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Gluten-free and Gluten-safe Halloween Candy for 2014

Celiac.com 10/17/2014 - With Halloween 2014 looming like a goblin, the search for gluten-free and gluten-safe candy selections in underway.

Here is Celiac.com’s latest, most up-to-date list of Gluten-free and Gluten-safe Candy List for Halloween 2014. This year, we offer our most comprehensive list, which includes new gluten-free treats like Kinder Surprise Eggs, among others. 

Below, you will find a list of UNSAFE, NON–gluten–free candies, along with a partial list of major candy makers with links to their company websites.

Please keep in mind that this list is not complete, or definitive, and should only be used as a guideline.

Before eating any candy on the list, be sure to read labels, check manufacturer’s information, and gauge your purchases according to your own sensitivity levels, or those of your children.

Check manufacturer websites for official information on any specific products.

Photo: CC--WxMomGluten-free and Gluten-safe Candy List for Halloween 2014:

  • 3 Musketeers fun size
  • 3 Musketeers Mint with dark chocolate

A

  • Act II Popcorn Balls
  • Adams & Brooks Fun Pops Scooby Doo
  • Ingredients free of: peanuts, tree nuts, egg, milk, wheat/gluten, soy
  • Albert's Gummy Eyeballs
  • Albert's Iced Halloween pops (lollipops)
  • Alien Pop, Baseball Pop, Basketball Pop, Boo Pop, Carousel Pop, ColorBlaster Pop, Football Pop, Happy Heart Pop, Hoppin' Pop, Lickin' Lips Pop, Lolliday Pop, Lollinotes, Pop-A-Bear, Soccer Pop, Alien Glow Pop, Buggin' Glow Pop, Burstin Bits, and Ghostly Glow Pop
  • Almond Joy - All Except ALMOND JOY PIECES Candy
  • Almond Joy fun size bars
  • Altoids (except for Altoids Smalls Peppermint)
  • Amanda's Own Confections Chocolate shapes and chocolate lollipops
  • Annie's Organic Bunny Fruit snacks
  • Applehead, Grapehead, Cherryhead

B

  • Baby Ruth original and fun size
  • Barrels of Candy
  • Bazooka Big Mix (includes bubble gum, bubble gum filled candy, candy chews, and bubble gum filled lollipops)
  • Bazooka Ring Pops
  • Bazooka Push Pops
  • Bazooka Baby Bottle Pops
  • Betty Crocker Fruit by the Foot Wicked Webs Berry Wave mini feet
  • Betty Crocker Halloween fruit flavored snacks, including Fruit Gushers, Fruit Roll–ups, and Mini Rolls
  • Bit•O•Honey
  • Big Blow bubblegum
  • Black Forest Gummy Tarantulas
  • Black Forest Gummy Fun Bugs Juicy Oozers
  • Bubbly lollipop and gum
  • Butterfinger bar, original and fun size

C

  • Cadbury Adams Swedish Fish
  • Cadbury Adams Sour Patch Kids and Sour Patch Extreme
  • Candy Checkers (made for Target)
  • Caramel Apple Pops (made by Tootsie Roll)
  • Charleston Chew original and fun size
  • Charms Blow Pops and Blow Pop Minis – may contain milk or soy
  • Charms Candy Carnival Package – Blow Pops, Sugar Babies, Zip a Dee mini pops, Sugar Daddy, Pops, Sugar Mama Caramel, Tear Jerkers sour bubble gum, Blow Pop Bubble Gum – may contain milk or soy
  • Charms Fluffy Stuff Spider Web cotton candy
  • Chewy Atomic Fireballs
  • Chewy Lemonheads and Friends
  • Chupa Chups Fruit Lollipops
  • Circus Peanuts by Spangler
  • Clark Bars
  • Coastal Bay Confections Candy Corn, Mellocreme Pumpkins, Autumn Mix
  • Colombina Scary Eyeballs bubblegum
  • Colombina Fizzy Pops
  • Comix Mix Candy Sticks – Tom and Jerry, Flintstones, Scooby
  • Doo, Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, Popeye
  • Cracker Jack caramel coated popcorn and peanuts
  • Crispy Cat Mint Coconut Candy Bar
  • Crispy Cat Toasted Almond Candy Bar
  • Crispy Cat Chocolate Marshmallow Candy Bar
  • CVS Brand Candy Bracelet with Pendant

D

  • Disney Halloween Candy Mix – jelly beans, gummies, candy bracelets and characters from Cars, Tinkerbell and Toy Story
  • Dots Gumdrops – including Candy Corn Dots, Ghost Dots, and Bat Dots
  • Dove pieces – Dark Chocolate, Milk Chocolate, Peanut Butter Milk Chocolate, Caramel Milk Chocolate
  • Dubble Bubble bubblegum
  • Dum Dum Chewy Pops
  • Dum Dum Lollipops (including Shrek Pops)

