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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. Still Bloated

    I research corn, and am an active corn avoider as I have a corn allergy myself. So studying where corn gets into stuff is a majorly important part of my life. Cross-reactivity: "A high degree of cross-reactivity has been demonstrated among the LTP's of maize, peach, apple, walnut, hazelnut, peanut, rice, and apricot.9,44,45 Not all LTP's from plants are, however, closely related.46 For example, maize LTP was shown to cross-react completely with rice and peach LTP but not with wheat or barley LTP." http://allergyadvisor.com/Educational/March04.htm Rice contamination: Enrichments: "I have had a difficult time in getting any particular manufacturer to tell me exactly what is in their enriched rice coating that causes it to stick to the grain. S & W brand did let me know that the medium they use is cornstarch based," http://gfkitchen.server101.com/rice.htm Rice Polishing: "Even where talc is not used, glucose, starch, or other coatings may be used to improve the appearance of the grains; for this reason, many rice lovers still recommend washing all rice in order to create a better-tasting rice with a better consistency," (you can bet the starch is corn where used) http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Rice Most now is water polished, but not all. Anyway, I hope that helps answer your question? I know from years of helping people with a corn allergy that enriched rice is a big problem for most, and several also have problems with rice itself. Other problematic foods for corn allergy that aren't well known are carrots, grocery store fruits, bagged lettuce, tomato products, citrus fruit & juices, meats, honey, and anything enriched (juices, milk, etc). While none of these are generally cross-reactions like rice may be, these foods 99% of the time will have corntamination.
  2. Still Bloated

    Wheat, Diary, Soy and Corn-free is extremely hard to do. Especially corn. I'd suspect that maybe you're still getting corn in your diet and that may be causing issues? Rice is a common problem btw for people with a corn allergy (unsure if you're intolerant or allergic?). Some rice is coated with corn which is often considered a processing aid and not listed. Enriched rice is also corned. You may want to try Lundbergh rice (not wild) for a week and see if things get better. Another thing that has helped people recover from digestional issues, is taking probiotics. These help put the good bacteria back into your gut. Many have corn & dairy in them though, so you may want to shop around to find a good one. The Corn-Free List blog has a gluten-free & corn-free list of products as well so you might find something suitable there.
  3. Are you naive? Yes and no. Its possible that her solid stools are too solid and thus constipation which can be caused by food allergies and/or celiac. And yes, generally there are other problems such as rashes, fussiness, breathing problems, failure to thrive, etc that accompany allergic reactions and celiac. Its really hard to say what the problem is from here, but it could simply be upset stomach or a personality issue with your daughter. And things like that happen from time to time. That said, she could have a food intolerance (or even an allergy or celiac) which is causing her not to be able to digest her food properly. I would suspect Milk, Wheat, or Soy and put her on a diet avoiding those and see if there is improvement. Then add them back (one every three days) and see if you notice any problems when she eats them. You should also keep a food journal during this time, if you're still breastfeeding then you need to keep one for you as well as her. Note any issues that occur that you notice: sleeping more or less than usual, fussiness, more or less gas than usual, stomach looks less or more distended, rashes, dark circles, wants food or doesn't want food, etc. Eventually you may start seeing patterns develop. In your food journal btw, I'd also make sure you list brand names where possible, as you may find that one brand of cereal is fine, but another brand of similar kind isn't... this will help you narrow down suspects. Good Luck.
  4. What you're describing sounds like an allergic reaction. The anxiety, itchiness, and paranoia.. you probably had an increased heartrate as well. That it went away with Benadryl is also a good sign that it's allergy and not an intolerance, deficientcy, or candida. Candida gets blamed for a lot of things btw, and there are two camps of view on Candida. One view is that Candida is the instigator, the second view is that Candida is the symptom. I'm of the view that Candida is the symptom. Candida is generally in everyone nearly all the time, the only reason it gets out of control is that something else in the body is wrong causing the body chemistry to change allowing the Candida to grow out of control. Sometimes this is a result of mismanaged or undianosed Celiac, or undiagnosed food allergies, or a thyroid condition. Once the underlying condition is managed properly or cured, then the body returns to its normal chemistry which kills of the Candida naturally. You can try a Candida diet and see if it helps, but generally this is a temporary solution and you'll find that the "Candida" just keeps coming back. (Or that the diet was of no help at all) I'd really recommend the food diary, and keep watch out for soy and corn (and milk if you're still eating it) as these seem to be the most problematic allergens associated with Celiac. It could also be MSG as someone mentioned, so you may want to try MSG-Free versions of foods first, then trial one with MSG and see what happens. Food Allergy testing might also be a good idea, especially if your insurance covers it. As that might help you narrow down some suspects. Skin Prick testing for foods is probably your best bet, as the reaction you described seemed more of a mild allergic reaction so it may not show up on a RAST test yet. Based your symptoms, a worsening reaction for you may include (things to watch out for): inability to think, speak, respond to stimuli, trouble breathing, full blown panic attack, inability to comprehend accurately, pinkish-red skin that is itchy and turns white when itched to full blown hives, inability to stand/walk (may look like a drunk). Of course, you can never rule out Anaphylaxis. I'd recommend carrying some liquid benadryl with you or having it handy during/after meals... just in case, until you figure this out. Good Luck.
  5. Thanks for the topic recommendation I'll check it out. I never know what name EE/EGID/EOS its going by. I know that the symptoms of EGID are serious, just ask anyone who suffers from them. But then ask anyone with severe IBS or Fibro, about how serious it gets. My comment was not about severity, but that doctors don't know what it is, what exactly causes it, but they slap a title on a list of symptoms and its a disease. The good thing about EE is that it by its very nature is bringing the plight of the food allergic to the forefront. I honestly believe that at lot of EE is caused by food allergies, which is an over active immune system response. I will try to find the article you mentioned and read it though. Before I found out my allergies, I was headed right tword EE. Had it not been for my trip to Norway, where my symptoms pretty much vanished. I would probably not have figured out the food allergies and would probably be getting diagnosed as EE as we speak. Now my experiences were not near as severe as some, but I sure can relate. And as always, if one solution isn't working, keep working til you find the one that does. I hope you find your solution soon.
  6. Migraines/headches

