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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. I was just flipping channels tonight and found an episode of the Planet Green channel series Emeril Green where Emeril is helping a man find recipes for his granddaughter who has multiple food allergies including wheat, eggs, dairy, soy and nuts. I checked out the website for the show and it looks like there are a couple more episodes that are specifically gluten free cooking. Cool! I've never noticed cooking shows touch on the issue of food allergies and celiac specifically. Peg
  2. All three of my kids (only one needs to be gluten-free) like the L'il Critters Gummy Vites. The carry them at our grocery store and I can usually get them at Target too. Peg
  3. Chebe Bread

    Most Friday nights my daughter and I make pizza with the garlic breadstick mix. We like it better than their pizza crust mix. It's so good and we don't feel at all cheated when the rest of the family orders a pizza. Peg
  4. I was just diagnosed last July (in my 40's) and it was the first time that anyone in my family had ever heard of celiac disease. I've wondered where this heck this came from. My sisters have both tested negative for it. My dad hasn't bothered being tested. He is 85 and has CLL and doesn't think that my celiac has any relationship to him. He doesn't have or never has had any symptoms. My mom died very suddenly two years ago from kidney cancer. She had only been diagnosed 5 weeks before. We never saw it coming. All of the time that I can ever remember though she did suffer from symptoms that could have been a result of celiac. She was overweight so she didn't fit the mold. I think that maybe she had celiac disease for years and that it was overlooked by her physicians. Has anyone ever heard of any relationship between untreated celiac and kidney cancer? -Peg
  5. Calling All Catholics

    Celiac is an issue that they are aware of at our church probably due mostly to the fact that one of the directors of religious education at our parish has it. At our church you have to alert the priest before mass that you will be receiving communion and he lets you know where to sit so that you will be receiving communion from him. They put the low gluten wafers into a separate pyx. Of course the majority of the time we end up getting to mass a little to late to do this so there have only been a few occassions that I have received it. I haven't had any problems with tollerating it but I'm probably not as sensitive as many others are. Before my diagnosis I never made a regular practice to taking the wine. I guess I have more of a problem with the thought of catch the latest bug going around town when taking the wine than any fear of crumbs contaminating me. I have adjusted to not going to communion although it does make me feel a bit self conscious when people around me have to squeeze past me in my seat in order to go up themselves. I do wonder what they must be thinking. I probably feel worse for my teenage daughter who is also gluten intolerant. I know I was shy about having a conversation with the priest about it. I found out about their protocol in an article that was printed in our bulletin. Talk to your priest sometime after mass and let him know about your diagnosis and see when he'd have sometime to talk to you. You might find that they may already be addressing this issue with others in your parish. -Peg
  6. I have found several recipes from a gluten-free cookbook that call for soy flour. I noticed that the brands of soy flour that are available in the stores here (like Bob's Red Mill) don't specify that they are gluten free. Is it ok?
  7. I haven't done much gluten-free baking yet that hasn't used packaged mixes. I've only been gluten-free for a little more than a month and I have collected recipes that I want to try but I never seem to remember to pick up all the right ingredients. I have made this cake however and it is great! I made it for my son's birthday a couple of weeks ago so that I could celebrate too. One of Bette Hagman's cookbooks has a "recipe" for a gluten-free Flour mix that consists of 2 parts white rice flour 2/3 part potato starch flour 1/3 part tapioca I haven't tried out this mix myself. I made the cake with Bob's Red Mill gluten-free flour. I'm not sure but I think that I might have used a half a stick of butter in it mistaking the directions for 1/4 cup instead of 1/4 lb. Ooops. It still turned out great. Peg
  8. How do you like this....I'm from Wheaton, IL Peg
  9. I found this site a couple of weeks ago and it's great. It was suggested last month that I most likely have celiac disease. I tested highly positive on my blood work and was referred to a GI doc. I am going in tomorrow for an endoscopy. Since I am anemic and there is a history of colon cancer in my family (my grandfather) they want to do a colonoscopy too. I was really suprised when the doctor told me that celiac disease was most likely the problem. I had only heard of it when I was researching information on food intolerance. No one in my family has ever been diagnosed with this. Looking back there were probably symptoms that I have had for quite a while that I have just brushed off. I have always been thin and I have had a lifelong tendency to be slightly anemic (now I'm really anemic). Back when I was a teenager and through my 20's (I'm 43 now) I occassionally would have episodes of intestinal pain that were unexplained. I couldn't seem to attribute these attacks to any specific thing I had consumed. The only time I ever did see a doc about it (back when I was in high school) he told me I probably just had gas and told me to take a teaspoon of Mylanta every day. What a jerk. About 3 years ago I problems with diarreah for about 2 months. I went to a doctor who apparently was not tuned into the idea of celiac. Her only suggestion was that if I continued to have problems that I should see a GI. Well, I just started to mysteriously feel better a few weeks afterward, so I was just convinced that it was the stress that I was under at that time. I don't always have obvious symptoms like diarreah but that is what finally drove me to believe that I had a problem and that it wasn't just "all in my head". I had been having chronic problems since February that seemed to let up once in a while. I finally couldn't take it anymore and was able to see a different doctor. She seemed to be tipped off right away from taking my history and ordered the antibody panel. When she called me with the results I got off the phone and cried. It was such a relief to have someone tell me "YES there is something real going on with you!! You aren't nuts!!" Now that I have learned more while I have been waiting to get in for this biopsy I am convinced that the results will be positive. I also suspect that my 14 year old daughter is too and will discuss it with her when I take my daughter in for a physical next week. I'm wondering if my other two kids should be screened too even though don't have symptoms. Peg