F

  • Farley’s Kiddie Mix - Smarties, SweetTarts, Now and Later, Jaw Breakers, Super Bubble and Lolli-pops
  • Ferrara Pan Caramels
  • Ferrara Pan Lemonhead & Friends candy mix – including Applehead, Cherryhead, Grapehead, Chewy Lemonhead & Friends, Chewy Atomic Fireball, and Red Hots
  • FLIX Spooky Lip Pops Lollipops, Angry Birds Lollipops, Gummy Boo Bands, Monsters, Inc. Character Candies, Lollipops and Marshmallow Eyeballs
  • Florida’s Natural Healthy Treats Nuggets, Sour String, Fruit Stiks
  • Fright Fingers Popcorn Kit
  • Frankford’s Bugs Gummy Candy
  • Frankford’s Gummy Body Parts
  • Frankford’s Marshmallow Pals
  • Fun Dip
  • Fun Dip Sour

G

  • Game Night boxes of candy game pieces (includes Operation, Sorry!, Monopoly, Life, and Clue)
  • Gimbal’s Fine Candies Jelly Beans, Sour Lovers, Cherry Lovers, Cinnamon Lovers, LavaBalls, Licorice Scotties
  • Goldenberg's peanut chews
  • Goobers
  • Grave Gummies (Yummy Gummies)
  • Greenbriar Skull and Bones Fruit Hard Candy, Spooky Lollipop Rings, Grave Gummies
  • Gummy Brush Paint Shop
  • Gummy Pirate Choppers

H

  • Haribo Gold-Bears
  • Heath milk chocolate English toffee bar and snack size - contains almonds
  • Hershey's Kisses Milk Chocolate & Filled Chocolates - ALL
  • Hershey's Milk Chocolate bars
  • Hershey's Milk Chocolate with Almonds
  • Hershey's Milk Duds
  • Hershey's Nuggets (Milk Chocolate, Milk Chocolate with Almonds, Milk Chocolate with Toffee and Almonds, Special Dark, Special Dark with Almonds),
  • Hershey's Skor Toffee Bars
  • Hot Tamales
  • Hot Tamales Spray
  • Hubba Bubba Gum
  • Humphrey Popcorn Balls

I

  • Ice Cream Dipper (Blue Raspberry, Strawberry)

J

  • Jelly Belly beans – gluten–free, dairy–free
  • Jolly Rancher hard candy and Doubles Candy
  • Jolly Rancher Hard Candy Stix, Lollipops and Fruit Chews
  • Jr. Mints fun size – may contain eggs
  • Just Born Jelly Beans
  • Just Born marshmallow treats

K

  • Kellogg’s Spongebob Squarepants fruit flavored snacks
  • Kinder Surprise Eggs
  • Kraft Caramels
  • Kraft Jet–Puffed Boo Mallows and Ghost Mallows
  • Kraft Swedish Fish
  • Kraft Sour Patch Kids and Sour Patch Extreme

L

  • Laffy Taffy Plain, Stretchy & Tangy and Rope
  • Lemonheads
  • Lifesavers
  • LifeSavers Gummies including Big Ring Gummies, Sweet ‘n’ Sour, and Scary Assortment
  • Lollipop Paint Shop

Photo: CC--terren In VirginiaM

  • M&M’s – original, peanut, peanut butter
  • Mars M&M's – except pretzel M&M's
  • Mars Dove chocolate products
  • Mars Munch Nut bar
  • Mars Snickers, Snickers Dark bars, fun size and mini’s – may contain almonds
  • Mary Janes
  • Mallo Cup
  • Marvel Heroes Candy Sticks (Hulk, Spiderman, Wolverine)
  • Mega Warheads
  • Melster Chocolate Covered Marshmallow
  • Melster Peanut Butter Kisses
  • Milk Duds
  • Mike and Ike
  • Mike and Ike Spray
  • Mini Mentos
  • Mini Sour Dudes Straws
  • Monstaz Pops (jack–o–lantern lollipops)
  • Monster Hunt plastic monster eggs filled with candy bones, skulls and pumpkins (made for Target)
  • Mounds
  • Mounds dark chocolate fun size bars
  • Mr. Goodbar

