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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 I make a big bowl of my marinade. Pour one large size bottle of Soy Sauce in a large bowl. Then add one cup of brown sugar and one cup of white sugar. Mince up about 4 or 5 cloves of fresh garlic and add to the bowl. Then I freshly grate about 1 tablespoon of fresh ginger and put that in the bowl. I then add about 1 teaspoon of Sambal. Stir and stir and stir until the sugar is all melted. After the sugar is melted I pour about a half of a cup of the marinade into another smaller bowl. I save that for the stir fry. Wash the chicken wings and dry. I usually make the marinade the day before and let the chicken wings soak in it overnight. But, you can also make it on the same day and just let them soak in the marinade in the frig for 3 or 4 hours. Take a large baking sheet and put the chicken wings in a single layer and cover. I bake the chicken wings for about an hour covered at 350, then take off the cover and bake about 20 minutes to a half hour to brown them a little. While the chicken is in the oven I make my stir fry. This can be made up of anything you like. I put all kinds of veggies, water chestnuts, everything I can think of. Add the little bit of marinade that you poured in the smaller bowl to the stir fry. Just fry everything on a medium to high heat. I usually make white sticky rice on the side and I put the rice on my plate and top it off with the stir fry, and the chicken wings on the side. I swear if you make this you will just love it. Those chicken wings are the best I have ever had.
  2. What store did you buy it in?
  3. Wow...they really do jack of the prices, that is for sure. I went to my doctor yesterday. I am not working right now and have no health insurance. The place that I go is a government funded clinic. I asked just yesterday how much it would cost for the Celiac test. They told me that because I go through them, it would cost me $178. If the test comes out negative, that would be the cost. But, if the test comes out positive, it would be an additional $71 for additional tests. The woman that was showing me the cost told me that if I wasn't going through them and me being on their sliding scale that it would cost $278. Big different from $278 to $1443. Depending on who is making the money, they just charge whatever the hell they want. The medical communites in this country are shameful.
  4. I just thought of something that I wanted to mention. It's about my doctor that I saw yesterday morning. Or most doctors in general. When I initially brought up the subject of Celiac...and my doctor looked at me like I was crazy, he then asked me why I thought I had this. I told him that I had been looking it up and found out that I had all of the symptoms. Or most of them. Then he said to me..."Well...do you have Gastro Intestinal problems...???, do you get constipated???" And looked at me like I didn't. I then said to him..."Well, yea....I have IBS..., remember???" "I don't get constipated, but I deal with diahrea an awfu lot!" I said to him..." You have been prescribing me Bentyl, (this is a medication for IBS) for years now...(I felt like saying...duhhhhh) lol I swear these doctors are nuts. I have been seeing this guy for five years. He didn't even remember that I have IBS. Even though he has been the one that has been writing me my prescriptions for Bentyl. Unreal. You know, I really do wish that more doctors would get onboard with holistic and alternative treatments. But, that will never happen. Because then the FDA, the medical associations and the doctors would just not make all of the money that they are making now. It just really pisses me off.
  5. Sweet Pea, our conure and Syndi our Pom, for some strange reason have taking a liking for each other. Syndi is so sweet with that bird. I put them down on the bed together and Syndi hovers over Sweet Pea like a little mother hen. And Sweet Pea just goes up to her and gets really close and all in her hair. Sweet Pea will lay down on his back right below her and wave his little feet in the air, like he is being silly and playing. It's such a sight to see. Cute as can be. Now Diva, our chihuahua, is deathly afraid of Sweet Pea. She runs for her life when we try to put the bird down with her. And the funny thing is, we have six cats, but one of our cats, Dennis is also close with Sweet Pea. Sometimes I will lay down on the bed with the both of them. Sweet Pea will climb all over that cat, on his head and everything and the cat just lets him do whatever he wants. Dennis is so loving. We love our babies so much. They really are like our children and we get so much joy from them. They are all as loving as they can be. They all have their different personalities and quirky things that they do. We just adore them all!
