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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 happened to be VERY anemic - but my sister, who also has celiac, was never anemic. So really, it varies. I would agree with the above poster - go to a different doctor. My Gastro was the worst, he never believed I had celiac (even though my sister was already diagnosed AND I had a positive blood test) so I basically just told him to do the endo, he did, and then I never saw him again. But I was lucky - I was diagnosed very easily because I had probably had Celiac for about 9 years before I realized what was wrong, so my insides were pretty torn up. Good luck!
  2. Paparazzi And Gluten-free Pasta?

    I just went to NEBO a couple weeks ago with a few other girls that have celiac and we had an AMAZING dinner! It was great... we had gluten-free calamari, pizza, pasta and dessert. The pizza was SO GOOD. I have been dying to go back!
  3. Definitely give it time - but GOOD LUCK! Hopefully this will make a difference for you.... Watch for hidden gluten (soy sauce, modified food starch, etc) & cross-contamination to make sure your experiment goes well. This is a great site for support and getting answers to questions.
  4. gluten-free In Boston Area

    Hello! I can tell you a couple of spots when you're in downtown Boston. In Quincy Market/Faneuil Hall - there is a place called Wagamama (www.wagamama.us) They have a separate gluten free menu -- two items that are naturally gluten free, and then a list of things that can be altered to be gluten free. Also - right behind Hard Rock Boston/Faneuil Hall - is the North End -- there is a place on Hanover Street (close to Faneuil Hall) called Marco -- they have gluten free pasta & bread if you call in advance, their site is: www.marcoboston.com hopefully that helps a bit!
  5. Boston's North End Now Has gluten-free Options!

    You might want to check out Meetup.com? I think there was one in Brookline for a while. There may be a North Shore one - or you could start it. Good luck!! There are a lot of options on the North Shore!
  6. Stone Hearth Pizza

    Hey -- just wanted to let you know I went to the Stone Hearth Pizza in Porter last week. They have gluten free beer, appetizers, pasta AND pizza. I will start off by saying - the pizza was AMAZING. Best gluten free pizza I have ever had. MUCH MUCH better than Flatbread. Our waitress though - horrific. She told us it was her second night - and she literally seemed overwhelmed by her THREE tables - this place is tiny - and there were two servers. SHE was the reason our experience went downhill. My friend and I decided to split a salad, a gluten-free pasta (with gluten-free meatballs!!!), and two gluten-free pizzas. We eat the salad - yummy, a tad overpriced, but whatever. We get the pasta - and there is a piece of bread brought with it. So we ask -- Oh, is this bread gluten free?? She goes back to check, never comes back.... We flag her down, ask her again, she comes back & says - No, sorry, not gluten free. So I ask, well are you sure this pasta is gluten free? Why would you serve bread with it? She says, let me check - says it's fine. We take our first bite - Hmmm..... this doesn't taste gluten free. We ask again - Are you SURE this is gluten free? She says it is. We decide it has a gluten-free texture it just tastes better because there is so much sauce & cheese on it. Pizza comes out - HOLY DELICIOUS!!!!! It's super thin crunchy crust which I love. It's seriously great.... End of meal - my friend is still slightly suspicious of the pasta - goes & asks the kitchen what kind of gluten-free pasta they use -- they say Tinkyada -- she comes back & tells me, and we're slightly puzzled because it tasted so different. You see where this is going? Chef comes out - grave face - tells us we were accidentally served REGULAR pasta!!!! We couldn't believe it.... we asked the waitress THREE TIMES if it was gluten free. I mean, what else could we have done? I guess we should have gone back to the kitchen and asked the Chef directly. The Chef was SUPER apologetic, felt terrible, obviously didn't make us pay our $60 bill - and told us to come back and dinner was on him again. The other waiter apologized, then finally our stupid waitress came over and apologized - obviously no tip for her - she basically lied to us and said she checked when she didn't. SO -- I would highly recommend -- but would be VERY sure they serve the right thing. Maybe ask the Chef to confirm.... and hopefully that incompetent waitress will be gone. I told the chef he should make regular pasta be penne or something - and have gluten-free pasta be spirals - and say it on the menu - that way, you can be sure when it comes out - if you have penne - you know it's wrong.
  7. Oxford Spa - Cambridge, Ma - Harvard Square

    Hi... just figured I'd check back in on this? mamaw --- any word on that recipe or if they're going to begin baking & selling?? I heard there was a sign up at Oxford Spa that just says "No more gluten-free products, sorry!" and I read an internet rumor that that genius woman baker was going to europe & may be starting her own line of gluten-free products -- but it's probably all rumor... I HOPE SHE makes it & sells it here!!!!
  8. Boston's North End Now Has gluten-free Options!

    Just thought I'd write again.... I've been there about 8 times since I wrote that first post - I LOVE IT!!! They really do know what they're doing there & the entire staff knows all about celiac. They all had to go through a training... an UPDATE --- they may be doing a Gluten Free cooking class in the new year!!! I will post again if it happens, but the owner said he'd really like to try it -- they may even teach us how to roll our own gluten-free pasta (they don't do this yet, but are hoping to eventually)... That bread is to die for!!
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  10. Oxford Spa - Cambridge, Ma - Harvard Square

    I actually called yesterday (Wednesday, Sept 10) and still no gluten free bread. It's really such a tragedy - that was the truly the best gluten-free bread ever made.
  11. Boston's North End Now Has gluten-free Options!

    Hey Gemini -- It's an excellent point you bring up, and I was actually thinking about it over the weekend. The next time I go I will say something to the staff, although they ARE aware, and mentioned it several times to me. I found out all of this gluten-free food started with the old general manager (who is no longer there) -- I don't think she had Celiac, but a gluten allergy....
  12. Boston's North End Now Has gluten-free Options!

    **UPDATE :: I wanted to let you all know --- I've now been to Marco TWICE, and it was amazing! They are very aware & well educated on the diet, and they even ask about allergies/food issues when you call to make reservations. The first time I went I didn't call early enough to get their gluten-free bread -- but i did last time - YUM. They order the ingredients online, and it's REALLY delicious. It's crunchy on the outside, they serve it warm with olive oil & an eggplant/pepper remolata-type thing - y u m. The serve Glutino pasta (boiled in separate water) with all of their sauces... the Bolognese is excellent. I also had their risotta because it's just too good to pass up - they do an amazing truffle & mushroom risotto -- and i'm hungry just thinking about it. they also do all the fried items with gluten-free flours & breadcrumbs! They DO use the same oil though - for those that are sensitive, I've always been OK with that. We had fried ricotta/mozzarella balls with pomodoro -- and then got the fried zucchini blossoms with warm ricotta inside on an arugala salad! YUUUUUUM again. HIGHLY RECOMMENDED!!!!!!
  13. Very exciting... I just spoke with the people at Marco on Hanover Street in Boston's North End, and they're now serving gluten free options!!! They have 3 different kinds of gluten-free pasta, they have gluten-free flour to make fried items (although they warned me that they will use the same fryer, so for some, it may not be an option), AND - if you call at least 24 hours ahead of time, they will have gluten-free bread made! Hooray! Finally -- a place in the North End for me to eat something other than Risotto (although I still love risotto)....
  14. Manchester, Nh Food To Go

    Thanks! maybe I'll check them out tonight!!
  15. Manchester, Nh Food To Go

    I've been trying to get to this place, but they are only open Monday - Friday! I'm often up that way on the weekend -- do you know of any other gluten free places that are open on the weekend? I'm going up there tonight actually!