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.
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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
Where can I buy gluten-free stuff?
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Thanks for the responses- I was hoping that there could be another possibility. Talked to her endo who is referring us to a gastro so that she can do a biopsy. Trying to come to terms with this. I knew something wasn't right with her but was hoping for it to be a thyroid condition like her sister since we already deal with that. If celiac is in her future - I'm sure we will figure it out like we did with type 1- and looking forward to having her feel better.
I do think sunscreen could be an issue for people. I realize that it is only an issue if ingested. I have very pale children. We use thick zinc oxide and waterproof sunscreen. I apply it every hour or we will burn. I have it coating my hands at the end of every pool trip. We swim daily in the summer in a Texas. There is nothing else to do when it's this hot! It takes me multiple hand washings to get it off my hands. Often times, while at the pool or beach, we eat - chips, watermelon, nuts etc. I assume it touches the food i ingest. Ours is gluten-free.
I am Catholic and I totally understand. At my home parish, there is a layman who has celiac. He has arranged to have these hosts ordered from the Benedictine sisters of Perpetual adoration.
At the beginning mass, anyone who needs a gluten-free hose can take it from the main receptacle and place it in a special pix. The priest has them and they are consecrated and with the priest. He is handling the gluten and the gluten-free host back and forth. But, I talked to this fellow and he said that he has not had any symptoms of cross-contamination and he is fairly sensitive. I am celiac but really don't get any obvious symptoms so I can't tell you if cross-contamination is an issue or not I also partake in the wine, but I try to sit in the first or second row( to be the first to drink the wine) to limit cross-contamination. I make sure to be aware if the priest Saying mass puts a small piece of bread in each chalice (then I do not partake.)
psawyer is right though. Consuming either form of eucharist is adequate and acceptable. Often times I just take the wine.
I have considered becoming a Eucharistic minister. This would completely eliminate the possibility of cross-contamination. If you were the first person to drink from the chalice, there would be no chance of cross-contamination at all.
Traveling is tough. I often times abstain when I am traveling but many parishes now offer gluten-free hosts so I'm sure you could research it and contact the parish ahead of time. One of my best friends has Ncgs and he can take the gluten-free host with no trouble.
I know a priest whose nephew is celiac in central Texas. . I haven't talk to him personally about the situation (just his SIL) but I'm sure he would be happy to talk about it if needed. I don't know what part of Texas you're in but let me know.