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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 have celiac disease and I'm going to the gulf coast to help provide disaster relief after hurricane Katrina. I'll be part of a medical team and where I get sent depends upon whether or not MREs are gluten-free. I can't find any factual information about whether red cross or military MREs are truly gluten free...does anyone know for certain? Or even have a good guess? thanks for any help/input
  2. A nutritionist assured me years ago that Bombay Sapphire Gin is gluten-free, but now that I'm looking for confirmation I can't find any. Anybody know?
  3. Not to add to the confusion, but I also got the word that Hornsby's ciders are NOT gluten-free. Earlier in a different message, I had said that I was able to drink them without problem but that's because I thought they were gluten-free---not taking that chance anymore. Here's what the Gallo people say about their other products: "In response to your inquiry, all of the wines and champagnes produced by E. & J. Gallo Winery, Modesto, California are completely free of gluten or any gluten by-products. Under our Bartles & Jaymes product line we produce two kinds of coolers; a wine-base and a malt-base as indicated by the label. The wine cooler is gluten free. Under the Boone's and Boone's Farm line we produce both wine-base and malt-base products. The wine base is gluten-free. In addition, our winemakers advise that our cider beverages under the "Hornsby's" label do contain gluten. Also, our winemakers advise the brandy made by E&J Distillers, including Cask & Cream, may contain trace amounts of gluten. We appreciate your giving us this opportunity to answer your questions. We hope this information is helpful. Tammy Adcock Wine Consultant
  4. Isn't It Ironic...

    celiac3270, I just had a gluten-free frozen pizza from Amy's---plain cheese, but still pretty good.
  5. Booze

    Since you mentioned Thanksgiving and booze, I'd like to vent about going to a big party and bringing my own food and beverages. Since there were 20 people there, that led to 20 separate explanations about celiac disease. Then, in what was probably a well-intentioned gesture, people decided to try my gluten-free food to see how it tasted. Trouble was, they didn't ask me first and I didn't bring enough for 20 folks. Worst of all, a couple of guys pulled me aside and tried to convince me to have a beer with them. When I politely declined, they got offended: One said that it's "just not right when a man won't have a beer." That's my vent. Thanks.
  6. Disneyland

    Yes, Disney may be not only the happiest place on earth but also the most celiac-friendly. Like MySuicidalTurtle said, it's still best to have some plans with them ahead of time but for me, part of the fun is being able to walk in most anywhere at Disney and have gluten-free food. I used to know a few chefs who worked at Disney and they were all trained in celiac disease (and just about every other thing with dietary restrictions), they have nutrionists on staff, and they take cross-contamination seriously. But when I've made plans with them ahead of time, I got the red-carpet treatment, which is also nice. Hope your family has a great trip.
  7. Isn't It Ironic...

    Have you ever noticed that when you're telling someone about the gluten-free diet for the first time, how they go through this list of foods saying "So you can't have ____?" And when they get to bread, they so often get emotional about it: "So you can't have a sandwich? Or a hamburger? Or a hot dog?" Life would be so much easier if there was good, gluten-free bread around. That's my venting coming off the holidays, where it seemed that everyone I knew was eating turkey sandwiches for two weeks. I miss turkey sandwiches. There are certainly more important things going on in the world, yet I'd still want the person who invented great gluten-free bread to win a Nobel Prize of some kind.
  8. Hi None of the store-sold bread in Florida is gluten-free---in fact, the Whole Foods where I shop now has a huge sign saying this about millet bread sold in Florida. There might be small bakeries around that make gluten-free bread but in four years, I've not found anything. I'm one of those celiac's who can't eat millet; three tries, three trips to the ER. My physician says that I just happen to be allergic to it. My advice is that if you're going to try it, start very very small. It takes about six hours before eating millet until I get sick and then I'm violently ill (to the point of hallucinating) for a day or more. So small doses might be the way to go.
  9. So Scared And Sad

    I'm so sorry for what you're going through. I think I can relate to the frustration, as I'm sure a lot of other folks here can, too. I first posted to this website (after four years post-diagnosis) last week because I picked up a new disease---and it makes me furious sometimes. It helped just to read what others have gone through...maybe you can find some comfort in knowing that you're not alone. I do hope you feel better soon.
  10. how about popcorn at the movies? anybody know if that's ever safe? I've had the same reactions to popcorn but not consistently. Feels almost as bad as a gluten reaction but not quite the same. It's good to know I'm not the only one...thanks for mentioning it.
  11. It was the cookies and cream one that got me sick---thanks for jogging my memory. It has malt listed on the label but when I called they said it was gluten-free. It's not, as they later confirmed.
  12. About two years ago I ordered some. The ingredients listing was like a chemistry lesson, so I called Atkins and they assured me that the bar I had was gluten-free. But I got really sick. I called them back afterwards and they did an investigation, and found out that at least for the bar that I had tried, there was definitely gluten in it. I gave up on them after that (even though they sent me a big package of Atkins stuff as an apology). So it may depend on the type of bar or Atkins product you're considering. The trouble is, at least based on my experience, calling for info didn't help. They didn't know what celiac disease or gluten-free was but that was about two years ago.
  13. Hi I just wanted to add to all the great support you already got here. It takes a lot of courage to contend with an ED and celiac disease and I hope that it's getting easier.
  14. You mentioned coffee and I've wondered about that, too. I know that the coffee I drink is gluten-free, but sometimes it's just as painful. I've noticed that it's especially harsh if I haven't been eating regularly---maybe coffee on an empty stomach is just rough, celiac or not?
  15. CD Sufferers And Eating Disorders

    This is one of the most interesting topics I've read here so far---it's such an important question but it's surprising how little research has been done about it. I'd like to add some things (I was going to say "weigh in" but...) I've had celiac disease for at least ten years but was only diagnosed about four years ago. I'm a psychologist but I have absolutely no training in eating disorders. When I was symptomatic and in school, physicians and professors convinced me that it was all psychosomatic. Anyway, when I finally got diagnosed I got really interested in the psych research about celiac disease. On a more personal note, I definitely picked up disordered eating after being diagnosed. My girlfriend at the time happend to specialize in eating disorders and she tore her hair out, watching me avoid eating. I never had eating problems before celiac disease. I now work with a lot of people with celiac disease in psychotherapy and I've collected data about eating habits and other issues. I can't get the studies published in journals mainly because I have a small sample, but also because journal editors don't seem interested in celiac disease. So I'm guessing that there actually is research about eating disorders and celiac disease, but it hasn't been published. I once did a literature review on every study ever published on celiac disease and couldn't find a single one that mentioned eating disorders. (If I missed something, please let me know). This is just my opinion, but I don't think disordered eating that is caused by celiac disease is the same kind of thing as anorexia, bulemia, binge-eating, etc. If the world was more friendly to celiacs, I think you'd see fewer eating problems among us and just as many people with eating disorders. So in a way, I think disordered eating among celiacs comes from the fact that we have fewer choices, more restrictions, and less understanding from people who are not celiac disease. Just my opinion, though.