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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? - list blood tests, endo with biopsy, genetic test and enterolab (not diagnostic) 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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Hello all. I am having great difficulty trying to get my child's teacher and pre-school adminstrator to understand how a bread crumb can make my daughter very ill. It's also difficult for them to understand how painful of a reaction this is for her - since it is delayed and not immediate like anaphalactic shock and therefore haven't witnessed a reaction. They also can't comprehend how each gluten set back can contribute to an increased risk of other diseases. Does anyone have any links or copies of articles for me that would help aid in getting the point across? Thanks so much. Please e-mail me directly at kfanelli@mac.com

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I would suggest doing some searches on PubMed for journal articles, as well as looking up the articles here at Celiac.Com for the references you want. At the end of the day, it's a basic chemical reaction - you only need to put one speck of baking soda in a glass of vinegar to release oxygen, you only need to put one speck of gluten in the intestines to trigger the immune system. And, at the end of the day, they don't have to understand it, as long as they do it.

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I would suggest showing them articles about the girl who couldn't

take communion because the Catholic Church wouldn't let her

use a rice wafer. This stirred up a lot of controversy and more

people became aware of the disease because of it. Some stories explained

about how even a crumb of wheat could cause severe damage and the

little girl said "I could die from it". just a thought...

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I would think any article describing cross contamination would help. Realizing that if you stir the pasta with the wrong spoon can make someone sick might help bring home the point that you are not being paranoid about a crumb. It is hard for people to grasp sometimes, but if these are proffesionals in child care, they need to be putting out an effort as well. If after you share this information you don't see a change, make sure you look into other schools, I'm sure there are some that will take your daughter's health into consideration!

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