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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. Don't be frightened,it's just another diet to get used to and the chances of cancer of very minimal. My mom has it too. There is medication called protonix, or PPI's that help Barretts alot. The only problem with my mom is that she is allergic to all the PPI's, she gets diabetes insipidus from it. We are actually trying to find out if it is because she has celiac that she is allergic to the medication...we aren't sure,but if you do start taking them be careful and keep track of how much you pee, drink and eat. The main things to avoid are soda, caffeine, tomatoes, garlic. It also helps to elevate the head of your bed 4-6 inches. Since my mom is allergic to the meds we are looking into other options. Especially because of the cancer...like I said, the risk is very minimal but at the same time, cancer of the esophagus is one of the worst you can have. There are some surgical procedures I found that are pretty minimally invasive. We will be talking to my mom's GI this week about them, but you should check them out. http://www.mayoclinic.org/barretts-esophagus/index.html
  2. Happy birthday and may God bless you today!

  3. I'm planning an X-mas gift for my ma and want to give her something useful. Whenever we make gluten-free bread it's all lumpy and shapeless and kinda hard to make sandwiches with. So I was looking into getting a breadmaker, I figured it would make it easier...anyways, I was just wondering, is there really a difference between gluten free breadmakers and just getting a regular ass breadmaker? I mean, is it better to get a gluten free one since its gluten free bread? Or does it really not matter and have similar results?
  4. Diabetes Insipidus

    OK totally ignore my previous post, I was displaying my ignorance between DM and DI. Well my mom did have DI, but it was medication related, she stopped taking the meds and we noticed a difference within DAYS. So I dunno if you are taking any meds, my mom was on PPI's for her Barretts and now she obviously cannot take them so we are looking into surgry. Anyways, other forms of DI can be treated. The endocrinologist told me there are 4 different types of DI and two of them can be treated with medicines, you just have to get your urine tested to see how concentrated it is and go from there.
  5. Diabetes Insipidus

    My mom is having the same exact symptoms. I began to suspect Diabetes because she's having the 3 P's: Polyuria, Polyphagia, and Polydipsia. But, it's the same thing, everytime they check her blood sugar levels, it's normal. She's been on and off sick lately and I highly doubt she has been glutened. I didn't think of Diabetes Insipidus though, but that is a good suggestion. We have an appointment with an endocrinologist on Wednesday, I definitely think something is wrong with her sugar levels and she has a lot of similar symptoms. So, I don't have too much help to offer now, but hopefully the endocrinologist can help us discover the root of this, and if it is DI, I will be more than happy to tell you what our doctor suggests. I know Diabetics are usually on a high fiber diet, and with being Celiac, it doesn't leave alot of options to get the fiber you need. So I would recommend fiber supplements if you aren't already on them, or uptake your brown rice and bean consumption. I know Konsyl fiber supplements are gluten free and you can find them usually at any store, walgreens, walmart, etc. Again, I hope I can have more helpful information after Wednesday.
  6. Recovering Celiacs With Demanding Lives