N

  • Necco’s Sky Bar 4 in 1 chocolate bar
  • Necco Wafers
  • Necco Mary Janes
  • Necco Mary Jane Peanut Butter Kisses – does contain peanuts
  • Necco Sweethearts Conversation Hearts (available for Valentine's Day only)
  • Necco Canada Mint & Wintergreen Lozenges
  • Necco Haviland Thin Mints and Candy Stix
  • Necco Clark Bars
  • Necco Skybars
  • Necco Haviland Peppermint & Wintergreen Patties
  • Necco Candy Eggs
  • Necco Talking Pumpkins (available at Halloween only)
  • Necco Squirrel Nut Caramels and Squirrel Nut Zippers
  • Necco Banana Split and Mint Julep Chews
  • Necco Ultramints
  • Nestle Milk Chocolate fun size bars
  • Nestle Baby Ruth
  • Nestle Bit–O–Honey
  • Nestle Butterfinger (NOT Butterfinger Crisp or Butterfinger Stixx)
  • Nestle Goobers – does contain peanuts
  • Nestle Nips (both regular and sugar–free)
  • Nestle Oh Henry!
  • Nestle Raisinets – made on equipment that processes peanuts
  • Nestle Sno–Caps
  • Nestle Wonka Pixy Stix
  • Nestle Wonka Laffy Taffy
  • Nestle Wonka Lik–M–Aid Fun Dip
  • Nestle Wonka Spree
  • Nik-L-Nip wax bottles with juice
  • Now and Later

O

  • Oh Henry!
  • Operation Gummy Candy

P

  • Palmer Peanut Butter Cups – does contain peanuts
  • Pay Day peanut caramel bar snack size
  • Peanut M&M’s
  • Pearson’s Bun candy – maple and roasted peanuts
  • Pearson’s Mint Patties,
  • Pearson’s Nut Goodies
  • Pearson's Salted Nut Rolls
  • Peeps Jack–o–lanterns, Ghosts, Peeps Pumpkins and Chocolate Mousse Cats – “Gluten Free”
  • Pez candy – All PEZ products are “Gluten Free”
  • Pop Rocks
  • Popcorn Expressions Kettle Corn Snack Bags
  • Pixie Stix
  • Pure Fun Halloween Pure Pops

R

  • Rain Blo Bubble Gum Eyes of Terror
  • Raisinets
  • Razzles candy gum
  • Red Hots
  • Reese's Fast Break candy bars and snack size
  • Reese's Peanut Butter Cups snack size and miniatures – Except REESE'S Peanut Butter Cup Unwrapped Minis and Seasonal Shaped Items
  • Reese's Pieces
  • Reese's Select Peanut Butter Cremes
  • Reese's Select Clusters
  • Reese's Whipps
  • Riviera Spooky Candy Rings
  • Rolo chocolate covered caramels – Except ROLO Minis

S

  • Sidewalk Chalk
  • Sixlets
  • Skeleton Pops (lollipops)
  • Skittles includes Original, Sour, Wild Berry, Fizzl’d Fruits, and Crazy Core, including fun-size
  • Smarties – (the small pastel–colored candies sold in rolls and made by Ce De). Also Candy Money, Candy Necklace, Easter Smarties, Giant Smarties, Giant Smarties Pops, Love Hearts, Mega Smarties, Smarties in a Pouch, Tropical Smarties, Smarties Double Lollies, Smarties Mega Lollies, Smarties Parties, Smarties Pops, and X-TREME Sour Smarties. Manufacturer states: These products contains NO: gluten, milk, egg, fish, crustacean shellfish, tree nuts, wheat, peanuts, or soy. (US only, NOT gluten-free in Canada).
  • Snickers
  • Snickers Fudge bar
  • Sno-Caps
  • Sno-Cone
  • Soda Pop
  • Sour Patch
  • Spooky Candy Rings (eyeballs, Frankenstein heads and other shapes on rings)
  • Starburst Fruit Chews and fun-size
  • Starburst Gummibursts and Sour Gummibursts
  • Sugar Babies
  • Sugar Daddy Caramel Pops
  • Super Bubble bubble gum
  • Surf Sweets Gummy Worms
  • Surf Sweets Gummy Swirls
  • Surf Sweets Gummy Bears
  • Surf SweetsFruity Bears
  • Surf Sweets Jelly Beans
  • Surf Sweets Sour Worms
  • Surf Sweets Sour Berry Bears
  • Swedish Fish
  • Sweethearts conversation hearts Forbidden Fruits (candy packaging of The Twilight Saga, New Moon the movie)
  • Sweet’s Candy Corn Taffy

T

  • TIC TACS
  • Tootsie Caramel Apple Pops
  • Tootsie Pops – original and mini
  • Tootsie Rolls Midgies and snack bars
  • Topps - Baby Bottle Pop, Ring Pops, Push Pops, Ring Pop Gummies, Bazooka Gum, Bazooka Gum Nuggets
  • Transformers Candy Mix – gummy shields, fruit chews, candy shields, gum rocks
  • Twist and Glow, Twist and Glow Heart, Twist and Glow Pumpkin

