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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. Just spoke to the manager on the phone of the Ikea Restaurant. The small breakfast that they sell that has eggs, bacon and hashbrowns is NOT gluten free. The potatoes have gluten.
  2. Just called Costco to verify the Costco Kirkland Weight Loss Shakes (11 fl oz, Sold in Flats of 24) are in fact gluten-free. Why they don't just print that on the label then?
  3. Gluten-Free Dining At Chinese Restaurants

    Finding Chinese food that is gluten-free is hard! I'm new to all this but wanted Chinese a couple days ago and had heard that PF Chang's had a gluten-free menu. So I was really intrigued. In a rare turn of usual biases, I was actually thankful that it was a big chain because that means that their staff is likely knowledgeable and trained on gluten-free. At mom-and-pop shops, its hit or miss. They also have two gluten-free desert items: Flourless Chocolate dome and a Chocolate Torte Sweet Treat. I ordered the Gluten-Free Caramel Mango Chicken. I asked for a side of gluten-free soy sauce, and the waitress brought it out without hesitation. You don't need to ask for a special menu. They print the gluten-free menu on the bottom half of the last page of every menu. Here's a list of the gluten-free items available: * gluten-free chang's chicken lettuce wraps * gluten-free singapore street noodles * gluten-free buddha's feast * gluten-free vietnamese crab salad * gluten-free egg drop soup * gluten-free p.f.chang's fried rice * gluten-free p.f. chang's fried rice combo * gluten-free crab fried rice * gluten-free spinach stir-fried with garlic * gluten-free garlic snap peas * gluten-free shanghai cucumbers * gluten-free asian tomato-cucumber salad * gluten-free chang's spicy chicken * gluten-free mongolian beef * gluten-free ginger chicken with broccoli * gluten-free caramel mango chicken * gluten-free moo goo gai pan * gluten-free beef with broccoli * gluten-free norwegian salmon steamed with ginger * gluten-free shrimp with lobster sauce * gluten-free philip's better lemon chicken * gluten-free dali chicken * gluten-free beef á la sichuan * gluten-free pepper steak * gluten-free flourless chocolate dome * gluten-free chocolate torte sweet treat They do have many pertinent notes written in small print at the bottom of various pages of the menu. I was greatly fascinated by them, so I've retyped the small print here... First they say: "All Gluten Free items are served on a special plate with the P.F. Chang's logo. These menu items are either gluten free as prepared, or are modified to be gluten free." Another one: "The following ingredients are used in P.F. Chang's gluten free sauces: chicken broth, oyster sauce, rice wine, sugar, water, wheat free soy sauce and white pepper. The marinades for beef, pork, chicken, shrimp and scallops are gluten free and contain cornstarch. The soy sauce on the table is not gluten free. Please ask your server for our gluten free soy sauce." And: "Products containing gluten are prepared in our kitchens." And lastly: "Before placing your order, please inform your server if a person in your party has a food allergy. Additionally, if a person in your party has a special dietary need (e.g., gluten intolerance), please inform your server at the beginning of your visit. We will do our best to accommodate your needs. Please be aware that our restaurants use ingredients that contain all the major FDA allergens (peanuts, tree nuts, eggs, fish, shellfish, milk, soy and wheat)." I hope other restaurants take note of the great gluten-free example that PF Changs is setting, and start having similarly clearly stated menus on the subject of gluten.
  4. Kudos To Red Robin - Redmond, Wa

    Thank you for this post! Based on it, I'll try Red Robin today. Looking forward to that gluten free bun!
  5. Went to Carl's Jr. last night and ordered 2 items that were listed on their webpage as gluten free: * Low-carb 6-Dollar Burger (instead of a bun it has lettuce wrapped around it) * Natural Cut Fries I watched closely as the lady on the grill in the back made my order. She used the same gloves, same place on the surfaces as where "bunned" burgers had been... What do you say, at the time of order, to get them to avoid this casual cross-contamination?
  6. I have had the IGg and IGa done twice over the past 10 years. Only this result was notable: *** Age 24 - Out-of-range gliadin AB IGG moderate positive. Perhaps this reading is because Celiac has caused inflammation in the tissues of the small colon.
  7. Domino's "Gluten Free" Crust

    I concur with you PricklyPear. This is marketing targeted at the casual gluten free diet fad crowd. A serious celiac wouldn't be able to make use of this until they had dedicated equipment to make the gluten free pizzas on. Possibility of cross contamination is just too high.
  8. Burgers And Fajitas

    Hi RedRaider, I am in the same boat. About a week ago I started on the gluten free diet because of those symptoms. I've learned so far that you need to be *SURGICALLY* clean about avoiding gluten. Even a crumb of bread will have a reaction. It makes for dining at a burger place difficult. I guess you could ask them to change their gloves before making your burger, but cross-contamination in that environment seems likely.
  9. I have been so impressed with the people on this forum. Most of your insight and knowledge well exceeds that of any doctor I have encountered. So I wanted to ask for your casual opinion on if I might have celiac? I think I **might** have it, but frustratingly can't get an official diagnosis. I'm trying to put the pieces of the medical symptom puzzle together here by looking back at my medical records. I have always been a normal weight male. Family history of IBS & high blood pressure. Here's my relevant medical history and my notes on why I think it **might** be undiagnosed life-long Celiac. These are simply my interpretations and my theory: *** childhood - I was unusually short in stature and below the growth curve in height through age 17. Looking back this is might have been due to the malabsorption from Celiac. *** Age 23 - Out-of-range Low HDL, despite poor diet. Diet at was high in fat, lots of fast food. Despite high fat diet which should lead to higher cholesterol counts on all cholesterol types, the HDL was low. Likely because of malabsorption. *** Age 23 - Treatment of loose stools begins with drugs such as Levsin, Lomotil, cholestyramine, Bentyl (this goes on for about 2 years) - no notable reduction in the symptoms. No success. *** Age 23 Out-of-range high C-reative protein in-conjunction with out-of-range high WBC and Absolute Neutrophils (likely because of a cold at the time of blood test). But perhaps the C-reactive protein is showing inflammation in the tissues of the small colon (?). *** Age 24 - Blood test shows normal, except high triglycerides *** Age 24 - Out-of-range gliadin AB IGG moderate positive. Perhaps this reading is because Celiac has caused inflammation in the tissues of the small colon. *** Age 24 - Colonoscopy w/ biopsy & Endoscopy/Esophagogastroduodenoscopy w/ biopsy - all biopsy pathologies are normal, negative for celiac. FRUSTRATING! *** Age 26 - Treatment with Lotronex & Immodium is tried and is effective. *** Age 26 - As treatment proceeds, absoption increases and cholesterol levels rise - higher triglycerides, LDL. *** Age 31 - Blood test shows trace protein in urine. Despite having suppressed the symptoms successfully with Lotronex and Immodium, the undiagnosed underlying celiac has started to damage kidneys. *** Age 32 - As successful treatment with Lotronex & Immodium is well underway, Triglycerides are high. LDL at high end of range, HDL at low end of range. *** Age 33 - Blood pressure has slowly risen from normal to 140/95 over a period of 10 years. Successful Rx treatment with atenlol begins. What do you think? Is my interpretation totally off the wall? Could I have celiac?