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      Frequently Asked Questions About Celiac Disease   09/30/2015

      This 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 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 Free recipes: Gluten-Free Recipes Where can I buy gluten-free stuff? Support this site by shopping at The Store.


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  1. I just want to make sure I understand -- your husband is concerned and wants to get an endoscopy done, but he's not too worried about cross contamination?
  2. I have a friend - a guy - who has that kind of bunion - by the baby toe on his left foot. He used to play soccer. Not sure what he did about it, but I can offer my perspective of having a big toe bunion, which I've had for over 20 years. "Bunionectomy" is a possibility, but I've been warned by a relative not to do it. Meanwhile, I've met a lot of people who've had it more recently than my relative who are happy with it. What's lacking from their testimonials is the perspective of time: the most it had been for those recent bunionectomies was 5 years, which is not really sufficient to say yay or nay, IMO. More relevant, though, is what I do about it now. It's kind of a pain, but I will often wrap it/tape it. And, as the kind of bunion I have was caused by walking on built up heels, I tend to do the opposite and build up (but just ever so slightly) the forefoot in my shoes (a little like a moonshoe, if you've heard of them). Anyway, lots more to say on the topic, and what I've said is not directly applicable to your situation, I'll see if I can find something more useful. Plumbago
  3. Are you dehydrated? Do you have diabetes? Are you taking any kind of medication? Have you had any kind of recent injury? ( What is your blood pressure? Do you have any kind of anemia? Have you had recent lab work? What are the results? Everything ok with lungs and heart? Are you pregnant? Document when you feel lightheaded, what you’re doing, time of day, whether or not you ate or drank, position, everything you can think of. Just really get into details and think if someone was asking you why they are lightheaded, and all the questions you’d have, to try to pinpoint the answer. Good luck. Adding: Here is a dialogue online about lightheadedness when sitting:
  4. In terms of inflammation, weight gain, possibility of insulin resistance, I don't think honey is any different than plain old sugar or HFCS.
  5. Update-- I went 7-8 days sugar free, and it was fine. I suspect there was a reason I saw only a modest weight loss (0.5 lb) but I’ll spare the gents the TMI details. As for the benefits I’ve already spelled out those in the OP, above, and I'll add one long-term one - now that I am back to allowing myself to eat whatever I want, I notice that I don’t rush right out and buy sweet things. Well, I did, but I’m not really eating them (desserts are mainly what I'm talking about). But I’m back on the chai lattes in the a.m. and some honey on the biscuits. One thing that is very interesting is that I’m also back to having PVCs, more commonly known as heart palpitations. I had zero when I was off sugar. Zero. This is shaping up to be as huge news as going gluten free, at least to me. I said that above I was gonna spare TMI, but sorry, here goes, so stop reading now! I also had no loose stools on no sugar (and so far, they haven’t returned yet). That your husband is not on any medications at 72 should be shouted from the rooftops of every doctor’s office neighbor and public health clinics'. What are we doing by not getting this front and center? What idiots we are! As Gary Taubes says: cigarettes are to lung cancer as sugar is to diabetes (and so much else too). (He says it’s not salt that leads to HTN but insulin!) Next up, is Lent. That’s 68 days!! I will definitely be going sugar free again, in at least 1 week chunks if not more. I find it’s better to go long stretches without it, as opposed to every other day or something like that.
  6. I would love to see some of those sugar free recipes, so please share. As for the quote above, I thought it was a good idea to cut down too. But I'll just leave you with some thoughts from Taubes who observes that the docs never say to cut down on smoking do they? Smile. No, they say to give it up altogether. He says cigarettes are to lung cancer as sugar is to diabetes (and beyond). Just thought I'd pass that along....
  7. Inspired by Gary Taubes (Good Calories Bad Calories; Why We Get Fat; and The Case Against Sugar; his numerous podcast and online videos, op eds in the NYT, etc), as well as nonstop reading on the endocrine system and a series I first saw advertised on this site, called "Betrayal" about autoimmunity, I have been sugar-free going on five days now (really six, since I fasted on Saturday, but I don't really count that). What does that mean? It means things like, no chai latte, basically no milk, nothing I would eat for that "sweet taste" including yogurt, no jelly/jam, not even any potato chops or salsa chips, I've had a total of about 1.5 GF biscuits. What it has amounted to is practically no snacking between meals. I have carried walnut pieces mixed in with sugar-free carob nibs to work and that's been my only between meal snack. What it further has amounted to is cutting down on the CRAVINGS and this is huge. It's amazing how sugar drives the hunger for EVERYTHING ELSE IN THE WORLD, of course including sugar, but just everything else, until our minds can think of nothing but meals/snacks/flavors/cravings - we are driven driven driven for that ultimate...whatever. Nonstop thinking/talking/whining/reading about food. Is it dull? Well, yeah, a little bit I must say. The experiment technically ends on Sunday morning. If I feel by then that it has really helped (with a modicum of weight loss, and that's what it's been for me so far and I expect it to continue, slow and steadily; less bloating - this is the HUGE thing), then I will once again give up sugar for Lent. Anyway, just thought I'd share. Plumbago
  8. Coals to Newcastle!!! Thanks everyone, for the information.
  9. Hi, I am interested in buying nonGMO and gluten-free nuts and found this site. I am wondering if others have ever purchased products from it. Thanks! Plumbago
  10. Well, I'm listening and it's pretty much the usual. This one is priming us for.... functional medicine. Hey, that may not be such a bad thing, I can't really say. However, I get to about minute 35 and I hear a Brazilian doc explaining his first visit is one hour or an hour and a half. Stop the tape right there because if that is what it's about, we may just may be on to something. If anyone let alone a doc is going to spend so much time with an individual, the chances of getting treated well go up several tens fold. (Now, how this jibes with Obamacare and potentially extinct Obamacare is anyone's guess, and for sure we are going to need several thousand more docs if each one is going to spend so much time with a patient!)
  11. They're heavy on the tease. As I say, it was advertised by the administrator on this site. It's supposedly going to tie the whole auto immunity thing together, but it doesn't say how, though I've heard bits and pieces here and there that histamine could be the big unifier, who knows. Well, it's free, and I'll watch. I think they've designed it at the front end to appeal to people who don't know much about how the body works but are suffering, to draw them in.
  12. Here's a link. I'm watching it so far, and it's annoyingly vague, but I will just have to wait until tomorrow night.
  13. Is zonulin triggered by milk? I thought it was mainly gliadin.
  14. Yes it could be casein. For me, I also think it has to do with the sugar in milk, which is considerable.