W

  • Warheads – Extreme Sour hard candy and Sour QBZ chewy cubes
  • Warheads Sour Chewy Cubes
  • Warheads Super Sour Spray, Sour Dippers, Double Drops
  • Wonka Bottlecaps
  • Wonka Chocolate Laffy Taffy
  • Wonka Giant Chewy Nerds Jelly Beans
  • Wonka Giant Pixy Stix
  • Wonka Gobstopper Everlasting
  • Wonka Gobstopper Chewy
  • Wonka Fruit Tart Chews
  • Wonka Fun Dip and Fun Dip Sour
  • Wonka Laffy Taffy Ropes
  • Wonka Mix–Ups
  • Wonka Monster Mix–Ups – SweetTarts Skulls and Bones, Spooky Nerds, Howlin’ Laffy Taffy
  • Wonka Nerds – carry a cross contamination warning on the Spooky Nerds orange and fruit punch flavors
  • Wonka Pixy Stix
  • Wrigley's Gum

X

  • X–scream Mouth Morphers Fruit Gushers

Y

  • York Peppermint Patties
  • York Peppermint Patties Pumpkins

Z

  • Zed Candy Skulls and Bones

With all these selections, finding some good, gluten–free candy should be a snap. As always, be sure to read labels, as some ingredients can vary.

**WARNING! THESE UNSAFE CANDIES CONTAIN OR MAY CONTAIN GLUTEN:

AIRHEADS

  • Packaging states that Airheads are: “Manufactured in a facility that processes wheat flour.”
  • Airheads.com FAQs state that: “Airheads do not contain gluten; however, they are processed in a facility that uses wheat flour, so the company does not guarantee that Airheads are gluten-free.
  • Airheads Xtremes Rolls contains wheat flour

ANNABELLE’S

  • Abba Zabba – contains: peanuts, soybean oil and soy lecithin, wheat/gluten

Big Hunk

  • Package statement: “made in a facility that uses milk, egg, tree nuts, wheat and peanuts”

Look

  • Contains: milk, peanuts, soy lecithin, eggs, wheat/gluten

Rocky Road, Rocky Road Mint, Rocky Road Dark

  • Contain wheat/gluten

U-No

  • Contains: milk, almonds, soy lecithin, wheat/gluten

AMERICAN LICORICE CO.

  • Sour Punch Sticks, Twists, Bits, Bites, Straws – contains wheat/gluten
  • Red Vines – all varieties, including Black, Natural and Fruit Vines – contains wheat/gluten

BEE INTERNATIONAL

  • Zombee Bloody Bites (glow in the dark plastic fangs with oozing candy blood bags)
  • Zombee Candy Corn (in a tall tube with plastic pumpkin lid)
  • Package statement: “Made in a facility that also processes milk, wheat, peanuts, tree nuts.”

BRACH'S

  • All Brach's candy should be considered NOT gluten–free! Please be careful, as I have seen Brach's candies included on gluten-free safe lists!

CADBURY ADAMS

  • Sour Patch Xploderz

CHUCKLES

  • Chuckles Ju Jubes

CVS

  • Candy Corn, Autumn Mix, Candy Pumpkins
  • Ingredients free of: wheat/gluten, milk, tree nuts, peanuts
  • Package statement: “This product was packaged in a facility where other products containing peanuts, tree nuts, milk, wheat, soy and egg are also packaged.”

FARLEY'S AND SATHERS

  • Harvest Mix and Candy Corn – This product is made by Brach’s. All Brach’s candies are considered to contain gluten. See Brach’s blistings.
  • Heide candies – Jujyfruits, Jujubes, Red Raspberry Dollars, Red Hot Dollars Wild Cherry, Heide Gummi Bears
  • Super Bubble and Super Bubble Blast
  • Trolli Gummi Bears, Trolli Sour Brite (Frite) Crawlers
  • “Packaged on equipment that packages products containing traces of milk, wheat, egg, peanuts, tree nuts and/or soy protein.”
FERRERO
  • Ferrero Rocher Chocolates 

FLIX

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  • Bag of Boogers Gummies - “Manufactured in a facility that processes gluten (wheat), milk, egg, peanuts, tree nuts and soy.”

FRANKFORD

  • Frankford Fun Size Mix (Peanut Butter, Caramel and Crispy Chocolate Covered Candies) Crispy Candies
  • SpongeBob Gummy Krabby Patties

GOETZE

  • Goetze’s Caramel Creams, Cow Tales – Contain wheat flour, milk, and soy.

HARIBO

  • Black Licorice Wheels
  • Brixx
  • Fruity Pasta
  • Konfekt and Pontefract Cakes
  • Red Licorice Wheels
  • Sour S’ghetti

HERSHEY

Hershey Snack Sized Bars - ALL

Kit Kat – contains wheat

Reese's Minis

Reese’s Peanut Butter Pumpkins

Twizzlers – contains wheat

Whoppers – contains barley malt and wheat flour

Hershey’s Bliss (Milk Chocolate, Milk Chocolate with Almonds, Milk Chocolate with Meltaway Center, White Chocolate with Meltaway Center, Milk Chocolate with Raspberry Meltaway Center, Dark Chocolate) – No gluten ingredients, but not on Hershey’s official gluten-free list.

