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    MISSOURI LEGISLATOR PUSHING FOR GLUTEN-FREE SHAMPOO LABELS


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    Celiac.com 04/09/2013 - A legislator in Missouri, Rep. Vicky Englund is pushing a bill that requires manufacturers and wholesalers of hygiene products like shampoo and conditioner to clearly state on the product label whether or not the product contains gluten.


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    Photo: CC--jimmywayneAccording to CBS St. Louis, Rep. Englund was moved to act after hearing from a constituent who suffers from gluten intolerance.

    The woman had got gluten "out of her diet completely, but was still very ill and almost died,” Englund said. After considerable detective work, the woman eventually discovered that her shampoo contained gluten.

    A study by the University of Chicago Celiac Disease Center and another by George Washington University show that many commercial health and beauty products contain gluten. The latter study, done in 2012 showed that people gluten sensitivity could react negative reactions to ingredients such as the wheat germ oil often used to produce Vitamin E.

    Englund’s bill is currently pending before the state’s House Health Care Policy Committee. What do you think? Is this a good idea? Let us know what you think about mandating gluten status on shampoo and conditioner labels by sharing your comments below.


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    Guest Melissa

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    This is an excellent move and one that needs to be made. I for one, am tired of suffering when I am physically doing all that I can to avoid gluten in my diet. My skin is an organ too! My liver attempts to help detox, but it is fatty... yet I do good to maintain a weight of 100 pounds! Consumers have the right to know all of the ingredients rather than it remains a guessing game. I have eliminated all "known" sources of gluten, yet still struggle to maintain optimal health. This is an excellent move, so that those afflicted with celiac disease and/or other sensitivities will know what they are being exposed to. It is our right to know!!

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    I applaud this move and I think the bill should go a step further and require all lotions and makeup to disclose gluten in their products. I frequently have slight gluten symptoms even though I never intentionally ingest gluten. It would be a shame if Missouri was the only state to adopt theses laws.

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    I am so pleased to see that Missouri is jumping on this situation. All labels should be written in simple terms so that even a child can read them whether the product is to be ingested or put on the skin. We need to help this representative get this passed, not only for celiacs but for others that have reaction to foods that are in lotions, etc.

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    Guest Anne Fernandes

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    I take full responsibility to ensure that I do not ingest gluten, and have found two companies that produce gluten-free shampoo/conditioner and cosmetics that I like. I've been diagnosed for about ten years, and the elimination process has been frequented by trial and error... and symptoms. Product labeling would help. Unfortunately, I wonder how many years it would even take to enact the proposed labeling bill. Change moves slowly for celiac patients.

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    Guest Terry

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    It's good to have as much info as possible so consumers can make their own decisions. But there seems to be some debate among experts as to whether or not gluten can be absorbed through skin from lotions, shampoos etc. I would be much more interested in a law that required prescription and OTC drug manufacturers to label their products gluten-free or not.

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    Guest Linda Hardesty

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    I have been told that Dove shampoo and conditioner do not contain gluten. Also, Costco puts gluten-free on their Kirkland brand shampoo and conditioner. I have tried in vain to contact many beauty product companies about gluten in their products and have been told they can't tell me, but to ask my doctor. Ha!! I have not found a doctor in my area that barely understands celiac disease, let alone what products contain gluten. I am much in favor of this pending bill and hopefully it will be taken-up nationwide. Good luck Rep Englund.

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    Guest Jackie

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    I agree with Sue that all states should require gluten labeling for every food and product there is. It is so hard to avoid gluten when it is hidden in so many things.

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    Guest Suzanne

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    This is fabulous and so needed! I was breaking out badly under my eyes and finally found out my concealer had been reformulated and now contained gluten. It is very hard to find out if gluten is in any of the ingredients in makeup. Some of them I have no idea what they are, and it is the same with shampoos and lotions. I have had to call every company. Sometimes they have to research it themselves. I am so happy to hear of this bill. I hope it passes and paves the way for similar in other states.

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    Guest Barbara

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    Yes, shampoo and conditioners have been a concern for quite some time. I develop ear aches when the product gets into the ear while rinsing the hair.

    Helpful hint is to use leave in conditioners and there is no rinsing to get the product into the ears. I have bumps on the scalp. Is it from gluten?

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    Guest Barbara

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    Lip stick is a real problem. Manufacturers need to disclose if the product is gluten-free and manufactured in a gluten-free environment right on the packaging, as all products should be required by law to disclose on packaging.

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    Guest Barbara

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    I support Missouri Rep. Vicki Englund's bill, and it should be taken a step further to relate to all products and including whether or not it was manufactured in a gluten-free facility.

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    I am completely in agreement with all the preceding comments. At the moment it is almost impossible to read some ingredient lists as letters are so small, let alone understand all the chemical additives. Plain language please; if I can't understand/read what it says then I just don't buy it!

