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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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  1. Are you a member of the Christian Church, or an eccesial body? Most ecclesial bodies let their members take Communion as a rice cracker or other gluten-free grain product. However, the Catholic Church requires that the Host be under the form of unleavened wheat bread. That requirement creates certain challenges to Catholics who have celiac disease or gluten intolerance. To address these challenges, and to provide moral support and advice, "Catholic Celiacs" has now been created as a social group on www.catholic.com . All Catholics who have either or both of these conditions are welcome to join! ( http://forums.catholic.com/group.php?groupid=1179 ) (The discussion group is not formally affiliated with the Catholic Celiac Society, but is generally supportive of its threefold mission.)
  2. For guests who have celiac and acute gluten sensitivity, I'd recommend the Sensitive Baker, whose Culver City bakery is dedicated gluten-free and CF.
  3. But in Orange County, the Celiac Sprue Association (CSA) has a chapter as well as its California coordinator. In the spring, CDF hold its annual education conference and food faire; and in the fall, CSA's Orange County chapter also holds a food fair.
  4. The Sensitive Baker (SB) in Culver City has a dedicated gluten-free, casein-free, peanut-free, and kosher facility. SB is now open Monday-Saturday, 10 a.m. - 6 p.m.; and Sunday, 10 a.m. - 2 p.m. SB makes beautifully decorated Gluten-free Casein-free cakes for all occasions, including weddings. Please call SB at (310) 815-1800 for a price quote on a wedding or any other cake you may wish to order. If you're ordering any baked good other than cake, SB will ship it ivia UPS, ground only, arriving the next day at most any location in California. Or if you are ordering cake from SB, whether for a wedding or other occasion, you'll have to come pick it up in Culver City, California. 'Sounds to me like an errand for the best man. You should place a cake order at least 5 days in advance. Email: info@thesensitivebaker.com Website: www.TheSensitiveBaker.com
  5. Lax- Los Angeles Airport Layover

    I am pleased to recommend the two following restaurants on World Way within the Los Angeles International Airport (LAX) : I. Chili's is at 201 World Way, Westchester, Los Angeles. Phone: (310) 646-3479. On a monthly basis, please visit Chili
  6. Local celiac support groups in the Los Angeles basin are affiliated with the Celiac Disease Foundation, headquartered in Studio City: The San Gabriel Valley Celiac Support Group (http://www.sgvceliac.org/) serves Burbank, Glendale, Pasadena and the San Gabriel Valley areas of Southern California. The service area lies between Burbank and San Dimas, and between La Canada and Whittier. The area lying between Hollywood and Santa Monica is served by Los Angeles Celiac, a Yahoo! group (http://health.groups.yahoo.com/group/Los_Angeles_Celiac/) moderated by Suzanne Frieder. To the south thereof, the area lying between Norwalk and Inglewood is served by Gluten Free Way 105, another Yahoo! group (http://health.groups.yahoo.com/group/GFW105/), which is moderated by yours truly. And to the south thereof, the beach cities to the south of Santa Monica are served by the South Bay Celiacs, headed by Caitlin Richter (southbayceliac@gmail.com).
  7. Ah, but it's well worth noting that Clif Bars do contain barley malt. (I'm warning myself not to send another message like the one I sent on July 29, 2009.)
  8. A new, online support group serves communities along I-105, including Norwalk, California. In response to your request, "Stiffy," I'd like to invite you to visit, and to consider joining this group: http://health.groups.yahoo.com/group/GFW105/
  9. Happy birthday and may God bless you today!

