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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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    Hashimoto's Thyroiditis since 1996.

    2000 and 2011: Celiac Tests Negative, but I have low IgA so no blood test will be conclusive.

    2012: Gene tests done through Entero Lab show positive genetic markers for Celiac and Gluten Sensitivity.

    Jan. 12, 2012: Went Gluten Free
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  1. This may be totally stupid, but I want to ask anyway. I got allergy shots for 10 straight years as an adult. They were mainly for pollen and environmental allergens like dust mites. I never had allergy treatment for food, although I have always been allergic to melons and fresh cherries (lips and throat itched). Do allergy shots wind up changing your body, possibly in a bad way? My blood IgA is low below range. I'm not sure why. I was told that I could have been born that way. I have no idea what my blood IgA was before my recent test. I did have a Celiac blood test a long time ago, but I don't have those lab results. I just wonder whether the allergy shots somehow set me up for this gluten sensitivity problem by messing with my immune system. I have Hashimoto's thyroiditis, but my allergist said that the allergy shots worked on different part of the immune system. I never really understood that. If you're stimulating your immune system, aren't you stimulating the entire thing?
  2. It's interesting that you would say that L-Glutamine would cause depression, when it is a pre-cursor to Seritonin. So in theory, it should help depression, not cause it. Yes, I do have a tendency towards depression. High EPA Fish oil has helped me a lot in that regard. It's hard for me to totally judge my mood right now, because last week I learned that I tore cartilage in my hip and will need arthroscopic surgery. It has sent my life into a tailspin and I have been very upset the past few days. I will keep an eye on my mood. It's hard to feel happy at the moment with this situation regarding my hip. But if I feel awful in general then I will certainly stop taking the L-Glutamine. It doesn't take much to get me feeling depressed. Once I was taking 2 Aleve every day for back pain, and it made me extremely depressed in a very short period of time. The depression went away when I stopped taking the Aleve. The methylation stuff is, I think, strongly based in science. I have seen lectures and read about the methylation cycle. Dr. Amy Yasko does amazing stuff regarding methylation with autistic kids in the northeast.
  3. My Naturopath wants me to take L-Glutamine between meals to help repair my gut. But I have read that the body converts L-Glutamine into Glutamate, and that you shouldn't take L-Glutamine if you have a reaction to MSG. I know that MSG gives me a headache and makes me feel drowsy and awful. I don't know whether this information about L-Glutamine is correct or not, but I read it in several places around the web. I have also read that it's a good idea not to eat too many foods that are high in Glutamate and Aspartate, because they can cause pain and neurological symptoms in high quantities. Does anyone know anything about this subject? Is L-Glutamine OK to take several times per day between meals for a person who is an over-methylator?
  4. Was I Glutened?

    Thank you for the reply. I still have a headache today but am not dizzy. It almost feels like a bad sinus headache, but my sinuses are not stuffed up. My face just really hurts and my ears are ringing more loudly than usual. I have also been dealing with a bit of brain fog, finding it hard to think straight. The more I think about it, the more I am convinced that I was glutened. I don't even like Ethopian food that much. I went there to please my husband. I will not do that again. If he wants to eat something questionable, he can go there by himself.
  5. Was I Glutened?

    I have been gluten-free for 2.5 months and dairy-free for 1 month. I have not done a food challenge yet since going gluten-free and DF, so I don't know what "being glutened" might feel like. As far as I know, I don't have Celiac, but I definitely am gluten-sensitive. Wondering whether I experienced my first time "being glutened." Last night, we had Ethopian food. They said on their menu that they can make gluten-free Injera bread, made with teff. I had some. They told me there was no gluten at all in my meal. Felt fine afterwards, all the way until bedtime. Then this morning, woke up feeling really dizzy and had a bad headache. I also seem to be farting more than usual, but I don't feel bloated. The sauce that the chicken was in had some clarified butter (I'm also dairy-free at the moment, but thought that clarified butter would be OK). I didn't eat much of the sauce, only a very small amount, but the chicken was cooked in it. What do you think? My other idea is: I have had a really rough few days, being very upset because I found out that I will need hip surgery because my hip cartilage is torn. So I haven't been sleeping enough or sleeping well. Maybe it's just all "everything catching up with me." This morning after forcing myself to eat some breakfast, I took two Ibuprofen and laid down on the sofa. I slept for 2 hours. Still didn't feel so great. After a while, I drank some Gatorade. That really helped. But now the headache feels like it's coming back.
  6. I was FINALLY able to get through to Pur Minerals. They said that none of their products contain gluten but they share production lines with other companies and cannot totally guarantee, yada yada. However, when looking at their lip pencil, one of the ingredients was hydrolyzed wheat protein, so they were wrong about NONE of their products containing gluten. I called them back to bring this to their attention. The person on the other end of the phone had no idea what I was talking about. She started telling me about soy! She was obviously just a "clerk" and reading from a script. The lipstick (Mineral Shea Butter Lipstick) looks to be OK. I don't see any ingredients that are outright gluten. I know that some people are concerned about where the Tocopheryl Acetate is derived, but I'm not Celiac, just gluten-sensitive. I think that as long as I don't use products that are outright gluten, it will be OK for me.
  7. Does anyone here use Pur Minerals lipsticks? There seem to be no gluten ingredients in the lipsticks, from reading the ingredient list. I am trying to get in touch with them but am having a very hard time. Nobody ever answers their phone and they are not returning my voicemails. Their gloss says Gluten Free on their website. But that claim is not made for their lipsticks.
  8. Very Amusing Celiac Video

