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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 FREE Celiac.com email alerts   What are the major symptoms of celiac disease? Celiac Disease Symptoms What testing is available for celiac disease? - list blood tests, endo with biopsy, genetic test and enterolab (not diagnostic) 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 Where can I buy gluten-free stuff? Support this site by shopping at The Celiac.com Store.

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  1. I used to get migraines. Someone mentioned them as a symptom of celiac disease, and I realized that I had not had one since going gluten-free. Seventeen years and counting...
  2. Well, it is not something routinely tested for. But if there is a record of a test that strongly positive, it should have been diagnosed (and Crohns might not have been correct as a diagnosis). You said he was in the military. Was that at the time of the "Crohns" diagnosis? Celiac disease is an exclusion to joining the military in the US. If you are already in, you might be allowed to stay, depending on your occupational speciality (rating). If you were combat, you will get a medical discharge. Crohns is not a medical issue to the DoD. Just saying...
  3. B12 deficiency is one symptom of celiac disease, but B12 supplements will not affect the testing.
  4. Yes, if there was wheat it would be disclosed. Hydrolyzed protein is not a concern, unless it is wheat protein.
  5. Most, but not all, soy sauces contain wheat. As a top allergen, the wheat must be labelled by that exact word--wheat. The list in parentheses after the "soy sauce" is the ingredients in that particular ingredient. No gluten there. Enjoy it! It is safe.
  6. Kraft has a policy, world-wide, that it will clearly disclose any source of gluten on the label. If you don't see one of the gluten grains named in the ingredients, then the product is gluten-free.
  7. Welcome to the community here. I am not Catholic, but have been a member here for many years, and a moderator for ten. This topic comes up from time to time. I am Episcopalian, similar in most beliefs. Talk to your priest. In my church, receiving one form of communion is sufficient to meet the obligation, so I usually just take the cup. I arrange with the priest to be first in line, lest the cup be contaminated from another communicant. For the wafer to qualify in the Roman Catholic Church, it must be made from wheat. There are some sources of low-gluten wafers, but I have no personal experience with them. The Episcopalian (Anglican) church allows a wafer that does not contain wheat.
  8. "Spices" allows for a long list of possible things, but none of them are grains, so no gluten in that ingredient. Flavoring rarely contains gluten. By law, wheat would have to be disclosed. Barley malt is expensive, so the manufacturer will boast of it rather than hide it.
  9. Yeah, I tried to quote in the cheese topic and it didn't work. Tried Chrome, Firefox and Safari.
  10. Whey is derived from milk, and is gluten-free. It is casein, i.e. dairy protein.
  11. I don't eat the Honey Nut Chex due to sugar concerns, but do eat Rice Chex and Corn Chex regularly without any issues (and have been eating them for years).
  12. Potato chips are usually gluten-free. If there is a concern, it is in an added flavor. I haven't seen a problem except for some BBQ flavors, and even then rarely. Wheat must be declared on the label in Canada and the USA. Rye and Barley do not need to be declared in the US, but in practice they are not hidden. That leaves dextrose which is a pure sugar and is gluten-free no matter where from what it was derived. Potato chips are very high in salt. The potatoes themselves provide a lot of sugar through carbohydrates. Just saying...
  13. Known to whom? This is not something "known" to me, and I have been on the diet almost 17 years.
  14. Nuts, milk and soya are gluten-free. Even so, the notice says "may contain" which is a warning to possible accidental contamination. If you like it, enjoy it, worry-free.
  15. Tapioca is also a common source for "modified food starch."