    Hello all! I am nursing student as well, currently am a PCT but am taking some time off of school for my RN. My mom has celiac, whereas I am just having a sensitivity to gluten. I eat gluten free though, in hopes of avoiding getting celiac. My mom was sick while I was in school, and it was really bad. My job wouldn't let me take a leave of absence so I switched to working overnight and taking nightclasses so I could be with her during the day when no one else was home. So I can relate somewhat, if not fully. It is incredibly difficult to juggle work, school and being ill or having an ill family member. And this was before she was diagnosed. It is very hard to stick to the diet, especially when you are on the go constantly. It is so convenient to just grab some fast food while driving here and there, and now I fully understand why people often eat so unhealthy...it's convenient. When I went gluten free I noticed a complete difference within a couple days. I have always been very moody with a horrible temper and just over all very impulsive...eating gluten free has really stabilized my emotions. Anyways, I know no one is asking for advice, but as far as the fog goes, I take b12 vitamins. It really helps me focus. I was taking them before my mom was diagnosed and did not realize until I joined this forum that it is not uncommon to have vitamin b12 deficiency. The only thing is, I would get checked for it before you start taking the vitamins, in case no one has already. It can be dangerous to take if you have no real need for it. It helped me alot. I finally got my leave of absence from work because my mom was glutened 6 weeks ago. I am starting school again in January and of course I am now having second thoughts about what i want to do with my life. I love the nursing field, but I really would like to work with special needs children. I think that falls more under social work though. So on top of everything, I need to figure this out soon because I don't want to wait until next fall to start school. I thought it was bad enough having to wait until January. I wasted the past 5 years of my life and am quite keen to make up for it. I don't mean to complain, I love taking care of my mother and would seriously kill for her, but even with time off work I am finding it hard to manage my time and do the things I have to do. My brother is no help, he lives in his own little world, or possibly on another planet, and my dad is the sole breadwinner for the family. I have been sick for the past 3 weeks, first bronchitis and now it turned into a URI. I cannot seem to keep myself healthy in my fight to keep my mom healthy...but honestly, since she has celiac, I care more about her health right now. I have witnessed celiac...I cannot imagine what it would be like to experience it. My heart goes out to all of you.
  7. Thank you very much! I didn't think there was but I told my mom I would ask. I couldn't find out too much info online so that's why I tried here, everyone is always so helpful. I like your screen name it's cute! I have a turtle but he is more homicidal than anything! I have never seen such a greedy thing! lol
  8. Trying to find out what brands of these are gluten free. My mom is super sensitive and we are now realizing that we have to question EVERYTHING, and my dad isn't gluten free. My brother is moving out in a month and then we are making the household completely gluten free. (don't ask me why, my brother won't go along with the diet, regardless of my mother's health) and my mother is concerned with the shaving cream and mouth wash my father uses...in case they want to make out or something I guess (eew! lol) so I was wondering if anyone had any suggestions.
  9. Well I am currently working at Wal-Mart (much to my displeasure, but hey it's a job) and I am a cashier, so I see a lot of the products that everyone buys. It is relatively new as far as I know, but for some reason Wal-mart is carrying more gluten free products and promoting them. I think it is kind of ironic, but probably just more of a coincidence, that after my mom was diagnosed that this happened. The Wal-mart brand of Great Value, has a lot of gluten free items and is pretty good about stating that the products are gluten free. I'm on a leave of absence right now to take care of my mom and when I was dealing with Human Resources about the paper work, a woman who works there told me that on the Wal-Mart website they have tons more gluten free products as well as books and cookbooks. Before I worked there, I never shopped there as well. I get a discount there, but it's not on food, so I mainly just shop there for convenience. Some of their products are cheaper, like the rice milk and gluten free cookies, but I am a bit biased because I work there. Hopefully, I will have another job soon, and when I do, gluten free products or not, I will never step foot in there again.
  10. Omg...this is totally weird!! I have problems swallowing sometimes but only with drinking, not with food. I am actually having it now, it feels as if there is a bubble in my throat and nothing can relieve it. I don't have celiac but I do have a problem with gluten so I eat gluten free. The doctors have always contributed my difficulty swallowing to my smoking and asthma (yeah I know I'm an idiot and shouldn't smoke with asthma) but I never thought so. Burping does help a lot and I take small sips of whatever I am drinking. With me, drinking a cold bottle of water helps some, I noticed I have more difficulties if it's a carbonated drink. It's absolutely awful and totally scary, I feel like I am suffocating and as if the liquid is caught in my throat. It takes all my effort to swallow. It only lasts a couple of seconds but they are absolutely some of the most terrifying seconds of my life!!!
  11. Wax On Fruit And Veggies

    Well just wanted to bring this out there, my mom has a problem with fruits and veggies that are not organic so I thought some other people might, but I guess it's not a big concern to anyone else. Although it is gross.
  12. Wax On Fruit And Veggies

    "Conventionally grown fruits and vegetables are often waxed to prevent moisture loss, protect them from bruising during shipping, and increase their shelf life. When purchasing non-organic fruits and vegetables, you should ask your grocer about the kind of wax used on their surface even if you are going to peel it; CARNAUBA wax (from the carnauba palm tree), BEESWAX, and SHELLAC (from the lac beetle) are preferable to petroleum-based waxes, which contain solvent residues or wood rosins. Yet, it is not just the wax itself that may be of concern but the other compounds often added to it - ETHYL ALCOHOL or ETHANOL for consistency, MILK CASEIN (a protein linked to milk allergy) as "film formers" and soaps as flowing agents. " Carnauba: gluten free, is also used for shoe polish, car polish, dental floss and cosmetics, but I did find out it is safe. Beeswax: gluten free Shellac: gluten free Shellac is edible and it is used as a glazing agent on pills, This coating may not be considered as vegetarian as it may, and probably does, contain crushed insects However, as it states above, Ethyl alcohol or ethanol could be a compound added to some waxes, and that's where gluten can become a factor. Ethanol can be made from wheat. It is also made from corn and sugar, but can be made from wheat straw.
  13. Wax On Fruit And Veggies

    I found it on the FDA's website http://www.fda.gov/Food/LabelingNutrition/...n/ucm111487.htm It says: # Are there examples of food products that are naturally "gluten-free"? Yes. The following are examples of, but are not limited to, foods that are naturally gluten-free: * milk; nonfat dry milk) * 100 percent fruit or vegetable juices * Fresh fruits and vegetables that are not coated with a wax or resin that contains gluten * A variety of single ingredient foods: butter; eggs; lentils; peanuts; seeds like flax; tree nuts like almonds; non-gluten containing grains like corn; fresh fish like cod; fresh shellfish like clams; honey; and water.
  14. but I just found out that the wax they put on fruits and veggies MAY contain gluten, they cannot guarantee that it doesn't. I always wash fruits and veggies, as I am sure many do, but I don't know for those who are super sensitive, like my mom, may want to go organic. My mom only eats organic fruits/veggies now, and I just found out about this. Sorry if this has been posted before
  15. Honey

    Thanks everyone! I have always wanted to try the honey with the comb still in it...I think you eat it or something....maybe? lol