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#949050 Family Dr. Thinks My Daughter Does Not Need To Eat Gluten To Show Up On Blood...

Posted by on 19 July 2015 - 02:43 PM

I don't know if there is a specific site to tell you the difference but here is what I know (we have both Celiac disease as well as other food allergies).


Celiac is an autoimmune disease. Gluten causes the body to attack itself causing intentional damage which means problems with nutrition and all the other 300 symptoms of Celiac Disease. There is a Celiac panel that includes 4 tests that the person MUST be consuming gluten to have done. IF the blood work is positive then they usually want to do a follow up biopsy for confirmation of the condition (they look for microscopic villi damage). 


Wheat allergy is when the body causes a release of histamine and other substances when the food protein ingested is seen as dangerous and the body attacks it.  Symptoms can include vomiting, diarrhea, breathing difficulties, skin issues (hives) and so on.  These reactions happen from immediately up to 2 hours after ingestion. Reactions can be fatal, hence the need for epinephrin. Testing for a wheat allergy can be done via a SPT (which you mentioned having) or blood testing.  Allergy testing is NOTORIOUSLY inaccurate.  There is up to a 50% false POSITIVE rate with these tests which is why it isn't recommended to test unless there has been a reaction (which I very much sounds like you've had!)  


Hope that helps a little. Getting ready for bed time here so I'll come back if there is anything more specific I can help with.


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#948736 Fresh Plain Chicken Breast

Posted by on 13 July 2015 - 04:29 PM

I THINK (but I could be wrong) the labeling law applies to FDA regulated foods but not to USDA foods. Meats are under the jusidiction of the USDA.



You are 100% correct.  USDA is NOT covered by labeling laws.


We've eaten it with no issues. GE is going through a HUGE thing with posting signs around the stores about allergies and stuff too. I believe there was an issue with some recalls recently (not gluten related) so they are in a CYA mode. 

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#945662 False Positive Vs False Negative. What's More Reliable?

Posted by on 14 May 2015 - 10:14 PM

A positive result is 50/50 on accuracy.


A negative result is about 90% accurate.


it is not recommended that you have allergy testing unless there has been a KNOW reaction because of the unreliable nature of these tests.


(This is for IgE mediated allergies via blood or skin testing- NOT alternative testing which has no science to back it up.)

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#943865 My Celiac Disease Is Causing Stressful Family Conflict

Posted by on 11 April 2015 - 06:50 PM

It is their home and if he wants to eat gluten in it that is his choice.  I'm sure you've heard "It's hard to teach an old dog new tricks." and that's very true. Especially when it comes to something as fundamental as food.  It doesn't mean he doesn't love you or care. It means he's resistant to change. 


Don't eat there.  Eat before you visit them and enjoy your time there.  Perhaps he will see how serious you are and change but I would think not and honestly, his home, his rules.  Does it stink? Sure but the only environment you can control for the most part is your home. 

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#942871 How Do I Make My Family Realize The Severity Of Celiac?

Posted by on 25 March 2015 - 07:19 PM

Your family. Your house. Your rules.

I it explain to people like this (we deal with life threatening allergies as well but it helps get the main point across).


"Mom and Dad (inlaws- let your spouse explain it), I love you and I know you love us/the kids.  I would not let you leave a gun sitting on our counter.  I will not tolerate the same thing but with food.  You will be here a week. You can eat out if you so choose but in this house, we eat this way and that will not chance for the health and safety of our entire family."

The end.  No need for more.  

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#942423 Igg Testing Questions

Posted by on 18 March 2015 - 06:33 AM

IgG isn't useful for food allergy testing. IgE is what is use for allergies and even that is only accurate 50% of the time for a positive result.  There aren't any reliable tests for an intolerance other than an elimination trial and reintroduction. 

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#940834 No Printed gluten-free Menu At Red Robin

Posted by on 23 February 2015 - 03:36 PM

Do you eat at other restaurants?  All the baskets are washed the same way and they need to be cleaned and sanitized up to health code.  That would mean that they are clean for use.  I have never gotten a basket without paper in our visits either so that seems strange.   


FWIW, they got rid of the yellow allergy baskets and it was suppose to be an across the entire chain policy.  We have been serves on regular plates since this switch but last time did get the yellow basket again so who know.

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#940387 Should Celiac Be Called A Disability? - Daily Beast

Posted by on 14 February 2015 - 02:48 PM

Under the law Celiac is a disability. WE have no choice in if we eat gluten or not. It will kill. While not an allergy, it is not that different from preventing someone with a serious peanut allergy from getting any peanut in their meal. Do they pay more?


Do not compare apples to oranges here Sunny.  They aren't even close to the same thing.

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#938485 Is There A Soy And Gluten Free Benadryl

Posted by on 15 January 2015 - 10:10 AM

There are essential oils and herbal remedies you can use instead that are healthier and don't have any gluten, dairy, soy, nuts or anything since it's just the pure oil or herb. 