  6. Before I moved to SC and was living and working in Massachusetts, I had great health insurance and I had the best doctors. I loved my doctors up there. They were so open minded about things and so progressive. This doctor that I am seeing now really does irritate me. It's easy to tell someone to just go and get a new doctor but it's just not that easy to do, for me at this point of my life that is. Like I wrote I am not working and no health insurance. Not much here in this state for people like me. This doctor that I am seeing now, I have been seeing him for about 5 years now. Where I see him, it's a government funded clinic. I am on a sliding scale. I pay $30 for my visits when I go there. It used to be only $5 but the price has gone up. The only reason that I continue to see this doctor is because while I am seeing him and going to this clinic, I can get my yearly mammograms for free, which I have done every year, I get gynecological exams for free, I can get exrays for free, blood tests for free, etc. Also, this doctor that I am seeing is trying to help me get disability. It was actually his idea for me to apply for it and he told me he would back me up. So, as you can, it's so involved and I really need to go to this place to get my health care taken care of. And, I really do kind of like this doctor. He's pretty good when it has to do with going by the medical book. The only thing that bothers me is that he is just not open minded at all to more things. Like when I try to talk to him about eating organic, or holistic alternative treatments for things, he just laughs at me and acts like that stuff is just a bunch of mumbo jumbo. I'm really not used to that. The doctors I had up north were so open minded to things like that. So, I just accept him for what he is, and I just do my own research for things on the side and just try to stay on top of things. When or if the day ever comes that I do get Disability, I will be able to get health care, and at that point, I plan on definitely getting another doctor. I just have to hang in there with this one right now. I really have no choice. I am living with my girlfriend, and she is the Manager of a retail store. I feel so guilty sometimes, because right now she is paying all of the bills. She makes decent money, but it all goes like I said on the bills. I wouldn't mind, but she is dealing with her own health problems now. I don't know if any of you guys know what Cataplexy is, but she had her first Cataplexy attack about 3 years ago and has been diagnosed with Narcolepsy and Cataplexy. She is having quite a time of it dealing with this condition. Brother, I have to say, we are quite a pair. That is for sure. Both of us are dealing with so much. Sometimes I just can't believe that we have been together for 8 years considering everything that has been going on. I think a lot of other couples would not have made it to this point. But, somehow we are hanging in there. It's not easy, but we are trying.
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  8. I just made a new post about my doctors appointment this morning. Then, I went to check my other posts, and I noticed that in each different post, the only thing in them are the initial thing that I wrote. All of the replys that I got back are gone. Whether they are other peoples replies or my replies, replying back to them within that thread. What's going on?
  9. I had a doctors visit sceduled for this morning. The last time I saw him, about a month ago, he set up an appointment for me to come in for fasting lab work. He gave me my results today, which I was surprised about. My cholesterol was normal, my thyroid was normal, my heart numbers were all good. The only thing that didn't look too good was my glucose level. My number was 105. I guess 25 to 99 is the normal limits. I was just a little over, but still not good. The funny thing is I don't have much of a sweet tooth and I never have. I love food, but sweet, eh, I could take it or leave it. I know that my gluse is a little high because of the drinks that I drink every day. For months now, I have gotten into a habit of making and drinking my own Iced Tea. You have to put sugar in it or it just doesn't taste good. I also drink those vitamin waters and those Starbucks Frappacino's that you get at the convenience stores in the bottles. All of these are loaded with sugar, so I have to figure out something else to drink. But, other than that, my tests were ok. For the first time, I brought up the subject of Celiac Disease to my doctor. The way he reacted to it did not surprise me at all. I could tell that he doesn't think that I have it, or...I am thinking tat maybe he doesn't know an awful lot about it. Doctors never want to admit when they don't know about something, that is for sure. After we talked about it for a very short time I asked him if I could get tested for it. He told me that I can get tested but it will cost some money. I found out that it will initially cost me $178. If the test comes out negative, that is the cost. But, if it comes out positive, it will be another $71 dollars for more tests. He said, he wouldn't mind me getting tested for Celiac because it would be another thing that he could rule. out... Normally, this would not bother me at all, but I am not working, no health insurance and totally broke. So now I have to figure out a way to come up with this money. Maybe I will have a few yard sales or something. Also, I am supposed to be going on Enbrel. I am waiting for them to tell me whether they can get it for me or when. There is something here called Best Chance. It's for people like me, not working and no health insurance. I know that they will probably get it for me, because they have gotten other meds for me in the past through Best Chance. They set up two more appointments for me in July. One is for yet another set of fasting blood tests, I guess for the Enbrel. And after that, I have another appointment to see that doctor again, and hopefully I will be getting the Enbrel at that time. I keep thinking, if I do have Celiac Disease, I probably wouldn't even need the Enbrel... I have been eating Gluten Free now for almost a week. I have to honestly say that I don't notice a difference yet. How long do you guys think it would take to see a difference? Should it be immediately? Or will it take some time? Since I have sooo many health issues going on and I am dealing with so much chronic pain, it will probably take a while...I hope. So, I just have to get up the money for the Celiac Test and I plan on getting tested. In the meantime, I will just continue to do what I would normally be doing until I get the Celiac results.