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    Guest Tricia

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    I take full responsibility to ensure that I do not ingest gluten, and have found two companies that produce gluten-free shampoo/conditioner and cosmetics that I like. I've been diagnosed for about ten years, and the elimination process has been frequented by trial and error... and symptoms. Product labeling would help. Unfortunately, I wonder how many years it would even take to enact the proposed labeling bill. Change moves slowly for celiac patients.

    Please tell: what safe shampoo and makeup have you discovered?

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    Hurrah for Rep. Englund!! I wish there were more like her!

    Everything that goes in or on your body should have the information re:gluten.

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    Guest Janet

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    I'm glad Rep. Englund is working to help people with celiac disease. It's hard enough to watch for gluten in foods, even harder in cosmetics and toiletries. Having clear, concise labeling would be a big step forward.

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    Guest frank

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    I agree with everything everyone says. It's about time that people with celiac disease don't suffer anymore. We are also human and have the right to live well. The government should acknowledge us and stop playing games.

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    Guest Susie

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    As far as I'm concerned, all states should enact this on all products and not just gluten. People have many different allergies/intolerances, and labeling should be accurate and in large enough print to read without a magnifying glass. Of course, that idiotic 20% and still gluten-free will become an issue for me with this labeling just as it is with food. It's a start! How about labeling how many ppm and let buyer beware and be safe!

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    Guest Rep Vicki Englund

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    I just wanted to let everyone know that my HB 549 will be heard in Committee tomorrow. If you have any personal experiences with shampoo, conditioner or other personal care items, please email me your stories at: Vicki.englund@house.mo.gov. I would love to share your stories and need them by noon on Wednesday, May 1st, central time. Thank you!

    Representative Vicki Englund

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    Guest Michelle

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    Please tell: what safe shampoo and makeup have you discovered?

    Hi Tricia. My name is Michelle and I am the constituent of Vicki Englund to whom the article refers. I have found gluten-free shampoo and lip gloss at Sephora, but only at the mall stores, not at Sephora in JC Penney stores. The Sephora store near me also has knowledgeable sales people, SO IMPORTANT! In addition to shampoo, I found out that my day and night face moisturizers from The Body Shop contained gluten. I returned my unused product and they were very nice about exchanging it for gluten-free products, the "aloe" day and night moisturizers. Best of luck to you!

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    Guest Dr. Randi I Ross

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    This is a FANTASTIC move by representative Englund, and so desperately needed by so many that need to avoid gluten. There are a number of companies that do label their products gluten free that I have found at whole foods-shampoo, conditioner, liquid body soaps and lotions. It's great not to wondering if gluten is or isn't in the products we use. I think it time for a bill like representative Englund's to be passed.

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    People with celiac disease nearly always test positive for antibodies to gluten proteins. Researchers have, as yet, identified no such antobodies or serologic markers for NCGS. That means that, unlike with celiac disease, there are no telltale screening tests that can point to NCGS. Absence of Celiac Disease or Wheat Allergy
    Doctors diagnose NCGS only by excluding both celiac disease, an IgE-mediated allergy to wheat, and by the noting ongoing adverse symptoms associated with gluten consumption. WHAT ABOUT IRRITABLE BOWEL SYNDROME (IBS) AND IRRITABLE BOWEL DISEASE (IBD)?
    IBS and IBD are usually diagnosed in part by ruling out celiac disease. Many patients with irritable bowel syndrome are sensitive to gluten. Many experience celiac disease-like symptoms in reaction to wheat. However, patients with IBS generally show no gut damage, and do not test positive for antibodies to gliadin and other proteins as do people with celiac disease. Some IBS patients also suffer from NCGS.

    To add more confusion, many cases of IBS are, in fact, celiac disease in disguise.

    That said, people with IBS generally react to more than just wheat. People with NCGS generally react to wheat and not to other things, but that’s not always the case. Doctors generally try to rule out celiac disease before making a diagnosis of IBS or NCGS. 
    Crohn’s Disease and celiac disease share many common symptoms, though causes are different.  In Crohn’s disease, the immune system can cause disruption anywhere along the gastrointestinal tract, and a diagnosis of Crohn’s disease typically requires more diagnostic testing than does a celiac diagnosis.  
    Crohn’s treatment consists of changes to diet and possible surgery.  Up to 10% of Crohn's patients can have both of conditions, which suggests a genetic connection, and researchers continue to examine that connection.
    Is There a Connection Between Celiac Disease, Non-Celiac Gluten Sensitivity and Irritable Bowel Syndrome? Large Number of Irritable Bowel Syndrome Patients Sensitive To Gluten Some IBD Patients also Suffer from Non-Celiac Gluten Sensitivity Many Cases of IBS and Fibromyalgia Actually Celiac Disease in Disguise CELIAC DISEASE DIAGNOSIS
    Diagnosis of celiac disease can be difficult. 