EO's are not going to do ANYTHING for an allergic reaction.  To suggest so is dangerous. 

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#936980 Chef That Wants Your Feedback

Posted by on 16 December 2014 - 08:03 PM

My biggest frustration is getting chefs (and the staff between them and us) to understand that we don't make these requests for fun but that we must eat this way.  I do not mind paying more for a meal I KNOW is safe for my child.  If you can cook something great for him (he's 7 and along with Celiac has life threatening food allergies to egg, peanuts, tree nuts and dairy as well as bananas) we will return and tell all of our friends who live in allergy land about your place and how you were WILLING AND ABLE to cook for my kiddo safely.  Real food cooked safely is all I want.  If you can provide a dessert for him- I just may kiss you!  This has only happened to Disney with products we know (Enjoy Life brand and So Delicious ice-cream)

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#933653 Hospital Stays

Posted by on 28 October 2014 - 01:39 PM

Even when having the endoscopy done, the hospital could not guarantee safe food for my kid. We have a much longer list than just gluten but they still didn't have a clue. This is a "world class" top rated hospital-


Take your own food.  If you can't communicate that to them, you most likely aren't in any condition where you are actually eating food anyway.

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#931228 Endoscopy Or Not?

Posted by on 23 September 2014 - 07:26 PM

I can understand having different thoughts on the procedure.  Perhaps asking DH why he's so against it when it may be the ONLY way to tell if there is an issue because of the IgA issues may help you get to the heart of it and help work through it (if you are thinking you want to do it).  My DH HATES hospitals.  Really hates them. Not fond of Dr's either.  Most times when it is a major decision we have to make walking away for a day or two then coming back together with thoughts and questions he has has been helpful for us.  


It's important to remember- This isn't a "diet" that you can go off of.  This is a LIFE LONG requirement.  Would he rather her not have the information to make that life long decision?  Seems easy enough now but what about high school, college and beyond.  Do you want to say "oh we thought we were right" or would you prefer to have "proof" to show her?  Just some things to think about.


Is a procedure for a kid fun for a parent? Nope.  Not even a little.  Does it help us make the best decisions we can for our kids at this point in time? It can.

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#930275 New Here And Need Help With School Policy

Posted by on 10 September 2014 - 01:03 PM

I really have tried to refrain but this is beyond frustrating.


1) Are you in the US? That could change things vastly. 


2)  It sounds like there is a PACKAGED facility warning the school is talking about. I haven't heard of ANY school ever saying anything about home made stuff. This policy is not helping anyone really as when they are that ridiculous no one pays attention. I would get a 504 plan going and address it there. 


3) The school has to offer accommodations that offer the LEAST RESTRICTIVE environment for ALL students.


4) Would it be okay with you who have kids with Celiac to make them go eat by themselves in an area away from everyone? I doubt you would think that was very fair or kind.  Please think before making suggestions that are damaging to these kids-they have enough to deal with.


5) Celiac is not a life threatening food allergy.  YES they all need to stay away from the offending food. Yes it is a life long dietary change.  Your kid touching something that had gluten on it and rubbing his/her eyes is not going to put them in the hospital, in the ICU or potentially kill them.  They have the same management and should be taken EQUALLY seriously and they are BOTH covered by Section 504 of the ADA here in the US and having Celiac does qualify for a 504.


But it won't kill your child with one exposure.  That is the reality of food allergies.  We manage both and we manage them the same and they are both addressed in our 504 BUT I have to look at the accommodations differently.  I wouldn't ask for a gluten free classroom because the repercussions are vastly different.


Should one be taken as more serious- NO.  


Does one have very different consequences- YES.  


Should they ALL be protected- ABSOLUTELY!

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#930161 New Here And Need Help With School Policy

Posted by on 09 September 2014 - 04:24 PM

I will not leave the boards over this but I will not comment further on it was all I was meaning.  Can't chase me away that easily! lol


Thanks for the support those of you who know me and my "credentials" as they may be ;)  I do appreciate the support! <3

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#930092 New Here And Need Help With School Policy

Posted by on 09 September 2014 - 09:38 AM

It should then not be stated as a fact per board rules: "5) Any claims you make here should be based on legitimate sources, or be expressed as opinion, experience, or inq

Are you serious?  I am stating there are people who are sensitive enough that they need certain accommodations to be safe in a school environment.  I have stated SEVERAL times that they are few and far between. I have stated that there are ways to make accommodations so that every student is kept safe. 


I am sorry that my years here on this site and my years living with a child with life threatening food allergies doesn't give me any credibility with you however may people here post personal EXPERIENCES.  I do not have a study on how many kids need these kinds of accommodations but that does not mean that it doesn't happen.  Again, as I stated most likely because they are few and far between. 


I'm really trying to understand what your issue is.  There is a rule and the OP can fight it or deal with it however they see fit. Why are you questioning what I know and have seen, because there isn't a study on it?  


I am done with this thread as I obviously have nothing credible to add.

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