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      Frequently Asked Questions About Celiac Disease   09/30/2015

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  1. Does anyone know where I can get published information stating kissing is an issue? My fiance and I are planning our wedding (will be lots of kissing) I'm hoping not too much clinking of glasses and we've decided to have the same food (gluten free) for him and me - while all our relatives and friends can enjoy the buffet (mostly gluten free - but I don't want to chance cross contamination). And although we will be having a separate plated meal for the two of us I am concerned with dessert as I know he will want some of the more traditional sweets, and I'd really like to see if there is something published on this either on the web or in a book because I'm not sure how far to take it? He is the one who brought up the idea initially, but he was really disappointed with the meal we had at his friends wedding a few months back - that was completely gluten free - and bland I know I'm bringing up a really old topic, but I don't know where to go for guidance on this issue. Thanks!
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    I have read this information also. It appears there is a lot of conflicting information circulating in the medical environment. And I agree with many others that there must be more research done in the area. However, given that the cosmetics and body care industries have taken on adding vitamins and minerals into their products (makeup, soaps, shampoo, etc.) it would seem that there is in the very least the possibility for absorption into the skin and the bloodstream. I wish I remember where I read this, but apparently we may absorb up to 60% of what is applied topically (to the skin) into the bloodstream. And although we may not intentionally ingest our makeup, soaps/shampoos etc.. when bathing, we usually ingest trace amounts even if we keep our mouths closed in the shower! (This taken from instructions from Health Canada not to bathe in water contaminated with e-coli bacteria in some communities previously affected by the bacteria in Ontario). So it's a hard decision to make. How far do we take this. For me, having been very sick for a long time, I will take it as far as I can. But there are also people who are diagnosed with Celiac disease who choose to continue to consume gluten (I suppose they didn't experience severe symptoms). I just thought I should put it out there, because it seems to me that even some health care practitioners (including my family doctor) are not seeing parallels. I for one, did not think about clothing detergent and it's transition to my tea towels and food but I will check now. I currently use Sunlight - Unscented, Hypoallergenic liquid detergent but don't know it's gluten-free status.
  3. Thanks also! I don't have a lot of experience with flax seeds, do I need to cook them or are they okay to consume raw? (sprinkle on salads, etc.. ) Another question I have is what types of grains other than rice should I be consuming if I want to gain any weight? I know you mentioned you only eat rice occasionally, and I too have a problem with Sweet potatoes, yams, and other vegetables high in fructose (squash etc.). It's nice to hear it is possible to gain some weight after all this! And that other people have, even if it is only a little at a time!
  4. Thank you for sharing your wonderful story. My fiance has been trying to do the same thing when we're together since my diagnosis this past summer, although my family tries to convince him not to (I almost did too). But it is difficult to do on your own, and hearing from so many more people the support or lack of, from their families and loved ones hits the spot. I too was in a similar situation to your "Amy", however, it took much longer here in Canada to get the testing done. I hope that what we take from this is the sensitivity to deal with all situations thrown at us, and toward others in different medical situations, because until you walk a mile in their shoes, you really don't get it. And I know because I was one of those who never quite understood when people said they couldn't do something... because of ailing health, etc... I understood allergies, but this is more challenging to grasp. So thanks again for sharing your story, I am going to share it with my fiance when he comes by tonight, and thank him again, for all the support, because there's no way I could do this alone! To all the posts above, I suppose we must learn to appreciate all the support however much or little we recieve and remember it. Because it is so easy to remember the bad, especially when there is so much of it! I know my in-laws don't really get it, and I still bring food with me when I am well enough to go out, my family tries (usually with me watching over their shoulder) to make me something safe to eat, but patience, time and education will eventually set in.. I hope. Thanks again for your little ray of light in the dark....
  5. Thanks for the advice. I will take all the above into account.
  6. I'm in a similar situation, celiac (no oats either), lactose and fructose intolerant, with several undiagnosed sensitivities. Having seen several dieticians, the best advice I was given to date was to try to increase the amount of protein and fats in my diet (wether adding more olive oil to things or using it more in cooking, eating more high calorie foods, etc). Fiber was also important, however, I have yet to find one that I can use given my conditions. I don't know if it will help, so far I've just been able to maintain my weight after loosing so much prior to diagnosis. Hopefully someone else can offer more knowledge or their experience?