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Once again, You've Done It!! You are fantastic at finding articles that are SOOOOOO good :) Thank you so much . . . .. Lynne

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good article, though there were some things in there that made me sad, like her mentioning that she can not have a homemade birthday cake? That's just not true!!! Can I get ahold of this girl and tell her about Pamela's deluxe brownie mix that you can make a cake with???

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Great article! I had the same reaction you did Nini - no birthday cake - that's so not true. I just had a birthday a few weeks ago and had a wonderful gluten-free cake.

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every year since my dx and my daughter's we have had the most MAAAAHHHVELOUS birthday cakes... I've even served cakes and cupcakes at her preschool that got RAVE reviews from everyone... all the kids begged for more and all the adults in the building just HAD to have the most delicious moistest cake they'd ever tried!!!! LOL And I almost always use Pamela's Brownie mix and follow the directions on the bag to make it into a cake. My other fave cake is The Gluten Free Pantry's Old Fashioned Cake and Cookie mix... makes awesome white cakes and sugar cookies.

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I can't have sugar so Pamela's cakes aren't for me. My favorite gluten-free sugar free recipe for cake is the Harvest Muffins in "Wheat-Free, Gluten-Free Cookbook for Kids and Busy Adults" by Connie Sarros. It is wonderful. Everytime it's made I have to fight my family and friends to get a piece (I'm the only gluten-free person). :lol:

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I had the same response--What? No birthday cake?! Her typical days' meals look a little bleak to me too. Maybe she is picky, though like my kids. Jeeeez, even a pie with a meringue crust or something like that! Great article, though. McD's are trying hard to cover their butts with all this "double-speak", huh? I seriously smell major law suits and I'm not even a lawyer.

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Great article. Upbeat, and mostly realistic. thanks marcia

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    • I'm so confused about my daughter's diagnosis.  I hope somebody can help.   My 4 year old daughter has a swollen belly, stomachaches, and lots of gas.  She does not have diarrhea or delayed growth.  Because of her symptoms and because it runs in the family (2nd degree relatives) I had her tested for celiac.   She was weak positive for TTG (IGA)  and strong positive for DGP (IGG)   TTG (IGA)  8   (0-3 neg, 4-10 weak positive, greater than 10 positive) TTG (IGG)  2   EMA: Negative DGP (IGG)  47  (0-19 negative, 20-30 weak positive, greater than 30 positive) Last week, she had her endoscopy.  The doctor found inflammation and little holes or bumps on her duodenum.  He started her on prevacid and said based on his observations, he was suspicious of celiac, but he would not be able to confirm until the biopsy came back. The biopsy showed no signs of celiac disease.  He said that he could not diagnose her with celiac without the biopsy report saying there was celiac damage.  He said he would categorize her as a potential celiac, keep her on a gluten diet and redo the endoscopy in a year or two to check for damage again.  My questions are: 1.)  If it is not celiac, something is causing her duodenum to be inflamed and have little holes or bumps on it, right?  Could it be a wheat allergy or gluten sensitivity?  What else could it be and how do they test for it?  Given her elevated celiac antibodies, how likely is it to be anything besides celiac causing the damage?  2.)  How likely are false positives for TTG and DGP?  I've heard they are pretty sensitive and specific.  Does getting two positives make false positives less likely? 3.) What have you done in this situation?  I want her to have an official diagnosis to make things easier at school and to feel confident that we are eliminating gluten permanently for a worthy reason, etc.  But, I'm having a hard time imagining keeping her on gluten and waiting for her to get more sick and have more intestinal damage just for a diagnosis.     Thanks in advance for your help.  I'm so overwhelmed and confused.  I hope someone has some insight and experience that will help clear things up for me.            
    • Yeah I actually live in Japan which is pretty similar, because Coeliac disease is rare over here so is the understanding and accommodating it. When I mention Gluten to some restaurants they think I am talking in English and they are unfamiliar with the word in Japanese.    So it seems I can write off my chances of getting some authentic Chinese gluten-free food at the airport, but at least there is a Thai restaurant in T3 so I won't starve. Its called  'Phrik Thai' for future reference. http://en-shopping.bcia.com.cn/store/739.html  
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