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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 FREE Celiac.com email alerts 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 Free recipes: Gluten-Free Recipes Where can I buy gluten-free stuff? Support this site by shopping at The Celiac.com Store.

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The last week has been nothing short of hellish for me. As I get older I become more sensitive to the gluten stuff and even the smallest amount causes me missery. Yesterday I purchased some Gluten free waffles from a local grocery store. About 5pm yesterday I decided I wanted a few and out of habit pulled out the family toaster....what a huge mistake. I never thought that simple cross contamination would put me through that much pain and suffering.

Today I purchased my very own toaster, skillet, cutting board, spatula and a big plastic tub to keep them in. What I've noticed is once I've been "glutened" my symptoms last about 24 hours. Today my head is beginning to clear, depression is beginning to lift and my anxiety is calming down. Body aches and pains are starting to lessen and life is once again worth living.

I've been going through this for severl years and am actually contemplating some kind of local business/health food store/cook book to try and help others suffering from this terrible affliction. How many years have we all needlessly suffered from this disease because modern medicine wont/cant/refusese to help us just because big pharma has yet to develop a pill for us. The first drug company to get a "Gluten" pill to market will make zillions of dollars.

Im actually excited now that I have my own toaster because I have 3 loafes of Glutino Gluten Free Raisin bread in the freezer. 3 weeks ago I put two slices in the "family toaster" and about an hour later reacted harshly. I just thoght I was reacting to something in the bread..when actually it was cross contamination.

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I think you should go for it! I have found more help and useful products/books from people in the community - the longer I've had Celiac Disease, the more I feel like we have to help each other if we want to get through this. The medical community has some wonderful people who are informed about celiac disease, but they seem to be in the minority.

All we've got is each other, sometimes. :-)

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