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      Frequently Asked Questions About Celiac Disease   09/30/2015

      This Celiac.com FAQ on celiac disease will guide you to all of the basic information you will need to know about the disease, its diagnosis, testing methods, a gluten-free diet, etc.   Subscribe to Celiac.com's FREE weekly eNewsletter   What are the major symptoms of celiac disease? Celiac Disease Symptoms What testing is available for celiac disease?  Celiac Disease Screening Interpretation of Celiac Disease Blood Test Results Can I be tested even though I am eating gluten free? How long must gluten be taken for the serological tests to be meaningful? The Gluten-Free Diet 101 - A Beginner's Guide to Going Gluten-Free Is celiac inherited? Should my children be tested? Ten Facts About Celiac Disease Genetic Testing Is there a link between celiac and other autoimmune diseases? Celiac Disease Research: Associated Diseases and Disorders Is there a list of gluten foods to avoid? Unsafe Gluten-Free Food List (Unsafe Ingredients) Is there a list of gluten free foods? Safe Gluten-Free Food List (Safe Ingredients) Gluten-Free Alcoholic Beverages Distilled Spirits (Grain Alcohols) and Vinegar: Are they Gluten-Free? Where does gluten hide? Additional Things to Beware of to Maintain a 100% Gluten-Free Diet What if my doctor won't listen to me? An Open Letter to Skeptical Health Care Practitioners Gluten-Free recipes: Gluten-Free Recipes
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I am really beginning to feel that when I contact a company and I get a list of ingredients to avoid - even when I've asked about gluten-free - that the "list of ingredients" is nothing more than "proceed at your own risk - and not at our liability".

These lists don't address cross-contamination. They don't address the sources of the ingredients that could be wheat derived in a process that does not remove gluten. These lists don't take Celiac Disease seriously. They are evasive. They treat me as though what I don't know can't hurt me - as if I'm a hypochondriac and not a diagnosed celiac whose body produces evidence of contamination.

Celiac Disease is not a new disease. People have been asking the same companies the same questions for years (as evidenced by forums on this site). Customer service representatives often still lack the training to answer my questions. The answers are not included in company FAQ's. A search of the website does not yield any information. I've worked in corporate America; I do not believe that they are just "too busy". It is an evasive strategy.

I'm beginning to appreciate the companies that simply tell me that they get their ingredients from random sources - and, as such, they cannot assure me that their products are safe for me. I'm really beginning to love them for that. Instead of tacitly allowing me to proceed to consume their products at my own risk. A company who takes me seriously, who cares for consumer safety will simply say "no."

If a company does not come out and explicitly say gluten-free, the company looses my respect, and, as I find better, safer products, my business and that of my family and friends.