Hershey's Good & Plenty

Hershey’s Mr. Goodbar fun size

Hershey’s Twizzlers, Flavored Twists

IMPACT CONFECTIONS

  • Warheads Sour Twists – contain wheat/gluten, milk

MARS and WRIGLEY

  • Milky Way – contains barley malt
  • Twix – contains wheat

NESTLE

  • Butterfinger Crisp or Butterfinger Stixx – contains wheat flour
  • Crunch – contains barley malt, and is “made on equipment that also processes wheat.”
  • Hundred Grand Bar – contains barley malt,and is “made on equipment that also processes wheat.”
  • Wonka Oompas and the Wonka Bar are NOT gluten–free.

PALMER

  • Palmer Bag of Boo’s fudge bars
  • Palmer Tricky Treats (mix of Googley Eyes, Boneheads, and Pumpkin Patch chocolate candies)
  • Palmer Trick or Treat Mix
  • Palmer Peppermint Patties
RUSSELL STOVER'S – Russell Stover's products are produced on equipment that also processes peanuts, tree nuts, eggs and wheat gluten.

WONKA

  • Wonka Bar
  • Wonka Chewy Runts
  • Wonka Chewy Spree
  • Wonka Giant and Mini Chewy SweeTarts
  • Wonka Nerds
  • Wonka Oompas
  • Wonka Runts
  • Wonka Runts Chewy
  • Wonka SweetTarts
  • Wonka Sweetarts (regular)
  • Wonka Sweetarts Chew
  • Wonka Sweetarts Chewy Twists
  • Wonka Sweetarts Giant Chewy
  • Wonka Sweetarts Mini Chewy
  • Wonka Shockers
  • Wonka Sweetarts Gummy Bugs – contains wheat/gluten
  • Wonka Sweetarts Rope – contains wheat/gluten
  • Wonka Sweetarts Shockers
  • Wonka Tart N Tinys
  • Wonka Tart N Tinys Chew
  • Wonka SweetTarts Boo Bag Mix 

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DJ Dyspeptic
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21 Oct 2014 5:14:28 PM PDT
Also: Milk Duds. It appears on both the GF and the "May Contain Gluten" lists.

 
Jefferson
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22 Oct 2014 11:25:49 AM PDT
Thank you for your reply! According to Hershey's, ALL Milk Duds are gluten-free. We will update the list to reflect that information.

 
Laura

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The only Hershey kisses that are safe are milk chocolate and the filled.

 
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Cool article

 
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Just in time for Halloween--thank you!

 
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Thank you.

 
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Good work! Thanks a million.




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Thank you all very much. I actually cried when I got the answer. I wanted an explanation that I could "fix." Now I'm back to thinking I'm just weak and possibly crazy. I know I'm not crazy, but you know.

From what I have read online there is about a 1-3% chance of getting a false positive for celiac disease from a blood test. Was it a blood test that you got done? It may be worth your while to get a biopsy or more testing just to confirm it. I know being gluten free is a pain but it is better than getting cancer or other auto immune disorders.

I prefer edible candy. I have glaucoma and celiac so it helps me on a daily basis for all of my medical problems. I wish I could find a strain that has laxative effects so I didn't need linsess. Leafly.com has a lot of strain information and cannabist is a good resource, too. You can use CBD or THC and not get 'stoned'. I function fine on 20 mg of the candy. I refuse to drive if I smoke though. Good luck, hope it helps.

