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    What is the Codex Alimentarius Commission - Is Codex Wheat Starch Safe for the Gluten-Free Diet/Celiac Disease?

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    Q: Why would people with celiac disease want to eat Codex wheat starch?
    A: Most people who have tried products made with Codex wheat starch feel that they are far superior to gluten-free products that do not contain the ingredient.

    Celiac.com 06/25/2000 - The Codex Alimentarius Commission was created by the World Health Organization and the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations. It currently provides the only international gluten-free food standard for manufacturers. Its members include the Unites States and Canada in North America, and most European, Latin American, African and Asian countries. It is worth noting that European countries which currently conduct the most cutting-edge research on celiac disease in the world, namely Finland, Norway, Italy, Sweden and the UK, are also members of the Codex, and they currently accept the Codex standard for gluten-free foods that specifies a limit of 500 parts per million (ppm) of gluten in foods. This incredibly low level of gluten is considered safe by the Codex for people with celiac disease, as our products that contain specially made wheat starch with levels of gluten under this amount. Most manufacturers of gluten-free food use wheat starch that falls below 200 ppm, rather than the higher accepted limit of 500 ppm, and the current Codex gluten-free standard is in the process of being revised to the 200 ppm level.

    The acceptance of the Codex wheat starch by most European countries is based on years of research and the follow up care of hundreds of thousands, perhaps millions of people with celiac disease, whose doctors found that they recovered fine while eating it. There is currently much clinical research being done in Europe on the safety of Codex wheat starch, the results of which have further reinforced the concept that Codex wheat starch is safe for people with celiac disease. Most people with celiac disease (excluding extremely sensitive individuals and people with wheat allergy) should be able to eat Codex wheat starch without any damage or problems associated with the disease.


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    Why would ANYONE with Coeliacs of Non-Coeliac Gluten Intolerance, or even a wheat allergy/intolerance eat this stuff? My body builds up to severe allergic reactions, it doesn't kick in over night always; it can take a day or two. So why would I eat this and risk getting very sick? How can it POSSIBLY be safe???

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    Why would ANYONE with Coeliacs of Non-Coeliac Gluten Intolerance, or even a wheat allergy/intolerance eat this stuff? My body builds up to severe allergic reactions, it doesn't kick in over night always; it can take a day or two. So why would I eat this and risk getting very sick? How can it POSSIBLY be safe???

    I think that it is very poor that society is underestimating coeliac disease in certain countries. For goodness sakes, at least test the product for detectable gluten and DON'T YOU DARE label a product as Gluten Free unless it doesn't contain detectable gluten.

     

    Those of you who CHOOSE (voluntarily) to follow a gluten free diet are the ones who ruin it for those who actually have a medically diagnosed gluten intolerance. If you had any idea the pain and suffering we must tolerate due to your flippant ‘fad diets' you would not make such posts. It is silly fad dieters that impose this view on society that “just a little bit of wheat or gluten wont hurt' or “just scrap off the gluten sauce off your meat†or my fave “just pick out the croutons from your saladâ€. Far out did you know that one one hundredth of a piece of bread in an individual with coeliac disease can cause damage that will take up to a year to fix?? The damage is extremely painful too, its not just vomiting and diarrhea for a couple of days, its painful swelling (that sometimes causes you to go to the emergency department because it hurts that much and you look like a beached whale), vomiting, nausea, constipation, diarrhea, extreme weight loss and these symptoms do not just last for a couple of days it can last for months and months even if you stay to a strict gluten free diet following the “accidental gluten intakeâ€.

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    Both of the other posters have it right. Even trace amounts of gluten can make a true celiac miserable for extended periods of time. I have suffered from all of the symptoms listed, and they have been both sudden onset, and build-up-over-time types of reactions. If you are a celiac reading this, don't get your hopes up about wheat starch. It is made for the masses, not for us. Stay clean, and stay symptom free!

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    Did you not read the article, people?!

     

    "The acceptance of the Codex wheat starch by most European countries is based on years of research and the follow up care of hundreds of thousands, perhaps millions of people with celiac disease, whose doctors found that they recovered fine while eating it. There is currently much clinical research being done in Europe on the safety of Codex wheat starch..."

     

    I just got back from a 2-week trip to Norway and ate bread with codex wheat starch every day and never even got a stomach ache or break out. I am a coeliac, and I have been to the ER in the past for my severe gluten reactions, and I can attest that this stuff is gluten-free! Europeans are more in tune with coeliac disease than Americans are. Most of my relatives (and friends) in Norway have this problem. It is not a "fad" there like it is in America. This is a genetic disease that is proven to have links to Northern Europe and the British Isles, and because of this, the majority of the populations in these countries probably has a problem. They have been researching this much longer (read the article about the most recent Finnish study), so how can you judge their results without even reading them yourselves?

