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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. Thank you for your response. Of course I am not planning to ingest any, but even if I wash my hands I still might touch an area of skin where the sunscreen was applied and then touch my mouth or food. OK, it does seem pretty paranoid ... and yet, there was a time when I thought it was paranoid to think that I could be glutened by kissing my boyfriend/husband AFTER he had brushed his teeth! Nevertheless, it happened. This disease is pretty hard to believe sometimes. That's why I'd rather ask, even if it makes me seem like a fruitcake.
  2. The church I'm currently attending uses the Ener-G wafers. They taste a little different from regular communion hosts and are crunchier but I haven't had a reaction to them.
  3. I couldn't find the sunscreen that I usually use so I purchased a different one. It doesn't say gluten free but it states on the bottle that the inactive ingredients are derived from sunflower oil. When I got home, I looked it up online and found this on the company website: "Badger Sunscreens are filled in a facility that also processes wheat and gluten materials on the same machinery. This facility does careful cleanings between product transitions to greatly reduce the possibility of cross contamination, but we cannot guarantee those products gluten free." I am very sensitive to cross contamination. If this were a food item, I would not eat it. But since it's for the skin and any that I ingested would be minimal, it seems like it should be fine ... I'm just curious if other people here think that cross contamination of skin products is a problem. If you have experience (good or bad) with this specific product/line, that would be great to know too. (I'm also extra paranoid right now because I'm pregnant!) Thanks!
  4. I sometimes make smoothies with straight coconut milk with no additives. Doesn't "So Delicious" have additives in it?
  5. Well, I really hope some of it helps. I'm not sure about chicken broth made from meat, but I know that bone broth does have protein in the form of gelatin. I can link you to some online recipes if you PM me.
  6. That's really too bad. Have you tried homemade bone broth? That might help. If I were you I would definitely check out the GAPS diet and consider trying the intro, which is mainly broth, stock, and blended soups. You also need to take high-quality probiotics. The idea is to heal your digestion so that, in time, you can introduce more foods. There is a website for the GAPS diet with a lot of information and detailed FAQ. If you do it, be aware that there will be symptoms as the bad bacteria in your body die off, but they probably won't be worse than what you're going through now, and can be alleviated somewhat with detox baths and other things that she discusses on the website.
  7. I eliminated dairy from my diet for over a month and was able to reintroduce goat milk yogurt and kefir without a problem. That was a number of months ago. A couple days ago I thought I would try goat milk and see how that went. It went very badly, I am still quite sick with stomach cramps, nausea and diarrhea. I also feel weak and tired, and I have a headache but I'm not sure if that's related; I guess it could be dehydration. I know the fermentation process in yogurt makes it easier to digest. I'm just wondering now whether this means I am intolerant to casein or to lactose? I've read different things and am a bit confused.
  8. How To Get People To Understand...

    Writing a letter to my family explaining the situation seemed to help them to finally "get it." They are being much more understanding now. There's also being a broken record, and just giving them time to adjust to the idea. I hope you're eating enough! If your mom won't cook meals that you can eat, you may need to negotiate a situation where you do at least some of your own cooking. On a side note, I have noticed that I have a much larger appetite since going gluten/dairy free. I used to have very little appetite at all, now I eat like a horse. Good luck at getting them to understand. In the meantime, this is a great group of people to complain to.
  9. Eating tuna every day is not a good idea. For one thing there are low amounts of mercury even in the wild-caught variety. Wild Planet says "low mercury," not "no mercury." Are you unable to digest chicken?
  10. Yeah, this happened to me too. I found keeping a food diary helpful. One thing to consider is that your digestive system is probably damaged from eating gluten and needs time to heal, so you may be reacting to a lot of foods that wouldn't be a problem for a healthy person. I have found a slightly modified form of the GAPS diet to be very helpful; many of the foods that are not allowed on that diet had turned out to be problem foods for me anyway, and most of the foods that are allowed sit well with me, the main exception being eggs which for some weird reason give me headaches. Good luck!
  11. Thanks. I don't know if it's the casein or the lactose. I hope you figure out what's going on with you.
  12. I haven't been around here for a while because I've been feeling SO much better after completely cutting out gluten. So yesterday I got overly optimistic. I've been eating yogurt with no problem (but no other dairy), and I thought I would try some goat milk (which is supposed to be easier to digest - maybe that's a myth) and see if I tolerated it. I did NOT. 36 hours later I still feel really really miserable, though at least the diarrhea has stopped. My glutening symptoms are more neurological although there is some GI stuff too. I just can't believe how much my stomach hurts right now. Somebody tell me how to make it better.
  13. Hi, I haven't been on this forum for over a month, but I thought I should give an update just in case someone remembered or came across the thread and wanted to know what happened. I've now been twice to a holistic doctor who has approved my diet (I'm basically doing the GAPS diet), accepts my self-diagnosis by elimination diet and agrees that with my various health issues I should not be eating gluten. I am feeling so much better digestion-wise though still having other problems. My family is being much more accepting and I was able to stay on the diet while visiting my parents for several weeks, with only one tense moment. Thanks again for being so supportive, everyone.
  14. Gluten And Skin Conditions

    No - does that really work?
  15. Thank you. I have tried to make my house gluten-free ... replaced pots, pans, cutting boards, etc. I didn't replace things like plates or silverware. I checked all my personal care products and just realized last week that my cat's food - which I thought was gluten-free - actually isn't (which is a problem because he likes to rub himself on my face ...) so I'm in the process now of changing his food. Most people do seem to think it's a fad diet. I have a relative who's now asked a couple of times, "So when someone stops eating gluten and then eats it again, they get sick?" And I have to explain again, "ONLY if they are already gluten-intolerant!" Why would I just eliminate all of my favorite foods for no reason so that when I eat them in the future, I would get sick? I guess part of the confusion is that I didn't seem sick, and if you're young and you look healthy, people assume you are. But, you'll all be happy to know that I've patched things up with my mom and hopefully things will be uphill from here ...