Is it NCGS or Low stomach acid misdiagnosed Low Stomach Acid and Celiac Disease Dear Gluten Intolerant please consider Low Stomach Acid as a possible Differential Diagnosis as a possible way to achieve remission of your GI symptom's. ?Consider what I say; and the Lord give thee understanding in all things? 2 Timothy 2: 7 Low stomach acid has now been linked to a probable cause of damage to the Small Intestine before and/or occurring with a Non-Celiac Gluten Sensitivity (NCGS) or Celiac diagnosis. See this research as reported on celiac.com that discusses the increased risk of/for someone to develop celiac disease after taking PPI?s. http://www.celiac.com/articles/23432/1/Do-Proton-Pump-Inhibitors-Increase-Risk-of-Celiac-Disease/Page1.html Note how the article starts quoting ?Rates of celiac disease and the use of drugs to inhibit the secretion of stomach acid have both increased in recent decades. A research team recently set out to explore the association between anti-secretory medication exposure and subsequent development of celiac disease.? If these medicine are lowering stomach acid what cause effect relationship does/ could this have on Celaic/NCGS diagnosis is what he is postulating. He goes on to say without being very technical (read the whole article for yourself) that ?The data clearly show that patients who use anti-secretory medications are at much greater risk for developing celiac disease following the use of these medicines. The fact that this connection persisted even after the team excluded prescriptions for anti-secretory medicines in the year preceding the celiac disease diagnosis suggests a causal relationship?. If even after a year OFF these medicines your chances of developing Celiac Disease (celiac disease) not to mention even NCGS which is much more prominent surely the researcher is correct in postulating that there is a cause and effect relationship between low stomach acid and NCGS and/or Celiac disease. Surely there is something we can learn here. I now postulate some homework for the reader of this blog post. Do some research for yourself and see if achlorhydia or hypochlorhydia symptoms don?t at least resemble in some manner all of the GI symptoms you have been having. (I note some of the many symptom?s low stomach acid can present with below as referenced from Dr. Myatt?s online article ?What?s Burning You? for easy reference (It might not be what you think (my words)) It is important to note here that ?some? symptoms does not mean all but many or several. It is called a differential diagnosis. It is an important diagnostic tool in medicine. Think of the tv show ?House? where they spend the whole hour/over a week times going through the ?differential diagnosis? in short any one symptom can/have many different causes. The trick is how to quickly eliminate possible outcomes as symptoms (many) go up. All is usually never meet because that would make the disease in full outbreak and obvious even to the layman a condition described as ?frank? or ?classic? Scurvy or Rickets as an example. Sadly too often after 8 to 10+ years of testing after all the differential diagnosis?s are ruled out you are said by process of elimination to have Celiac Disease if you are lucky or maybe NCGS and not some other acronym GI disease as I like to refer to them as a group. GERD,IBS,UC, Chrons etc because if they turned down that street ? . you are/could be in/at a dead end for they stop looking at the trigger (gluten) as the cause of your gastric upset/digestive disorder(s). So in summary if 3 or 4 or 5 or 6 of these symptoms overlap ?many of? these symptoms could be Low Stomach Acid related. IF that is the cause/case for you then there is hope! For remission! From Dr. Myatts? Online article what?s burning you? From Dr. Myatts? Online article what?s burning you? http://healthbeatnews.com/whats-burning-you/ Diseases Associated with Low Gastric Function Low stomach acid is associated with the following conditions: * Acne rosacea * Addison?s disease * Allergic reactions * Candidiasis (chronic) * Cardiac arrhythmias * Celiac disease * Childhood asthma * Chronic autoimmune hepatitis * Chronic cough * Dermatitis herpeteformis * Diabetes (type I) * Eczema * Gallbladder disease * GERD * Graves disease (hyperthyroid) * Iron deficiency anemia * Laryngitis (chronic) * Lupus erythromatosis * Macular degeneration * Multiple sclerosis * Muscle Cramps * Myasthenia gravis * Mycobacterium avium complex (MAC) * Osteoporosis * Pernicious anemia * Polymyalgia rheumatica * Reynaud?s syndrome * Rheumatoid arthritis * Scleroderma * Sjogren?s syndrome * Stomach cancer * Ulcerative colitis * Vitiligo When low in stomach acid we become low in essential nutrients Quoting from Dr. Myatts ?what?s burning you? online article ?Our bodies need 60 or so essential nutrients. ?Essential? means that the body MUST have this nutrient or death will eventually ensue, and the nutrient must be obtained from diet because the body cannot manufacture it. Many of these essential nutrients require stomach acid for their assimilation. When stomach acid production declines, nutrient deficiencies begin. Calcium, for example, requires vigorous stomach acid in order to be assimilated. Interestingly, the rate of hip replacement surgery is much higher in people who routinely use antacids and acid-blocking drugs. We know that people who have ?acid stomach? were already having trouble assimilating calcium from food and nutritional supplements due to lack of normal stomach acid production. When these symptoms are ?band-aided? with drugs which decrease stomach acid even more, calcium assimilation can come to a near-halt. The result? Weak bones, hip fractures and joint complaints resulting in major surgery. Jonathan Wright, M.D., well-known and respected holistic physician, states that ?Although research in this area is entirely inadequate, its been my linical observation that calcium, magnesium, iron, zinc, copper, chromium, selenium, manganese, vanadium, molybdenum, cobalt, and many other micro-trace elements are not nearly as well-absorbed in those with poor stomach acid as they are in those whose acid levels are normal. When