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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 keep hearing about salicylate sensitivity and wish I could find more information about it. Do you have it? Do you happen to know what are the common reactive symptoms from it? Or are there too many to name (like gluten )? I have not found a good website about it yet.
  2. Low Stomach Acid

    I had TERRIBLY weak stomach acid. I used HCl pills for 2 years. But, I finally have permanently CURED my low stomach acid by removing all legumes, grains and nightshades from my diet. My stomach acid returned within 3 weeks. I must have been intolerant to those three food families. However, the slightest trace of any of those foods makes the problem return though and it takes another three weeks to heal again.
  3. For the last month, I've been eating squash. Butternut squash and pumpkin to be exact. Organic. I've also been dealing with mood swings and have FINALLY pinpointed that when I eat an entire squash in one day (4 cups), I have a gluten-esque reaction. I become easily upset, grouchy and angry. I'll also swell up with emotions and begin to cry in the middle of the conversation. This was my reaction on gluten and corn. The squash is definitely not contaminated. For a month I've strictly eaten only whole foods (leeks, sweet potatoes, spinach) and EVERY time I've eaten squash I react like this 5 hours later. Also, the reaction does not last as long as gluten --- the emotional reaction only lasts about 5 hours ---- not 4 days like true gluten. Also, I can eat a mere cup of it without a reaction but if I eat 4 cups -- WHAM! I begin to cry. Has anyone noticed a reaction to squash?? It is hard to believe that I cannot eat this vegetable.
  4. But your body should be able to absorb calcium magnesium from whole foods without having to take supplements. It sounds like you still are not absorbing nutrients and like you are overlooking another food intolerance. Find the food intolerance that is preventing your body from absorbing nutrients and you'll fix the cramps.
  5. Fatigue In A High Amount

    HEY I'm dealing with the same issue. I can sleep 8-11 hours during the day AFTER getting a full night's sleep. I dealt with this for 5 years before I was diagnosed with Celiac Disease. After being gluten free and taking vitamins and having my hormones checked I was STILL just as tired. I found that I had become allergic or intolerant to many other foods. The food reaction is very delayed: I become extremely tired (almost drugged) 12 hours after eating the food so the reaction always happens the next day (usually the next morning). I found that the WORST offenders were all grains, all legumes and the cruciferous family (kale, broccoli, cauliflower) but sweet potatoes will also do it. I can't eat the OILS that come from these foods either -- soybean oil, corn oil, etc. It really helped to take a www.NowLEAP.com test. It was a blood test and they sent me a list of all my food sensitivities. When I removed those foods, I was able to wake up. But the test does not catch the INTOLERANCES (just the sensitivities) so if you still feel sleepy, I advice cutting out grains and legumes which are a common INTOLERANCE. So try a VERY VERY STRICT diet for a week. Try eating only 5 foods for a week. Some people find red meat really causes them to become tired (they can't even get up in the morning). So try eating these foods which are usually considered pretty safe: salmon, blueberries, celery, romaine lettuce, olives/olive oil, zucchini with sea salt, black pepper and ONLY HERBS like rosemary, thyme and sage. You can turn the romaine into a simple salad and use olive oil, white pepper, thyme and sea salt as an oil dressing. You can sautee the zucchini in slices and season it with sea salt, white pepper and thyme. Same goes for the celery. See if you feel more awake. Then SLOWLY add in foods and see which ones are causing you to fall asleep.
  6. Are there physicians who handle candida infections? Is there a reliable test I can take on my own to see if I have a bad candida infection? Is there a test I can request at the doctor's office?
  7. I only have extreme nausea after eating salt. I developed a sensitivity to it about a month ago. If I don't drink 2-3 cups of water with every small sprinkling of salt, I develop a migraine and extreme nausea that lasts all day long and into the night. And its sea salt!
  8. Nightshades?

    Good substitutes for nightshades: Instead of french fries, try baked sweet potato with sea salt, black pepper and ground rosemary. Squash is a wonderful substitute for nightshades (giving soups a thick broth). Also, seasoned rutabaga makes a nice potato patty substitute.
  9. I used www.NowLEAP.com for $500. I was very skeptical but I was so sick I was willing to take the chance. They drop food particles into tiny containers of your blood and count the number of white blood cells released by your blood in the presence of various foods. I did the test with a friend. My friend (who was not sick but curious) was sensitive to about 9 foods. The test DID catch two of her already-known sensitivities. As for myself, I had 22 food sensitivities and when I stopped eating those foods I did feel immediately better within days. However, I have since learned that first you need to eliminate INTOLERANCES before you eliminate SENSITIVITIES because the food intolerances will keep causing new sensitivities. Intolerances can include all grain, all legume, dairy, nuts & seeds, eggs (due to corn and soy being in the egg from the chicken's feed --which has been proven by a soy company) and nightshades. Use Enterolab's test and eliminate your food intolerances and in 6 months take the NowLEAP test. EnteroLab is pretty darn accurate and reputable. That is the best way to handle food sensitivities and intolerances.
  10. I began doing that and notice I did it on certain foods like tomatoes. I later learned I have an intolerance to tomatoes.
  11. So I've been gluten-free now almost two years. Over the months, I have slowly removed all grains, all legumes, all seeds and nuts, dairy and eggs. I also do not eat meat just because I can't stomach the thought of eating an animal (well, I have clams occasionally for b12 but I am hoping to find a corn-free b12 shot). So, because my diet is so precarious, I track my nutrient levels on www.FitDay.com to make sure I am getting all of my vitamins each day. If anyone else is concerned about their vitamins, that is the site to use!! I have also switched eating only organic foods. Just in case you are wondering, my staples are squash and bananas. I am curing my own olives (canned olives have corn in them). I never knew anyone could eat this healthy before in my life . Somehow I feel like a vegetarian cave-man.
  12. I would say go off grain and soy. I've known three other Celiacs who had insomia because of corn and soy. I have also known one who has leg cramps anytime the slightest amount of corn, rice or soy is in their diet. Many Celiacs have trouble with ALL grains... but won't have any traditional "gluten-like" symptoms before they remove it from their diet. After they avoid corn and soy and rice for 5 months and then reintroduce those grains back into their diet, they usually have a big gluten-like reaction. So stop eating corn and soy and see if things improve. Remember, corn is in EVERYTHING. It is under the name glycerin and a thousand other names. Click here for all of corn's names: http://www.cornallergens.com/list/corn-allergen-list.php
  13. I already went to the ER when it was happening (before I knew it was food related). After various tests they sent me home saying they didn't know what the problem was. I have never had luck with doctors .
  14. I have found that chemical sensitivities such as yours are usually indicative of an underlying food intolerance still in the diet, the most common among Celiacs being corn, rice and soy. I would suggest you take EnteroLab's rice and corn test. Other than heightened sensitivities to the environment, people usually do not display any other symptoms to the corn and rice intolerance so it usually goes undiagnosed.
  15. You might be one of the Celiacs who reacts to corn and rice (the grains). You should get the corn and rice test offered by EnteroLab. If you still have inflammation this long after avoiding gluten, there is obviously something still irritating your body. Many people don't realize how intolerant they are to corn until they avoid it for 4 months. After you avoid it and let your body calm down, you will have the BIGGEST REACTION to corn when you re-introduce it to your diet. Then you might find you will be sensitive to eggs too... because the chickens are fed corn and soy. (And for those of you out there who say the chicken's feed does not end up in the eggs, it has been proven that chickens fed soy also have soy molecules in their eggs: http://etd.ohiolink.edu/view.cgi/Vargas%20Galdos%20Dante%20Miguel%20Marcial.pdf?osu1236706764 )