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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. I'd go back to Helsinki, Finland. I'd love to have another gluten free cheeseburger.... (see my avatar)
  2. Yep, my family drinks the Lifeway brand Kefir. They have all sorts of great flavors. So far I have yet to find one with any gluten in it, but there may be one. We really like the Pomegranate flavored Kefir from Lifeway.
  3. All Tex Joy brand spices are gluten free. They sell in Southeast Texas/Southwest Louisiana in the grocery stores, but also have them where you can buy them online at their website www.texjoy.com. They are located in my hometown, and were super nice in their reply to my query as to their gluten free status. They even posted on their website that they are all gluten free after I asked. The only things they package in their facility are spices and cofee. They swore that they never ever have gluten, barley, rye or oats in their facility. My spice cabinet is probably 90% Tex Joy products, but that was before going gluten free too.
  4. Just squeeze the sides, and slide it in as you would a tampon. It gets easier after a couple times. I was scared it would slip out, but I've only had that happen once. My hubby swears he can't feel it while we are having sex, and I forget about it being in most of the time. Email me or PM me if you have any questions. I have been using it for almost 2 years and love it.
  5. Yeah, I have to say my GP was great when I approached him about it maybe being celiac (we all suspected giardia for months). He was honest and said he was not that up to date on celiac and referred me to a GI doc. The GI doc was great as well. Both were okay with me doing research and wanted to know what kind of things I found out and said they actually learned something and would keep that in mind when seeing patients who don't fit the old description of celiac. Even better was my GI doc saying he didn't want to put me through eating gluten anymore just to do a biopsy that may come back negative. He said dietary response was a better diagnostic tool in my case. I have a family history of colon cancer so he was more concerned with making sure I didn't already have colon cancer instead of doing the endoscopy/biopsy. I even got my GP to run a testosterone level on my husband when he went in complaining of low energy and no libido. I told him (on my hubby's cell phone, I wasn't in the room), "Hey, if it comes back normal you can say I told you so. If it comes back too low we'll know something is wrong. I have insurance, and we can afford it, so you have nothing to lose." When it came back abnormal he said maybe I should go to medical school, since I have diagnosed my post adoption depression syndrome (that was an easy dx), celiac, and now hubby's low testosterone. I have thought about it, but it would require me to be away from my daughter so much it would have to wait a few years. I have been seeing the same GP since I was about 13-14 years old, so he knows me well. He was great with the paperwork for our adoption last year, so he feels connected to my husband and I. I think it is important to have a good relationship with your GP, where you feel like a peer or on equal ground. I think if they expect a patient to listen to them and take their advice, they also should listen to their patients more, and maybe be glad the patient has already done most of the sleuthing and work for them. It should make their job easier. I know finding a doctor of any kind who can relate to their patients as an equal is rare though.
  6. I am 5'7". I was always the tallest kid in my class until 7th grade when the boys started surpassing me in height. My mom is 5'4" and dad is 6'1", so I am in the middle.\ My brother, whom I strongly suspect celiac disease in, but hasn't been tested (and grumbles at having to change his diet somewhat), is only 5'6" (claims 5'8" or 5'9" on his driver's license). He was a short, sickly looking kid growing up, and they even put him on some medication to increase his appetite so he would eat more as a child. He probably had celiac way earlier than I developed symptoms.
  7. Irish Heritage And Celiac's

    I am of German, Irish, Cajun (exiled from Nova Scotia), Native American (Alabama-Coushatta tribe) ancestry, with some really distant English and French ancestors many, many generations back.
  8. Here's the reply from Texjoy Seasonings: Thanks for your inquiry about Texjoy Products. We do not use wheat, oats, barley or rye in any of our products. Those items are usually for filler or extenders in seasoning blends. We do not use any filler . We have added to our website a gluten free notation. Thanks for using our products and thank you for your support of local companies. They are a company based in Beaumont, Texas, where I live and I love all their products. They sell all kinds of spices and seasonings (the basics), especially cajun and Tex-Mex seasonings. Their website is: www.texjoy.com. You can purchase spices directly from their website, and in Southeast Texas (Houston area, and beyond) and Southwest Louisiana you should be able to buy them at the grocery stores (that's where I buy them). Probably 90% of my spices are Texjoy brand, so I was thrilled I don't have to throw them out! YAY!!!
  9. A major sign of diabetes is unquenchable thirst.
  10. Help Us Oprah!

