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I've had people say strange things about celiac to me lately... Like someone said, "Oh I'm just a mild celiac so I don't have to worry about cross-contamination." And then someone else said that they're celiac but things have calmed down now so they can have a bit of gluten here and there.

And I told my doctor that back in 2014 I thought I had been gluten free but I actually wasn't because I had been repeatedly glutening myself with an old colander. And he just looked at me like I was insane, like a colander?? Sure...

I'm not crazy, right? Even if you have no symptoms you have to avoid cross-contamination because you can be doing damage internally right? You can never have 'just a bit'. And a colander is a big source of cross-contamination right?? I know all this but why do these other people not? Why does my doctor not know? So confusing and spreading misinformation... And then they look at me like *I'M* crazy.

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You are right Dania, you cannot have "mild Coeliac disease and you cannot eat "a bit of gluten here and there" if you've been gluten free for a while. Coeliac disease is a lifetime commitment to being gluten free, even if you don't have symptoms, it is still damaging the villi in the gut, which can lead to more serious health problems, (not that Coeliac disease is not serious, because it is). 

Some people may question whether it is safe to use the same colander as those cooking gluten, but it depends how well it is washed up as it is quite easy to miss bits. Personally, I bought a new one and I would definitely not use the same sieve as the mesh is far too tight not to collect  small amounts of gluten. I'm not too surprised at doctors not knowing all they should know about Coeliac disease, it's the same here in the UK where Coeliac UK actually advise doctors on the disease. 

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FlowerQueen provided excellent advice!  About cross contamination.....I was Glutened last July.  I have no idea what got me.  I am very careful since my hubby has been gluten-free for 15 years and I was diagnosed three years ago.  It was something that hubby did not ingest.  Anyway, six weeks later, my antibodies (as measured by my GI) were higher than when I was diagnosed.  I also had severe symptoms and it took three months to recover and six to regain lost weight.  I also redeveloped old intolerances that took long to resolve.  Worst yet, I developed new things like hives, rashes and itching (not DH).  

Once a celiac -- always a celiac!  

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Actually I just wonder if some people are just stupid.  No, I don't wonder, thats a lie. 

 

I have noticed though that with my 3 kids who are coeliac, one is extremely sensitive. I had a 98% gluten-free household as the youngest and myself are not coeliac, and he has to keep eating gluten (has the gene so will develop it). Having glutened my daughter twice in the last fortnight, I realised it was dishes sharing a sink and cloth with his bowl that had weetbix in it.  Now we are 100% gluten-free as I simply don't think I can keep her safe with even only one product that is not gluten-free.

 

So sure, some are more sensitive to traces than others, but evenso no coeliac can eat a bit of gluten here or there without doing damage, even if they don't get severe symptoms. 

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It does seem that doctors do not think about cross contamination.  I guess that's why mine referred me to a nutritionist, who did give me excellent advice about toasters, pots, colanders, etc.  When I went back to my dr for a follow up and said that eating gluten free was "so complicated" he asked why it was complicated and I explained about cross contamination and making sure food is not processed in a shared facility even if the food itself is gluten free.  Maybe I educated him a little, because he agreed with me and didn't act like I was crazy when I explained what I meant.   

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Hopefully in the future we will see better education surrounding celiac disease. Many health care professionals don't know a lot about celiac disease. Yes cross contamination is a huge concern. 70% of people with celiac disease get continued exposure on a gluten free diet. You can absolutely get cross contaminated from a colander, and even things like cutting boards and wooden spoons. Anything with scratches in it. You can have something called latent celiac disease meaning they tested positive for celiac anti bodies but they dont have any intestinal damage yet and are monitored to see if they develop the condition. But no one has mild celiac disease. You either have it or you don't. It's extremely important for your long term health to stay away from as much cross contamination as possible.

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On 7/2/2016 at 10:11 AM, dania said:

I've had people say strange things about celiac to me lately... Like someone said, "Oh I'm just a mild celiac so I don't have to worry about cross-contamination." And then someone else said that they're celiac but things have calmed down now so they can have a bit of gluten here and there.

And I told my doctor that back in 2014 I thought I had been gluten free but I actually wasn't because I had been repeatedly glutening myself with an old colander. And he just looked at me like I was insane, like a colander?? Sure...

I'm not crazy, right? Even if you have no symptoms you have to avoid cross-contamination because you can be doing damage internally right? You can never have 'just a bit'. And a colander is a big source of cross-contamination right?? I know all this but why do these other people not? Why does my doctor not know? So confusing and spreading misinformation... And then they look at me like *I'M* crazy.

They say that because the once you avoid gluten for few days you tend to get normal and fit. And start feeling it's getting mild as the symptoms ease! But that certainly doest mean  you are fine, or you can haven it, as conditions may  change and even having little might bring you back to square on. All depends on your immune sysem how strong it is

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