    I figured that someone on this message board may have posted it previously, but wasn't sure!
  9. I stumbled across this video today. I don't know if it has been posted here before, but it is so tongue-in-cheek, I wanted to tell you guys about it. I think it's terrific that the woman in the video is the owner of the company (whose entire family has Celiac). She should put a link to this video on her website, IMO:
  10. I use Philosophy's Purity Made Simple face wash. I wrote to the company to ask about gluten in their products and this is what they sent me: thank you for contacting Philosophy! we are including our full list of gluten free products below: purity made simple hope in a jar microdelivery peel booster caps microdelivery exfoliating face wash shelter kiss me supernatural airbrush canvas foundation 3-in-1 shower gels when hope is not enough replenishing cream eye hope lip shines foaming purity made simple miracle worker retinoid pads on a clear day line eye hope hope in a tube turbo booster c powder hope in a jar for dry skin spf hope in a jar for dry skin hope in a jar spf 30 oil-free hope tinted moisturizer spf20 the supernatural superbeautiful makeup spf20 hope in a jar spf 25 keep the peace serum keep the peace moisturizer keep the peace color corrector keep the peace mask hands of hope amazing grace emulsion kiss of hope please contact us at 1.800.568.3151 if you have any additional questions. we are happy to assist you by phone monday-friday, 6 a.m.-5 p.m. (mst). thank you for your interest and have a beautiful day!
  11. Does anyone here use Trader Joe's rice milk successfully? Do you know whether it is made by the same company that makes Rice Dream? (Private label foods are often made by big manufacturers and just re-packaged under other names). The reason I ask is that there was a thread on this message board about Rice Dream not really being gluten-free, even though its new label says it is. If Trader Joe's brand is no good, which brand is truly gluten-free? Thank you.
  12. Thanks to everyone for posting this information. I think that if everyone who reacts to their "gluten free" product wrote to them and copied the FDA, they might change the wording on their packaging. It is just plain EVIL to not disclose allergen ingredients on a label. I hope they get sued and it teaches them a lesson.
  13. The continuing saga of gluten-free lipsticks... I got my Ecco Bella lipsticks today. The color Napa Grape is very close to Bamboo Pink. However, I find the lipstick to feel very heavy and chalky on my lips, not nice and light the way the Clinque lipstick was. Also, it is very very matte, so I have to put some gloss over it, or it looks chalky. I also got their Vitamin E Lip Smoother in Rhubarb, and that is a little lighter and smoother, and the color is similar to Bamboo Pink. I like that one better. It doesn't feel as heavy on the lips. I will buy some Afterglow lipsticks and see how they fare. The Neutrogena Lip Gloss which is VERY close to the Bamboo Pink color is MoistureShine Gloss in Vita Plum #230. http://www.neutrogena.com/product/moistureshine-+gloss.do?sortby=ourPicks I might just also write to Clinique and beg them to help me find a gluten-free lipstick in their brand that is close to Bamboo Pink. I have never found their lipsticks to feel heavy or icky. It really sucks to have to give up my favorite! One thing is for sure....since not using a lipstick that contains gluten, my lips are not chapped at all anymore. I had no idea previously. It really amazes me.
  14. Every so often (before going gluten-free) I would make Manischewitz Potato Kugel as a side dish for dinner. Now that I'm gluten-free, I'm not sure whether I can eat this product anymore! None of the ingredients are gluten, yet the packaging does not say Gluten Free, and this product is not on their Gluten Free list on their website. So I wrote to then and asked them about it. They told me that although there are no gluten products used in the Kugel mix, they do use gluten in their factory (they didn't specify equipment, lines), so they cannot "guarantee" that it is gluten-free. Does anyone here eat this stuff and can you tell me if it's OK? I mean, there aren't any gluten ingredients in it at all: Potatoes (contains sulfites to maintain whiteness), onions, vegetable shortening (partially hydroginated cottenseed oil), salt, monocalcium phosphate, sodium bicarbonate, pepper. The ingredients for the Sweet Potato Pancake and regular Potato Pancake mixes are similar. Thank you!
  15. I am probably going on a trip with my family to southern France and Barcelona in a little more than a month, so I'm still fairly new at this. You guys have told me, in a different thread, that I shouldn't be too worried about eating out in Europe. I barely eat out here at home anymore since going gluten-free (which is awful because I'm a bit of a "foodie.") I am buying two Let's Eat Out Passport books: - The Let's Eat Out With Celiac and Food Allergies - The Multi-Lingual Phrase Passport from the same series as the Lets Eat Out books Can you recommend anything else that would be helpful? I think someone mentioned some cards or something to give to a waiter to take into the kitchen (???) Thank you! -Lynn