    I used the "contact us" for a show idea function last night and gave my story and idea. Who knows if it'll work, but I am a teacher, and tend to not make too many grammatical errors and mispellings, so maybe that will help. Maybe if I sent in a video tape with my plea. I am good on camera (Miss Texas USA pageant contestant in 1996) and a really good public speaker.... If we have no response from Oprah in 2-3 months, I will make a videotape of myself pleading our case and send it in. If anyone has any contributions to a script for me to go by, send me an email of it and I will start compiling what we need to say. I think if they see a pretty face with an intelligent voice, maybe they will be more likely to listen.
  11. Need Feedback

    I agree with TiredofDoctors.... That's what they taught us in nursing school. It's less harsh than meds. I had to do that after I didn't go for 3 weeks after my auto accident. My impaction was due to the large amounts of Vicodin and Fentanyl I was on. Digital impaction was best for me, because often when I take a laxative and stool softener it works too well, and keeps on working, longer than necessary. P.S. Celia, I was at the courthouse today with my hubby showing our exchange student around and my hubby said, "Hey, do you want to go say hi to your celiac friend? We're here." I figured since it is a Friday before a holiday you may have not been there, so another time.
  12. Thanks Tarnal, I don't think I've seen the teal one at my Kroger, but I'll look this next shopping trip. I try not to eat too much sugar, so I'll have to try the unsweetened plain. I thought the red box was unsweetened, oops! My husband has even said he doesn't mind the soy milk for cereal, and he can drink milk with no problems... I've found since I am gluten free, if I dink more than a sip or two of regular cow's milk I get a tummy ache.
  13. Natalie's Chicken Curry 2 lbs of boneless skinless chicken breasts, cut into 1-2” cubes 4 cups potatoes, cut into 1-2” cubes 2 cups of onions, diced 2 tbsp Olive oil 1 tsp mustard seeds 1 tsp cumin seeds ½ tsp of ground coriander ¼ tsp of curry powder 1 can of Coconut Milk (in Asian section of supermarket) 1 can of Rotel Tomatoes (I prefer the one called "Mexican Festival" with Lime and Cilantro) Cilantro, chopped Tumeric Salt Put chicken into a large bowl, sprinkle with tumeric and salt, mix well so that chicken pieces are coated where all sides of pieces are yellow, then set aside. Heat oil in large skillet over high heat. While heating oil, put mustard and cumin seeds in oil. When seeds begin to pop, add chicken. Cook chicken until all sides are no longer pink, being careful not to burn the chicken. Add onion and sauté with chicken until onions are almost transparent. Add potatoes, remaining spices, coconut milk, and can of tomatoes. Bring to a boil, lower heat to simmer and cover. Cook for about 15-20 minutes, then serve over rice and garnish with cilantro. Serves: 6 Freezes well for future dinners! This is my husband’s favorite dish that I make!
  14. Thank goodness it is! I still love a bowl of cereal. I like the plain unsweetened Silk Soy milk in the red box. I tried other brands and they just didn't cut it.
  15. Getting Relatives Tested

    I've been telling my grandmother she should be tested for celiac disease for months now. I kept telling her to tell her doctor. She never would. She was admitted to the hospital for back and leg pain of no obvious origin last week, so I told her nurse I had been diagnosed back in May and that they should run a celiac panel on her. She wrote down all the different tests in a celiac panel in my grandmother's chart, so maybe the doctor can order the tests, since Grandma won't bring it up. I haven't heard if we have results yet.... Grandma has diarrhea several times a week, but refuses to believe that could be it... She has to be in denial.