  10. Dr. Erika Schwartz, M.D., holds herself out as an "nternationally recognized physician, expert in conventional and integrative medicine, Dr. Erika is also a well known author, television and radio personality, speaker, and medical advice columnist helping more than ten million weekly readers find their way to wellness and life in balance . . . . "As a 'Patients Advocate' her guiding principle has been to help protect the public by providing them with sound and unbiased information that makes it easy for people to take responsibility for creating a positive outcome in their health and life. "Dr. Erika's warm, encouraging, honest and common-sense approach is enhanced by a courageous ability to stimulate discussion and debate with the goal of improving a health system that has failed the individual and is in desperate need of fixing." (http://www.drerika.com/pg/jsp/general/about.jsp) This post focuses on one piece of advice proferred by Dr. Schwartz, i.e., "How to Eliminate Wheat?" Like it or not, this is the name she chose to give as the topic of her advice concerning celiac disease and how a person (whom she somehow presumes doesn't have it) can eliminate wheat. To approach to this area of medicine knowledge, she might have named it instead as "What Are the Risk Factors of C.D. or Gluten Intolerance, and How Do I Adopt a Gluten-free Diet Once I've Been Rx'd?" But Dr. Schwartz uses no such name for her piece of advice on this topic, simply because it appears she doesn't take a knowledgeable approach. Indeed, she only spends 88 seconds in giving this piece of advice ( ): "The beauty of being young is that our bodies can process and tolerate practically anything. Wheat is among those foods that is all pervasive during our youth, and that we can digest and actually use as nourishment. As we get older, our bodies stop being able to process the wheat. There's a thing called celiac disease, where people cannot tolerate wheat and gluten. But most people don't need to be diagnosed with anything. "As you get older, your inability to eat and digest and process wheat causes you bloating, discomforting. The waist gets thicker. And you get a lot of bloating and a lot of gas. So the first thing to do is not to run to the gastroenterologist to get a test, but rather eliminate the wheat from your diet. That means: eliminate bread, eliminate pasta, and anything else that has wheat like cereal. "It's not that dramatic. You can actually eliminate wheat and eat rice bread. Rice bread is really delicious. It's found at the health food stores in the frozen food section, and it doesn't contain wheat or the gluten that makes it so difficult for us to absorb. And you'll feel good and it tastes delicious. Try it." Perhaps the brevity of the piece of advice would lead one to disregard. "Brevity is the soul of wit," wrote Shakespeare. The point is that in the fast-paced, soundbite media-driven culture in the United States today, an 88-second video can have a lasting impact on the thinking of millions of people, undiagnosed celiacs and gluten intolerants among them. And the impact is especially great, coming from an M.D. who is right in the public spotlight, giving members of the public what I regard as shabby advice: If anyone among Dr. Schwartz's 10 million weekly readers experiences bloating, gas, or discomfort, or gets a thicker waist, she need not entertain the possibility that she has celiac disease (although it happens to be the most-underdiagnosed disease in the country). Vigilance for this disease is not warranted, simply because it doesn't concern "most people." Rather, Dr. Schwartz says that if her 10 million weekly readers experience these symptoms, what they need to do is head straight for the health food store, bypassing the gastroenterologist's office, where they might get a test and discover the hard facts about their own health. Just whistle past the graveyard, says this "Patient Advocate" and medical doctor who openly discourages people from seeking medical care. So, in their 88-second t
  11. Support Group In Fresno, Ca

    And how about Cakes2Love at P.O. Box 8547, Fresno, California 93747, Fax: 559/252-5976, Email: caketown1@comcast.net . Cakes2Love makes gluten-free wedding cakes
  12. Support Group In Fresno, Ca

    I would like to invite you, Nantucket, to visit and to consider joining Gluten Free Fresno, a Yahoo! discussion group at http://health.groups.yahoo.com/group/glutenfreefresno/ Sincerely, Paul
  13. Mc Donalds Ff

    May I please ask if you perform a biopsy on yourself after every meal with McDonald's French fries? Regardless of the existence or nonexistence of other symptoms, there is no "individual physiology" that allows the body of anyone with celiac disease to tolerate gluten, such as that contain in McDonald's French fries: "French Fries: "Potatoes, vegetable oil (canola oil, hydrogenated soybean oil, natural beef flavor [wheat and milk derivatives]*), citric acid (preservative), dextrose, sodium acid pyrophosphate (maintain color), salt. Prepared in vegetable oil ((may contain one of the following: Canola oil, corn oil, soybean oil, hydrogenated soybean oil with TBHQ and citric acid added to preserve freshness), dimethylpolysiloxane added as an antifoaming agent). * "CONTAINS: WHEAT AND MILK (Natural beef flavor contains hydrolyzed wheat and hydrolyzed milk as starting ingredients)." (http://nutrition.mcdonalds.com/bagamcmeal/nutrition_ingredients.html#1)
  14. Mc Donalds Ff

    No, they're not: "French Fries: "Potatoes, vegetable oil (canola oil, hydrogenated soybean oil, natural beef flavor [wheat and milk derivatives]*), citric acid (preservative), dextrose, sodium acid pyrophosphate (maintain color), salt. Prepared in vegetable oil ((may contain one of the following: Canola oil, corn oil, soybean oil, hydrogenated soybean oil with TBHQ and citric acid added to preserve freshness), dimethylpolysiloxane added as an antifoaming agent). * "CONTAINS: WHEAT AND MILK (Natural beef flavor contains hydrolyzed wheat and hydrolyzed milk as starting ingredients)." (http://nutrition.mcdonalds.com/bagamcmeal/nutrition_ingredients.html#1)
  15. Yes; please visit Gluten Free Fresno, a Yahoo! group at http://health.groups.yahoo.com/group/glutenfreefresno/ .