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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. First hand experience on the skin absorption topic: I used to use a wheaty sunblocking face lotion. It was Vitamin-E fortified. 10 minutes after I put it on, my face would get puffy and my eyes would tear up and get red. The moisturizer was not getting anywhere near my mouth. I assume the wheat was going through my thin eyelids and tearducts. It was extremely uncomfortable and not effective as a moisturizer! =P I used to use wheaty bath gels without realizing it. Any sensitive areas would get irritated. Before I knew my daughter was celiac, it happened to her, too. Bottom line: Stear clear of those wheat-germ fortified shampoos, soaps, gels, etc., and any body product with wheat. It can be a big problem, even if you can't tell immediately!
  2. Hope you find a system that works for you. I have been celiac for 6 years, and I'm still struggling with the athletic calorie and nutrition requirements. I used to eat a snickers every day after kung fu class unless I had ice cream at home. After an injury, I gained a bunch of weight from all those fat calories and had to figure out a better way to get nutrition... like packing real meals, not just snackbars! And eating nuts as snacks instead of ice cream or candy bars. And becoming entirely self-sufficient with food prep at home. So here is my bread solution... admittedly, it's not for everyone. If you're not attached to the bread experience, you can buy corn tortillas or make 3-minute chickpea crepes much more cheaply. But IF you're willing to do some spending, here's a bread solution that even the most finicky, most pressed-for-time bread aficionado can get behind! If that's you, whoknew, read on. If not... =D sorry about the book! The (initially expensive, but pays-for-itself-over-time) bread solution for you Bread Addicted celiacs: Buy a programmable bread machine and bread mix from amazon or costco. Buy bread mix in bulk from amazon and get it shipped right to your door regularly. Make bread. Eat it or freeze it. Handwash the pan. Feel better. The double-paddle Zojirushi is the best machine for gluten free flours. It costs around $220. If you do the math: assume you'll make bread once a week. For the first year, the bread costs $8/week (factoring in the cost of the machine). If you make bread twice a week, the cost goes down to $6 per loaf. After you "pay off" the bread machine in the first year, it's just $4/loaf. You can make a lot of great food and snacks if you have an easy and convenient way to get bread at home... and you can get rid of the snickers and chips habit. Here are the product details of what works for me: Zojirushi BBCCX20 Home Bakery Supreme Bread Machine Pamela's Products Wheat-Free Amazing Bread Mix, 19-Ounce Packages (Pack of 6) Good luck to you!
  3. Thanks to you both for the replies. I have heard this 70/30 breakdown before, but just by hearsay. What's the source for this statistic? And if you have the answer to that question... can you point me to a blog or periodical that discusses primarily Celiac disease and topics like it with a scientific or medical emphasis? I'm also interested to see if there's a connection between MS and allergies. My family has a history of MS, and I've seen that trend in some of the other discussions. Since celiac and MS are both auto-immune diseases, maybe they're connected... or maybe it's just a coincidence. Thanks again!
  4. Hi to you all, A recent DNA test of my twin and me showed that we are identical, even though we are not exactly identical in height and a few other features. I am a celiac and my twin is not. My twin is more than an inch taller than I am and has better eyesight -- specifically, I have an astigmatism in one eye, and she has perfect vision. My twin has a perfectly normal digestive system, but like me, she has significant reactions to airborne allergens including pet dander, pollen, ragweed, and some perfumes and fabric softener. I didn't realize that I had celiac disease until I was well into my twenties, despite suffering a range of severe symptoms from childhood. I'm sure that the height and eyesight differences between my twin and me are the result of my undiagnosed celiac disease from my early years to mid 20s. I'm from a large family of nine children, and at least two of my other five sisters have celiac disease as well. Neither of my two brothers seems to have celiac disease. I would love to talk to someone who is familiar with this topic. Is it likely that my twin has an asymptomatic celiac condition? Are our respiratory allergies related to the celiac condition? Thanks for any input!