  10. I guess I am so worried because I have been dealing with health problems for almost 20 years and it has ravaged my body. If I do have Celiac Disease, I think I am afraid that it's not a criteria to be eligible for disability. They might turn around and deny me and think that all I have to do is change my diet. I wouldn't mind, but I have deformed fingers and deformed toes now that will never look or work the same again. I have excruciating pain that I am dealing with in my lower back. Whether all of these years it was caused by celiac or not, it is definitely completely messed up now. Do you see now why I am worried? Plus, there is my neck...that is another story. It's just scarey. I have worked my whole life and now, I need help. It's a scarey thing.
  11. Corn Flour

    I cooked some skinless boneless chicken breasts tonight. I first coated it with scrambled up eggs, with milk. Then I dipped it in the corn flour. First, I put the flour in a bowl and added, parsley, basil, rosemary, garlic powder, salt, pepper and grated parmesan cheese. I fried them in peanut oil. OMG, the chicken was delicous! I am so excited about this. We had baked potato and corn on the cob with the chicken. Also a garden salad before dinner. I have some home grown arrugula in our salads. Next time I make my eggplant parm. I am going to do the same thing with the corn flour. I am discovering new ways of cooking every day. So far it's been going fairly easy I must say.
  12. Here are my two dogs. Diva is the Chihuahua and Syndi is the Pomeranian. http://i7.photobucket.com/albums/y299/Lytz...ivaandSyndi.jpg This is Diva when we first got her. She is now about a year and a half old. http://i7.photobucket.com/albums/y299/Lytz...abyDiva-1-1.jpg Here is Syndi when we first got her. She is now 7 years old. http://i7.photobucket.com/albums/y299/Lytzis/f2b9b2d6.jpg We used to have two Poms. But, my sweet little Billy died a year and a half ago. Here is a picture of me with Syndi and Billy. This was before we got Diva. Billy is the dog on the right. http://i7.photobucket.com/albums/y299/Lytzis/d564b147.jpg Our first cat, Dennis. He is 7 years old now too. http://i7.photobucket.com/albums/y299/Lytzis/620c73ec.jpg This is Monkey. He just showed up in our back yard one day. Sweetest cat ever. He is about 6 now. http://i7.photobucket.com/albums/y299/Lytz...sPicsMonkey.jpg This is Tigose and Starina. Tigose is the tiger colored one. They are from the same litter and are about 4 years old. http://i7.photobucket.com/albums/y299/Lytzis/decb590e.jpg This is Barney when he was a baby. He came from my gluten-free's sister. He has the most beautiful blue eyes you could ever see. He's a really big boy now. http://i7.photobucket.com/albums/y299/Lytzis/newkitty3.jpg This is Otis. He just showed up at my gluten-free's job one day. He latched onto her shoulder and he was so scared he wouldn't let go. She literally worked the whole day with this cat on her shoulder like this. http://i7.photobucket.com/albums/y299/Lytzis/Otis.jpg This is our parakeet, Sky http://i7.photobucket.com/albums/y299/Lytzis/d248fac7.jpg And last but not least....Sweet Pea! He is a Finsch's Conure and is truly amazing. So smart. He is funny, he is loving, he is playful, and he is a spoiled brat. http://i7.photobucket.com/albums/y299/Lytzis/410e3415.jpg Sweet Pea is so special that I am going to post a slide show of him. http://s7.photobucket.com/albums/y299/Lytz...nt=9eca0f12.pbw Ok, well, that's it! I hope you guys enjoy looking at our sweet babies. We love them all so much. They are a lot of work I have to admit, but worth every second of it.
  13. I recently bought Corn Flour to make Polenta. Can you use this flour for breading? Like Fried Chicken?
  14. Do I have any pets? lol Ohhh yea. We have 10 animals. One Pomeranian, her name is Syndi, one Chuhuahua, her name is Diva, as you can see in my avatar, six cats, one parakeet and a Finsch's Conure. His name is Sweet Pea and he is amazing. As you might have figured out, I am a gay woman...any others here??? I hope? I live with my girlfriend now for 8 years. Never ever thought we would make it this long. I guess we are doing something right. This board seems like a really fun place so far. There is another message board that I have been going to now for about 5 or 6 years. I am friends with the owner. But, I am just getting kind of board with it and I have been thinking about finding another message board to go to. I never thought it would be a message board about Celiac Disease, but heck! Who cares! You all just seem so nice so far and I am so looking forward to hopefully getting to know you guys! Thanks for the warm welcoming btw.