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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. Hi Kurasz, How's it going? Any change for the amazingly better? Or slightly better? If not, hang in there, and keep praying! :)
  2. Hi, DH (dermatitis herpetiformis) is an itchy rash caused by celiac disease.You should keep eating gluten until all celiac testing is completed. Usually testing is a blood antibodies test first, followed by an endoscopy later.
  3. There is a test called Biocard available in Canada. It is a home test kit. Should be cheaper than $125. Biocard is NOT a genetic test though. Genetic tests are of limited usefulness.
  4. Ravenwood may be on to something there. Check out the Mayo clinic link for more info on Raynauds syndrome. Raynaud's Syndrome is another autoimmune condition as is celiac disease. https://www.mayoclinic.org/diseases-conditions/raynauds-disease/symptoms-causes/syc-20363571 Raynaud's (ray-NOHZ) disease causes some areas of your body — such as your fingers and toes — to feel numb and cold in response to cold temperatures or stress. In Raynaud's disease, smaller arteries that supply blood to your skin narrow, limiting blood circulation to affected areas (vasospasm). Women are more likely than men to have Raynaud's disease, also known as Raynaud or Raynaud's phenomenon or syndrome. It appears to be more common in people who live in colder climates. ... continues...
  5. Hi Nikkster, They often call the celiac testing a celiac panel. There is also a celiac screening test they sometimes do first, the ttg. You want to get the full celiac panel if possible. Not everyone shows up on just the screening test.
  6. Gluten Exposure for Celiac

    Maybe get your vitamin D levels checked. And take some K-2. K-2 is supposed to help vitamin D absorb into bones. Oh, and skip the Dominos next time! We all make mistakes at times,.
  7. Hi Niza, Try to eat lots of protein. Meats, peanut butter, avocadoes, things like that. Try to avoid processed (pre-made) foods like frozen pizza, cereals, pot pies, cookies etc. There gluten-free versions of many of these foods, but they are best saved for later on like 6 months after going gluten-free. If you are just starting out gluten-free, eat a simple diet of mostly foods you make yourself at home. Also, try not eat eating any dairy (milk, cheese etc) for a couple months. Oats are also a thing to avoid eating for a couple months. You may not have any problem with dairy or oats, but some people do. Welcome to the forum Niza!
  8. Can anyone relate and help?

    Hi Isabel, Your body needs nutrients to grow. Nutrients not absorbed well when we have celiac disease damage in our guts. But, if you do a good job of avoiding gluten, the gut damage should heal and you will be able to absorb nutrients again. The thing to remember is celiac disease is an immune system reaction. Immune reactions are very sensitive and just a tiny amount of gluten can get them going. And they can last for months. So it;s very important to avoid all gluten all the time, to keep the immune reaction down. Keeping the immune reaction down keeps the damage down, and the healing can keep up. You may start to grow more if you can absorb nutrients better. Some extra vitamin pills might be a good idea. Your doctor should know.
  9. Yes, you can eat bananas but only on Sunday. Kidding. Peter has it right. Most fruits, veggies and meats are naturally gluten-free. The problem for celiacs are grains including wheat, rye, barley, and oats (only some celiacs react to oats). Any food though can be contaminated with those grains. An example could be a bakery that sells fruit. The flour in the air could land/settle on the fruit. So a simple solution is to rinse foods before eating them.
  10. Hi lex, I haven't tested anything with NIMA myself, since I don't have one. I did find some honey sites that claim they have gluten-free honey. This is just a couple I found in a quick search. It seems to me honey is made from nectar of flowers. The nectar is a precursor to the seed. So the seed isn't formed until the flower is fertilized. Then gluten is formed as the seed matures. So normally I think there is little chance of honey having gluten in it because the nectar and gluten are not present at the same time in the plants. I don't think it's impossible for honey to somehow get some gluten in it. Honey from china has been adulterated with other things already. Generally high fructose corn syrup. But who know what else they put in it? I think's its safer to buy local honey where you know the farmer than imported brands IMHO. If there were a large flour mill in the area where the honey was being harvested I'd be a little wary of it myself. At least for honey produced during the harvest season. http://www.barkmanhoney.com/faqs/does-honey-contain-gluten/ http://www.capilanohoney.com/au-en/faq/is-your-honey-gluten-free Is your honey gluten free? Honey is naturally free of gluten. It does not contain wheat or its by-products. Our honey is 100% pure and natural, nothing has been added to it, therefore it is 100% gluten free. In addition to this, no gluten containing products are handled or stored in our packing facilities.
  11. Hi Katie, Welcome to the forum! :) You've got some good advice already. You are catching your celiac disease at a young age, so that helps. You can avoid a lot of problems some others developed from years of eating gluten before finding out we have celiac disease. I think the first 6 months of eating gluten-free are very important. It's a chance for the immune cells to go down and the body to start healing after possibly years for damage. In celiac the immune attack damages the intestinal lining (villi) that absorb nutrients. That villi lining is very important to our health as we can't properly absorb vitamins and minerals if it is damaged. We need those nutrients to heal and grow. Eating a very simple diet is a good way to go for 3 to 6 months. Avoiding processed foods means you don't have to spend all day reading ingredient labels in the grocery store. Things like veggies, plain meats, fruit, eggs etc that are whole single ingredient foods are a great way to go. This means cooking a lot of your own food but that's a good thing to learn anyway. There's much less chance of getting glutened with whole, unprocessed foods. Avoiding dairy for several months can help also, and oats should not be eaten until 6 months to a year. There are some of us that react to oats also.
  12. Hair loss

    I know someone who lost a lot of hair when they were low on iron for quite a while. Maybe a low amount of red meat in your diet is causing an iron deficiency? Just guessing.
  13. Geez Matt, you didn't have to post such a depressing study did you? That really is an eye opening review of dairy in chocolate and inaccurate package labels. Per the industry rep, some of the problem seems to be cross contamination due to shared equipment that is used for making milk chocolate. They didn't study gluten contamination. But it seems like the same x-contamination could happen there. And not be labeled at all like the dairy isn't in the label either. It seems the only responsible thing is for all celiacs to stop eating any chocolate right away. By the way, this isn't how rumors/myths get started! Or is it? Over here we have a brand called Enjoy Life that makes products that are free from most major allergens. I think they are a pretty reliable company. Not sure if you get Enjoy Life products over there though. Their choc chips are in a mostly yellow bag.
  14. Lots of water and charcoal tablets. Some Me + My Gluten Assist from CVS might help a bit. Pepto Bismol perhaps. Peppermint tea can help get gas out.