we test plasma amino acid levels for those with poor stomach function, we frequently find lower than usual levels of one or more of the eight essential amino acids: isoleucine, leucine, lysine, methionine, phenylalanine, threonine, tryptophan, and valine. Often there are functional insufficiencies of folic acid and/or vitamin B12.? Remember, these are essential nutrients. Deficiencies of any single one of them can cause serious health problems over time. Weak bones, diminish immune function, failing memory, loss of eyesight and many other ?diseases of aging? are often the result of decreased stomach function.? It is me again reader. So low stomach acid is the triggering agent (often) for low nutrients. Make too much sense! Now don?t take Vitamin?s for this condition where low Vitamins/Minerals are known to be low in patients who have this condition because . . . . (if you do you won?t need to keep coming back to the doctor) I can almost hear the doctor say now. Of course he/she doesn?t say that . . . just that the ?average person? doesn?t need to take Vitamins. Well I hate to break it too you . . . . but if you are having GI problems and reading this blog post on celac.com then you are not the ?average? person. You my friend or a sufferer or a friend of a sufferer still looking for answers. If that is you then consider taking either powdered stomach acid ? Betaine HCL or taking Niacinamide to help you reset your stress clock. A Canadian researcher wrote about this connection 15+ years ago but still most doctors? don?t understand this connection between about how ?Niacin treats digestive Problems? Here is the full link so you can research it more yourself. http://orthomolecular.org/library/jom/2001/articles/2001-v16n04-p225.shtml And you might not after a first reading. I didn?t believe it myself for over a year . . . but every time I thought about it ? it (Low Stomach Acid) made/makes the most sense to me. **** Note: research this yourself. Here is a link about how to take Betaine HCL (powdered stomach) for maximum effectiveness. http://20somethingallergies.com/how-much-hcl-do-i-take-learn-to-test-for-your-correct-dose/ Don?t take my blog post as medical advice. It is only what I did . . . it might not work for you but I think it is worth a try especially if you are not now taking an acid reducer. (see notes below about why this might) be more difficult if you are already taking an acid reducer . . . because the rebound wall (see chris kresser link) keeps us locked in . . . sometimes for years. Since I was not taking acid reducers at the time I took Betaine HCL my stomach problems improved and I am sharing this now in the hopes it might help yours too! Now back to (really) LOW stomach acid being diagnosed as HIGH stomach acid these days. How can we know if it truly high or low? You?ve heard the phrase timing is everything well it is here too! Timeline is important in any diagnosis. IF your stomach acid was HIGH as you often hear (everywhere) you hear take a Proton Pump Inhibitor aka acid reducer?s for heartburn/GERD (medical name for heartburn) then eating food (carbs, greasy things) wouldn?t bother you. The acid would cut it up but if it is already low/weak then even a little acid can burn your esophagus which is not coated like the stomach to protect you from high acid. BUT if it is low to start with then food will WEAKEN our/your acid so that you lose the food fight your in and things (carbs/fats) become to ferment, rancidify and cause heart burn. Leading in time to Non-Celiac disease first and with enough injury (and time) to Marsh lesions qualifying you for diagnosis as a Celiac candidate / patient. See above link between/about PPI?s in the year preceding a Celiac diagnosis. If you (can) be that patient and weight the xx number of years for all this damage to occur, there is a better way it is called digestion! A virtuous cycle can replace the vicious cycle you are now in ? it is caused digestion. Digest your food with healthy stomach acid and your body will thank you for it with the God given burp. A healthy child burps (at 6 months of age normally) and a healthy adult should too and you will again after taken Niacinamide 3/day for 6 months or this is not the right diagnosis. *********Note this is not medical advice only my experience with Niacinamide and my many years researching this topic as a fellow sufferer. Let me make these disclaimer(s). If you are a) experiencing heartburn that causing vomiting (with unintended weight loss) you may have a special case of heartburn that feels like heartburn (on steroids) that is really Bile Reflux and taking Stomach is not something you should do without medical advice and supervision. See this NYtimes article that discusses the many complications often seen with Bile Reflux patients and why it is treated as Heartburn often and why Bile Reflux is especially hard to recover from. http://www.nytimes.com/2009/06/30/health/30brod.html you are already taking an acid reducer then the chance you will get better (off of acid reducers completely) is only 50/50 on your first try but going low CARB can help your transition. Otherwise most people will get better when taking BetaineHCL for gastric support and Niacinamide to help them/you reset your digestive processes. See this online article about how Jo Lynne Shane got off Nexium for good. http://www.jolynneshane.com/how-i-got-off-nexium-for-good.html and her Epilogue http://www.jolynneshane.com/epilogue.html You will see she still struggles some but is much better when she let her natural digestive juices do their job. I call it the ?Natural Order of Things?. See this article about the digestion process being a North South Affair from the bodywisdom website http://bodywisdomnutrition.com/digestion-a-north-to-south-process/ Taking it (Niacinamide) (or any B-Vitamin) should be taken 2 to 3/day (too keep up serum levels) for 3 to 4 months (the time you can store B-Vitamins) in the liver mostly. Once you have a distinctive BURP that displaces the bloating and sense of ?I am going to explode? if I eat another bite (though you haven?t eaten half your meal) then normal digestion is occurring again. If