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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. Thanks so much for your replies. Wow...how scary to think that a person could have such a serious illness and have it not show any symptoms at all. 2008-2010 was ridiculously stressful, with some illnesses thrown in there and exposure to who-knows-what while on deployment thrown in for good measure, so I suppose were there to be a trigger that would be it!
  2. Not only am I new to the world where celiac is a possibility, I'm also new to civilian healthcare, having just left the military after over a decade (they have their own healthcare system). I figure the odds of someone knowing of a doctor in Ottawa, who is not only taking on new patients, but who is also conversant with celiac/gluten intolerance, are astronomically low...but thought I'd ask anyway just in case.
  3. Whoops!

    Hi all, I'm new here. Aside from the odd post, I think I might mainly 'lurk' here until I get tested for celiac.. I did post earlier here: but, in retrospect, I suppose my first post should have been in here! My research on celiac started sort of accidentally, but I'm so glad I've gone down that path! As odd as it sounds, I do hope that there is some confirmation that I am intolerant of gluten in some way, because there would be an ANSWER to all the things that have been coming up with me....depression/anxiety, changes in my menstrual cycle, anemia (with vertical ridges on my nails to go along with it), missing lunula on my fingernails (though I had them when I was younger), osteopenia, hair loss, gas/D/other gastro issues, dry mouth, very hard time remembering things, including words, hard time thinking sometimes, mood changes, I'm sure I'm leaving some things out. Add to that Irish heritage and the fact that there is celiac, autoimmune and other digestive diseases in my family.. I think maybe being tested would be a good thing? I've really been learning a lot, reading through the tons of informative posts here, so thank you! Cheers, Cindi
  4. Saw The Nutritionist

    To the OP: If you can locate any pastured organic meat where you are, it would be a great thing. No chemicals and, because the animals are eating what animals are supposed to eat (grass, not grain), they have appreciable levels of Omega 3 fats in them. Another nutritional powerhouse, which is also supposed to be strongly anti-inflammatory, is rapini/broccoli raab. The nutritional info for it can be seen here: http://nutritiondata.self.com/facts/vegetables-and-vegetable-products/7360/2 No B12, of course, but it's got pretty much everything else!
  5. Wow...thanks for the link, Kayo! Very informative.. I've historically had (since childhood) thin, weak (peeling) fingernails, have had absent lunula for the past number of years (brought it up to my doctor who didn't seem to think it odd at all), and also vertical ridges on my nails, though not as pronounced as the ones in those pictures.
  6. Hello, I'm really happy to have found this forum! A few days ago, my Mom posted a link to an article on the Huffington Post, written by Mark Hyman. It was about why modern wheat is not the panacea it was made out to be, but what caught my attention was a line in which he mentioned the type of gluten in modern wheat is more likely to cause Celiac, as well as a lot of systemic inflammation. Having someone in my family who's got celiac, this tweaked my interest enough to instigate a Google search, which became another, which became another. The decision I came to after finding all the information about celiac/gluten intolerance that I did, was that I will be going to the doctor to get tested, and recommended to several other family members that they do the same thing. We're Irish by descent (with my Grandparents being of Irish birth), have one person in our family who's been diagnosed with celiac, and a number of us have symptoms that sound too much like either celiac or gluten intolerance to reasonably be dismissed. Gastro issues abound, and I find myself wondering if family members have been misdiagnosed...ulcerative colitis, crohn's disease, IBS, skin rashes/scaliness/eczema, asthma (adult onset), allergies (adult onset), hair loss (in females), depression, the list goes on. It seems from what I've read that misdiagnosis tends, unfortunately, to be somewhat common. Is this so? Is it common for things such as UC and Crohn's disease to be diagnosed when it's really celiac? Can celiac actually *cause* these other conditions? From what I've seen here, folks have been getting bloodwork done for anti-endomysium antibody (lgA EMA) and anti-gliadin antibody (lgA & IgG), and tissue transglutaminase (tTG IgA) or anti-reticulin.. Would it be recommendable to go for testing for the genetic markers H.L.A. DQ2 and H.L.A. DQ8 first? I'm not sure whether the genetic testing is even covered here (I'm in Ontario, Canada) as I haven't had much exposure to civilian healthcare yet, so it could be that the bloodwork will be the only option available to me. In the meantime, I'll keep on reading up on things here. Thanks again! Cindi