    That is a very good idea. Please keep us posted on how things are going. Until then, keep your medicine cabinet stocked with antihistamines.
  7. Elaine - I don't believe young children are picky eaters for no reason, especially if it started since he was a baby. There is usually a reason why young children refuse foods, like one poster mentioned Aspergers, but it could be a lot of other issues. Given the family history you mentioned, most likely what you're looking at is a hidden food allergy or that he also has celiac/gluten intolerance. Another poster mentioned their child had celiac and was a picky eater.. She theorized it was because the child knew the food was making her sick but didn't know which foods. Which might be your son's problem. I would look into testing your son for food allergies/intolerances and maybe pushing for gluten-free diet for a while til you figure things out. I am a bit old fashioned as another poster and don't believe in creating separate meals for each family member. Maybe spaghetti with two different pastas if needed for allergy concerns, but generally the same food for all. It saves on the stress, and you have enough on your plate. I would try getting him to taste each food. Just a small bite. If he doesn't like it, absolutely doesn't like it. Write it down and any brands of things you used to make the item. If he throws up, write it down. There is a reason for his madness. Its just finding out what it is. Search your notes for commonalities, it may take a while, but you should find at least one. Also look at the foods he insists on eating, as he may have developed a food allergy addiction as well. Some kids don't like things because of textures and what not, that they eventually grow out of.. but with the history of food intolerances, its best to have it checked out now. Also keep in mind to let him have choice over whether to eat or not (make him taste a bite, but let him know he has a choice not to eat more or to never eat it again) Food often becomes a control issue, especially for children with food intolerances/allergies. Since foods often make them feel out of control, controlling their food becomes a way to cope with it. Sometimes if you honor their opinions and involve them in the food making process, they'll open up to eating more things because they'll feel that they have more control/invested.
  8. That is just amazingly thoughtful and touching. Thank you for sharing.
  9. Candy And Celiac Disease

    Yummy Earth also makes a lollipop that is gluten-free. Actually its nearly all allergy-free as its corn-free, milk-free, egg-free, etc and so on. You can get them at amazon .com.
  10. Your symptoms are definately that something is affecting your immune system. It could be something simple as a food allergy (IgE &/or IgG) that you're unaware of, or could be celiac, or thyroid (if you're in your 30's you should probably have this tested just in case), or diabetic issues. With your family history of an aunt intolerant to gluten, chances increase that any of the above mentioned may be a problem if not more than one of them. I would probably consider Celiac or gluten intolerance to be the best bet though. You definately should get those lesions/sores/whatever checked out. Whatever the doc thinks it is, might help you narrow down what might be the cause. Hyperness in children can also be hidden food allergies/intolerances, celiac, etc. but it could be nearly anything. Since he seems to be rather healthy, I wouldn't worry about it until you figure out your own health issues. If you do have celiac or gluten intolerance, then you may want to also have him tested just in case.
  11. I used Immunolabs. Their website will give you numbers to call to find someone who does it locally. I think its immunolabs.com They were extremely accurate for me.
  12. Big Rant!

    Its possible you did have adrenal fatigue. Everytime you eat someting you're allergic to, your body pumps full of adrenals. If you're constantly eating your allergens your body is going to suffer adrenal fatigue from having to be on alert 24/7. I'm glad you're feeling better. It's amazing isn't it?
  13. You're going to have yoru best luck with getting corn-free advice by going to Delphi - Avoiding Corn Forum There is a list of corn-free foods there (you'd have to check them for gluten-free, but its a place to start).
  14. Big Rant!

    Its possible that Pilgrims Pride is good, but you'd have to contact teh manufacturer to know and even then they may "deny it".. many of us just don't trust companies to give us the correct information, and have gone to using human testing as the basis for guaranteeing something free of corn. We first check with the company, and if the company says "Corn-free" we still do "human testing" with ourselves as guinea pigs. Plain meat rots and discolors and people don't buy it cuz it looks funny. We've gotten away from using local butchers and meat suppliers. Now our meats are being shipped across the country and thus they need to have longer shelf-lives or they'd be unedible. For some reason, we think Mass-produced is better. Probably because its cheaper price tag. We just "pay" for it in other ways now.
  15. I didn't realize you were in Canada. So yeah, as far as Milk goes you're screwed, because as I understand it in Canada milk has to be fortified or its illegal. And the fortifications are soy or corn based. There are a couple Canadians on Delphi - Avoiding Corn forum and they may be able to give you more Canadian based survival tips. I've actually had a better time with frozen berries, but I do buy organic ones. Citric acid is often sprayed on the berries to help them retain their color. It isn't usually labeled because its usually added to what they use to "clean" the berries, and processing aids aren't required to be added in most cases. Organic ones seem to not use these processing aids. Fresh ones really set me off as I have not found a fresh strawberry that isn't rinsed with citric acid. Frozen organic ones I'm fine with. I can't say on the blueberries as I'm allergic, but I'm assuming their in the same boat as strawberries and grapes. I can't eat fresh store bought grapes either, plain grape juice is fine. Concord grapes from farmers markets seem to be ok as well.