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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. Ok the wonderful guy who runs the glutenfreedrugs.com site got back to me before anyone else (including the manufacturer). In case anyone else here ever ends up in this situation, the magic answer is : Corn Starch. They use corn starch, not wheat starch. Also, the company annoyingly refuses to say it's gluten-free just because they don't want to officially guarantee it and be liable for anything. But it has no gluten in it, yay!
  2. Loryna – a generic form of Yaz – was what I recently got at my new pharmacy when I went to pick up my Yaz (which is gluten-free). It's not listed on the glutenfreedrugs.com site, and I can not find anything online about its gluten-free status. The manufacturer's website leaves a number and email to contact them to find out ingredients of any medicine they make. The number goes to voice mail, so I just emailed them and am waiting to hear back. But does ANYone here know if it's gluten-free or not? Ugh I hate this wild goose chase they make you go through with every single Rx. Can't take it until I know, might have to try to return it and just HOPE they can replace it with something else (and then probably go through this again, wheee). Any help is so immensely appreciated!
  3. I can barely stop myself from sending out a vaguely threatening email about hunting down the culprit, but I won't. I will not. It's hard but I won't do it. The magic kitchen fairy wants revenge so bad, though! ("magic kitchen fairy" made me LOL) But I'm restraining myself for now, and for as long as I can.. I'll just take a lot more protective measures from now on.
  4. I think I may start doing something similar! At least try it out and see if I have fewer 'swelly bellies'. It's a pain, but so is gluten!
  5. Ok, so the problem comes down to: My office mates are kind of slobs. I think some of them take great pride in that! We share a set of metal utensils, coffee mugs, glasses and a set of ceramic plates/bowls in our kitchen, because that's supposed to be much more 'green' than using disposables. Every day, a huge pile of barely-rinsed (sometimes not rinsed) utensils and plates etc. all get washed in a dishwasher. The next day it's all put away in cabinets and used again. Question: Are any of these things safe for me to be using? Because I have been, although I've also had too many mysterious reactions lately where I never knew the culprit. Now I'm starting to suspect I've been crediting our dishwasher with some kind of magic it doesn't really have. I know that with 'proper usage', dishwasher-washed stuff should be safe. But lately I see plates that literally still have noodles caked onto them just stuffed in the dishwasher, forks with who-knows-what all over them, etc. and frankly it's kind of terrifying. But the stuff looks like it's clean when it's put away. We just recently instituted a new 'kitchen cleaning plan' where everyone in the office will get a week assigned to do the kitchen cleaning, because without such a plan, it always fell to the exact same two females, and that was depressing and wrong (and really not what they're paid for). So in that sense I am happy about this new plan (and I will wear gloves when it's my week). However, as I mentioned, some of the people here just really don't care and kind of suck at cleaning. They all sort-of know I'm celiac and can't eat gluten, but very few get what that really means, or retain any memory of it once shared. Once a coworker told me he heard that celiac can be cured with some kind of colored light therapy, I'm not even making this up. But this not like talking to friends or family, as I have to worry about staying professional and on everyone's good side here in addition to keeping my health safe. Just wondering - am I getting spooked over nothing (and dishwashers really are magic), or should I probably start hand-washing everything before I use it, too? Or should I do something else entirely? (Besides find a new job, easier said than done these days!) Your input is greatly appreciated!
  6. Wow, good to know! Yeah I am a spicy-food addict. I'll have to tell people not to be afraid to spice it up! So long as all their spices aren't pre-blended with flour or something odd, I don't see why that should be a problem. But yeah, it's one of those things you don't even think you'll need to tell people, seems so obvious to us! I've had people tell me I can't eat something because it has rice in it - sometimes people are just trying to cover all the bases, and they add a few extra bases in there I guess.
  7. Richard, thank you for soothing me and talking me off the ledge, so to speak! That's awesome news. I love all of those things - jambalaya, cornmeal, and seafood on its own. Hooray!
  8. Ok I was watching the Travel Channel, and couldn't help but notice that Every. Single. Dish. in this show about Louisiana cooking was either battered or cooked in a roux. At some point the host even said you can't cook anything here if you can't make a roux.I admit it, I cried. I was entertaining this fantasy that some day I could visit this land and eat some great seafood gumbo, at least. It's a roux. Am I wrong? Can celiacs get any good local dishes there? Is there a culinary point in visiting? Or would I just have to live on PF Changs and hurricanes? Just hoping I'm overreacting.
  9. That's a tough one. When I get glutened I have a different kind of reaction, one that I've learned over time to recognize. To me it sounds like your daughter reacted the way she does to gluten, but it also sounds like her typical reaction also closely mimics a stomach virus
  10. Th1 And Th2 In Immune System Problems

    Skylark, I just found this entry you posted. I have a friend with Hashimoto's who recently asked me whether my celiac is a TH1 or TH2-dominant disease. I keep getting sick, so she was helpfully suggesting I should know whether, say, echinacea is going to do more harm or good! My mind was blown – here was something that no doctor had ever breathed a word of to me, though she explained how it's directly related to autoimmune disorders. Do you know if celiac is generally a TH1 disease (like IBD, Hashimoto's, MS, type 1 diabetes) or more a TH2 disease (like lupus, asthma, allergies)? Just based on that short list, which is in one of the articles you linked, it *sounds* much more TH1. But I have also seen that every person should test to find out individual results. Or in the case of celiac, is gluten the only thing we need to worry about (as doctors told me, assuming no additional disorders or allergies)? I'd also heard that celiac is unique in that we've identified the exact trigger, that being gluten – didn't know if that's exactly what applies here. I sure hope this comment makes sense.
  11. I'm pretty much chained to my desk during the day at work, and sometimes I get headaches. Recently someone restocked our first aid stuff with CareOne brand acetaminophen tablets (white tablets, not gelcaps). No info on the bottle about inactive ingredients, and no info on the company's website. Whoever got these tossed the box it came in. Does anyone happen to know if these are safe? I don't want to take one headache away and replace it with suffering from the other end! Naturally. I happen to be in head-pain at the moment, but haven't taken them yet.. Thanks anyone who might know!
  12. Before going gluten-free, yes, I had some trouble breathing
  13. Mexican White Cheese Queso

    Only time I've been duped by queso