I would personally be more bothered by the germs on a phone getting into contact with food surfaces.  I regularly clean both our phones with alcohol swabs.  But I digress... lol.  To clean your water jug handle, just use soap and water and give it a good scrub in the sink.  Bleach will just make you have very clean gluten on a surface, it will not remove it.  Kind of like using hand sanitizer kills hand germs but leaves them dirty still (and also does not remove gluten).  Hot soapy bleach water may make you feel most at ease, and that is totally fine.  HEre is a good article that gives a good visual explanation of why you need to scrub surfaces with soap and water to remove gluten:   
  5. They do make the straight, thin gluten-free pretzel sticks as well.  Having been a pretzel fan my whole life, it is not uncommon to find a mutant pretzel in there.  They can be extruded with machines, and sometimes the shape doesn't come out right.  
  6. For the recipe you mention, I would just try it and substitute tapioca starch for the potato starch.  If that makes it too doughy, then remove the potato starch and adjust the other flour ingredients by a little bit so the total amount is the same.  It may be something you have to play around with.
  7. Do you have any cardiac or respiratory issues?  When my asthma is bothering me and I don't get enough oxygen while eating I have those kinds of symptoms you describe.  But it could be other things.  While I understand it may be easy to point a finger at the cortisol, it is really unlikely to be spiking the way you describe.  It is probably caused by something else, which could be one of many things.  It won't hurt to double check for sources of CC, and slow down and breathe a bit when you eat.  There could be other intolerances, but usually those things are not an instantaneous reaction, rather they would be similar to a gluten reaction that takes place once food is digested and possibly last a while as it goes through the GI tract. 
  8. If it is a one time thing, I would not go see a doctor about it.  It could be any of the above things you mentioned, like insect bite, ingrown hair, pimple, etc.  If it is just the one and it is healing fine it won't need attention.  Just one of those things that can happen on the skin, and the body has its way of taking care of it.
  9. Could you go into detail about what symptoms/evidence leads you to believe that your cortisol level rises when you eat?  Cortisol levels in the blood aren't necessarily something that you can feel immediate fluctuations of... rather, cortisol causes slow changes in the body, and if you have high cortisol levels that can be Cushing's Syndrome.
  10. Unbelievable!

    I have lupus with my main symptom being arthritis as well.  Lupus is a disease you have to kind of get to know with your personal circumstance.  It is a really up and down thing- some days you feel like death, and others you feel just fine.  On the days you feel great, you have to be mindful to not overdo it and pay for it the next few days.  It is all about managing those waves of inflammation.  Methotrexate is what helped me with my joints the most.  As for the Gin and raisins, things like that can't hurt as long as they don't interact with something you are taking.  If you are on any lupus meds that require liver and kidney function monitoring (such as the mtx), make sure you go get your blood work done regularly, because alcohol intake can increase the risk of those issues.     Glad to hear you finally had a good day, and hope it keeps that way!
  11. Dealing With Therapist?

    A therapist is not going to have the extensive medical knowledge to understand every chronic condition out there.  The first few sessions with any new therapist are always going to be building the base so they understand you and what you are going through.  There won't be as much work in those first sessions, they are more of you telling your story.  So, what you describe sounds very normal to me.  If you feel like you have to explain the condition too much, get them some concise literature on celiac disease and ask them to read it.  But hearing from you what your specific difficulties are is what is going to help them help you.  If depression is a factor in any part of your life, that is what it is.  It doesn't matter what is causing it, it needs to be addressed so you can live a healthier life.  Obviously if a factor contributing to the depression can be removed, it should be, but your difficulties with Celiac disease are going to stick around, so the idea is to help you learn to cope better with the onset of this chronic illness.     If for some reason you choose to find another therapist (I would give it a few more sessions before doing that), I recommend typing up a narrative and giving it to the therapist to read at your first session.   That way you can cover everything and not forget something, and you can include something on Celiac disease in what you give them, so you don't have to explain.  But the chances of a therapist knowing everything and not have to be told what your struggles are is... unrealistic.  Once you let them know what your struggles are, they can help you with those.  So I recommend staying with the current person and seeing how it goes after a longer time.
  12. While I haven't tried that specific recipe, most pie crusts can be frozen before baking.  Things like fruit pies can be frozen whole unbaked and then put into the oven for easy prep.
  13. Welcome to the forum, pippy!     Do note that this thread is five years old and product information may have changed in that time.  Store gluten-free lists are not all-encompassing.  As far as applesauce goes, check the ingredients and if there is no gluten ingredient and no allergen statement, you are going to be fine eating it.
  14. Coors Light

      Welcome to the board!     Do note that the original post here is 8 years old and product info can change over time.     While the fermentation may partially modify some things in the beer, they still contain gluten.  I recommend not drinking any beer that does not at least go through a gluten removal process, and it is my opinion that gluten-removed beers are not okay to market to Celiacs because the gluten content cannot be accurately measured. Do a search on the main page of the forum for "omission" for lots of great discussions on this.  While I respect your decision on drinking gluten removed beers, I highly recommend against drinking anything that does not go through that process, because having a beer is not as important as having good health.  Cheers
  15. If they are serving any type of food that has to be prepared, at the minimum can you arrange to get some raw veggies from the cafeteria?  Like carrots, other stuff that you can rinse off well?