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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. Happy birthday and may God bless you today!

  2. What Drinks To Order?

    Bacardi & Pepsi (or Coke), Martini made with Smirnoff Red Label, or Smirnoff with Cranberry juice, Pomegranate juice, or 7up, Margarita with Jose Cuervo Tradicional or Cazadores Reposado Tequila (any 100% agave), Kahlua on the rocks (or White Russian - again with Smirnoff), Disaronno Originale Amaretto on the rocks (or with juice). If they serve gluten-free beer try Redbridge. Great Martini: 3 oz Smirnoff - 3 oz Pomegranate cocktail - 1 oz Cointreau - 1 oz Rose's Lime Juice - add ice, shake, pour and enjoy (makes 2) Enjoy!
  3. Panic, Anxiety...

    I am wondering about Zoloft ... Has anyone taken this? How does it work for you?? My dr. seems to think that a little pick me up would help my feelings of self doubt. I agree, I just would like to find the right meds. Zoloft is not a pick me up. At least it wasn't for me. I took it for two weeks and found it to take my personality away. It makes you kinda numb, no real emotions. I didn't like it at all. Now I have Clonazepam .5 MG tablets on hand. It works fast and you only need to take it when you feel an anxiety attack or panic attack coming on. You feel normal again. I like the fact you don't feel like you took anything yet it works wonders. The tablets you can also cut in half. (Zoloft you need to take continuously and it takes a few weeks to work. You also can't just go off it, you need to slowly go off.) Zoloft also upset my stomach. I hope this info helps you.
  4. Interesting article. I always learn something from this forum! I called Contadina about their Puree and they said their citric acid is man-made and corn is not used in the process. So anyone with a corn allergy can freely use it! (Their Puree not their sauce.) I also agree, Amy's has great sauces and even salsa. I don't know if their salsa has corn in it but it is gluten-free.
  5. I make my own sauce, I use Contadina Puree. Ingredients: Tomato Puree, (Water, Tomato Paste,Citric Acid. That's all it says on the label! Stay away from the sauce though. The Sauce has High Fructose Corn Syrup in it. It takes less than five minutes to prepare. Just add basil, oregano, garlic powder, onion powder, tablespoon of sugar, dash red pepper...really whatever you like. It's really simple. Just let it simmer for a while.You can use real garlic and onion if you prefer. (Just don't put ground fennel in it. Then it will taste like pizza topping.)(unless you decide you want to try that too.) Give it a try and enjoy! Sorry. I didn't know citric acid was derived from corn. Can it be derived from anything else?
  6. I'm so sorry you feel so bad! I just want you to know it's not that uncommon for women to become totally drained after given birth and being pregnant again. Hormones are going crazy and you are trying to do everything. You do need to rest at any moment possible. Find someone to help so you can nap comfortably. Have you tried SlowFE Iron with Folic Acid? I take them at bedtime every few days and wake up with energy. I just recently started taking B Vitamins. I don't know if you are breast feeding, but you might consider drinking a Gatorade or Powerade each day to put back some electroliltes. This might sound hokey but it works. Eating jello also helps. All are gluten-free. They take the light-headedness away. Sometimes it's the simple things that work. Also drink a boost (chocolate is my favorite). While I was pregnant I tried eating everything I could think of that was healthy even if it never agreed with me in the past. I thought I was doing the baby good. Actually I was ruining my digestive system and felt like I was dying of starvation even when I was eating a lot. I was so weak. I also had diarrhea. My head felt like it was grinding. I couldn't take it anymore. I told my husband to take me to the hospital. The nurse took my blood pressure while I was sitting up and then while I was laying down. I was admitted to the hospital for tests because it fluctuated too much. My electrolites were way off. After testing they said I had Ulcerative Colitis and almost removed my whole large intestines. Thank God they didn't. Years later I went on a gluten-free diet and started digesting food again and went off all Colitis medicine. I'm not a professional, just giving you info on my experiences. Don't give up trying to find the answers. Take care of yourself!
  7. Panic, Anxiety...

    Richard I just finished reading the article and the beautiful poem Grace wrote. I am so touched! You were truly blessed with a beautiful daughter. My son's girlfriend's sister(age 17) committed suicide this past fall and nothing has been the same for any of us. I don't know how you feel on the subject, but I just finished reading Allison DuBois' two books. She is the woman the TV show Medium was inspired by. 1st one is "Don't Kiss Them Goodbye" and 2nd is "We Are Their Heaven". They really make you think. The first book tells you more about Allison DuBois, she wrote it before the TV show was aired. The second book really got me. Very interesting.
  8. gluten-free Alcohol?