     

    Codex wheat starch should at least become available in America as an option for coeliac patients. For those that really think they can't handle it (at least try it), read the labels. We should all be really good at that by now!

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    Anything that codex alimentarus has to say should be viewed as disinformation. That is a very evil organization. Article above says they were started by World health Organization. I think they were started with money from pharmaceutical companies. This is what researchers who have looked carefully said about codex.

     

    Codex alimentarus' main job is to get national governments to impose legal restrictions on the use of vitamins and nutritional supplements. For example, they got France to outlaw vitamin C pills of the 500 mg size. And a french lady went to jail because she sold such a pill in a health food store. In Germany they've reduced the quantities of many active ingredients in the supplements because of codex alimentarus. They want fewer vitamins, less supplements, more pharmaceutical drugs. This is what their organization is about, their purpose.

     

    I am celiac though technically undiagnosed. And I advocate fleeing from gluten. Products that are labeled 'gluten free' are allowed to have some gluten and still retain that label. It is a crock of crap.

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    Did you not read the article, people?!

     

    "The acceptance of the Codex wheat starch by most European countries is based on years of research and the follow up care of hundreds of thousands, perhaps millions of people with celiac disease, whose doctors found that they recovered fine while eating it. There is currently much clinical research being done in Europe on the safety of Codex wheat starch..."

     

    I just got back from a 2-week trip to Norway and ate bread with codex wheat starch every day and never even got a stomach ache or break out. I am a coeliac, and I have been to the ER in the past for my severe gluten reactions, and I can attest that this stuff is gluten-free! Europeans are more in tune with coeliac disease than Americans are. Most of my relatives (and friends) in Norway have this problem. It is not a "fad" there like it is in America. This is a genetic disease that is proven to have links to Northern Europe and the British Isles, and because of this, the majority of the populations in these countries probably has a problem. They have been researching this much longer (read the article about the most recent Finnish study), so how can you judge their results without even reading them yourselves?

     

    Codex wheat starch should at least become available in America as an option for coeliac patients. For those that really think they can't handle it (at least try it), read the labels. We should all be really good at that by now!

    Did you read what the editor of Lancet said in a public interview about 3 weeks ago? He said that half of all medical studies are based on lies. He said all doctors do today is behave as marketing agents for pharmaceutical companies. Lancet is the most respected medical journal in the world, it is from United Kingdom. This man edited that journal for decades. When he retired he blasted the medical industry for fraudulent studies. And also in the last few weeks a similar editor from the New England Journal of Medicine retired and said chillingly similar things.

     

    The medical studies are not necessarily honest folks. Many of them conflict with each other and so many have an agenda.

     

    Codex Alimentarus has an agenda. They were started with money from pharmaceutical companies, their purpose is to get people to use less vitamins, less supplements and more drugs. They want laws passed to make the quantities in vitamin and supplement pills much smaller, they want the vitamins labeled with warnings on them against using it and especially against using significant quantities.

     

    In France a lady went to prison simply because she worked at a health food store that sold standard ordinary vitamin C pills. This was her crime. that is because of codex alimentarus why the french have that law. In Germany they have restrictions also because of codex.

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    Did you not read the article, people?!

     

    "The acceptance of the Codex wheat starch by most European countries is based on years of research and the follow up care of hundreds of thousands, perhaps millions of people with celiac disease, whose doctors found that they recovered fine while eating it. There is currently much clinical research being done in Europe on the safety of Codex wheat starch..."

     

    I just got back from a 2-week trip to Norway and ate bread with codex wheat starch every day and never even got a stomach ache or break out. I am a coeliac, and I have been to the ER in the past for my severe gluten reactions, and I can attest that this stuff is gluten-free! Europeans are more in tune with coeliac disease than Americans are. Most of my relatives (and friends) in Norway have this problem. It is not a "fad" there like it is in America. This is a genetic disease that is proven to have links to Northern Europe and the British Isles, and because of this, the majority of the populations in these countries probably has a problem. They have been researching this much longer (read the article about the most recent Finnish study), so how can you judge their results without even reading them yourselves?

     

    Codex wheat starch should at least become available in America as an option for coeliac patients. For those that really think they can't handle it (at least try it), read the labels. We should all be really good at that by now!

    It should be available in America. But I don't think anyone would stop it from being sold here. It is not like the government protects us from anything, they allow many bad foods that are very harmful to our population.

     

    If you say it worked good for you, then I believe you. But I am very skeptical about myself. Maybe someday I might improve to the point where I think different.

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