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Randy25

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I just was diagnosed with celiac disease after being diagnosed with osteoporosis. 

If I take communion every Sunday at Catholic mass will that low level of gluten really effect me? 

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28 minutes ago, Randy25 said:

I just was diagnosed with celiac disease after being diagnosed with osteoporosis. 

If I take communion every Sunday at Catholic mass will that low level of gluten really effect me? 

Yes.  Talk to your church about the “ low gluten” wafers that have less than 20 ppm of gluten. 


 

 

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Many threads on this with multiple option, there are the low gluten wafers....and my personal favorite if you have understanding pastor/priest....I bring my own gluten free bread, have it blessed and served separate to me. I believe god would be alright with this and does not wish me to be sick.


Diagnosed Issues
Celiac (Gluten Ataxia, and Villi Damage dia. 2014, Villi mostly healed on gluten-free diet 2017 confirmed by scope)
Ulcerative Colitis (Dia, 2017), ADHD, Bipolar, Asperger Syndrome (form of autism)
Allergies Corn, Whey
Sensitivities/Intolerances
Peanuts (resolved 2019), Cellulose Gel, Lactose, Soy, Yeast
Olives (Seems to have resolved or gone mostly away as of Jan, 2017), Sesame (Gone away as of June 2017, still slight Nausea)
Enzyme issues with digesting some foods I have to take Pancreatic Enzymes Since mine does not work right, additional food prep steps also
Low Tolerance for sugars and carbs (Glucose spikes and UC Flares)
Occupation Gluten Free Bakery, Paleo Based Chef/Food Catering

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24 minutes ago, Randy25 said:

Thanks. Still learning. Not sure what 20 ppm represents.  

Parts Per Million...like if you cut a sample of communion bread up into a million tiny pieces 20 of them are gluten...supposedly this is the upper limit of what most celiacs can tolerate (FDA claims)...some people are more sensitive this this, but many find a once in a while dose under 20ppm to not do any harm. I have reacted to daily exposure to something lab tested at 16ppm.....but that took a week of eating it daily and that is just me. SO technically just once a week and most of those wafers test lower then  that you should be fine...but again it differs from person to person....>.< bad analogy but like sticking your finger in antifreeze and licking it is not enough to kill you (do not test this).


Diagnosed Issues
Celiac (Gluten Ataxia, and Villi Damage dia. 2014, Villi mostly healed on gluten-free diet 2017 confirmed by scope)
Ulcerative Colitis (Dia, 2017), ADHD, Bipolar, Asperger Syndrome (form of autism)
Allergies Corn, Whey
Sensitivities/Intolerances
Peanuts (resolved 2019), Cellulose Gel, Lactose, Soy, Yeast
Olives (Seems to have resolved or gone mostly away as of Jan, 2017), Sesame (Gone away as of June 2017, still slight Nausea)
Enzyme issues with digesting some foods I have to take Pancreatic Enzymes Since mine does not work right, additional food prep steps also
Low Tolerance for sugars and carbs (Glucose spikes and UC Flares)
Occupation Gluten Free Bakery, Paleo Based Chef/Food Catering

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59 minutes ago, Randy25 said:

Thanks for the information. I’d be interested to know if anyone chooses to accept the standard nongluten free wafers and if they are ok and don’t react negatively. 

Do you have Celiac?  then you will be glutening yourself every week!  That is not recommended.  

 

Listed by the Celiac center as a way people are glutened 

http://www.cureceliacdisease.org/faq/what-are-some-common-ways-that-gluten-can-sneak-into-my-diet/

 

Edited by kareng

 

 

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You cannot continue to receive the sacrament in the traditional host, but talk to your church about having a separate pyx with the "low gluten" host (safe for celiacs even though derived from wheat according to Dr. Fasano in Boston).   At most churches that offer this, the presiding priest is the one who distributes these hosts.  At one church, they have a separate Eucharistic Minister who handles them (which if you can request this, would be best for risk of cross contamination).


Mom to 2 young kids with celiac, diagnosed March 2015

*Gluten free household

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