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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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My best friend has suffered from celiac disease for over 20 years, she claims she cannot even tolerate rice, but everything I have read that rice is okay, could she also have something else besides celiac disease? :D

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Yes--rice is fine on a gluten-free diet. She might have a separate allergy--many people here have some other condition or allergy that accompanies celiac. Allergies are unrelated to celiac, but that would be why she has trouble with rice--not celiac disease.

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I had the same problem after going gluten free for many years. What happens, according to one of my doctors, is that when you take a reaction to gluten, the body knows that something in that meal is making you sick. Example ... You eat quite a few rice dishes, the spice, or sauce on those dishes were contaminated with gluten. The body reacts to the gluten, but doesn't separate the sauce, or spice from the rice. So even when you put an un-contaminated source of rice in you, the body starts to react. In this case you are not getting a gluten reaction, but stomach reflex at the fear of being contaminated.

I went to Calgary and had NAET treatments by a doctor there. It's simple allergy treatments done with a combination of acupressure, acupuncture (done with laser) and heat. The treatments were very comfortable and very effective! I can now eat almost anything that is gluten free.

If you have Celiac disease ... do not trust a doctor doing this treatment that tells you that you will be able to eat gluten after these treatments! The fact is, with Celiac disease we are missing an enzyme, and will never be able to safely eat gluten! My doctor in Calgary had a family member with Celiac disease and was right up to date with the problems associated with it.

If you wish, you can get in touch with me and I'll pass along his website.

Hope this helps :)

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Maybe your friend's stomach is really damaged and will take time to heal.

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If she has actually been gluten free for 20 years, I would say that maybe she has an allergy to rice?

But if she just recently found out that she has had celiac for 20 years and has just started the gluten-free diet, I would say she may just need more time to heal and recover.

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