    Carla, Do you have trouble with wine? I don't know if it is the sulfates but a couple glasses and i don't feel good for a couple days. I never use to drink hard liquor. I use to like an ice cold beer once in a while until I went Gluten-free. I thought wine would be a good alternative since it has a low alcohol content. But wine does not like me. That is when I started researching other liquors. Boy, don't we sound like alcoholics? haha I hope if Kristi is reading this she understands that different alcohols affect everyone differently. Just because your friends or I for that matter tell you something is good, it's all trial and error. Just take it slowly and enjoy!
  9. gluten-free Alcohol?

    Alterna Caviar Shampoo, I have never heard of it. Can you buy it at most stores or do you buy it online? FYI Even if you never use to like Tequila you should give it another try. The 100% doesn't taste bad or give you a headache either. Just adds an alternative drink for socializing. Kristi, my understanding is the young crowd loves Cosmos. I have two nieces, 24 & 21. Just be careful on how fast you drink them! and watch which type of Vodka they use. Cointreau is also usually used in Cosmos and the company has said it is gluten-free. I'm not sure about Triple-sec. Maybe someone else knows.
  10. gluten-free Alcohol?

    Carla, Cuervo Gold has carmel color added as do many other Tequilas. Cuervo Classic is their cheapest made Tequila. I have found if you stick with 100% Tequila without color added (around $35-$50 a bottle, expensive but worth it) you don't get swollen glands, a stomach ache or even get a hangover. Cuervo Margarita Mix is gluten-free and makes it easy to make a decent Margarita. (Cazadores Reposado is around $35.00 a bottle.) Give it a try! As far as drinking Grey Goose Vodka, it made me vomit after a few drinks. It is made from grains (wheat etc.) It's distilled but for me it just didn't go down. So I stick with Smirnoff. I suggest staying away from Whiskey altogether. I was using Paul Mitchel One shampoo and started getting a rash on my face, I stopped using it recently and the rash is going away. It had wheat in it as did the Paul Mitchel conditioner I was using.
  11. Tgi Friday's?

    Here is the email response I received last year when I asked about a gluten-free menu. Thank you for visiting our website. As for the difference in menus, unfortunately there are some variations due to regions and franchises. In the interest of providing our guests with regional food preferences we have different food items available in different areas of the country. Not all items will be available in every area. I appreciate your comments and hope to see you soon at T.G.I. Friday's. Sincerely, Brian Guest Relations
  12. gluten-free Alcohol?

    Like Carla said, Rum is safe. I'm unsure of some of the new flavored rums though. Maybe someone else can help out with that one. Wine also is safe just stay away from most wine coolers. They are usually made with malt. If you drink Tequila ( Margarita etc.) make sure it is says it is 100% de Agave or 100% Blue Agave. Cazadores Reposado is my favorite. I have never had a hangover from it. Cuervo Silver is good but stay away from Cuervo Gold or Classic. Don't be afraid to ask the Bartender or Waiter to check the bottle for you. I also drink Smirnoff (red label) Vodka with Cranberry Juice or 7/up. I think it is made from corn. I get a bad reaction from Grey Goose Vodka. Beware. Stay away from Smirnoff Ice it is a malt beverage. Smirnoff Twists are ok. Kahlua on the rocks, Kahlua & Cream, White or Black Russian (Kahlua with Vodka). Kahlua is debated back and forth on this forum. I don't have a problem with it at all. HAPPY BIRTHDAY! Enjoy!
  13. You are not alone having a doctor ignore your concerns. I was always Anemic as a child. Had a Duodenal Ulcer at age 19 in 1976. I was diagnosed with Ulcerative Colitis in 89 and it wouldn't get better with medicine. I watched everything I ate and started to notice when I ate Pasta or lots of bread etc. it was worse. Food would go right through me. I mean right through me. I read an article about Celiac Disease and started my research from there. I asked my Gastroenterologist many times to test me for Celiac and he would tell me, "Oh honey you don't have that you have Colits." I would beg him to just test me. He refused everytime. He is actually a big time Dr. in the suburbs of Chicago. Make a long story short, I went on the diet and started to digest food in less than 2 weeks. It was amazing. Took a while but found a new doctor who gave me the blood test but it came back inconclusive since by that time I was gluten free for around 3 months. He said I could start eating gluten again for 4 months and retest me. Crazy i'm not. Don't mess with success. I'm still gluten-free 2 1/2 years later, went off Colitis medicine in less than 2 months after going gluten-free. Can't ever remember feeling better.
  14. Panic, Anxiety...

    Thanks for the info. I never have taken them at the same time though, I usually take the Slow FE before bed so I it's easier on the digestion process. I had to take it that way when my Colitis was really bad otherwise I would cramp. Just a habit now. I definately know not to take iron supplements any time around drinking juice. I did that once...Talk about feeling like you're having a heart attack! Another good reason to take iron before bed. Richard my heart goes out to you! She was truly a beautiful girl!