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#650280 What If The Package Says "Manufactured In A Facility That Processes Wheat...

Posted by on 31 October 2010 - 09:25 AM

It means that somewhere in the building, wheat is present. Many celiacs eat products made in such facilities without any problems.

Do you have any wheat products in your home? If so, then your home is "a facility that processes wheat."
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#650072 M&M's

Posted by on 29 October 2010 - 01:07 PM

Thanks for that link. I noticed that M&M's were on there. Since the company told me that they could be cross contaminated and the list says that they are safe, which is correct??

Both are correct. There is a risk of cross-contamination in every mainstream product, since no mainstream company tests all their products for gluten. Even if they did, contamination below a certain level can not be detected by any test. Consequently, no company can or will guarantee that cross-contamination is not possible.

M&Ms are as safe as any mainstream candy gets.
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#649242 Modified Food Starch - Avoid?

Posted by on 26 October 2010 - 09:05 AM

In the US, as stated, if it is wheat that fact must be clearly disclosed. It is most commonly tapioca* or corn. It is never rye or barley, so in the US if it does not say wheat then it is gluten-free.

*Some people, including some celiacs, are sensitive to tapioca.
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#647424 Trader Joe's Gluten Free

Posted by on 19 October 2010 - 06:09 AM

It is not so much TJ that is the question, it is "shared equipment."

Unless your home is 100% gluten-free, it is a "shared facility," and if you have only one set of dishes/pots/cutlery, they are "shared equipment."

"Good manufacturing practices" refers to thorough cleaning, among other things.

Disclosure of shared facilities or equipment is completely voluntary. If you see the statement, you know, but the absence of such a statement does not mean the factory does not process gluten.

If you react to a product, don't use it.
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#646423 Grain Fed Poultry And Meats

Posted by on 15 October 2010 - 05:24 AM

It is generally accepted that meat is gluten-free no matter what the animal was fed. It is definitely not something that I worry about.
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#646112 New Here, Have Some Questions

Posted by on 13 October 2010 - 06:30 PM

Welcome to the board. :)

If you have celiac disease, "mostly" gluten-free won't cut it. Every bit of gluten does damage. You also heal continuously on a gluten-free diet. What you need to do is keep the rate of healing running faster than the damage caused by accidental ingestion of gluten. Deliberate ingestion of gluten will set you back in the race. Any value you perceive from it is completely false.

I am a type 1 diabetic. My repeated hypoglycemic incidents led me to ask questions. Sometimes, after food, my blood sugar would rise, but sometimes it would continue dropping. What the **?

Some carbs are absorbed in the stomach. I was getting those ones (juices, fruits), but others do not get absorbed until they are in the intestines (complex carbs such as bread).

It took years, and a random discovery by my wife, to realize that: (1) there is a correlation between type 1 diabetes and celiac disease; and (2) all of my mystery symptoms could be caused by celiac disease.

My PCP told my that is was a rare childhood disease, but agreed to have me tested for it. I had a very strong positive on the biopsy. I knew then what was causing my sickness, and have never intentionally eaten gluten again.
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#645805 Kraft, Conagra, Unilever

Posted by on 12 October 2010 - 04:24 PM

The upshot of it is that Unilever isn't really required to report the barley, because it's such a miniscule amount, but they're doing it because they're such good citizens!

So, they voluntarily disclose barley (gluten), even when it is not required by law. What more, exactly, do you want?
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#645298 Priest Almost Glutened Me!

Posted by on 10 October 2010 - 05:41 PM

This topic is moving from Kate's concerns to a discussion of which religion is right and which ones are wrong. That is not appropriate, as our first rule says to respect everyone.

The Catholic church holds that Communion is valid in either kind--it is not necessary to receive both. I am not Catholic, but I respect their beliefs.
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#645287 Gluten Free Cough Drops

Posted by on 10 October 2010 - 05:21 PM

All of the Hall's line of cough drops are gluten-free. As a diabetic as well, I choose the sugar-free black cherry ones.
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#642279 Positive Biopsy, Negative Blood Tests

Posted by on 26 September 2010 - 08:47 PM

Welcome to the board.

False negatives on the blood tests are common, especially in young children. False positives on the pathological examination of the small intestine biopsy are are extremely rare.

I am not a doctor, but it is my interpretation that your son does indeed have celiac disease, and needs to go on a gluten-free diet now and forever.

Edit: Yes, you should also be tested, as should any other first degree relatives of your son (father and any siblings).
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#641027 2 Questions About Type II Diabetes...

Posted by on 21 September 2010 - 11:37 AM

Type I diabetes is autoimmune. The immune system attacks the cells in the pancreas which produce insulin. The body stops producing insulin, with dramatic results. Treatment is a combination of insulin by injection (in all cases) and diet. There is a tendency to run in families, but specific genes have not been identified. Formerly called juvenile diabetes, it can develop at any age.

Type II diabetes occurs when the body becomes resistant to insulin, or there is too much body to be serviced by the available insulin production. It is not autoimmune. It commonly occurs in conjunction with obesity, and in some cases diet alone may be sufficient for treatment. There are oral medications that can be used. In some cases, insulin is needed as part of the treatment. Type II is most commonly diagnosed in older people, but as our society becomes fatter, it is beginning to show up in young people. Again, there is a tendency to run in families, but no specific genes have been identified.

Although the treatments are similar, the two types have distinctly different causes. It has recently been seen that a single individual can have both. That happens when a Type I eats too much and becomes obese leading to insulin resistance. Some refer to this condition as Type III.

Early signs include lack of energy, excessive thirst, and frequent urination. These build up slowly over time, and may go unnoticed.
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#640560 Italian Restaurant, Framingham Ma--Help Me!

Posted by on 18 September 2010 - 08:46 PM

Well, it makes some sense. But some gluten-free pasta is so good that most people cannot tell that it is gluten-free. Tinkyada brown rice pasta will "fool" many people into believing that it is "real" pasta. ;)
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#640554 Brand New Member From Canada

Posted by on 18 September 2010 - 08:33 PM

I'm dying for a slice of pizza and a pint of beer!

You can have both of those. Gluten-free pizza is available at some outlets, and there is gluten-free beer as well. It is late. I will post details tomorrow. :)
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#640472 4 Year Old With Negative Blood Tests

Posted by on 18 September 2010 - 02:17 PM

False negatives are not uncommon, and testing in young children is notoriously unreliable.
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#640470 Brand New Member From Canada

Posted by on 18 September 2010 - 02:15 PM

Welcome to the board from a fellow Canadian.

Yes, in many cases the symptomatic relief is very quick, and permanent.

In my own case, although I felt improvement immediately, it took some time for my symptoms to go away. I had severe atrophy of my villi, and they don't regenerate overnight.
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