    Perhaps because celiac disease presents clinically in such a variety of ways, proper diagnosis often takes years. A positive serological test for antibodies against tissue transglutaminase is considered a very strong diagnostic indicator, and a duodenal biopsy revealing villous atrophy is still considered by many to be the diagnostic gold standard. 
    But this idea is being questioned; some think the biopsy is unnecessary in the face of clear serological tests and obvious symptoms. Also, researchers are developing accurate and reliable ways to test for celiac disease even when patients are already avoiding wheat. In the past, patients needed to be consuming wheat to get an accurate test result. 
    Celiac disease can have numerous vague, or confusing symptoms that can make diagnosis difficult.  Celiac disease is commonly misdiagnosed by doctors. Read a Personal Story About Celiac Disease Diagnosis from the Founder of Celiac.com Currently, testing and biopsy still form the cornerstone of celiac diagnosis.
    TESTING
    There are several serologic (blood) tests available that screen for celiac disease antibodies, but the most commonly used is called a tTG-IgA test. If blood test results suggest celiac disease, your physician will recommend a biopsy of your small intestine to confirm the diagnosis.
    Testing is fairly simple and involves screening the patients blood for antigliadin (AGA) and endomysium antibodies (EmA), and/or doing a biopsy on the areas of the intestines mentioned above, which is still the standard for a formal diagnosis. Also, it is now possible to test people for celiac disease without making them concume wheat products.

    BIOPSY
    Until recently, biopsy confirmation of a positive gluten antibody test was the gold standard for celiac diagnosis. It still is, but things are changing fairly quickly. Children can now be accurately diagnosed for celiac disease without biopsy. Diagnosis based on level of TGA-IgA 10-fold or more the ULN, a positive result from the EMA tests in a second blood sample, and the presence of at least 1 symptom could avoid risks and costs of endoscopy for more than half the children with celiac disease worldwide.

    WHY A GLUTEN-FREE DIET?
    Currently the only effective, medically approved treatment for celiac disease is a strict gluten-free diet. Following a gluten-free diet relieves symptoms, promotes gut healing, and prevents nearly all celiac-related complications. 
    A gluten-free diet means avoiding all products that contain wheat, rye and barley, or any of their derivatives. This is a difficult task as there are many hidden sources of gluten found in the ingredients of many processed foods. Still, with effort, most people with celiac disease manage to make the transition. The vast majority of celiac disease patients who follow a gluten-free diet see symptom relief and experience gut healing within two years.
    For these reasons, a gluten-free diet remains the only effective, medically proven treatment for celiac disease.
    WHAT ABOUT ENZYMES, VACCINES, ETC.?
    There is currently no enzyme or vaccine that can replace a gluten-free diet for people with celiac disease.
    There are enzyme supplements currently available, such as AN-PEP, Latiglutetenase, GluteGuard, and KumaMax, which may help to mitigate accidental gluten ingestion by celiacs. KumaMax, has been shown to survive the stomach, and to break down gluten in the small intestine. Latiglutenase, formerly known as ALV003, is an enzyme therapy designed to be taken with meals. GluteGuard has been shown to significantly protect celiac patients from the serious symptoms they would normally experience after gluten ingestion. There are other enzymes, including those based on papaya enzymes.

    Additionally, there are many celiac disease drugs, enzymes, and therapies in various stages of development by pharmaceutical companies, including at least one vaccine that has received financial backing. At some point in the not too distant future there will likely be new treatments available for those who seek an alternative to a lifelong gluten-free diet. 

    For now though, there are no products on the market that can take the place of a gluten-free diet. Any enzyme or other treatment for celiac disease is intended to be used in conjunction with a gluten-free diet, not as a replacement.

    ASSOCIATED DISEASES
    The most common disorders associated with celiac disease are thyroid disease and Type 1 Diabetes, however, celiac disease is associated with many other conditions, including but not limited to the following autoimmune conditions:
    Type 1 Diabetes Mellitus: 2.4-16.4% Multiple Sclerosis (MS): 11% Hashimoto’s thyroiditis: 4-6% Autoimmune hepatitis: 6-15% Addison disease: 6% Arthritis: 1.5-7.5% Sjögren’s syndrome: 2-15% Idiopathic dilated cardiomyopathy: 5.7% IgA Nephropathy (Berger’s Disease): 3.6% Other celiac co-morditities include:
    Crohn’s Disease; Inflammatory Bowel Disease Chronic Pancreatitis Down Syndrome Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS) Lupus Multiple Sclerosis Primary Biliary Cirrhosis Primary Sclerosing Cholangitis Psoriasis Rheumatoid Arthritis Scleroderma Turner Syndrome Ulcerative Colitis; Inflammatory Bowel Disease Williams Syndrome Cancers:
    Non-Hodgkin lymphoma (intestinal and extra-intestinal, T- and B-cell types) Small intestinal adenocarcinoma Esophageal carcinoma Papillary thyroid cancer Melanoma CELIAC DISEASE REFERENCES:
    Celiac Disease Center, Columbia University
    Gluten Intolerance Group
    National Institutes of Health
    U.S. National Library of Medicine
    Mayo Clinic
    University of Chicago Celiac Disease Center