you stool did not sink before this process (of taking Niacinamide begun) and burping became your ?new normal? then it (your stool) will begin to sink too! Burping without bloating is the ?Natural Order? of good digestion. Don?t stop this process of taking B-Vitamins as Niacimaide or Slo-Niacin 2/day for at least 4 months then you should see most of your GI symptom?s go into remission. (I did not say "cure" but remission from your cross contamination's (flares/symptom's etc.) might be possible. Because our defenses are now strong enough to cut up proteins before they reach our small intestine (where most of the damage is done). Think of a castle with a moat around it (stomach acid is designed to protect us) when it is low (the moat doesn?t protect us) and when the moat is dry the castle becomes a ruin!!! So do proteins (lactose (casein), gluten, soy, seafood etc.) to our small intestines (they become ruined) when our stomach acid (moat) is low or worse dry! I repeat again Timeline is important in any diagnosis. All heartburn is not equal. IF your stomach acid is truly high then it WILL occur between meals when there is no food to tamp down the fire (occurring in your stomach) not your esophagus. The excess pressure from fermented carbs push open the trap door allowing the low acid you have to burn the lining of your uncoated esophagus. See also this online article by Chris Kresser to study this more about why/how this could be a case of medical misdiagnosis in more detail https://chriskresser.com/what-everybody-ought-to-know-but-doesnt-about-heartburn-gerd/ This is part of a 3 part series that I think you will find very informative. This (low stomach acid) is a vicious cycle. STRONG stomach acid makes it a virtuous circle/cycle. Now food benefits you because low acid not only causes heartburn it limits your body?s absorptive ability by limiting its ability to cut up your food into digestible peptides and amino acids which are no longer harmful to your Small Intestine but helpful to your overall health because nutrients can now be absorbed because the food particles are now small enough to not cause harm to your villi. I hope this is helpful and it helps you the way it helped me. Maybe it will help you in a similar manner. I write this only as a guidepost on your way. May you find your way back to digestive peace! The ?Natural Order? of things! Praise bee to God! It is not a long way if you know the way . . . . from someone who has found his way back God being his help! There are more things I could say . . . but this post is getting kind of long but you get the gest. I noticed someone else on the celiac.com noticed the same improvement when they treated their low stomach acid and thought it was time a blog post talked about it. It is so much easier to consume all this information in one setting instead of hunting and peeking through several thread posts. Search for the posterboy on celiac.com and you will find it is my focus (how low stomach acid is misdiagnosed) and how Niacinamide helped me to restore its ?Natural Order? in the digestive process because it helped me! Here is the link to the Prousky?s abstract. 15+ years is a long time for people to continue to suffer but if the research it right then Niacinamide might help you too! http://www.yourhealthbase.com/database/niacin-treats-digestive-problems.htm Let?s hope it is not another 15 years before doctor?s and people realize low stomach acid can explain many of the same symptom?s an IBS, NCGS or even a Celiac patient might experience given a long enough time for these conditions to develop from too low a stomach acid to protect our Small Intestine. See link at start of this blog post posted here again for convenience. http://www.celiac.com/articles/23432/1/Do-Proton-Pump-Inhibitors-Increase-Risk-of-Celiac-Disease/Page1.html And it is worth noting about the time Celiac disease started (began to be more prevalent) / to increase in the population Acid reducer?s became more and more popular. *** Some plot the increase in time to Roundup usage but I am not buying it. PPI?s increase seam more plausible to me based on the relatively new research (less than 5 years old) is pretty current by research standards and the near linear response to increased first H2 stomach acid reducer?s then PPI?s in the population at large. *****Note: after I finished writing this blog post new research that in my mind confirms this connection was reported on celiac.com today that notes the link between gastric pH and impaired nutrient absorption. This very topic as I was getting ready to publish my post about low stomach acid possibly being diagnosed as Celiac disease on my posterboy blog mentions how a Celiac patient?s absorption can be impaired by gastric pH. https://www.celiac.com/articles/24738/1/Can-Celiac-Disease-Impair-Drug-Therapy-in-Patients/Page1.html Where they (researchers) say/ask discussing Celiac Disease and whether it (celiac disease) can impair drug therapy in patients. Note the opening paragraph discussing this topic quoting ?Celiac disease is associated with numerous chronic conditions, such as anemia and malabsorption of some critical vitamins. Changes in the gastrointestinal tract, rates of gastric emptying, and gastric pH are responsible for impaired vitamin and mineral absorption." i.e., low gastric pH can effect absorption. It stands to make reasonable sense to me they are related conditions and one is being diagnosed for the other often or at least one is being confused as the other and treating one (raising your stomach pH) might treat the other since many of the symptoms? are the same. *** this/these opinion(s) are my own and do not reflect an endorsement by celiac.com of these ideas, comments, thoughts or opinions. I hope this helps! You the way it did me! Good luck on your continued journey, Remember **** This is not medical advice and should not be considered such. Results may vary. Always consult your doctor before making any changes to your regimen. 2 Timothy 2:7 Consider what I say; and the Lord give thee understanding in all things. Posterboy by the Grace of God,

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